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Donna Regan

Donna Regan team photo  Donna Regan

Donna Regan was an outstanding athlete at Wenatchee High School, where she competed in volleyball, basketball and track.  Upon leaving Wenatchee High School, Donna played on two championship basketball teams for WVC Hall of Fame coach Jim Sollars, averaging 7.8 points in 1977-78 and 10.5 points and 9.9 rebounds the next season.  Donna scored over 500 points in her career.  Coach Sollars remarked that Donna Regan was one of the best athletes to ever play basketball in Washington state community college history.

“She was tall, fast, jumped very well, was intense and extremely competitive,” Sollars said.  “If an opponent stole the ball from her, her face would turn bright red, and I felt sorry for anyone who got in her way—there would be revenge!”

Even though she had the hardest line-drive jump ever invented, she still averaged a double on most nights and helped her team be one of the best in NWAACC history.  “While at WVC,” Coach Sollars said, “Donna demonstrated a kind, caring disposition off the court but was a terror on it—as competitive as anyone I have ever coached.”

Donna also competed for WVC in track and field and won two state community college discus championships in 1978 and 1979.  She finished first in the 1978 community college state meet in the discus and was sixth in the shot put.  In 1979, she repeated as discus champion with a state- and school-record toss of 143 feet 10 inches.  She was also second in the high jump and sixth in the shot.  At the University of Idaho, she played for future Stanford basketball coach Tara Vanderveer and also competed in track.

While at WVC, Donna was twice named the North Central Washington Female Athlete of the Year and was recognized as the North Central Washington Female Athlete of the decade for the 1970s.  She is also a member of the Wenatchee High School Hall of Fame.