With help from coaches, fans, media and local sports historians, Scorebook Live has put together its lists of the best athletes — male and female — to emerge from every county in the state of Washington. We looked back as far as the turn of the 20th century, and we examined the totality of each athletes’ career, not only what they did in high school.
As comprehensive as our lists are, we also want to hear your opinions. We have included polls where you can vote for the best male and female athletes by county. You can also leave your comments below or hit us up on Twitter @sblivewa.
From Kelli Kamimura to Rebecca (Sturdy) Westfall, Skagit County has produced several world-class female athletes. Take a look at Scorebook Live’s list of the top female athletes to ever come out of Skagit County and cast your vote in the poll.
(The list is in alphabetical order.)
BEST FEMALE ATHLETES IN SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORY
High School: Sedro-Woolley (class of 1998)
Notable Stats: Kamimura’s four career tournament victories are tied for the most in Washington Huskies women’s golf history, and her 20 top-10 finishes are No. 4 all-time.
Up until Yakima native Paige Mackenzie arrived on the scene at the UW, Kamimura was the best in-state product to ever don the purple-and-gold uniform.
Kamimura has always been a bit of a trend-setter: She was the first high school girl in Washington to win four consecutive state titles (in 3A from 1995-98). She was also the second girl to shoot under-par for a girls state tournament behind Kamiakin’s Heather Graff (1993) when she was a junior with a 2-under 144 score at Meadow Park in Lakewood.
She also won a pair of Washington Junior Golf Association state titles, was a multiple first-team AJGA All-American and was selected to play in the prestigious Canon Cup for top junior golfers.
Kamimura was the best golfer on the Huskies’ squad during her tenure, placing a school-record third at the Pacific-10 Conference championships, and 29th at the NCAA Division I championships in 2001 (Mackenzie reset those marks from 2002-06).
Instead of turning professional, Kamimura went into the college coaching ranks, and has led the Washington State program the past 11 seasons.
REBECCA (STURDY) WESTFALL
High School: Anacortes (class of 2003)
Notable Stats: In her first season swimming at Texas A&M in 2004, Westfall won Big 12 Conference titles in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, and in the 400 and 800 free relays. She was the conference’s newcomer of the year.
In the Sturdy family, swimming wasn’t just a sport. It was a study in physics.
And Westfall learned a lot under her father, Gary Sturdy, not only becoming her school’s first state swimming champion, but winning four WIAA state titles (three in the 100-yard butterfly).
As a senior, Westfall set state-meet records in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke events, and was named the Washington state high school swimmer of the year.
Westfall had an illustrious career at Texas A&M, winning nine Big 12 titles, and earning All-American status eight times. She helped lead the Aggies to their first ever conference title in 2007.
For more than a decade, Westfall has been an NCAA assistant coach at five different colleges, including currently at Alabama.
Tracy Beckes, Mount Vernon (basketball) – Set county’s career scoring record (1,687 points) in 1981 before heading off to play at Oregon.
Madeline Lynch-Crumrine, Sedro-Woolley (softball, volleyball, basketball) – Record-setter led school to 3A softball title in 2010 before becoming three-time, all-MVC first-team pitcher at Bradley.
Lori (Grillo) Waddell, Burlington-Edison (track and field) – County’s best sprinter (six state titles) set records at Wyoming; also Colorado bodybuilding champion.