|High School:||Archbishop Murphy HS|
Appeared in 30 of the Tigers' 31 games, averaging 15 minutes per contest. Averaged 1.5 points per game, while handing out 1.3 assists per game as the Tigers' back-up point guard. Handed out multiple assists in 11 games, including a career-high five helpers against Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 2). Connected on 12 of 15 free throw attempts on the season, for a percentage of .800. Logged a career-high 31 minutes against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 8, and picked up a career-high three steals with a pair of assists. Set a career-high in points against San Diego (Nov. 11) with seven, and matched that output with seven at Long Beach State (Jan. 27) Grabbed a career-high five rebounds at Southern Utah (Nov. 23).
Pettinger led the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats with over 11 points per game as well as six assists per game. She finishes as the Wildcats' career leader assists and steals. On the season the Wildcats went undefeated in the 1A/2A Cascade League, and placed fifth in the Washington State championship tournament. Pettinger was named the District MVP, landing on the All-State Tournament Team and also earned the Sportsmanship Award in the Washington State championship tournament. During her junior season, she was named to the 2009 End of Trail All-Tournament Team and helped Archbishop Murphy to a 26-1 season, the Cascade Conference championship and the 2A District championship. Pettinger led the squad with an 11.3 points per game, earning All-League honors. As a sophomore, Pettinger and the Wildcats finished 18-5 on the year as she earned her second-consecutive Second Team All-Cascade Conference honors. She averaging 8.1 points per game in 2007-08, while earning End of Trail All-Tournament Team honors. As a freshman, she averaged 9.0 points per game to help the Wildcats compile a 15-8 record in the 2006-07 season. A dual-sport athlete, Pettinger also lettered in soccer as a starter all four seasons. As a senior on the pitch, Pettinger and the Wildcats finished a perfect 23-0 season that saw them crowned as the 2A Washington State Champions. Sam netted 23 goals, with 16 assists as the team's top scorer. She earned All-Conference First Team, All-District First Team All Divisions and All-State First Team honors. During the 2009 season, Pettinger was named the Seattle Times State Athlete of the Week on Nov. 21, 2009. In 2008, the Wildcats' soccer squad finished 19-3 en route to a league and district championship title, finishing third in the state of Washington. Sam claimed Second Team All-Cascade Conference accolades for the second time, after doing so as a sophomore in 2007, when Archbishop Murphy HS finished 22-1 on the year with another Cascade Conference and district title to its name. Pettinger kicked off her soccer career with all-league honorable mention as a freshman in 2006, after the Wildcats finished 20-3 on the year as the 2A Washington State champions.
Daughter of Hope and Brad Pettinger, she was born on April 5. Pettinger has one older brother, Nick. Her cousin Matt plays professional hockey, with nine seasons in the NHL on Vancouver, Tampa Bay and Washington. Intends to major in Sports Medicine.