Lynden senior goalkeeper Hector Gutierrez was selected the All-Northwest Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player by the league’s coaches, and Nooksack Valley coach Valentin Villalobos was chosen Coach of the Year.
Gutierrez helped the Lions to a 7-7-2 record this year, as they allowed just 22 goals — fourth lowest in the conference behind Squalicum (10), Bellingham (17) and Burlington-Edison (21). Lynden posted two shutouts and limited opponents to one goal seven times this season. In fact, only Squalicum (four) and Anacortes (three) managed to score more than two goals in a game against the Lions.
Villalobos directed the Pioneers to an 11-6-1 record and to the NWC’s top Class 1A seed into the Northwest District Tournament. Nooksack Valley fell one win short of advancing to the bi-district tournament, but their 11 wins in 2015 were just one short of their combined total from the past four seasons.
Sedro-Woolley senior Neff Camacho was selected the NWC Offensive MVP.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Bellingham Herald
Joining Gutierrez on the first team were defenders Obed Camacho from Sedro-Woolley, William Kingma from Nooksack Valley, B.J. James from Squalicum and Akira Nystrom from Anacortes.
Burlington-Edison’s Kevin Miranda, Anacortes’ Takeo Nystrom, Squalicum’s Zach Wallace and Sehome’s Mason Rathkamp and Zach Wanne were selected first-team midfielders.
Squalicum’s Tyler Hughes, Lynden’s Nick Parris and Lynden Christian’s Cody Fransen joined Neff Camacho as first-team forward selections.
Whatcom County selections to the second team were Bellingham goalie Joe Worley, Sehome defenders Isaac Devange and Gabe Weight, Lynden Christian defender Liam Kroontje, Squalicum defender Spencer Wallace, Meridian midfielder Jake Birnel, Squalicum midfielders Quinn Carpenter and Brandon Burbank, Lynden midfielder Gerado Quiroz, Mount Baker midfielder Taylor Bruntil, Nooksack Valley forward Luke VanWingerden and Bellingham forward Noe Betancourt-Cruz.
ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TEAM
NWC Offensive MVP: Neff Camacho (Sedro-Woolley)
NWC Defensive MVP: Hector Gutierrez (Lynden)
Coach of the Year: Valentin Villalobos (Nooksack Valley)
|Cody Fransen||F||Lynden Christian||Sr.|
|William Kingma||D||Nooksack Valley||Sr.|
|Taylor Bruntil||M||Mount Baker||Sr.|
|Liam Kroontje||D||Lynden Christian||Sr.|
|Luke VanWingerden||F||Nooksack Valley||Sr.|