The mentioning of Seattle Times preps reporter Sandy Ringer’s name immediately had Washington teammates Talia Walton and Mercedes Wetmore flooded with memories of good times back in the day. Even though that day was really about four years ago.
Ringer covered the duo — and millions (?) more — through their high school hoops career. She’s worked for the Times for 27 years, mainly covering all prep sports and especially giving a voice of equality to girls in prep sports. In recognizing her achievements, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell proclaimed Feb. 7 “Sandy Ringer Day.”
“Oh, wow,” said Wetmore, a senior PG, when told of the proclamation on Friday after Washington’s five-point loss to No. 23 Cal at Alaska Airlines Arena. “She wrote some really nice stuff about me and our team, (Auburn) Riverside. She came all the way down to the school and we had some great conversations. That’s awesome she’s getting honored like that.”
Walton, a former star post at Federal Way High, never met Ringer in person.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about her,” said Walton, a redhsirt sophomore. “Like Cedes said, we had a few Federal Way highlights and write-ups about us, too, and I got to read them. It was nice. I wish I would have had a chance to meet her.”
“Yeah, you guys got plenty of write-ups,” Wetmore quickly interjected. Riverside won two state championships with Wetmore at the helm while Walton was rated the No. 32 forward in the country, leading her school to the state tournament.
“It’s like all they (media) were writing about was our schools and Kentwood (where WNBA PGs Lindsey Moore and Courtney Vandersloot starred),” Wetmore said.
“Yep, pretty much,” Walton agreed proudly, bursting the pair into laughs.
Ringer’s ceremony was at Cleveland High’s regular-season finale on Friday. Ringer, naturally, was covering the game. Cleveland (18-2) is seeded first in the Metro League tournament after defeating No. 6 Holy Names 85-59 on Friday.
Cleveland, the defending 3A state champion, opens postseason play at home against West Seattle on Tuesday.
Former UW stars Jamie Redd, Tara Davis and Rhonda Smith attended the Cleveland matchup to help Harrell honor Ringer.
Here’s more from the desk of Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell:
Council member Bruce Harrell will recognize Ms. Sandy Ringer with a City Proclamation tonight, declaring February 7th “Sandy Ringer Day.” Ms. Ringer has covered high-school sports for 27 years, beginning her journalism career as one of few female sports reporters.
The proclamation will be presented at tonight’s high school girls’ basketball game between Holy Names Academy and Cleveland High School. Three former University of Washington Husky basketball athletes will make the presentation at the game: Tara Davis, Jamie Redd, and Rhonda Smith.
“Ms. Ringer saw the direct impact of Title IX in those early years following the landmark legislation and has been a tireless leader in empowering and encouraging young women on and off the court,” said Council member Harrell.