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Clayton Whitman, Isabela Hernandez and Cole Bajema

From left to right: Clayton Whitman, Isabela Hernandez & Cole Bajema. 

File Photos: Doug Lange 

Local Stars Shine in Northwest Shootout

April 15, 2019 

Whatcom County was well represented this weekend in a match-up of the best of the best prep basketball players from Washington and Oregon. Three local players helped the Evergreen State to a pair of convincing victories. 


Lynden Christian's Cole Bajema and Lynden's Clayton Whitman helped the Washington to a 120-102 victory Saturday at the Northwest Shootout in Hillsborough, Oregon. Lynden Christian's Isabela Hernandez turned in a double-figure scoring performance in 94-82 Washington victory over Oregon on the girls side. 


Bajema, who will play at the University of Michigan next year, scored 19 points, with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 blocked shot in 21 minutes played. The Seattle Pacific University bound Whitman tallied 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 17 minutes played. 

Federal Way power forward Jaden McDaniels turned in a 25-point, 10-rebound, double-double to earn MVP honors. The 5-star recruit has yet to commit, but according to 24/7 Sports is considering Washington, Kentucky, Texas and San Diego State. 

Hernandez, who has committed to San Diego State, scored 10 points to help Washington to a lopsided victory. Mount Spokane’s Aspyn Adams was named MVP, after scoring 23 points and hitting 6-of-11 from 3-point land. 

- Doug Lange 

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