Mellema among 21 players nominated from Washington state
LYNDEN — Lynden Christian senior Emily Mellema has created quite an impressive resume for a teenager in her four years in the Lyncs girls basketball program. She has two state titles and picked up an all-Northwest Conference first team nomination as a junior last year. Now, she can add McDonald’s All American nominee to the list.
There might be a preconceived notion that the nominees know ahead of time, but Mellema found out Thursday morning the same as everyone else. On social media.
“I was going through my Instagram and one of my AAU friends posted it,” Mellema said. “I was looking through and saw my name and I was like, ‘What the heck?’ People have asked me how long I’ve known and it’s literally just this morning.”
More than 700 players from across the country were nominated for the boys and girls teams. Mellema is one of 21 players from the state of Washington to be nominated. The final roster of 48 players will be announced later this month, but Mellema said it’s an honor to just have her name in the mix.
“Those girls are going to UConn or another big school, so I never thought I’d be nominated,” she said. “It was pretty cool to see my name on there. I’m honored to be among those high-level players. Not a lot of people get nominated for that.”
Mellema, a University of Wyoming signee, gave most of the credit to the coaching staff at Lynden Christian.
From her freshman year to now, she said Lyncs head coach Brady Bomber has helped her mature not just physically as a player, but mentally as well.
“Watching how he coaches us and attacks the game and approaches the game, I think I’ve absorbed how he presents himself and put that into my game,” Mellema said. “My Lynden Christian coaches and everyone involved with the community at Lynden Christian and the program have shaped me into the player I am by far more than anyone else.”
Mellema also said her AAU team, Northwest Blazers, has put her in front of a lot of people and given her opportunities to get her name out there.
In a year where Lynden Christian won’t get a chance to defend its state title, Mellema said it’s disappointing, but the team is looking forward to playing with each other again.
If all goes as planned, Mellema and the Lyncs girls basketball team will have a season starting in May. In the meantime, Mellema will be on the soccer field for her last season with the Lynden Christian girls soccer team which had its season start this week.