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 Chalise Baysa to Marti Malloy, Island County has produced several outstanding female athletes. Take a look at SBLive’s list of the top female athletes to ever come out of Island County and cast your vote in the poll.
(The list is in alphabetical order.)
BEST FEMALE ATHLETES IN ISLAND COUNTY HISTORY
High School: Oak Harbor (class of 1998)
Notable Stats: When Baysa left the Oregon Ducks in 2001, she was the school’s all-time leading points scorer (69). She now sits at No. 3.
A Hawaii native, the first time Baysa led her high school to a victory as a ninth grader in 1994, she tallied four goals. In her first state playoff game, she scored twice. It was clear from that first year on – a pure playmaker was on the scene.
Baysa, a four-time all-Wesco 4A selection, left Oak Harbor as its all-time leading scorer, leading the Wildcats to three state tournament appearances.
She provided the same immediate impact on the Ducks. Baysa was named the team’s offensive player of the year in each of her four seasons (1998-2001), becoming Oregon’s lone four-time Pacific-10 Conference honoree (31 career goals).
Baysa played professional soccer with Kansas City before returning to the Northwest to play for the hometown Seattle Sounders women.
And in 2013, she received her biggest honor yet when she was selected to the Philippine women’s national team. She played in three international matches, tallying one goal.
After a college coaching stint at Seattle Pacific, she is now the girls soccer coach at North Creek High School.
High School: Oak Harbor (class of 2004)
Notable Stat: When Malloy defeated Italy’s Giulia Quintavalle in her final match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she became just the second American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo (bronze).
Growing up on Whidbey Island, Malloy was a noticeable figure in her community. She was only 5-foot-4. But she was bouncy. And she was unusually powerful.
Which all led to a storied career in judo.
The highly-skilled teenager won her first senior international competition as a 16-year-old, then left Oak Harbor to enter San Jose State’s powerhouse collegiate program where she became an undefeated four-time collegiate champion.
When it came to training for a string of important international competitions, including the 2008 (just missed out) and 2012 Olympics, Malloy – a third-degree black belt – worked out mostly with men.
After capturing the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics (57 kilogram class), she took home a pair of silver medals at the 2013 world championships and at the prestigious Tokyo Grand Slam.
In 2014, she won a gold medal at the Pan-American judo championships. She retired from the sport three years later.
Natasha Bamberger, Coupeville (track and field) – School’s five-time state champion became world-class ultra-marathoner out of Air Force.
Missy McIntyre, Oak Harbor (swimming) – Seven-time WIAA champion set state 100-yard breaststroke record; just missed out on 2008 Olympics at USC.
Makana Stone, Coupeville (basketball) – Three-time Olympic League MVP became all-time great (and 2020 All-American) for D3 contender Whitman.