Six other girls you should have seen
A look at a half-dozen other outstanding girls athletes this school year.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Kaylee Best, Lakeside
Best had one of her most memorable moments at the end of her senior year, as she helped the Lions win their ninth lacrosse state championship. She is a two-time all-conference player and was on the all-state second team. Best was an honorable mention All-Metro volleyball player and a second-team choice in basketball.
Ronnie Ladines, Arlington
Ladines was part of two teams that played for state championships, even though she had to watch the basketball final from the bench with a broken finger as the Eagles lost to Gonzaga Prep. Ladines joined the softball team in midseason and led Arlington to its first state championship, going 12-1 with a 0.17 earned-run average while striking out 154 in 83 innings. She also played soccer for four seasons.
Jordan McPhee, Mount Rainier
McPhee likes running, but she loves basketball. The All-SPSL North player took a mental break and missed the track season after winning the state 1,600 meters and taking second in the 3,200 the year before. She was state runner-up in cross country last fall and, with her twin Brittany, led the Rams to third place at state in basketball for the second straight year.
Amy-Eloise Neale, Glacier Peak
Neale won her third state cross country title, then captured her sixth and seventh career track crowns by sweeping the 800 and 1,600 — both in 3A-record times. The Washington signee also ran for Great Britain in the Junior Women's World Cross Country Championships, finishing 21st. She hopes to qualify for this summer's European Championships in the steeplechase.
Mary Ann Santucci, Seattle Prep
Santucci was an All-Metro League first-team selection in soccer and basketball — believed to be the first Seattle Prep athlete to accomplish that feat since her mother, Helen Sauvage Santucci, completed a three-year sweep in the two sports from 1977-79. Mary Ann led the Panthers’ run to the state final in basketball, where they lost in overtime to Cleveland.
Sarah Toeaina, Kentwood
The 5-foot-11 junior is on track to become the school's first athlete — boy or girl — to earn 12 varsity letters. Toeaina averaged more than 17 points to lead the Conquerors to the state basketball tournament. In volleyball, Toeaina was among the league leaders in kills and blocks. She was an All-SPSL 4A North selection in both sports. She also placed sixth at state in the long jump.
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