High School Sports

Sehome’s Johnson wins NWC Player of the Year award

After helping Sehome to an unbeaten regular season and the Northwest Conference title, Sehome senior outside hitter Dani Johnson was selected the 2014 All-NWC Volleyball Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

Her coach, Kristy White, who guided the Mariners to the Class 2A state semifinals for a second straight year, was selected Coach of the Year.

Lynden Christian, which won the first state title in program history on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Yakima Valley SunDome in the Class 1A State Tournament, placed a pair of players on the first team, with junior outside hitter Kara Bajema and senior setter Madison Weg earning all-conference honors.

Ferndale, which advanced to the Class 3A State Tournament, also had a pair of players on the first-team with senior setter Abby Reid and junior outside hitter Taryn Potter.

Bellingham junior right-side hitter Summer Douglas also earned first-team honors.

Rounding out the first team were Burlington-Edison setter Sam Alumbres and libero Alana Handy and Anacortes outside hitter Karly Richardson.

Whatcom County players selected to the second team were Sehome’s Megan Greer, Emily Greer and Natalie Knops, Ferndale’s Whitney Walker, Lynden Christian’s Emily Veening, Nooksack Valley’s Mariah Perry and Bellingham’s Olivia Bjorklund and Anna Zeegers.

ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player of the Year

Dani Johnson, sr., OH, Sehome

Coach of the Year

Kristy White, Sehome

First team

Kara Bajema, jr., OH, Lynden Christian

Sam Alumbres, sr., S, Burlington-Edison

Madison Weg, sr., S, Lynden Christian

Alana Handy, jr., L, Burlington-Edison

Abby Reid, sr., S, Ferndale

Taryn Potter, jr., OH, Ferndale

Summer Douglas, jr. RS, Bellingham

Karly Richardson, jr., OH, Anacortes

Second team

Megan Greer, sr., S, Sehome

Emily Greer, jr., OH, Sehome

Katherine Kramer, sr., MB, Anacortes

Whitney Walker, so., OH, Ferndale

Emily Veening, sr., L, Lynden Christian

Mariah Perry, sr., L, Nooksack Valley

Natalie Knops, sr., L, Sehome

Olivia Bjorklund, sr., OH, Bellingham

Anna Zeegers, sr., OH, Bellingham

Emily Agen, sr., MH, Burlington-Edison

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