With the Lynden and Lynden Christian boys dominating not only the Northwest Conference but the state, it’s no surprise that the Lions and Lyncs also dominate the NWC’s all-conference selections.
Senior guard Cole Bajema, who led Lynden Christian to the conference title and a fourth-place finish at the Class 1A state tournament last week, was named the NWC most valuable player.
He was joined on the first team by teammate senior center Christian Colwell. Junior guard Andrew DeVries of LC was named to the second team.
Two-time 2A state champion Lynden had two seniors on the first team: forward Clayton Whitman and guard Christian Zamora.
Whatcom County’s other schools also were represented. Making the first team were Ferndale senior guard Sequoyah Julius and Sehome senior guard Eddy Hochsprung. On the second team were Squalicum junior guard Devante Powell, Ferndale senior forward Stewart Freeman and Meridian junior guard Jackson Short.
Rob Gray of Meridian was named the assistant coach of the year.
Others honored were coach of the year Brett Senff of Anacortes; first-teamers Alex Jensen of Lakewood and Taino Ferdinand of Burlington-Edison; and second-teamers Jackson Reisner and Wyatt Walker of Burlington-Edison, Cort Senff and Grayson Eaton of Anacortes, and Jake Thompson of Sedrwo-Woolley.
All the first-team players were seniors except for junior Jensen. All the second-team players were juniors except seniors Senff and Thompson.
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.