All-Whatcom County boys' basketball capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 5, 2014 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SCOTT HASTINGS

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

What he did: An extremely athletic, versatile forward who, with his 6-foot-7 frame, was a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. ... He was a strong rim protector on the defensive end, too, and Coach Brian Roper billed him an ultimate team player. ... Averaged 14.5 points per game with nearly double-digit rebounds. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection and a first-team Associated Press all-state pick. ...Breathed life in Lynden after returning from injury and led the Lions to the Class 2A state title game.

COACH OF THE YEAR

BRIAN ROPER

School: Lynden

What he did: Helped the Lions reach the Class 2A state championship game after losing a myriad of talented seniors. ... Guided Lynden to a Class 2A District 1 title and a 22-4 overall record. ... Adapted a new playing style that fit this year's team. ... Balanced Lynden's typical man defense with a zone look and created the Northwest Conference's top defensive unit allowing 46.6 points per game.

FIRST TEAM

LEIF ANDERSON

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What he did: Joined fellow guards Evan Miksovsky and Tanner Clark to form a suffocating frontcourt defense. ... A deadly 3-point shooter who made teams pay if left open from deep. ... Scored a season-high 30 points against Sultan during Sehome's postseason opener and averaged a team-best 13.0 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped lead Sehome to a 17-8 record overall and a Class 2A State Tournament berth for the first time since 2008.

KAILEN HAYES

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

What he did: Constantly showed an ability to get to the rim and finish. ... Played much bigger than his 6-foot-1 size, serving as the Red Raiders' top rebounder and big man after 6-foot-10 Logan Schilder went down with an injury early on. ... Finished fourth among Northwest Conference scorers with 17.9 points per game. ... A second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

AUSTIN HONEYCUTT

School: Ferndale

Year: Sophomore

Position: Forward

What he did: Followed up on an impressive freshman campaign with another strong season for the Golden Eagles. ... Again showed an ability to score form anywhere and also is a strong rebounder. ... Ranked sixth in the Northwest Conference and fourth in Whatcom County with 16.7 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped Ferndale reach the Class 3A District Tournament and finish 9-14 overall.

ALEX MARTIN

School: Meridian

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What he did: One of the true breakout performers in the Northwest Conference, averaging 14.8 points per game after spending all of last season on JV. ... Displayed a natural, effortless style of play, showed a sweet stroke from deep and used his length to disrupt ball handlers on the defensive end. ... Played out of position most of the year at point guard and still got his points. ... A second-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped Meridian advance to the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and finish 12-12 overall.

EVAN MIKSOVSKY

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What he did: Filled up the stat sheet in seemingly every category and established himself as one of the most high-motor players to come through Whatcom County in some time. ... Coach AJ LaBree called him "a once in a lifetime player for a coach to have" after Sehome's regional loss to Mark Morris. ... Provided tremendous leadership as the Mariners' lone senior. ... Averaged 12.1 points per game and was an All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Helped Sehome reach state for the first time since 2008 and finish 17-8 overall.

REUBEN MURASHOV

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What he did: An extremely hard worker who had up-and-down nights but was hands-down Mount Baker's top offensive threat. ... Scored 25 or more points four times and scored a season-best 35 against Bellingham. ... Averaged a team-best 15.2 points per game. ... One of Baker's top rebounders and played solid defense. ... A second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

ZACH ROETCISOENDER

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Sophomore

Position: Guard

What he did: Took over expanded role and provided the Lyncs instant offense with his 14.1 points per game. ... Excelled at getting to the basket and paired his driving ability with a strong outside shot. ... Scored 27 points twice and also gave a spark on the defensive end. ... An All-NWC first-team selection. ... Helped lead the Lyncs to a Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and a 17-8 overall record.

STERLING SOMERS

School: Lynden

Year: Sophomore

Position: Guard

What he did: Developed into one of Lynden's top offensive players and improved his defense as the season went along. ... A crafty player who had an innate ability to create shot opportunities. ... Hit some huge shots, including a last-second 3 to send the Class 2A state championship game into overtime. ... Led the Lions with an average of 14.5 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped Lynden reach the 2A title game, win a district title and finish 22-4 overall.

GRANT WOLFFIS

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What he did: Served as a tremendous team leader for a LC club that lost a number of talented seniors. ... One of LC's top defensive players and also emerged as a major scoring threat. ... Recorded a season-best 33 points against Burlington-Edison and averaged 12.4 points per game. ... A second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Helped the Lyncs reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and finish 17-8 overall.

BLAKE YOUTSEY

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What he did: A talented scorer who displayed an ability to score inside using his length and athleticism and outside with his shooting touch and knack for creating open looks. ... A player the Storm could rely on every night to produce on both ends. ... Scored 20 or more points seven times with a season-best 35 against La Center. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Led Squalicum to an 11-9 overall record.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player School

Connor Beard Nooksack Valley

Aaron Bosscher Nooksack Valley

Blake Briones Meridian

Dante Check Bellingham

Tanner Clark Sehome

Ryan Fox Bellingham

Sean Herrig Blaine

Josh Hornstra Lynden Christian

Tristan Hurley Bellingham

Trazil Lane Lummi

Jaremy Martin Lynden

Damek Mitchell Squalicum

Jalani Phelps Lynden

Colton Ranson Mount Baker

Brady Shearer Ferndale

John Weg Ferndale

Josiah Westbrook Blaine

Kyle Young Meridian

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