2016 Lynden Lions Preview

Coach: Curt Kramme, 26th season with Lynden (237-59)

Home Field: Rollie DeKoster Field at Lynden High School

Last Season: 6-4 (5-2 NWC)

Key Losses: WR/DB Jordan Wittenberg; QB Sterling Somers; OL/LB Jensen Maberry; K Per Wolfisberg; WR/DB Noah King; DL Nathan Gomes.

Top Returnees: G/DL Tanner Steele; WR/PR Rylan Severson; QB/RB Jacob Hommes; RB/ILB Brody Weinheimer; TE/DE Davis Bode; WR/CB Landon DeBruin.


HISTORICAL COMPARISON: James Marsh & Zach Vis

James Marsh
Zach Vis

Even though Marsh is just a sophomore, his skill level gives him a chance to become a very special player. He will be worked in at quarterback and as a safety. He was a valuable piece of last years varsity basketball team as just a freshman.

Vis was one of the best players Lynden has ever produced in its rich history. So, the comparison is a lofty one. Though Vis was not a quarterback, he was a great safety that had tremendous instincts, speed and size.


2015 RESULTS

King’s 21, Lynden 14

Lynden 53, Lakewood 0

Squalicum 27, Lynden 0

Lynden 52, Anacortes 20

Lynden 47, Sehome 14

Lynden 34, Burlington-Edison 16

Lynden 34, Ferndale 7

Sedro Woolley 32, Lynden 29

Lynden 37, Blaine 14

Sedro Woolley 21, Lynden 17 (District Playoff)


2016 SCHEDULE

09/02 – Terry Fox Secondary (BC) – 7 PM

09/09 – Ferndale – 7 PM

09/17 – Bellingham – 7 PM

09/23 – at Sedro Woolley – 7 PM

09/30 – at Lakewood – 7 PM

10/07 – Blaine – 7 PM

10/14 – at Anacortes – 7 PM

10/21 – Burlington-Edison – 7 PM

10/28 – at Sehome – 7 PM


Just because the Lions didn’t make the state tournament last season doesn’t mean that they were a bad team. They were actually a great team, with great players, that had a bad draw. Even though there are a lot of new faces on this year’s squad, the talent is there to make another deep run.

“The coachability, attitude and work ethic of this year’s team has been great,” Coach Curt Kramme said. “We always say that defense wins championships, and our defense will be key this year.”

If anyone knows what it takes to be a champion, it’s Kramme. His Lions have taken home the big trophy seven times, and he also was a big part of Whatcom County’s first ever state champion football team as an All-League 1st team quarterback and defensive back of the 1978 Blaine Borderites.

Jacob Hommes
Jacob Hommes

Senior Jacob Hommes and sophomore James Marsh will start the season as rotating quarterbacks. “Jacob has done a really nice job in the offseason and has put on about 25 pounds of muscle,” Kramme said. “He’s a senior that deserves his chance. But, when he’s not at quarterback he will play running back for us.”

Hommes averaged seven yards per carry last season, and scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Senior Brody Weinheimer has bulked up to 220 pounds and will get the “Lion’s share” (pardon the pun) of the carries.

Aaron Weidenaar
Aaron Weidenaar

Playing wide receiver for Lynden… now that looks like a lot of fun! Since changing to the spread offense in 2005 the Lions’ receiving statistics have ballooned, and they have produced some great ones. Gone are Jordan Wittenberg and Noah King (along with their 100 catches from last season), but Coach Kramme believes that he has a lot of weapons out wide this year. Junior Aaron Weidenaar will be joined by a trio of athletic seniors; Landon DeBruin, Rylan Severson and Connor Shine.

“Instead of having two really great players to throw the ball to, we’ll have a better balance of athletes that have to be accounted for,” said Kramme. “We’ll also play according to our personnel, which will result in us using more tight end sets.”

Davis Bode
Davis Bode

Senior Davis Bode is more comfortable back at tight end after splitting out at wide receiver last season. Either junior Trey LaBounty or sophomore Jacob Kettels will be snatched from offensive tackle to be a second tight end. Senior Jack Petersen is another tight end that will see some action.

Tanner Steele will be back to anchor the Lynden offensive line. Although he is currently being recruited to play center, he will likely play guard, or whichever tackle spot that would be vacated by either LaBounty or Kettels. Edward Andrews is back at center, and senior guards Brennan Roebuck and Ricky Lopez round out the offensive line.

Tanner Steele
Tanner Steele

It will be a typical Lynden Lion defensive line with a stout nose guard, a pair of quick slanting defensive tackles and two lanky defensive ends. Steele will line up at nose, with a rotation of Andrew and Lopez. Senior Tyus Wilson and junior Jordan Brockmeyer will man the defensive tackle spots. LaBounty and Kettels will be the defensive ends, as they are the last in a long line of great defensive ends in Coach Kramme’s 26 years at Lynden.

Brody Weinheimer
Brody Weinheimer

Weinheimer will play inside linebacker and will be joined by the junior tackling machine, Gage Bates. DeBruin will start at one corner and on the other side will be junior Cory Warner, who Coach Kramme said has been the surprise of camp so far. Weidenaar and Shine will start at safety, with Marsh the super-sophomore waiting in the wings.

Senior Nick Parris will handle the kicking duties along with junior Isaiah Baseden. Sophomore Trevin Melendez will be the punter. Severson will be the main return man for the Lions with DeBruin helping on kickoffs and Hommes on punts.

Going into the summer, I wasn’t as high as usual on Lynden football for 2016. And then I went to practice. Seeing the size, the athleticism, the enthusiasm… I realized that Lynden doesn’t rebuild, they re-load. They will have a very strong year, and will challenge for yet another NWC title.

Prediction: 8-1


2016 Roster

NUMBER

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

CLASS

1

AARON

WEIDENAAR

JR

2

JACOB

HOMMES

SR

3

RYLAN

SEVERSON

SR

4

ELIJAH

VANDER HAAK

SOPH

5

BO

BOVENKAMP

JR

6

PRESTION

KING

SOPH

7

ZJ

MILLS

SOPH

8

KOBE

ELSNER

SOPH

9

LANDON

DEBRUIN

SR

10

NATHAN

DOERING

SOPH

12

OWEN

BODE

SOPH

13

SUNNY

BRAR

JR

14

CORY

WARNER

JR

15

PABLO

MARTINEZ

SOPH

17

ERIC

MARTIN-MANN

SOPH

18

JAMES

MARSH

SOPH

20

CONNOR

SHINE

SR

21

BLAKE

SILVES

SOPH

22

GAGE

BATES

JR

24

GABRIEL

GOMEZ

SOPH

27

GRANT

VANDER YACHT

SOPH

29

TREVIN

MELENDEZ

SOPH

30

CODY

SWENDT

SR

33

KAIDEN

VANDALEN

SOPH

34

BRENDON

KLEINDEL

SOPH

35

BRODY

WEINHEIMER

SR

36

BRADEN

BLACK

SOPH

37

JORDAN

BROCKMEYER

JR

38

PAYTON

SCOTT

SOPH

39

ANTHONY

BAIRD

SOPH

42

NICK

PARRIS

SR

43

ISAIAH

BASEDEN

JR

44

ADRIAN

VELASQUEZ

SOPH

45

ADAM

PAYNE

JR

46

JORDAN

PETERSON-SCOTTER

SR

47

TERRELL

PEAVY

SOPH

50

COOPER

BROWN

SOPH

51

URIAH

MCSORLEY

SOPH

52

BRET

HEPPNER

SR

53

TANNER

STEELE

SR

56

KADEN

MAYBERRY

SOPH

58

MICAH

SMITH

SR

59

CAUY

SHAGREN

JR

60

EDWARD

ANDREWS

SR

67

ALEX

PETERSEN

SR

68

DJ

DAHLGREN

JR

69

BAILEY

TOTTON

SOPH

71

COLE

CRASS

JR

72

KEVIN

ANTONIO

SOPH

73

JACOB

KETTELS

SOPH

74

BRYCE

BOSMAN

SOPH

75

DORIAN

LANDRY

SOPH

76

TREY

LABOUNTY

JR

77

BRENNAN

ROEBUCK

SR

79

RICKY

LOPEZ

SR

82

CARSON

BODE

SOPH

83

TYUS

WILSON

SR

85

DERRIC

LLOYD

JR

88

JACK

PETERSEN

SR

98

LAYNE

SMITH

SOPH

99

DAVIS

BODE

SR