Thursday college scoreboard……

To the colleges. We’ll try to get the wrap from MSHS sports soon for you. We’ll tell you as a teaser, though, that the Wildcat girls’ soccer team had another scoreless draw last night – their second in as many games – this at home against Woodinville.

Now to the college scoreboard.

Football: Washington 17, Southern California 12 – The UW scored a huge road win over the Trojans in Los Angeles on national TV and contributing to the win for the Huskies was none other than Fall City’s Cameron Van Winkle. The UW junior kicker – and 2013 Mount Si HS alum – was 1-2 on field goals, hitting one from 21 yards out but missing from 31, and he was also perfect in extra points, going 2-2.

Volleyball: Central Washington def. Alaska-Fairbanks 25-22, 25-9, 25-14 – The host Wildcats blasted the visiting Nanooks from Alaska last night in Ellensburg behind 36 assists, a kill, ace and five digs from senior Catie Fry, a 2011 Mount Si HS alum from North Bend.

Women’s Soccer: Stanford 3, Oregon State 0 – The Cardinal blanked the visiting Beavers at home last night in the Bay Area; senior defender Gwen Bieck, from Duvall and a 2012 Cedarcrest HS grad, started and worked the back line for the full 90 for OSU, recording one shot that did not reach goal.

Men’s Soccer: Seattle Pacific 3, Montana State Billings 1 – SPU opened a GNAC road swing in Montana by scoring a win over the Yellowjackets; junior defender Davis Karaica, from Snoqualmie and a 2012 MSHS alum, started and worked the full 90 on the back line for SPU, with no stats of note to report.

Women’s Soccer: Seattle Pacific 3, Concordia-PDX 1 – It was a homecoming of sorts for Mount Si alum Karlie Hurley, as the North Bend product played in front of family and friends in Seattle against the Falcons. Hurley, a Concordia freshman and 2015 MSHS grad, came off the bench and played 31 minutes, with one shot, not on goal, so she scored no goals.

Men’s Soccer: Mary (ND) 2, St. Martin’s 0 – In Bismarck, ND, the visiting Saints were blanked by the host U of Mary side; freshman Connor Williams, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS alum, started in the midfield for St. Martin’s and logged all 90 minutes, with no stats of note to report.

Women’s Soccer: Azusa Pacific 3, Chaminade 0 – In Azusa, CA, the host Cougars scored a shutout win over the conference rivals from Hawaii. Sophomore Kelsey Lindor, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, came off the bench for Azusa and played 35 minutes, with no stats of note to report.

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Red Wolves cross country dominates on home soil, plus news from CHS girls’ soccer, volleyball

Cedarcest High School’s cross country teams dominated on home turf yesterday, sweeping the team and individual titles at the Blue Heron Invitational in Carnation, the Red Wolves’ lone home meet of the season.

The Red Wolve boys won in a rout, scoring just 19 points. South Whidbey came in second having scored 81 points. It was a top three individual sweep for CHS as the Red Wolves dominated the race. Ian Fay won the run, clocking 16 minutes, 39.40 seconds, a season-best, and finishing in second, also with a season-best time, was Grant Van Valkenburg; he clocked 17:10.19. Ben Benson came in third, coming across in 17:15.09. Cameron Hammontree also finished in the top five overall, with a fifth-place time of 17:40.68, and fellow CHS’ers Gunnar Schultz (eighth, 17:45.38, season best) and Vincent Dams (10th, 17:53.14) took finishes within the top ten.

It was a similar story for the Cedarcrest girls. The Red Wolves won the team title, scoring 24 points; Archbishop Murphy came in second, well back with 59. Madi Shinn won the race for the Red Wolves, with a season-best 20:29.06, followed by Alicia Krivanek, who clocked 20:37.64. Ruby Farias (22:09.18, sixth), MaryCate Babcock (22:19.83, seventh) and Megan Reid (22:34.80, season best, ninth) also finished in the top ten for Cedarcrest.

“Today was very much a bounce back day for us,” said CHS coach Bruce McDowell in comments emailed to the SVSJ. “We ran much better today than our Sunfair performance (last weekend).”

The Red Wolves compete in their final regular season meet next Thursday, at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, a meet being hosted by CHS’ Cascade Conference rival Cedar Park Christian. The meet starts at 4:00.

CHS volleyball, soccer play CPC
The Red Wolves’ girls’ soccer and volleyball teams were at Cedar Park Christian for action last night. CHS’s girls’ soccer team blanked CPC 3-0, while the Red Wolve volleyballers were swept by the Eagles. More on the volleyball loss in the Everett Herald.

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At home on the gridiron to start the second half of the season, Mount Si hosts Eastlake and Cedarcrest hosts Sultan….our previews and picks right here

Good Friday morning. We’ll wrap up a busy day yesterday as we move on throughout this Friday, but we start this morning with a look at tonight’s high school gridiron action. The second half of the regular season starts tonight with both Valley high schools at home really needing to win to keep themselves in the playoff discussion.

Mount Si Wildcats vs. Eastlake Wolves, Mount Si HS, Snoqualmie, 7:00 – Tonight’s game is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest game of the season for Mount Si. Currently, the Wildcats are 3-2 in league (3-2 overall), with the Wolves at 4-0 (4-1) and ahead of Mount Si by 1 ½ games in the standings. As we discussed briefly last week, the Week 10 playoff bracket has come out, and it shows Kingco with just four playoff berths, and Mount Si is right now holding on to one of those spots. But that hold is just barely, as they are fighting with as many as four other teams currently for possibly only two of those spots with both the Wolves and Skyline currently undefeated in league. A win tonight is critical for the Wildcats if they want to remain very much in the discussion. A loss here would leave Mount Si with three league losses and that might not be enough to make it to the playoffs.

So, let’s talk about the keys to victory. Simply put, it’s that they’ve got to avoid a slow start like they had last week against Inglemoor. Yes, the Wildcats won that game going away, but that was only after the Vikings opened with the early lead in the contest. Senior QB Harrison Danna will have all of his top targets at his disposal tonight, you, of course, know the names Mitchell, Dumas, Swain, But there is rain in the forecast and that could mean more action on the ground. Meaning a young man with a fan base extending all the way back to the City of Brotherly Love could be the big factor tonight. We’re talking about one Mr. Max Bonda, and the junior should be ready. He, after all, scored a pair of touchdowns last week in the 45-20 blowout of Inglemoor, and has been a pivotal piece all season long. So perhaps look for him to step it up tonight.

Eastlake comes in last week off a 41-3 blowout on Homecoming over Newport, and the Wolves have a fairly experienced group. Senior Mark Whitley should get the call under center at QB tonight, as he continues to work to fill the huge void at that position left by the graduation of last year’s star signal-caller, Richard “Blue” Thomas. Seniors who could see action on the ground include Javier Rios and John Monahan, and receivers with experience and likely to see some passes include William Esser and Cory Flynn.

Mount Si is at home, and this very much has the feel of a playoff game, and we’re just starting the second half of the schedule. If the Wildcats approach this and play like it’s a playoff game, we could see success. Should be a close one, but we’ll take Mount Si in a nail-biter. Mount Si 24, Eastlake 23

Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Sultan Turks, Cedarcrest HS, Duvall, 7:00 – The Red Wolves return home looking to rebound from what was a very difficult loss last week against Lakewood. CHS, after last Friday’s 35-18 loss to the Cougars, sits at 1-2 in Cascade play (2-3 overall) and tied with Lakewood and Granite Falls for the second and final 2A Week 10 conference playoff spot. The loss, however, cost the Red Wolves a head-to-head tiebreaker with Lakewood, making games like tonight’s more important. CHS will need a win to perhaps keep themselves in the discussion. But it could be a challenge. Not only did they lose last week, they saw several key players go down with injuries.

RB’s Joey Hixon and Ryan Golden, along with lineman Brad Grey and receiver Jake Jewell were all hurt in the game last Friday, and whether they play tonight could go a long way towards deciding how things end up. We’ll see if we can get a status report on those four for you later. In any event, the Red Wolves still will have players getting it done. Expected under center tonight is QB Cody Banks, fresh off an 11-36 effort netting 171 yards, a touchdown and interception in last week’s game up north. RB Dave Boak had a good game (12 carries, 79 yards) and receiver Jeffrey Hepner had an even stronger performance (6 catches, 141 yards, TD). So if those guys step up and do what they’re capable of doing, then CHS will be just fine. Also keep an eye on RB Alex Parnell should Hixon and Golden not be able to go tonight; Parnell could get more work as a result of that. He had six carries for 22 yards in last week’s game.

Sultan is also 1-2 in Cascade play, having throttled Granite Falls September 18, but the Turks have also been blown out twice in the league, to Archbishop Murphy and King’s. Sultan is 1-4 overall, with both of their non-conference games being blowout losses as well. Tanner Belcher, a junior, is likely to be the signal caller under center for the Turks tonight, and among the players to watch include senior RB Taylor Boucher and senior receiver Tyler Roufs.

One thing that has helped provide recognition and exposure to the SHS program over the past several years is the school’s webcast operation, called TurkPride.TV. Well, Sultan received a national award recently for the operation, from the National Federation of State High School Associations. More on that from the Everett Herald. One thing about the Sultan broadcasts is that not only does it give their kids an opportunity for greater exposure in their community up in the Sky Valley of Snohomish County, but the whole league benefits by having their schools’ road matchups against the Turks televised; currently, Sultan only handles home games on their TurkPride broadcasts.

One thing that we hope for in the future is that the success of the broadcasts will rub off on the remainder of league schools, and that everyone will give such broadcasts a try. So we offer a suggestion for CHS principal Clarence Lavarias, and Riverview School District leaders: Start something up like this for Cedarcrest. Such a program would not only provide your sports teams exposure, but also give students interested in broadcasting-related career fields great “on-the-job” style training.

Off the soapbox, and here’s our final thought. We look for a win tonight for CHS, but it could be a challenge getting there if they’re short-handed. Cedarcrest 28, Sultan 20

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Cross country update

Two quickies from cross country this afternoon:

-First, a quick note from Mount Si’s meet last night. We noted, of course, the Wildcat girls did very well in their meet despite not having top junior Hannah Waskom. Well, we did check for you with coaches as we told you we would, and as it turned out, it was a coach’s decision, likely with this weekend’s big Hole in the Wall invitational in mind. We were also told by MSHS coaches that Skyline did the same with their team, sitting their top girls’ runner out of last night’s meet. Waskom is healthy and should be able to go on Saturday to run that big race in Snohomish County.

-Cascade Conference cross country watchers will be converging a little later this afternoon on the Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation for Cedarcrest High School’s lone home meet of the fall. The first race should be around 4:00 or so this afternoon, as the Red Wolves welcome in all of the conference teams with the exception of Lakewood, who will be prepping to host the big Hole in the Wall meet on Saturday. In essence, this will likely be a good preview for the upcoming postseason league meet in the Cascade Conference, so cross country fans should perhaps pay the meet a visit later on.

To get to the golf course, which is in Carnation, from SR 203, you’ll want to turn right (from Duvall or downtown Carnation) or left (from Fall City) at Tolt Hill Rd., and head west over the Snoqualmie River. Just after you cross over the river, veer left on W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE and follow south until you see signs for the course on your left.

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Mount Si volleyball survives against Inglemoor, plus a little college volleyball….

Like Monday night’s loss to Bothell, the Wildcat volleyball team was able last night against Inglemoor to put themselves in position to close out the match having won the first two sets. It took a little more extra work than perhaps they would have liked, but this time, Mount Si, in nail-biting fashion, was able to finish things off and score a win.

Patience O’Neal had a season high 28 kills, along with six digs, two assists, an ace and a block, as the Wildcats won in five, 25-17, 25-21, 17-25, 19-25, 15-13, at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Haley Holmberg added 19 kills, along with two digs, an ace and a block to pace Mount Si, who also had another stellar effort from Courteney Carr; she pitched in 51 assists, 12 digs, four kills and 2 ½ blocks to the cause for the Wildcats.

Katie Larson delivered 23 digs, three kills and three aces for Mount Si, and Amanda Harkleroad pitched in 12 digs, an assist and an ace to the efforts. Cameron Kendall, too, added 23 digs and an assist for the Wildcats, who play Issaquah next Monday night at Issaquah High School. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Mount Si stunned the Eagles on their home floor in a four-set win, so the Wildcats will be looking to do the same once again to Issaquah and assert their place in the playoff hunt in Kingco 4A. First serve is at 7:00 p.m.

Vikings take care of JV match: Lilly Bachand had six kills, 11 digs, four aces and a ½ block for Mount Si as they fell 25-16, 15-25, 15-11 to Inglemoor. Emma Anderson added 10 assists, five digs, an ace and a block to the Wildcat efforts, while Dana Kenow added 17 digs, an ace and two assists for Mount Si. The Wildcats meet Issaquah next Monday night at Issaquah High School; first serve is at 5:30 p.m. prior to the varsity match.

Inglemoor sweeps Wildcat “C” squad: The Vikings took care of business in the “C” team match, winning it 25-15, 25-20, 15-13. Kathryn Smith had 10 digs, six assists and five aces to pace Mount Si, while Sarah Schwartz added 14 digs for scarlet and gray. Savanna Samuelson had another balanced effort, with four kills, five aces and eight digs to aid the Wildcats, who meet Issaquah Monday night in Issaquah at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Mount Si varsity match against the Eagles.

Now to the college action from last night on the volleyball floor.

St. Mary’s-MN def. St. Olaf 25-15, 20-25, 25-14, 26-28, 15-13: The long losing streak continued for the Oles last night, this time in heartbreaking fashion on the road in Winona, MN, as they had to hold off the host St. Mary’s team in extra points in the fourth set just to force the fifth and deciding stanza, which they lost in close fashion. Junior Lexie Read, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, played all five sets and had eight kills, three blocks and four digs to pace St. O, whose losing string reached 10 matches with last night’s loss; they’re now 8-13 on the season.

Whatcom CC def Edmonds CC 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20: The NWAC clash last night went to the Orcas from Bellingham, as they scored the road win in Edmonds behind 27 assists, two kills and nine digs from sophomore Hanna Halverson, a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall. The victory for Whatcom was their first in the league this fall.

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