BELLINGHAM — Former local basketball standouts Sterling Somers (Lynden), Paul Hafford (Lynden Christian) and Kyle Impero (Nooksack Valley) will be playing for the Bellingham Slam, a minor league basketball team, this summer as the team competes in the Seattle Pro-Am league, beginning on July 1.
Somers was selected to fill one of the two spots available for current collegiate athletes on the team. He won PacWest Conference Freshman of the Year honors at Point Loma Nazarene University this season after an oustanding career for the Lynden Lions.
With the Lions, Somers scored the second most points in school history and owns the record for most defensive rebounds in a career and a season.
Hafford returns to the Pro-Am roster for the second straight season. He played collegiately at Whitworth College, North Idaho Junior College and Portland State before beginning his stint in minor league basketball in 2007. After playing four previous seasons for the Slam before 2014, this will be Hafford’s sixth summer with the team.
At LC, Hafford notably broke the 2A State Tournament record for three-pointers in a game with 8 against Grandview back in 2001. He broke several other records during the 2002 2A state tourney as well.
Impero also returns to the team as he was a member of the Slam’s roster last season while finishing his senior season at Western Washington. Impero saw limited action during last year’s Pro-Am schedule, but led the team by making 65 percent of his shots from the field.
The former Class 1A State Player of the Year at Nooksack Valley played in 62 games in two seasons with the Western Washington University Vikings, averaging 15 points per game as a senior in 2015-16.
Others competing for the Slam this season include Lummi’s Trazil Lane and former Vikings Morris Anderson, Jacob Stevenson, Tyler Amaya, Anye Turner and Austin Bragg.
After a two-year hiatus, the Slam returned to action last season, reaching the semifinal round of the Pro-Am postseason tournament.
The team was founded in 2005 and played under the banner of the International Basketball League from 2007 to 2014 before the league changed its focus, leaving the Slam without a league for two seasons. The Slam won four IBL titles during that time span.
Seattle Pro-Am League play starts on Saturday and includes nine regular-season games before postseason play kicks off on Aug. 19. The championship round of the league is set for Aug. 27.
The league is entering its 22nd season.
All games are played at the Royal Brougham Pavilion on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
For a full schedule and team information, visit www.bellinghamslam.com.