Despite rather disappointing ends to both teams’ seasons, the accolades continue to roll in for Lynden and Squalicum’s boys’ soccer teams.
The Storm earned a Class 2A first-team selection and a second-team selection on the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association All-State boys’ soccer team, which was announced in a news release on Friday, July 3, while Lynden tallied a second-teamer and an honorable mention at the Class 2A level.
Squalicum defender BJ James, who was named The Bellingham Herald’s Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year, earned Whatcom County’s and the Northwest Conference’s only first-team pick. The senior was instrumental in Squalicum’s imposing defense that only allowed two goals in conference play on the way to an undefeated regular season. He also assisted the attack from the rear, scoring three goals and two assists on the year, including a game-winning overtime goal in the district playoffs.
Lynden forward Nicolas Parris earned a well-deserved second-team bid following a breakthrough season for the sophomore. He scored a Northwest Conference-high 14 goals, while adding five assists for a NWC-high 33 points. He nearly led the Lions to a playoff appearance but a knee injury toward the end of the season kept him out as Lynden just missed out.
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Squalicum forward Tyler Hughes also was named to the second team. Despite missing two weeks of the season for a trip to Europe, Hughes scored eight goals and five assists. He followed up his spectacular play during Squalicum’s run to a state title last year with another great season, one which he rotated between central forward, wing and central midfield. The sophomore plays with a lot of flash but can back it up with talent.
Hector Gutierrez followed his all-state second-team season last year with another successful year, this time earning an honorable mention for his play. The All-NWC Defensive Player of the Year nearly guided Lynden to the playoffs and as a senior recorded three shutouts.
Other NWC players named to the team were Sedro-Woolley forward and second-teamer Nef Camacho, who tied Parris for the league-high in goals with 14, and Sedro-Woolley’s Obed Camacho, who got an honorable mention.
The Most Valuable Player selections went to Snohomish’s Blake Crutchfield at the 4A level, Interlake’s Jason Rodriguez for the 3As, Archbishop Murphy’s Brady Henderson for 2A and 1A Highland’s David Paniagua.
WSSCA All-State Boys’ Soccer Team
MVP: Blake Crutchfield (Snohomish); Coach of the Year: Dan Pingrey (Snohomish); First team forwards: Bennett Lehner (Camas), Burke Fahling (Inglemoor), Logan Wood (Tahoma), JD Hauenstein (Central Valley), Giovanny Soto (Wenatchee); First team midfielders: Blake Crutchfield (Snohomish), Trevor Lee (Puyallup), Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez (Pasco), Cameron Eyman (Camas); First team defenders: Nick Morgan (Skyline), Connor Thompson (Bellarmine Prep), Gabe Grabowski (Central Valley), Gus Baxter (Snohomish); First team goalkeeper: Grant Alcorn (Union); Second team forwards: Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez (Pasco), Ike Northstrom (Gig Harbor), Tino Lopez-Slish (Mount Rainier), Hector Magana (Pasco); Second team midfielders: Edwin Borwn (Gig Harbor), Neil Boyal (Olympia), Chris Trussel (Wenatchee), Cris Garfias (Tahoma); Second team defenders: Connor Herriford (Puyallup), Nick Hall (Thomas Jefferson), Chris Sutton (Olympia), Oswal Lopez (Pasco); Second team goalkeeper: Scott Leathley (Tahoma); Honorable mentions: Terry Cox (Ferris), Kristian Barney (Snohomish), Alex McNeil (Lewis and Clark), Pablo Gallo Arias (Redmond), Nathan Grinalds (Central Valley), Joel Jacobson (Gig Harbor), Rio Alcorta (Inglemoor), Lucas Ulmer (Camas), Rehn Reiley (Moses Lake), Ridley Eastland-Fruit (Inglemoor), Jake Johnston (Puyallup).
MVP: Jason Rodriguez (Interlake); Coach of the Year: Dan Peterson (Interlake); First team forwards: Jason Rodriguez (Interlake), Roko Bedalov (Garfield), Ryan Hill (Mercer Island), Jaeger Skifstad (Central Kitsap); First team midfielders: Adrian Correa (Auburn Riverside), Wyatt Paul (Lakeside), Brandon Gonzales (Auburn Riverside), Connor Seed (Glacier Peak); First team defenders: Derek Sims (Mercer Island), Logan Jones (Auburn), Spencer Pettit (Glacier Peak), Anthony Arroyo (Kennewick), First team goalkeeper: Wallis Lapsley (Lakeside); Second team forwards: Nigel El-Sokkary (Capital), Riley Prescott (Glacier Peak), Will Eldred (Hanford); Second team midfielders: Logan Beachy (Central Kitsap), Oni Mayer (Capital), Jose Castillo (Interlake), Sebastian Navarro (Marysville-Pilchuck); Second team defenders: Ben Stevenson (Prairie), Andrew Scrimsher (Kamiakin), Hector Cervantes (Hazen), Jordan Zimmerman (Capital); Second team goalkeeper: Lewis Watson (Central Kitsap); Honorable mentions: Jordan Loomans (Auburn Riverside), Reyes Garcia (Hazen), Brandon Boehnke (Kamiakin), Alex Chung (Mercer Island), Shane Eckert (Garfield), Alex Klussman (Central Kitsap), Spencer Lyng (Ingraham), Matt Leprowse (Mercer Island).
MVP: Brady Henderson (Archbishop Murphy); Coach of the Year: Mike Bartley (Archbishop Murphy); First team forwards: Efren Monzon (Fife), Mitchell Pinney (Hockinson), Matt Williams (Archbishop Murphy), Casey Duff (Black Hills), Anton Resing (Shorecrest); First team midfielders: Brady Henderson (Archbishop Murphy), Hugo Martinez (Othello), Gabe Astone (Archbishop Murphy), Alex Day (Shorecrest); First team defenders: Ben Adams (Archbishop Murphy), Jack Neffner (Shorecrest), BJ James (Squalicum), Israel Gonzalez (Grandview), Dane Brizzolara (Tumwater); First team goalkeeper: Alex Worland (Kingston); Second team forwards: Mack Smith (Fife), Nef Camacho (Sedro-Woolley), Nicolas Parris (Lynden), Tyler Hughes (Squalicum); Second team midfielders: Max Hauser (Ridgefield), Alex Hernandez (Kingston), Enrique Rivera (Quincy), Mitchell Balmer (Franklin Pierce); Second team defenders: Bryan Flores (Fife), Corey Stever (Shorecrest), Gunnar Swenson (Archbishop Murphy), Ray Sigala (Fife); Second team goalkeeper: Julian Tafola (Fife); Honorbale mentions: Carlos Molina (Clover Park), Isaiah Contreras (Aberdeen), Cesar Corona (Aberdeen), Axel Mejia (Fife), Leo Hernandez (Kingston), Obed Camacho (Sedro-Woolley), Hector Gutierrez (Lynden), Ryan Henderson (Archbishop Murphy).
MVP: David Paniagua (Highland); Co-Coaches of the Year: Greg Warner (Highland), Dave Westburg (Bellevue Christian); First team forwards: Reed Shick (Bellevue Christian), Carlos Magana (Highland), Riley Browne (Bellevue Christian), Jake Sargent (Klahowya); First team midfielders: David Paniagua (Highland), Bennett Close (Bellevue Christian), Ryan Fransen (King’s), Missael Lopez (Highland); First team defenders: Hermilo Tlatelpa (Wahluke), Rick Hatate (Bellevue Christian), Juan Garcia (Chelan), Paul Powell (Klahowya); First team goalkeeper: David Postma (Bellevue Christian); Second team forwards: Kelly Kyllo (Lakeside), Jackson Ragen (University Prep), Marius Schaffer (Tenino), Kai Da Rosa (South Whidbey); Second team midfielders: Adair Garibay (Toledo-Winlock), Jeff Meier (South Whidbey), Ryan Miller (Bellevue Christian), Fernando Munoz (Toledo-Winlock); Second team defenders: Josh Alexander (King’s), Jose Serna (Highland), Manuel Rodriguez (Wahluke), David Van Vleck (Toledo-Winlock); Second team goalkeepers: Kasey Trask (Klahowya), Jose Lopez (Highland); Honorable mentions: Matias Lazo-Fanning (Northwest), Alex Firl (La Center), Joe Eaton (Bellevue Christian), Brady Trullinger (White Salmon), Kasey Barber (Naches), Lars Helleren (King’s).