After a season in which she led the Lynden girls’ soccer team to its first postseason appearance in program history, Lynden goalkeeper Emily Holt was selected the Northwest Conference Defensive MVP by the league’s coaches when the All-NWC team was released on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Burlington-Edison’s Edie Breckenridge, who scored a league-high 42 goals, was selected the Offensive MVP.
Squalicum, which successfully defended its Class 2A state title on Saturday, Nov. 21, placed five players on the first team — defender Rachel Dorr, midfielders Sarah Hulbert and Kendra Steele and forwards Kim Hazlett and Kim Dorr.
Lynden also had a good showing, with three first-team players joining Holt — defender Ali VanZanten, midfielder Peyton Fullner and forward Sierra Smith.
Mount Baker goalkeeper Emily Brandland also received first-team honors.
Burlington-Edison defenders Morgan Harlan and Meaghan White, midfielders Megan Wilburg and Delaney Watson and forward Abby Dimock rounded out the first team.
Lynden’s Carlos Melendez and Squalicum’s David Kish shared Coach of the Year honors.
Whatcom County players making the second team were: Squalicum goalie Rachel Runnalls, Sehome defender Bryce Sherif, Lynden defender Cassidee Barclay, Mount Baker defender Molly Lynch, Lynden Christian defender Libby Hielkema, Lynden Christian midfielders Haley Hollander and Shaye Brandsma, Bellingham midfielders Brooke Baker and Kayla Heidenreich, Sehome midfielder Christina Funk, Ferndale midfielder Jillian Monson, Meridian forwards Payton Lunde and Micaela Pimento, Blaine forward Ashley Quesada and Sehome forward Hannah Moore.