2018 The “2008” Lynden Lion Football Team- State Champions.
2017 Terry Kaemingk
2016 Lynden Lions 2006 State Football Champions
2015 Greg Helgeth
2014 Stan Stuurmans
2013 Lawrence Honcoop
Lynden High School football and basketball public address announcer Lawrence Honcoop’s voice will be forever etched into the minds of any fan that has attended a football or basketball game over the past 30 years. His distinguished, high-pitched growl has announced tackles and completed throws at Lynden’s home games for as long as many can remember. The clarity with which he breaks down plays on the gridiron and hardwood contributes to the electric atmosphere found at Lion home games. However, Lawrence’s contribution to Lynden High School reaches back to far before he announced Lynden sporting events.
Lawrence spent his four years at Lynden High School as a four-sport athlete playing baseball, basketball, football and track. While no records have been written down from his time at Lynden that ranged from 1945 to 1948, he can recall being a threetime league champion in baseball while playing shortstop and second base. In addition, Lawrence served as an extremely adept and crafty point guard on the Lions basketball.
After graduation, Lawrence spent a short time at Washington State University before joining the Air Force. He served as a drill instructor from 1950-1953 and labeled his time there as “one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” After completing his service, Lawrence returned home, where he and his wife, Bev, went into dairy farming. He then began umpiring baseball and softball while enjoying life in his hometown.
In 1977, longtime friend and Lynden Athletic Director Terry DeValois offered Lawrence the job of announcing Lynden football games. The previous announcers employed by the high school would often become disinterested with the game and leave by halftime. Lawrence, however, was dedicated enough to stay and announce for four quarters, and Lynden fans appreciated his professionalism and enthusiasm.
Just two years later, Lawrence expanded his broadcasting career by announcing basketball games for Lynden’s storied program. Lawrence continues his dedicated work for the high school on Friday nights during the fall and throughout the dog days of winter. He takes great pride in “helping out Lynden’s athletic program” and loves working with the coaches of the Northwest Conference. The energy and excitement that he has contributed to Lynden’s athletic program during his announcing career will remain a part of Lynden High School forever.
2012 Terry DeValois
Terry DeValois, known as DV to most, was Lynden High School’s first Athletic Director in the school’s celebrated history, his work in expanding the school’s athletic program will be enjoyed by students for years to come.
After a successful career as a student-athlete at Lynden Christian High School, Terry began his teaching and coaching career in 1965 at the Lynden Middle School. His tenure spanned nine years as he taught math, social studies, and physical education while coaching middle school football, baseball, track, and freshman basketball.
In 1974, Terry moved to the high school after he was offered the athletic director job. He accepted the position and also began coaching JV football while continuing coaching freshman basketball at the high school. Coach DeValois went a staggering 216- 36 in his basketball career and never experienced a losing season. In football, his teams went 54-0 over an eight-year span.
Terry has become a staple of the Lynden High School athletic program through his 35 years of dedicated service. During his time at the high school, Lynden has added boy’s tennis, soccer, golf, wrestling, and swimming. Additionally, every girl’s sports program was created while he has been in office.
DV calls his job a “labor of love” and has enjoyed making schedules for every Lynden program. His ability to, in his own words,”help coaches do their thing” has made Lynden a premiere high school athletic program through its success in both boy’s and girl’s sports.
DV has served more than 20 years as president of the Whatcom County League and the Northwest League. He has also served as master scheduler for 40 years for both WCL and the NWL.
Never one to boast of his accolades, DV would like to be remembered for his
work continuing a successful athletic program that played with class and didn’t interfere with academics.
2011 Lynden Lions 1991 State Football Champions
The Lynden Lions of 1991 had an impressive run to the Kingbowl but it was not an easy ride as they had two tough losses late in the season to Nooksack and Lynden Christian. However they used those games as motivation to march through the playoffs and outscore their opponents 158- 47, including a redemption 21-10 win over Lynden Christian in the State semifinal game. The 1991 team was led by a very athletic Senior class that had great leadership and big goals for themselves, a tight knit group of guys that played sports together since their first days of school at Lynden back in 1979. Team Captains of the team were all Seniors that year and they consist of Tim Hanson, Colby Jones, Travis Lofland and Chad VanderKooi, those four young men were leaders that their teammates could rely on either in practice or in the games.
The most inspirational player from the 1991 team was Chad VanderKooi, most improved player was Ron Sorensen, most spirited player was Travis Schilke and three players received scout team awards which were given out at the end of the season to Gerrit Assink, Casey Hughes and Bill Sires. Scott Noteboom (RB), Chad Baar(WR) and Travis Lofland(OG) were 1st team WCL on Offense, while Colby Jones (QB), Tim Hanson(RB), Brian Foote(WR) and Joel DeJong(C)) were 2nd Team Offense and Honorable Mention recipients were Jeff Dykstra(WR), Brent Clark(OG), Chad VanderKooi(OT), Phil Smith(OT) and Al Hartgraves(OT). On the Defensive side of the ball 1st team awards were given to Tim Hanson(LB), Travis Lofland(LB), Chad VanderKooi(DE), Ron Sorensen(DL) and Jeff Dykstra(DB), 2nd team Defense was Chad Baar(DL) and Shane Ross(DB) while Jeff VanderYacht(DL), Brent Clark(DE) and Ismael Cantu(DB) all received Honorable mention on defense. After the season Tim Hanson and Chad Baar were invited to play in the Washington All-State Game.
The 1991 football season was also the first for Lynden for Head Coach Curt Kramme, as he left Burlington-Edison where he was an assistant coach for 2 seasons, and took over coaching duties from Ross Boice and the Lions. Since Kramme took the reigns at Lynden he has only had 2 losing seasons and has reached the State Championship game 6 times and winning 3 of them. He has coached a lot of good talent and has developed a lot of kids into successful football players and given them great football minds and leadership skills.
We are honored to have the players from 1991 State Championship team as our Grand Marshalls for the 5th Annual Tony Wilson Kickoff Classic and to celebrate the 20 year reunion with them and their former teammates.
2010 Lynden Lions 1980 State Football Champion
2009 Rollie DeKoster
Rollie was born and raised in Lynden and graduated from Lynden High School in 1952. While attending Lynden, he was a 4-sport athlete for the Lions competing in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track. Rollie continued his education at WWU where he also competed in Cross-country and Baseball. After graduating from Western he taught 4 years in Snohomish before returning home to teach at Lynden and start his amazing coachingcareer that lasted 28 years.
Rollie was Head Baseball Coach at Lynden for 24 years where his teams gave him a record of 282-153 and 2 ties. Over that span his teams had 8 State Playoff appearances and won 12 League Titles. As the Head Football Coach for the Lions he had posted a 141-32-2 record over 17 years and won the state title in 1980. The high school football field is named in his honor. Rollie was also an assistant basketball coach and Head JV coach at Lynden for 23 years, the Varsity teams posted a 368-80 record and won 2 state titles during that tenure. Though there are no official records of it, his JV squads had a winning percentage of 80-plus percent. Rollie and his wife Kathy still call Lynden their home and says having the opportunity to teach and coach at Lynden High School was his proudest moments in his career. The Lions are blessed to have a person of Rollie’s Leadership, Character and Dedication to have carved a path for us to follow.
Awards and Achievements-
1973 and 1976 – Washington State Baseball Coach of the Year
1980 – Washington State Fooball Coach of the Year
1988 – Inducted into the Washington State High School Coaches Hall of Fame
1992 – Inducted into the WWU Alumnus Hall of Fame
1989 – Whatcom County Sports Personality of the Year
2007 – Entered into the Lynden High School Hall of Fame
2008 Hub DeJong
Hub arrived in Lynden with his family when he was 3 months old, he graduated from LHS in 1945 and 3 years later he married his wife Esther. In 1972 Hub started the Whatcom County All star Baseball Tournament which is now called the Hub DeJong Baseball Tournament in his honor. In 1974 Hub took over as the Director of Lynden Youth Sports and held that position until 2006 when he stepped down due to health reasons. He has been on the chain gang at Lynden High football games for over 40 years. And Hub never misses a Lynden Lions home basketball game, you could find him standing against the south wall at Jake Maberry Gymnasium where he would be waiting to wipe the floor clear of sweat and keep the hardwood safe for the kids. Hub has had many awards in Lynden and the state included. We are very fortunate to have someone of Hubs caliber in our Lynden community, he is a great example for the up and coming young adults and parents and a priceless volunteer and person.
Awards and Achievements-
1993 – Man of the Year In Whatcom County
Lynden High School Alumni of the Year
2007 – Lynden High School Hall of Fame
June 10th – “Hub DeJong Day” for the City of Lynden
Boys and Girls Club Community Service Award
Lynden PTA Outstanding Service Award
1986 – Service to Youth Award
And many more.