Whatcom Seniors, Coaches Earn State Honors

Seven Whatcom players and three Whatcom coaches were chosen to participate in state all-star games this Saturday, March 18, and several other players earned all-star honors.

On the boys side, Lynden’s Coston Parcher, Lynden Christian’s Tyler Sipma, and Blaine’s Matt Russ were named to the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association all-star games, which features top seniors in the state and will be played at Curtis High School in Tacoma.

Lynden junior Anthony Canales and Lynden Christian junior Jeremiah Wright were chosen to play in the WIBCA’s futures game with the top underclassmen in the state.

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The all-star weekend schedule has a unified game at 10 a.m., the futures game at 11 a.m., the 1B vs. 2B all-stars at 1 p.m., the 1A vs. 2A all-stars at 3 p.m., and the 3A vs. 4A all-stars at 5 p.m.

Brian Roper of Class 2A state champion Lynden will coach the 2A all-stars and Tim Zylstra of Class 1A state champion Lynden Christian will coach the 1A all-stars.

 To stream the games, visit https://www.team1sports.com/highschool/wa/?S=wibca.

On the girls side, Nooksack Valley’s Hallie Kamphouse and Lynden Christian’s Demi Dykstra were chosen for the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association seniors-only all-star games at King’s High School in Seattle.

Their Class 1A game against the 2A all-stars is at 4 p.m. with the Class 1B-2B game at 2 p.m. and the 3A-4A game at 6 p.m. The 2A all-stars will be coached by Vic Wolffis of Lynden.

Girls players of the year and coaches of the year for each classification will be presented at halftime of each game. The Ms. Basketball 2023 award, which goes to the state’s best player regardless of classification, and the WSGBCA state coach of the year award will be presented at halftime of the 3A-4A game.

Admission to the the all-state games is $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors.

Other recent honors garnered by Whatcom basketball players:

* Lynden senior Kobe Baar and Lynden Christian’s Wright were named WIAA players of the week for Feb. 27-March 4. They are the first Whatcom basketball players to be so honored this year.

Baar helped the Lions win back-to-back Class 2A state titles to add to the back-to-back state titles he helped Lynden win in football earlier this school year. Wright was named the Class 1A state tournament MVP after recording three straight double-doubles (points and rebounds) in Yakima.

* Nooksack Valley junior Devin Coppinger was voted the SBLive WaFd Bank Washington state athlete of the week for Feb. 27-March 4. Coppinger helped the Pioneers win their first Class 1A girls state championship.

* Lummi Nation senior Richard Wilson was named the Northwest 1B League Player of the Year. Freshman Jerome Toby also was chosen for all-league first team.

Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

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.

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