On the holiday Monday, CHS girls hoops fights for postseason lives without their full compliment……preview and pick!!

Time now for our preview and pick for tonight’s Cedarcrest HS girls’ basketball playoff game.

WESCO 2A/3A BASKETBALL
NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS – LOSER OUT
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. LIBERTY PATRIOTS
MOUNT VERNON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, MOUNT VERNON, 6:00

The Red Wolves are shorthanded and likely are going to be without top scorer Kat Townley after she dislocated her shoulder twice during last Friday’s playoff quarterfinal loss to Burlington-Edison that put CHS into this loser-out game tonight. And frankly, even if they had their full compliment, this Liberty team would have been tough to handle in any event.

Devynn Warns is averaging 18 points a game for Liberty and is Kingco 2A/3A’s top scorer this season, and she will be the player to watch for a Patriots squad that fared very well this season, finishing 10-2 in Kingco and are currently 14-7 overall. It’s a well-coached team this year too with two of this conference’s top girls’ coaches over the past 15-20 years teaming up this year on the Liberty bench – head coach Jamie Prescott, who had tremendous success running Mercer Island, and her lead assistant Travis Whitaker, who joined the Patriots this season after nearly 20 years running a very well-oiled machine at 4A Newport in Bellevue.

Depending on Townley’s availability, look for junior Jaylin Yowell and senior Helena Van Ess to have to step up and provide the offensive load tonight. We just recognized Yowell in our AotW this morning for her tremendous leadership on the floor in the face of all the adversity last Friday night, and she’ll need to do that again tonight. The team is shorthanded by the way as a result of several players being out of town on trips this weekend.

So with that all said, we look for a Patriot win and for CHS to head into this offseason perhaps with some changes afoot.

LIBERTY 55, CEDARCREST 45

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Weekend wrap and the Athletes of the Week for February 19!!!!

Good morning. Busy Monday for you. Our weekend wrap and Athletes of the Week….

Wrestling
McBride wins at college tourney: Colorado State-Pueblo’s Parker McBride got the job done on Saturday and took home some hardware at a regional tournament in Golden, CO.

McBride, a junior from Duvall and 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, won the 125 lb. weight division at the Rocky Mountain Open in Golden, an event hosted by the Colorado School of Mines. The former Red Wolve won his semifinal match to advance to the finals against Colorado Mesa’s Cian Apple, and worked to earn a 5-4 win by decision to take top spot in the division.

He was one of three CSU-P athletes to win weight classes at the event, the final one of the regular season. The team competes in the NCAA Division II superregional at the end of this month in Kearney, NE.

Baseball
Texas Wesleyan 6, Bellevue U. (NE) 1 (game one, doubleheader): TWU broke out to the lead with a five-run third to take the opener of two down in Fort Worth, TX. Senior Cody Banks, he of Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 0-3 for Bellevue in this one.

Northern Colorado 12, Houston Baptist 5: The Bears handled the Texas team on neutral soil in Lubbock, TX, at a weekend tournament hosted by Texas Tech University. Senior pitcher Andrew Willmon, from Carnation and a 2015 CHS’er, worked an inning on the hill in relief without allowing a hit or run, struck out two, and received no decision for UNCo.

Cal State San Marcos 8, Cal State Dominguez Hills 5 (11 inn., game one, doubleheader): We add Dominguez Hills to the list today because we have an Isaac Mullins sighting to report. Mullins surfaced this spring with the NCAA Division II school as a fifth-year senior after graduating last spring from Washington State, where he pitched his first four seasons of college ball. The 2015 MSHS grad from North Bend pitched this one for CSUDH yesterday at home in Carson, CA, and went 8 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, just two of the runs being earned, striking out four and receiving no decision. Mullins is 0-1 thus far with a 3.93 earned run average in three starts this spring for the Los Angeles-area team. CSUDH won the nightcap 6-0 and split the twinbill.

Regis 11, Colorado Mines 3 (game two, doubleheader): North Bend’s Will Scott made his season debut for Mines on the mound in this one, allowing a run on one hit with a strikeout in 1/3 of an inning of relief with no decision. The sophomore is a 2019 MSHS grad. Regis took this one after Mines opened the twinbill with a win, so both teams split the pair which was held on neutral soil in Colorado Springs due to snow at the Mines campus in Golden which made their home field unplayable this weekend.

Pacific-OR 12, Puget Sound 4 (game two, doubleheader): The Boxers rolled in the nightcap of two down in Forest Grove, OR to split the pair; UPS won the opener in extras. Sophomore Clayton Waltz, from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS grad, caught some of this second game for the Loggers and went 0-1 with a run scored. He did not play in the opener.

Oregon State 5, Gonzaga 1: The Beavers avenged their Saturday loss to the Bulldogs scoring the win yesterday at a tournament in Arizona. Sophomore Mason Marenco, he of North Bend and a 2018 MSHS’er, was 0-4 for GU.

Texas Wesleyan 4, Bellevue U. (NE) 2 (game two, doubleheader): It was almost two years ago that the program at Texas Wesleyan faced a significant controversy after then-head coach Mike Jeffcoat was fired by the school after reports surfaced the coach had emailed a prospective recruit and told him he wasn’t interested in recruiting the player because the player lived in a liberal, marijuana-legal state (Colorado). You may remember that controversy because we discussed it here on the blog. Well, how fast times have changed. Wesleyan with this win and twinbill sweep moved to 11-5 on the season and is ranked in the top 20 in the NAIA. Banks went 1-3 with an RBI for BU’s Bruins.

Swimming
One last relay to end the season for Crumb: Pacific University-Oregon sophomore Julia Crumb closed out the season in the water yesterday, helping her Boxer women’s 400 yard freestyle relay crew take ninth in the NWC championship race at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Paciifc team finished in a time of 3:34.49. She is from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS alum.

Softball
Trinity-TX 6, UT-Dallas 1 (game one, doubleheader): Yesterday proved to be a damn good day for Trinity’s Lauren Rich. Rich, a sophomore and former Cedarcrest HS player, doubled twice, scoring a run and driving in two more to pace Trinity in the first of two at home in San Antonio against their cross-state rivals.

St. Mary’s-CA 2, Fordham 1: The Rams closed out the weekend in Fresno at a tournament there with another loss; they finished the weekend in central California winless and dropped to 1-9 to start the season. Freshman Michaela Carter, from Duvall and a 2019 CHS’er, went 0-2 with a walk for the Rams, and has seen her average dip to .222 after starting the season hitting at around .300.

Trinity-TX 11, UT-Dallas 6 (game two, doubleheader): Rich, who spent her freshman year in high school with the Red Wolves in 2015 before moving with her family to Texas and graduating from a suburban Dallas high school in 2018, pitched this game for Trinity and she got dinged up a bit, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits including a homer in 2 1/3 innings of work. She made up for that, though, with her bat, with her third double of the afternoon and two walks, scoring twice and driving in two more runs as Trinity won the nightcap and swept the twinbill. Rich got no decision in the circle.

Volleyball: Local tournament could see Valley players take home hardware today
Today is expected to be a busy day locally as the Northwest Juniors’ Presidents’ Day Weekend tournament wraps up. Three area teams – all with Mount Si High School players – have a shot to win the tournament.

First, in the U15 age group, there will be plenty of Mount Si talent on display in the championship playoff opener today between Northwest’s 15 UnderArmour Blue and Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Lightning. NWJ has six Wildcats, including Brooke Daly and Sabrina Cole, while Lightning features Friley Curtiss. The winner of this match would advance and need two more wins to secure the title in the U15 age group.

Northwest’s U14 UnderArmour Blue is also competing for the tournament title in that age group today despite stumbling a bit yesterday. Blue, with local middle schoolers Sophie Lobet and Maggie Kamp, will need to win twice to secure the title.

The fourth team that opened 3-0 on Saturday, Northwest’s U16 Baden Blue, stumbled also yesterday and dropped out of contention for the tournament title today. That squad features CHS’s Bella Ruyle and Ashlyn Deveraux.

Full wrap on Wednesday in our weekly volleyball report. Elsewhere:

Triple Crown Nationals, Kansas City: The Kent-based KJ U16 team, with MSHS’ers Kira Holmberg and Katrice Dunn, will look to close out the weekend event today on a strong note after finally winning a match yesterday in the tournament. They beat a California team for that victory, but fell in two other matches against teams from Florida and Missouri. Also, the tournament has ended for the Louisville-based KIVA U12 Red, and now the focus for them can be on grieving the loss of their two teammates and their moms who as we have told you all weekend passed away in a car crash near St. Louis while enroute to the tournament last Friday, a tragedy which became part of the story of this weekend’s activities. KIVA finished in a tie for fifth in the U12 age group, a great result considering the circumstances, after falling in their opening playoff match this morning.

Las Vegas Classic: Today could be a big day for MSHS’s Bailey Showalter and her Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Thunder. The U16 unit is seeded second in the U16 championship bracket at the Nevada tournament today and will need to beat at least two California teams in the single-elimination playoffs to win it all. SI won all their matches yesterday and remains unbeaten in the event.

Athletes of the Week now.

MOUNT SI BOYS – A nod this week to boys’ swimming, which we haven’t featured at all this winter because they are combined with Liberty High School’s team until the postseason then they race themselves as Wildcats in the 4A postseason. And we know of at least one making it to state – freshman Ty Mitton, and we offer our recognition here. He’s landed a wild-card spot in the 4A state boys’ diving meet and has done very well for himself; he most recently competed in the district meet after taking a solid eighth in the Kingco 4A meet. We’ll check to see if there’s others going to state and we wish them all luck in Federal Way,

MOUNT SI GIRLS – We’ll hit the hardwood and offer a nod to the entire Mount Si girls’ basketball team. Yes, we’ve recognized some individual players in the segment this season, but the whole team earns the nod on the strength of their gritty efforts on Saturday against Woodinville. The girls left it all on the floor and despite falling to the top-seed Falcons by 10, Mount Si showed that it can compete and perhaps with some luck and continued strong play make state. They’ll need to win two straight games and both are not expected to be easy at all but after this past Saturday’s efforts, all bets seem to be off at this point. They play again tomorrow at Juanita High School in the first of those loser-out’s against Lake Stevens.

CEDARCREST BOYS – To the mat we go and we recognize Evan Reid, who won the 132 lb. weight class this past Saturday at the WIAA 2A Regionals in Tumwater and advances as the top seed from the region in the weight class to Mat Classic on Thursday in Tacoma. We’ll preview all of that for you this coming week. Reid and teammate Matt Weinert will represent CHS’s boys at Mat Classic.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – More on this in a moment in our preview of their playoff game tonight, but CHS’ girls hoops team was a bit shorthanded on Friday in their loss to Burlington-Edison in the Northwest District 2A playoffs. However, junior Jaylin Yowell stepped up and showed tremendous leadership in the face of adversity during that game – in addition to the players who didn’t play as they were out of town this weekend, top scorer Kat Townley was knocked out by two dislocated shoulders. “Jaylin Yowell put forth an outstanding effort in the game. With Kat out and others gone, Jay played the entire game with toughness and courage,” CHS coach Brad Knowles told us. They play tonight and we have a preview and pick on deck.

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Full results from wrestling regionals

WIAA Wrestling Regionals-All results from TrackWrestling.com

Mount Si boys @ 4A Regionals, Skyline HS, Sammamish
106-Mark Marum
Quarterfinal – Mark Marum (Mt. Si) def. Alvaro Lopez (Davis (Yakima)), pin, 2:00
Semifinal – Mark Marum (Mt. Si) def. Saul Salinas (Moses Lake), major decision, 14-5
Championship – Elijah Barajas (Sunnyside) def. Mark Marum (Mt. Si), decision, 8-7
Marum 2-1, 2nd, adv to Mat Classic

113-Sammy Newell
Quarterfinal – Jaden Sanchez (Davis) def. Sammy Newell (Mt. Si), pin, 2:29
L/O1 – Nicholas Hunter (Issaquah) def. Sammy Newell (Mt. Si), major decision, 12-2
Newell 0-2, eliminated from competition

132-Braedon Haynie
Quarterfinal – Hunter White (Moses Lake) def. Braedon Haynie (Mt. Si), tech fall, 17-1
L/O1 – Braedon Haynie (Mt. Si) def. Oscar Martinez (Wenatchee), decision, 12-5
L/O2- Camron Regan (Moses Lake) def. Braedon Haynie (Mt. Si) pin, 4:29
5th Place Match – Nhi-Lac Thai (Newport (Bellevue)) def. Braedon Haynie (Mt. Si), decision, 10-6
Haynie 2-2, 6th, to state as alternate

138-Brody Belaire
Quarterfinal – Austin Villanueva (Sunnyside) def. Brody Belaire (Mt. Si), decision, 8-1
L/O1 – Brody Belaire (Mt. Si) def. Jaden Villalobos (Sunnyside), pin, 3:42
L/O2 – Ethan Henderson (Eastlake) def. Brody Belaire (Mt. Si), major decision, 12-2
5th Place Match – Noah Medvinsky (Redmond) def. Brody Belaire (Mt. Si), pin, 2:26
Belaire 1-3, 6th, to state as alternate

152-Connor Knowles
Quarterfinal – Jayden Adame (Moses Lake) def. Connor Knowles (Mt. Si), decision, 4-3
L/O1 – Connor Knowles (Mt. Si) def. Thad Holetz (Redmond), pin, 4:36
L/O2 – Connor Knowles (Mt. Si) def. Leo Gutzwiler (Wenatchee), OT, 4-2
3rd Place Match – Connor Knowles (Mt. Si) def. Jayden Adame (Moses Lake), decision, 3-1
Knowles 3-1, 3rd, adv to Mat Classic

160-Jaeden Durham
Quarterfinal – Jaeden Durham (Mt. Si) def. Elyan Jimenez (Eisenhower (Yakima)), pin, 5:41
Semifinal – Jaeden Durham (Mt. Si) def. Alan Ochoa (Sunnyside), decision, 3-2
1st Place Match – Cruz Vasquez (Moses Lake) def. Jaeden Durham (Mt. Si), pin, 3:44
Durham 2-1, 2nd, adv to Mat Classic

170-Luke Harper 
Quarterfinal – Evan Berdan (Wenatchee) def. Luke Harper (Mt. Si), pin, :45
L/O1 – Brady Malone (Issaquah) def. Luke Harper (Mt. Si), pin, 3:59
Harper 0-2, eliminated from competition

Cedarcrest boys @ 2A Regionals, Tumwater HS, Tumwater
113-Ashton Butterfield
Quarterfinal – Mateo Gutridge (Woodland) def. Ashton Butterfield (Cedarcrest), pin, 2:56
L/O1 – Tommy Tran (Mountlake Terrace) def. Ashton Butterfield (Cedarcrest), decision, 7-4
Butterfield 0-2, eliminated from competition

120-Bryant Reid
Quarterfinal – Colton Record (Hockinson) 3-1 won by fall over Bryant Reid (Cedarcrest) 4-4 (Fall 1:01)
L/O1- Rocky Hanes (Columbia River) 1-3 won by fall over Bryant Reid (Cedarcrest) 4-4 (Fall 2:18)
Br. Reid 0-2, eliminated from competition

132-Evan Reid/Hayden Dill
Prelim – Hayden Dill (Cedarcrest) def. Alden Cole (Hockinson) pin, 5:27
Quarterfinal – Evan Reid (Cedarcrest) def. Adam Deeney (Columbia River (Vancouver)), pin, 5:43
Quarterfinal – Zach Evans (W. F. West (Chehalis)) def. Hayden Dill (Cedarcrest), pin, 1:37
L/O1- Adam Deeney (Columbia River) def. Hayden Dill (Cedarcrest), pin, 2:47
Semifinal – Evan Reid (Cedarcrest) def. Zach Evans (W. F. West), decision, 10-9
Championship – Evan Reid (Cedarcrest) def. Dailin Schlecht (Rochester), pin, 2:30
Dill 1-2, eliminated from competition
E. Reid 3-0, wins weight class, adv to Mat Classic

160-Dallas Carrier
Prelim – Cameron Hill (Woodland) 2-3 def. Dallas Carrier (Cedarcrest), pin, 4:36
Carrier 0-1, eliminated from competition

182-Matthew Weinert/Wayne Wright
Prelim – Wayne Wright (Cedarcrest) def. Gabe Tootoosis-Didler (R. A. Long (Longview)), pin, 4:30
Quarterfinal – Julian Kennedy (Black Hills (Tumwater)) def. Wayne Wright (Cedarcrest), pin, 1:44
Quarterfinal – Matthew Weinert (Cedarcrest) def. Kyle Vasquez (R. A. Long), pin, :49
L/O1 – Brock Guyette (W. F. West) def. Wayne Wright (Cedarcrest), decision, 8-1
Semifinal – Matthew Weinert (Cedarcrest) def. Cody Wheeler (Hockinson (Brush Prairie)), decision, 9-2
1st Place Match – Julian Kennedy (Black Hills) def. Matthew Weinert (Cedarcrest), Weinert forfeited
Wright 1-2, eliminated from competition
Weinert 2-1, 2nd, adv to Mat Classic

195-Macauley Miles
Quarterfinal – Tyler Woods (Tumwater) def. Macauley Miles (Cedarcrest), pin, 4:26
Cons. Round 1 – Eddie Hockhalter (Columbia River) def. Macauley Miles (Cedarcrest), decision, 9-3
Miles 0-2, eliminated from competition

Cedarcrest and Mount Si Girls @ WIAA Regionals, Sedro Woolley
130-Abby Varady (CHS)
Quarterfinal – Abby Varady (Cedarcrest) def. Darleen Zarate (Nooksack Valley), major decision, 8-0
Semifinal – Tailer Cochran (Arlington) def. Abby Varady (Cedarcrest), decision, 3-2
L/O1 – Abby Varady (Cedarcrest) def. Emma Ryan (Jackson), pin, 4:50
3rd Place Match – Abby Varady (Cedarcrest) 33-4 won by decision over Isabelle Bookout (North Creek), decision, 1-0
Varady 3-1, 3rd, adv to Mat Classic

140-Aynslee Hester (MSHS)
Quarterfinal – Aynslee Hester (Mt. Si) def. Rhiannon Train (Bellingham), pin, 1:36
Semifinal – Delaney Graves (Chief Sealth) def. Aynslee Hester (Mt. Si), pin, 1:05
L/O1 – Aynslee Hester (Mt. Si) def. Kaliana Bill, pin, 3:32
3rd Place Match – Aynslee Hester (Mt. Si) def. Elizabeth Bowen (Lakeside (Seattle)), pin, 3:48
Hester 3-1, 3rd, adv to Mat Classic

145-Bethany Smith (CHS)
Quarterfinal – Laura Langer (Darrington) def. Bethany Smith (Cedarcrest), pin, :47
L/O1 – Isabella Campbell (Issaquah) def. Bethany Smith (Cedarcrest), pin, 3:32
Smith 0-2, eliminated from competition

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Sunday news

A lot of other news on this Sunday morning. We hit the volleyball floor to start things this morning.

The Northwest Juniors’ Presidents’ Day Weekend tournament is well underway at locations all over south King and north Pierce Counties. Four teams featuring Valley players started out strong yesterday in the opening day of play, winning all three of their matches against a field of teams from all over the Northwest. Those included Bellevue-based Northwest’s 14 UnderArmour Blue (local middle schoolers Maggie Kamp and Sophie Lobet), 15’s UnderArmour Blue (Mount Si HS players including Sabrina Cole and Brooke Kelly) and the 16’s Baden Blue (Cedarcrest HS’s Bella Ruyle and Ashlyn Deveraux). Additionally, Bellevue’s Sudden Impact U15 Lightning, with Mount Si’s Friley Curtiss, all went 3-0. If any or all of these teams can continue their strong starts today, they will likely be competing for tournament titles tomorrow.

The four teams are among nine with Valley players competing in this weekend’s event. We’ll recap the full tournament for you coming up on Wednesday in our weekly volleyball segment.

Also from volleyball:

Triple Crown Nationals, Kansas City: Kent-based KJ’s U16 team has found the going rough to start the weekend in the Midwest. They’ve fallen in four straight matches to start the tournament, three yesterday and one this morning already with play continuing as of this writing. The team, featuring MSHS’ Kira Holmberg and Katrice Dunn, is facing a largely Midwest-based field of competition in the event at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Also of note, the Adidas KIVA Red U12 team from Louisville went 3-0 yesterday, a great result considering the tragic events for that team which have cast a pall over the entire tournament. As we mentioned here yesterday, two of the team’s players and their moms passed away in a car crash west of St. Louis on Friday while the four were en route to the tournament. We here at the SVSJ, on behalf of the entire Valley volleyball community and those at both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools and at Valley View Volleyball Club in Carnation, offer our thoughts and prayers to the team and their families, and also to the families of the victims, Lesley and Rhyan Prather and Carrie and Kacey McCaw.

An investigation into the crash continues, and prosecutors in St. Charles County, MO, where the crash took place, told KSDK-TV in St. Louis that the driver who caused the crash, Elijah Henderson, is the subject of a criminal investigation, meaning charges could be filed in the case. Additionally, there is now increased interest in whether barrier cables that were installed in the freeway’s median in that location may have failed in this case; that, too, is also under investigation, so the legal part of this whole thing appears to only be starting and could take months, if not years, to run its course.

Las Vegas Classic, Las Vegas: Bellevue’s Sudden Impact U16 Thunder, with MSHS’ Bailey Showalter, started out the national tournament on a strong note with three wins yesterday. The event has drawn teams primarily from California, but there’s also teams from as far away as Texas in this thing, so good competition for Showalter and Co. the rest of this weekend if they can keep it up down there.

Other news this morning:

Wrestling: Valley high schools to send athletes to Mat Classic
Several Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School boys and girls wrestlers will be advancing to next week’s Mat Classic state meet in Tacoma after solid results yesterday, all of which we’ll feature in a separate post.

From Cedarcrest, Evan Reid (132) and Matt Weinert (182) will represent the Red Wolve boys while Abby Varady (130) will rep the CHS girls after they all made it through their respective regional events in Tumwater and Sedro-Woolley, while from Mount Si, Mark Marum (103), Jaeden Durham (160) and Connor Knowles (152) will rep the Wildcat boys and Aynslee Hester (140) will rep the Mount Si girls after making it through their regionals in Sammamish and Sedro-Woolley.

Of the group who made it through, Reid was the only weight class winner, with Weinert, Marum and Durham took runner-up finishes. Hester, Varaday and Knowles all took third. Two other MSHS’ers – Braedon Haynie (132) and Brody Belaire (138) – both advance as alternates after both took sixth in their regionals.

State begins on Thursday in Tacoma at the Tacoma Dome.

Swimming: Snoqualmie’s Crumb wrapping up college season in conference meet
A Mount Si High School alum finished up her sophomore swim season for Pacific University of Oregon with one last race at the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference swim meet in Federal Way yesterday. Julia Crumb took 25th in the women’s 400 yard individual medley prelims, clocking 5:05.56 and missing the final heat. The 2018 MSHS’er, from Snoqualmie, competed in several relays for the Boxers as well during the three-day meet, which started Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center.

Baseball
Bellevue U. (NE) 11, Our Lady of the Lake 3 (game one, doubleheader): The Bruins rolled to a win over the Saints in the first of two down in Fort Worth, TX. Senior Cody Banks, he of Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, was 1-4 with a walk for BU.

Gonzaga 10, Oregon State 4: No pun intended here, but the Bulldogs, at the Texas Rangers spring training complex down in Surprise, AZ, surprised the national power Beavers in a big way yesterday. Sophomore Mason Marenco, he of North Bend and a 2018 MSHS’er, was 0-4 with an RBI for GU in this one.

Hawaii 10, North Dakota State 2: Duvall’s Aaron Davenport got his first win of the season on the hill for the Warriors, pitching six strong innings in their home win last night over the Bison in Honolulu. Davenport allowed two runs on five hits, striking out eight, and had plenty of run support in this one. Davenport is a sophomore and 2018 CHS’er.

Willamette 5, Whitman 4: On neutral ground in Milwaukie, OR, the Bearcats handled the Blues. Senior Collin Anderson pitched in this one for Whitman, working 2/3 of an inning in the ninth walking one and receiving no decision. He is from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS alum.

Bellevue U. (NE) 5, Our Lady of the Lake 4 (game two, doubleheader): Banks was 2-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Bruins walked it off on a successful squeeze bunt to sweep the doubleheader. OLotL scored twice in the top of the final frame to break a 2-2 tie and take the lead, before the Bruins scored three including the walkoff winner to steal the victory and doubleheader sweep, which extended their win streak to three after an 0-2 start to the season.

College Basketball
Pacific Lutheran men 90, Willamette 75: PLU closed out their home schedule down in Tacoma on Senior Night last night with a win. Freshman Brett Williams, from Snoqualmie and a 2019 MSHS grad, had one three-pointer in limited action for the Lutes, finishing with those three points.

Softball
Trinity-TX 4, Millsaps 3 (game one, doubleheader): It’s been over a week since Trinity last played a game, but the rust didn’t show as they posted a twinbill-opening win at home in San Antonio over the visitors from Alabama. Sophomore Lauren Rich, a former Cedarcrest High School player, was 0-3 with a walk for Trinity in this one.

Cal Poly 6, Fordham 1: Poly racked up 16 hits in a win at the Fresno State Classic in central California over the Rams. Freshman Michaela Carter, a 2019 CHS alum from Duvall, was 0-3 for Fordham.

Millsaps 4, Trinity-TX 1 (game two, doubleheader): All of the runs were scored in the fifth of this one as Millsaps took the nightcap and split the pair. Rich, who, along with her family, moved to Texas following her freshman year in 2015 at CHS then graduated from a suburban Dallas high school in 2018, was 1-4 for Trinity.

Fresno State 10, Fordham 1: The Bulldogs scored five runs in each of the second and third innings to blast the Rams in their nightcap last night at their home tournament in Fresno. Carter, for Fordham, was 0-2.

Track and Field
Husky Classic, Seattle: Action at the UW-hosted meet at Dempsey Indoor Center in Seattle wrapped up yesterday with North Bend’s Karlie Hurley competing in two events for Concordia U. in Portland. The fifth year senior finished seventh in the women’s triple jump clearing 37 feet, 6 3/4 inches and also aided her women’s 4×400 relay squad to a win clocking 3:54.46.

Darius Dixon Invite, Lynchburg, VA: Duvall’s Grant Van Valkenburg delivered a strong effort in the men’s 5000m at this event hosted by Liberty University in Virginia. Van Valkenburg, a sophomore at the Naval Academy and 2018 CHS’er, clocked 14:37.50 and took third overall in the race pacing the Midshipmen.

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Valley state high school hoop dreams take a hit with Mount Si, Cedarcrest teams now facing loser-out games after losses

Woodinville’s Blake Glessner (center, #21) attempts a basket during yesterday’s Wes King district boys’ basketball playoff game against Mount Si High School’s boys basketball team while being defended by Wildcat players Hayden Curtiss (left) and Bennett O’Connor (right). Glessner led all scorers with 19 for the Falcons as they pulled the upset of the postseason beating the Wildcats in the game at Bothell High School. Mount Si’s Jabe Mullins (far left, #5) and Woodinville’s Ryan Roth (front right, #15) look on. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Good Sunday morning. It was a busy day of high school playoff basketball for Mount Si and Cedarcrest, but the results weren’t as hoped, with all three squads playing falling.

First, the Mount Si boys fell to a Kingco opponent for the first time in over two years yesterday, dropping a close one to Woodinville 64-61 in the WesKing4A quarterfinals at Bothell High School. The Wildcats had a balanced scoring attack, led by 17 from Tyler Patterson, but could not get shots to fall and saw their state tournament dreams take a big detour, into the loser-out bracket Tuesday.

Jabe Mullins added 13 points and Bennett O’Connor pitched in 12 for Mount Si. The big three for Woodinville we mentioned would lead the way for the Falcons did so, with Blake Glessner’s game-high 19 leading the blue and green. Cage Schenck added 14 and Carson Noe pitched in 11 for Woody, who advances to a semi with Inglemoor Tuesday.

As for Mount Si, they meet Mariner in a loser-out game Tuesday at Juanita High School at 7:15. The Wildcats met the Marauders in the district tourney last year, and beat the Everett-area team in a competitive game. Mount Si will need to win two straight loser-out games to advance to the state regionals.

Slow start costs Cedarcrest: Liam Hanenburg’s game-high 30 lifted Lynden to a 71-54 win in the Northwest 2A District playoffs last night over Cedarcrest’s boys. The Red Wolves could not, according to coach Joe Ayers, recover from a slow start as the junior post had his way all game. “Hanenburg was a tough matchup for us inside all night,” Ayers told us by email. “He controlled the paint most of the game, but especially in the 1st half where he got 19 of his 30 (points).”

Brennan Mallot led a balanced scoring attack for CHS with 10 points. Nicolo Cammarano added nine. The Red Wolves play Anacortes Tuesday in a loser-out game at Mount Vernon Christian School at 6:00 p.m.

Mount Si girls give Woodinville all they could handle in district playoffs
Granted, Mount Si’s ladies fell 55-46 to the Kingco top-seed Woodinville squad in the WesKing girls quarters last night, but the final score didn’t tell the full story. Mount Si made the Falcons earn every point in this one, as it appears the Wildcats are back to their late-season form.

Mia Hughes scored a game-high 24 points along with 12 points for a double-double, and put the Falcons in the lead as it turned out for good with a three-pointer late in the first half. But, Mount Si, who held the lead in this game for much of the first half, kept nipping at Woodinville’s heels all second half before the Falcons were able to pull away late and grab the victory. Tatum Thompson had her own double-double of 13 points and 12 boards to pace the Falcons, while Veronica Sheffey added none.

Sela Heide had 20 points and six rebounds for Mount Si, who out-rebounded Woodinville 40-34, thanks to a pair of 10-board efforts from senior Nitika Kumar and freshman Makhayla Adams. Kumar was one point off a double-double, scoring nine points in addition to her 10 rebounds.

Mount Si meets Lake Stevens in a loser-out game Tuesday at Juanita High School at 5:30, prior to the boys’ loser-out game at 7:15.

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