Yelm’s Schwaier dominates Mount Si softball bats in state title rematch 14 years in the making, plus the rest of last night’s softball

Now for some softball.

Mount Si High School’s softball team was scheduled to open its season today with a jamboree in Centralia, but instead, they opened the season last night, making a pit stop on the way south down in Yelm, and it proved to be a short and unfortunate one for the Wildcats, as the Tornados used a dominant arm to win the rematch of their state championship battle with Mount Si from 14 years ago.

Drea Schwaier fired a one-hitter, striking out 17, as Yelm blanked the Wildcats 5-0 at Yelm High School. Sage Ferrell homered for the Tornados, and Jaeden Ellis went 3-4 with a run scored and RBI to pace the winning Yelm efforts. Brittany Deveny singled in the sixth for the lone Mount Si hit to break up what had been a perfect game bid for the Yelm hurler, and Abby Gronewald also reached base, on an error in the seventh. But the bats proved to be ice cold in this one, and it is hoped that will change today.

The last time the two teams met was in the 3A state finals in 2004 in Tacoma, a game won by Yelm 1-0 despite Mount Si’s best efforts.

Game time for today’s jamboree in Centralia is 12 noon. To get to the Borst Park fields, where the event will be held, take I-5 south to Centralia exit 82. Turn right at the end of the exit onto Harrison Avenue, then left after a couple of blocks onto Johnson Road. Follow south on Johnson and the fields will be in front of you at the end of the street. Parking will be shortly thereafter on your left.

Time for the rest of last night’s high school softball for you this morning, with all of our scores and stats provided by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Issaquah 11, Roosevelt 1 – The Eagles went to work early on the visiting Roughriders, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings as they cruised to the home win in Issaquah. Kendall Gentzen tripled as part of a two-hit effort for Issy, scoring three runs, while Clara Wolff was among three others from the Eagles who also had two hits each. She scored a run and drove in another. Emma Huryn allowed a run on five hits, striking out six, to get the win in the circle for Issy. Evie Wright had two hits, including a double, to pace the Metro League team from Seattle.

Kingco 4A: North Creek 14, Seattle Prep 1 – Once again, the Jaguar bats were on all cylinders as they once again routed a non-conference foe at home, this the Metro League’s Panthers from Seattle. Makenna Fialdini was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s leading NC, while Ashley Saenz added two hits and two runs of her own to the Jaguar cause. Jessica Denke and Tori Navarro combined on a one-hitter for NC, with Denke getting the win allowing a run on that one hit, walking two and striking out two.

Kingco 3A: Bothell 7, Cascade 3 – The Cougars opened the season on the right foot at home in Bothell, getting it done over the Wesco 4A’s Bruins from Everett. Brooke Davis went 3-3 with a run scored and RBI leading the Cougars, while Nikki Wolman added two hits and two runs to the Bothell efforts.

Kingco 3A: Interlake 8, Mercer Island 7 – The Saints won a wild Kingco 3A barnburner in the conference opener for both squads at South Mercer Playfields. Ren Watanabe doubled and tripled as part of a 4-4 effort to lead Interlake, scoring a run, getting a walk and driving in two more runs. Emma Gortner also tripled as part of a 2-4 effort, scoring twice and driving in a third run. Chloe Larson was 3-4 with a double, run scored and RBI to lead the Islanders, and Phoebe Larson also had a double, part of a 2-3 effort which saw her drive in a pair of Mercer runs as well.

Kingco 3A: Redmond 7, Lake Washington 0 – The Mustangs won round one of the battle between the two Kingco 3A title contenders last night in Kirkland over the Kangs. Kiki Milloy pitched a three-hitter and struck out nine for RHS in the winning efforts in the circle, and Mara Kipnis doubled as part of a 2-4 performance for the Mustangs, scoring twice and driving in two more runs. Jane Wilson, Meliena Carelli and Hailey Menssen each had a hit for LW accounting for the Kangs’ three hits on the night.

Kingco 3A: Bellevue 10, Sammamish 0 – Kelly Treves pitched a four-hitter, striking out nine, and Clare Seats tripled twice, scoring a run and driving in four more, as the Wolverines rolled to the Kingco 3A victory over the Totems. Treves helped her own cause at the plate, going 3-3 with two runs scored for Bellevue.

Wesco: Mountlake Terrace 18, Mariner 4 – A player who we’ve featured in our club softball coverage in past years did much of the damage for the Wesco 3A Hawks in their road victory over the Wesco 4A Marauders in Everett. Jazz Zenk, a former club teammate of Cedarcrest’s Elaine Townley, homered twice and drove in six runs leading Mountlake, while Sammy Ruiz added a 4-5 night to the Hawk efforts, scoring twice and driving in another run. Rachael Hendrickson had one of just two Mariner hits, and it was a big one – a triple – and she also scored a run to lead the Marauders. Kennedy Cooper and Laney Flynn combined on that two-hitter in the circle for MT, with Flynn getting the win allowing a run on the two hits in 4 2/3 innings, striking out nine.

Wesco: Snohomish 2, Marysville-Pilchuck 1 – The Panthers scored both of their runs in the first, then held on for the Wesco 3A league win at home over the Tomahawks. Bailey Greenlee won the pitcher’s duel in the circle for SHS, allowing a run on three hits, walking two and striking out 10, while McKenzie Justice allowed two runs on three hits in the circle for M-P, walking three and striking out five. Lillianne Fischer homered and doubled for the Tomahawks leading the visitors.

Wesco: Everett 18, Oak Harbor 0 – Kassidy Millar and Andrea Hedington combined on a no-no for Everett in the circle, with the two Seagull pitchers combining for 10 strikeouts in the conference-opening road win over the Wildcats on Whidbey Island. Millar helped her own cause, too, with a homer as part of a 3-3 effort, and she drove in five runs. Rachel Christensen and Megan Gordon both had a triple each for Everett, with Christensen scoring three runs and driving in another, while Gordon added four runs of her own and two RBI’s.

Wesco: Shorecrest 5, Mount Vernon 4 – Kaine Marcinowski went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI as the Wesco 3A Scots held off the visiting Wesco 4A squad at home in Seattle.

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News from volleyball, the pitch and the track as we continue our Saturday news dump……

Softball in a moment, but first, other news on this Saturday morning.

It was a good start last night for a Valley club volleyball player and her team in the opening night of action of their national qualifier tournament in Denver.

Mount Si High School junior Bellah Gogan and her teammates from the Seattle-based Seattle Juniors 18’s went 2-1 last night in their first night of competition in the “18 USA” division at the Colorado Crossroads national qualifier event at the Colorado Convention Center. SJ handled teams from Albuquerque and suburban Denver but fell in three sets to a team from Colorado Springs. Matches are best-of-three sets at this weekend’s event and throughout the club season as opposed to the best of five you see in Mount Si High School volleyball varsity matches.

Seattle is back in action this morning taking on teams from Oregon, Oklahoma and Georgia as they look for a berth in next month’s USA Volleyball Nationals in Anaheim. We’ll keep you posted on how things continue to go down there, as the event wraps up tomorrow.

Also this morning:

Soccer: MSHS boys win season opener
Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team opened the season with a 3-0 win over Bothell last night at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell. Stats from last night’s game were not reported. The Wildcats open the home schedule Tuesday against North Creek. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

CHS boys start out season on mixed note: The Red Wolves have started out the season 0-2-1 in non-conference play, with shutout losses last Saturday at Nathan Hale and this past Tuesday against Sammamish, but they rallied on Thursday for a 2-2 tie with Lynden up in Whatcom County. CHS in in the midst of a six-game road swing which continues on Tuesday of next week at Sultan as they open Cascade Conference play.

Track and Field: Valleyite has strong showing in Portland meet
The opening day of the Lewis & Clark College Spring Break Open track and field meet down in Portland yesterday proved successful for a Valley thrower. St. Martin’s University junior Liz Larson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS alum, took third in the women’s hammer toss, with a throw of just over 174 feet, seven inches. She and her Saints teammates continue action in the event today.

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Valley high school baseball teams post blowout wins, plus the rest of the Friday baseball action from high school and college

Good Saturday morning. We start our look at the news this morning with baseball.

Mount Si High School’s freshman “C” squad delivered once again, scoring a blowout road win over Bellevue.

Mason Gronewald doubled, walked twice, scored three runs and drove in another as Mount Si rolled 14-4 over the Wolverines. Hayden Weaver allowed a run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings on the mound for the Wildcats, striking out two, to get the win.

Jackson Crumb had a hit and two RBI’s as well for MSHS, who plays at home next Thursday against Mercer Island. The 4:00 p.m. first pitch is at Si View Park in North Bend.

Red Wolves blast Granite: Cedarcrest High School’s varsity pounded out the hits and took full advantage of Granite Falls defensive miscues to blast the Tigers 14-0 in five innings with the game called early by the mercy rule last night at Granite Falls High School in the Cascade opener for both teams. CHS hosts Lynden this afternoon at 12 noon at Cedarcrest High School. Stats from last night were not available by post time this morning.

Here’s the rest of last night’s scores this morning from both high school and college baseball of note, with a note and that is all of our high school coverage today is provided courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store:

High School
Kingco 3A/4A: Lake Washington 10, Inglemoor 5 – A big fifth inning propelled the Kangs to the road win over the Vikings under the lights in Kenmore last night. Torin Montgomery led LW, going 4-4 with two runs scored and four RBI’s while both Sean Mulcare and Eunsang YU had a triple apiece to pace the Vikings. Each also scored a run with Yu also driving in one.

Kingco 4A: Cascade 6, Bothell 1 – The Bruins took care of business at home in Everett, as the Wesco 4A squad took the victory. Bothell was limited to just three hits, with Dylan Gerard, Joey Inghram and Jacob Peoples each getting one for the Cougars.

Kingco 4A: Seattle Prep 11, North Creek 2 – A five-run first for the Metro League’s Panthers enabled them to cruise to the road non-conference win over the Jaguars at North Creek High School in Bothell. Ryne Hays went 2-3 with a run scored, two walks and three RBI’s to lead Prep, while Julian Jackson had a hit, walk and scored both North Creek runs to pace the Jaguars. Jack Moffitt allowed two unearned runs on two hits in five innings on the mound for the Panthers with nine strikeouts to get the win.

Kingco 3A: Juanita 5, Auburn Mountainview 0 – Jayson Schroeder fired a one-hitter for the Rebels, striking out 15, as they blanked the SPSL 3A’s Lions at Auburn Mountainview High School. Taylor Peterson was 2-4 with a run for Juanita, while Austin Santiago added a hit, walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s to the JHS efforts.

Kingco 3A: Mercer Island 8, Eastside Catholic 7 – Matt Boissoneault’s single in the bottom of the seventh proved to be the walk-off game winner, scoring Greg Fuchs with the winning run, as MI rallied from a 7-0 deficit to steal the win at home under the lights last night at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Fuchs finished 2-3 with two runs scored to pace MI, while Boissoneault’s single proved to be his lone hit; he drove in two runs. Grant Stading doubled and scored a run for the Islanders as well. Nate Gelbrich was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored to lead EC.

Kingco 3A: Interlake 5, Chief Sealth 2 – Lucas Allen homered for the Saints as part of a 2-3 performance, scoring a run and driving in two more, as Interlake took one from the visiting Seahawks from the Metro League. Xavier Bellay allowed an unearned run on three hits, striking out four, in three innings to get the win on the mound for Interlake. Jesse Brown was 1-2 with a run scored and RBI for Sealth leading the Seattle team.

Cascade: King’s 17, Concrete 0 – The Knights took out some early season frustrations on the visitors from the upper Skagit Valley, pounding out all of those runs on just 10 hits in a win under the lights in Seattle last night. Isaac Hines and Andrew Ekern combined on a two-hitter for King’s on the mound, combining for 10 strikeouts, and A.J. Knorr led the Knight offense, going 4-4 with a double, run scored and five RBI’s.

Cascade: Sultan 7, Friday Harbor 6 – The Turks scored all seven of their runs in the fifth and held on for the non-conference home win at Sultan High School. Elias Lopez was 1-2 with a run scored and two RBI’s leading Sultan.

Wesco: Stanwood 7, Marsyville-Getchell 5 – The Spartans held on for the Wesco 3A North road win over the host Chargers in Marysville. Colton Bayley was 1-3 with three RBI’s pacing M-G.

Wesco: Mountlake Terrace 9, Glacier Peak 5 – The Hawks won the Wesco 3A/4A non-conference tilt over the Grizzlies in Snohomish paced by a 2-3 performance from Jesse Martineau which included a double; he scored a run and drove in three more to lead Mountlake. Jaxsen Sweum homered and doubled for Peak, scoring a pair of runs and driving in two more. Drew Brown also had two hits for GP, including a double, scored twice and drove in another run.

Wesco: Everett 9, Oak Harbor 1 – The Seagulls won their Wesco 3A opener on neutral soil in Seattle aided by a 2-3 effort from Abe Affholter, who scored twice and drove in a third run for Everett. Ryan Burt, too, had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Seagulls. Nick Mardeisch, Aaron Robertson and Gabe Maggio combined on a three-hitter on the mound for EHS, with Mardeisch getting the win allowing an unearned run on the three hits, walking three and striking out four in four innings. Aaron Martinez was 1-2 with the Wildcats’ lone RBI guiding OH.

UCLA 6, Washington State 5: The Bruins held off the Cougars in the Pac-12 opener for both teams down in Los Angeles last night. Sophomore Isaac Mullins, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS grad, allowed three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out one, in his normal Friday start on the hill for WSU. He received no decision.

Gonzaga 1, Pepperdine 0: GU won the pitcher’s duel behind their ace Daniel Bies, who struck out 13 and only allowed three hits in eight shutout innings; he was helped by North Bend’s Carson Breshears. The junior, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-3 for the Bulldogs, as they took the conference opener and won their 10th game of the season with the home triumph in Spokane.

UC Davis 6, Northern Colorado 2: A four-run fifth propelled the Aggies to the home win in the first of their three-game weekend set with the visiting Bears. Senior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 0-4 for UNCo.

Northwest Nazarene 7, Concordia-PDX 6 (game two, doubleheader): NNU, after falling in the opener of their GNAC twinbill with the Cavs at home in Nampa, ID, scored a pair of runs off Duvall’s Andrew Willmon in the sixth to escape with the nightcap win and twinbill split. Willmon, a junior and 2015 Cedarcrest HS grad, allowed those two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief for the Cavs, walking one and striking out one. He took the loss, his first decision as a Concordia pitcher. Willmon did not pitch in the opening game of the twinbill, won by the Cavs 9-6.

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Mount Si’s Anderson decides college volleyball future, plus weekend note….

Mount Si High School senior volleyball player Emma Anderson has announced her verbal commitment to play college volleyball this fall at Whitman College in Walla Walla. (Photo courtesy MSHS Volleyball)

We have breaking news at this hour from Mount Si High School’s volleyball program, as once again a Wildcat athlete has found a place to play college volleyball this fall.

Senior Emma Anderson has verbally committed to play at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Whitman is an NCAA Division III school in the Northwest Conference, and is very much no stranger to Anderson, as her older brother Collin, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, currently is a pitcher for the school’s baseball team as a sophomore.

Whitman went 9-12 last fall, 9-7 within league play, and finished fourth. They were a young team in 2017, with just three seniors and nine freshmen, so Anderson will be joining a group that will be hopefully intact for a long time to come there in eastern Washington.

Anderson becomes just the latest player in Wildcat coach Bonnie Foote’s long, nearly 20-year, tenure with the high school to find a college opportunity, joining such names as Marissa Hill (Western Washington), Maggie Olson (Central Washington), Miranda Pratt (Idaho and Texas A&M International), Zoe Gogan (Washington State and Montana State), Faith Hutcherson (Washington State), Sarah McDonald (UNC Charlotte), Liz Larson (St. Martin’s), Robyn Schirmer (Lewis-Clark State) and Aubrey Larion (Pacific Lutheran).

Foote is thrilled with the news. “Emma started her volleyball career in the Snoqualmie Valley as a 12-year old for RidgeValley (Volleyball Club) and has continued to work hard during the season and out of season every year since. We are so proud of her and excited for this next phase in her career as an athlete and scholar,” she told us by email. Anderson currently plays for Mercer Island-based Island Thunder, along with fellow Wildcat Jessica Hanners.

We offer our congratulations to Anderson and her family on this special accomplishment.


Gogan and her club squad in the Mile High City: As we mentioned on Wednesday, Mount Si junior Bellah Gogan and her club teammates from the Seattle Juniors U-18 team are competing in this weekend’s Colorado Crossroads tournament in Denver. Seattle is set to start play in the event’s “18 USA” division shortly as it seeks a berth to the USA Volleyball U-18 nationals at the end of next month down in Anaheim. SJ opens play against the Alpine Volleyball Academy from suburban Denver, then will face teams from Colorado Springs and Albuquerque this evening at the Colorado Convention Center in the Mile High City’s downtown. Play in the event will continue through the weekend and we’ll keep you posted on how things go.

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Mount Si girls lacrosse falls for first time this spring, plus news on a Valleyite making his mark on the college front

From lacrosse this morning, another big night for Mount Si’s girls’ lacrosse star proved to be not enough in the end, as they fell for the first time this season.

Despite four goals and an assist from Jessica Morris, the Wildcats fell 11-8 to the Bellevue Wolverines under the lights last night at Bellevue High School. The loss dropped Mount Si to 1-1 on the season. Emme Rezoski had a pair of goals, and goals were also scored by Sam Smith and Riordan Roche as the Wildcats gave it their best efforts, but fell just short.

The Wildcats are at Ballard next Tuesday, then next Friday Mount Si is at home hosting Sumner at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Game time is 7:00 p.m., and admission is free.

Also, from the colleges:

Valleyite Smith continues his strong start to sophomore college season
It has been a busy week this week for the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team, as they played a pair of games in Georgia, contests which they split, with a Valleyite factoring in both performances for the NCAA Division III Crusaders.

Snoqualmie sophomore Tyler Smith scored a goal, but aside from that, the Dallas offense was relatively cold as they fell to Piedmont College yesterday, 18-3. Smith had six shots recorded, three on goal, and also recorded two ground balls.

The loss yesterday came off a big win Tuesday for the Crusaders as they took care of Ogelthorpe 11-8. Smith, a 2016 Mount Si High School grad, had four goals and two assists to lead Dallas. He now has 23 goals on the season, tops for the Crusaders in that department, and also has seven assists for the 4-5 Dallas squad, which finished its trip to Georgia with the loss last night and will be home for two with Carroll-Wisconsin next weekend in Texas.

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