The 2017-18 senior classes from Redmond and Ridgeview didn’t feature the individual state champions that the schools have produced in recent years in wrestling and track. But the seniors produced more than their share of memorable moments.
Ridgeview reached the playoffs in softball and girls soccer and basketball, while Redmond finished sixth at the state wrestling meet.
Here is a small list of some of the seniors from the 2017-18 school year who will be missed.
Aspen Jeter, Ridgeview soccer/basketball
Jeter got off to a strong start before school even started by reaching the championship class in two categories for showing her hog at the 4-H agriculture competition at the 2017 Deschutes County Fair. But it didn’t take long for Jeter to make her mark on an even bigger stage.
She was named Intermountain Conference most valuable player in soccer, while leading the Ravens to a place in the state quarterfinals and a No. 6 ranking. Jeter led Ridgeview to another second-place league finish and playoff appearance in basketball, where she was named first-team all-IMC. She signed to continue playing soccer at Concordia University in Portland.
Jack Taylor, Redmond Football
Taylor ran for 1,034 yard in 2016, helping the Panthers to their second consecutive appearance in the Class 5A quarterfinals. While the team didn’t have the same success in 2017, Taylor was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-state at running back. He even helped out playing quarterback during the year.
Alex Nadermann, Ridgeview soccer/basketball
Nadermann was named co-MVP of the IMC while leading Ridgeview to its second consecutive postseason appearance.
Nadermann, who was named honorable mention all-league in basketball, has signed to continue playing goalkeeper at Northwest Nazarene in Idaho.
Loryn Trail, Redmond swimming
Trail was Redmond’s top finisher at the state swimming championships, with a sixth place time of 1 minute, 0.81 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. She qualified for state in each of her four high school seasons.
Josi Remick and Josye Miller, Ridgeview volleyball
The pair have been teammates from elementary school until helping the Ravens to a state play-in game and No. 7 ranking in 2017. Though Remick was named second-team all-IMC and Miller named honorable mention, their 2017 season will not be the end of their volleyball partnership. They plan to continue playing together at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.
Kiki Fierstos, Redmond softball
Fierstos followed a first-team all-league performance in 2017 with another successful year in 2018. She will continue playing softball at Linfield College in McMinnville.
Sierra Cassaro, Ridgeview tennis
After being part of a doubles team that reached the state quarterfinals as a junior, Cassaro stepped into the role of No. 1 singles player. She once again reached state, where she rebounded from a first-round loss to take the consolation title.
Albert Hesse, Ridgeview track/cross country/skiing
Hesse followed a top-20 finish at state cross country running with a ninth-place relay finish as part of the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation team at cross-country skiing Junior National championships in Utah. He finished the year with a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the state track meet. He plans to take part in all three sports collegiately for Western State Colorado.
Tyson Hester, Redmond track
Hester’s 166-foot throw at the 2018 state track meet put him in third place, besting his fourth-place performance from a year earlier.
Ashley Merritt, Ridgeview softball
The only senior on this season’s state quarterfinal team, Merritt followed a first-team all-league appearance in 2016 with a second-team all-IMC campaign in 2017. She had another successful year in 2018, helping the Ravens to their fourth league title in her time at the school.
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