Andy Nystrom

New coach on board as Redmond girls look to score success | Basketball Spotlight

It’s still early in the season, and Redmond High senior captains Lauren Bogard and Ali Jorgensen feel their team can get on track and win a handful of games when all is said and done.

Redmond boys sport a ‘we versus me’ attitude | Basketball Spotlight

Senior captains Kyle Sawtell and Nate Swanson know they’ve got to provide a ton of leadership for their teammates this season. Probably more than normal since the Redmond High Mustangs only sport one returning varsity player — Sawtell.

Glimpse into the life of a reporter | Editor’s Notebook

Normally, I’m a pretty quiet guy when it comes to discussing my job outside of the work place. I’ve been in the journalism business for 20-plus years, and while there’s always something interesting happening at the paper, my usual outlook is to get the job done and move on to the many other aspects of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate each day on the job to the fullest, and I always have ever since that first day at the Los Altos Town Crier as an entertainment section editor.

Ready to Rumble: Redmond’s Hamilton wants to grab CageSport heavyweight title

Count to seven. That's how long it took Anthony Hamilton to dispatch of Mike Riddell in a CageSport bout on Nov. 3. First, there was some maneuvering and a Hamilton jab to create some distance between the two fighters. And then came the big blow: an overhand right punch to the "button" of Riddell's chin. Lights out. A knockout victory.

Bear Creek girls soccer scores second straight state title | Update

When Lizzie Udeschini scored first, she was ecstatic to get things rolling for her Bear Creek team. "The first goal feels so good because it sets the pace for the rest of the game," said the Grizzly senior captain, adding that her 24th-minute netter "freaked out" the Napavine players because they knew it was time to strike back or a win would elude them. But Bear Creek's defense held tight and the Grizzlies tacked on three second-half goals en route to a 4-0 victory and second straight 1B/2B state championship last Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Search for Sky continues: Toddler’s father has faith that ‘we will find him’

People sang and prayed, hugged each other and cried and released 369 blue balloons to mark the amount of days Sky Metalwala had been missing as of last Saturday during a gathering at Downtown Park in Redmond. Hope was in the air among the 65 attendees who joined Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, at the event.

Grizzlies bounce into state semifinals | Girls Soccer

Bear Creek versus Crosspoint Academy: take three. On Friday afternoon, the Grizzlies from Redmond will hope to score a hat trick with its third victory this season over Crosspoint from Bremerton in the 1B/2B state semifinals at 2 p.m. at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Election time brings back memories | Editor’s Notebook

I was president once. Yes, that’s true, and during my one-year tenure in eighth grade, I did an OK job. Nothing to write home about, mind you, but I ran our student council at Our Lady of Guadalupe school in Hermosa Beach, Calif., the best I could when I wasn’t thinking about playing soccer and baseball and worrying that my record collection wasn’t big enough.

It’s state time for Bear Creek Grizzlies boys soccer squad

Play solid defense first and then let the offense fill the net with goals. That's turned out to be a potent one-two punch this season for the Bear Creek boys soccer team (16-1-1 overall), which won the 1B/2B Sea-Tac League title and the District 1/2 crown. Next up is the state quarterfinals this Saturday with a 1 p.m. match versus Mount Vernon Christian at Sammamish High.

Bear Creek tips off state volleyball tournament on Friday

With a 15-0 overall record and league and district titles under their belts, Bear Creek heads into this Friday's state 2B tournament playing stellar volleyball. The Grizzlies will spring into action at 11:30 a.m. against Wahkiakum at the Yakima Sundome.

Curtis ends Redmond’s season with 2-1 girls soccer win

There were tears. Then laughter. Then tears again. A wave of emotions overtook the Redmond High girls soccer players following their 2-1 season-ending loss to Curtis High on Tuesday night in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on the Mustangs' home pitch.

Getting her life back on course

Mekenna Mossman rolls up her right pant leg and points at the spot near her knee cap where the injury occurred. However, the small bandage doesn’t even begin to tell her harrowing story. After looking up with a slight smile, Mossman, 15, then runs her hand along part of the scar that begins at her knee cap and continues up to her hip. What started as a deep puncture the Redmond High School sophomore cross-country runner suffered after falling on the Hartman Park trail during a pre-season training session, turned into a severe case of necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria). It could have taken her leg — or her life — if it hadn’t been treated properly, says Kristen Mossman, Mekenna’s mother.

Margeson is cancer free and enjoying her child-care duties

When Patti Margeson found out she had breast cancer, she admits to being angry and sad, but the Redmond resident wasn't going to let her body and mind back down. "I never thought that this would take me — death was never an option. I knew I caught it early. I had a great attitude about that," said Margeson, who learned of the cancer following her yearly mammogram appointment in November of 2011.

Redmond’s Searles is crowned 2013 Miss Washington USA

"Breathe. Breathe. Breathe." That's what Redmond's Cassandra Searles said to herself when she stood at the front of the stage with fellow top-two finalist Whitney Young, waiting to see who would be crowned 2013 Miss Washington USA last Sunday at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. "Don't pass out."

Seattle Sounders FC players lend a hand at play day for special-needs athletes | Slideshow

As Seattle Sounders FC soccer players watched, 3-year-old Vallory Hurlimann first booted a soccer ball with gusto and then ran up the field as fast as her little legs would go. Lisa Hurlimann kept a close eye on her daughter, who has Down syndrome, and rooted her on the whole way during last Sunday's afternoon of celebration for young athletes with disabilities at Arena Sports in Redmond.

Undefeated Redmond High cross country is set for 4A Kingco meet

Perfection. That's what Redmond High School cross country was all about this season as the boys and girls squads both notched 6-0 records en route to 4A Kingco Crest Division titles. They're set to take their talent to the next level at Thursday's 4A Kingco championship meet at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. First race is at 2 p.m. on the 3.1-mile course.

Last coffee call: Bella Bottega Tully’s to close on Sunday as company files for bankruptcy protection

Patrons poured into Tully's Coffee at the Bella Bottega Shopping Center in Redmond this morning. One customer mentioned that she's never seen it so crowded on a Friday before. As the morning rush continued, some people gave baristas greeting cards and said they were sad of the store's upcoming closure at 5 p.m. this Sunday. First, the Redmond Town Center Tully's Coffee store shut its doors on Oct. 7 and now the Bella Bottega location will follow, a manager confirmed earlier this week, due to the company filing to reorganize its business operations under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws.

Olson wants to get people Redmond Ready for emergencies

Janeen Olson knows that she’s ready in case of an emergency. She always has a backpack close by that’s filled with a flashlight, blanket, bottled water and more. What Olson is concerned about is getting others prepared for emergencies like power outages, snowstorms, fires, earthquakes and whatever else may hit the area. She’s in charge of Redmond Ready, a service of the office of emergency management that encourages city employees and citizens to take a personal preparedness class and get trained in first aid and CPR.

Superintendent, parents discuss Rosa Parks Elementary School overcrowding

Dr. Traci Pierce had barely put the microphone down and stepped off the stage when a group of parents surrounded the new Lake Washington School District superintendent to discuss overcrowding at Rosa Parks Elementary School.

‘These kids cannot be drinking and having guns,’ mother says

Eight months after Claire Thompson, a 20-year-old Sammamish native, was fatally shot at a Redmond house party, Diane Benveniste gathered with her husband, son and her deceased daughter’s friends in a room at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.