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|Tondi Redden von Oelhoffen |
Kamiakin High School, 1984
A Kamiakin High School graduate, Tondi Redden was a three-sport standout. In volleyball, she was named 2nd Team Big Nine Conference her freshmen year and 1st Team Big Nine Conference her remaining three seasons. As a junior and senior, Tondi was named captain. She was also named to the All-State team and selected as team MVP during her senior season.
Tondi also had a very impressive career on the basketball court. At the time of her graduation, she held six school records. She was the Big Nine Scoring Champion during her junior and senior seasons, 1st Team Big Nine Conference selection all four seasons, and 1st Team State Tournament selection and the leading scorer during her senior season. USA Today named her as an All-American Honorable Mention in 1984 and an All-American in 1985. Tondi was also selected to the Converse All-American Team following her senior season. She led her team to a state championship while being named tournament MVP in the process.
Tondi was National Pentathlon Champion in 1981 and set the Washington State Track Record in the heptathlon in 1982. She was the school record holder in the shot put as well. At the completion of her high school career, Tondi became the first Kamiakin athlete to win 12 letters in varsity athletics. In 1984-85 Tondi was selected as Female Athlete by both the Big Nine and the Tri-Cities sportswriters and broadcasters.
For her efforts in basketball, Tondi received a scholarship to the University of Hawaii where she was a four year starter. During the 1989-90 season, she was second in the nation in steals and was named an honorable mention to the Big West Conference Team
Tondi was truly a trailblazer for the enhanced level of girls’ and women’s sports within the state. She was recently inducted into the Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame and currently resides in Richland with her husband and three daughters.