Lynden's Jordan Wittenberg awarded All-NWC MVP

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 4, 2014 

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Lynden's Jordan Wittenburg makes a throw to first base as the Lions lost to Sedro-Woolley 5-4 in a 2A district semifinal baseball game at Volunteer Park on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in Anacortes.

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The Lynden Lions were Whatcom County's only baseball club to advance to the state tournament this spring, and having sophomore Jordan Wittenberg's bat at the top of the lineup and his glove at shortstop was a large part of the team's success.

Wittenberg had a .458 batting average through April to go with 15 stolen bases and was arguably the finest defensive shortstop in the Northwest Conference.

He has been selected All-NWC Most Valuable Player by league coaches. Squalicum coach John Inge, who guided the Storm to a 16-6-1 record, a share of the NWC title and the Class 2A Bi-District Tournament berth, was selected Coach of the Year. Anacortes pitcher Matt Irving was selected Pitcher of the Year.

Lynden, which lost in the Class 2A State Tournament's first round 3-0 to Sumner, was one of three Whatcom County teams with four All-NWC selections.

Joining Wittenberg, were second-team selections Lucas Petersen, Cameron Wainwright and Christian Mouat.

Sehome, which reached the bi-district tournament, also had four selections. Josh Zavisubin was a first-team selection overall and a second-team pitching selection. Drew Lomsdalen was a first-team selection, and Jake Albert was a first-team pitching selection.

Squalicum also had four selections with David Stealy leading the way. Stealy was a second-team overall selection and earned a first-team pitching nod. Both Kyle Little and Landon Tripp were first-team picks.

Bellingham's Nate Pearsall and Oscar White were first-team selections, and Ryan Fox was selected to the second team.

Matching the Red Raiders with three All-NWC choices was Ferndale, which had Brady Bauthues, Pete Pennylegion and Joey Akers selected to the second team.

Other county selections included Lynden Christian first-teamer Jamie Heystek, Nooksack Valley first-teamer Curtis Handy and Meridian second-teamer Josh Hosick.

Reach Andrew Lang at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for Whatcom County sports updates.

All-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAM

Most Valuable Player

Jordan Wittenberg, Lynden

Coach of the Year

John Inge, Squalicum

First team

Kyle Little, Squalicum

Josh Zavisubin, Sehome

Jared Douglas, Anacortes

Jamie Heystek, Lynden Christian

Landon Tripp, Squalicum

Jordan Neville, Anacortes

Nate Pearsall, Bellingham

Oscar White, Bellingham

Curtis Handy, Nooksack Valley

Austin Skaarup, Sedro-Woolley

Drew Lomsdalen, Sehome

Jay Kiesser, Anacortes

Second team

Lucas Petersen, Lynden

Ty Johnson, Anacortes

Jackson Conn, Sedro-Woolley

David Stealy, Squalicum

Mitch Davis, Anacortes

Brady Bauthues, Ferndale

Ryan Fox, Bellingham

Joey Akers, Ferndale

Cameron Wainwright, Lynden

Josh Hosick, Meridian

Christian Mouat, Lynden

Pete Pennylegion, Ferndale

Pitchers

Most Valuable Player

Matt Irving, Anacortes

First team

Jake Albert, Sehome

David Stealy, Squalicum

Second team

Josh Zavisubin, Sehome

Collin Hannan, Sedro-Woolley

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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