SVSJ commentary: Some thoughts about the halftime donnybrook at the Friday Mount Si football game, and how others in the media are viewing it

We were planning on running a story this morning featuring an interview we did with Mount Si High School’s athletic director, Darren Brown, Friday at the football game regarding a pair of spring sports coaching hires, one of which we’ve already reported on here, for the Wildcats that are certain to create a lot of excitement for Mount Si sports fans. But instead, we have to spend our time this morning discussing what Brown and his boss, MSHS principal John Belcher, will be busy dealing with tomorrow. And we discuss this this morning because there appears to be a couple of people in the media in this region who seem to not understand the dynamics of what occurred during that game’s halftime, and are thus misplacing blame for why it occurred.

To review what happened, since we discussed this a bit in the game story we had for you on Saturday, this is how things transpired between Mount Si and Mount Vernon’s football teams going into that halftime incident. Reed Paradissis, the Wildcat senior kicker extraordinare who will be plying his trade as a soccer player next fall most likely at the college level (and we expect having tremendous success, too), kicked a field goal that was set to send Mount Si to the locker room down 21-20 and in prime position to perhaps take control in the second half and win the game. But, referees used the wrong hand signal to start the play, and thus ordered a retry of the kick, only after a long dialogue which ended up involving both teams’ coaches, Brown, and other administrative personnel at the game from both schools. The decision to order the re-try, which officials claimed was within the rule book for them to make (and we checked, and yes, there is a rule that deals with this in the national rule book), angered Mount Si’s coaches.

So the re-try was attempted, and Mount Vernon blocked that attempt, much to the delirious delight of the Bulldog sideline. One of their coaches, as he went past the Mount Si sideline, appeared to aim his approval of the blocked kick towards Mount Si’s sideline and some of the fans seated there behind the bench, only angering folks further. We told you in the game story about the Wildcat assistant who had to be restrained, and the reported altercation that took place between representatives from both teams afterward, which, by the way, we were told second hand but did not confirm, resulted in an arrest of one of the people involved in that reported fracas.

Well, it appears that a couple of folks in the media are suggesting on Twitter – without fully understanding what happened – are blaming…..Mount Si for the incident. Yes, Mount Si. KING-TV reporter Alex Rozier, who was working as a “multi-media journalist” at the game for the TV station, talked about it on his Twitter. Where the hell Chris Egan was we don’t know, but Rozier was there shooting his own film then probably ended up running a story about the whole thing at 11 that night we don’t know. Apparently, there was an incident between him and coach Charlie Kinnune in which there was a heated confrontation. Mount Vernon’s game video, which we reviewed, shows the coach appearing to grab Rozier’s camera from him. He mentioned this to us afterward. Rozier’s a nice guy, and we’re sorry this happened to him.

So he’s recounting the incident on his Twitter and getting response from a number of high-profile Mount Si people and several others, too. But KIRO-FM’s Gee Scott also appears on his Twitter to basing a similar view of the incident on what Rozier reported on his feed.

So, let’s preface this by noting that those who feel that Kinnune and the other Wildcat coaches were in the wrong have a fair point to make, and that has and will be dealt with internally by Mount Si officials this week. To a man, these coaches are all great, mild-mannered people, and we’ve never had any issues with any of them, and they probably look back now and wish they could have handled things much differently than they did. However, one of the pitfalls of promoting good sportsmanship, which is a virtue we preach here, along at the school and WIAA levels, is how you deal with situations like this when a coach from one team conducts himself in a manner designed to incite, and we’re going to call it that, incite a response from the other side, which this did. Is Mount Si supposed to be nice about it and just let it go? Seriously, just let it go? The response the Wildcats and their fans offered, well, that shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone, especially the Bulldogs.

The assistant who had to be restrained, well, let’s tell you a little about him. He is a longtime assistant for the team, who is also a local educator, and like your editor, A MOUNT SI GRAD. His wife also is a longtime educator in our community, and has had many roles invested in the success of local kids. Both of them are tremendously invested in the success of local kids and when they’re confronted like this in this fashion, they’re not going to just sit back and watch something happen, they’re going to stick up for the kids.

Granted, he may not have been setting a good example there, but again, we revert back to what we just said. How the hell is Mount Si supposed to respond when the coach from the other team engages in that kind of behavior?? Answer that one, folks. Answer that one.

The behavior from Mount Si was unfortunate, but the behavior from Mount Vernon was, well, we can’t even print that here, this is a family blog. MSHS officials will be lodging complaints with Mount Vernon tomorrow about this guy, and we would hope a couple things occur. One, the coach is shown the door, and secondly, when the WIAA hears about it, and a complaint will be lodged with them too over the officials, the coach needs to be suspended for a period of time for the following season for his conduct.

As for the incident between Rozier and Kinnune, frankly, Alex, our great soccer announcer Jon Pearlstein, responding to you on your Twitter feed, was right. Wasn’t helped by you not having either a noticeable KING media ID on you or better yet, the famous yellow jacket. And frankly, as cold as it was Friday night, it’s a bit surprising you weren’t wearing that anyway to keep warm. You’re a nice guy, and we’re sorry if we rubbed you the wrong way in our conversation with you, but keep these things in mind the next time you’re out doing Egan’s heavy lifting for him. We like that you acknowledge Mount Vernon’s culpability in your Twitter account, but recognize the larger dynamics at play here, please.

And Gee, we hope that there’s additional video from other sources that help to provide a little more context for your attention.

Fortunately, at the end of the day, it was our senior class that perhaps prevented this from even being a bigger embarrassment than what it already looks to be for our school and our community.

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Also this morning, we have some news from the pool. Mount Si High School’s girls’ swim team has wrapped up the season. They were represented well in last weekend’s SeaKing District meet on Mercer Island.

The Wildcats finished eighth, scoring 37 points. Most of Mount Si’s action came in relay races. Their 400-yard freestyle relay foursome of Amelia Moulton, Clara Lourenco, Allison Winder and Campbelle Brenne took eighth in that race, clocking 4:15.70. Meanwhile, their 200-yard freestyle unit of Lourenco, Caroline Smith, Emi Yoshikawa and Tatum Dalgleish took seventh in that race, with a time of 1:55.88, and their 200-yard medley crew of Dalgleish, Brenne, Winder and Moulton finished seventh in that race, clocking 2:09.05.

In individual action, Brenne finished eighth in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:02.84. None of the relay teams listed or Brenne individually made this weekend’s state meet.

Cross Country: Mount Si runners compete in regional meet
Several Valley high school runners competed yesterday in a Nike-sponsored postseason regional meet over in Boise.

Mount Si High School’s Joe Waskom, fresh off his 4A WIAA state title, ran the course at Eagle Island State Park in 15 minutes, 17.70 seconds and took fourth in the boys’ championship 5K. In the main boys’ division, Wildcat Paul Talens took seventh, clocking 16:25.10, and on the girls’ side, Rosa Bateman, also from Mount Si, finished 204th with a time of 21:19.90. All the runners were running with the “SIXC” club banner as opposed to Mount Si itself, as this was not a sanctioned school race.

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Your Sunday sports smorgasbord, with news from football, volleyball, softball, soccer and more……

Good Sunday morning. We have plenty on the plate this morning. First, football and a piece of news from Cedarcrest HS.

The all-Northwest District 2A team has been announced, and Cedarcrest HS senior Tyler Gray made the selections. Gray received first team honors at running back and at the secondary on defense. He also was selected as a NWD representative to the East-West all-state game next June. Congratulations on the recognition from us here at the SVSJ.

When we hear more news on postseason football recognition for both Mount Si and Cedarcrest, we’ll have it here. Now to the rest of the football and the other news this morning.

Eastern Washington 59, UC Davis 20: Eastern rolled at home to the win on the Red Turf in Cheney and likely secured an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth in the process; that won’t be made official until next weekend. Junior Chris Schlicting, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, started and worked right tackle on the offensive line for the Eagles in the contest.

Azusa Pacific 42, Central Washington 35: Azusa rallied from a deficit with two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter in Ellensburg to stun the Wildcats and take a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title. Both teams are 8-3 overall and 7-1 in league play in the NCAA Division II conference. Their postseason fates have yet to be determined. North Bend freshman Jack Weidenbach, a 2017 MSHS alum, saw action for Central in the game with no stats of note reported.

Montana State 35, Northern Colorado 7: The Bobcats handled the Bears with ease in the snow at home in Bozeman, MT, on Senior Day. Among the seniors being recognized was a Valleyite: offensive lineman, Alex Neale, from Duvall, started and handled the center duties on that line for MSU.

Pacific Lutheran 28, Lewis & Clark 14: The Lutes spoiled the Pioneers’ Senior Day festivities, scoring the road win over LCC in Portland. Alex Rendon, from Snoqualmie, was busy for PLU. The sophomore, a 2017 MSHS’er, caught six passes for 29 yards to aid the Lutes.

Linfield 50, Pacific-OR 7: The Wildcats handled the Boxers in the regular season finale for both teams down in McMinnville, OR. Freshman Max Bonda, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS grad, saw action for Linfield in the game with no stats of note.

Stanford 48, Oregon State 17: The Cardinal easily took care of buainess at home on the “Farm” in Palo Alto, CA. Freshman Jesiah Irish, from North Bend and a June MSHS grad, caught two passes for 23 yards in the contest for OSU in his first significant action as a collegian.

Concordia-MN 51, Carleton 14: Senior day for Concordia went well for their Valley senior, Andrew Thompson. The 2015 MSHS grad from North Bend had four tackles, including one sack costing Carleton 11 yards, as the Cobbers finished the season strong at home with a win over the visitors from Minnesota. Concordia ends the season at 5-5.

Softball: Local team with Valley pair wraps up fall action in California tourney
The Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke team, featuring Valleyites Payton Pluschke (Cedarcrest HS) and Jaclyn Huntzinger (Mount Si HS), and coached by Payton’s dad, former CHS assistant girls’ basketball coach Mike Pluschke, opened their final fall tournament weekend of 2018 yesterday, competing at the USA Preps National Championships down in Lancaster, CA, north of Los Angeles. Highlights, from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Elite Diamonds 7, Easton Preps 14U (CA) 6: The Redmond-based Diamonds opened with a win over a California team. Huntzinger went 1-1 while Pluschke went 0-1 in the contest. The tournament is being held well away from where the major fires are taking place, but the windy conditions are also evident in this area, too, so the kids are being impacted in some fashion as a result.

SoCal Choppers 14U 10, Elite Diamonds 5: Pluschke went 1-3 with a run while Huntzinger went 0-2 in the loss to the California club.

Central California Dirtdogs 14U 9, Elite Diamonds 3: Huntzinger doubled as part of a 2-2 effort for the Diamonds in their loss to the California team. Pluschke added a walk. The tournament wraps up today, and is a “college exposure” tourney; a large number of college coaches and reps are in attendance down there, including from Montana State-Billings and Concordia-Portland.

San Diego def. Santa Clara 25-20, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19: The Toreros handled the Broncos in an afternoon clash yesterday down in San Diego. North Bend’s Anna McCreadie had a kill and a block for Clara in the contest.

BYU def. Santa Clara 28-26, 25-17, 25-11 (Thu.): The top-ranked Cougars rolled to the sweep this past Thursday in Provo, UT, over the visiting Broncos. McCradie, a junior with SC and a 2015 MSHS’er, also had a kill in this contest for the Broncos.

Puget Sound women 73, Multnomah women 61: The Loggers of NCAA Division III opened their season strong last night with a road win over the NAIA Lions in Portland. Senior Elizabeth Prewitt, she of Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS grad, scored 18 points to pace UPS on a solid 6-10 from the floor including four three-pointers. She also had four rebounds for the Loggers along with a steal. Freshman Sydney Turner, from Carnation and a June Cedarcrest HS grad, did not play for Multnomah in the contest.

Multnomah women 80, Salish Kootenai 45 (Fri.): Turner had six points for the Lions in their Friday night win at home in the Rose City over the Montana team. She also had seven rebounds in 20 minutes of work for Multnomah, and was 2-5 from the floor with both of those made baskets being three-pointers.

Western Washington women 3, Concordia-PDX women 2 (OT) (NCAA D-II Second Round): The Vikings rallied with two goals in the final five minutes to rally from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime down in Portland, then scored the game-winner in the extra session to stun the Cavs and end their season. With that came the end of the college career for a Valleyite. Concordia senior Karlie Hurley, she of North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS alum, started on defense and played 80 minutes, with two shots recorded, one on goal. She had no goals in the contest.

The Cavs finished the season 15-2-3 with both of the losses coming to, you guessed it, Western. The Vikings also have a Valleyite on their roster. Senior Karli White is from North Bend and graduated with Hurley from Mount Si in 2015. White did not play in the contest as she continues to recover from an early-season ankle injury; she has not played at all this season and is likely redshirting now as a result of the injury. WWU advances to the West Region semis next weekend, at a location to be determined among Golden, CO, Colorado Springs or Canyon, TX.

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Mount Si football team survives epic battle full of controversy to advance in state playoffs thanks to dramatic comeback

Last night was a night many local football fans in the Valley will remember for a long time. A game that was full of heated emotions, a game that was full of tremendous plays from both teams, and a game that proved to be epic.

Mount Si High School’s football team hosted Mount Vernon in the first round of the WIAA state high school football playoffs, and the Wildcats were looking to start on the road to a state title. Mount Vernon, in turn, was looking to do the same, and in doing so, dash those Mount Si hopes. And it appeared like that was going to happen. But after everything that had happened prior to the last 5:13 of the game, this Wildcat senior class wasn’t going to allow this dream to die for themselves, their school or their community, and they delivered their own version of Texas justice on a bunch of fellas from the Skagit Valley intent on leaving their mark on this Snoqualmie Valley.

Cale Millen tossed a 15-yard strike to Jonny Barrett with a minute left, completing a comeback from down two touchdowns to help lift Mount Si to a wild 39-38 win that was not without controversy and fears of potential trouble postgame.

The game started out well enough, 47 seconds in in fact, with the first hookup between the senior QB and receiver duo for six, a big play score from around 50 yards out that sent the message early to the Bulldogs that the Wildcats meant business. But Mount Vernon came right back, and did so with the help of their star senior running back.

Seth Tercero proved to be a beast all night as expected, and he scored the first touchdown of the game for the Bulldogs to tie things late in the frame. Mount Vernon then took the lead for the first time on a touchdown hookup from their QB, Reilly Olmsted, to receiver Carlos Garcia, in the second quarter. Later in that frame, Millen and Barrett hooked up again for six to tie things back up at 14 apiece.

Reed Paradissis then kicked a field goal to put Mount Si up 17-14, but the senior kicker became part of what turned out to be the controversial flashpoint of the game at halftime. First, though, Olmsted hooked up with Garcia one more time for a TD to give Mount Vernon the lead headed to halftime.

On the ensuing possession, the Wildcats made it down into Paradissis range and after a false start call, he hit a field goal and the teams were going to go into halftime with a 21-20 MV lead. But officials stopped the play and after a lengthy discussion which ended up involving both coaching staffs and administrators on site from both schools, including Mount Si athletic director Darren Brown, officials ordered a re-try of the kick on the grounds they had improperly signaled the previous attempt.

This came after both teams had gone to the locker room, so both teams came back out for the untimed play. This time, though, Mount Vernon blocked the kick and that sent their bench and coaching staff into intense celebration. Some of that from the Bulldog coaches appeared to be directed toward an already furious Mount Si sideline, furious from the officials’ ordering the re-try, and that caused a number of Wildcat folks to get even angrier. At least one assistant coach had to be restrained and several other Mount Si coaches showed tremendous displeasure with the chain of events.

Following that, there was reportedly some kind of altercation involving representatives from both teams which took place near the stadium entrance that only made matters worse and ultimately caused the school to ask for extra police to provide security to the game.

So with that as a backdrop for the rest of the game, the second half started, and Mount Vernon opened the scoring with a field goal of their own from kicker Alastar Stewart. Mount Si responded just before the end of the quarter with another Millen-Botten TD connection and that tied the game at 24-24, helping to perhaps calm the waters a bit. But then, things heated up again with a pair of Bulldog scores, TD connections both, from Olmsted to Garcia and receiver Landon Edwards. So with that 5:13 left and the score being 38-24 and Mount Vernon well on their way to taking this one and perhaps having to fight a mob of angry Mount Si people all the way out of town, that’s when Millen and crew took matters, and their brand of football law, into their own hands.

The first salvo was fired with around three minutes left, a Millen short hookup to Barrett for paydirt that came with it a two-point conversion which proved huge in the end. Then after Mount Si’s defense did their job and stopped the Bulldogs ensuing drive, the Wildcats returned to the field for salvo two. And it almost didn’t occur. It got down to fourth down and eight at the Mount Vernon 15 with a minute left. One play to decide whether justice would be served or whether the Bulldogs would escape and cause half this Snoqualmie Valley to never ever want to go see tulips ever again in the Skagit Valley.

Millen tossed the ball to the end zone, and in the far corner was Barrett and he made a big catch and brought it in for six. Paradissis kicked the extra point, and Mount Si was up. But the defense again needed to make a stand. They did just that and sealed the thing shut. The Wildcats survived, albeit beaten up and shaken a bit, but they survived and celebrated with their many supportive fans, while also providing consolation to the many Mount Vernon players and fans who were understandably devastated that their upstart bid to throw a monkey wrench into the state playoffs fell just short.

So with that all said, it’s onto next week and another home game. Eastmont from East Wenatchee or Puyallup will be the potential opponent. More on that in the coming days here.

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Mount Si volleyball season ends, and note from college soccer

Mount Si High School’s volleyball season is over, after being swept last night in the WesKing 4A bi-district tournament by Kamiak.

The Knights took it 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 and advanced into winner-to-state play tomorrow while for Mount Si, their state playoff dreams come to an end despite going the deepest they’ve gone in a postseason since their move to 4A. Breana Fitzgerald had 11 kills and 12 digs for Mount Si, while Bailey Showalter added 10 kills and 22 digs. Dana Dolan pitched in 27 assists and eight digs for the Wildcats. Hannah Knutt and Sarah Brachvogel each had 12 kills to lead Kamiak while Marina Tukan had 16 digs and Camryn Woodworth had 34 assists.

“Great effort by the Wildcats,” said Mount Si assistant coach Dave Bachman by email. “They fought hard the whole match, but Kamiak played a little more consistent volleyball and won the match.”

Mount Si finished the season 9-13 overall, 4-5 in Kingco 4A play.

College soccer news now.

Concordia-PDX women advance: The Cavs made it into the second round of the NCAA Division II women’s tournament with a 2-1 win last night at home in Portland over GNAC conference rival Seattle Pacific. Senior Karlie Hurley, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for Concordia and worked 82 minutes, recording three shots, none on goal, with no goals scored. The win moves the Cavs into tomorrow’s second-round matchup at home over another GNAC foe, Western Washington. The Vikings also have a Mount Si grad on their roster, but senior Karli White, who graduated with Hurley from MSHS in 2015 and is also from North Bend, is not expected to play as she has been out all season with an ankle injury; at this point it can be assumed she is redshirting and thus is done for the year. Western advanced with a win last night as well over Sonoma State from northern California.

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