High School Basketball

Lynden’s Somers highlights All-Whatcom County basketball stars

Lynden senior Sterling Somers has been selected the All-Whatcom County Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year for 2015-16 by The Bellingham Herald. Here is a look at what Somers and the 11 other first-team selections accomplished during the 2015-16 season:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR STERLING SOMERS

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What he did: An excellent senior leader who did a bit of everything for young Lions team. ... Provided big minutes when team needed it most. ... Co-2A Mr. Basketball selection by WIBCA. ... Averaged 18.9 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... Led Lynden to a third-place Class 2A finish and a 25-3 record.

FIRST TEAM

Player

School

Yr.

Pos.

Connor Beard

Nooksack Valley

Sr.

G

An ultra quick, athletic guard who nightly showed an ability to score in myriad of ways. ... A terrific defender and go-to player for the Pioneers. ... Averaged 18.9 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

Austin Honeycutt

Ferndale

Sr.

F

A bully in the paint who owned a strong mid-range game and an overall knack for scoring. ... Good for around double-digit rebounds a night. ... Averaged 17.4 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

Noah King

Lynden

Sr.

G

Provided key senior leadership for young team, great ball handling and had a sweet shot from 3-point range. ... Averaged 9.8 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection. ... Led Lynden to a third-place Class 2A finish and a 25-3 record.

Leighton Kingma

Sehome

Sr.

G/F

A very polished player who could shoot extremely well beyond the arc and use length to get to the basket. ... Got a lot of blocks and brought in loads of rebounds. ... Averaged 17.4 points per game. .. A second-team All-NWC selection.

Damek Mitchell

Squalicum

Jr.

G

Great floor leader who possesses a great ability to get to the hole and score. ... A strong shooter, ball-handler and tremendous defensive player. ... Averaged 16.3 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

Jake Poag

Lynden Christian

Sr.

G

A sharpshooting specialist who made a big impact on both sides of the court. .... Averaged 14.6 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection who helped the Lyncs reach the regional round of the 1A state tournament.

Darious Powell

Squalicum

Jr.

G

Arguably the best 3-point shooter in the Northwest Conference who could turn the tide of a game with few shots from long range. ... Averaged 13.8 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.

Zach Roetcisoender

Lynden Christian

Sr.

G

Possessed ability to score in a myriad of ways en route to NWC scoring title. ... Probably the league’s purest scorer and also made a strong defensive impact ... Averaged 22.6 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

Timothy Soares

Mount Baker

Sr.

F

With 6-foot-10 length and rare athleticism, was a handful for opposing defenses. ... Could play in the post and score along the perimeter. ... Big time shot blocker and rebounder. ... Averaged 16.5 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

Josiah Westbrook

Squalicum

Sr.

G

A tremendous athlete and even better scorer. ... Had ability to score from 3-point range and could get to the rim. ... One part of an outstanding Storm backcourt. ... Averaged 16.9 points per game. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

Shaq Woods

Blaine

Sr.

F

An impressive athlete for his size, showing an ability to score from inside and out while grabbing plenty of rebounds. ... A key reason for Blaine’s impressive season. ... Averaged 17.5 points per game. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.

COACH OF THE YEAR BRIAN ROPER

Team: Lynden

What he did: Guided Lynden to a third-place Class 2A state finish and a 25-3 record. ... Coached two All-NWC selections and got a young team to mesh together as season went along.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player

Team

Grant Balvanz

Mount Baker

Josiah Meppelink

Lynden Christian

Jonny Larson

Bellingham

Brady Moore

Meridian

Marcus Montag

Sehome

Kier Munzanreder

Blaine

Logan Deboo

Sehome

TJ Bass

Mount Baker

Aaron Bosscher

Nooksack Valley

John Weg

Ferndale

NOTE: Spelling of Larson's name corrected March 28, 2016.

 

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