Baker voted AP Washington player of year

SEATTLE (AP) - Bellevue High School standout Budda Baker, who led the Wolverines to a sixth straight Class 3A state championship, has been voted the Associated Press Washington state player of the year for 2013.

Baker's honor was announced on Thursday after voting by sports writers and editors from around the state of Washington concluded.

Baker was also voted the Class 3A state player of the year.

Camas quarterback Reilly Hennessey was voted the Class 4A player of the year. Lynden running back Trent Postma was honored in Class 2A while Freeman's Markus Goldbach and Zillah's Brady Widner were voted co-players of the year in Class 1A. Quarterback Dylan Harz of Lind-Ritzville/Sprague was honored in Class 2B and Josiah Greene of Neah Bay was honored in Class 1B.

Voting was organized by the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Baker did it all for the Wolverines. He was a dynamic running back; a ball-hawking defensive back and explosive when given chances in the return game. Baker racked up 59 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles as a defensive back and had four touchdowns on special teams and defense. He's being courted by every major program on the West Coast and is considered the top college recruit from Washington state for the 2014 class.

Hennessey was the offensive player of the year in the Greater St. Helens League for the team ranked No. 1 in the state all season and lost before losing to Chiawana in the 4A title game. Hennessey threw for more than 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Postma was the MVP of the Northwest Conference helping lead Lynden to the state championship. Postma ran for more than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns, and had more than 90 tackles at linebacker.

Goldbach and Widner shared the honors in Class 1A and both were worthy. Goldbach led the state champions with nearly 1,500 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns. Widner was the SCAC co-offensive player of the year for the Leopards. He had 14 touchdown receptions and finished with 19 career interceptions as a defensive back including two returned for touchdowns in 2013.

Harz had 25 touchdowns passes and threw only three interceptions, while running for another five touchdowns for Lind-Ritzville/Sprague. Greene was the 1B player of the year two seasons ago as a sophomore and added another honor as a senior. Greene had 28 touchdown passes and another 19 TDs rushing this season. He also scored three defensive touchdowns playing on Neah Bay's defensive line.