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.
Dawson Bouma, junior, Lynden Christian
WHY HE’S #22: If there was an all-defensive team, Bouma might be all-state. The Class 1A state champions regularly assigned the 6-foot guard to defend the other team’s top player no matter what position and he regularly got the better of any matchup. He only averaged 6 points per game but added 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1 steal a game, and you could almost double his stats when it came down the stretch and in the playoffs.
COACH TIM ZYLSTRA: “Dawson always wanted to guard the top players and as coaches we loved it. He never stayed at the same level; he pushed himself on both ends of the court and also had some big games for us on the offensive side when it mattered.”
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.