La Conner’s Matty Lagerwey is a lot of things.
She’s a leader, a student and an athlete, just to name a few.
And while her biggest accomplishments are likely yet to come, her most recent is being named Skagit Valley Herald Girls’ Athlete of the Year.
This past year, Lagerwey was the Skagit Valley Herald Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year as well as the Skagit Valley Herald Volleyball Player of the Year.
“It was definitely a fun year,” Lagerwey said. “I was really looking forward to my senior year. I wanted to end on a good note for all my sports. I knew I was going to have to perform well to reach my high expectations.”
Lagerwey, who will compete next year for Western Washington University’s track and field team, won state titles this spring in both the triple jump and long jump while placing third in the javelin and fifth in the 100-meter dash.
In the winter, she played on a La Conner basketball team that finished fifth at the Class 2B State Tournament.
It was on the volleyball court, however, where Lagerwey may have shone the brightest as she led the Braves to a state title.
“I like all sports,” she said. “Soccer, tennis, hockey, football. I play flag football. I enjoy them all.”
Though Lagerwey has played basketball the longest, track and field has quickly become her top sport.
“I love competing,” she said. “I love competition. In track, it’s really all on you. Nobody else controls the situation. I like that pressure. I like that individual pressure and I can just block everything out. I will miss volleyball, especially playing at La Conner. It’s just different. Playing there, it’s just a whole different type of special.”
Ask Lagerwey what she is most proud of and she’ll tell you it’s not being atop a podium or being given a trophy or medallion.
“My leadership is what I am most proud of,” she said.
Sports have molded her, Lagerwey said.
“Sports shaped me into who I am,” she said. “Sports made me a leader. I think it’s important for kids to play sports, to have good attitudes.”
Lagerwey credits La Conner volleyball coach Suzanne Marble — the Skagit Valley Herald Coach of the Year — with having an impact on her life.
“She’s the best,” Lagerwey said. “It was special to get to be around her. And it was special we received these awards at the same time. I can’t thank her enough. She is so much more than sports, more than wins and losses. She’s about leadership and shaping people into great human beings. If I come back some some day as a coach, I would model myself after her.”
Before Lagerwey gets to work studying pre-med at Western, she’ll work a summer job, spend time with here one-eyed overweight pug, Izzy, and cook and bake.
“It’s funny,” she said. “I always want time to relax, but when I get it, I’m board. So I’ll take Izzy for a drive. ... I love to cook steak and mashed potatoes, the classic meal. I learned to bake from my mom and grandma. It’s a relaxing thing that I do.”