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Redmond High senior James Boker speaks to the crowd after earning the  National Football Foundation's Scholar Athlete Award for the 2010 season at Qwest Field. Boker will play in the East-West All-Star game on July 1 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney and plans to walk on to the University of Washington football team this fall.

Mustangs’ Boker to play in all-star football game

Redmond High's James Boker, who graduated last Wednesday with the rest of the Mustang senior class, was recently selected to play in the renowned East-West All-Star game, a high school football showcase pitting the top players from the eastern and western halves of the state.

Redmond High senior James Boker speaks to the crowd after earning the  National Football Foundation's Scholar Athlete Award for the 2010 season at Qwest Field. Boker will play in the East-West All-Star game on July 1 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney and plans to walk on to the University of Washington football team this fall.
Bear Creek junior Morgan Rial had a busy year

Bear Creek’s Rial: Three-sport star is one great Grizzly

In this day of specialization when it comes to high school prep sports, the three-sport athlete has become an increasingly rare breed. But don't tell that to Bear Creek School junior Morgan Rial.

Bear Creek junior Morgan Rial had a busy year

Memory Lane: Rial’s coaches share their favorite stories | Female Athlete of the Year

Morgan Rial's soccer, basketball and track coaches reminisce on their favorite memories involving our Female Athlete of the Year:

Redmond High senior Michael Conforto was a leader on the Mustangs' football and baseball teams this year as a starting quarterback and shortstop. The left-handed hitting slugger recently ended the baseball season with a .400 average

Conforto: Strong roots fuel talented leader | Male Athlete of the Year

For Redmond High's Michael Conforto, one could say he was groomed for athletic success at a young age. His mother, Tracie-Ruiz Conforto, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in synchronized swimming, and his father, Mike, is a former linebacker at Penn State having played under legendary coach Joe Paterno.

Redmond High senior Michael Conforto was a leader on the Mustangs' football and baseball teams this year as a starting quarterback and shortstop. The left-handed hitting slugger recently ended the baseball season with a .400 average
Redmond High shortstop Michael Conforto

Memory Lane: Conforto’s coaches laud his leadership, ability | Male Athlete of the Year

Michael Conforto's two head coaches, Jeff Chandler and Dan Pudwill, take a trip down memory lane as they share stories from the sports seasons involving our Male Athlete of the Year.

Redmond High shortstop Michael Conforto
Redmond SP T.J. Whidbey (2) throws a pitch during WIAA 4A state baseball tournament play at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma on Saturday. The Mustangs lost 9-7 to Richland to place fourth.

Mustangs’ comeback against Richland falls short, team places fourth at state | Prep Baseball

Playing in the 3rd/4th place consolation final at Cheney Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Redmond High baseball team battled back from a early deficit to fall just short to the Richland Bombers, 9-7.

Redmond SP T.J. Whidbey (2) throws a pitch during WIAA 4A state baseball tournament play at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma on Saturday. The Mustangs lost 9-7 to Richland to place fourth.
The Bear Creek boys' golf team won the 1B/2B team championship on Wednesday at Meadow Park Golf Course in Lakewood. Seniors Gannon McCahill (165

Bear Creek boys win program’s first state golf championship

The Bear Creek School boys' golf team completed their banner year by polishing off the program's first 1B/2B boys' golf team title at Meadow Park Golf Course in Lakewood on Wednesday, finishing with 111 team points to second-place DeSales' 82.

The Bear Creek boys' golf team won the 1B/2B team championship on Wednesday at Meadow Park Golf Course in Lakewood. Seniors Gannon McCahill (165

Redmond golf teams finish seventh at state

Playing at the new Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, the Redmond Mustangs struggled to a seventh-place finish at the girls' golf Class 4A state tournament on a blustery Wednesday afternoon after having five of six state-bound golfers make the 18-hole cut.

Redmond senior Zach Abbruzza has been lights-out in the postseason

No. 1 Jackson stands between Redmond and state title game | Prep baseball

So far in the state tournament, the Redmond High baseball team (20-7) really hasn't been challenged in their two victories – a 15-2 thrashing of Olympia and a 6-0 shutout of defending state champion Kentwood.

Redmond senior Zach Abbruzza has been lights-out in the postseason
Redmond junior Peter Hendron blasts a two-run home run out of Hartman Park during the Mustangs 10-0 rout of Marysville-Pilchuck that earned them a state tournament berth on Monday. Hendron

Mustangs make a date with state: Offense, defense shines in blowout win

With their entire season on the line every game since their opening round Kingco loss to Inglemoor back on May 7, the Redmond High School baseball responded every time, with lopsided loser-out victories over Issaquah and Skyline, as well as a 6-2 defeat of the Vikings in a pivotal rematch.

Redmond junior Peter Hendron blasts a two-run home run out of Hartman Park during the Mustangs 10-0 rout of Marysville-Pilchuck that earned them a state tournament berth on Monday. Hendron
The Redmond High girls' golf team won the District 2 Championships at Mount Si Golf Course on Wednesday and sent all six team entrants to the state tournament for the first time since 2008

Prep Report: Mustang golfers win Districts, send all six to state

Behind some consistent shooting by the Mustangs' top scorers and a tremendous second-round rally by seniors Stephanie Schoeppel and Carley Kalina, the Redmond High girls' golf team won the 4A District Tournament at Mount Si with 87 team points to Newport's 75.

The Redmond High girls' golf team won the District 2 Championships at Mount Si Golf Course on Wednesday and sent all six team entrants to the state tournament for the first time since 2008
Redmond senior Zach Abbruzza has been lights-out in the postseason

Abbruzza shuts out Skyline: Mustangs two wins from state

Redmond High senior Zach Abbruzza admitted that his team was "embarrassed" by their 8-1 loss to Inglemoor last Saturday in the opening round of the 4A Kingco baseball tournament. The Gonzaga-bound pitcher and the rest of the squad made amends for the early postseason defeat, routing the Skyline Spartans 7-0 at Woodinville High on Tuesday in a loser-out contest.

Redmond senior Zach Abbruzza has been lights-out in the postseason
Redmond starter Melissa White pitched a gem on Wednesday at home against Newport

Redmond fastpitch routs Newport: White pitches gem as Mustangs take hold of second place in Crest

With Eastlake running away with the 4A Kingco Crest Division title, the Redmond Mustangs fastpitch team made a strong statement on Wednesday night that — for now — they are the second-best team in the division.

Redmond starter Melissa White pitched a gem on Wednesday at home against Newport
Redmond High golfer Keira O'Hearn tees off on the first hole during a match against Newport at the Golf Club at Newcastle in Bellevue Wednesday afternoon. Match play was suspended due to inclement weather.

Rain, hail, snow halt Redmond-Newport golf showdown at Newcastle

Playing in a blustery, torrential downpour, the Redmond High girls’ golf team was hoping for more ideal conditions for their big 4A Kingco golf showdown… Continue reading

Redmond High golfer Keira O'Hearn tees off on the first hole during a match against Newport at the Golf Club at Newcastle in Bellevue Wednesday afternoon. Match play was suspended due to inclement weather.
Senior twins Grant (left) and Marcus Munoz bump fists after winning a crucial point in their 6-3

Overlake tennis flying high: Munoz twins win tiebreaker in 3-2 victory over U. Prep

During Tuesday's 1A Emerald City League tennis showdown against previously unbeaten University Prep, senior twins Grant and Marcus Munoz, playing No. 1 doubles, were thrown into the pressure cooker.

Senior twins Grant (left) and Marcus Munoz bump fists after winning a crucial point in their 6-3
Redmond shortstop Michael Conforto belted two home runs in the Mustangs' 11-9 win over Bothell on Monday night at Hartman Park. Conforto

Mustangs hold off Cougars in wild slugfest: Conforto goes deep twice in 11-9 win

The No. 2-ranked Redmond High baseball team hasn't made it easy on itself this season, but the homer-happy Mustangs always seem to find a way to get the job done.

Redmond shortstop Michael Conforto belted two home runs in the Mustangs' 11-9 win over Bothell on Monday night at Hartman Park. Conforto
Mustang junior Keira O'Hearn watches her tee shot on the first hole of Redmond's annual Par 3 Championship at Willows Run on a rainy Monday afternoon. O'Hearn is the highest returning state placer

Confident Mustang golfers shooting for state title: Eight-year Kingco win streak currently at 78 matches

Last year, the Redmond High girls' golf team was considered relatively raw and inexperienced. Having graduated four seniors that made the state cut the year before, the expectations were realistically lowered for a squad that needed unproven players to step up in order to contend.

Mustang junior Keira O'Hearn watches her tee shot on the first hole of Redmond's annual Par 3 Championship at Willows Run on a rainy Monday afternoon. O'Hearn is the highest returning state placer
Overlake School boys' tennis co-captains Grant (left) and Marcus Munoz lead the team through a conditioning exercise at a recent practice. In their senior year

Overlake boys’ tennis hoping to slam home state title: Munoz twins teaming up for doubles

After butting heads a few too many times as freshmen doubles partners, twins Grant and Marcus Munoz decided to go their separate ways, at least on the tennis court. In his sophomore and junior years, Grant was a force to be reckoned with in singles action, narrowly missing out on a state berth last season, while Marcus has placed at state twice with two different doubles partners.

Overlake School boys' tennis co-captains Grant (left) and Marcus Munoz lead the team through a conditioning exercise at a recent practice. In their senior year
Mustang players in white

Senior-laden Redmond boys’ soccer ready to shine

After a couple of underachieving years in the Redmond High School boys’ soccer program, head coach Patrick Scheibe thinks this might be the year of the Mustang. And looking at his roster this year, there’s no reason to doubt him.

Mustang players in white
Varsity senior co-captains Stephanie Gero (left) and Christine Ho lead the Mustangs fastpitch squad through a throwing drill during a recent indoor practice in the Redmond High School gym. Gero

High-octane Redmond fastpitch on the rise

If the Redmond High fastpitch team’s preseason was any indication, opposing pitchers will need to be extra-sharp this season against the quality bats on head… Continue reading

Varsity senior co-captains Stephanie Gero (left) and Christine Ho lead the Mustangs fastpitch squad through a throwing drill during a recent indoor practice in the Redmond High School gym. Gero