It’s Super Bowl weekend, and we start it with our previews and picks of the Friday night hoops action

Another round of Friday picks and previews for you this morning. Mount Si is north tonight, in Bothell to meet the Cougars, while Cedarcrest meets Sultan.

GIRLS
Mount Si Wildcats at Bothell Cougars, Bothell HS, Bothell, 6:00pm – Mount Si is back to work after a week off due to their bye on Wednesday; the team fell 70-22 at Inglemoor last Friday without star senior Elizabeth Prewitt, who was ill. Prewitt is expected back tonight for the Wildcats, who meet a Cougar team that continues to be among the top squads in Kingco 4A. Sophomore Taya Corosdale leads Bothell, averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds a contest; she scored 26 points and added 15 boards, 10 of which were on the offensive end, to lead the Cougars over Mount Si the first time these two teams met back in December. Look for Corosdale to deliver yet again and for Bothell to continue its push for a deep run in postseason. Bothell 70, Mount Si 45

Cedarcrest Red Wolves at Sultan Turks, Sultan HS, Sultan, 6:45pm – The Red Wolves and Turks meet for the final time this season in league play; Cedarcrest won the first meeting between the two teams back on January 6. But things have changed since then; most notably the Red Wolves are still without top freshman Haley Hill, out with a concussion, and her loss is being felt in a big way at the moment by CHS, who fell this past Tuesday to Lakewood and likely cost them a shot at the postseason. Seniors Megan Ditore and LuAnn Townley will look to lead the Red Wolves in this one tonight. As for Sultan, sophomore Bailey Bierbrauer leads the team in scoring, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds a contest; she scored seven points in the first meeting of these two teams. Cedarcrest 45, Sultan 35

BOYS
Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Sultan Turks, Cedarcrest HS, Duvall, 6:45 pm – The Red Wolves and Turks meet for the final time on the Cascade Conference schedule this fall; in their first meeting, back on January 6 at Sultan High School, the Red Wolves eked out a 57-56 win behind 14 points from Kyle Walsh. Watch for him and fellow senior Chase Cardon to lead the way tonight. The Red Wolves come into tonight’s game off a tough loss on Tuesday to Lakewood, while the Turks fell to King’s. For Sultan, their attack centers around two juniors. Chris Walcott and Tyler Morris both are averaging around 13 points a contest; Morris scored 14 in the first meeting between these two teams. Another player to watch from the Turks is Deion Bonilla; he’s averaging around 10 points a game at the moment and scored a game-high 21 in the January 6 battle. Could be another close one tonight. Cedarcrest 60, Sultan 58

Mount Si Wildcats at Bothell Cougars, Bothell HS, Bothell, 7:30pm* (*Game will start 15-20 minutes after conclusion of girls’ game) – Bothell rolled to an 85-53 win the last time these two teams met, back in December at Mount Si High School, led by the 20 points of freshman Cameron Tyson. The Cougars continue to remain in the hunt for postseason in the Kingco 4A, but are not currently at the top of the standings. Instead, they are hovering around .500 this season, having fallen in three out of their last five games. Bothell comes in off a win over Redmond Tuesday, while Mount Si last played last Friday, falling narrowly to Inglemoor. Danny Tomson scored 26 last week for the Wildcats in that game against the Vikings and will be looked to to lead the way tonight. Bothell 75, Mount Si 55

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College report

From the colleges this morning:

Solid showing for Fall City product in weekend indoor track and field action
Lipscomb University’s indoor track and field team was in Atlanta this past Sunday for a meet at Emory University, and a Valleyite had a couple of strong performances for the Tennessee school in the competition.

Fall City’s Sally Larson, a Lipscomb sophomore, finished second in the women’s 3000 meters, running just over 10 minutes to grab the runner-up spot. She finished three seconds behind teammate Madelin Talbert, who won the race. Larson also was part of a Lipscomb distance medley relay unit that scored second place in that race, clocking 12:10.40 and finishing about 20 seconds behind the winning team from Harding.

Larson is a graduate of Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell.

Valley grads battle on hardwood
It was a battle of Valley products on the college basketball floor last night as Whatcom Community College took on Bellevue College in Bellevue in men’s action.

Bellevue won the contest 76-44, and their Valley rep, Mount Si grad Anthony McLauighlin, from Snoqualmie, scored six points and added three rebounds to the Bulldogs cause, while Cedarcrest grad Jordan Corpus, from Duvall, picked up a pair of rebounds himself off the bench for the Orcas in limited action.

In other hoops action from the colleges:

Centralia College women 73, Green River CC 36: Centralia rolled to the home win last night with a six-point, two rebound, four assist and four steal performance from freshman Susan Kenney, a 2014 Cedarcrest High School grad from Duvall, aiding the efforts.

Cal Lutheran women 77, Whittier 75 (OT): The Regals returned to the win column after two straight losses, but had to earn it with a little extra work on the road in Whittier, CA. Sophomore Katy Lindor had 10 points and eight rebounds to pace CLU; she is from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si High School grad.

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Cedarcrest hoops vs. Lakewood wrapup

It appears the Cedarcrest High School girls’ basketball team will likely miss the postseason this year after suffering a tough loss this past Tuesday night.

The Red Wolves, who came into their game with Lakewood in third place among Cascade Conference 2A squads, fell to the second-place Cougars 46-32, dropping them 2 ½ games behind Lakewood with four games left in the schedule. “Lakewood came out fast and furious in the first quarter and we never recovered,” said Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles. The main culprit was the struggles of the offense, with the team hitting just 27% from the field, a season low according to the coach. Additionally, the Red Wolves were just 33% from the line (7-21).

The playoff situation this year for Cedarcrest and Cascade Conference 2A teams is largely being dictated by how Shorecrest of the Wesco Conference fares in their league play. As it stands right now, the Scots, the lone 2A member of Wesco and who beat the Red Wolves earlier this season, are doing well enough that they will qualify for districts and knock the third-place Cascade team out, which in this case is Cedarcrest.

CHS is in action tomorrow, when they are at Sultan. Game time is at 6:45 p.m.

Boys suffer loss to Cougars: CHS’ boys took a playoff hit with their loss Tuesday to Lakewood; more from the Everett Herald.

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Athletes of the Week for 1-28

Normally, we have these on Mondays, but your editor was under the weather yesterday and was unable to get to it. Here’s this week’s Athletes of the Week, from the girls.

MOUNT SI – To gymnastics and we recognize one Ms. Abby Weber this week. The Wildcat gymnast scored a 9.1 on the very tough balance beam event to win that competition for Mount Si, and her efforts helped the Wildcats score an impressive Kingco 4A win over Eastlake last Thursday in Bellevue. Weber missed last season due to injury so her return this year has helped to ease the transition process for Mount Si into a much tougher Kingco 4A landscape. Weber’s performance also helped her finish third in the all-around competition, also good news for the Wildcats. Mount Si hosts Senior Night on Thursday.

CEDARCREST – Earlier this season, we recognized senior LuAnn Townley for her performance on the basketball floor. This week, we give her sister Elaine the nod. Elaine Townley is a freshman and was called on to help fill the void left by the injury to top freshman teammate Haley Hill this past week, and her efforts during last Tuesday’s game against King’s were praised by coach Brad Knowles. “Elaine played with courage against their pressure defense the entire game,” Knowles told the SVSJ by email in his game report. And all of this despite nursing her own injury – to her elbow. Elaine is a two-sport athlete, also playing softball, where she is the top pitcher for the Woodinville-based Absolute Blast ’00 club team and could land a spot on the Red Wolves’ varsity this spring as a freshman. Good stuff, and we wish both Elaine and LuAnn the best of luck as they finish up the hoops campaign and get ready to hit the diamond this spring.

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News notes

From the news desk this morning:

Wildcats miss Prewitt dearly in loss to Vikings
Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball team was missing their top player this past Friday, and her absence was clearly felt as the Wildcats were blown out by the Inglemoor Vikings.

Makayla Turpin led Mount Si with five points in the 70-22 loss at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The Wildcats were without senior offensive go-to player Elizabeth Prewitt, who was ill. Coach Taylor Bass has told the SVSJ he expects Prewitt to be back in time for this Friday’s game against Bothell at Bothell High School. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Inglemoor was led by the game-high 27 points from Deja Strother; she was the lone player from either team who scored in double figures in the contest.

From the colleges
Guyer strong in gymnastics meet: San Jose State senior women’s gymnast Cami Guyer, from Fall City and a Mount Si High School alum, had another solid outing for the Spartans this past weekend in their four-way road meet in Berkeley, CA, hosted by the University of California-Berkeley. Guyer recorded a 39.0 on the all-around, headlined by a pair of 9.8’s, on the vault and floor events, both scores leading SJSU in those competitions. The Spartans took third as a team in the meet, scoring 194.2. SJSU competed against the University of Denver and Arizona State University in addition to the Bears at the meet.

Basketball-Chapman 79, Cal Lutheran women 77: The Regals suffered a tough road loss last night to Chapman in a conference game in Orange, CA. Sophomore Katy Lindor, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was held to just four points and no rebounds in only 17 minutes of action for CLU. She also recorded two steals and an assist.

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