Brenda is a 1989 graduate of Edmonds High School. There, she was the first Snohomish County soccer player to be named the Everett Herald’s All-Area Soccer 1st Team all four years. As a senior, she was All-WESCO 1st team in soccer, basketball and softball, and named the Everett Herald’s Female Athlete of the Year. Other very noteworthy accomplishments as senior year include Everett Herald 1989 Softball Player of the Year, 1989 State Basketball All-Tournament Team – 2nd leading scorer in tournament, 15 Edmonds High basketball records at end of her senior season including scoring 528 points.
After Edmonds, she attended Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). There, she focused on softball and became a feared hitter. She still holds PLU’s record for a single season in hits (69) and doubles (22). She batted .422 during her years as the team’s very skilled shortstop. Other very noteworthy honors and accomplishments include leading PLU to 3 NW Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC) championships, and 1st team All-NCIC, in 1990, leading NAIA in doubles (22) and ranked 14th in hits per game (69 in 48 games) and in 1991, leading PLU to a 40-8 record, and wins in the NCIC and Tri-District championships, and a runner-up finish at the NAIA Tournament.
Brenda was a two-time NAIA All American, and helped lead the Lutes win the 1992 NAIA National Championship.