Video: All-Whatcom County Boys' Basketball Player of the Year Sterling Somers
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NOTE: Spelling of Larson's name corrected March 28, 2016.