Rachel Swartz

Rachel Swartz, a 2003 Stanwood grad, helped guide Drury University to the NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Final Four as a graduate assistant coach.

Rachel Swartz, who helped lead the Spartan girls basketball team to the state tournament in 2013, helped guide Drury University to the NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Final Four.

Swartz, a graduate assistant on the coaching staff at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, saw the Lady Panthers go undefeated during the year, taking a 35-0 record and No. 1 ranking into the postseason. 

Swartz worked on the coaching staff with NCAA DII national coach of the year Molly Miller.

She is in her second year as a graduate assistant coach, but her first with the Lady Panthers. Last year, she served as a graduate assistant with East Tennessee State. 

A former center with the Missouri State Lady Bears from 2013-17, Swartz ranks 12th in program history in games with 124 played. 

With the Lady Bears, she played on two WNIT teams, a Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship team in 2016 as well as their NCAA tournament squad. Swartz graduated from Missouri State with a degree in Communications.

While at Stanwood High, Swartz averaged a double-double in her junior and senior high school seasons. She helped the Spartans to a 25-3 record in her senior year and was named to several All-Star teams representing the state of Washington.

Swartz will complete a master’s degree in organizational communications in the spring of 2019.

 Madison Yerigan, a 2016 Stanwood grad, finished fifth in the pole vault with a jump of 11 feet, 5 inches, last month at the Wichita State Herm Wilson Invitational track and field meet in Wichita, Kansas. The University of Nebraska junior is in her third year with the Cornhuskers.

 Haley Strowbridge, a 2016 Spartan grad, transitioned from a successful basketball season at George Fox University to track and field, where the junior throws the javelin and does the triple jump. She threw the javelin a personal best 129 feet, 7 inches at a home meet last month.

 Isaac Olson, a 2016 Stanwood grad, currently boasts the second-best ERA in the Northwest Conference. The George Fox junior is 2-1 with 31 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 35 innings over 21 appearances. Olson, a right-handed relief pitcher, and the Bruins are atop the standings in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. This summer, Olson will pitch for the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks.

  Doug Knight, a 2014 Stanwood grad, has five innings under his belt so far this young season for University of Dubuque in Iowa. The senior sports management major is a right-handed relief pitcher for the defending league and conference champions who look to return to the NCAA D-III Regional Tournament.

 Southwestern College senior Tyler Givens, a 2014 Stanwood grad, is batting .339 for the 10-14 Moundbuilders. Givens, an infielder, transferred to the Winfield, Kansas, college from Olympic Community College in Bremerton.

 Trey Tiffany, a 2017 Stanwood grad, struck out 10 in eight innings of work over two appearances for far this young season for the Edmonds College Tritons baseball team.

 Riley Sykes, a 2017 graduate of Stanwood High, is 4-1 in the circle for the Edmonds College Tritons softball team. She’s appeared in six games and has racked up 15 strikeouts over 33 innings pitched for the 11-3 squad. Sykes will continue her softball career next season at Linfield College, a Northwest Conference team in NCAA D-III.


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