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.
Tyler Sipma, senior, Lynden Christian
WHY HE’S #2: After watching Sipma lead the Lyncs to another victory, his coach paid the 6-foot point guard the greatest compliment: “He wills us to victory.” Fearless and unflappable, Sipma provided whatever his team needed whether it was 30 points, 12 assists, or 0 turnovers. He averaged 16 points, nearly 6 assists, and 5 rebounds a game, but he shined brightest under the big lights. He guided the Lyncs to back-to-back state titles for the first time in school history, earning all-state tournament honors and first-team all-Northwest Conference honors both years. And for his efforts this season, he was named the Class 1A player of the year by Scorebook Live.
COACH TIM ZYLSTRA: “One of the top point guards in our league and the state, Tyler is as competitive as anyone I’ve ever seen. He knows how to push himself and his teammates to a higher level and was a great leader for us at the point. He controlled tempo and could handle any pressure thrown at him. He’s as tough as they come and from day one, understood what it takes to win championships.”
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.