Skagit Valley College women’s hoops – with local athlete on roster – falls at home

Good Thursday morning. Again, as noted yesterday, it’s going to be light for the remainder of the week.

One item though from last night of note and that is from the hardwood. Skagit Valley College’s women’s hoops team was home last night in Mount Vernon, and they fell to Peninsula 78-75. Stats were not reported. Skagit dropped to 7-3 in NWAACC play, 13-12 overall, and sit in third in the conference’s North Division. They have earned a playoff spot, meaning Duvall’s Mieke Van Ess and her teammates will have some postseason basketball. Van Ess is a freshman this season with the Cardinals and a 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad.

Skagit plays again Saturday.

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A note from college lacrosse, and the SVSJ’s volleyball report for February 21, all on this “hump day” Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning.

With the high school sports scene taking a bit of a hiatus this week in advance of the start of spring sports next week, it’s going to be a light rest of the week. We do have a couple of items of note this morning, though.

We first start with college women’s lacrosse, and the Mount Olive of North Carolina ladies fell for the first time last night despite the efforts of their Valley freshman.

MOU fell 11-10 to rival Catawba on the road in Salisbury, NC. Freshman Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for the Trojans and recorded a pair of ground balls and forced turnovers each in that role.

Mount Olive is at Lenoir-Rhyne this weekend. Now to our volleyball report for this week.

The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s volleyball report for February 21
The girls’ club scene in the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region is starting to heat up after another big weekend of tournaments this past weekend, leading into the start of another big weekend for the older age groups.

This past weekend, as we had been covering for you here, teams with Valley players competed in one of three tournaments, locally in south King County, or out of town in Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. We wrapped up the action in Vegas for you yesterday, with the strong finishes for the Seattle Juniors 18’s and Island Thunder 18’s, both with MSHS players (Bellah Gogan, Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners respectively). We, do, still have some action to wrap up from both the Salt Lake and local events for you.

Salt Lake: We mentioned yesterday the efforts of Tacoma-based Puget Sound Academy 17’s, with Wildcat Hayley West, as they finished third in their division there at the Triple Crown event. But two other teams – both from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact – were also there, and the squads, both with ex-Wildcats (Patience O’Neal with the 18’s and Harper Click with the 17’s ended up with decent results as well. The 17’s finished in a tie for 16th out of over 40 teams in that “17 Club” division PSVBA was also competing in, and the 18’s took a tie for 13th out of over 30 teams in the “18 Club” division. Both teams finished around .500 on the weekend.

Northwest Juniors, Auburn/Kent: We mentioned the Bellevue-based NWJ 16’s Baden Black yesterday and the strong finish for that team with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston. We also made note of the 16’s Under Armour Blue, with a couple of MSHS players, and their solid results as well. However, there were several other teams from that club with either Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School athletes in the event, and here’s a roundup of where all of those teams finished up.

• 18’s Under Armour Blue (Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen and Dana Dolan, both MSHS): Played in the Bronze playoff bracket in the “18 Open” division Mon., finished as the runner-up there and ended up tied for 18th out of 32 teams in the division
• 17’s Under Armour Blue (Emily Dann, Lizzie Belceto and Chloe Stewart, all MSHS): Played in a lower playoff flight in the “18 Open” division and fell in the opening playoff game Monday, ending up tying for 21st out of 32 teams in the division
• 16’s Under Armour Black (Katie Faccone and Nicole Vanderwal, both CHS): Played in the “16 Open” division Silver playoff bracket Monday, and fell in opening game, finishing in a tie for 13th of 28 teams in the division
• 16’s Under Armour Grey (Selah Kuiken, CHS): Played in a lower flight playoff bracket of the “16 Open” division Monday, and made the semis of those playoffs, ending up tied for 25th out of 28 teams in the division
• 15’s Under Armour Blue (Megan Simpson and Lexie Niehaus, both MSHS): Played in the “15 Open” Silver playoffs Monday and made the bracket semis, finishing in a tie for 13th out of 31 teams entered in the division
• 15’s Under Armour Grey (Ava Mundy, CHS; coach is CHS alum Kendall Koch): Played in a lower-level playoff bracket in “15 Open” division Monday, and fell in the first playoff game, ending up tied for 29th out 31 teams in the division

In total, there are eight teams from Northwest this season that have Valley players, all in the 15’s and older age groups.

All of the teams had a strong weekend regardless of the end result, as they all competed against the best teams from around the Northwest.

Taking a look at this coming weekend, the weekend will be busy for the 17’s and 18’s teams as they have their first crack at making the USA Volleyball Nationals tournament, which for those age groups is held earlier than the main national event during the summer. The 18’s nationals take place at the end of April down at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim. The nationals for the remaining age groups happen from June 25-July 4 in Detroit.

This weekend’s event is the regional bid qualifier tournament, with the winner receiving a bid to the 18’s nationals in southern California. Expected to participate are the Seattle Juniors, Island Thunder and Sudden Impact 18’s teams, along with the Puget Sound 17’s. The Northwest Juniors’ 18’s Blue team we mentioned above could also compete, but that is not determined yet. We’ll monitor things for you this weekend and have a full roundup next Wednesday here in this segment.

This has been this week’s volleyball report here in the SVSJ.

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Volleyball tournaments wrap up, and a note from the diamond

Good Tuesday morning.

Light morning today as winter sports have wrapped up at the high school level. A note and that is we’ll be bright and early next Monday morning sending out our spring sports preview questionnaires to Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School spring coaches as the spring season gets underway. Look for those spring previews later this month here.

We wrap up the weekend that was in girls’ club volleyball now, and there were a number of strong finishes yesterday by teams with local players in various tournaments that we have been following. We’ll have a more full wrap up tomorrow in our weekly club segment, but there were some noteworthy results which we’ll mention now.

Las Vegas Classic: The run by the Seattle Juniors’ 18’s, with Mount Si’s Bellah Gogan, for a tournament title fell just short, as they fell in their semifinal matchup in the championship playoffs to a team from Minnesota that ultimately won the title last night. Seattle finished a strong 9-1 on the weekend, and in a tie for third out of over 200 teams in the tournament’s “18 Club” division. Also finishing well was the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s, with fellow Wildcats Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners; they finished in a tie for 29th in that same division.

Triple Crown tournament, Salt Lake City: We did not know this yesterday, but one of the three local teams with MSHS players in this event was itself competing for a title in this tournament, and that was the Tacoma-based Puget Sound Academy 17’s, with Wildcat Hayley West. PSVBA made the semis then fell there to a Boise-area team, but rebounded and beat a California team to take third overall out of over 40 teams in the “17 Club” division in that event.

Northwest Juniors tournament, Auburn/Kent: The run to a title for the Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Baden Black team was short-lived yesterday; the squad, with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston, fell in their first playoff game in the “16 Club” title bracket and finished in a tie for fifth overall out of 28 teams in that division. However, their Bellevue-based club counterparts from the 16’s Under Armour Blue team, with Mount Si’s Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, won their playoff bracket yesterday and finished a strong 6-3 overall and in ninth out of 28 teams in the “16 Open” division.

Again, we’ll wrap this up in full tomorrow in our segment, but good results in any event for a few of the teams down there that hopefully can translate into some strong success as the season wears on.

Also, a note from college baseball this morning:

Gonzaga finishes out Arizona trip on high note: GU won a back-and-forth contest with Cal Poly 5-4 in the final game of their Arizona trip yesterday down at the Texas Rangers’ spring training complex in Surprise outside of Phoenix. North Bend’s Carson Breshears aided the Bulldogs, going 1-4 with a run scored and also recording four putouts and three assists defensively playing second base. Breshears is a 2014 Mount Si HS grad. Gonzaga finished the weekend 2-2.

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CHS alum finds home with NCAA Division II baseball program

Another quick note from the diamond on this Monday, and that is Cedarcrest HS grad Andrew Willmon was at work on the hill yesterday for the Concordia College baseball team from Portland in their series finale down in San Marcos, CA, against Cal State San Marcos.

Willmon, a junior new to the Cavaliers after spending his first two years of college baseball at Columbia Basin College, worked an inning and struck out one, as Concordia fell 7-1 to CSSM.

This was the former Red Wolve’s second pitching appearance with the NCAA Division II school; his first came on February 10 at Lewis-Clark State over in Lewiston, ID, where he allowed a run without allowing a hit, hit three batters and struck out one. In both outings – yesterday’s and the one on the 10th – he received no decision.

Concordia has started out the season winless at 0-7.

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The weekend wrap, and our last winter sports Athletes of the Week for the 2017-18 school year

Good Monday morning on this President’s Day. Snow outside on the ground in most areas around the Valley, so drive safe out there this morning. Weekend wrap followed by our Athletes of the Week, as we wrap up our winter sports selections for the 2017-18 school year.

Central Washington 8, Chaminade 4: Senior Celine Fowler, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 with two RBI’s as Central closed out their road trip to Hawaii with the win over the team from Maui in what had been scheduled to be the first of two, but the nightcap of the scheduled twinbill in Honolulu was canceled due to lightning. According to the school, the single extended the Valleyite’s hit streak to 20 games dating back to last season, so a good run for the local athlete for sure.

Northern Colorado 6, San Jose State 4: The Bears closed out the weekend set in San Jose with a split of the season-opening four game series. Senior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-4 with a walk in the contest for UNCo.

Gonzaga 4, New Mexico 3: Under the lights last night at the Texas Rangers’ spring training complex in Surprise, AZ, the Bulldogs held off the Lobos with the help of North Bend’s Carson Breshears. The GU junior, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-2 with a walk, two putouts and three defensive assists manning second base for the Zags, who won their first game of the season.

Pacific-OR 10, Whitman 8 (10): The Boxers needed extras to hold off the Blues in Walla Walla in the finale of a weekend set. Sophomore pitcher Collin Anderson, from North Bend, worked 1/3 of an inning in relief for Whitman in the contest, allowing a hit and a walk, with a strikeout. He received no decision. Anderson is a 2016 Mount Si HS grad.

Snoqualmie’s Smith leads Dallas men to win: A three-goal “hat trick” for Snoqualmie sophomore Tyler Smith aided the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team to a 9-7 win at home yesterday over Marian College of Wisconsin for UoD’s first win of the season. Smith, a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, also had an assist, and two of those goals proved to be key insurance tallies in the final frame as he now has five goals on the season, which leads the team in scoring after two games.

Seattle team with MSHS athlete to compete for tournament championship in Vegas: The Seattle Juniors 18’s girls’ club team, featuring Wildcat star Bellah Gogan, continued its strong play yesterday in the second day of the Las Vegas Classic, and that earned them a shot for the tournament title today in the event’s “18 Club” division.

SJ went 4-0 yesterday to remain unbeaten on the weekend at 7-0, with wins over teams from Hawaii and California among other locales. The field is a national field with teams from all over the country competing this weekend. The Seattle team will need to win four games straight during the course of the day, and it will be a challenge, as they are seeded 15th in the 16-team bracket.
Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s also was looking to continue its strong run in that same division and also earn a trip to the tournament finals, but fell in their final game last night and dropped into the Bronze bracket. The team they fell to, a squad from Hilo, HI, is now the top overall seed in the championship round today.

Playoff rounds get underway shortly.

Better results in Salt Lake for local squads: After struggles in the opening day on Saturday, all three local teams with Valley athletes competing in this weekend’s Triple Crown event in Salt Lake City fared better yesterday in the second day of action.

Tacoma’s Puget Sound 17’s, with MSHS’ Hayley West, went 3-0 yesterday with wins over teams from California and Texas. Two teams from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact, their 17’s and 18’s teams featuring ex-Wildcats Harper Click (17’s) and Patience O’Neal (18’s), both won two of three matches yesterday to even their weekends at 3-3. Playoffs for all three teams are today, with none expected to contend for tournament titles.

NWJ team with CHS athlete to compete for title in home tourney: The Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Baden Black squad, with Cedarcrest player Hannah Winston, went 3-0 yesterday in the second day of their home tournament in south King County, and will be competing for the event title today in the “16 Club” division. The eight-team event means they’ll need to win three straight games to win that crown, so we wish them luck.

Also of note yesterday, two NWJ teams that struggled on Saturday – their 17’s and 18’s UnderArmour Blue teams – both went 3-0 yesterday to put themselves in contention for strong finishes today. Mount Si’s Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen and Dana Dolan are on the 18’s squad, and fellow Wildcats Chloe Stewart, Lizzie Belceto and Emily Dann play on the 17’s side.

Playoffs for these teams – and the other NWJ 15’s and 16’s teams with various Mount Si and Cedarcrest players, all of which struggled yesterday, are today at locations around south King and north Pierce Counties, weather permitting.

Time now for the Athletes of the Week. Boys selections after the break.

MOUNT SI – Hoops for our final selection of the winter, and we save the best for last. Sophomore Jabe Mullins left it all out on the floor on Saturday night, scoring 26 points for the Wildcats in their season-ending heartbreaking 54-53 loss to Skyline in the Kingco 4A playoffs at Lake Washington High School. Mullins led the team in scoring this season, averaging almost 19 points a game, and will look to be a key piece as the team moves into next season.

CEDARCREST – To the mat, and the only one of the five state participants at this past weekend’s Mat Classic who hasn’t been previously recognized in this segment gets our nod this week. Austin Link, at 126 lbs., had a solid season, and earned a trip to the state wrestling tournament in Tacoma. Link, however, failed to make it out of the first day of action last Friday, but still had a great year and should be a name to watch in the future for CHS wrestling.

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