While the first team state title for a Redmond school sports team in years is difficult to top, boys tennis wasn’t the only place where local teams had breakthrough performances as spring sports wind down.
Redmond and Ridgeview saw stellar play in golf, track and girls tennis, as well.
Ridgeview senior Isaac Buerger went out on a high note, winning his second state title — this time his teammates nearly joined him at the top.
Buerger (71-67-138) shot four-under par to win the two-day Class 5A State Championships by eight shots over fellow senior Michael Gray of Crescent Valley at Trysting Tree in Corvallis. As a team, Ridgeview (328-316-644) was 76-over, which placed them second in the state, 35 shots behind champion Crescent Valley. A total of eight teams competed at the tournament.
Thirteenth-place Justin McMahon (79-79-158, 16-over) was the second highest finisher for Ridgeview, followed by his brother, fellow junior Parker McMahon (88-87-175, 33-over), freshman Dylan Bojanowski (90-88-178, 36-over) tied for 39th and freshman Evan Eby (97-83-180, 38-over) tied for 42nd.
Junior Emmett Hagen (89-88-177, 35-over), the lone Redmond High representative, finished 38th.
After finishing fifth as a freshman (also at Trysting Tree), Buerger, a Weber State signee, won the title as the only Raven in the field as a sophomore in 2017. He again finished fifth in 2018, but led Ridgeview to a sixth-place team performance at state.
After winning the regional tournament, Ridgeview (416-407-823) finished 119-over par to finish fourth at the Class 5A Girls State Championships at Quail Valley in Banks. That was 56 shots behind first place Pendleton, a fellow Intermountain Conference team that was able to skip the regional tournament because of regular-season performance.
Redmond senior Elizabeth Roundtree (94-95-189, 45-over) finished seventh, tops for a Redmond player. Ridgeview was led by sophomore Logan Dietz (103-96-199, 55-over), who tied for 13th. Also for Ridgeview, junior Danika Lundgren (100-105-205, 61-over) was 18th, junior Alex Chastain (107-101-208, 64-over) tied for 20th and senior Ayla Adkins (106-105-211, 67-over) was 24th.
Both Redmond schools collected points at the girls state tennis tournament, with Redmond (2.5 points) finishing 10th and Ridgeview (1) tied for 11th.
The Redmond doubles team of Ingrid Harris and Jessalyn Loza won its first match, before losing in the quarterfinals.
After losing their first match, the Ridgeview doubles team of Felicity Kohler and Megan Alldredge reached the finals of the consolation bracket, while the Redmond team of Maria Gradilla and Dagne Harris won their first consolation match to reach the semifinals in the bracket.
The state track meet isn’t until this Friday and Saturday, but Ridgeview showed at the May 17-18 IMC district meet in Prineville that its girls are ready for the event. The Ravens, with 129 points, defeated host Crook County by a single point to win its sixth IMC sports team title in the 2018-19 school year.
Redmond, with 70 points, finished sixth in the six-team meet.
Ridgeview junior Taitem Jensen was named girls track athlete of the meet after winning the 100-meter run in 13.25 seconds, the 200 in 28.26 and anchoring Ridgeview’s first-place 4x100 relay, which finished in 50.25, along with Kayla Cowgill, Ana Gonzalez and Abby Martin.
Freshman Jenna Albrecht edged out Ridgeview teammate Olivia Snyder in the high jump, each jumping 5-feet. Albrecht earned another automatic trip to state by finishing second in the javelin with a 106-02 throw.
For Redmond, sophomore Erin Wanamaker won the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.65 seconds and won the triple jump at 34 feet, 11.5 inches.
For the Raven girls, Katie Leavitt also qualified in the 100 hurdles, Jaime Tracewell and Cristina Farfan made it in the pole vault, while Gonzalez qualified for state in the 300 hurdles,
For Redmond, Maya Johnson qualified in the 300 hurdles and Ellie Corwin qualified in the javelin and shot put.
The Redmond boys finished fifth with 74 points, while Ridgeview was sixth with 15.5 points. The Crook County boys won with 213 points.
The 4x100 relay team of Brendan Powell, Ayden Mills, Carter Chase and Gage Garner qualified for state for the Panthers by finishing second with a time of 44.06 seconds.
Also qualifying for the Redmond boys were Dylan Moss in the shot put, Justin Kettle in the triple jump and Chase in the 200 meters.
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