Pair of Bellevue stars lead way on gridiron, track, Newport's Schoenlein leads Knights back to state in volleyball | Best of Bellevue Sports 2013

Bellevue's Budda Baker is considered the state's top prospect and finished his prep career with another state title.
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Male Co-Athletes of the Year: Myles Jack and Budda Baker, Bellevue football, track and field

Before 2013 Bellevue grad Myles Jack won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year on offense and defense this season for UCLA, he helped Bellevue to a banner day at the 3A state track and field meet.

Jack was part of the Wolverines' 400 meter relay team, which won a second straight state title in 2013, and also the state championship 1,600 meter relay team. He finished second in the 200 meter dash and third in the 400 meter dash to cap an outstanding prep career, as the Bellevue boys also picked up another team scoring title.

Not to be outdone, 2014 grad and current senior Bishard "Budda" Baker matched Jack's feats and will have a chance to surpass them as the calendar turns.

Baker was also part of the two state title relay teams, and picked up an individual championship in the 100 meter dash and third place finish in the long jump.

During the football season, he solidified his place as the top prospect in the state and Pacific Northwest by leading his team to a sixth straight state championship, rushing for more than 100 yards and a score in the title game. Throughout the year, his exploits and offense, defense and as a return man earned him Associated Press All-Classification Player of the Year honors.

The four-star prospect and U.S. Army All-American recently committed to the University of Oregon to continue his education and career.

Female Athlete of the Year: Casey Schoenlein, Newport basketball, volleyball

Newport had a stellar season on the basketball and volleyball courts in 2013, and senior Casey Schoenlein was one of the driving forces behind that success.

One of the top seniors in the country for volleyball, Schoenlein got Newport back to the 4A state tournament after capturing KingCo crowns during the regular season and conference tournament.

The Knights reached the semi-finals at state after winning their first two matches, and finished in fourth place, the highest in program history.

The year began for Schoenlein with the basketball team, which finished its season dropping a loser-out game to Lake Stevens to close the 2012-13 season.

So far this year, Schoenlein and the Newport girls are 5-1, and return to conference play after the holiday vacation.

Inspirational Story of the Year: Navin Singh, Guillain-Barre triathlete

For many, Guillain-Barre syndrome is a debilitating condition.

But with incredible drive, deep-seeded passion and a dedicated coach along every step of the way, Navin Singh made was able to overcome.

Singh, a Sammamish resident who trained at Overlake's VO2 Multisport, was diagnosed with the rare immune system affliction when he was just out of high school. After growing his family and career, he had the symptoms of the condition under control, but had also fallen out of shape.

That's when he took the leap of faith and began training for an Ironman competition.

Singh did not win the Kona Inspired challenge video submission contest, but he recently completed his first Iron Man at the Cozumel Ironman.


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