Friday news and notes….

Good Friday morning. Two items from college sports on this Friday:

Baseball
Gonzaga, Purdue split two in desert: Gonzaga University’s baseball team took on Purdue yesterday in a twinbill down in Phoenix, AZ, with both teams winning one game apiece. Purdue won the opener 5-3, with junior shortstop Dustin Breshears aiding Gonzaga’s efforts going 1-3 with two walks and four defensive assists. The 2011 Mount Si High School grad from North Bend then went 2-6 with an RBI, one defensive putout and three assists, to help the Bulldogs score a 12-2 win over the Boliermakers in the nightcap. GU continues play in Arizona today.

Basketball
Valleyite’s team to play for conference title: The California Lutheran University women’s basketball team will get a shot to compete for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title after posting a win in the tournament semifinals last night. CLU defeated Chapman 76-61 at home in Thousand Oaks, CA. The Regals feature sophomore post Katy Lindor, a 2013 Mount Si High School alum from Snoqualmie. She scored two points and added two assists in 19 minutes of work for CLU in last night’s game. The win for the Regals advances them to the title game tomorrow, against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, CA, with the winner advancing into the NCAA Division III national women’s basketball tournament.

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Mount Si volleyball players competing in major club tournament this weekend

We have a small item from club volleyball for you today.

It may be snowing and quite cold right now in Denver, CO, but teams are arriving there today in the Mile High City for a big national tournament qualifier. Two local teams with Mount Si High School athletes are among those making that trip.

The tournament is called the Colorado Crossroads, and this is the second weekend of play in that event. This weekend’s action will feature U-16 through U-18 teams, including teams from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact. Their U16 team, with Wildcat sophomores Courteney Carr and Katie McCreadie, and their U18 squad, with Katie’s older sister, MSHS senior – and Santa Clara signee – Anna McCreadie, are competing, with action starting tomorrow and going through the weekend.

We should mention as well that U-15 teams took part in last weekend’s round of action at the Colorado tournament; the SIVBC entry in that age group, featuring Wildcat freshman Amanda Harkleroad, finished in a tie for 55th in the U-15 “American” division out of 150 teams entered; SIVBC went 3-3 on the weekend with wins over two teams from Colorado and another from Texas.

This weekend’s tournament is being held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. We’ll keep you posted on news from there as we get it.

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A note from your editor……

If you are a parent of a Valley college spring sports athlete, the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal wants to hear from you.

The SVSJ is looking to hear from those of you whose sons or daughters are competing in college spring sports this spring, such as track and field, golf, baseball, softball and rowing. We are especially interested in hearing from you if your son or daughter attended and/or graduated from a private school for their high school education, such as Eastside Catholic, Forest Ridge School, Bear Creek School, Overlake School, Bellevue Christian or Cedar Park Christian.

If you are a parent of a college spring sports athlete and want to see their action featured in the SVSJ, drop us a note at snovalleysports@gmail.com. We will need their name, what sport they are playing, what year they currently are athletically/academically at the school, which high school they graduated from, and which Valley community is their hometown. Additionally, we will need contact information from you, such as your name and how best to reach you, either phone/email, if we need to reach you further.

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College notes…..

Good Thursday morning. College action for you this morning:

Proudfoot’s homer sparks Texas Tech baseball comeback
Texas Tech’s baseball team stormed back from a 3-0 deficit, scoring three times in the bottom of the ninth to stun visiting Sacramento State 4-3 last night in the opener of a series in Lubbock, TX. A Valleyite’s bat proved to be crucial in the comeback for the Red Raiders, as senior Tim Proudfoot, from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si High School grad, hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to put Tech on the board for the first time (they had been down 3-0 prior to Proudfoot’s blast, his first of 2015). Then Tech finished things off with the previously mentioned three runs in the ninth to take the win. Proudfoot finished the night 1-4 with three defensive assists as the Red Raiders’ starting shortstop. Tech is 9-1 to start the season, and ranked fifth in the country, according to the school.

Cedarcrest grad aids Centralia College women’s hoops
Freshman Susan Kenney, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS alum, scored 13 points and added three rebounds, pacing Centralia College’s women’s basketball team to a 73-67 home win in Centralia last night over NWAC rival Lower Columbia CC. Kenney was 4-10 from the floor, including three completions from beyond the three-point line, and the ex-Red Wolve added a steal and two assists to the effort. She started for the Blazers and played a little over 34 minutes.

Valleyites on display in men’s hoops matchup
Local athletes hit the hardwood last night on both sides of the ball in the Northwest Athletic Conference matchup between Bellevue College and Whatcom CC’s men’s basketball teams. Bellevue won the game 76-67, and North Bend’s Anthony McLaughlin was factor for the Bulldogs. The sophomore, and 2012 Mount Si HS grad, scored nine points and collected six rebounds in 29 minutes of action for Bellevue, on a decent 3-8 from the floor and 3-4 from the free throw line. Duvall’s Jordan Corpus saw limited action for the Orcas, and the 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad recorded one rebound and one assist in his work last night. Corpus is a freshman this season with Whatcom.

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North Bend’s Censullo earns recognition for work in classroom by college athletic conference

UPDATED from earlier version of story

As promised earlier, we have some news on a Mount Si High School grad earning recognition from his college athletic conference not for his play on the field, but for his hard work in the classroom.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College sophomore Alex Censullo, from North Bend and a member of that school’s men’s soccer team, was one of 90 athletes who were named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)’s All-Academic men’s soccer team. The announcement was released yesterday. Censullo is majoring in economics at the Claremont, CA, institution.

To earn recognition, Censullo needed to achieve a minimum 3.4 grade point average in his classroom studies, completed one year of academic instruction at the school and reach sophomore-year eligibility as an athlete.

His high school coach, Mount Si High School head coach Darren Brown, is thrilled with the news. “Alex is one of the finest student athletes that I have ever coached. A true competitor and warrior. The sky is the limit for him. I am very proud,” Brown wrote by email to the SVSJ.

The distinction that Censullo has earned once again reinforces that Mount Si High School is doing a solid job preparing its students for success at the post-secondary level. In comments sent to the SVSJ, principal John Belcher wrote, “Mount Si High School is proud of its academic athletes like Alex. Coaches like Darren Brown and the staff at MSHS are to be congratulated for pushing stellar athletes like Alex, to excel not only on the field but in the classroom as well.”

Belcher continued, “Darren Brown’s coaching staff (has) set a model around the KingCo league that has ensured our athletes are also stellar students. This is evident in the type of student Alex was. He was a great role model both in the classroom and on the field, and set the bar high for all future Wildcats! We are proud of Alex and we know he still wears proudly scarlet and grey under his current collegiate uniform.”

The SVSJ offers its congratulations to Censullo on this recognition.

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College action on this Wednesday…..

Good Wednesday morning. We hope to have some news later for you on a Mount Si High School soccer grad who’s made his college conference’s all-academic team, but we first have a couple of hoops scores of note from the colleges, also involving ex-Wildcats.

California Lutheran women 75, Occidental 59: CLU finished the regular season in style last night with a road win in Los Angeles over the hosts from OC; sophomore Katy Lindor, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si High School grad, scored five points and added five rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes of work for the Regals, who finished the regular campaign with an 18-7 overall record and the second seed into their conference tournament. That tourney starts tomorrow and the winner of the event is expected to receive a berth to the NCAA Division III national tournament, so we wish Lindor and her teammates luck as they head into postseason.

Arizona Christian 61, William Jessup men 41: The Warriors fell at home in Rocklin, CA, to the visiting Firestorm from Phoenix; senior Justin Downer, from North Bend and a 2010 Mount Si alum, scored one point and added one rebound and one assist in 12 minutes of work for WJU.

One other quick item and that is that we were supposed to also have for you some baseball and softball as well today, but yesterday’s college diamond action involving Valleyites, which included Texas Tech’s baseball game against Abilene Christian, featuring North Bend’s Tim Proudfoot, and Lynchburg College’s softball games against Ferrum, featuring Snoqualmie’s Lauren Smith, was postponed thanks to the weather. As you probably know, much of the country east of the Rocky Mountains is covered in snow and it’s quite cold. Chances are good we may see a lot of weather-related cancellations of games over the next several days, but if locals do get games in, we’ll be sure to let you know what happens.

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