Makay Redd has been a pretty amazing Mustang.
The Monte Vista High senior, who was honored among 33 college-bound athletes at the school amphitheater recently, played a key role in three sports, as a football kicker, soccer goalkeeper and baseball pitcher.
He's a specialist and a team guy, times three.
His positions in his sports speak volumes of his personality: Redd likes being on center stage.
"That's why I love sports so much, and that's why I play those positions," said Redd, who is headed to Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. "I love that scenario where if you fail the team generally fails. I like having all that pressure, and I think it's helped me develop as a person."
The Monte Vista event for its senior athletes was hosted by ABC Channel 7 sports anchor and news co-anchor Larry Beil. Parents, teachers, and staff were also on hand during the lunchtime ceremony.
Among the athletes honored were swimmer Lexy Troup (UCLA), runner Trevor Fuhriman (BYU), quarterback and basketball player Jeff Lockie (Oregon), pitcher and basketball standout Dan Gallagher (UC Davis), and soccer captain Casey Sbrana (Azusa Pacific).
An inspirational honoree, Ryan Neil (UC Davis), who was not cleared medically to play football as a sophomore and junior, made a grand return as a senior offensive lineman. He powered the Mustangs to the 2011 North Coast Section Division I semifinals.
Interestingly, Redd will play football
Count Monte Vista football coach Craig Bergman as one of Redd's many fans.
"Fantastic," Bergman said. "He did a great job in all three sports. I was so happy: This was the first year he played football. He came out and kicked for us. He did a great job. He's going to kick in college, in fact. It takes a special kid to be able to go out and start in three sports."
Redd, who helped three Mustangs teams reach the postseason, will hold fond memories of his high school. He booted two field goals, including the game-winner with 9.4 seconds left, in a 34-33 win over arch-rival San Ramon Valley on Nov. 10.
"I'm really going to cherish the rivalry games," Redd said. "Football, kicking the game-winning field goal against San Ramon; playing San Ramon in soccer at their field on senior night and putting up a shutout for my half, and winning. Then, pitching my final 32/3 innings against San Ramon at home on our senior night, and beating them in 10 innings after I'd pitched 10 innings that week, which is the maximum you can throw.
"Those are the best games I've experienced in high school."
Redd said Trinity first contacted him via e-mail for baseball in August, but he wasn't interested in going the Division III route. What changed his mind was a desire to play both football and baseball in college.
Redd has relatives in Houston, located a few hours from Trinity, which should help his transition to the southwest.
Not a bad deal for Monte Vista's Mr. Redd (and black).
WRESTLING HEAVEN: Former NCAA champion Adam Tirapelle, coach at 2012 state champion Clovis High, will be the featured instructor at the Pinnacle Wrestling Camp at Amador Valley, June 18-21.
Pinnacle is headed by Livermore coach Brad Vadnais.
Camp times are noon to 6 p.m. all four days.
A two-time California state champion, Tirapelle won the 149-pound NCAA title in 2001 with Illinois, where he was a three-time All-American. The Tirapelle family is legendary in California wrestling -- brothers Adam, Alex and Troy have a combined eight CIF titles and nine finals appearances. Alex Tirapelle, the Stanford coach and a three-time CIF champion, will head the Pinnacle Camp at Freedom in Oakley, July 11-14.
For information about the camps, visit http://www.pinnaclewrestlingcamps.com.
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