Larson’s contributions not enough for Saints as volleyball team falls on road

Quick note from college volleyball as well on this Friday.

St. Martin’s University’s squad fell last night at Western Oregon in four sets down in Monmouth, OR, 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17. Sophomore Liz Larson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si High School alum, had three kills, three digs and five blocks for St. Martin’s, who dropped to 6-9 overall, 2-9 in conference, with the loss.

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Mount Si girls’ soccer recognizes Class of 2017, plus news from the college and pro pitch on this Friday…..

It has been a rough season for Mount Si High School’s girls’ soccer team, as they’ve only won twice all season and have struggled to put the ball in the back of the net. The Wildcats put all of those negatives aside last night and recognized the hard work of their four seniors as they played their final home game of the regular season.

Natalie Weidenbach, Avery Lane, Courtney Kasel and Bella DiDomenico were honored prior to the contest against Inglemoor, and all four saw significant playing time as the two teams went to overtime before ending in a 1-1 draw. Mount Si coach Darren Brown praised his class of 2017. “They’re just class acts. I’ve had them forever with me and they work hard. They’re good practice players, they’re good teammates. They’re huge, they’re huge for us,” Brown said.

Lane will miss being a part of the Wildcats. “I’ve had a blast. I’ve made a lot of nice friendships and I have a lot of good memories with the team,” she said. So will Kasel. “I’ve enjoyed the friendships as well and building the bonds with people and playing with different people than just on the club team,” she said. Kasel plays for Eastside FC, the Preston-based club organization which Weidenbach and other MSHS players also compete for in their club play.

Both goals were scored in the second half – Mount Si’s was first, in the 44th minute. The Wildcats scored on what was called an “own goal” by Inglemoor meaning their player kicked the ball into their own net. The play started with a shot attempt by Wildcat Joelle Buck that bounced high and over the Viking goalkeeper into the back of the net. Inglemoor responded by tying the game in the 52nd minute, finishing a set piece off a corner kick. Mount Si defenders did their best to keep the ball out of the net, but the ball crossed the goal line before the Wildcats could get to it and officials ruled it a good goal. The two squads then went the rest of the way with no additional goals scored, although Mount Si barely missed winning it at the end of regulation, firing a shot just above the crossbar of the goal.

DiDomenico will miss getting to play with new teammates every day. “I’ve always looked forward to playing for Mount Si because it’s always fun to play with new people and get to know everyone on the field,” she said.

While DiDomenico, Kasel and Lane all have futures likely outside of major college soccer, Weidenbach’s path is set, as she’ll be hookin’ some ‘Horns down in Texas as she embarks on her college career with the University of Texas next fall. She’s ready. “I’m going to try to earn my spot at Texas (and) do the best I can. I want to be able to try to make a national champ at one point in my career. That is a goal of mine,” the star Wildcat athlete said.

Weidenbach added, “I plan to blaze my own trail. I love the standards they’ve set, but I want to set even higher ones.”

Lane had this advice for next year’s Mount Si team and beyond. “My advice for the players next year is just to go out and play hard. You’re on the team for a reason. We have worked really hard this season. I know we might not have gotten the outcome that we wanted, but there’s a lot of room for improvement and there’s a lot of room for you guys to go out and just play your best and win some games,” she said.

Mount Si wraps up the season next Tuesday at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell against Woodinville. The Wildcats must win and hope both Newport and Inglemoor lose to get a playoff spot. A tall order to be sure, but Mount Si and the Falcons finished in a scoreless tie in their first meeting of the season, so if the Wildcats can get some offense and toughen their defense, it is possible. Game time is at 5:30 p.m. with the Vikings’ game against Bothell following at 7:30 for those fans who want to stay for the nightcap if Mount Si ends up winning their game.

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Week 8 of Valley high school football sees Mount Si host Homecoming and Cedarcrest wrap up their season….here’s the previews and the picks

Good Friday morning. We have soccer on deck this morning, but we first take a look at some pigskin. Week eight is here. Week eight, how fast time has flown to get this fall underway. Tonight, Mount Si hosts their Homecoming game, and Cedarcrest wraps up their regular season with a road clash against Cedar Park Christian, with both kickoffs scheduled for 7:00. Mount Si leads it off this morning.

Mount Si Wildcats vs. Inglemoor Vikings, Mount Si HS, Snoqualmie – It’s Homecoming and Senior Night rolled into one for scarlet and gray tonight as the Wildcats look to begin their final stretch of games this season on a solid note. Mount Si is playing out the string at this point, with their postseason hopes gone following last Friday’s 27-3 loss at Woodinville.

It has been a challenging season for the Wildcats, between the Kingco 4A being a bit tougher this fall than last season, with the emergence of the Falcons, Bothell and Eastlake after those teams were mid-pack in 2015, and injuries to key players at the wrong times this season – see Cale Millen and Jesiah Irish – so Mount Si will look to close out 2016 on a strong note and get set for a solid 2017.

We’d look for the usuals to be on their game tonight. Senior RB/LB Jack Weidenbach, senior receiver Eric Daniels, senior RB Max Bonda and sophomore QB Millen will be the players to watch, and perhaps if Irish is back healthy after his ankle injury in their loss to Eastlake two weeks ago, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with as well.

Inglemoor is 1-5 overall this fall, with their lone win coming two weeks ago over Newport, who Mount Si meets next week. QB’s Brayden Mills and Dahlton Sullivan, along with RB Cole Kindschi and receiver Kyle Loken, appear to be your players to watch. Wildcat defenders, led by Weidenbach, who has special visitors in town this weekend – his grandparents flew in from Michigan and were at sister Natalie’s Mount Si Senior Night soccer game last night and will be there tonight as well – will need to keep an eye on these four and take care of business.

As we’ve discussed in the past, on Homecoming, not only does Mount Si have to shut down their opponent, they’ll also have to avoid making their own mistakes, mistakes that will come from lack of focus and the obvious distractions of Homecoming, with members of the football team perhaps being in line for spots on the school’s Homecoming court, for example. Get past that, and their job is a lot easier.

With the struggles on paper being what they are for the Vikings, we’d look for a “W” tonight and a great celebration for our community. Mount Si 24, Inglemoor 3

Cedarcrest Red Wolves at Cedar Park Christian Eagles, Juanita HS, Kirkland – Tonight’s game, with next week’s forfeit of their game against Archbishop Murphy, is the final contest of the regular season for the Red Wolves, and with that it’s their final chance to boost their RPI rankings enough in order to qualify for a week 10 playoff spot. Based on how the Eagles have fared this fall, we’d look for Cedarcrest to not have too much trouble tonight.

CHS gave it their all last Friday, rallying from a 42-10 halftime deficit to make visiting Eatonville have to sweat it out a bit before falling in a 62-51 shootout. Ryan Golden scored a pair of touchdowns, including on a kickoff return, and amassed over 200 all-purpose yards leading the Red Wolves. The senior will be a player to watch, as will be quarterback Aaron Davenport, who threw for three touchdowns and 183 yards on 11-26 passing last week. CHS boys’ AotW from earlier this fall Jake Kirschenmann will be also someone to pay attention to; he caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss.

As for CPC, they are winless in conference and 2-5 overall, with their wins coming early in the season against non-conference foes Bellevue Christian and Vashon Island. Players to watch include senior quarterback Jack Flynn, who has amassed we suspect over 400 yards through the air this fall, and fellow senior running back Josiah Sergeant, who also has had a fine season, racking up over 300 yards on the ground.

Again, as noted in our open, we don’t anticipate this opponent to be a significant chore for the Red Wolves, but it is CPC’s senior night, so we’d expect the seniors to give it their all, and if they do, CHS might be in for a little more than they expected. Cedarcrest 34, CPC 10

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Mount Si, Cedarcrest volleyball on opposite sides of sweeps in league action

Mount Si High School’s volleyball team can breathe a little easier today as it now very much appears the playoffs will be on the horizon, keeping their long postseason tradition under coach Bonnie Foote intact for another season.

The Wildcats easily handled Woodinville last night in a three-set sweep, 25-10, 25-21, 25-19, at Woodinville High School, moving them to 2-4 in league and putting them very close to officially locking up a Kingco 4A playoff berth. Mount Si will need Inglemoor to lose at least one more match in order to officially clinch a berth.

Courteney Carr led the way last night for the Wildcats, with 28 assists, three kills, five digs and half a block as Mount Si started out strong and didn’t let up. Cameron Kendall had 19 digs and three aces, while Katie McCreadie continued to deliver in the outside hitter role, pocketing 18 kills, four digs and a half a block.

The Wildcats finish league play at Newport next Wednesday.

Mount Si JV escapes: The Wildcats needed every last point to score a win in the junior varsity game. After the Wildcats and Falcons split the first two sets, Mount Si held off Woodinville in the deciding third frame to take the win. Annaliese Jensen had 11 kills, five digs, three aces and 1 ½ blocks for the Wildcats in the 25-15, 16-25, 16-14 win. Jessica Hanners added 17 assists, three aces and four digs to the Mount Si cause, while Adrianna Auxier pitched in 19 digs and an ace.

The Wildcats close the season next Wednesday at Newport. First serve is at 5:30 p.m., prior to the varsity match at 7:00.

CHS swept: Cedarcrest’s volleyball ladies fell at home last night in Duvall 25-14, 25-19, 25-23 to visiting South Whidbey. Big nights from three Falcons aided the winning efforts for the ladies from Whidbey Island. Kacie Hanson had 16 kills, 10 digs and four aces leading SW, while Angelina Wilson added 18 digs and Emma Leggett pitched in 11 kills and six digs. For CHS, Kami Leslie had four kills, 17 assists and three aces and Briana Deveraux had four kills.

Both players’ efforts came off solid performances in their Monday win over Granite Falls – Leslie in that game had 31 assists and six aces and Deveraux added nine kills as the Red Wolves swept the Tigers and asserted their place in line for a possible postseason berth

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Red Wolves’ girls soccer celebrates Senior Night with win, plus news from the college pitch on this Thursday…..

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team closed out their season last night with members of their Class of 2017 getting it done on their senior night as they blanked visiting South Whidbey.

Kasi Mora scored two goals and Meghan Rodger added two assists, aiding the Red Wolves’ 3-0 win at home in Duvall that locked up the top spot to the 2A playoffs out of the Cascade Conference for CHS, who goes in at 10-3-3 overall, 9-2-1 in conference play. Mora, Rodger, Keelee Reid (who also had an assist in the contest), Emma Cremeen, co-captain Kelsey Berens and Nina Fossen were all honored in a special halftime ceremony for their contributions over four years to the Red Wolves soccer program.

Sophomore Taylor Burton also scored a goal for Cedarcrest, who now awaits their playoff opponent. Their next game will be at home either next Thursday or October 29 depending on whether CHS gets a first-round bye which, with them cementing that top overall 2A seed out of the conference, is likely.

College action of note this morning:

Chapman 3, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men 0: CMS fell at home last night to their league rivals in southern California; senior Alex Censullo, from North Bend and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, came off the bench for the Stags and logged 39 minutes of action, with no stats of note reported. CMS is now 9-5-1 overall, 7-5-1 in league with the loss.

Whitworth women 1, Whitman 0 (OT): Whitworth needed extra time to score the game’s lone goal and pick up the win in the NWC’s eastern Washington rivalry clash in Walla Walla. Junior Leah Corra, from Ames Lake and a 2014 Mount Si HS alum, came off the bench for the Pirates and worked 40 minutes of action with no stats of note reported. Whitworth moves to 7-8-0 overall, 6-5-0 in conference with the win.

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