The Northwest Conference boys basketball coaches announced their all-conference teams and awards, and Whatcom County players and coaches were prominently named.
Lynden junior Jordan Medcalf was chosen as the conference MVP. His coach, Brian Roper, was named co-coach of the year with Brett Senff of Anacortes. Kent Victor of Lynden was named co-assistant coach of the year with James Wolverton of Sehome.
NWC champion Lynden Christian had two players on the first team — Logan Dykstra and Andrew Hommes. Other Whatcom County players on the first team were Liam Hanenburg of Lynden, Braedan Hart of Mount Baker, Josh Russ of Blaine, Ethan Brooks of Meridian, Mark Schlichting of Ferndale, Reed Richardson of Squalicum, and Elliott Tanovan of Sehome.
On the second team from the county were Isaiah Carlson of Ferndale, Gavin Ortega of Sehome, Cody Coppinger of Nooksack Valley, Garrett Smith of Mount Baker, Koby Whitman of Lynden, Cole Moorlag of Lynden Christian, and Scott Baldwin of Blaine.
Honorable mention selections from the county were Clay Kochuten and Coston Parcher of Lynden, Dawson Kimball and Ayden Roper of Nooksack Valley, Manny DePalma and Trevor Johnson of Bellingham, Mason Binning and Kai Posey of Squalicum, Hunter Jones and Trey Naidu of Meridian, Mason Jacoby of Mount Baker, Cole Thomas of Blaine, Luke Wells and Jesse Sapp of Ferndale, Leland Zender of Squalicum, and Tyler Sipma of Lynden Christian.
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Others earning all-conference honors were Mount Vernon’s Liam Johnston (first team); Burlington-Edison’s Isaac Donovan and Connor Anderson (second team), and Zach Watson and Tayler Sheldon (honorable mention); Anacortes’ Gaige Berow, Cam Berow, Michael Aggergaard, Alek Miller and Jase Frydenlund (honorable mention); Sedro-Woolley’s Jerome Mathias (honorable mention); and Oak Harbor’s Will Rankin, Matt Kelley, Gage McLeod and Brock Boyer (honorable mention).
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.