Tim Watanabe

Ron Cole

Ron ‘Tiger’ Cole aims for world wrestling title in Russia

In Ron “Tiger” Cole’s high school yearbook, he wrote, “I can’t wait to go to the World Championships and wrestle a Russian in Russia.”

Ron Cole
Redmond’s Cara Linnenkohl placed second in the single sculls event at last month’s World Rowing Junior Championships in Austria. She was the highest-placing U.S. junior woman in the history of the World Rowing Championships.

Redmond’s Linnenkohl shines with silver at World Rowing Junior Championships

Redmond’s Cara Linnenkohl is living proof that hard work and dedication to a sport will pay off in the long run.

Redmond’s Cara Linnenkohl placed second in the single sculls event at last month’s World Rowing Junior Championships in Austria. She was the highest-placing U.S. junior woman in the history of the World Rowing Championships.
Asha Behrman grabs a soccer ball from the net during an Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers

Redmond’s Arena Sports keeps sports going year round

Soccer players from the Pacific Northwest know that it’s quite difficult to enjoy their sport outdoors year-round. That’s where Arena Sports comes in. Founded in 1995, Arena Sports is a national leader in indoor sports facilities, whose main goal is to enhance the quality of life in local communities by providing fun and safe sports for people of all ages.

Asha Behrman grabs a soccer ball from the net during an Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers

Redmond’s Toyoji heads to China for Paralympics

Redmond High graduate Steven Toyoji is a man on a mission for gold. The 22-year-old University of Arizona senior will be traveling to China in early September to compete in track events of the Beijing Paralympics, a division of the Olympic Games reserved for the physically handicapped.

Redmond’s Laura Combs

Ice skater Laura Combs, 12 is Redmond’s golden girl

Twelve-year-old Laura Combs of Redmond has been ice skating for just two and a half years, and has already put together quite an impressive record.

Redmond’s Laura Combs
Paula Tomlinson

Eastsider Paula Tomlinson looks to Danskin Triathalon after beating breast cancer

When 45-year-old Paula Tomlinson was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in late 2003, the prognosis was not good. Studies have shown that anywhere from one-third to one-half of Stage III diagnoses don’t survive. Even facing the possibility that she may not live to see her 50th birthday, she was able to remain strong-willed and optimistic throughout the ordeal, as she knew her cancer could be beaten.

Paula Tomlinson
Jeff Roberts pumps some iron at Eastside Gym

Mom-and-pop Redmond gyms offer service on first-name basis

Anyone that has ever walked into their favorite restaurant or bar and been greeted on a first-name basis knows how great it feels to be part of a family. Anyone that has ever walked into their favorite restaurant or bar and been greeted on a first-name basis knows how great it feels to be part of a family. Many larger, national-chain gyms, however, operate by key card, where clients simply scan themselves into a system before beginning their workout. Very little interaction, with the gym staff is required, if at all, which may pose problems should an issue arise.

Jeff Roberts pumps some iron at Eastside Gym
Ashley Graham

Redmond grad Graham continues basketball career in Europe

Mustang faithful that followed the excellent Redmond High girls’ basketball team in the early part of the decade may recall a flashy southpaw point guard with long braids and an undying tenacity on the court to get the job done. Ashley Graham, who graduated in 2003, enjoyed one of the most stellar prep careers of any Redmond athlete in recent memory.

Ashley Graham
Redmond sisters Pooja

Redmond figure roller skating dynamos prep for national championships

Eleven-year-old Priya Rastogi of Redmond has been skating for almost as long as she can remember. Priya, and her sister Pooja, 8, trek up to the Marysville Skating Club several times a week to practice and train for figure roller skating competitions, the next of which will be the Roller Skating National Championships in Lincoln, Neb. later this month.

Redmond sisters Pooja
ABOVE: Caleigh Sweeters (in green) guards Maddie Egberg as the “Rubber Duckies” and the “Macadamia Nuts” scrimmaged during a girls basketball camp at Redmond High last Wednesday. BELOW: Molly Brown (in green) tries to work her way down the court and around Stephanie Kinssies during camp action at RHS.

Redmond High basketball hosts camps to pad travel budget

Some teams may hold car washes or make the rounds going door-to-door selling magazines, but the Redmond High School’s annual fund-raiser to help fund its travel-intensive basketball seasons goes back to their love of the game. Last week, hundreds of campers from grades three to nine met at the Redmond High gym for the boys’ and girls’ basketball camps, hosted by the high school head coaches as well as numerous varsity players and alumni.

ABOVE: Caleigh Sweeters (in green) guards Maddie Egberg as the “Rubber Duckies” and the “Macadamia Nuts” scrimmaged during a girls basketball camp at Redmond High last Wednesday. BELOW: Molly Brown (in green) tries to work her way down the court and around Stephanie Kinssies during camp action at RHS.
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Redmond seniors compete in annual Senior Fitness Games

For senior citizens living at Emerald Heights, staying in shape has never been so much fun. Most of the retirement community’s 400-plus residents have been working out regularly with fitness trainers in an assortment of classes to prepare for the annual Senior Fitness Games, a week-long event with different competitions scheduled each day.

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Elena Klions works on bouldering skills along one of the many indoor climbing walls at Vertical World last week. The REI store in Redmond Town Center also has a rock climbing facility.

Indoor climbing walls offer Redmond rockclimbers safe way to sport

It used to be that the only way to experience rock climbing was to drive out to the mountains, find a crag to conquer, and take your chances. With the advent and recent popularity boom of “extreme sports,” however, indoor rock climbing on man-made walls has developed quite a following among athletes seeking a safe challenge.

Elena Klions works on bouldering skills along one of the many indoor climbing walls at Vertical World last week. The REI store in Redmond Town Center also has a rock climbing facility.
Willows Run Golf Club head pro Shawn Beattie says that his facility

Good golf to be had in Redmond — for a price

Let’s admit it, unless you’re a fan of sticking soft spikes on to a pair of galoshes, summer is the best time to play golf in the Pacific Northwest. Golfers wait year-round for that precious two-month stretch from late June through August when clear blue skies, temperatures in the 80s and dry conditions abound. Redmond, surprisingly, only has two public golf courses within its city limits. What the city may lack in quantity, however, is more than made up for in the quality of golf that can be found — if you can afford the greens fees.

Willows Run Golf Club head pro Shawn Beattie says that his facility
Midfielder John Fishbaugher

Seattle Sounders sign Redmond High, Seattle U soccer standout

Even before Redmond High soccer sensation John Fishbaugher set foot on the campus of Seattle University, he had already put together quite a resume. While a Mustang, Fishbaugher was a two-time first-team all-4A Kingco selection and was also named the league’s MVP in 2004, his senior year. The talented midfielder also had the honor being named to the first-team all-state squad. He scored 15 goals and set the all-time assist record during his time at Redmond. And that was just the beginning.

Midfielder John Fishbaugher
The Bear Creek boys basketball coach Scott Moe cuts down the net after the Grizzlies won the tri-district championship in March and earned the program’s first berth to the state tournament.

Bear Creek basketball coach leads team from cellar to state tourney

Four years ago, The Bear Creek boys’ basketball team was in shambles. The Grizzlies, in their 2004-2005 campaign, did not win a single league game and won only one other contest all season, which was on par with their previous years — the team only won a total of four games from 2001-2005. Enter Scott Moe. The Grizzlies, led by a strong core of seniors in guard Nate Castle and forwards Jimmy Rehfeld and Garrett Bensen, went undefeated in the 2B Sea-Tac League on the way to their first league crown and won 20 games for the first time.

The Bear Creek boys basketball coach Scott Moe cuts down the net after the Grizzlies won the tri-district championship in March and earned the program’s first berth to the state tournament.
TOP: Redmond’s Emily Squiers (No. 22) and the Mustangs shocked the state field

Redmond High Mustangs overcame adversity in ’08

The road to the Class 4A state softball tournament was long and arduous for Redmond and particularly head coach Jackie Bloom, who took over the helm in 2006. In her first season as coach, the team ran a perfect 16-0 record before losing a heartbreaking winner-to-state, loser-out game against Inglemoor, 2-0. This year’s team also had its fair share of make-or-break moments, including three games during the 4A Kingco playoffs where Redmond’s season could have ended prematurely with a loss.

TOP: Redmond’s Emily Squiers (No. 22) and the Mustangs shocked the state field
Brandon Burditt

Redmond Little League player pitches perfection

Twelve-year-old Brandon Burditt of the Redmond West Majors Phillies achieved one of the rarest feats in Little League baseball by pitching a perfect game last month against the Athletics.

Brandon Burditt
Redmond High senior Marcus Flynn shined on the mound as the Mustangs closer this spring

Redmond pitcher, hoopster Flynn is Male Athlete of the Year

At 6 feet and 165 pounds, Redmond senior Marcus Flynn is hardly the imposing type of pitcher that one would envision as the closer on a state-title contending baseball team. What Flynn may lack in size, however, he more than makes up for with his guts, determination and a will to win at any cost. Flynn’s competitive fire on the diamond and on the hardwood was unmatched and that is why he is the Reporter’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Redmond High senior Marcus Flynn shined on the mound as the Mustangs closer this spring
Overlake senior Alyson Peters excelled in soccer

Peters: Talented and humble

Many star athletes relish being in the limelight and enjoy reminiscing on their own achievements.

Overlake senior Alyson Peters excelled in soccer