Redmond schools came away with top-10 state Class 5A finishes in boys and girls tennis, as well as boys track and golf last week.
Ridgeview raced to a seventh-place overall finish at the May 18-19 Class 5A boys track championships at Eugene’s Hayward Field. While Redmond schools had six top-five placers — including three second-place finishes for the Ridgeview boys — this was the first time since 2014 that neither the Ravens or Panthers produced an individual champion.
Ridgeview’s Micah Cupp and Trevor McBride finished second and third in the 100 meter dash, with Cupp’s time of 11.03 seconds trailing only Daekwon Mitchell of Hillsboro (10.96). McBride finished with a time of 11.06 seconds.
McBride and Cupp teamed with Garrett Pinkerton and Mikey Potter to finish second in the 4x100 relay with time of 43.18 seconds, a half second behind Sandy.
McBride (22.57) added a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters, where Cupp (23.47) finished eighth.
Ridgeview’s Albert Hesse was runner-up in the 1,500 with a personal record time of 3:57.29, less than two seconds behind Evan Holland of Ashland. Hesse, who wrapped up a season that also included top 10 finishes in cross country running and skiing, also finished seventh in the 3,000 with a time of 8:51.31.
Redmond’s top finisher was Tyson Hester, who finished third in javelin with a 166-foot throw, improving on his fourth-place finish in 2017.
The Ridgeview boys finished with 37 points, just behind 41 for sixth-place Ashland. Redmond, with 6 points, finished tied for 23rd among teams to score at the meet. Sandy won with 86 points.
On the girls side, Ridgeview finished tied for 21st with 3 points, just ahead of 2 points for Redmond, which tied for 23rd. Summit, with 156 points, won the meet, where 29 total teams scored.
Gabi Crouch was the top finisher for the Ridgeview girls, coming in seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 12.91 seconds. She also teamed with Kayla Cowgill, Abby Martin and Taitem Jensen to finish 11th in the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.13 seconds.
Rylee Troutman (115-04) finished eighth in javelin for Ridgeview, while Erin Wanamaker (15-10.25) led the Redmond girls by finishing seventh in the long jump.
While Redmond and Ridgeview saw all their representatives knocked out of title contention in the first round of the state tennis championships in Portland, two players were able to rebound to bring home consolation titles at the May 17-19 meet.
Redmond junior Benny Saito won the boys consolation title for the second consecutive year. He defeated Crescent Valley’s Jeff Wang 7-6, 6-2 in the final.
Ridgeview senior Sierra Cassaro won the girls consolation title with a come-from-behind 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory against Alyssa Retiz of Ashland. She was part of a doubles team that reached the quarterfinals in 2017.
The Redmond boys tied for eighth place overall of the 17 teams to reach state. Ridgeview did not earn any points from its doubles team of Tim Schneider and John Wright.
The Ridgeview girls, who were also represented by Marie Carr and Megan Alldredge in doubles, ended up in ninth place of the 12 teams to qualify for state.
After winning the Class 5A state individual title last year, Ridgeview’s Isaac Buerger brought his whole team with him to the state championships in 2018. While the Ravens had an impressive sixth-place overall finish, the defending champ wasn’t able to repeat 2017’s success.
The Ravens finished with a two-day score of 318-325—687 in the 10-team May 14-15 event at Emerald Valley in Creswell. Marist (299-324—623) was 20 shots better than second-place Summit, ending the Storm’s three-year run of state championships.
Buerger shot 75-80—155 to finish fifth individually, the Ravens’ top finisher. That was 11 shots back of first-place Tyler Garner of Thurston, who finished at even par on the par-72 course.
Other Ridgeview finishers were 27th-place Justin McMahon (97-83—180), 37th-place Luke Reynolds (92-97—189), 38th-place Adam Hucke (92-98—190) and 49th-place Parker McMahon (94-110—204).
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