Cedarcrest High School players, coaches recognized by Cascade Conference

We have some postseason recognition to report to you from the Cascade Conference. Several players and coaches from Cedarcrest High School earned recognition from the conference.

The conference has unveiled their postseason all-league teams for spring sports. We already made a mention of the softball awards, but should also mention that their head coach, Chris Gastelum, was named conference Coach of the Year for helping lead the Red Wolves to the conference crown this spring.

Three boys’ soccer players made the Cascade first team – senior forward Chuy Espinosa, senior forward Bryan Bodnar and senior defender Morgan Walker.

Baseball had several players and coach Scott Goldsberry recognized. Goldsberry was named Cascade Coach of the Year for leading the Red Wolves to the conference crown this spring; anchoring that run was pitcher Adam Davenport, and the senior was named the league’s Player of the Year. Davenport finished the spring with a stellar 10-1 record and an earned run average of under 1.00, allowing under 10 runs and striking out over 100. He also hit around .400 this spring, and was Cedarcrest’s top hitter.

Junior catcher Blaine Wagner and junior outfielder Jacob Jewell earned league first-team honors, while senior pitcher Andrew Willmon and junior infielder Tanner Schaefer were awarded second-team recognition on the All-Cascade postseason baseball list.

As we noted yesterday, several Red Wolves earned postseason recognition for softball as well – recapping that, juniors Kayla Blakslee and Hailey Lacher along with freshman Lauren Rich earned all-league first team honors, while sophomore Maddie Nixon and freshman Elaine Townley took home second-team recognition, with seniors Allie McCain and LuAnn Townley, along with freshman Cassidy Derieg, taking home honorable mentions.

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On this Friday morning, news from the links, the track and the diamond

The state high school golf championships wrapped up yesterday in Spokane with a strong showing for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ golf team.

Mount Si High School girls' golfers Caitlin Maralack (left) and Kat Hodgson (righ) competed for the Wildcats in this week's 4A state high school girls' golf championships in Spokane, where this picture was taken following yesterday's final round. Maralack finished 13th overall in the tournament, while Hodgson failed to make the final round after missing the cut on Wednesday. (Courtesy photo)

Mount Si High School girls’ golfers Caitlin Maralack (left) and Kat Hodgson (right) competed for the Wildcats in this week’s 4A state high school girls’ golf championships in Spokane, where this picture was taken following yesterday’s final round. Maralack finished 13th overall in the tournament, while Hodgson failed to make the final round after missing the cut on Wednesday. (Courtesy photo)

The Red Wolves took eighth overall as a team in the 2A girls’ state tournament, scoring 42 points; Ephrata, as was expected, rolled to the 2A girls’ team title. Bella LaBate fired an 84 yesterday to finish two days with a score of 174 on the par-72 MeadowWood layout in Liberty Lake, earning her a tie for 17th overall; she had carded a 90 on Wednesday. Teammate Amanda Fairbanks also saw improvement in her score; she fired an 88 yesterday after 95 on Wednesday to finish two days with a score of 183 and 27th place overall. Casey Spurr ended in a tie for 35th after carding a 101 yesterday following a 93 on Wednesday to finish two days with a score of 194.

Meanwhile, across the street at Liberty Lake Golf Course, Red Wolve Steven Van Valkenburg shot an 83 to finish two days of 2A boys’ state tournament play with a score of 161 on the par-70 layout. Teammate Gredigan Wade missed the cut after Wednesday’s round and did not compete in yesterday’s action.

And, at the 4A girls’ tournament, Mount Si’s Caitlin Maralack fired an 81 to finish two days of play at the par-72 Indian Canyon Golf Course with a score of 161, good for 13th overall. Teammate Kat Hodgson missed the cut after Wednesday’s round and did not compete in yesterday’s play.

“Our season has now come to a close and I am very proud of all the girls efforts this spring,” wrote MSHS girls’ golf coach Steve Botulinski by email to the SVSJ.

Other news:

Track and field state meet starts
Four Valley athletes competed in the opening day of the state high school track and field championships in Tacoma yesterday.

Three of them were from Mount Si High School, taking part in event finals. On the boys’ side, Cameron Davis took seventh in the 4A boys’ shot put, with a toss of 51 feet, 5 inches; that earned Mount Si two team points they will take into today’s action. On the girls’ side, Wildcats Hannah Waskom and Lindsey Sydnor both finished outside of the points-paying positions in the 4A girls’ 1600 meter race; Waskom took 10th with a time of five minutes, 8.23 seconds, and Sydnor was right behind in 11th, clocking 5:09.69.

Also, Cedarcrest’s Liam Thomas competed in the 2A boys’ 110m hurdles preliminaries yesterday afternoon; he finished 11th with a time of 15.58 seconds and did not qualify for the finals; his season is now done.

There are more events on tap today – among the local athletes expected to compete include Mount Si’s Karlie Hurley (4A girls’ 100m and 200m prelims), Baly Botten (4A boys’ pole vault final) and Jacob Belceto (4A boys’ 200m prelim; 4A boys’ 4×100 relay) and Cedarcrest’s Tayla Weaver (2A girls’ 100m and 200m prelims), Briana Deveraux (2A girls’ 400m prelim) and Elliot Dick (2A boys’ 300m hurdles).

Youth baseball/softball scoreboard
City Baseball 9, Washington Athletics 16U baseball 2: Mount Si High School’s Steven Watters went 1-3 with a run scored to pace the Sammamish-based A’s, who fell on the road in Seattle last night. Fellow Wildcats Logan Nicholson (0-1) and Nick McAlister (0-2) also saw action for the A’s, who have started the season on a rocky note, with seven straight losses going into a matchup this weekend against the Bandits Silver up in Mountlake Terrace.

Issaquah Flame 12U softball 24, Synergy 5: The Flame scored 11 runs in the fourth inning to run away with the win last night at Celebration Park in Federal Way. Two local girls were big factors in the rout for the Issaquah team – Molly Wilbourne went 2-4 with three runs scored and three RBI’s, and Hope Bostick went 3-4, was a home run short of hitting for the cycle, scored twice and drove in three more runs, and both players also stole a base and reached base on opposing team errors. Good stuff from those two. The Flame, who we have not featured as of yet this spring, has amassed a solid 21-14-2 record this season.

Rock Creek Select 16U baseball 14, Kent Bulldogs Red 2: Mount Si High School players proved large in the rout for the Maple Valley-based team last night in Sumner. Matt Dolewski went 3-5 with a double, run scored and RBI, and Corey Seaman went 2-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI to lead RCS. Mason Marenco went 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Marcus Schimchick was 0-3, but walked once, scored a run and drove in another, both to pace Rock Creek, who picked up their first win of the season.

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College summer baseball note

Quick note from baseball this afternoon. We have mentioned for you here about the new college baseball summer league teams in the Valley, with local players on both teams. Turns out there’s a few others from the Valley also playing college summer ball locally as well.

In addition to the Pacific International League, which includes the two local teams – the Fall City-based Northwest Honkers and the North Bend-based Snoqualmie Valley Hurricanes, there’s at least three other college summer leagues which have formed this summer in the Puget Sound area. Two of those leagues will have local players participating in them.

The West Coast League’s Bellingham Bells will have on their team this season North Bend’s Dustin Breshears, who is an infielder for Gonzaga University, and two teams from the Northwest Collegiate Baseball League will also have Valley players. Cedarcrest High School grads Colton Sandhofer and Clayton Lacher will be playing for the Pilchuck squad based in Snohomish County, and Mount Si High School alum Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie, will be participating with the Eastside franchise in that league.

We’ll do our best to keep you updated on these players as well throughout the summer. If you know of any local college baseball players competing this summer in those so-called “summer” leagues, let us know at snovalleysports@gmail.com.

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Thursday news and notes….softball and track

The Cascade Conference has announced postseason recognition for softball, and several Cedarcrest High School players were honored for their play this spring.

Juniors Kayla Blakslee and Hailey Lacher, along with freshman Lauren Rich, earned first-team honors after helping the Red Wolves finish the season 17-5 and win the Cascade Conference crown this season. Sophomore Maddie Nixon and freshman Elaine Townley earned league second-team honors, while seniors Allie McCain and LuAnn Townley, along with freshman Cassidy Derieg, took honorable mentions for their efforts on the field this season.

We have yet to get information for other postseason recognition from the conference; when we get that, we’ll have that for you here.

State high school track and field meet starts today
The WIAA’s state high school track and field championships start today down in Tacoma for both the 2A (Cedarcrest) and 4A (Mount Si). Three Wildcats will be competing in action today – girls Hannah Waskom and Lindsey Sydnor in the 1600m run, and boys’ thrower Cameron Davis in the shot put.

Action continues through Saturday, and among the other Valley competitors that will be in action at state include Mount Si’s Baly Botten (boys’ pole vault), Karlie Hurley (girls’ sprints) and Sara Brevick (girls’ javelin) and Cedarcrest’s Elliot Dick, Liam Thomas (both hurdles) and Tayla Weaver (girls’ sprints).

We’ll keep you abreast of all the action this weekend.

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Cedarcrest High School football has new head coach

Cedarcrest High School’s football program has made a coaching change. Longtime head man Jason Frederick has stepped down and he has been replaced by CHS alum Billy Ojeda, who had been the Red Wolves’ JV coach. More on the change in the Everett Herald.

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