Tim Watanabe

Brian “Gerk” Gierke

Snowy forecast a hit with local ski shops

The same La Nina snowfall that wreaked havoc on commuters last week in the greater Seattle area also got another group of people quite fired up. Winter sports enthusiasts have been coming out in droves for ski and snowboard tune-ups and are getting ready to

Brian “Gerk” Gierke
Jason Harrington

Mustang basketball ready to rebound: Strong core of leaders pave way for Redmond

After graduating nearly a whole team's worth of seniors in the 2008-2009 season during the Mustangs' memorable fifth-place state run, the Redmond High boys' basketball team is ready to crash the big dance again.

Jason Harrington

AT A GLANCE: Redmond prep boys’ basketball

REDMOND MUSTANGS• Coach: Jeff Larson, seventh season.• Last season: 5-11 4A Kingco Crest Division, 6-14 overall• Turnout: 39TOP RETURNERS• Sr. Andrew Squiers, guard: Has developed… Continue reading

Alexis Drake

Redmond teen makes national archery team

Fifteen-year-old Alexis Drake, a Redmond resident and student at the International Community School in Kirkland, recently was named to the United States Archery Team in the Cadet division (17 and under).

Alexis Drake
Vinaya Kulkarni

New math program gives kids a head start: Abacus West to open Redmond classes in January

Vinaya Kulkarni said she believes she has the program that will help grade-school age children gain confidence and competence in arithmetic. Kulkarni is the founder and head teacher of Abacus West, which started classes in February at campuses in Sammamish and Issaquah. Starting next January, she will start a program in Redmond.

Vinaya Kulkarni
Flanked by sophomore midfielder Quinn Phillips (No. 8)

Owls fall in title game: Bush standout delivers game-winner in second half

A sobering sense of deja vu was apparent throughout The Overlake School girls’ soocer camp as the Owls fell just short of a 1A state title, losing 1-0 to Bush in the championship match Saturday afternoon at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Flanked by sophomore midfielder Quinn Phillips (No. 8)
Elevation Exhibits

Elevation Exhibits helps expand businesses’ horizons

Elevation Exhibits, an award-winning firm that specializes in exhibit design, marketing and event planning around trade shows, has recently opened up shop in a new Redmond office located on 166th Avenue Northeast.

Elevation Exhibits
Redmond's Heather Harper gets a big hug from Kisa Isobe and congratulations from her teammates after taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke last Saturday at the state 4A swim meet at the King County Aquatics Center. Harper won the state title in 2008 and was narrowly out-touched at the wall last year by two hundredths of a second.

Harper’s golden touch: Senior wins state breaststroke title in dramatic fashion

Heather Harper, a home-schooled senior who swims for Redmond High School, overcame last fall's season of heartbreak to achieve swimming glory at Saturday's Class 4A state swim and dive finals at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Redmond's Heather Harper gets a big hug from Kisa Isobe and congratulations from her teammates after taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke last Saturday at the state 4A swim meet at the King County Aquatics Center. Harper won the state title in 2008 and was narrowly out-touched at the wall last year by two hundredths of a second.
Bear Creek junior Nima Abtahi dribbles around a Providence defender during the Grizzlies' 2B state quarterfinals matchup against the Highlanders at Sammamish High on Saturday. The No. 1-ranked Grizzlies fell to Providence

Bear Creek soccer teams ousted from state

Both the Bear Creek School boys and girls soccer teams were knocked out from state tournament action last weekend during the first round of play. The Bear Creek girls lost in a shootout, 2-1, to Napavine at Centralia High School on Saturday afternoon, to close their year at a 9-5-3 record.

Bear Creek junior Nima Abtahi dribbles around a Providence defender during the Grizzlies' 2B state quarterfinals matchup against the Highlanders at Sammamish High on Saturday. The No. 1-ranked Grizzlies fell to Providence
Overlake senior defender and team co-captain Grant Munoz moves the ball at midfield during the Owls' 1-0 loss to Cedar Park Christian on Tuesday night. Despite going 12-0-0 in 1A Emerald City League play

‘Phenomenal’ shot dooms Owls: Overlake stunned as Cedar Park notches first-ever state berth

With a state trip at stake, The Overlake School boys' soccer team gave it their all, but came up short. The pivotal winner-to-state, loser-out 1A Emerald City League Championship game was the fourth meeting between the Cedar Park Christian Eagles of Bothell and the Overlake Owls this season.

Overlake senior defender and team co-captain Grant Munoz moves the ball at midfield during the Owls' 1-0 loss to Cedar Park Christian on Tuesday night. Despite going 12-0-0 in 1A Emerald City League play
Bear Creek boys' soccer head coach Chad Pohlman rallies his troops during the second half of a league win over Evergreen Lutheran on Tuesday afternoon at The Bear Creek School. Pohlman's team went undefeated this year at 16-0-0 and will play for the 1B/2B Bi-District title on Saturday night against La Conner at Sammamish High School at 5 p.m.

Senior leaders paving the way for Grizzlies: Bear Creek boys polish off perfect season, head to District title game

The No. 1-ranked Bear Creek Grizzlies boys' soccer team finished out its regular season in style on Senior Night, defeating the winless Evergreen Lutheran Eagles in a 12-1 rout at home.

Bear Creek boys' soccer head coach Chad Pohlman rallies his troops during the second half of a league win over Evergreen Lutheran on Tuesday afternoon at The Bear Creek School. Pohlman's team went undefeated this year at 16-0-0 and will play for the 1B/2B Bi-District title on Saturday night against La Conner at Sammamish High School at 5 p.m.
Redmond High freshman Kelsey Dunn led her team at the 4A Kingco Championships at Lincoln Park last Thursday

Redmond cross country shines at Kingco meet: Younger runners stepping up as team heads to Districts

After graduating a slew of senior leaders last year, the Redmond High cross country teams have gotten an infusion of young talent in 2010. The Mustangs relied on some of their newcomers to place third in both the boys' and girls' varsity divisions of last Thursday's 4A Kingco Championships at Lincoln Park in Seattle.

Redmond High freshman Kelsey Dunn led her team at the 4A Kingco Championships at Lincoln Park last Thursday
Former Major League baseball player John Olerud addresses the crowd as his wife Kelly listens during a ceremonial groundbreaking event at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond on Wednesday.

Little Bit making big strides: Therapeutic horse riding facility celebrates Redmond groundbreaking

Redmond Mayor John Marchione and former Major League baseball star John Olerud helped celebrate the giant strides of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, which held a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon at its future $11 million home on Northeast 106th Street in Redmond.

Former Major League baseball player John Olerud addresses the crowd as his wife Kelly listens during a ceremonial groundbreaking event at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond on Wednesday.
Overlake School junior midfielder Rohan Kumar takes the ball upfield during the Owls' 4-0 win over Bellevue Christian at Marymoor Park on Tuesday afternoon. Kumar scored on a penalty kick and also notched an assist in the win.

Banged-up Owls continue winning ways, roll past Bellevue Christian

The going hasn’t been all that smooth for the 1A Emerald City League-leading Overlake boys’ soccer team this season, but the Owls are still finding ways to win. Playing against rival Bellevue Christian on Tuesday afternoon at Marymoor Park, the shorthanded Owls slammed home three first-half goals while shutting down the potent Viking offense in a 4-0 win, but the injury bug has bitten the Owls hard.

Overlake School junior midfielder Rohan Kumar takes the ball upfield during the Owls' 4-0 win over Bellevue Christian at Marymoor Park on Tuesday afternoon. Kumar scored on a penalty kick and also notched an assist in the win.
The Redmond High boys' golf team won the 4A District Championship at Snohomish Golf Course on Tuesday

Sweet swingin’ Stangs win district tournament: Five players earn state berths

It was a tale of two seasons for the Redmond High School boys’ golf team at the two-day 4A Kingco District Tournament this week. Last year, the Mustangs struggled mightily at the event, pushing just one player — team captain Charlie Mroz — through to the state tournament. This year was a different story, as Redmond tore up a sun-drenched Snohomish Golf course on Tuesday, running away with the Kingco title by 13 shots over Eastlake, 366-379.

The Redmond High boys' golf team won the 4A District Championship at Snohomish Golf Course on Tuesday
Redmond High's Andrea Larson heads the ball during Tuesday's 4-1 win against Garfield. Larson scored two goals as the Mustangs earned their first 4A Kingco win of the season.

Stangs sting Garfield: Strong second half propels Mustangs to first league win

In a battle between two teams searching for their first win in 4A Kingco play, there was no doubt as to who would prevail as the Redmond Mustangs stifled the Garfield Bulldogs at home, 4-1. The game could have been more of a blowout as Redmond challenged Garfield goalkeeper Savannah Billedo for the entire 80 minutes of play by firing a total of 20 shots on goal.

Redmond High's Andrea Larson heads the ball during Tuesday's 4-1 win against Garfield. Larson scored two goals as the Mustangs earned their first 4A Kingco win of the season.
Sophomore Makena Schoene goes up for a spike against Evergreen Lutheran on Tuesday night at The Bear Creek School. Schoene

Grizzlies slam home volleyball victory: Brown notches 12 aces in win

Coming off a complete rout of Rainier Christian last Friday night, it may have been easy for the unbeaten Bear Creek School volleyball team to feel complacent against the Evergreen Lutheran Eagles at home on Tuesday.

Sophomore Makena Schoene goes up for a spike against Evergreen Lutheran on Tuesday night at The Bear Creek School. Schoene
Overlake senior midfielder Emily Kelly battles for the ball against a Cedar Park defender during Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Eagles. Kelly scored a hat trick

Overlake soccer soars over Eagles: Kelly’s hat trick propels Owls to victory

It was a tale of two halves for The Overlake School girls' soccer team against Cedar Park Christian as the two teams squared off in an Emerald City League matchup at the Overlake School on Tuesday afternoon, with the Owls prevailing 4-2. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Owls' senior midfielder Emily Kelly led a second-half charge with three goals, including the eventual game-winner.

Overlake senior midfielder Emily Kelly battles for the ball against a Cedar Park defender during Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Eagles. Kelly scored a hat trick
Redmond High cross country team captains

Young Redmond cross country teams brimming with potential

Entering his 20th year of coaching cross country at Redmond High, head coach Denis Villeneuve has seen his fair share of amazingly talented runners. Many of them have gone through the program in just the past few years, with Sarah Lord and Devin McMahon on the girls' side and runners like Aiden Irish, Mack Young and Will Young for the boys squad.

Redmond High cross country team captains
Redmond High cross country team captains

AT A GLANCE: Redmond prep cross country

REDMOND HIGH SCHOOL - BOYSHead Coach: Denis Villeneuve, 20th yearLast Year: 11-2, 2nd place 4A Kingco, 1st place Districts, 7th place 4A state meet2010 turnout… Continue reading

Redmond High cross country team captains