Saturday news…..

Good Saturday morning.

Happy Halloween to all of you this morning. State high school football playoff action has kicked off around the country including in Idaho, Utah and Montana, so hopefully, those of you who have subscriptions to the NFHS Network will be able to catch some of the action over the next few weeks. If we have a chance next week, we’ll talk about a couple of teams that you should be following if you want a high school football fix.

But in the meantime, we have a couple of news items this morning for you. As we mentioned yesterday, Mount Si High School girls’ basketball player Lauren Glazier is this morning down in Phoenix with her Northwest Blazers select basketball team getting set to play in a weekend tournament. Turns out, though, she’s not the only Valley girls’ high school athlete who has made the trek south this weekend.

Cedarcrest High School sophomore softball player Kaylee Hulse and her select squad, the Issaquah-based Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 16U’s, are in Arizona this weekend as well, competing in a tournament in Scottsdale. They had two games yesterday to get the weekend rolling, and it was a split result.

Things started out well enough for Abraham, as they rolled in their tournament opener 9-3 over the NorCal Batbusters out of the Stockton-Sacramento area. Hulse had one plate appearance in the contest and walked, while teammate Mackenzie Phillips led the way; the player from Poulsbo’s North Kitsap High School had two hits, scored twice and drove in a third run pacing the ‘Hawks. Liberty High’s Elyse McMullin scattered three runs, one earned, on just six hits striking out four in a complete game effort to get the win in the circle for WLH.

The success proved to be short-lived however, as Abraham fell in the nightcap, 9-4, to the southern California-based Ohana Tigers Limardo. Hulse had a hit, scored a run and drove in a second, but a six-run second by the opposing Tigers proved to be costly for the ladies from the Eastside. Redmond’s Karli Kostoff had a double, scored a run and drove in two more leading the Hawks.

They will continue play in the event today in Arizona.

Soccer: Red Wolve alum gets on the field
Clemson University’s men’s soccer team played its regular season finale last night, and fell at Wake Forest, 2-0, in Winston-Salem, NC. Freshman Enrique Montana III, he of Duvall and a 2019 Cedarcrest HS grad, started the contest and worked 68 minutes of it with no stats of note to report for the Tigers. This was the first road appearance for Montana III in his college career, as he had only played in home games thus far this fall for Clemson, who finished the shortened schedule 5-2-1, 3-2-1 in conference play. They will take the next two weeks off and get ready for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

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Friday news…….

Good Friday morning. A little news for you on a Friday as we get down to the Halloween weekend and the return to standard time on Sunday morning.

It comes to us from college cross country, where a Mount Si High School grad has been given a prestigious honor by her former college program.

Whitworth University this week named their cross-country All Decade team for the past decade (2010-19) and on that squad is North Bend’s Bailey Scott. Scott, who graduated from Mount Si in 2014, competed for all four of her college years with the Pirates before graduating from the NCAA Division III school in Spokane in 2018. She was part of three Northwest Conference championship teams during her time there, also helping the women’s squad win the NCAA D-III West Regional meet in 2016. She was a three-time NCAA D-III national meet participant, with her best finish being 10th in 2016.

In addition, Scott was a two-time All-NWC first team selection as well in her career with Whitworth.

Good stuff for sure and we congratulate Bailey on the recognition. Also this morning:

Mount Si’s Glazier back on the floor this weekend
The fall is proving to be a busy one for members of Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball program. Earlier this month, junior Lauren Glazier was among a couple of Wildcats who competed at a select tournament in Phoenix, then just this past weekend, several other Mount Si players, including senior Gwen Aasland, and coach Jason Marr were involved in a separate select event in Idaho. Well, Glazier’s back to work this weekend, back in Arizona.

Glazier and her Northwest Blazers Grey Amateur Athletic Union club team, based in Spokane, will be competing in the Nike ToC “The Bubble” Phoenix event. This was the event that Glazier participated in earlier this month, but the program has secured a return appearance to the event, which is now in its third weekend of action; the earlier event was the tournament’s first weekend. Each of the weekends is separate and this weekend, the team is guaranteed four games – two tomorrow and two on Sunday. She will be the only Mount Si participant in the event as the Blazers make up most of the Northwest regional representation in the tournament this weekend. Most of the teams in the event this weekend are from California and Arizona.

Among those California and Arizona teams, one we will be following is the Arizona Elite Prep. This squad features a Kingco rival of Glazier’s – Inglemoor senior Isabella Reid, who hooked up with that club program over the summer to ensure she had a place to play in the event Washington’s high school basketball season is canceled, which we speculated on Tuesday will end up likely being the case due to increased COVID-19 virus case counts in Washington resulting in districts shifting their resumption of in-person instruction beyond the scheduled December 28 date for the return of high school sports to our state.

As of now, tournament organizers report three colleges will be monitoring proceedings, all likely remotely via webstream. These include Central Washington University in Ellensburg and a pair of NCAA Division I schools in California. So Glazier should get some attention this weekend, especially from CWU, although as you know the Wildcat post has a pair of NCAA D-I scholarship offers to consider. So we’ll see what happens on that front out of this weekend.

We will provide coverage of the event for you this weekend and we wish Glazier and her teammates luck this weekend.

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Mount Si softball players compete against each other in a select team twinbill

Good Thursday morning. Back after a day off with nothing yesterday. We had another edition of Wednesday Night Softball up in Everett last night once again featuring members of Mount Si High School’s softball team playing with their select teams in a doubleheader. Last night’s twinbill featured Wildcats on both teams, as Jaclyn Huntzinger and her Redmond-based Elite Diamonds ’03 16U squad took on Ginger Harris and her Kirkland-based Northwest Bandits 18U Pinder team.

In the opener, the Diamonds rolled to a 13-0 blowout win with the bats doing their thing and their pitcher doing hers. Pitcher Addie Harlan fired a no-hitter striking out five, and Huntzinger doubled, walked, scored a run and drove in another. Former Cedarcrest High School player Payton Pluschke, now with Redmond, led the way with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI’s for the Diamonds, who continued their onslaught in the nightcap, taking it 5-2 to sweep the twinbill. Huntzinger and Pluschke both went 0-2, but teammates Mackenzie Burke, Avery Henderson and Skylar Maloney did the damage for the Diamonds, all of them homering in the contest. Maloney, from Skyline High School in Sammamish, had the big blow, hitting a three-run shot in the second to put this one away early for the Diamonds.

Harris did not play in the opener for the Bandits but played in the nightcap and went 0-2.

The Bandits will be back in action this weekend in Everett, while the Diamonds’ schedule will also continue as conditions warrant. NWB will have two Sunday with Kenmore-based KB, giving Harris another chance to face a Mount Si teammate in club play; Vera Harrison is one of the top players for KB, an 18U squad.

Good stuff on a Thursday.

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What one school district’s decision could, and will likely mean, for high school hoops in Washington this winter, and a diamond cut on the side, on this Tuesday…..

Good Tuesday morning. As we discussed yesterday, we have some hardwood to talk about this morning as we continue our coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on high school and youth sports in Washington. This past weekend in Idaho, many of Washington’s top high school girls’ basketball players and their Amateur Athletic Union club teams had a successful weekend competing in the End of the Trail’s Gem State Classic, held in Middleton, outside of Boise. But back home in Washington, a decision by this state’s largest school district is likely to heavily influence how their high school season might look this coming winter, and if it’s any guide, it’s likely not going to be good.

Incase you have not heard, the Seattle School District late last Friday announced it had decided to delay the return of in-person student instruction in the district, as it, and other school districts around the state look to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, to at least the end of the first semester, which is scheduled to end in January of 2021, a month after Washington high school sports leaders had scheduled the state’s high school sports restart with the hoops season. So what does this all mean?

Before we continue, we want to stress here we’re going to be dealing in a lot of speculation here, and that official decisions are likely not going to be made for several more weeks. But Seattle’s decision is expected to be a guide for how other districts, especially if Washington’s COVID case counts continue to rise and be problematic, will address their return to in-person instruction, which in many districts has been delayed due to the rising caseloads. With that, and past practice of there not being allowed any games or other sports events with no on-campus instruction, it is likely the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Washington’s high school sports governing body, will have a choice to make: whether to cancel the upcoming high school hoops season or shift it, and other sports in their winter “Season 2”, to either the “fall-spring” Season 3 or “spring” Season 4.

Based on two factors – one, gym conflicts at schools, and more importantly, two, the concern about potential loss of turnouts as kids are forced to choose sports, which will especially be a problem in smaller classification schools such as 2A’s Cedarcrest High School in Duvall – we would look for the WIAA to eventually announce the cancellation of the high school basketball season in Washington. It’s not going to happen today, or perhaps in the near term, but if the case counts continue to be a problem, which is expected, and other districts do follow Seattle’s lead, which they will, the association will be forced to cancel it.

So, if that does happen, what is a player and their family to do? Many top players are already hooked up with local Amateur Athletic Union teams, but for those who aren’t, what the girls’ basketball program at Renton’s Liberty High School did at this Idaho tournament could be a sign of things to come if the high school season is ultimately canceled.

Liberty at this tournament sent both a “varsity” and “junior varsity” level squad to compete, and other schools could look at forming those kind of teams to compete within the AAU on a local or even regional level this winter. Such teams, if that were to come to pass, for both boys and girls would allow players who for whatever reason – cost, skill level, time commitment, etc. – aren’t currently hooked up with a local AAU organization such as Preston-based Team LaVine, Bothell-based Way to Win or Seattle-based Friends of Hoop, programs which had teams at this Idaho girls’ event but at least in LaVine’s and FoH’s cases also have boys programs, to access opportunities to play this winter. Whether Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School’s programs will do this will be determined later, and again, this only happens if the WIAA cancels the high school basketball season.

But, there is also the possibility that athletes and their families may choose to leave the state temporarily to go play in other states, such as Utah, Arizona, Idaho or Colorado, all of which are open and are expected to have normal basketball seasons this winter. As you know, several top players did leave Washington over the summer, including one of Kingco 4A’s top players in then-Eastlake star Haley Huard and her sister Macey. It is likely that with the decision by Seattle, depending on how this ends up impacting the WIAA’s decision-making with respect to canceling the season, other athletes and families may now begin the process of exploring the viability of leaving the state to play this winter. It is our suggestion that if you or your family want to explore this possibility, you need to begin doing so now.

But there is a wild card in all of this, and that is the election. If Republican challenger Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, is able to pull off an upset and unseat incumbent Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee in Washington’s governor’s race, to be decided one week from today on Election Day although many of you – including your editor – have already cast your votes, the state’s handling of the outbreak is likely to change, including the aspect of in-person student instruction in our schools. So all of this could be moot if that happens, which, while not likely, is always possible. 2020 has thrown all of us curveball after curveball, and a Culp victory for a lot of you will be another curveball.

So there is a lot to think about here as we move into the next few weeks, but as things stand now, if everything continues to trend the way it is trending, it’s likely you will see a cancellation of high school hoops in Washington. But a lot could change between now and when those decisions will have to be made, so do continue to monitor things and if you have sons or daughters who play high school basketball, begin now to establish alternate season options for your kids incase those will need to take place this winter.

That is our discussion piece for this morning. Actual action last night and it was on the diamond, with the scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Softball
Harrison, KB roll to doubleheader sweep: The Kenmore-based KB Fastpitch 18U select squad had a good night with the bats, as they rolled to a sweep of a twinbill up in Everett over the Edmonds-based Pacific Fury, winning the two games 12-2 and 11-3 respectively.

In the opener, Mount Si’s Vera Harrison was 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI for KB while teammate Abbie Dill doubled as part of a two-hit effort, driving in three runs. The nightcap continued to be dominant for KB with Harrison going 0-2 but walking once and scoring a run. Teammate Sofia Chamorro homered and drove in three runs and fellow teammate Maddie Brown had two doubles and an RBI.

KB’s season will continue this weekend.

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The weekend wrap….from the hardwood and the diamond…..

Good Monday morning. Time now for our weekend wrap and we finish out our coverage of the End of the Trail Gem State Classic girls’ select hoops tournament in Middleton, ID, this morning, as players and their families have, if they haven’t already made it home yet from the event, will be leaving this morning.

Most of the Seattle-area teams in the event are likely back home as most if not all drove down there for the weekend event, which wrapped up for most teams yesterday morning. The Team LaVine Karim squad faced a tough foe to close out the weekend, and the Cal Stars Attack proved to be tough, as the San Francisco Bay-area team handled the Preston-based LaVine 48-39 in a game at Middleton Middle School, one of four school sites in that Idaho community that were used for this weekend’s tournament.

Mount Si’s Gwen Aasland closed out her first weekend of action following her return from the knee injury last December which ended her junior season early with the Wildcats, and the Mount Si senior finished with five rebounds and a steal, and avoided any new injuries. LaVine – and Wildcats – teammate Grace Turley added five points, a rebound, and two assists as the Karim crew finished 2-3 on the weekend, winning their first two games before falling in their last three to close out the tournament.

Also:

LaVine Ariel falls: LaVine’s Ariel unit fell 34-30 in an early morning game yesterday also at the middle school to the Spokane-area Ballers team. The team features Mount Si’s Indi Edwards. Ariel finished 2-2 in the event, like the Karim squad winning their first two before falling in their last two.

FoH 4-0: The Seattle-based Friends of Hoop freshman-level team, with Wildcat Ella Spurlock, finished out an unbeaten weekend handling the Sacramento Stars Red from California 43-37 in a morning game also at MMS. No stats available but Spurlock played the contest and did well.

LaVine Marr beats Seattle rival to close out tournament: Mount Si coach Jason Marr’s LaVine-affiliated middle-school entry, with his daughter Ava on the squad, outlasted Seattle rival Friends of Hoop Whitaker 48-45 in a game at Mill Creek Elementary, one of the other sites used for the event, to finish 3-1 on the weekend. A good showing for sure for Marr’s unit, which features players from the Northshore School District.

LaVine freshman split: LaVine’s freshman squad split a pair yesterday just like they did on Saturday, falling yesterday to the “JV” squad repping Renton’s Liberty High School 42-28 before rallying for a 43-34 win over the Sacramento Stars from California to finish out the weekend 2-2. Mount Si freshman Breanna Griffith is on the team, but in the games we viewed of them online over the weekend, she didn’t appear to have played.

Others: As for Liberty, both their “varsity” and “JV” squads finished 3-1 on the weekend, and Bothell’s Way to Win, with Inglemoor’s Dulcy Solomon, finished 2-2. Speaking of the Patriots, we’re going to talk more about them tomorrow. A decision made late last Friday by the Seattle School District regarding the return of in-person instruction this school year is likely to have a major impact on whether the high school basketball season in Washington will take place this winter. What that decision was, its potential impacts, and how what Liberty is doing could be a sign of things to come, all tomorrow here on the blog.

Time now for some diamond cuts. Action courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Softball
Washington Ladyhawks Miller 8, Elite Diamonds ’03 16U 1 (game one, doubleheader): The Ladyhawks kept up the pressure on the Redmond-based Diamonds, winning the first of two in the doubleheader up in Everett. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger and former Cedarcrest player Payton Pluschke both went 1-2 for the Diamonds in the contest.

KB Fastpitch 18U 3, Washington Warriors 2 (game one, doubleheader): North Creek’s Carli Zanassi homered for Kenmore-based KB as they held off the Snohomish County-based Warriors. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison was 0-2 with a walk for KB in this one.

Washington Ladyhawks Miller 4, Elite Diamonds ’03 16U 3 (game two, doubleheader): The Everett satellite of the Puyallup-based Hawks swept the twinbill. Lake Stevens’ Avery Henderon powered the Diamonds with a homer. Pluschke, now with Redmond, and Huntzinger both went 0-2 for the Diamonds.

KB Fastpitch 18U 5, Washington Warriors 0 (game two, doubleheader): Pitchers Olivia Connor and Jill Begley combined on a two-hitter for KB in the circle as they swept the twinbill up in Everett. Harrison went 0-1 with a walk for KB in this contest.

Baseball
Dudes split two: The Redmond-based 16U select baseball team split a pair with their city rivals Rijo yesterday afternoon, falling in the opener 3-2 before taking the nightcap 7-6. Mount Si’s Isaac Kreidel-Reimer played in both games for the Dudes. He was 0-1 with a walk in the opener then went 0-2 with a fielder’s choice, stolen base and run scored in the nightcap.

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