REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Police and Fire will provide an escort Thursday for Ridgeview High School's softball team, Redmond High's Boys tennis team and Ridgeview Golfer Isaac Buerger. The community celebration through downtown Redmond is to honor the athletes who earned state titles in each of their respective sports. Ridgeview's softball title is the first for a Central Oregon softball team. Buerger's state win is his second.
Redmond Schools Athletic Director Kevin Bryant says the athletes deserve recognition, "We're trying to figure out ways for the kids to really feel appreciated and celebrated, and so we thought maybe a short parade would be something really fun in a town like Redmond. Especially when it's both schools, that would be a neat representation of Ridgeview and Redmond being celebrated together." He tells KBND News, "It's really unique to win three state titles, really - an individual and two teams. And, we wanted to tell our story a bit and let the community know that we're proud of our kids both athletically and academically."
Thursday's precession starts at 5 p.m. at the corner of SW Sixth and Birch, and ends at Redmond High, via Glaciar Ave. Bryant says they won't impede traffic, "We're excited about the police and fire joining us, and we just want to have a short, but memorable time, celebrating our kids." And, he says, everyone's invited to cheer on the student athletes, "It's going to be great. It'd be neat if people came out of their businesses, I just want it to be a neat thing for those kids and for our community and I think it will be."