Top 150 #65 – 1980 Ferndale Golden Eagles

RECORD: 7-2 – COACH: Tom Manke

LEAGUE: 2-2 (3rd Place in the NWL)

CLASSIFICATION: “AA” – Playoffs: None

POINTS PER GAME: 25.4 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 4.9
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +20.5

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Ferndale 26, Mount Vernon 7

Week 2: Ferndale 24, Sehome 0

Week 3: Ferndale 21, Sedro Woolley 0

Week 4: Ferndale 47, Stanwood 0

Week 5: Burlington-Edison 10, Ferndale 0

Week 6: Bellingham 27, Ferndale 26

Week 7: Ferndale 42, Monroe 0

Week 8: Ferndale 34, Queen Anne 0

Week 9: Ferndale 9, Mount Vernon 0


They were third place in the league, and they didn’t make the playoffs. But, what an awesome team! They shut out six of their opponents in their seven wins, and their two losses were by a total of 11 points.

Kurt Hanson

Seniors Kurt Hanson and Scot Schwisow split time at quarterback. Hanson completed 11 passes for 206 yards and five touchdowns, with Schwisow amassing 12 completions for 164 yards and three scores. Of course, the Golden Eagles were more ground-oriented, and Hanson ran for 79 yards and three touchdowns.

John Locker

Junior John Locker had another outstanding season, rushing for 866 yards (6.0 average) and nine touchdowns, and he was named All-League 1st Team for the second year in a row. He was joined by senior Glenn Niemela who rushed for 455 yards (5.7) and three scores. The three-headed rushing attack wouldn’t have been complete without junior Greg Ebe and his 211 yards rushing (5.6) and four touchdowns.

Greg Daws

6-foot-4 senior tight end Greg Daws made huge plays for the Golden Eagles, catching nine passes for 136 yards (15.1) and five touchdowns. Senior Kurt Evans caught seven passes for 69 yards (9.9), and sophomore tight end Greg Finkbonner caught a pair of touchdown passes.

John Brandt

The offensive line was led by the 170-pound senior, John Brandt. He was named All-League 1st Team, and cleared many paths for Locker and company. Fellow senior Dennis Butolph also pushed his weight around up front, and the Ferndale rushing attack totaled 1745 yards, and averaged 5.4 yards per carry, and this was before the time when offensive linemen could use their hands at all!

Glenn Niemela

The defensive line was led by junior Ken Altona, and Daws. Altona was an All-League 1st Team selection, and Daws was named All-League 2nd Team. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Ebe had the perfect combination of size and speed to dominate at linebacker, and he was named All-League 1st Team. Locker led the secondary, and was named All-League 1st Team. Finkbonner also scored a defensive touchdown against Mount Vernon.

Fabio Froes

Senior Fabio Froes handled the kicking duties, and he hit on 19 extra points and three field goals. Ebe also returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown against Sehome.

Top 150 #66 – 2002 Meridian Trojans

RECORD: 9-1 – COACH: Bob Ames

LEAGUE: 8-0 (1st Place in the NCC)

CLASSIFICATION: 2A – Playoffs: Lost in 1st Round

POINTS PER GAME: 40.2 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 4.4
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +35.8

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Meridian 19, Lynden Christian 13

Week 2: Meridian 6, Mount Baker 3

Week 3: Meridian 59, South Whidbey 7

Week 4: Meridian 51, Sultan 0

Week 5: Meridian 42, Granite Falls 0

Week 6: Meridian 59, Blaine 0

Week 7: Meridian 51, Lakewood 0

Week 8: Meridian 77, North Surrey (BC) 0

Week 9: Meridian 26, Nooksack Valley 7

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Rochester 14, Meridian 12


The 2002 version of the Trojans were loaded with talent, they took care of the regular season, but lost a heart-breaker in the first round of the state playoffs.

Jordan Slesk

Sophomore Jordan Slesk had a great season, especially for his first year as a starting quarterback. He completed 79 passes for 1290 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 1290 yards passing broke the Whatcom County record for a sophomore. He also ran for three touchdowns.

Jesse Alderson

Senior running back Jesse Alderson had another magical season, and he was named the League’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He rushed for 1722 yards (9.9 average) and he became the first player in Whatcom County history to score 30 touchdowns in a season. He was also named All-League 1st Team, as well as All-State 2nd Team. He was joined in the backfield by burly junior fullback, Brady Emmons. He ran for 252 yards (7.6) and four touchdowns, and was named All-League 2nd Team. Senior Colin Morris added 281 yards on the ground (5.7) and three touchdowns.

Matt Hagen

Slesk spread the wealth in the passing game, with seven different players gaining over 100 yards receiving. Sophomore Matt Hagen led the team with 14 receptions, for 188 yards (13.4) and two touchdowns. Junior Cody Bowden and senior Willie Wantz each made huge plays in the passing game, each averaging over 20 yards per catch. Senior tight end Tyler Ruzicka was named All-League 2nd Team, catching eight passes for 141 yards (17.6) and a pair of scores.

Steve Auld

The offensive line was loaded with underclassmen. Juniors Steve Auld, Dustin Knight, Tristan Burgess and Tyler Hazen were all named All-League 1st Team, and collectively, they were a huge reason for Alderson’s record-breaking season. The Trojans ran for over 2600 yards and passed for over 1200 yards.

Brady Emmons

The defense shut five opponents out in a row during the season. Burgess (from the interior) and Bowden (off the edge) controlled the defensive line, and were each named All-League 1st Team. Emmons was named the League’s Defensive Player of the Year, and was dominant at inside linebacker. Auld was also force at linebacker, and was also named All-League 1st Team. They were joined by senior Josh Hurst, who was an All-League 2nd Team selection. Alderson was an All-League 2nd Team pick in the secondary.

Cody Bowden

Senior Josh Ramey was named All-League 1st Team at kicker, and he booted 36 extra points and one field goal. Alderson was named All-State as a kick returner, and handled most of the return duties.

 

Top 150 #67 – 1977 Bellingham Red Raiders

RECORD: 8-1 – COACH: Vel West

LEAGUE: 7-1 (2nd Place in the NWL)

CLASSIFICATION: “AA” – Playoffs: None

POINTS PER GAME: 22.1 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 9.8
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +12.3

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Bellingham 25, Liberty (Issaquah) 7

Week 2: Bellingham 26, Mount Vernon 0

Week 3: Bellingham 28, Sehome 6

Week 4: Bellingham 23, Ferndale 15

Week 5: Bellingham 19, Lake Stevens 18

Week 6: Bellingham 19, Anacortes 12

Week 7: Burlington-Edison 27, Bellingham 8

Week 8: Bellingham 8, Monroe 7

Week 9: Bellingham 43, Stanwood 14


They had a bruising defense, they had a powerful run game and they had a tremendously strong offensive line. The one thing they didn’t have was a playoff appearance. In 1977 only one team from the Northwest League made the state playoffs, and that was the league champion, and eventual state champion, Burlington-Edison Tigers. Bellingham had just one loss, and it was against those Tigers.

Todd Stephan

Senior Craig Christie had the control of the offense, and he ran the ship well. This was before the “run and shoot” days of the Red Raiders, so they were mostly ground based. He completed 12 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 106 yards and two more scores.

Bob Csolti

They had a trio of senior running backs that were relied upon heavily. Dean Wickenburg led the team in rushing with 718 yards (5.8 average), and he scored four touchdowns. Todd Stephan was the big-play guy, rushing for 579 yards (7.0) and a team-high nine touchdowns. Ron Limbacher ran for 374 yards (4.9) and seven scores. Stephan was named All-League 2nd Team, and scored all 28 points in the crosstown rival game against Sehome (four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions). Junior John Herda contributed with 163 yards (4.1) and a touchdown.

Kevin Foster

Junior tight end Chris Bergner was the main target, catching 10 passes for 189 yards (18.9) and a touchdown. Senior Kevin Kurtz was the big play receiver. Even though he only caught four passes, he made them count, totaling 158 yards (39.5) and a pair of touchdowns.

Bruce Ebergson

The offensive line was loaded, and had a pair of seniors that were returning All-League 1st Team players. Senior Bob Csolti and Kevin Foster were each again named All-League 1st Team, and could be the best duo of offensive linemen that Whatcom County saw in the 1970’s. They were joined by senior Cary Gustafson, who was named All-League 2nd Team.

Don Fenton

The defense was led by Csolti on the line, and he was named as the League’s Lineman of the Year, and he was chosen All-League 1st Team. He was joined up front by senior Scott Elsner, who was named All-League 2nd Team. Senior Bruce Ebergson returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the first game of the season, and was named All-League 1st Team at linebacker. Junior Don Fenton kicked six extra points, and was named All-League 1st Team at punter. Senior Jeff Jenkins returned a punt 46 yards for a touchdown against Stanwood.

Top 150 #68 – 1999 Sehome Mariners

RECORD: 9-1 – COACH: Ted Flint

LEAGUE: 8-0 (T-1st Place in the WesCo)

CLASSIFICATION: 4A – Playoffs: Lost in 1st Round

POINTS PER GAME: 31.4 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 10.2
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +21.2

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Sehome 28, Edmonds-Woodway 0

Week 2: Sehome 27, Oak Harbor 13

Week 3: Sehome 49, Shorewood 21

Week 4: Sehome 39, Shorecrest 0

Week 5: Sehome 27, Marysville-Pilchuck 7

Week 6: Sehome 57, Mountlake Terrace 20

Week 7: Sehome 16, Mariner 9

Week 8: Sehome 14, Squalicum 0

Week 9: Sehome 42, Snohomish 7

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Capital 25, Sehome 15


The 1999 Sehome Mariners dedicated their season to memories of coach Birger Solberg, who died of cancer, and running back Pete Staskiews, who was killed in a car accident. The upperclassmen were a tight-knit group, and they all came together and had an amazing season.

After tossing 12 touchdown passes in 1998, senior Paul Nicholes was ready for a breakout season at quarterback. The ’99 version of the Mariners were more grounded. Nicholes completed 28 passes for 545 yards and nine touchdowns. He also ran for three more scores.

Paul Nicholes

Senior Evan Zaslow had an outstanding year, rushing for 1317 yards (7.4 average) and a school record 21 touchdowns. He would go on to be named All-League 1st Team. Junior Andrew Holloway also enjoyed a big season, rushing for 641 yards (6.5) and seven touchdowns. 145-pound senior Mike Roe contributed with 119 yards (4.8) and two scores from his wing back position.

Evan Zaslow

64% of Nicholes’ completions were to wide receiver, Gary Gould, and who could blame him. The 6-foot-4 senior had everything you would need in a receiver. He had size, speed, hands and the ability to make huge plays. He finished with 18 receptions for 405 yards (22.5) and seven touchdowns, and he was named All-League 1st Team. Senior tight end Graham Lasee caught five passes for 70 yards (14.0) and his run blocking was outstanding.

Gary Gould

The offensive line was huge, and was led by the 265-pound senior Bryan Weimer. He was named All-League 1st Team, and was also named All-State 1st Team. He was joined by junior Matt Chalfant (6-5 273) who was named All-League Honorable Mention. They were joined up front by Mike Reed (235 lbs), Nate Croy (200) and Greg Haveman (230).

Bryan Weimer

Lasee was a beast at defensive end, being named All-League 1st Team for the second year in a row, and this time he was also named All-State 1st Team. Weimer was also an All-League 1st Team selection on the defensive line. Senior Tyler Luke was an All-League 1st Team pick at linebacker, and he was joined by junior Mike McEvoy, who was an All-League Honorable Mention pick. Junior Andrew Andersen broke the school record with 33 extra points kicked.

Graham Lasee

Top 150 #69 – 1982 Bellingham Red Raiders

RECORD: 8-3 – COACH: Vel West

LEAGUE: 6-2 (2nd Place in the NWL)

CLASSIFICATION: “AA” – Playoffs: State Quarterfinalist

POINTS PER GAME: 13.7 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 11.1
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +2.6

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Anacortes 14, Bellingham 8

Week 2: Bellingham 7, Burlington-Edison 6

Week 3: Bellingham 28, Vancouver College (BC) 6

Week 4: Arlington 48, Bellingham 15

Week 5: Bellingham 10, Stanwood 7

Week 6: Bellingham 14, Sedro Woolley 6

Week 7: Bellingham 23, Mount Vernon 14

Week 8: Bellingham 20, Sehome 0

Week 9: Bellingham 7, Ferndale 3

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Bellingham 12, O’Dea 0

State Quarterfinals: Othello 18, Bellingham 7


The 1982 version of the Red Raiders made history as the first time the Bellingham football team reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

Senior Brian Dujmovich started the season at quarterback, but was replaced by sophomore Dean Fenton two games into the season. Fenton completed 88 passes for 952 yards and nine touchdowns. Before Dujmovich’s move to running back he completed 17 passes for 183 yards and a score. Fenton also ran for a pair of TD’s.

Mike Elsner

Dujmovich found his calling at running back, and used his speed and size (6-2 190) to rush for 512 yards (4.8 average) and three touchdowns, and he was named All-League 2nd Team. Junior All Hillaire contributed with 383 yards on the ground (4.0) and four touchdowns.

Steve Alvord

In the Red Raiders run and shoot offense of the early 80’s, passing was on display. Hauling in the majority of those passes was senior Mike Elsner. He was named All-League 1st Team for the second year in a row, catching 33 passes for 463 yards (14.0) and a team-high five touchdowns. Junior Tim Carlson hauled in 26 passes for 245 yards (9.4) and two scores. Dujmovich caught 19 passes out of the backfield for 168 yards (8.8), with Hillaire and senior Tom Erickson each catching seven passes.

Todd Ramsay

The offensive line was stacked with seniors Steve Alvord and Todd Ramsay completely dominating their opponents. Both were named All-League 1st Team, and Alvord was voted as the Washington State Lineman of the Year.

Alvord was even more dominant on the defensive side of the ball with numerous tackles for loss, and even returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown against Vancouver College. He was named All-League 1st Team, the Northwest League Defensive Player of the Year and All-State 1st Team, and his highly regarded as the best player in school history. Senior Barry Ebergson was also named All-League 1st Team at defensive end, with senior Steve Hempler being named All-League 2nd Team as the other defensive end. Senior Roger Jones was named All-League 2nd Team at linebacker, and Elsner led the secondary, being named All-League 1st Team for the second season in a row.

Senior Tony Frazier made big kicks, connecting on 14 extra points and two field goals. Dumjovich was named All-League 1st Team at punter.

Top 150 #70 – 1992 Meridian Trojans

RECORD: 10-2 – COACH: Bob Ames

LEAGUE: 5-1 (T-1st Place in the WCL)

CLASSIFICATION: “A” – Playoffs: State Semifinalist

POINTS PER GAME: 32.9 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 11.4
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +21.5

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Meridian 35, Nooksack Valley 14

Week 2: Meridian 35, Mount Baker 0

Week 3: Lynden Christian 21, Meridian 7

Week 4: Meridian 35, Lynden 13

Week 5: Meridian 28, Mount Baker 7

Week 6: Meridian 35, Nooksack Valley 8

Week 7: Meridian 42, Friday Harbor 6

Week 8: Meridian 63, Aldergrove (BC) 6

Week 9: Meridian 31, Blaine 14

Mini Play-In Game: Meridian 14, Lynden Christian 6

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Meridian 25, Montesano 17

State Quarterfinals: Meridian 35, Steilacoom 7

State Semifinals: Eatonville 27, Meridian 24


The 1992 Trojans were loaded with one of the best senior classes in Whatcom County history. They started 10 seniors on defense, had the best special teams in the county, and became the first team in Whatcom County history to score over 50 touchdowns in a season.

In his third season at starting quarterback, Bob Bennum had all the tools to lead this team. He completed 88 passes for 1338 yards and 16 touchdowns, to only four interceptions. He also ran for 420 yards (3.8 average) and seven touchdowns, and was an easy selection as the All-League 1st Team quarterback. He finished his career as only the second player in Whatcom County history to surpass over 3000 yards passing (Bellingham’s Sean Linville was the first).

Bob Bennum

The Trojans had a trio of horses in the backfield. Senior Rick Paxton got the bulk of the carries, rushing for 620 yards (5.6) and 12 touchdowns. Senior Nick Marino added 445 yards (5.6) and nine scores, while junior Patrick Ames had 364 yards (4.6) and seven touchdowns. Paxton was named All-League 1st Team, Marino was All-League 2nd Team and Ames was an All-League Honorable Mention selection.

Rick Paxton

The receiving corps was loaded as well, with a trio of seniors that complimented each other very well. Ty Harrison was smooth as silk, catching everything thrown his way, and he could change direction on a dime without losing speed. He finished with 44 receptions for 636 yards (14.5) and eight touchdowns. That made at five players on the team that scored at least seven touchdowns, which was the first time in Whatcom County history that had ever happened. Joey Simmons made huge plays, and had a great knack for breaking tackles. He caught 29 passes for 506 yards (17.4) and four touchdowns. Harrison and Simmons were each named All-League 1st Team.

Ty Harrison

Kurt Roy was a “jack-of-all-trades” kind of player, that was extremely dependable. Usually lining up in the slot, or at tight end, he caught 11 passes for 176 yards (16.0) and four touchdowns. He would be named All-League 2nd Team, and was most likely the best backup quarterback in the Whatcom County League.

Christopher Ames

Being a team that scored 55 touchdowns, the offensive line had to be great, and it was. It was anchored by third-year starter, senior Christopher Ames. The 5-foot-11 215-pound left tackle used his overpowering strength, to go along with his football knowledge, to manhandle his opponents. He was named All-League 1st Team, and was also named All-State 1st Team. He was joined by the perfect pair of pulling guards, seniors Josh Lehman and Jeff Crnich. Lehman had unmatched strength, to go along with his 4.8 40-time speed, and although Crnich was smaller in build, he was nasty and he had great technique. They were both named All-League 1st Team. Senior Kevin Van De Wege was named All-League 2nd Team at center, and senior Greg Vaughn was an All-League Honorable Mention selection as the right tackle.

Josh Lehman

The defensive line was led by Lehman and Crnich as the defensive ends. Meridian would generally get a two or three touchdown lead, forcing it’s opponents to throw, and that was when they got after it. Both were named All-League 1st Team. The interior of the defensive line was filled by Ames, and senior Jason Wiggins. Wiggins became the most improved player on the team throughout the season, and was completely dominant in the post season. Both players were named All-League Honorable Mention.

Jeff Crnich

Simmons led the linebackers from his outside position. Almost a hybrid strong safety/outside linebacker, “The Python” had a knack for being around the ball, and making key plays. He was named All-League 1st Team. He was joined in the middle of the field with Paxton and seniors Greg Anderson and Rich Lane. Paxton and Anderson were named All-League 2nd Team, and Lane was named All-League Honorable Mention.

Joey Simmons

The secondary was loaded with Harrison, Bennum and Roy. Harrison was named All-League 1st Team, and was chosen as the Whatcom County League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named All-State 1st Team. Bennum was chosen All-League 1st Team for the second year in a row, and Roy was an All-League 2nd Team pick. Harrison and Bennum each had five interceptions.

Kurt Roy

Harrison had a tremendous year on the special teams, doing almost everything. He was named All-League 1st Team at both kicker and punter, and was probably the best returner in the League. He kicked 39 extra points, and four field goals (including a 47-yarder in the playoffs). He also average 36 yards per punt, and rarely had a return attempted on his punts, because of the hang time he was able to put on the ball. He also returned 32 punts for 328 yards and a touchdown.

Top 150 #71 – 1977 Lynden Lions

RECORD: 10-2 – COACH: Rollie DeKoster

LEAGUE: 9-1 (1st Place in the WCL)

CLASSIFICATION: “A” – Playoffs: State Semifinalist

POINTS PER GAME: 20.7 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 7.8
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +12.9

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Lynden 47, Mount Baker 6

Week 2: Lynden 35, Blaine 0

Week 3: Lynden 40, Nooksack Valley 0

Week 4: Lynden 15, Lynden Christian 8

Week 5: Lynden 3, Meridian 0

Week 6: Mount Baker 35, Lynden 14

Week 7: Lynden 9, Blaine 6

Week 8: Lynden 15, Nooksack Valley 14

Week 9: Lynden 28, Lynden Christian 12

Week 10: Lynden 28, Meridian 0

State Quarterfinals: Lynden 14, Sultan 6

State Semifinals: Winlock 6, Lynden 0


A six-point loss was all that kept Lynden from reaching its first state championship game. After a dominant beginning to the season (outscoring their opponents 122-6 in the first three weeks), the Lions came back down to Earth, but still managed to win close games, and also the League Championship.

Brent Rutgers

It wasn’t a unique offense, if you were looking at formations. But, if you were looking at personnel, it was definitely different. Seniors Rick DeGraaff and Brent Rutgers shared time at quarterback, but when one was under center, the other would be playing somewhere else on the field. DeGraaff completed 29 passes for 404 yards, while Rutgers completed 28 passes for 486 yards and a touchdown. DeGraaff also ran for 215 yards (3.2 average) and three scores, while catching 10 passes for 167 yards (16.7). Rutgers ran for 419 yards (5.8) and a team-high 10 touchdowns, while catching nine passes for 111 yards (12.3) and a score.

Rick DeGraaff

Junior Mike Hill led the Lions on the ground with 430 yards (3.8) and four touchdowns. He was joined by senior Ray Alexander’s 403 yards rushing (3.8) and five TD’s. Junior Brian Anderson ran for 376 yards (6.1) and a touchdowns, including a 150-yard performance against Nooksack Valley. Senior Tim Martin contributed with 164 yards rushing (3.8) and three touchdowns.

Tom Lange

Senior Tom Lange was named All-League 2nd Team at tight end, and led the team with 11 receptions for 212 yards (19.3). Alexander caught nine passes for 182 yards (20.7) and senior Alonzo Briones caught eight passes for 85 yards (10.6).

John Van Ieperen

The offensive line was led by a trio of seniors. John Van Ieperen was named All-League 1st Team (amazingly the ONLY player on the team named All-League 1st Team on offense). Brian Reimer and Jeff Jones were each named All-League 2nd Team. They paved the way for 27 rushing touchdowns, which stood as the Whatcom County record for rushing touchdowns by a team in one season. The state championship Blaine team would break that record the following season.

Van Ieperen led the defensive line, and was named All-League 1st Team as well as the Whatcom County League Defensive Player of the Year. He was joined up front by Reimer, who was also named All-League 1st Team. At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Hill used his great size and speed at linebacker, and he was named All-League 1st Team. Rutgers led the secondary, and was named All-League 1st Team. DeGraaff made huge plays, returning two interceptions for touchdowns (one in each game against the crosstown rival Lyncs), and was named All-League 2nd Team. Alexander picked off a pass against Blaine, and took it 35 yards for a touchdown.

Lange was an exceptional kicker, and was named All-League 1st Team for the second year in a row. He finished with 25 extra points and two field goals. Alexander averaged nearly 40 yards per punt, and was named All-League 2nd Team.

 

Top 150 #72 – 1986 Lynden Christian Lyncs

RECORD: 10-4 – COACH: Gary Van Hulzen

LEAGUE: 6-3 (2nd Place in the WCL)

CLASSIFICATION: “A” – Playoffs: State Finalist

POINTS PER GAME: 18.2 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 13.1
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +5.1

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Lynden Christian 19, Meridian 13

Week 2: Mount Baker 20, Lynden Christian 0

Week 3: Lynden Christian 14, Lynden 0

Week 4: Lynden Christian 34, Nooksack Valley 2

Week 5: Blaine 19, Lynden Christian 7

Week 6: Lynden Christian 29, Meridian 13

Week 7: Mount Baker 20, Lynden Christian 6

Week 8: Lynden Christian 19, Lynden 14

Week 9: Lynden Christian 28, Nooksack Valley 0

State Play-In Game: Lynden Christian 35, South Whidbey 18

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Lynden Christian 14, Eatonville 12

State Quarterfinals: Lynden Christian 21, Mount Baker 20

State Semifinals: Lynden Christian 14, Tenino 0

State Championship: Ephrata 32, Lynden Christian 15


Following a pair of 2-win seasons, it would have been a big stretch to predict greatness for the 1986 Lynden Christian Lyncs. But after a week one 19-13 win against Meridian (LC’s first win over the Trojans since 1982) at Civic Stadium, it seemed that the Lyncs were in for a heck of a season. It would be the first trip to the state playoffs for Lynden Christian, and it was a memorable one.

Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson started at running back as a sophomore in 1984, and he became the starting quarterback in 1985. Now in his second season behind center, the 6-foot tall senior had plenty of varsity experience, mastered the roll-out pass and he put up numbers that broke many school records at the time. He completed 110 passes for 1596 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for 162 yards, one touchdown, and he was named All-League 2nd Team.

Rick Mellema

Senior Rick Mellema was utilized in both the running game and passing game. He rushed for 757 yards (4.3 average) and eight touchdowns, while catching 25 passes for 246 yards (9.8) and two more scores. He would go on to be named All-League 1st Team. Senior fullback Kent Roorda pounded out 454 yards (3.5) between the tackles and was named All-League 2nd Team. Senior Kerry Vander Griend contributed with 211 yards on the ground (3.7) and three touchdowns.

Craig Shagren

Vander Griend also proved his worth as a receiver, catching 15 passes for 224 yadrs (14.9) and two touchdowns, but senior Craig Shagren was Johnson’s main target. The 6-foot-3 190-pound tight end had a season for the ages, and still regarded as the best tight end in school history. He caught 47 passes for 876 yards (18.6) and 11 touchdowns, and he was named All-League 1st Team as well as All-State 1st Team.

Kent Roorda

The offensive line was led by big senior Rob Heerspink. He was named All-League 1st Team, and was the main man up front. Left handed senior center Chad Chambers also had a great season, and was named All-League 2nd Team. An extremely balanced team, the ’86 Lyncs became the first team in Whatcom County history to run for over 1700 yards and pass for over 1700 yards in the same season.

Barry DeZeeuw

The defensive line was headed up by Shagren and senior Rick Bajema, both of which were named All-League 1st Team, with Shagren scoring a defensive touchdown against Meridian. They were joined by senior Gary Groothuis and junior Steve Korthuis, who were both named All-League 2nd Team. Roorda was the heart and soul of the defense from his middle linebacker position, and he was named All-League 1st Team, and was also chosen as the Whatcom County League Defensive Player of the Year. Senior Andy Mellema led the secondary, and was named All-League 1st Team. He was joined by Rick Mellema and junior Barry DeZeeuw, both were named All-League 2nd Team. John Geleynse also took an interception back 80 yards for a touchdown agasinst Nooksack Valley. DeZeeuw was also named All-League 2nd Team at kicker, and he hit on 19 extra points and a field goal.

This is a special team in Lynden Christian’s history, and his highly credited for lifting the program up and setting the bar at a new level for future Lync gridders.

Top 150 #73 – 1975 Lynden Lions

RECORD: 9-1 – COACH: Rollie DeKoster

LEAGUE: 9-1 (T-1st Place in the WCL)

CLASSIFICATION: “A” – Playoffs: Lost Play-In Game

POINTS PER GAME: 21.8 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 5.2
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +16.6

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Lynden 24, Lynden Christian 0

Week 2: Lynden 21, Blaine 0

Week 3: Nooksack Valley 12, Lynden 3

Week 4: Lynden 13, Mount Baker 12

Week 5: Lynden 49, Meridian 0

Week 6: Lynden 14, Lynden Christian 6

Week 7: Lynden 28, Blaine 7

Week 8: Lynden 15, Nooksack Valley 12

Week 9: Lynden 19, Mount Baker 3

Week 10: Lynden 32, Meridian 0

Mini Play-In Game: Nooksack Valley 12, Lynden 0


The 1975 version of the Lions was your typical Lynden squad. Big, tall, talented and a loaded senior class. They also only allowed three teams to reach double-digits in scoring, but couldn’t get past Nooksack Valley in a mini-playoff game.

Scott Rutgers

The old saying goes, “When you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have one.” But, it worked for Lynden, with seniors Dean Vander Yacht and Scott Rutgers sharing the duties behind center. Vander Yacht was named All-League 2nd Team, completing 24 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns. Rutgers put up similar numbers, completing 21 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

Rick Honcoop

Senior Rick Ellis and junior Rick Honcoop split carries in the backfield. Ellis ran for 559 yards (4.5 average) and six touchdowns, while Honcoop totaled 533 yards on the ground (4.4) and seven touchdowns. Ellis was named All-League 1st Team, and Honcoop garnered second team honors. Senior Don Roe contributed on the ground with 103 yards (3.3) and a pair of scores.

Monte Maberry

Senior tight end Monte Maberry caught 11 passes for 124 yards (11.3) and a touchdown, and he was named All-League 1st Team. He was also involved on end-around trick pass plays, completing three long passes for touchdowns. Roe was a big-play receiver, catching 12 passes for 271 yards (22.6) and two touchdowns. Junior Dennis Hill caught a team-high 13 passes for 201 yards (15.5) and two touchdowns. Ellis hauled in a team-high three touchdown receptions.

Bob Bonsen

6-foot-2 165-pound senior Bob Bonsen led the offensive line from his center position, and was named All-League 1st Team. He was joined up front by seniors Tim Vonk, Doug Helgath, Gregg Nelson and junior Wade Bailey.

Tim Vonk

Vonk was the unquestioned leader of the defense, and put fear into many opponents. The 5-foot-11 205-pound nose tackle was named All-State at defensive line, and was also named the Whatcom County League Defensive Player of the Year. Rutgers was the main man in the middle, at linebacker, and was named All-League 1st Team. Rutgers and Vonk shared Lynden’s coveted “High Tackle Award”. Rutgers also booted five extra points, and was named All-League 1st Team as a kicker.

Top 150 #74 – 1991 Lynden Christian Lyncs

RECORD: 10-2 – COACH: Dan Kaemingk

LEAGUE: 8-1 (1st Place in the WCL)

CLASSIFICATION: “A” – Playoffs: State Semifinalist

POINTS PER GAME: 24.1 – POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME: 10.4
POINT DIFFERENTIAL: +13.7

GAME BY GAME:

Week 1: Lynden Christian 42, Meridian 20

Week 2: Lynden Christian 24, Blaine 0

Week 3: Lynden Christian 50, Mount Baker 0

Week 4: Lynden 27, Lynden Christian 3

Week 5: Lynden Christian 26, Nooksack Valley 7

Week 6: Lynden Christian 21, Meridian 7

Week 7: Lynden Christian 21, Blaine 7

Week 8: Lynden Christian 35, Mount Baker 0

Week 9: Lynden Christian 20, Lynden 7

State Playoffs: 1st Round: Lynden Christian 17, Eatonville 14

State Quarterfinals: Lynden Christian 20, Forks 15

State Semifinals: Lynden 21, Lynden Christian 10


In Dan Keamingk’s second year as the Lynden Christian head coach, his Lyncs won the Whatcom County League Championship for the second time. But, in this season, his team made a run to the semi-finals against the cross-town rival Lynden Lions.

David Cowan

In his second year as the starting quarterback, senior David Cowan (who was built more like a fullback) improved his passing skills, to go along with his bruising rushing style, and he was named All-League 1st Team. He completed 77 passes for 1031 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he ran for 599 yards (3.5 average) and a team-high 12 touchdowns.

Greg Terpstra

He was joined in the backfield by a talented pair of seniors. Greg Terpstra used his amazing agility to rush for 647 yards (6.0) and four touchdowns, while Kris Bouwman had unbelievable down-hill speed, rushing for 645 yards (7.7) and four scores. Dykstra was named All-League 1st Team and Bouwman was named All-League 2nd Team.

Travis Love

Senior Travis Love was undoubtedly the main target through the air. He reeled in nearly half of the team’s receptions, with 34, going for 472 yards (13.9) and five touchdowns, and he was named All-League 1st Team. Terpstra, and junior Joel Senti, each hauled in nine passes. Senior tight end Mark Zylstra caught seven passes for 74 yards (10.6) and two touchdowns, and was named All-League 2nd Team.

Simon Timmermans

The offensive line was big, it was nasty and it was led by senior Simon Timmermans. At tackle, he was the main man on the line that the Lyncs ran behind. He was named both All-League 1st Team and All-State 1st Team. Junior guard Derek DeKoster also had a standout year, and was named All-League 1st Team. Senior center Daryl Lankhaar was an All-League Honorable Mention selection. As a team, they ran for over 2000 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Mark Zylstra

Timmermans and DeKoster also led the defensive line, and were named All-League 1st Team and 2nd Team, respectively. Senti was named All-League 2nd Team at defensive end, and Bouwman used his combination of size and speed to be named All-League Honorable Mention from the other defensive end spot. Zylstra was a hammer at linebacker, and was named All-League 1st Team. Terpstra picked off seven passes from his cornerback position, and was named All-League 1st Team for the second year in a row, and Cowan was also named All-League 1st Team while roaming the middle of the field at strong safety. Bouma was named All-League 2nd Team in the secondary.

Junior kicker Mark Shutt had a great year, connecting on 23 extra points and four field goals. His biggest field goal of the year was a 37-yarder against the defending state-champion Eatonville Cruisers in the first round of the playoffs, that proved to be the game winner. Shutt would go on to be named All-League 1st Team. Zylstra handled the punting duties, and Terpstra returned kickoffs and punts, including an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Mount Baker.