All-Whatcom County Boys' Athlete of the Year capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 5, 2014 

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

JORDAN WITTENBERG

School: Lynden

Year: Sophomore

Football: Started at cornerback and proved to be a top-notch, lock-down defender for a defense that allowed just 11.4 points per game. ... Played in a secondary that gave up five touchdown passes. ... Also came on toward the end of the season at wide receiver and was a big piece to Lynden's passing attack during the Lions' Class 2A State Championship win against Tumwater, catching a team-high nine passes for 100 yards. ... Finished season with 19 receptions for 287 yards and a touchdown.

Basketball: A paramount piece to the Lions' rotation and split starting time at guard with teammate Trey Shagren. ... A strong defender who helped Lynden reach the Class 2A State Championship game before losing 64-58 to Pullman in overtime. ... Averaged 6.3 points per game. ... Seven times scored in double figures and had a season-high 16 points against Blaine.

Baseball: Distinguished himself as the top hitter in the Norwest Conference with a .458 (33 for 72) batting average through the regular season and played terrific at shortstop. ... Scored a team-best 25 runs, had five doubles, two home runs, stole 15 bases, had 12 RBI and only struck out twice. ... Helped Lynden reach the Class 2A State Tournament for the third consecutive season. ... Selected All-NWC Most Valuable Player as hitter and fielder.

SCOTT HASTINGS

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Football: Gave the Lions a tremendous target on the outside for quarterbacks Lucas Petersen and Sterling Somers to throw to. ... Also helped open holes in the run game as a strong blocker. ... Used 6-foot-7 height and speed to catch 40 passes for 830 yards and nine touchdowns. ... A first-team Class 2A/3A All-NWC selection. ... Helped Lions go 14-0 and win a Class 2A State Championship.

Basketball: Athletic, versatile forward who was a matchup problem for opposing defenses with 6-foot-7 frame. ... Averaged 14.5 points per game with nearly double-digit rebounds. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection and first-team Associated Press all-state pick. ... Gave Lions a major postseason boost after returning from injury and led Lynden to Class 2A State Tournament championship game.

EVAN MIKSOVSKY

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Football: Translated his innate athletic abilities flawlessly to the gridiron, serving as quarterback Daniel Ziegler's best offensive weapon and also was a standout in the Mariners' secondary. ... Caught a team-high 44 passes for 696 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Helped Sehome reach the Class 2A state playoffs for the first time since 1999. ... A first-team Class 2A/3A All-Northwest Conference selection.

Basketball: Made regular breathtaking plays, earning a lofty reputation as someone who epitomized the word "hustle." ... Sehome basketball coach AJ LaBree called him a "once in a lifetime player for a coach to have" after Sehome's regional state loss to Mark Morris. ... Provided strong leadership as the team's lone senior. ... Averaged 12.1 points per game and filled the stat sheet in nearly every category. ... Helped Sehome reach the Class 2A State Tournament for the first time since 2008. ... An All-Northwest Conference selection.

DANIEL ZIEGLER

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Football: One of the biggest contributors to the Mariners' breakout season as an extremely gifted, athletic, dual-threat quarterback. ... Ran for a team-high 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns on 152 carries and threw for 1,278 yards and 14 TDs with only five interceptions. ... Guided Sehome to its first state playoff appearance since 1999. ... A first-team Class 2A/3A All-Northwest Conference selection.

Track and field: Distinguished himself as not only the fastest athlete in Whatcom County, but one of the fastest in the state, finishing third in the 100 meters with time of 10.89 seconds at the Class 2A State Championships. ... Also took fifth in the 200 meters with a 22.54. ... Ran a personal record of 10.84 during state qualifying in the 100. ... Sehome co-coach Kevin Ryan raved about his performance at state championships. ... Won 100-meter and 200-meter bi-district titles and a 100-meter conference title. ... Helped Sehome earn a fourth-place state finish with 36 team points.

JOSIAH WESTBROOK

School: Blaine

Year: Sophomore

Football: A quick receiver with blazing speed that gave Blaine quarterbacks Nathan Kramme and Marcus Potts a talented receiver and reliable target. ... A threat to take it the distance with every touch of the ball. ... Led the Borderites with 38 receptions for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Had a nine-catch, 138-yard, five-touchdown game Week 2 against British Columbia's Lord Tweedsmuir. ... A unanimous Class 1A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection and a first-team All-State wide receiver.

Basketball: A gifted scorer who was the focal point of every team's defensive scheme. ... Averaged 21.8 points per game until season ended with seven games left in regular season. ... Scored 20 or more points seven times and had games of 43, 37 and 32 points. ... Should again be one of the top players in the Northwest Conference next season.

Track and field: Displayed athletic ability on the track, qualifying for the Class 1A State Championships in the 100, 200 and 400. ... Finished eighth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.45 seconds, had ninth-best qualifying time in the 400 (51.59) and the 10th-best qualifying time in the 200 (22.85). ... Had season PRs of 11.17 in the 100, 22.67 in the 200 and 51.07 in the 400. ... Won tri-district title in the 100 and helped Blaine place 25th at state with 9.5 points.

KALEB HEEZEN

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Football: One of the Meridian defense's backbones, playing linebacker for a defense that allowed 16.6 points per game over the final eight games of the season. ... A strong tackler who rarely missed an opportunity to take down a ball carrier. ... Helped the Trojans reach the first round of the Class 1A State Tournament. ... One of three unanimous 1A All-NWC selections at linebacker.

Track and field: Made school history by becoming the first Meridian thrower to place at state in the javelin, discus and shot put. ... Won a Class 1A state title with a throw of 181 feet, 8 inches in the javelin, finished sixth in the shot put (50-0-1/4) and seventh in the discus (142-4) with a new personal record. ... Had PRs of 50-7 in the shot put and 187-6 in the javelin, which ranked eighth in all state classifications. ... Won javelin tri-district (180-5) and conference (167-2) titles and won shot put (49-91/4) conference title. ... Helped Meridian tie for third at state with 37 points.

HONORABLE MENTION

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Sterling Somers Lynden

Mikey Antczak Blaine

Jon Stewart Blaine

Drew Norvell Sehome

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Grant Wolffis Lynden Christian

Travis Lindsey Mount Baker

Joey Akers Ferndale

Curtis Handy Nooksack Valley

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