With help from coaches, fans, media and local sports historians, SBLive 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 Jordan Loera to Heidi (Moritz) Saville, Grant County has produced several outstanding female athletes. Take a look at SBLive’s list of the top female athletes to ever come out of Grant County and cast your vote in the poll.
(The list is in alphabetical order.)
BEST FEMALE ATHLETES IN GRANT COUNTY HISTORY
High School: Moses Lake (class of 2011)
Sports: Basketball, track and field, gymnastics
Notable Stats: As a senior, Loera was named the Big Nine’s offensive, defensive and overall girls basketball player of the year, and was a four-star recruit by ESPN.com.
If you know anything about Moses Lake girls basketball, it’s about the Loera sister legacy at point guard over the past decade. And Jordan was not only the trendsetter as the oldest, she was also the best all-around player in her family.
This Loera played her best against the top competition – in club with the Spokane Stars, and leading the Chiefs to three 4A state tournament appearances, including a runner-up showing in 2008 (their first state trip ever).
The four-year starter left as the school’s all-time leader in points (1,914) and steals, guiding Moses Lake to 81 total wins during her career.
Loera went on to play at Oregon, but had constant knee issues, suffering two season-ending injuries. She still left the Ducks playing 112 games, totaling 531 points, 219 rebounds and 146 assists.
HEIDI (MORITZ) SAVILLE
High School: Ephrata (class of 1991)
Sports: Volleyball, track and field, basketball, softball
Notable Stats: As one of the best outside hitters in University of Puget Sound history, Saville set seven school records, including most career digs (4,369), most career kill attempts (4,369) and career games played (454).
In Ephrata’s golden decade of girls athletics, Saville’s skill and versatility in a variety of sports stood out at a state level.
Volleyball was her main sport – one that landed her a scholarship at the University of Puget Sound, which captured the NAIA championship in 1993.
Though only 5-foot-7, Saville’s jumping ability made her one of the top small-school outside hitters in the state. She led the Tigers to a 1A state runner-up finish as a senior, and was selected to the all-state team.
Track and field was ‘1B’ – she captured a state triple jump championship as a senior, and still holds the school record in the 100-meter dash (12.5 seconds).
She was no slouch in basketball, either, teaming up with UCLA-bound Amy Jo Silva on some good Ephrata squads. Twice, she was selected to the all-Caribou Trail first team, and set the single-season record for steals in a season (130).
Amy (Jo Silva) Bush, Ephrata (basketball) – Might be most talented hoopster out of county, but suffered serious injuries at UCLA, Gonzaga.
Jennifer (Bannon) Carpenter, Moses Lake (track and field) – Won state (400 meters) and Pac-10 titles (800, 1,500) at WSU; ran in Olympic Trials.
Carly Noyes, Moses Lake (basketball) – WSU career record-setter in games played, blocked shots still playing professionally in Europe.