Tim Watanabe

Overlake forward Adrianna Gildner fires a shot against Northwest School on Tuesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Gildner scored a goal and assisted twice in the Owls' 4-1 win

Owl soccer flying high: Second-half surge powers Overlake (10-0-0) past Northwest

It was a true team effort on Tuesday afternoon at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, as the red-hot Overlake girls' soccer team (10-0-0) broke away in the second half for a 4-1 victory over Northwest School. Four different players scored for the Owls in the winning effort, which kept them atop the 1A Emerald City League standings at 8-0-0 in league play, with Seattle Academy (7-1-0) close behind.

Overlake forward Adrianna Gildner fires a shot against Northwest School on Tuesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Gildner scored a goal and assisted twice in the Owls' 4-1 win
Redmond outside hitter Joy Zhang goes up for a kill during the Mustangs' 3-0 loss to Inglemoor on Tuesday night. Zhang and fellow senior Heather Smith led the team offensively with six kills each.

Mustang volleyball squad working hard, seeks payoff

As the losses pile up for the Redmond High volleyball team, the wear and tear of a trying season is evident on head coach Ross Johnson’s face — but he is certainly not giving up. On Tuesday, the visiting Inglemoor Vikings (2-4 overall) overcame an eight-point first set deficit to rally and win, using that momentum to take sets two and three in a sweep of the Mustangs.

Redmond outside hitter Joy Zhang goes up for a kill during the Mustangs' 3-0 loss to Inglemoor on Tuesday night. Zhang and fellow senior Heather Smith led the team offensively with six kills each.
Redmond High senior Ally Davis plows through the water during the 200 freestyle at Tuesday’s home meet against Issaquah. Davis

Mustangs looking to make waves in Kingco | Swim preview

The Redmond High girls’ swim team, although in the midst of a rebuilding year after the graduation of state breaststroke champion Heather Harper, is not without high hopes for the 2011 season.

Redmond High senior Ally Davis plows through the water during the 200 freestyle at Tuesday’s home meet against Issaquah. Davis
Bear Creek hitter Makena Schoene goes up for a kill while Redmond's Joy Zhang (No. 2) tries to block during the Grizzlies' 3-0 sweep at Redmond High School Tuesday night. Schoene and senior Nikki Peterson led the team with 10 kills each.

Bear Creek volleyball making big strides | Volleyball preview

Is this the year of the Grizzly on the volleyball court? Watching The Bear Creek School’s volleyball team progress over the last few seasons, one might think that 2011 just might be.

Bear Creek hitter Makena Schoene goes up for a kill while Redmond's Joy Zhang (No. 2) tries to block during the Grizzlies' 3-0 sweep at Redmond High School Tuesday night. Schoene and senior Nikki Peterson led the team with 10 kills each.
The Overlake School girls’ soccer coach Sally Goodspeed addresses her team during a recent practice. Goodspeed has guided the Owls to two consecutive state finals berths. 'We’re already working really hard

Overlake School girls are set to strike | Fall soccer preview

For head coach Sally Goodspeed and the strong Overlake girls’ soccer program, the 2011 season represents one more chance at state glory. After coming off heartbreaking back-to-back losses in the 1A state finals to Seattle Academy (2-1 in 2009) and Bush (1-0 in 2010), the Owls have reloaded and are ready to start the long journey back to Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

The Overlake School girls’ soccer coach Sally Goodspeed addresses her team during a recent practice. Goodspeed has guided the Owls to two consecutive state finals berths. 'We’re already working really hard

AT A GLANCE: Redmond prep soccer

REDMOND MUSTANGS • Head Coach: Patrick Scheibe, 17th season • Last season: 4-6-0 (7th in 4A Kingco), 6-6-3 overall • 2011 Turnout: 70

AT A GLANCE: Redmond Cross Country teams

REDMOND HIGH SCHOOL Head Coach: Denis Villeneuve, 21st year Last year: 6-3, 3rd in Kingco (boys); 8-1, 3rd in Kingco (girls) 2011 turnout numbers: 70

Redmond golf coach Chris Zimmerman helps Daniel Bies line up a putt during a recent practice at Bear Creek Country Club. The Mustangs return four players that made the state tournament last year

Stangs swinging for state success | Boys’ golf preview

As more of a specialized sport than the other fall offerings for student-athletes at Redmond High School, golf has always been about quality over quantity for head coach Chris Zimmerman. Although only 14 kids tried out for the boys’ golf team this year, 11 of them are returning from last season, and four of them played in the 4A state tournament just last spring.

Redmond golf coach Chris Zimmerman helps Daniel Bies line up a putt during a recent practice at Bear Creek Country Club. The Mustangs return four players that made the state tournament last year
The Redmond High cross country team warms up with some push-ups prior to practice at Redmond High last week. The girls' squad looks particularly strong this year

Mustangs ready to hit the trails with purpose, passion | Cross Country Preview

Longtime cross country coach at Redmond High School (RHS), Denis Villeneuve, loves to share his passion for running with the young Mustangs heading through his program every year. In his 21st season, Villeneuve had another very strong turnout of 70 kids, with about a 2-1 ratio of boys to girls.

The Redmond High cross country team warms up with some push-ups prior to practice at Redmond High last week. The girls' squad looks particularly strong this year
The Redmond Mustangs’ team captains will lead the way on the field this season as they aim for a playoff berth in the tough 4A Kingco division. From left: Nikolaj La Cour

Mustangs to focus on the fundamentals | Fall Football Preview

Redmond High School football head coach Jeff Chandler isn’t one to sugarcoat the situation at hand as his team prepares to play in arguably the state’s toughest and most talented football league — 4A Kingco.

The Redmond Mustangs’ team captains will lead the way on the field this season as they aim for a playoff berth in the tough 4A Kingco division. From left: Nikolaj La Cour
Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani was a guest speaker at Redmond's Great Day of Play event last Friday at City Hall. Zakuani gave an inspirational speech

Seattle Sounders FC star Zakuani headlines first Redmond Great Day of Play | Video

Redmond's first annual Great Day of Play turned out to be a smashing success, as thousands of Redmond residents got to enjoy a myriad of activities at the City Hall campus last Friday, Aug. 19. From a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament to a 5K run, along with the high-flying trampoline acrobatic tricks from the Skyriders, the festival celebrated the importance of being active and having fun as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani was a guest speaker at Redmond's Great Day of Play event last Friday at City Hall. Zakuani gave an inspirational speech
Redmond’s three high school athletic directors are hard at work making sure things are set for the upcoming fall sports season. From left: John Wiley (Overlake School)

On top of their game: Redmond ADs help keep sports programs running smoothly

As much credit as coaches and athletes get for their successes and achievements on the field, there’s one piece of the high school sports puzzle that often goes unnoticed, and that is the crucial role of the Athletic Director (AD).

Redmond’s three high school athletic directors are hard at work making sure things are set for the upcoming fall sports season. From left: John Wiley (Overlake School)
Redmond’s three high school athletic directors are hard at work making sure things are set for the upcoming fall sports season. From left: John Wiley (Overlake School)

Q & A with Redmond’s prep athletic directors

The Reporter recently posed the question 'If you could change any one thing about high school athletics, what would it be?' to our local prep athletic directors. Here are their responses:

Redmond’s three high school athletic directors are hard at work making sure things are set for the upcoming fall sports season. From left: John Wiley (Overlake School)
Redmond-based Eastside Basketball Club turned a lot of heads at last month's Adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas

Shooting stars: Redmond-based Eastside Basketball Club reaches top 8 of Adidas Super 64 event in Vegas

With any new nonprofit organization, even one that has a good business model, nobody can be certain that it will be successful in the long run. Case in point is Redmond’s own Eastside Basketball Club (EBC), which opened in the summer of 2009 as a way kids looking to play competitive basketball could join an accredited Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team.

Redmond-based Eastside Basketball Club turned a lot of heads at last month's Adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas
Redmond Ridge golf pro Tom Sovay is one of the great stories of this summer

The heat of summer sports | Red Hot Sports in Redmond

As a sports writer for a local community weekly like the Redmond Reporter, the summertime is often the most fun, yet unpredictable, part of my job. From September to mid-June, there’s always something to cover, from previews of all the local sports teams, to rivalry matchups featuring some of the top local high school athletes. Once school gets out, however, it gets a little difficult.

Redmond Ridge golf pro Tom Sovay is one of the great stories of this summer
Tom Sovay

Redmond Ridge’s Sovay qualifies for Senior Open: Local pro returning to hometown after help from above

Tom Sovay, the PGA Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge, has been a busy man as of late — but also a very happy one. In between a completely booked schedule of teaching golf lessons and playing weekend tournaments to sharpen his game, he took a shot at the big time back on June 29, attempting to earn one of just two spots for the U.S. Senior Open in a one-round sectional qualifier at Woodinville's Bear Creek Country Club.

Tom Sovay
Oliver Rudnicki unleashes a drive during the Nature Valley First Tee Open last weekend. He and pro playing partner Steve Lowery combined to shoot 11-under par for the event

Redmond High’s Rudnickis cherish memories of Pebble Beach

Oliver and Lyle Rudnicki lived out a dream that very few amateur golfers will ever realize – playing the hallowed grounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Redmond High School twin seniors were two of the 78 junior players in the Nature Valley First Tee Open, a unique Champions Tour event that paired juniors with touring professionals.

Oliver Rudnicki unleashes a drive during the Nature Valley First Tee Open last weekend. He and pro playing partner Steve Lowery combined to shoot 11-under par for the event
OLE Committee members pose for a photo with a group of kids at a recent OLE soccer practice at Einstein Elementary in Redmond. Front row

OLE helps kids get on the soccer field: Local nonprofit assists low-income families

About two years ago, community volunteers and local soccer moms began to notice a trend that needed to be addressed. Families in Redmond’s growing low-income population were itching to send their kids to play soccer, but simply couldn’t afford the fees and necessary equipment.

OLE Committee members pose for a photo with a group of kids at a recent OLE soccer practice at Einstein Elementary in Redmond. Front row
Redmond High baseball coach Dan Pudwill

Redmond High’s Pudwill managed the Mustangs’ many talents | Coach of the Year

Over the course of the 2011 baseball season, Redmond High head coach Dan Pudwill gained a full understanding of the difference between the roles of manager and coach. With the Mustangs being unbelievably deep and talented this past season, having three players committed to playing D-I baseball and a number of contributing varsity returners, Pudwill's role with the club was far different this year than in the past.

Redmond High baseball coach Dan Pudwill
The Bear Creek boys' basketball team

Overachieving Grizzlies came up big: Bear Creek’s third-place finish best in school history | Team of the Year

For just about any basketball program – and particularly at a small school in the 2B classification – the graduation of two all-state basketball players usually means at least a year or two of rebuilding. The Bear Creek Grizzlies, however, turned out to be the exception rather than the rule.

The Bear Creek boys' basketball team