High School Basketball

All-Whatcom County prep boys’ basketball capsules

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CODY FRANSEN

School: Lynden Christian

What he did: 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 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.

FIRST TEAM

LEIF ANDERSON

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What he did: Arguably the top 3-point shooter in the Northwest Conference who needed only a few inches in order to get a shot off. ... Set the program record for most 3s in a career and could score in other ways, too. ... Integral piece to Sehome’s strong defense. ... Averaged a team-high 14.7 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection and a WIBCA all-state pick. ... Guided the Mariners to a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A State Tournament and a 20-9 record.

TANNER CLARK

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What he did: All-around tremendous point guard who rarely left the court for Sehome, and for good reason. ... Provided the Mariners a sense of stability, great ball-handling, stingy defense and could shoulder the scoring load when called upon. ... Averaged 10.5 points per game but was worth far more than point production. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Guided the Mariners to a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A State Tournament and a 20-9 record.

SCOOTER HASTINGS

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What he did: Arguably the most gifted all-around basketball in the Northwest Conference. ... A matchup nightmare with his ability to play along the perimeter and inside in the paint. ... Averaged 15.3 points per game, scoring a season-high 33 points against Sehome. ... A first-team AP All-State selection, first-team All-NWC selection and the WIBCA’s Class 2A Player of the Year. ... Helped Lynden reach the regional round of the 2A State Tournament. ... Committed to play at Cal Poly Pomona.

AUSTIN HONEYCUTT

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

What he did: Played with an intense passion, and a player coach Monte Walton likened to a bulldog on the court. ... A force on the inside and a great overall scorer, who combined with John Weg to form one of the best frontcourt one-two punches in the Northwest Conference. ... Averaged 19.4 points per game, second best in Whatcom County, and recorded 20 or more points 11 times, including a season high 37 against Sedro-Woolley. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

TRAZIL LANE

School: Lummi

Year: Sophomore

Position: Forward

What he did: 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.

ALEX MARTIN

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What he did: Proved to be the best scorer in the Northwest Conference, showing an ability to shoot along the perimeter and also get to the rim. ... Made an impact on defense, using his length to disrupt passing lanes and get steals. ... Averaged a Whatcom County-best 19.7 points per game and recorded 20 or more points 13 times. ... An Associated Press Class 1A All-State honorable mention and an All-NWC first-team pick. ... Helped Meridian reach the Class 1A District Tournament.

DAMEK MITCHELL

School: Squalicum

Year: Sophomore

Position: Guard

What he did: Great ball-handler, great defense, instant offense and a savvy distributor: Mitchell showed a bit of everything during his second year playing varsity ball at Squalicum. ... The sophomore constantly displayed high energy on the court and showed an ability to make his teammates better. ... Averaged 16.2 points per game, scoring 20 or more points 10 times. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped the Storm reach the Class 2A State Tournament and place fifth.

ZACH ROETCISOENDER

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What he did: Known for his mid-range game, evolved into one of the the top scorers in the Northwest Conference and gave the Lyncs’ offense a scorer they could seemingly always rely on. ... Ranked fourth among Whatcom County scorers, recording a team-best 17.0 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection and an AP All-State Class 1A honorable mention. ... 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.

STERLING SOMERS

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

What he did: 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.

JOSIAH WESTBROOK

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What he did: Flourished during his first year playing at Squalicum. ... Displayed tremendous perimeter shooting and a knack for getting to the basket and improved defensively. ... An integral piece to the Storm’s talented backcourt. ... Recorded a team-high 16.9 points per game and seven 20-plus games, including a season-high 31 against Sehome. ... A second-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped the Storm reach the Class 2A State Tournament and finish fifth.

COACH OF THE YEAR

ROGER DE BOER

School: Lynden Christian

What he did: Helped the Lyncs overcome the loss of Daulton Hommes by guiding Lynden Christian all the way to the Class 1A State Tournament championship game. ... Got LC to play its best ball at the right time of the year, and coached a team that dominated Zillah, the Class 1A defending state champs, in the state tournament semifinals. ... Helped LC finish with a 18-9 record and a second-place state finish.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player School
Connor Beard Nooksack Valley
Austin Brockie Lummi
Kalien Hayes Bellingham
Kyle Hofstetter Bellingham
Leighton Kingma Sehome
Kavarez Lane Lummi
Marcus Montag Sehome
Jake Poag Lynden Christian
Darious Powell Squalicum
Colton Ranson Mount Baker
Brady Shearer Ferndale
Timothy Soares Mount Baker
John Weg Ferndale
Jonathan Whetnall Lynden
Shaq Woods Blaine
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