Youth lacrosse officials needed for matches both in Valley and around region

The local youth lacrosse season is fast approaching, and Mount Si’s lacrosse organization is putting the word out for local residents that there is a serious need for officials for games both involving Mount Si and those around the region.

Registration for officials for the upcoming season is now underway with the local sanctioning organization, the Washington Lacrosse Officials Association. There is more information available at their website here. Referees are needed for both boys and girls at all age levels.

If you are a fan of the sport or just want to help support local youth in their athletic endeavors, this may be a good way to do so. So go have a look at the website and learn more.

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Mount Si ladies’ hoops blasts Bothell for first win under new coach Marr

Good Thursday morning.

Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball team went into last night’s game at Bothell looking to rebound from their heartbreaking last-second loss to Inglemoor last Friday. Well, based on how things went, it seems the Wildcats didn’t let that tough defeat last Friday impact them all too much.

Mount Si started out strong, took control in the third quarter, and cruised to a 70-41 win over the Cougars at Bothell High School. Three Wildcats finished in double-figures scoringwise, led by a near-double-double from Sela Heide of 14 points and nine rebound, one board off that double-double. Nitika Kumar added 12 and Jenae Usselman pitched in 10 as Mount Si got plenty of players playing time, with everyone who played attempting at least one shot and all except two scoring points in the contest.

Mount Si took a 16-9 lead after one, then after maintaining that early advantage into halftime, the Wildcats outscored Bothell 19-3 in the third quarter to put the game away for their first win of the season and first win for new head coach Jason Marr as Mount Si coach.

The Wildcats are at Eastlake tomorrow for a 6:00 tipoff at Eastlake High School as they look to get to .500 on the season. Preview and pick here tomorrow for you.

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Mount Si wrestling and gymnastics news

Notes from Mount Si wrestling and gymnastics:

Wildcat grapplers eke out win over Falcons
Mount Si’s wrestling team scored a 42-39 win over Woodinville last night at Woodinville High School. The deciding match came at 182 lbs., where Corey Seaman of the Wildcats posted the win by pin over Falcon Emilio Arrayo, giving the overall contest to Mount Si. Other winners for Mount Si included Tryon Kaess (106), who pinned Woodinville’s Jon Ruana, and Conor Holt (160), who did the same to his Falcon foe, Nolan Down.

Dorian Barre (195), Duncan Harrison (145), Antonio Gil (170) and Tate Stedman (220) all grabbed victories by forfeit, with Stedman and Harrison also both winning exhibition matches at higher weight classes. Stedman pinned Falcon Will Augustine in a 285 lb. tilt, while Harrison also pinned his Woodinville foe, Andrew Lopez, at 152 lbs.

Mount Si on Friday is at the Hammerhead Tournament in Bremerton.

Wildcat gymnastics, without top athlete, fall to North Creek
Mount Si High School’s gymnasts, missing their top athlete, fell to a real strong North Creek team last night.

The Jaguars took the neutral-site contest 172.45-160.75 at Issaquah High School. The Wildcats were missing top star Sidney Aspinall, who was under the weather; coach Kelly Loranger tells the SVSJ that it is hoped Aspinall will be ready to go tomorrow when the Wildcats meet Skyline at Skyline High School.

Tylor Zwiefelhofer led the all-around, scoring a 32.9 to take fourth overall; her headline event was in floor, where she scored an 8.9. No Mount Si gymnasts won events last night, with Shelby Johnson’s runner-up 9.0 on the vault being the closest any Wildcat got to winning an individual event.

North Creek’s Erin Clayton won the all-around, scoring a 35.8; she took three of four events to win that all-around crown.

The Wildcats take on Skyline tomorrow at 7:00.

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News notes

While we await some results from last night’s Mount Si High School wrestling and gymnastics contests, we have some other news this morning.

Football: Mount Si stars making college choices
The Mount Si High School football program has made some news this week with a pair of high-profile college recruitments of top Wildcat players.

One of those has come to an end. It is the one for star quarterback Cale Millen, as the junior on Sunday announced his verbal commitment to NCAA Division I Northwestern University. Millen visited the campus, located outside of Chicago, this past weekend and committed there following that visit. Northwestern is a member of the Big 10 Conference, and is known for its strong academics, which will serve him well in his future endeavors post-football.

The second should be coming to an end shortly. That would be the one for receiver Jesiah Irish. Irish, a senior, is set to visit Oregon State University on an official visit this weekend. The Corvallis, OR, school, sent representatives – including their new head coach Jonathan Smith – to the Mount Si campus on Monday to offer Irish a scholarship. Irish also has offers from several other schools including the University of Hawaii, which he visited this past weekend and as a result missed last Friday’s Wildcat basketball game; he, as you know, is playing for Mount Si’s boys’ basketball team this winter. With this weekend’s scheduled visit, he is not expected to play this Friday for the Wildcats at Eastlake.

OSU is a Pac-12 member, and Mount Si fans will remember that two recent grads, 2012’s Josh Mitchell and his brother, 2014’s Nick, both played for the Beavers (with the two of them playing together in several games back in 2015 when Nick was the starting QB having the ball snapped to him by his older brother, the starting center at that time). Josh graduated from OSU and is now a MSHS assistant coach while Nick transferred following his older brother’s graduation and is now at NAIA Southern Oregon.

Athletics: CHS looking for new league to play in for next school year
Cedarcrest High School is actively working to find a new league home for its sports teams.

We first reported on this possibility earlier this fall when it was reported that several of the Cascade Conference’s 1A teams had attempted to leave the league and join another league. That, however, did not go through. Despite that, the 1A members have all chosen to form their own league, which we have learned will be called the North Sound Conference, leaving Cedarcrest and fellow 2A Archbishop Murphy needing to find a new league home as the result.

The SVSJ has confirmed CHS has filed an application for membership with both the Wesco and Kingco Conferences, with a decision expected soon. If either league approves the request, CHS would join those leagues’ 2A/3A divisions, with a Kingco membership not expected to result in an increase of sports contests between them and Mount Si, who will remain a 4A member regardless of any changes.

The SVSJ contacted CHS athletics director Jason Frederick for a comment; he did not respond to our request.

We’ll keep you posted on what decisions are made about CHS’ athletic future.

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CHS grapplers busy, but having success

Here’s some news from the mat.

Monday night, Cedarcrest High School’s wrestling team hosted Mountlake Terrace and Lindbergh for a double dual.

Against the Hawks, the Red Wolves won 39-35. Winners for Cedarcrest included Landen Hearing (120 lbs.), who pinned Mountlake’s Tyler Ekxe; Austin Link (126), who took a decision over MT’s Pedro Hernandez; Michael Norris (138), who won a major decision over Hawk Patrick Milam; Preston Goodwin (145), who pinned Mountlake’s Arun Khou; Fredrick Reid (152), who did the same to his Hawk foe, Connor Lesky, and Caleb Lay (195), who handed Mountlake’s Rene Mack his first loss of the season in a tight decision.

Against the Eagles, from Renton, CHS won again, with winners including Cameron Staley (285), who pinned Lindbergh’s Brendon Kelly; Matt Weinert (170), who did the same to his Eagle foe; Hearing (126) in a decision over Lindbergh’s Jayden Bartlet; Link (132), who rolled over Eagle Benicio Albin, ultimately pinning him late in that match; Norris (145), who pinned Christian Lucas, and Reid (160), who did the same to his Eagle foe, Jon Hansen.

CHS has another double dual tomorrow, at Archbishop Murphy High School against the Wildcats and Sultan. The matches begin at 6:00 p.m.

Decatur results: CHS wrestlers had a number of placing finishes this past Saturday at the Decatur High School-hosted invitational down in Federal Way.

Reid (170), Lay (195) and Miguel Tamayo (106) all finished as runners-up in their weight classes, while Link (126), Weinert (170) and Norris (138) took fourth in their brackets. JV’ers also did well, with Alan Horna (160) and Mack Miles (195) taking third in their weight divisions, and Carson Campbell (160) finished fourth. Full results for the tournament are not available.
The Red Wolves compete in the Lindbergh Invitational on Saturday for their next tournament action.

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