In a season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops ranked the top 30 boys. Each day we featured an amazing player in our county and counted down until we got to #1. We hope you enjoyed the countdown as we honored the best of the best.
Kobe Baar, senior, Lynden
WHY HE’S #13: Not surprisingly, the all-star defensive back made a name for himself as perhaps the best defender in the Northwest Conference. But the physical 6-foot forward was much more, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2 assists, and nearly 2 steals a game. And when a big play was needed in a big game, Baar was ready, shooting 77 percent at the state tournament, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the state final, and being named to the all-tournament team while helping drive the Lions to the Class 2A state title.
COACH BRIAN ROPER: “Kobe Baar is one of the most competitive kids we have had at Lynden. He hates to lose and will do whatever he can to help his team win. He played hurt much of the year, but you would never know it because of his toughness. He is the type of player you hate to play against but love to have as a teammate.”
Links to the Whatcom Hoops Top 30
#2: Tyler Sipma, Lynden Christian
#6: Jeremiah Wright, Lynden Christian
#8: Richard Wilson, Lummi Nation
#11: Jerome Toby, Lummi Nation
#12: Ashton Engelhart, Squalicum
#13: Kobe Baar, Lynden
#14: Wyatt Stephan, Bellingham
#15: Griffin Dykstra, Lynden Christian
#18: Mat Storms, Sehome
#19: Brady Ackerman, Nooksack Valley
#22: Dawson Bouma, Lynden Christian
#24: Bennett DeLange, Nooksack Valley
#25: Ethan Larson, Mount Baker
#29: Lane Dykstra, Lynden Christian
#30: Trey Smiley, Lynden
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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.