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Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Notebook: Redmond girls basketball coach resigns after 7 years

Special to The Seattle Times

Pat Bangasser has stepped down after seven seasons as head coach of the Redmond High School girls basketball team, citing the desire to spend more time with his wife and three children.

Bangasser, who turns 47 today, spent 17 seasons in the Redmond program, including 10 as an assistant to Jeanine Ewing-Frable.

"I've been coaching year-round for the last 23 years," said Bangasser, who will continue as athletic director at Inglewood Junior High in Redmond and will keep coaching boys and girls golf teams at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. "I want to spend some time with the family, take a year off and maybe be an assistant somewhere."

In seven seasons as Mustangs head coach, Bangasser compiled a 140-47 record for a .749 win percentage, and he guided five teams to state with all five bringing home trophies with top-eight finishes.

Redmond had a school-best state runner-up finish in 2001. The Mustangs upset then-top-ranked Kennewick 56-55 in the 4A semifinals, snapping the Lions' 56-game winning streak, before losing 71-48 to Central Valley of Spokane.

That upset and Ashley Graham's 25-foot desperation three-pointer that beat Garfield for a state berth in 2002 remain Bangasser's fondest memories on the floor.

"But the best part of coaching at Redmond was the life-long friendships I made," Bangasser said. "I went to a lot of weddings of girls who played in the program."

The Mustangs were 11-11 this season.

Bangasser said fourth-year Redmond assistant Dennis Edwards would apply for the job.

"I hope Dennis gets it," Bangasser said. "I know they hope to name the new coach in April."

Kooyman, Carmody win football awards

Kevin Kooyman of Tahoma and Matt Carmody of Eastside Catholic won the two main awards presented Sunday at the 40th annual luncheon of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at the University of Washington.

Kooyman, a Washington State signee, won the award for linemen and linebackers, and Carmody won for other positions. Each won a $2,000 scholarship.

Other finalists, who each won a $500 scholarship: John A. Ditore, Bishop Blanchet; Matthew H. Glen, Issaquah; Corey M. Marek, Liberty; Michael Dunn, Lakeside; Sean P. Moran, Auburn; and Tianyin Zhu, Ingraham.

The eight finalists were selected from 120 nominees from the more than 60 schools in King and Kitsap counties that play football.

Dee Hawks, football author and retired Bothell High coach, won the Tony Gasparovich Award for dedication to the game.

Washington coach Tyrone Willingham was the featured speaker. Kevin Griffin and Corky Trewin of the Seahawks also spoke.


• Four first-round boys games from the Class 4A state basketball tournament will be available on Comcast digital cable "On Demand" beginning Friday. The games are Mount Tahoma vs. Cascade, Franklin vs. Kentwood, Gig Harbor vs. Inglemoor and Bellarmine vs. Central Valley.

Six additional boys 4A games will be added later. Some select girls games starting with some quarterfinals also will be available.

Ten games from the 3A boys tournament are now On Demand, as are the girls semifinal games.

Digital cable customers can click "get local," then "local sports," then "high-school sports" on the On Demand menu.

• Emily Akiyama, a third baseman from Lake Washington, has verbally accepted an athletic scholarship to play softball at North Carolina-Greensboro.

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