Lynden Christian High School Wins Double Championship

Lynden Christian High School’s boys and girls basketball teams after their championship wins.
Becky Van Hofwegen
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Lynden (Wash.) Christian High School celebrated state championships for both their senior girls and boys basketball teams this past season. The 1A classification Lynden Lyncs teams played their championship games back-to-back in Yakima, Wash., on Saturday, March 5. The boys, coached by Tim Zylstra, won by three points. The girls, coached by Brady Bomber, played after the boys, winning by one point in overtime to a cheering crowd of about 5,000. 

Guard Elizabeth (“Libby”) Stump, 18, was named the girls tournament’s MVP and was chosen as Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association Class 1A senior player of the year.

Forward Andrew Hommes, 18, was named the boys tournament’s MVP. Stump and Hommes each led their teams in points scored in the season. Athletic director Brenda Terpstra said of their performances, “They both worked to make their teammates better, which is a big reason both teams won. The whole team contributed, not just these two kids.”

This is the third time Lynden Christian’s boys and girls teams have taken the championship trophies home in the same year. Past double wins were in 1998/99 and 2017/18. The boys have won the 1A title seven times, and the girls have taken it home 14 times. Many of the players are following in the footsteps of parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents who attended and played for Lynden Christian High School.

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.