The Redmond High girls’ golf team battled through a tough start and one of the most challenging state fields in recent years to place fourth in the the 4A state golf championships last Thursday at Sun Willows Golf course in Pasco.
Although the Redmond Mustangs aren’t sending quite the number of athletes to this year’s Class 4A state track and field championships as they did last May, nearly all of them are talented returners with invaluable experience.
Star Track, held at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma this weekend, will be the last shot at glory for six of the eight Redmond qualifiers as they look to end their prep careers by taking home some state hardware.
Last year, Redmond’s fastpitch team did not make it easy on itself in getting to the Class 4A state tournament in Tacoma.
After an early loss in the Kingco tournament, the hard-nosed ‘Stangs needed to win three straight loser-out games to earn a state spot.
This year, however, was quite the opposite, as the Mustangs won the 4A Kingco Crest Division and then beat Woodinville 5-2 in the league championship game to earn an automatic state berth.
Behind some strong pitching and timely hitting, the Redmond fastpitch team won the 4A Kingco title Wednesday night and punched a return ticket to next weekend’s Class 4A state tournament.
Senior pitcher Erika Hendron contained one of the state’s most potent offenses and right fielder Maria Reisinger hit a clutch home run as the Mustangs defeated Woodinville Wednesday night at Hartman Park, 5-2, to earn the league crown and a return trip to the state tournament.
The Mustangs put forth a strong showing at the 4A Kingco track and field meet at Eastlake High School on Wednesday, with the girls’ squad winning the league championship with 35 team points, and the boys placing fifth with 22.
Highlights included Redmond sweeping the javelin event as seniors Jimmy Brookman (176 feet, five inches) and Ally Mueller (129 feet, one inch) each emerged victorious with powerful tosses.
Redmond senior Kara Zitzman won the girls’ 4A Kingco district medalist title on Tuesday at Snohomish Golf Course in dramatic fashion, defeating teammate Sydney Conway and Dana Mydland of Eastlake with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
All three girls were tied with 7-over 79s after 18 holes.
Redmond ran away with the team title with 181 points with cumulative stroke totals of 417 on Tuesday and 420 on Wednesday, enough to finish ahead of Eastlake (139 points). The Mustangs clinched the Kingco title for the sixth consecutive year.
To anyone following 4A Kingco baseball, just one week ago it would have been unfathomable to think that the Redmond Mustangs, ranked second in the state and riding a 10-game win streak going into the league tournament, would get knocked out in the third round.
But that’s precisely what happened as the Issaquah Eagles outslugged the Mustangs 13-7 at Woodinville High on Tuesday night, leaving Redmond players and coaches stunned. The Mustangs were silenced in their Kingco playoff opener on Monday, falling to Newport, 4-0, setting up Tuesday’s heartbreaking season finale.
The Bear Creek School boys’ golf team won the Sea-Tac 1B/2B League Championship May 7 at the par-71 Jackson Park Golf Course in Seattle, running away from the field with 88 team points, finishing 41.5 points ahead of Northwest Yeshiva School.
Redmond High School senior Courtney Martin has signed to play basketball at NCAA Division II Western Oregon University next fall.
Martin, a 5-foot-11 guard/forward who led the Mustangs with 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season, is known for her ability to score and make pressure shots.
In its final two games of the regular season playing in the 1A Emerald City League, the Overlake baseball team has had everything come to a head. Not only has the pitching been spectacular, with Danny Poplawski and Michael Curtis each earning a complete-game shutout, but the hitters have been tearing the cover off the ball.
On Monday at hitter-friendly Marymoor Park, the Owls scored 14 runs on 14 hits in four innings to beat the University Prep Pumas 14-0, and the very next day the Owls pounded out 16 hits in an 18-0 win against Bellevue Christian.
Redmond head baseball coach Dan Pudwill said that he could never have envisioned this kind of storybook season for his young Mustang team come the first day of practice.
The streaking Mustangs closed out their 4A Kingco campaign with a bang, winning 3-2 in dramatic fashion against Issaquah at Hartman Park Tuesday night. Senior shortstop Brian Grina’s walk-off double in the gap lifted Redmond to its 10th straight win.
Someone’s streak was bound to end, and the Mustangs were determined to keep theirs alive.
Coming into Tuesday night’s 4A Kingco baseball showdown between the Redmond Mustangs and Lake Washington Kangaroos, both teams were riding a four-game winning streak, and it was Redmond that delivered the knockout punch to the Kangs as they came through in the bottom of the seventh inning for a thrilling 7-6 walk-off victory.