Community roundup: Lake Stevens grad lands D-I coaching gig

Santa Clara University announced the hiring of Gina Carbonatto as its head softball coach on June 24.

Gina Carbonatto is getting her first shot as a college head coach.

The former Lake Stevens High School softball standout was hired as the head softball coach at Santa Clara University, the school announced June 24.

Carbonatto, who graduated from Lake Stevens in 2003, had a stellar collegiate playing career at the University of Pacific, where she was a three-time All-American. She was named The Herald’s Woman of the Year in Sports for 2006.

Carbonatto spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at UC Davis. She’s also been an assistant at Pacific and at the University of Washington.

Carbonatto takes over for Lisa Dodd, who stepped down after two seasons at Santa Clara. The Broncos finished 8-7 in the West Coast Conference and 16-34 overall in 2019.

Koppenberg reaches semis of PNGA Men’s Amateur

Everett High School graduate Jake Koppenberg reached the semifinals of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men’s Amateur Championship, held last week at Tacoma Country and Golf Club and Chambers Bay. Koppenberg, an assistant coach on the Western Washington University men’s golf team, tied for fourth at 4-under-par after two rounds of stroke play to advance to match play. Koppenberg won four rounds of match play before falling to Laurent Desmarchais 1 up in the semifinals.

Everett grad Rielly headed to Europe

Everett High School graduate Sidney Rielly, who just completed her collegiate basketball career with Portland State University, has signed to play professionally for the Horsholm 79ers in Denmark. Rielly was a first-team All-Big Sky selection last season, averaging 14.0 points per game as the Vikings qualified for the NCAA tournament.

MP’s Phelps selected for elite softball showcase

Marysville Pilchuck High School’s Cassidy Phelps, a rising junior shortstop on the Tomahawks’ softball team, was selected to participate in the EXOS Select 50 instructional showcase, which took place Sunday in Carlsbad, California. Phelps was one of 50 top-tier players selected from Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada to participate in the showcase, which exposes players to coaches from the collegiate, regional and national levels.

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