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 Jen Barcus to Kassie Guglielmino, Stevens County has produced several outstanding female athletes. Take a look at SBLive’s list of the top female athletes to ever come out of Stevens County and cast your vote in the poll.
(The list is in alphabetical order.)
BEST FEMALE ATHLETES IN STEVENS COUNTY HISTORY
High School: Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls (class of 2002)
Sports: Volleyball, basketball
Notable Stats: Barcus cracked Washington State University’s all-time top 10 in volleyball in block assists (No. 6 at 336), total blocks (No. 7 at 379), kill percentage (No. 8 at .242) and total points (No. 8 at 1,026).
She was a two-sport giant in a small-school world.
Literally. Even though she was 6-foot-1, she played bigger in both sports.
Barcus was a three-time league MVP in basketball, leading the Eagles to the 2A state title in 2001. And she was named an all-state post player as a senior.
But volleyball was her sport. Barcus was selected as a two-time Gatorade state player of the year (2001, 2002), and led her school to three 2A state titles.
She started (WSU) and ended (Iowa) her NCAA volleyball career playing for coach Cindy Fredrick, developing into one of the Cougars’ best players at middle blocker even after Fredrick left.
High School: Northport (class of 2013)
Sports: Track and field, horse racing
Notable Stats: Guglielmino is the only girl in WIAA state track and field meet history to sweep all three sprint races (100, 200 and 400 meters) in all four of her seasons competing (2010-13), finishing with 12 titles in Class 1B. Blaine’s Cherish Morrison (one of Whatcom County’s top athletes) was closest to that feat with 11 career state sprint championships.
(Feature photo by Jesse Tinsley, The Spokesman-Review.)
This small-school sprinting dynamo is fast on foot – and in the saddle.
If you look at Guglielmino’s marks in all of her state finals, they weren’t world beaters (her most impressive winning time was 26.22 seconds in the 200 as a senior). But when it came time to race, it only mattered who crossed the finish line first.
Guglielmino has taken that approach to her bigger passion – horse racing. She grew up on a farm 100 miles north of Spokane, and was always riding a horse. She competed in junior rodeo as a youth.
And in 2012, she got her competitive jockey’s license – and won a horse race in Canada before graduating from high school.
Currently, she is the mid-summer jockey points leader at Grants Pass (Ore.) Downs.
Callie Best, Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls (soccer, basketball, track and field) – Tallied school-record 91 goals in just three seasons of high school soccer before becoming starting midfielder (and co-captain) at Gonzaga.
Kaprina Goodwin, Northport (volleyball, track and field, basketball) – Six-footer won nine WIAA track titles (hurdling, jumps), was 1,000-point basketball scorer and eventually played volleyball at Gonzaga.
Hayden Kristianson, Chewelah (track and field, cross country) – The three-time 1A state champion (two in 800 meters in mid-1990s) competed at New Mexico before landing “Amazing Race” reality-TV spot.