All-NWC Girls: State Champion Lyncs, Lions Head All-Conference Teams

If there was any doubt that Whatcom County girls basketball teams had a successful season then check out the Northwest Conference’s all-league first and second teams where 14 of the 16 spots went to local players.

Not surprisingly, the state champions dominated.

Senior guard Riley Dykstra of Class 1A state champion Lynden Christian was named the conference MVP, and LC’s Brady Bomber was named the varsity coach of the year.

Dykstra was joined on the first team by Lyncs junior guard Emily Mellema, and junior post Lexi Hernandez and sophomore guard Libby Stump were named to the second team.

A trio of senior guards from Class 2A state champion Lynden — Keylie Hershey, Liv Tjoelker and Ruby VanderHaak — also were named to the first team.

The Whatcom County Senior Classic is this Friday at Lynden High School. The girls game starts at 6:15 p.m. and the boys at 7:45 p.m.

Ferndale and Nooksack Valley each had two players honored.

Golden Eagles senior guard Brianna Byrnes was a first-team choice and junior forward Jamie Johnson was a second-team pick. For the Pioneers, junior forward Jenna Compton and senior guard Kora Larsen were named to the second team.

Three other Whatcom County players were chosen. Sehome junior post Aspen Garrison was named to the first team, and Bellingham junior forward Alexa Mee and Mount Baker senior forward Abby Yost were named to the second team.

The other players chosen were from Burlington-Edison — first-teamer Katie King and second-teamer Amey Rainaud-Hinds.

Lynden seniors (from left) Ruby VanderHaak, Liv Tjoelker and Keylie Hershey were named first-team all-conference.
Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

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.

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