We’ve got more rain…..which means more rainouts and changes to local high school sports events…….

It’s raining outside, folks, where have we seen that before. Which, of course, means more rainouts to report on this Wednesday of local high school sports events.

Mount Si High School has announced several more changes to its sports schedule for tonight. In addition to the tennis matches being postponed as we told you earlier, there have been changes for Wildcat baseball and softball games tonight.

Mount Si’s scheduled home baseball game with Woodinville has been moved from Bannerwood Park in Bellevue to Woodinville High School. The game time remains at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats’ scheduled junior varsity baseball contest which was set to precede the varsity game between the two schools has also been moved to WHS and will start at 4:00 p.m., still preceding the varsity action tonight. Woodinville’s facility is artificial turf, so the games should go on as planned regardless of any further weather issues.

As a result of these changes, the two schools’ scheduled baseball “C”-team clash, which was set to happen tonight at 7:00 up at Woodinville, has been postponed with no official word on when that game will be rescheduled.

Also, the scheduled Mount Si junior varsity softball game at Eastlake High School against the Wolves has been rained out, also with no word on when it will be rescheduled.

We have not heard anything from Cedarcrest High School regarding any changes to their schedule for today. CHS’ baseball team is scheduled to face King’s tonight. If that changes, we’ll update this for you.

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Mount Si girls’ tennis gets season underway despite Mother Nature

Mount Si High School’s girls’ tennis team has been trying its best to dodge the rain. They have, despite the weather – which has actually forced another postponement today, which we’ll get to at the end of this report – has gotten four contests in.

Most of those were last week, and the team thus far is 1-3 on the season. Their win came last Thursday over Sammamish at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. The Wildcats took four of seven contests against the Totems. Wins were by singles players Katie McKenzie and Natalie Carlson, and by the doubles pairs of Allie Urbasich and Annie Jacobson and Sarah Goodspeed and Makenna Rogers.

McKenzie beat Totem Annabelle Yang in a dominating 6-0, 6-2 result while Carlson needed a little extra to beat Sammamish’s Roxy Dodvar 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

Urbasich and Jacobson beat the Totem doubles duo of C.C. Huerta and Megan Shi 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker), 4-6, 6-4, while Rogers and Goodspeed won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, over Sammamish’s pair of Eliza Escarez and McKayla Yang.

Last Wednesday, Mount Si fell to Juanita on the road in Kirkland, with all of the four singles matches going to the Rebels while the three doubles matches were won by the Wildcats. The doubles pairs for that match were Urbasich and Katie Larson, Carlson and Anne Spellman, and Cassi Lane and Rebecca Gendro.

Last Monday, the Wildcats were blanked by Interlake, with the Saints taking all seven matches, and the season opened March 16 with Liberty beating Mount Si at Mount Si High School. The Patriots took four of the seven matches contested, with the Wildcat victories being from McKenzie and Jacobson in singles, and the doubles duo of Spellman and Lane. McKenzie beat Patriot Grace Lee in an easy 6-4, 6-2 result, while Jacobson took her match over Liberty’s Kelli Jinguji 7-6 (7-1 tiebreak), 6-2. Lane and Spellman won their doubles match 7-5, 6-4 over the Patriot duo of Jenny Dang and Grace Phan.

Mount Si’s JV has also played a couple of matches despite the nasty weather. Last Monday, they fell to Interlake, with the Saints taking four of the seven matches, and last Wednesday, they were up on Juanita having won two of three completed matches before rain forced a suspension of proceedings with the remaining four contests having yet been decided.

Second straight day Wildcats get rained out
And it is that rain which has stymied the schedule the past couple of days. On the heels of yesterday’s rainout against Bothell, the school has announced already this morning that today’s scheduled matches for both the Wildcat varsity and JV against Sammamish, with the varsity at Sammamish High School in Bellevue and the junior varsity at home in Snoqualmie, have been rained out with no word on when the contests will be rescheduled.

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The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s volleyball report for March 29

It’s time now for another weekly look at girls’ club volleyball in USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region and how Valley players and their teams are faring.

If you followed our coverage this past weekend, over a dozen teams from the area with either Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School players competed over in Spokane at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier tournament, as the teams were jockeying for coveted berths into the end of season USA Volleyball junior nationals tournament later this summer. And while none of the teams as far as we know earned berths, there was at least one close shave, and that came from Kent-based KJ 15’s, which feature Mount Si High’s Victoria BearBow. KJ finished sixth overall in the U15 USA division, and may have just missed out on a berth.

Most other teams, though, saw their dreams of national berths end real early in the tournament, and while many of those squads, from several different local club organizations including Bellevue-based Sudden Impact, Northwest Juniors and High Velocity, along with KJ, Maple Valley-based Boost and Mercer Island-based Island Thunder, gave it their best throughout the weekend, national berths for those teams were not realized. A lot of those teams will have additional opportunities as the season winds down to punch tickets to nationals – the next of those comes next weekend, when several of the NWJ teams head to a qualifier event in Las Vegas.

As for this weekend, the PNW qualifier tournament is split into two weekends. This past weekend saw most of the major action for U15, U17 and U18, plus a small amount of top-level U16 action. This coming weekend, the U12-U14 age levels, along with the U16 levels that weren’t contested last weekend (the “USA” and “American” divisions) get their chance at earning national berths. Three teams with locals will be there – NWJ’s U16 Under Armour Black and Blue teams, along with Sudden Impact’s 16’s Tornado. Mount Si’s Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell (SI), Kam Smith and Annaliese Jensen (NWJ) along with Cedarcrest’s Taeler Gerde (NWJ) will be representing the Valley in this weekend’s action.

The teams are expected, just as was the case last weekend, to be facing a solid pool of teams from around the western United States primarily. Teams will be coming from such cities as Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

The same three locations where action took place last weekend in Spokane will be seeing contests again this weekend – the downtown Convention Center, Eastern Washington University in Cheney and the HUB Sports facility in the Spokane Valley at Liberty Lake.

We’ll be sure to follow the action and have updates this weekend as needed.

Meanwhile, the remainder of local teams will have the weekend off as they get ready to resume local Power League action, also next weekend.

That concludes this week’s look at local girls’ club volleyball here in the SVSJ, and we invite you to come back next week for our next weekly edition of this report.

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News from the links and the diamond……

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ golf team won the Valley Cup on Monday, beating Mount Si at Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation.

The Red Wolves won 96-80 in a match scored by modified Stableford scoring. On strokes, CHS won 260-275, lower score wins.

Mount Si was led by a 51 from Annie Burns and a 53 from Emma Fougere. The Wildcats are back in action today.

Also, CHS’ boys fell on Monday at Archbishop Murphy; ATM took that contest 208-241, lower score wins, by stroke play scoring.

News from the diamond, as well:

College baseball scores
Scores from last night involving local athletes:

Oregon 1, Portland 0: The Ducks won the pitchers’ duel between the two non-conference foes in Portland; sophomore Carson Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-2 for UO but recorded one putout on defense for the Ducks playing second base.

Northwestern (IA) 4, Dordt 1 (game one, doubleheader): NWC took the first of two with their in-state rivals at home in Orange City, IA, in their home opener. Junior Joe Done, from North Bend and a former Mount Si High School player, was 0-3 but recorded four defensive putouts behind the plate for NWC in the contest.

Crown (MN) 3, Maine-Farmington 2: Crown wrapped up their Florida trip with a win; freshman Levi Knott, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, made a pinch-hitting appearance for Crown in the contest and was 0-1.

Dordt 4, Northwestern (IA) 3 (game two, doubleheader): Dordt broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning with a run scored off of Done, who pitched three innings for NWC in this one, allowing that one run on just one hit, striking out one. The Valleyite took the loss on the hill to drop to 0-2 there on the spring. He also served as the designated hitter for the Red Raiders before taking the mound, and had a good game, going 2-4 with two RBI’s.

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Wildcats, Red Wolves boys soccer squads play league contests on pitch

From boys’ soccer, Mount Si rallied for a 2-1 road win last night at Newport.

Kyle Hunter and Alec Bothwell scored second-half goals for the Wildcats as they rebounded from a 1-0 halftime deficit to get the Kingco 4A win. Reed Paradissis and Cameron Dwight, back after missing last Friday’s game being under the weather, had assists on the two Mount Si goals.

The Wildcats host Eastlake Friday night at 7:30 in another installment of soccer’s “Friday Night Lights” series this spring.

As for Cedarcrest, they finished in a 1-1 tie with King’s last night at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall. No stats are available. The Red Wolves host winless Cedar Park Christian Friday night at 6:00.

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