By Rich Palzewic
SUAMICO – The Bay Port girls’ basketball team won the 2019 WIAA Division 1 state championship, but there’s a good chance the Pirates wouldn’t have made it to the Resch Center in Green Bay without the help of then-junior Raegan McIntyre.
One week before at the sectional finals in Manitowoc, McIntyre was the hero in Bay Port’s 26-24 overtime victory over Arrowhead.
“Even though we won the state championship a week later, the win over Arrowhead was equally as memorable for me,” said McIntyre, who is the daughter of Kurt and Stephanie McIntyre. “I wasn’t much of an offensive threat last year – I was more of a role player.”
With the game tied at 24 and time dwindling down in the extra period, Bay Port head coach Kati Coleman called a timeout and drew up a play.
“We all ran around out there and didn’t run the play,” McIntyre laughed. “I was waiting for [graduated senior] Grace Krause or [current teammate] Alaina Abel to get the ball, but they couldn’t get open. I was looking to pass it back because I wasn’t the point guard. Dribbling at the top of the key, I glanced at the clock and saw 11 seconds. [Current teammate] McKenzie Johnson cleared out from the right corner and I took it to the hoop.”
McIntyre’s bucket with four seconds remaining propelled the Pirates to state, where they eventually won the title with a 50-49 victory over Middleton March 9 of last year.
Spanning the last few minutes of regulation and the overtime period, McIntyre scored Bay Port’s last five points of the game.
Not only is McIntyre a standout player on the hardwood, but she also garnered second-team all-conference honors as a setter on the Pirates’ volleyball team last fall.
“Winning our first-ever conference crown in volleyball was memorable,” said McIntyre. “We put in lots of work, and it paid off.”
As memorable as winning a state title in basketball and a conference crown in volleyball, McIntyre’s most embarrassing moment is also etched in her mind.
“One time during a basketball game, I was on the floor under the basket with the ball in my hand,” she smiled. “Instead of passing to a teammate, I shot the ball, and it went straight up in the air. I’m not sure what I was thinking.”
“Raegs,” as her teammates call her, has two older sisters, Taylor and Maddy.
“Taylor is a recent graduate of UW-La Crosse, played basketball in high school and studied therapeutic recreation in college,” McIntyre said. “Maddy recently received a business degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay and played volleyball for two years in high school.”
McIntyre also plans to attend UW-La Crosse but will not continue her athletic career at the next level.
“It did cross my mind to play collegiate sports, but I’d like to focus on my academics,” said McIntyre, who will study exercise sports science.
In her spare time, McIntyre, who describes herself as hard-working, funny and dedicated, said she likes to work out, hang with friends and loves school.
She said she’d like to be remembered as a friend who lifted others up and made people laugh.
“I only eat apples if they are cut up,” McIntyre said. “I don’t like the feeling of biting into a whole apple. I also like avocado toast, the color orange, Skittles, summer and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.”
McIntyre and her teammates are currently the No. 1 ranked Division 1 team in the state and have an overall record of 12-0.