Regan Schenck capped her senior season as a first-team all-KingCo 4A player in soccer and basketball. She was the league’s assist leader as a point guard in hoops and ranked second in KingCo in goals scored as a midfielder.
It took some time for Regan Schenck to accept the finish to her athletic run at Woodinville.
That’s understandable considering her final game was a 31-point state championship defeat against Spokane’s Class 4A basketball power Central Valley. But the performance couldn’t overshadow the accomplishments of the two-sport star.
“Take gender out of it,” said Woodinville girls soccer coach Andrew Croft, who has coached on all levels, including work with the Seattle Sounders and Reign. “Regan is one of the most impressive athletes that I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach. Her personality, her presence, her demeanor with the other players, her confidence to push buttons, even though I was a new coach, she didn’t care. She channeled her individual abilities to help the team … it’s something I’ve never seen before.”
Schenck capped her senior season as a first-team all-KingCo 4A player in soccer and basketball. She was the league’s assist leader as a point guard in hoops and ranked second in KingCo in goals scored as a midfielder.
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Woodinville’s second-place finish at state was the best in the history of the basketball program. The Falcons’ soccer season ended with a third-place finish in the KingCo 4A tournament after she led the team to the second round at state as a junior.
For her achievements, Schenck is The Seattle Times’ Female Athlete of the Year.
“It was a crazy year,” she said. “In basketball, we went super far and it being my senior year made it that much sweeter. With soccer, we had a new coach, so everything was different and it brought the team closer because we knew we had to all stay together.
“I was on two teams that worked really hard. It’s so fun to play with people who really want to win. That made it a super-fun year.”
Schenck playing soccer this season was a feat in itself. She opted to quit club soccer before her junior year in order to focus on developing her basketball skills in hopes of getting a college scholarship.
Despite being one of two non-club players on the Falcons’ squad, Schenck scored 18 of Woodinville’s 37 goals and assisted on five last fall. Those totals were the second-most in KingCo 4A this season.
Cutting back on soccer paid off, with Schenck signing to play basketball at Northern Arizona. She picked the university in part because of coach Loree Payne, who is in her second year with the Lumberjacks and who played on the University of Washington’s Elite Eight team in 2001.
Schenck led KingCo 4A basketball in assists at 8.4 a game and broke the school record for assists in a season (214) and career (661). Having Mia Hughes to set up helped because the freshman averaged 19.3 points on 61 percent shooting.
“Regan was always an impact player,” Woodinville girls basketball coach Scott Bullock said. “But she definitely improved tremendously from her freshman year. From a player who depended on her athleticism and speed, which can only get you so far, she turned the ball over a ton and tried to run people over.
“As she got older, she got a lot craftier and more poised. With a lot of girls, you have to figure out how to ramp up their aggressiveness. With Regan, it was how do we dial it back a little bit? It was a good problem to have.”
Woodinville won back-to-back KingCo tournament titles under Schenck’s leadership. She credits playing with four other seniors for the successful run, including winning three consecutive games in overtime in the Tacoma Dome to advance to the title game.
Schenck was scoreless and committed six turnovers against Central Valley, but will be remembered for never quitting in the game featuring Stanford-bound twins Lexie and Lacie Hull.
“That last game was difficult because we worked so hard the whole year and the last game didn’t really show it,” Schenck said. “But if we’re going to lose, we’re glad it was them since they’re ranked high in the nation. So, there were a lot of positives to take from the game and I’m looking to take that and improve as a college player.”