Wednesday news notes…..

Back from our brief hiatus with some news from the diamond and the links.

Golf: Boeing Classic week well underway
The week of events leading up to the Valley’s signature sports event of the year, the Boeing Classic pro golf tournament, is well underway.

The Champions Tour senior pro men’s tournament, being held this weekend at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course in Snoqualmie, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and things have gotten off to a rousing start this week.

Yesterday, the tournament held its youth clinic, sponsored by Emirates Airlines, giving young golfers a chance to learn from a pro – this year’s instructor was Chip Beck, a longtime tour pro who will be competing this weekend. The Classic also held its Adaptive Golf Clinic yesterday, allowing players with physical challenges a chance to participate and improve on their golf games. There was also a keynote speech from a top executive with J.P. Morgan Chase as the tournament also celebrated its Executive Women’s Day.

Monday kicked things off with the Rumble at the Ridge, and the winning team was led by ex-Sonic legend Gus Williams, firing a round of 59. Other celebrities who participated in the pro-am event included a fellow Sonic legend, Slick Watts, and broadcasters Kasey Keller, Ross Fletcher and Kenny Mayne. Mayne is a locally-based ESPN anchor and reporter, while Fletcher and Keller make up the broadcast team for the Seattle Sounders soccer team.

Among the tour pros expected to compete this weekend are Seattle native Fred Couples and fellow pro Kevin Sutherland, who fired a round of 59 last weekend during the Champions Tour event in upstate New York, setting a record for lowest score on the Champions Tour. Another local also slated to compete is Blaine’s Jeff Coston, who is the head pro at Semiahmoo Golf Course. Five more golfers earned spots out of yesterday’s qualifying round at Druids Glen Golf Club in Covington; these players include 1996 US Open champion Steve Jones, and longtime tour pro Blaine McCallister.

Couples will be at the Seahawks practice facility today in Renton to participate in a closest-to-the-pin contest with members of the Seahawks.

The tournament starts Friday, and ticket information is available at the Boeing Classic website, see right at news links. If you can’t make it, or just want to watch the event on television, the Golf Channel is once again back this season for coverage. Check their website for times. TGC is on all major cable and satellite providers.

Baseball: Kimborowicz strong again on mound in minor leagues
2010 Mount Si High School grad Josh Kimborowicz once again stood tall last night for his minor league baseball team, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, but it proved to not be enough as the Hot Rods fell.

Bowling Green’s offense only recorded one hit in the 3-0 Midwest “A” league home loss in Kentucky to the Lake County Captains of Ohio, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Kimborowicz pitched three innings of relief, and only made one mistake during those three innings – he allowed a solo home run in the seventh inning, hit by Lake County’s Mike Papi. That homer proved to be the only hit “Kimbo” allowed, while striking out three. The outing for Kimborowicz was his first since August 14.

The season is winding down for Bowling Green, with it ending on September 1, so there’s probably a couple more outings at least in store for “Kimbo” before the season ends, and it has been a solid one. Bowling Green hosts Great Lakes, from Michigan, this weekend, then heads on the road to Indiana for its final road trip of the season next week with games against Fort Wayne and South Bend.

Golf: North Bend’s Kelly competes in regional tournament
Western Washington University men’s golfer Jack Kelly, of North Bend, is competing this week at the PGA Pacific Northwest Section’s Northwest Open in Walla Walla. The tournament wraps up today, and for Kelly, he’ll be looking to close out with a bang.

Kelly has struggled in his first two rounds, firing a 75 Monday and 76 yesterday at the Wine Valley Golf Club, a par-72 layout. The Mount Si Golf Course representative sits at seven-over par 151 and in a tie for 90th place out of the 156 golfers competing in the event.

One other golfer in the event is representing a local course, and he’s faring well. Juanita High School grad Frank Garber, competing for the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge course, sits in 11th after firing a 72 Monday and 69 yesterday to sit at three under par 141. Both Garber and Kelly are competing as amateurs, meaning they will not receive any prize money for their efforts in this event.

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From the colleges…..

We’re going to take the next couple of days off for our hiatus we mentioned to you last week, but before we do that, we have a quick note from the colleges.

College fall sports for local athletes got started this past Saturday night with a women’s soccer game involving two Cedarcrest High School graduates. Sacramento State opened their season with an exhibition win at home in California over the semi-pro California Storm team 1-0. Among the returners this fall for the Hornets are the two ex-Red Wolves, McKenna Swanson and Maggie Pleis. Swanson, from Duvall, will be a junior and Pleis, from Carnation, will be a sophomore after redshirting last season. Both graduated from Cedarcrest in 2012.

Sacto opens the season for real with a game on Friday night against UC-Davis. Two other women’s soccer games Friday will also involve Valleyites – the University of Washington women host Kentucky in Seattle and Oregon State is at Stephen F. Austin in Nagodoches, TX. OSU returns junior Gwen Bieck, who like Swanson and Pleis is a 2012 CHS grad, and 2013 Mount Si High School grad Miranda Rawlings, from North Bend, could make her UW debut in their game. Rawlings played last season as a freshman for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, but last winter transferred to Washington, and is eligible this fall to play as a sophomore.

We’ll have a weekend preview on tap Thursday for you. We should also mention that we are still in the process of compiling schedules for fall college sports teams featuring local athletes. If you are a Valley resident and the parent of a college athlete this fall who wants your son or daughter featured in our coverage, we want to hear from you.

Email us at snovalleysports@gmail.com with your son or daughter’s name, their hometown in the Valley (North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Carnation, Duvall), what college they are competing for, what year they are (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), which sport they are participating in, and which local high school they graduated from (Mount Si, Cedarcrest, local private high schools such as Eastside Catholic, Bear Creek, Overlake, etc.). We also would like your contact information in case we need to reach you with any questions. Two and four-year colleges both are applicable. We thank you in advance for submitting information if you choose to do so, and wish all of our local college athletes good luck this fall.

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Kinnune, Wildcat football recognized by community

Mount Si head football coach Charlie Kinnune (center) waves to spectators at yesterday's Snoqualmie Days parade in downtown Snoqualmie. Kinnune was the grand marshal for this year's parade. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Mount Si High School head football coach Charlie Kinnune (center) waves to spectators at yesterday’s Snoqualmie Days parade in downtown Snoqualmie. Kinnune, accompanied by a number of his Wildcat football players, was the grand marshal for this year’s parade. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Mount Si High School’s longtime football coach and his team took part in a special community event yesterday.

Charlie Kinnune, who has been coach for over 20 seasons at Mount Si and this fall will be the longest-serving head coach currently in the Kingco Conference, either in 3A or 4A, was recognized as the Grand Marshal of the Snoqualmie Days Parade. Kinnune and a number of Wildcat players in their jerseys, rolled down Railroad Avenue in style, with the coach waving to parade spectators from the back end of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck provided by Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet.

The recognition is well-deserved for Kinnune, who has led the Wildcat team to state each of the past several seasons, including a trip to the state semifinals in 2013, when the team finished a school-record 11-2. Kinnune this past season won the SeaKing District Coach of the Year award, and has helped grow the program into a powerhouse on the Eastside. He also has been instrumental in helping players move on to the college level – over two dozen Mount Si graduates will be playing at some level of college football this fall, ranging from community college ball on up to the Pac-12 conference of NCAA Division I.

Mount Si’s 2015 season starts this upcoming week, with the first day of practice scheduled for Wednesday, and the annual Scarlet and Gray Game and preseason community carnival set for the 29th.

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Snoqualmie running event draws large field, with a number of strong Valley showings

It was another great day on the roads yesterday for local runners as the Snoqualmie Railroad Days 5k and 10k races attracted a strong field of local and regional competition to the Snoqualmie area, totaling over 400 runners. Many in the field were from the Valley, and there were some solid results amongst the local competitors.

5K: Mount Si High School distance star makes statement against top adult competition
Last season as a freshman, Mount Si High School distance track star Hannah Waskom took high school distance track by storm, making state in both cross country and distance track and field, and setting school records along the way. Well, if her efforts yesterday are any indication, Waskom could be in for an even better sophomore campaign and potentially a great career at the high school level.

Waskom, of Snoqualmie, clocked 19 minutes, 24 seconds over the 5k course, good for 14th overall – tops among Valley females and second among all women in the event; only Seattle’s Jane Ricardi, who finished eighth overall with a time of 18:28, was better among the female racers. As for the overall winner, that was Seattle resident Jesse Stevick, who clocked 15:50 to take the victory in a rout (he finished over 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Tony Young of Redmond), while North Bend’s Nick Kosinski was the top Valley finisher overall, taking third in the race with a time of 16:28.

Another Mount Si High School athlete, Jon Gendro of Fall City, finished 10th overall with a time of 18:41. There were a total of 254 runners in the race.

10K: Steliacoom runner takes top spot
Steliacoom’s Gregory Leak won the 10k race, in a time of 30 minutes, 58 seconds. He beat runner-up Brian Masterson of Seattle by just six seconds to win the event. Another Seattleite, Megan Heuer, finished 19th overall and tops among the women; her final time of 36:13.

Snoqualmie resident Sean Sundwall, the local runner and Mount Si assistant track and field coach who puts on this race each summer through his RunSnoqualmie.com website, ran this race this year and finished seventh overall, and tops among all Valley finishers, clocking 32:49. North Bend resident Heather Larson-Paul was tops among local women, finishing 58th with a time of 45:41.

187 runners competed in this event.

Fall City race coming up soon
The next major race on the local calendar is several weeks away. The Fall City Half Marathon and 10K is scheduled for the streets of Fall City on October 11th. This event, sponsored by several local businesses including Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy, Snoqualmie Ridge Chiropractic, American Family Insurance and Finaghty’s Irish Pub on the Ridge, takes runners on courses on streets around Fall City and Carnation, with start and finish at Chief Kanim Middle School, located off SR 202 just west of Fall City.

Races will start at 8:00 am, and in addition to the 10k and Half-Marathon, there will be a 1k for the kids as well. Entry fees are as follows: $65 for the half-marathon (this includes a T-shirt and prize), $27 for the 10k (also including a T-shirt) and $11 for the kids’ 1k (also including a T-shirt). All of these fees are for runners who register by September 30. You will be able to register the day of the race, but the entry fees will be higher.

This year’s race is the inaugural edition of the race, and organizers expect a large group of competitors, so to register or for more information, head over to the RunSnoqualmie website, at right in our news links.

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Tough loss to end regional golf tournament for Mount Si’s Jacobsen

The final day of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Boys’ Amateur championships in Oregon yesterday saw a local competitor battle it out for a trophy. But it was not to be for the Mount Si High School boys’ golfer.

Snoqualmie’s Jimmy Jacobsen, a senior-to-be, fell in the ninth flight final to Albany, OR, foe Richie Mikesell by a 2-up score in the match, held at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, south of Eugene. Jacobson was the only one of three Valley entrants, all Mount Si golfers, who made it to the final day of play; Alex Nelson was eliminated on the first day of match play on Wednesday, while Mitch Dover fell in the semifinals on Thursday in extra holes. Jacobsen himself made his final match yesterday by winning an extra-holes semifinal match Thursday, beating Woodway’s Ben Thacker.

In yesterday’s contest, Jacobsen and Mikesell opened the match going all square through the first three holes. Jacobson then took the lead with a birdie on the fourth hole, and maintained that lead until Mikesell tied things up with a win on the ninth hole. The Oregonian took the lead for good in the match on the 11th hole with a win there, and closed things out with a win on 18 to take the contest.

Jacobsen and his Mount Si teammates will now have a few days off to get ready for the start of fall practice on August 25. We will hopefully have a preview of the Wildcat boys’ golf season for you as part of our team previews, which will start the following weekend.

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