2019: The year in sports for the Redmond area

Athletic success is a staple of the local community.


• USA TODAY High School Sports named Redmond resident and Eastside Catholic senior offensive lineman Jason Medeiros to its 2018 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Washington Football Team. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Crusader and Air Force commit is an offense first-team selection.

Eastside Catholic notched the 3A state championship, 31-13, over O’Dea in November and won the GEICO State Champions Bowl on Dec. 22 by beating Centennial from Arizona, 17-0, in Peoria, Arizona. Other Redmond residents on the squad were Kevin Brown, Max Englehart, Matthew Nguyen and Will Reed.


• Overlake’s girls basketball team finished its season at the 1A state tournament with a loss to Elma on Feb. 27 at the Yakima Sun Dome.

In the 42-30 opening-round defeat, the Owls’ Kaku Cosmos tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Also for the locals, Eliza Friend had nine rebounds and Rachel Sapirstein had seven points and five rebounds.

Overlake ended up with an 18-4 overall record this season.

“We had a great season with a lot of great moments,” said head coach John Augustavo. “We just picked a bad time to play a bad game (against Elma).”


• Redmond High’s Tsujikawa sisters hadn’t played baseball together for a long time, but they rekindled that hardball relationship when Major League Baseball came calling for its “MLB Grit” event.

Mustang senior twins Emily and Lindsay — both pitchers and infielders — traveled to Dallas, Texas, along with 58 other players earlier this month to participate in the inaugural high school baseball invitational for girls.

The three-day event took place at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy during Women’s History Month and included development training, as well as competitive tournament play. Everyone played a game at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers.


• Redmond softball maintained its spotless record with a 10-4 victory over Woodinville on April 17. The Mustangs (13-0 in league and 15-0 overall) received three hits — including a homer and three RBIs — from Haley Hanson, three hits — including a homer as well — from Jennifer Cummings and three hits from Camille Eaton. Pitcher Kiki Milloy fanned 14 Falcons while earning the victory.

On the baseball side, Redmond knocked off Woodinville, 3-2, behind the pitching of Duncan Warriner (complete-game win) and the RBI hitting of Colin Curry, Mitchel Tiglon and Spencer Uyematsu.


• Redmond’s girls golf team shot its way to the top of the 4A state standings on May 21-22 at the Hangman Golf Course in Spokane.

The Mustangs finished with 675 points, Mead took second with 684 and Issaquah placed third with 691.

Bellarmine Prep’s Julia Bordeaux won the individual title with a 70-72-142, and Redmond’s Adithi Anand tied for second with Kennedy Knox of Mount Rainier with scores of 70-76-146.

Other Redmond golfers were Cynthia Lu, Jordan McCannon, Anna Jonson and Maddie White. Anna Galipeau was an alternate. For all scores, see www.wiaa.com.

• Bear Creek senior Olivia Markezich won the 800 run at the 1A state track and field championships, which were held May 24-25 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Her top time was 2:16.53.

She also took second in the 1600 in 5:04.18 and her twin sister, Andrea, placed fourth in 5:07.51.

In the 3200, Andrea placed second in 11:05.97 and Olivia took third in 11:08.79.


• Wait for it, and the time will come.

It took awhile for their boat to hit its stride, but a group of Sammamish Rowing Association athletes firmly locked themselves into place at the biggest event of the season.

At the US Rowing Youth Nationals on June 8 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, the Redmond-based men’s youth 8+ boat won the C final with a season-best time of 5:56.009 and wedged its way into 13th place in the nation.

Adam Schadt, a recent Redmond High graduate, noted that the crew — consisting of half seniors and the rest underclassmen — wasn’t displaying cohesion at the start of the season and the rowers had to keep plugging away to make their mark.


• The Redmond majors all-stars softball team won the District 9 Little League championship. Standing, left to right: Coach John O’Gara, Avery O’Gara, manager David Bowman, Amanda Robarge, Anna Braukus, Sydney Starnes, Paige Boyce, Zoe Aasgaarden, Regan Hendrickson, Brooke Taylor, Vanessa Hepkin, Anna Huang, Aubrey Bauer and coach Greg Braukus. Kneeling, left to right, Amanda Huang and Cate Bowman.


• For the last six years, Redmond’s Jordan Price has donned a referee’s uniform more than 1,000 times while helping his fellow officials run the show during youth, high school and college soccer matches around the country.

The 20-year-old Western Washington University junior has a vast knowledge of and appreciation for the sport and last month was chosen to participate in the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas.

From his center-ref spot on the field or running/managing the sidelines, Price enjoys watching players control and deftly move the ball up and down the pitch.


• Redmond quarterback Tyler Fortney fired away against Lake Washington in the Mustangs’ 37-35 victory. The Redmond scoring breakdown was a 30-yard field goal from Maroun El Dik and touchdowns from Anakin Downer (3-yard run), Zach Roper (runs of 57 and 18 yards), Colby Fazio (a 22-yard pass from Fortney) and Fortney (3-yard run). Fortney was 29-for-50 passing for 262 yards.


• Redmond High’s boys golf team took first place for the state qualification at the 4A KingCo 36-hole tournament on Oct. 15 at Snohomish Golf Course. The Mustangs beat Mount Si, 574-577, and both teams qualify for state in the spring. Ryan Ho shot 71-66-137 to take first overall and Akshay Anand finished second with 69-69-138. Also for Redmond, Arnav Mittal shot 75-72-147 and Trent Colombe shot 76-76-152. Braydon Hoare and Liam White rounded out the team but their scores were not included for the tournament format. Ho and Anand made the 4A All-KingCo first-team squad.

• Overlake and Bear Creek boys golfers competed at the 1A Emerald City League tournament on Oct. 17 at Bellevue Golf Course. The Owls took second place and the Grizzlies finished third behind champion Seattle Academy while the locals sent seven golfers to the bi-district tournament in May.

Local district qualifiers are Overlake freshman Zubin Sannakkayala (76, second place), Bear Creek sophomore Aaron Moore (77, third place), Bear Creek freshman Giap Do (77, fifth place), Bear Creek freshman Jack Yang (80, eighth place), Overlake freshman Ethan Haight (80, ninth place), Overlake sophomore Ryan Ahn (80, 10th place) and Overlake sophomore Joseph Zhang (85, 13th place).


• Focus and confidence helped Catherine Yu rip through the pool on her way to a state title.

The Redmond High sophomore topped the 4A state 100-yard breaststroke field with a blistering time of 1:01.61 on Nov. 16 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. With an especially speedy second 50, Yu notched an automatic All-American qualification time, which is the second fastest in Washington state 4A history and topples her own Redmond High record.

Yu said that she had an enjoyable state experience.

“Being able to race with both my club teammates and all of my friends from high school gave me some extra energy. It was definitely stressful at times when I had very little turnover between events, but it was also very exciting and it was a high-energy meet,” she said.

Redmond’s Catherine Yu after receiving her 4A state first-place championship medal for the 100-yard breaststroke. Courtesy photo

Redmond’s Catherine Yu after receiving her 4A state first-place championship medal for the 100-yard breaststroke. Courtesy photo

• Redmond High’s stellar seven runners tackled the cross-country terrain at Willows Run Golf Course in Pasco and notched the 4A state team championship on Nov. 9.

The Mustangs finished atop the standings with 86 points, followed by Camas with 107 points, Tahoma with 113 points and Eastlake with 144 points to round out the top four.

It is Redmond’s first-ever girls state cross-country title.

“It was a true team effort, which is what the sport is all about — individual perseverance for the benefit of the whole group,” said head coach Pete Whitmore, adding that Redmond was in third or fourth place after two miles of the 3.1-mile race.

Redmond High’s girls cross-country team stands atop the victory podium at state. From left, coach Carson Potter, Neha Ramanath, Lili Hargreaves, Chloe Connolly, Zephyr Tao, Lauren Lehr, Sophia Dahl, Joanna Gormley, Anna Petrbokova, coach Pete Whitmore and Lea Bodmer. Photo courtesy of Christopher Dahl

Redmond High’s girls cross-country team stands atop the victory podium at state. From left, coach Carson Potter, Neha Ramanath, Lili Hargreaves, Chloe Connolly, Zephyr Tao, Lauren Lehr, Sophia Dahl, Joanna Gormley, Anna Petrbokova, coach Pete Whitmore and Lea Bodmer. Photo courtesy of Christopher Dahl

• Redmond football players received all-league honors, including linebacker Carson Bruener, who was named the 4A KingCo Crown defensive MVP.

First-team: Defense: Duncan Sheffer (defensive line) and Bruener (inside linebacker).

Second-team: Offense: Tyler Fortney (quarterback) and Colby Fazio (wide receiver). Defense: Matthew Janetzki (outside linebacker) and Ben Chenevert (outside linebacker).

Honorable mentions: Pearce Johnson, Benjamin Hartman, Sam Stavoe and Sean Doyle.


• Redmond High’s boys and girls basketball teams opened their seasons with victories over Monroe High on Dec. 4.

The boys won, 56-47, and the girls triumphed, 43-38, in overtime.