LA CONNER — Two multi-sport prep stars were named the Skagit Valley Herald’s Athletes of the Year on Tuesday at the annual Skagit Valley Herald Sports Stars event.
La Conner’s Matty Lagerwey and Burlington-Edison’s Taino Ferdinand were awarded the honor, while La Conner volleyball coach Suzanne Marble was named Coach of the Year.
Lagerwey won a team state title and two individual state titles this year. She led the Braves’ volleyball team to the Class 2B title in the fall, then won titles in the triple jump and long jump in the spring at the Class 2B state track and field championships.
She was also an all-league basketball player.
Lagerwey has won six individual track and field titles in her high school career.
She will compete for the Western Washington University track and field team next year.
Ferdinand was an all-conference performer for a postseason-qualifying Burlington-Edison boys’ basketball team; in the spring, he won the Class 2A state high jump title with a jump (6 feet, 10 inches) that at the time was in the nation’s Top 20 among high school athletes.
Ferdinand played several other sports throughout his high school career including football and tennis.
Marble helmed the Braves to the volleyball program’s fourth state title. This year’s squad went undefeated on its way to the state title.
The event, held this year at La Conner High School’s performing arts center, honored each of the Skagit Valley Herald’s Athletes of the Year in their respective sports.
The finalists for the Girls’ Athlete of the Year were Lagerwey, and Anacortes’ Gabby Ronngren and Saville Feist. Ronngren was the Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year, and Feist was the Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year.
The finalists for the Boys’ Athlete of the Year were Ferdinand, Anacortes’ Luke Rutz and Mount Vernon Christian’s Gabe Taylor.
Rutz was the Boys’ Tennis Player of the Year after qualifying for the state tournament, and Taylor was the Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He won four state titles to help the Hurricanes to the Class 1B state title.