Lynden senior Sterling Somers and Lynden Christian senior Zach Roetcisoender were selected co-Players of the Year for their respective schools’ classifications by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, according to a release on Wednesday, March 2.
Somers shared the Class 2A honor with Clarkston’s Trevon Allen, while Roetcisoender split the Class 1A honor with Castle Rock’s Brock Johnson.
Somers is averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game and helped the second-ranked Lions reach the 2A state quarterfinals, where they will play Wapato at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Allen is leading the defending state champion Bantams with 24.1 points per game heading to the state quarterfinals. If both teams win on Thursday, Lynden and Clarkston would meet in the state semifinals Friday, March 4.
Roetcisoender led the Northwest Conference with 22.6 points this season. He helped the Lyncs reach the regional round of the 1A state tournament before losing to Zillah 60-49 on Saturday, Feb. 27. Johnson led the Rockets with 27.1 points per game, but Castle Rock did not make it out of the Southwest District Tournament.
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The WIBCA selected Peninsula’s JaQuori McLaughlin the state’s Mr. Basketball winner and honored Bellarmine Prep’s Malachi Flynn (4A), Seattle Lakeside’s Isiah Brown (3A), Morton-White Pass’s Kaleb Poquette (2B) and Almira Coulee Hartline’s Dallas Isaak (1B) as Players of the Year in their respective classifications.