Hailey Van Lith, Cole Bajema named 1A Washington High School Basketball AP Players of the Year

The Associated Press has named Cashmere junior Hailey Van Lith and Lynden Christian senior Cole Bajema the 2019 1A Washington high school state basketball players of the year.

Van Lith, one of the top players in the country for the Class of 2020, averaged more than 32 points and 8 rebounds for Cashmere this past season. A 5-foot-9-inch left-handed point guard, Van Lith was named MVP of the 1A state tournament after leading the Bulldogs to a third-place finish.

Bajema, a 6-foot-7-inch wing who has signed with Michigan, led Lynden Christian to a fourth-place finish at the 1A state tournament. He was named the Washington 1A boys player of the year by the WIBCA for the second consecutive season.

AP all-state teams:

1B boys & girls2B boys & girls

1A boys & girls | 2A boys & girls

3A boys & girls4A boys & girls

The entire list of AP’s 1A all-state teams can be found below:


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Player of the year: Hailey Van Lith, jr., Cashmere.

First team:

Hailey Van Lith, jr., Cashmere

Taylor Stephens, sr., La Center

Isabela Hernandez, sr., Lynden Christian

Julianna Walker, soph., Annie Wright

Trista Hull, soph., La Salle

Honorable mention:

Grace Sterk, sr., Lynden Christian

Jalyn Sackrider, jr., Elma

Irena Korolenko, jr., Cedar Park Christian

Allison Uecker, soph., Naches Valley



Player of the year: Cole Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian.

First team:

Cole Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian

Antonio Salinas, sr., Zillah

Mason Landdeck, soph., Cashmere

Kody Newman, sr., South Whidbey

Hunter Ecklund, jr., La Center

Honorable mention:

Jobi Gelder, jr., Deer Park

Khalfani Cason, sr., King’s Way Christian

Tyler Linhardt, fr., King’s

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