Anacortes girls’ basketball star Gabby Ronngren, who led the Seahawks to the postseason last winter, will travel up I-5 for the next stop in her playing career: Western Washington University.

Ronngren committed earlier this week to play for the Vikings, the school announced in a news release.

“We are thrilled to have Gabby join our program, both for her basketball skills and her character,” head coach Carmen Dolfo said in the release. “She is a very versatile and strong player that will be a great fit to our basketball family.”

Ronngren excelled in both soccer and basketball for the Seahawks. She averaged more than 21 points a game in her senior season for the basketball team and was selected as the Skagit Valley Herald Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. With 1,283 points, she’s eighth all-time in career scoring among Skagit County girls.

She is the second Anacortes student-athlete to commit to Western in recent months; track and field star Skye Hopper will compete for the Bellingham university as well.

The Vikings went 17-13 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament.

Lopez commits to N. Idaho

Burlington-Edison’s Isaac Lopez, a two-time state champion, has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Lopez, who won titles for the Tigers in his junior and senior seasons, committed earlier this week.

He’ll be joining a Cardinals squad that placed sixth at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in March. That team boasted five All-Americans.

Lopez won the 113-pound state title at Mat Classic his junior year, then won the 120-pound weight class at the same event as a senior.

Sedro-Woolley’s Orton claims two titles

Cora Orton never leaves the wrestling mat for long.

The Skagit Valley Herald Girls’ Wrestler of the Year recipient wrestles year-round and recently added a pair of titles to her expanding resume.

Orton, who will be a senior next year, won both the Washington State Wrestling Association’s Freestyle State championship as well as the WSWA Greco State championship, both at 112 pounds.

— Reporter Vince Richardson: 360-416-2181, vrichardson@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Sports_SVH, Facebook.com/vincereports.

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