Whatcom County basketball teams not only dominated the boys and girls state tournaments, but their players and coaches dominated the state’s end-of-the-season awards, too.
The Associated Press was the latest to name its top players.
Keylie Hershey of Lynden was the Class 2A girls player of the year; Riley Dykstra of Lynden Christian and Jaden DeBoer of LC were named to the first team for the Class 1A girls and boys, respectively; and Andrew DeVries of LC and Caleb Revey were named honorable mention for the Class 1A and 1B boys, respectively.
Here’s the latest list of honors:
Class 2A girls
* Lynden’s Rob Adams was named the coach of the year for all classifications by the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association (WSGBCA) after his Lions won the Class 2A state title, the third for Lynden under Adams. He was also chosen the Scorebook Live Class 2A girls coach of the year.
* The WSGBCA also named its senior all-state teams. Keylie Hershey of Lynden was named the Class 2A player of the year. She also was named to the Scorebook Live Class 2A all-state first team, No.36 of Scorebook Live’s “50 most impactful players” of all classifications, and the Associated Press player of the year.
* Ruby VanderHaak of Lynden was also named to the WSGBCA’s 2A senior all-state team. VanderHaak also was an honorable mention choice for Scorebook Live’s “50 most impactful players” of all classifications, and was among the WIAA athletes of the week after the state tournaments.
Class 2A boys
* The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) named its boys senior all-state teams, and Brock Heppner of Lynden was named to the Class 2A team.
* Liam Hanenburg of Lynden was chosen by Scorebook Live for the Class 2A all-state first team.
Class 1A girls
* Brady Bomber, who guided Lynden Christian to its third state title in the past five years, was named the Scorebook Live Class 1A girls coach of the year.
* Riley Dykstra, who led Lynden Christian to the state title, was named the Class 1A senior player of the year by the WSGBCA. Dykstra also was named to the Scorebook Live all-state second team for players from all classifications, No.21 of Scorebook Live’s “50 most impactful players” of all classifications, on the Associated Press 1A first team, and was among the WIAA athletes of the week after the state tournaments.
* Dykstra and Lynden Christian teammate Emily Mellema were named to the Scorebook Live Class 1A all-state team.
Class 1A boys
* The WIBCA named Andrew DeVries and Bryce Bouwman of Lynden Christian to its Class 1A senior all-state team after they led the Lyncs to a runner-up finish at state. DeVries also was named Associated Press honorable mention all-state.
* Jaden DeBoer, also of Lynden Christian, was named to the Scorebook Live Class 1A all-state team. He also was named to the Associated Press all-state first team, No. 49 of Scorebook Live’s “50 most impactful players” of all classifications, and was voted the Scorebook Live boys basketball player of the week after the state tournaments.
* Also named to the WIBCA’s Class 1A senior all-state team was Meridian’s Jackson Short, who led the Trojans to the state tournament.
Class 1B boys
* Caleb Revey of Lummi Nation was named to the WIBCA’s Class 1B senior all-state team, Associated Press honorable mention all-state and to the Scorebook Live Class 1B all-state team after leading the Blackhawks to fifth place at the state tournament.
For a complete list of all-state teams check out the links below:
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.