It’s time again for the Spokesman to look back on seniors who had a memorable time at Redmond schools.
The 2018-19 school year saw nine Intermountain Conference team championships between the two schools, as well as two individual state titles and team state titles from Redmond’s boys tennis team and Ridgeview softball. There were many individual district championships on top of that.
So limiting the list to 10 players (with some cheating in a couple places) was tough. Please excuse us if your favorite player missed out.
Jordyn Buresh, Ridgeview girls soccer
The senior was first-team all state and league most valuable player in helping the Ravens to a 10-game winning streak and IMC title.
Kadden Brown, Ridgeview football
The Ravens only got one season from the transfer from Watertown, New York, but he put on a show in the limited time. Brown was first-team all Class 5A Special District 2 at both defensive back and running back, where he ran for 844 yards and seven touchdowns. He was part of a large senior class for the Ravens that helped the team to a surprising playoff appearance, which was quite a turnaround from back-to-back 1-8 seasons.
Christian Kim, Cade O’Neill, Isaac Grusy and Jonathan Orozco-Rodriguez, Ridgeview boys soccer
The group of seniors helped make Ridgeview a perennial postseason threat, capping off their time by going 8-0-2 in IMC in 2018. After winning the league title, they earned a playoff victory against Eagle Point before falling to No. 1 La Salle in the quarterfinals. O’Neill was named league most valuable player, while Grusy received a sportsmanship award for “exemplary sportsmanship, leadership and play on the soccer field.” Kim will play college soccer at Linfield College, O’Neill for Oregon Tech and Orozco-Rodriguez for Warner Pacific University.
Megan Alldredge, Ridgeview volleyball
While the bulk of Ridgeview’s state runner-up volleyball team is expected back for the 2019 season, Alldredge is a key senior loss. She starred in a state semifinal victory against West Albany, with 10 kills and two block kills. Alldredge also teamed with fellow senior volleyball player Felicity Kohler to win the IMC doubles tennis title.
Augie Tobish, Redmond swimming
After Ridgeview dominated fall sports, Redmond began to catch up in the winter. Tobish had qualified for the state meet two previous times, but this season he got to go as a member of the district championship team. He had second-place finishes in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles and as part of the 200 medley relay team at the district meet.
McKaylee Capps, Ava Kitchin and Jordan Fox, Redmond basketball
The trio led the Panthers to improvement every year. After going winless in the IMC as freshmen, they won the league title as seniors. Capps was named IMC MVP, while her mother, Angela Capps, took coach of the year honors for the Panthers. Kitchin will play basketball at Willamette University, while Fox will play both basketball and soccer at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.
Elizabeth Roundtree, Redmond girls golf
Roundtree showed strong improvement her senior year, winning the individual title in May at the district tournament in Prineville. Then at the Class 5A State Championships at Quail Valley in Banks, Roundtree shot 94-95-189 to finish in seventh place.
Isaac Buerger, Ridgeview boys golf
Buerger not only is one of the more accomplished recent athletes for a Redmond school, he brought his team up a level. He won the Class 5A state tournament as a sophomore, when he was the only Ridgeview representative. Though he finished fifth as a junior, he brought along his entire team, which finished sixth overall. But the Weber State signee saved his best for his senior year, shooting a four-under-par 71-67-138 to win the individual title by eight shots at Trysting Tree in Corvallis. That helped Ridgeview to a second-place overall state finish.
Benny Saito, Redmond boys tennis
After an injury disrupted his freshman year, Saito won the consolation title at the 2017 and 2018 Class 5A state tournaments. But few foresaw what was coming for Saito and the Panthers in 2019. After long success as a singles player, coach Nathan Saito paired Benny with sophomore Skyler Jones, because a shoulder injury limited Benny’s chances in singles. The move paid off, with the Panthers going undefeated in dual play and Saito and Jones rolling to the state doubles title. They led the Panthers to their first team title in any sport since 2003. And if that wasn’t enough, Saito was the school’s, leading the Panthers to the top spot academically in Class 5A boys tennis.
Natalie Hill, Ridgeview softball
Hill saw great success at several positions, making all-league at utility player, infielder and pitcher during her time at Ridgeview. The four-year all-IMC pick (the last three as first team), gave way to Allicitie Frost as the primary starting pitcher, but was effective to the end. After league titles followed by disappointing playoff losses each of her first three years, Hill again rose to the top as a senior captain, Driving in Sage McVay for the Ravens’ first run in the 5-1 state championship game victory against Dallas on June 1.
— Reporter: 541-548-2186, gfolsom@ redmondspokesman.com