Regan Schenck tried to respond, but struggled to get the words out. Forty-eight hours earlier, she had been at the Tacoma Dome. Her brother Cage and the rest of the Woodinville Falcons played Richland for the State football Championship. She screamed all game long at the top of her lungs – and it ravaged her vocal chords.
Now, as she stood with a reporter two days later, her voice was reduced to a series of raspy squeaks.
But that’s okay. The senior point guard has always made her biggest statements on the basketball court. And that stage will get bigger next year, as she signed a scholarship last month to play at Northern Arizona University.
“I’m super excited to go there,” Schenck squeaked. “It has been my dream to play college basketball so I’m really happy that I can do that. The girls on the team are really nice and I liked the atmosphere. And the coach is really positive but she makes me want to work hard, which I really like.”
The coach she referred to was Loree Payne, the first-year leader of the Lady Lumberjacks. Once upon a time, Payne played for the Washington Huskies, and was part of the Elite 8 team back in the 2000-01 season. Due to her Northwest roots, Payne has had Schenck on her radar for some time.
“I’ve been watching Regan since she was a seventh grader, when I was coaching at the University of Puget Sound,” Payne said. “When I first got the job at Northern Arizona [last April], she was near the top of my list to recruit.”
Payne advocates a fast-paced offense. So Scheck seems perfectly suited for that style of play.
“I think Regan is an all-around really great player,” Payne said. “She plays a lot bigger than 5’7”. She’s a point guard that sees the floor really well, pushes tempo, understands the game as to when she can score and when to dish it off. Overall, she’s just a great leader on the floor. The type of leader we are looking to bring in to our first recruiting class.”
But Schenck still has a senior year to play at Woodinville. With a team loaded with talented players such as Madison Lundquist and Madi DuBois, the stage is set for a memorable season.
“Regan has been a lot of fun to have in our program,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “She has also come a long ways in her four years. You could see a lot of talent in her as a freshman, but if you watch her today, she makes a lot better decisions. It has been fun to see her progress.”
What has also been fun is seeing Schenck on the fast break. First, she brings the ball up the court at breakneck speed. Then as she spies a teammate flashing open in the paint, she’ll fire one of her trademark missile passes through a forest of arms and legs. Oftentimes the result is an easy catch and lay-in. But sometimes the ball careens off a startled teammate and ricochets out-of-bounds. Either way, it’s pure entertainment.
“Back in her freshman year, there were a lot more misfires than today,” Bullock said with a smirk. “But honestly the girls have gotten better at catching her passes. By now they‘ve played with her enough to know when they’re coming.”