Sports

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Redmond’s Penitsch family comes together on softball diamond

It is said the family that plays together stays together, but the Penitschs of Redmond take that adage to a whole new level.

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Trilogy to host charity golf tournament

The 12th annual KIRO 7 Kids’ Classic golf tournament will be held Thursday, Sept. 4 at Trilogy Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. Last year’s record-setting event raised $131,000 for children and families served by Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW).

  • Aug 25, 2008
Joe Capponi watches his ball roll down the lane while bowling with family members at Tech City Bowl earlier this week.

Why bowling is a sport

There’s an old saying among casual bowlers — that it’s one of the few activities where the more you drink, the more proficient you become. And if you’ve seen movies like “Kingpin” and “The Big Lebowski,” which do nothing more than make a mockery of the game, you’d be hard-pressed to call bowling a “sport.”

Joe Capponi watches his ball roll down the lane while bowling with family members at Tech City Bowl earlier this week.

Baldessari beats the heat, field at triathlon

Above average temperatures greeted the 521 athletes who gathered at the 15th annual Beaver Lake Triathlon Saturday morning — the largest turnout since 2005, when 570 took to the course.

  • Aug 21, 2008

Baldessari beats the heat, field at triathlon

Above average temperatures greeted the 521 athletes who gathered at the 15th annual Beaver Lake Triathlon Saturday morning — the largest turnout since 2005, when 570 took to the course.

  • Aug 21, 2008
Will Sanger

Bear Creek grad Will Sanger balances books and basketball at D-I Tulsa

When you hear about high school basketball players walking on to prominent Division I basketball teams, most of the time they come from established high school programs that compete at the Class 3A or 4A level.

Will Sanger
Dani Faist

Camaraderie trumps winning at Junior Softball World Series

Officially, the Junior Softball World Series ended with just one winner — the West. With a 10-4 win over Latin America on August 16, the West team, Pusch Ridge Little League of Oro Valley, Ariz., took the title.

  • Aug 18, 2008
Dani Faist
With a little help from Coach Taryn Joyce-Mendive

Great Play gym offers unique experience for kids

While the idea of a new children’s gym opening up in Redmond may not turn too many heads, the concept behind the city’s newest “gym,” Great Play, is unique and extraordinary.

With a little help from Coach Taryn Joyce-Mendive
Ron Cole

Ron ‘Tiger’ Cole aims for world wrestling title in Russia

In Ron “Tiger” Cole’s high school yearbook, he wrote, “I can’t wait to go to the World Championships and wrestle a Russian in Russia.”

Ron Cole
Redmond’s Cara Linnenkohl placed second in the single sculls event at last month’s World Rowing Junior Championships in Austria. She was the highest-placing U.S. junior woman in the history of the World Rowing Championships.

Redmond’s Linnenkohl shines with silver at World Rowing Junior Championships

Redmond’s Cara Linnenkohl is living proof that hard work and dedication to a sport will pay off in the long run.

Redmond’s Cara Linnenkohl placed second in the single sculls event at last month’s World Rowing Junior Championships in Austria. She was the highest-placing U.S. junior woman in the history of the World Rowing Championships.
Asha Behrman grabs a soccer ball from the net during an Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers

Redmond’s Arena Sports keeps sports going year round

Soccer players from the Pacific Northwest know that it’s quite difficult to enjoy their sport outdoors year-round. That’s where Arena Sports comes in. Founded in 1995, Arena Sports is a national leader in indoor sports facilities, whose main goal is to enhance the quality of life in local communities by providing fun and safe sports for people of all ages.

Asha Behrman grabs a soccer ball from the net during an Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers
Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram sits with his daughter Bobbi

Engram’s fight to find a cure

Fast. Tough. Reliable.

  • Aug 2, 2008
Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram sits with his daughter Bobbi
Emily Reyer got involved with baton twirling through an after-school class at the Redmond Parks and Recreation Department.

Sammamish teen Reyer twirls her way to the top

There are some who argue the validity of baton twirling as a sport. Emily Reyer is quick to tell them it’s not only a sport, but one of the toughest out there. “One of my friends got a couple of concussions, and that’s not rare,” she said. “I’ve seen a girl who did a higher spin trick and it came down on her eyebrow and she had to get stitches on her eyelid.”

  • Jul 24, 2008
Emily Reyer got involved with baton twirling through an after-school class at the Redmond Parks and Recreation Department.

Redmond’s Toyoji heads to China for Paralympics

Redmond High graduate Steven Toyoji is a man on a mission for gold. The 22-year-old University of Arizona senior will be traveling to China in early September to compete in track events of the Beijing Paralympics, a division of the Olympic Games reserved for the physically handicapped.

Redmond’s Laura Combs

Ice skater Laura Combs, 12 is Redmond’s golden girl

Twelve-year-old Laura Combs of Redmond has been ice skating for just two and a half years, and has already put together quite an impressive record.

Redmond’s Laura Combs

M’s pitcher to sign autographs at Woodinville Top Food & Drug

Seattle Mariners pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith will meet the public and sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 21 at the Woodinville TOP Food & Drug, 17641 Garden Way N.E.

  • Jul 19, 2008
Paula Tomlinson

Eastsider Paula Tomlinson looks to Danskin Triathalon after beating breast cancer

When 45-year-old Paula Tomlinson was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in late 2003, the prognosis was not good. Studies have shown that anywhere from one-third to one-half of Stage III diagnoses don’t survive. Even facing the possibility that she may not live to see her 50th birthday, she was able to remain strong-willed and optimistic throughout the ordeal, as she knew her cancer could be beaten.

Paula Tomlinson
Stu Stuart
Stu Stuart
Jeff Roberts pumps some iron at Eastside Gym

Mom-and-pop Redmond gyms offer service on first-name basis

Anyone that has ever walked into their favorite restaurant or bar and been greeted on a first-name basis knows how great it feels to be part of a family. Anyone that has ever walked into their favorite restaurant or bar and been greeted on a first-name basis knows how great it feels to be part of a family. Many larger, national-chain gyms, however, operate by key card, where clients simply scan themselves into a system before beginning their workout. Very little interaction, with the gym staff is required, if at all, which may pose problems should an issue arise.

Jeff Roberts pumps some iron at Eastside Gym
Ashley Graham

Redmond grad Graham continues basketball career in Europe

Mustang faithful that followed the excellent Redmond High girls’ basketball team in the early part of the decade may recall a flashy southpaw point guard with long braids and an undying tenacity on the court to get the job done. Ashley Graham, who graduated in 2003, enjoyed one of the most stellar prep careers of any Redmond athlete in recent memory.

Ashley Graham