Prep Report: Mustang boys cool off red-hot Newport

The Redmond High boys' basketball team took down one of the hottest teams in 4A Kingco Friday night at home, beating the Newport Knights, 57-45.

The Redmond High boys’ basketball team took down one of the hottest teams in 4A Kingco Friday night at home, beating the Newport Knights, 57-45.

Newport entered the game with a perfect 6-0 league record and 9-1 overall, but the Mustangs used an explosive third quarter to take down the Knights, handing them their first league loss.

Redmond led by just five at halftime, 23-18, but a huge 22-point third quarter effort by the Mustangs put the game well out of reach.

The Mustangs used a balanced attack with five players scoring seven points or more, led by the game-high 15 by Jason Harrington and 12 by Andrew Squiers.

With the win, the Mustangs improved to 5-1 in league play and 8-4 overall.


The Bear Creek School boys’ baskeball team’s high-octane offense simply overpowered Tacoma Baptist in a 63-22 Sea-Tac B League rout.

The Grizzlies had four players in double digits, led by Ryan Strandin with 15, followed by Aaron DiGenova with 13, Lucas Peterson with 11 and Erik Domas pitching in 10.

Bear Creek is now 2-0 in league play and 7-3 overall.


Seeking its first league win of the season, The Overlake School boys’ basketball team fell just short as the Owls were outlasted by Northwest 58-54, in an Emerald City League contest at Northwest School Saturday afternoon.

Overlake jumped out to an early 17-10 lead and fell behind 39-35 after three quarters, with Northwest matching Overlake’s offensive efforts in the fourth quarter to hold on for the victory.

Dean Poplawski poured in 20 points for the Owls, followed by Cameron Lui with 11 and Jackson Umberger with 10.

The Owls are now 0-5 in 1A Emerald City League play and 2-10 overall.


A bad second quarter led to the Redmond High girls’ basketball team’s 45-33 loss to Newport in a 4A Kingco contest at home on Friday night.

The Knights outscored the Mustangs, 18-3, in the second quarter to take a 29-14 halftime lead. From there, Newport never looked back.

Senior Stacey Kimball led the Mustang offense with 14 points, followed by Jordyn Ohrt with 11.

With the loss, the girls dropped to 1-4 in 4A Kingco play and 3-8 overall.


Thanks to a great defensive effort in the fourth quarter and just enough offense, The Bear Creek School girls’ basketball team came from behind to edge Tacoma Baptist 36-34 on Friday night at home.

The Grizzlies were down 29-26 after three periods in the Sea-Tac B League game, but clamped down on defense and grabbed key rebounds, holding the Crusaders to just five fourth-quarter points.

Catherine Fernandez led Bear Creek with 10 points, with Maddie Magee adding nine and Kendall Engelstone eight.

The victory enabled the Grizzlies to stay perfect at 2-0 in Sea-Tac 2B league action and 7-0 overall.


Performing in their fourth 4A Kingco league gymnastics meet of the year, the Redmond High gymnastics team set a new high mark as they defeated Issaquah 155.2-154.2 last Thursday at Eastside Gymnastics in Woodinville, with Garfield finishing third.

A number of Mustangs set season highs during the meet, as Ally Garcia and Kaylee Borms both polished off difficult Tsukahara (pike) vaults for scores of 8.5 and 8.4, respectively.

Cristal Spinrad’s 9.15 score on the floor, in addition to Garcia’s winning 9.3 mark, helped the team score a season-best 43.8 overall in that event. Borms and Marjorie Drieu were tops for Redmond on the beam, scoring 8.6 and 8.55, respectively.

The Mustangs continue their league schedule on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Woodinville, Ballard and Garfield at Woodinville High School.


A trio of Redmond High wrestlers reached the championship bouts at the tough Liberty Invitational tournament last weekend at Liberty High School, each placing second.

Brandon Long (135) was defeated by Inglemoor standout Anthony Bratcher (16-1 this year) by a major decision 17-6. In the 171-pound final, Simeon Simov was overwhelmed by another Viking, Ben Grabowski, 14-1, and at 189 Joe Glass was the victim of a third-round pin by Kent-Meridian’s Luke Berzie in 4 minutes, 48 seconds.

Overall, Redmond placed seventh out of the eight teams in attendance with 95 team points, with Inglemoor winning the tournament with 219 points.


At a Kingco district/state qualifying meet for 4A diving, both Phillip Klassen and his younger brother, Max, qualified for state with 361.35 and 332.20 points, respectively, at Juanita High School last Saturday.

Max’s score was good for second place, only trailing Max Levy of Skyline who won with 369.50. Eric, a freshman, placed fourth.