High School Sports

All-Whatcom County Boys’ Athletes of the Year

Squalicum's Ben Peterson breaks an attempted tackle by Orting's Griffin Rose in the first round of Class 2A state playoffs on Friday, Nov. 14, at Orting High School in Orting, Wash.
Squalicum's Ben Peterson breaks an attempted tackle by Orting's Griffin Rose in the first round of Class 2A state playoffs on Friday, Nov. 14, at Orting High School in Orting, Wash. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

JORDAN WITTENBERG

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Football: Displayed all the attributes a quarterback would want in a wide receiver: speed, hands, strong route running, run-after-catch ability. ... Set school records in receptions and yards with 87 catches for 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns. ... Was extremely consistent, posting 100-yard games in nine of Lynden's 14 contests. ... Also a tremendous cornerback and special teams returner. ... A unanimous first-team All-NWC 2A/3A selection at wide receiver and a first-team pick at defensive back. ... A first-team Class 2A All-State selection. ... Helped Lions reach state title game.

Basketball: A key piece to the Lions’ basketball team, giving the team a scoring threat in the backcourt, but most importantly contributing as one of the team’s top defenders. ... Shouldered more minutes than expected with the loss of Trey Shagren. ... Averaged 6.9 points per game, fifth most on the team, and scored a season high 16 during a Feb. 2 win over Bellingham.

Baseball: Put together another tremendous year for regrouping Lions team. ... Possesses one of the sweetest swings in the Northwest Conference and was a major threat on the basepaths with impressive speed. ... Offered outstanding defense at shortstop. ... Helped Lynden finish 7-11 overall. ... First-team All-NWC.

FIRST TEAM

CODY FRANSEN

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Football: Transferred his soccer abilities to the gridiron, offering his powerful leg to give Lynden Christian’s football team a strong, reliable kicker. ... Made several field goals between 30 and 40 yards and was exceptional on kickoffs, too. ... Near automatic during extra points, helping the Lyncs to a 6-4 overall record.

Basketball: Provided the Lyncs exactly what they needed in order to make a run to the Class 1A State Tournament championship game. ... Showed extreme toughness by playing through torn wrist ligaments all season long and put together a breakout season. ... Averaged 15.9 points per game and 10.3 rebounds heading into the Hardwood Classic. ... Good for a double-double in nearly half of LC's games. ... An Associated Press Class 1A All-State first-team selection and a second-team All-Northwest Conference pick. ... Helped guide Lynden Christian on a wild postseason run ending with a state-title game loss to King's and an 18-9 overall record.

Soccer: Despite missing two weeks of season due to wrist surgery, still scored team-high 11 goals, which also ranked second in Whatcom County and fourth in Northwest Conference. ... Hit stride when it counted, scoring a hat trick to help Lyncs make bi-district tournament and then scoring two goals in first-round game. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference pick.

TRAZIL LANE

School: Lummi

Year: Sophomore

Football: Started the football season late, but made a strong impact on the success of the Blackhawks. ... Logged 14 receptions for 336 yards and eight touchdowns playing wide receiver and helped Lummi finish 9-4 overall and reach the Class 1B State Tournament semifinals.

Basketball: A dominant force down low for the Blackhawks all season and one of the key reasons for Lummi's remarkable run to a state title. ... Should be great for years to come only being a sophomore. ... Averaged 18.2 points per game and 19.5 points during the tri-district and state tournaments, respectively. .... Selected Associated Press Class 1B Player of the Year and Northwest League Most Valuable Player. ... Guided Lummi to a 27-0 season and their first boys' basketball state title.

Track and field: Instantly saw his football and basketball athleticism transfer to track and field. ... Finished top six in three events during Class 1B State Championships. ... Placed second in the 200 meters in 23.70 seconds. ... Finished fourth in high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and took sixth in long jump (19-10 1/4). ... Helped Lummi win 1B team state title with 54 points.

DREW NORVELL

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Football: At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds was one part of a massive Mariners' offensive line. ... Used a combination of size, strength and smarts to become one of the top lineman in the Northwest Conference. ... A true road grader that helped make lanes for running backs and also was strong in pass protection. ... Part of an offense that averaged 4.6 yards per carry. ... A first-team All-NWC 2A/3A offensive line selection and a second-team defensive line pick.

Track and field: Rounded out a four-year varsity career with a state shot put state title and some very impressive marks. ... A tremendous overall thrower who peaked during the Class 2A State Championships. ... Posted a personal record of 59 feet, 10 inches to claim his shot put championships. ... Also PRed in the discus, taking third in state with a throw of 155-9. ... Accounted for 16 of the Mariners’ 30 team state points, elevating Sehome to a fifth-place finish.

BEN PETERSON

School: Squalicum

Year: Sophomore

Football: Followed up a strong freshman season with an even more impressive sophomore campaign. ... Became quarterback Christian Jorgensen's favorite target in the Storm's spread offense and was arguably the fastest receiver in the Northwest Conference. ... Had 55 receptions, 851 yards and eight TDs before Squalicum's state quarterfinal loss against Tumwater. ... Also an exceptional tackler. ... A unanimous first-team All-NWC 2A/3A selection at wide receiver and a second-team pick at defensive back.

Soccer: Speedy, crafty and versatile are just a few of the adjectives to describe the sophomore. ... Played defender, midfielder and forward throughout season and ended with team-high nine goals, including a game-tying desperation goal in district playoffs. ... Also added four assists. ... Somehow went unnamed on All-Northwest Conference team.

STERLING SOMERS

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Football: Again led the Lions to a memorable season, oftentimes carrying the team with his arm and deceptive running ability. ... A prototypical quarterback at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds who stood tall in the pocket and could also scramble when needed. ... Compiled a Northwest Conference-best 3,167 yards and 35 touchdowns, completing 197 of 310 passes with 17 interceptions. ... Also ran for 581 yards and 10 scores. ... A first-team All-NWC 2A/3A quarterback selection. ... Helped Lynden reach state title game.

Basketball: Expanded his game and became even stronger on the offensive and defensive ends. .... A terrific scorer, who could produce from along the perimeter, in the key and from the baseline. ... Led the Lions in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Helped Lynden reach the regional round of the Class 2A State Tournament and finish 18-6 overall.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player

School

Bryce Sterk

Lynden

Trent Postma

Lynden

Scooter Hastings

Lynden

Josiah Westbrook

Squalicum

Damek Mitchell

Squalicum

Brady Shearer

Ferndale

Collin Magnusson

Meridian

Riley Fritsch

Blaine

William Kingma

Nooksack Valley

Ben Broselle

Ferndale

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