Boys & Girls Club 32nd annual Senior Classic highlights Whatcom’s incoming grads 

LYNDEN — Senior basketball players from around the county took to Lynden High School Friday night for the Whatcom County Boys & Girls Club 32nd annual Lynden Senior Classic, marking a conclusion to many locals’ prep hoops careers. 

The evening included boys and girls games, pitting a City team against a County team, as well as boys and girls three-point contests and a boys slam-dunk showdown. 

Winning the girls three-point contest was Lynden’s Sierra Smith, who drilled 10 threes before her 30-second time limit was up. On the boys side, Meridian’s Bailey Hodge also knocked down 10 triples to capture the three-point title. 

Participating in the dunk contest were Lynden Christian’s George DeJong and Nooksack Valley’s Jordan Veening and Casey Bauman. All three seniors successfully converted dunks, but it was DeJong’s 360-degree slam that won the contest. 

The girls City team was comprised of Meridian’s Ellesse FitzGerald, Tanis Harrison and Kyrin Baklund; Squalicum’s Chalae Wolters and Josie Andert; Ferndale’s Carmelita Rodriguez and Peyton Humbert; Sehome’s Sarah Eisses and Carissa McDowell; and Lummi’s Janyha Ell. 

The ladies County team included Lynden’s Natalie Amos and Smith; Lynden Christian’s Avery 

Dykstra, Riley VanHulzen and Sam VanLoo; Nooksack Valley’s Katrina Gimmaka; Mount Baker’s McKenzie Yost and Jordan LaTorre; and Blaine’s Josie Deming and Alexis Hallberg. 

In the girls game, Meridian’s duo of Baklund and FitzGerald each scored 16 points, converting a few threes each along the way, to pace the City team to a 72-68 victory. Yost led the County team with 14 points, including four three-pointers. 

The boys County team roster included Lynden’s Trey LaBounty and Noah Walker; Lynden Christian’s DeJong and Jordan Riddle; Nooksack’s Bauman and Veening; Mount Baker’s Ethan Gates and Thomas Barbo; Blaine’s Cory Luce; and Lummi’s Mike Washington. 

On the boys City team were Meridian’s Hodge and TJ Dykstra; Bellingham’s Caden Mee and Ritz Voeut; Ferndale’s James Hinson, AJ Rankin and Reid Benson; Squalicum’s Kendall Engelhart and Eric Monahan; and Sehome’s Evan Kingma. 

DeJong managed a 25-point evening to lead the County team, but the City team took the boys game 85-75 behind Benson’s 17 points.