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Eleven-year-old Priya Rastogi of Redmond has been skating for almost as long as she can remember. Priya, and her sister Pooja, 8, trek up to the Marysville Skating Club several times a week to practice and train for figure roller skating competitions, the next of which will be the Roller Skating National Championships in Lincoln, Neb. later this month.
Some teams may hold car washes or make the rounds going door-to-door selling magazines, but the Redmond High School’s annual fund-raiser to help fund its travel-intensive basketball seasons goes back to their love of the game. Last week, hundreds of campers from grades three to nine met at the Redmond High gym for the boys’ and girls’ basketball camps, hosted by the high school head coaches as well as numerous varsity players and alumni.
For senior citizens living at Emerald Heights, staying in shape has never been so much fun. Most of the retirement community’s 400-plus residents have been working out regularly with fitness trainers in an assortment of classes to prepare for the annual Senior Fitness Games, a week-long event with different competitions scheduled each day.
Cathrine Kraayeveld’s basketball career boils down to an opportunity. Or, more specifically, making the most of that opportunity.
Redmond High School hired Pat Frable as the new head fastpitch softball coach on Thursday.
The Bear Creek School has hired Alan Dickson as the new head girls’ basketball coach, replacing Blake DeYoung.
It used to be that the only way to experience rock climbing was to drive out to the mountains, find a crag to conquer, and take your chances. With the advent and recent popularity boom of “extreme sports,” however, indoor rock climbing on man-made walls has developed quite a following among athletes seeking a safe challenge.
Redmond High is on the search for a new softball coach after Jackie Bloom announced her resignation last week. In her three seasons at Redmond, Bloom compiled an astounding record of 44-12 (.786) in guiding Redmond to the playoffs for the past three years, including a third-place finish at May’s Class 4A state tournament.
Let’s admit it, unless you’re a fan of sticking soft spikes on to a pair of galoshes, summer is the best time to play golf in the Pacific Northwest. Golfers wait year-round for that precious two-month stretch from late June through August when clear blue skies, temperatures in the 80s and dry conditions abound. Redmond, surprisingly, only has two public golf courses within its city limits. What the city may lack in quantity, however, is more than made up for in the quality of golf that can be found — if you can afford the greens fees.
Even before Redmond High soccer sensation John Fishbaugher set foot on the campus of Seattle University, he had already put together quite a resume. While a Mustang, Fishbaugher was a two-time first-team all-4A Kingco selection and was also named the league’s MVP in 2004, his senior year. The talented midfielder also had the honor being named to the first-team all-state squad. He scored 15 goals and set the all-time assist record during his time at Redmond. And that was just the beginning.
Western Washington University junior Meghan Woodman’s first love has always been soccer. After returning from winter break, Woodman began attending some of the team’s early morning practices, watching and observing, and soon found that crew was something she wanted to try. A well-rounded athlete, the 21-year-old quickly rose through the ranks of the WWU crew team.
Four years ago, The Bear Creek boys’ basketball team was in shambles. The Grizzlies, in their 2004-2005 campaign, did not win a single league game and won only one other contest all season, which was on par with their previous years — the team only won a total of four games from 2001-2005. Enter Scott Moe. The Grizzlies, led by a strong core of seniors in guard Nate Castle and forwards Jimmy Rehfeld and Garrett Bensen, went undefeated in the 2B Sea-Tac League on the way to their first league crown and won 20 games for the first time.
The road to the Class 4A state softball tournament was long and arduous for Redmond and particularly head coach Jackie Bloom, who took over the helm in 2006. In her first season as coach, the team ran a perfect 16-0 record before losing a heartbreaking winner-to-state, loser-out game against Inglemoor, 2-0. This year’s team also had its fair share of make-or-break moments, including three games during the 4A Kingco playoffs where Redmond’s season could have ended prematurely with a loss.
Twelve-year-old Brandon Burditt of the Redmond West Majors Phillies achieved one of the rarest feats in Little League baseball by pitching a perfect game last month against the Athletics.
At 6 feet and 165 pounds, Redmond senior Marcus Flynn is hardly the imposing type of pitcher that one would envision as the closer on a state-title contending baseball team. What Flynn may lack in size, however, he more than makes up for with his guts, determination and a will to win at any cost. Flynn’s competitive fire on the diamond and on the hardwood was unmatched and that is why he is the Reporter’s Male Athlete of the Year.
Redmond long-distance runner Anthony Ellis tuned up for his college career with a silver-medal performance and senior sprinter Allen Hall proved his worth at last weekend’s Class 4A boys state track and field meet at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.
After the Mustang softball team won their first two games of the Class 4A state tournament at Southend Recreation Arena (SERA) in Tacoma last Friday, one phrase that was commonly heard circulating in the Redmond stands was “Cinderella story.” Indeed, some scouts and coaches may have been quick to dismiss Redmond, which entered the state tournament with a 17-10 record, as having any real chance go deep in the tournament, much less take home a trophy. But that’s exactly what Redmond did as it captured the third-place trophy, thanks to some dominating pitching and powerful hitting.
A listing of King County all-league teams for spring 2008 sports.
Many star athletes relish being in the limelight and enjoy reminiscing on their own achievements.