With Ridgeview winning league titles in volleyball and boys and girls soccer, as well as qualifying for the playoffs in football, it figures the Ravens would earn numerous all-league appearances. They not only did that but took home several awards.
Ravens coach Jimmy Kim and his staff were rewarded for Ridgeview’s first Intermountain Conference boys soccer title with the coaching staff of the year award, while senior midfielder Cade O’Neill took home league player of the year.
While Kim said it was an honor to win the award, he feels the credit belongs to his players.
“As far as those types of awards go, that’s just an indication of how well our boys play,” he said. “I’d much rather acknowledge what they’ve been able to do.”
It was the second consecutive time a Ridgeview player took home the player of the year, with senior goalkeeper Alex Nadermann sharing the award in 2017 with Bend’s Calvan Berteau.
Joining O’Neill on the first team were senior forward Christian Kim, the coach’s son, and senior defender Isaac Grusy. Redmond had the only local underclassman on the first team, junior forward Owen Byrnes.
Ridgeview had four players make second-team all-IMC — junior goalkeeper Dalen Buckley-Noonan, senior forward Jonathan Orozco, junior midfielder Jose Robles and sophomore midfielder Marques Montanez. They were joined by Redmond junior defender Fernando Colin.
Making honorable mention all-league were Ridgeview senior defender Nathan Webb and junior forward Ethan Birmingham and Redmond junior defender Jonathan Najera.
This was a special season for Kim. He’s coached many seniors since they were in grade school, starting in rec league, then in club soccer and for the last four years as Ridgeview head coach. While the team is good at technical aspects of the game, he said the love the players have for each other makes the group stand out.
“I think in games of a tight nature that we’ve had, the fact that our boys are always positive with each other, and we don’t have the sense of panic,” he said.
The Ridgeview girls soccer team also took home a superlative, with senior defender Jordyn Buresh being named IMC player of the year. Also making first-team all-league for the Ridgeview girls were junior midfielder Averi Hartford and sophomore midfielder Grace Sorensen.
Senior defender Jordan Fox was named to the first-team for Redmond.
Ridgeview junior forward Sadie Benz and sophomore defender Scout Bale and Redmond freshman forward Dagne Harris were named to the second team. Freshman goalkeepers Jessica Sperber of Ridgeview and Alyssa McConnell of Redmond were honorable-mention picks.
In volleyball, Ridgeview not only won the league but reached the final of the state tournament. The Ravens were rewarded with the award for coaching staff of the year.
First-team all-IMC selections for the Ravens were junior setter Allicite Frost, junior middle blocker Nicole Bossemeyer and junior Rylee Troutman for all-around. Making the second team for the Ravens were sophomore setter Kennedy Buckner, sophomore libero Ally Henry and junior middle blocker Susanna Bailey.
A surprising football playoff appearance was well-rewarded with postseason accolades for Ridgeview.
The Ravens and Redmond Panthers were eligible for all-league for Class 5A Special District 2 and all-North Division honors. That meant a lot of selections.
The Ravens had one player selected for first-team all-league, but he made it twice. Senior Kadden Brown, who transferred from Watertown, New York, before the season, was named to the first team at both defensive back and running back, where he ran for 844 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown was also selected first-team all-division for both offense and defense.
Senior Matt Prusak was selected second-team all-league and first-team all-division at wide receiver for Ridgeview after catching 27 passes for 592 yards, including nine touchdowns, in the nine-game regular season. Sophomore kicker Martin Amador was Ridgeview’s other second-team selection in the 12-team league, as well as first-team in the six-team North Division.
Redmond, which went 2-8 on the season, had four third-team all-league selections. Junior Jack McKenzie was a third-team all-league and second-team all-division choice at tight end after gaining 94 yards on 15 catches, three of them for touchdowns.
Junior Henry Chambers made third-team all-league and second-team all-division at defensive back after finishing the season with 42 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Chambers also led the Panthers in receiving yards with 229 on 11 catches, with three touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Gabe Caudell was a third-team all-league and second-team all-division choice after leading the team with 61 tackles, three of them sacks. He also earned second-team all-division and honorable-mention all-league at center.
Junior punter Andrew McKague, who averaged 44.2 yards on 33 kicks, rounded out the third-team all-league selections for Redmond, also making second-team all-division. He was also chosen honorable mention all-division at place kicker, where he made 4-of-7 field goal and 10-of-14 extra point attempts.
For Ridgeview, sophomore Josh Biever was a third-team all-league and first-team all-division selection at running back, after scoring 13 rushing and one receiving touchdown. Biever ran for 673 yards and caught passes for another 201 yards. Biever was also an honorable mention all-league and second-team all-division selection at defensive back.
Other third-team all-league selections for the Ravens were junior linebacker Carson Sturges and senior Tyler Bartlett at both defensive lineman and offensive tackle. In all-division, Sturges was a first-team choice at linebacker, while Bartlett was second-team at offensive tackle and defensive lineman.
Ridgeview senior offensive guard Garret Goad was named second-team all division and honorable mention all-league at offensive guard. Senior receiver Payton Davis earned second-team all-division and honorable mention all-league status after catching 20 passes for 345 yards, with seven touchdowns. Sophomore defensive back Beau Haugen was also a second-team all-division and honorable mention all-league choice.
Redmond senior defensive lineman Dillon Young and senior offensive guard Jax Cummings were chosen second-team all-division, both also making honorable mention all-league.
Among the Ravens making honorable mention all-division were sophomore quarterback Bryce Demars, who threw for 1,566 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year after taking over for the injured Davis before the season. Senior defensive lineman Derrick Mann and junior defensive back Kevin Edmondson were also honorable mention all-division for Ridgeview.
Other honorable mention all-division players for Redmond included running backs Clayton Elrod, a senior who ran for 674 yards and eight touchdowns, and Brendan Powell, a junior who led the team with 960 rushing yards, adding five touchdowns.