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Mount Si football wins at Skyline, plus our weekend wrap!!

Good Monday morning. We’ll try to catch up on our Athletes of the Week for you at some point, but we have some stuff here in our weekend wrap first off for you.

We’ll start with football and we have some final numbers for you from Mount Si’s win last Friday night at Skyline. The Wildcats we are told rebounded from a big late deficit to force overtime, then beat the Spartans in that extra session 33-30.

Senior QB Avery Walker had a solid game under center for Mount Si, completing 18 of 28 passing attempts for 170 yards and four touchdowns. The touchdowns were split among two recievers – Aidan Dougherty and J.T. DeRouen, both of whom had two TD carches in the contest. Dougherty finished with seven catches for 69 yards and his two scores while DeRouen had four catches for 41 yards with his two trips to the end zone. Beau Phillips led the ground game for Mount Si, running the ball eight times for 65 yards, while Guy Brucchieri added nine carries for 53 yards. Walker ran the ball 14 times for 27 yards and a touchdown of his own in the game.

Phillips for his part was busy in this one – a total of 134 all-purpose yards that included the 65 rushing yards as we just noted.

Defensively, Dougherty and Luke Richter led the way, with Richter recording nine tackles and Dougherty adding eight. There were a pair of sacks by Mount Si defenders as well – one each from juniors Jace Dawson and Heath Ozaeta.

The Wildcats return home Friday and host old friend Tom Bainter and the Bothell Cougars. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at MSHS. Bainter, prior to his current longtime stint coaching Bothell, was an assistant at Mount Si under current Wildcat head coach Charlie Kinnune back in the 1990’s. Following that, he was the head coach at Shorewood HS in north Seattle briefly before taking over the Bothell program almost 20 years ago.

Time now for the scores from the college soccer action yesterday.

Wake Forest 2, Syracuse women 0: The strong start to this season by the Orange has evaporated quickly, with Syracuse losing their fourth straight game yesterday being shut out at home in New York by the visiting Demon Deacons from North Carolina. Senior defender Natalie Weidenbach, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started the contest for Syracuse and worked the full 90 minutes recording one shot on goal but no goals scored. Syracuse moves below .500 at 4-5-1 with the loss. In this four-game losing streak the Orange have been outscored 11-1 in the four contests so Syracuse needs to find its groove and its hoped they’ll be able to do so soon.

George Fox 2, Linfield women 0: The Wildcats went up Highway 99 to Newberg yesterday and fell on the road to the Bruins. Freshman Sidra Griffin, she of Duvall and a 2021 Cedarcrest HS alum, started in the midfield for Linfield and worked 75 minutes of the game with no stats of note reported.

Whitman men 2, Puget Sound 1: The Blues finished out the weekend in Tacoma doubling up the Loggers yesterday. Goalie Colby Ramsey played the second half for Whitman in this one; the freshman, from Snoqualmie and a 2021 MSHS’er, allowed a goal and had no saves and received no decision.

Pacific Lutheran women 2, Lewis & Clark 0: The Lutes blanked the host Pioneers on the road in Portland. Snoqualmie’s Joelle Buck started on defense for PLU; the sophomore, a 2020 MSHS alum, worked the full 90 minutes with no stats reported as the Lutes moved to 8-0-0 on the season with the win.

Colorado Mesa 2, Black Hills State women 0: In Grand Junction, CO, the host Mavericks blanked the visiting Yellowjackets from South Dakota. Sophomore Haley Steskal, a 2020 MSHS’er from Snoqualmie, came off the bench for Black Hills and worked 24 minutes of the game with no stats of note reported.

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Mount Si, Cedarcrest girls shine in regional HS XC meets, along with scores from the gridiron and volleyball, college style…..

Time now to talk some cross country, volleyball and football for you this morning. Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s cross country teams competed in separate Saturday meets yesterday with excellent results for both teams, especially on the girls’ side.

Locally, at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, the Mount Si boys and girls competed at the Bellevue Invitational. The Wildcat girls were led by Hailey Cossey, who won the third flight varsity race clocking 19 minutes, 20.80 seconds. Two others had top 10 showings in their races – Brooke McBride finishing eighth in the fourth flight race with a time of 21:21.90, and Addison Craig taking ninth in the lead flight race, with a time of 18:55.90.

In Portland at the Nike Inviational, Cedarcrest’s boys and girls competed and the Red Wolve girls were led by Sonja Blycker, who took fourth in the division 3 varsity race with a time of 19:27.20.

Meanwhile, in boys’ action, London Haley led the Red Wolves with a 13th place finish in the Division 2 race at the Nike event, with a time of 16:49.10, and Rowan Stannard finished 40th in the BI second flight boys’ race to lead Mount Si, clocking 17:48.

Both schools will resume conference action on Wednesday.

Volleyball
Western Washington def. Northwest Nazarene 25-13, 27-25, 25-22, 25-22: The Vikings took care of business in four sets last night in Nampa, ID, defeating the Nighthawks. Tess Biscup had 11 kills and a dig pacing Western, while Chloe Roetcisoender had nine kills, four blocks and two digs. Both players are sisters from Duvall.

Whitman def. Linfield 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22: The Blues held off the Wildcats down in McMinnville, OR, last night. Senior Emma Anderson had nine kills and seven digs for Whitman; she is from North Bend and a MSHS alum.

Biola def. Concordia-Irvine 25-17, 25-27, 25-19, 25-16: The Eagles dropped a four-setter to the host Biola crew in southern California yesterday afternoon. Ex-MSHS’er Patience O’Neal had six kills and three digs for CUI; the Tahoma HS grad played one season of high school ball for the Wildcats as a sophomore prior to joining the Bears to finish her high school career.

Whitman def. Willamette 25-27, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17, 15-10 (Fri.): The Blues rallied to stun the Bearcats in a five-set thriller late Friday down in Salem, OR. Anderson’s career-high 14 kills and 20 digs paced Whitman in this one.

Central Washington def. Western Washington 25-13, 19-25, 25-15, 25-23 (Thu.): The win for Western yesterday over NNU came off a rivalry loss in Ellensburg Thursday to the Wildcats. Roetcisoender had six kills, three blocks, an assist and two digs for the Vikings while Biscup had five kills, three blocks and five digs. They are both graduates of Cedar Park Christian School and are juniors this fall.

Football
Dartmouth 41, Sacred Heart 3: How we missed this we don’t know but we apologize for it, and that is one Mr. Jonny Barrett is turning into a touchdown machine for the Big Green. He caught another TD pass yesterday – this after scoring his first college TD in the Dartmouth win last weekend over Valparaiso that opened their season. Barrett caught two passes for 27 yards and the score, and the 2019 MSHS alum from Snoqualmie scored that TD on a nine-yard reception in the second quarter lifting the Big Green.

Angelo State (TX) 14, Central Washington 9: The visitors from Texas took what was a surprisingly low-scoring contest over in Ellensburg over the host Wildcats. Senior Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, ran the ball twice for five yards and caught the ball once for six, aiding Central.

Southern Oregon 34, Carroll (MT) 33: The Raiders stormed back scoring 20 unanswered points over the final 11-plus minutes of play to steal victory from the jaws of defeat at home yesterday in Ashland, OR, winning it on a TD with 34 seconds left in the game. Linebacker Murphy McDowell, he of Snoqualmie and a MSHS alum, had two tackles in the game – one solo – for Southern in the contest.

Utah 24, Washington State 13: Wash, rinse, repeat. Another loss for WSU after they had held the lead in the contest, this time to the Utes down in Salt Lake City, and again, the calls for WSU head coach Nick Rolovich’s firing intensified following this latest loss. Freshman Andrew Edson, from Snoqualmie and a 2021 MSHS’er, had one tackle in the contest for the Cougars.

Oregon State 45, USC 27: This Beaver team may be for real this year, thanks to them stunning the Trojans on their home field inside the L.A. Coliseum last night under the lights. North Bend’s Jesiah Irish caught a pass for 15 yards in the game for OSU; he is a 2018 MSHS alum.

Western Oregon 24, Simon Fraser 7: The Wolves handled the Clan north of the border in Burnaby, BC, Canada last night. Of three Mount Si HS grads on the two teams’ rosters, only one was listed as seeing action – WOU’s David Sotelo, from Snoqualmie. The others are Sotelo’s fellow Western teammate Slater Macko and Simon Fraser’s Tank Brewster, both of whom are also from Snoqualmie. Sotelo had no stats recorded of note in the contest.

Gustavus Adolphus 36, Concordia-Moorehead 21: The Cobbers came up short in the road loss yesterday in St. Peter, MN. Moorehead’s duo of Mount Si alums – Stuart DeMerit and Collin Fleisch – combined for four tackles in the game for the Cobbers; DeMerit is from Snoqualmie and is a freshman this fall while Fleisch is from Fall City and a senior.

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The Valley Cup in girls’ soccer stays put in the lower Valley after an exciting win for Red Wolves, along with all of the college soccer action from last night….

Good Sunday morning. Well, it was quite a night last night up at Cedarcrest High School as the 2021 Valley Cup girls’ soccer clash between Mount Si and Cedarcrest’s girls’ soccer teams took place. The fans were treated to an outstanding display of soccer, and definitely got their money’s worth.

Led by a pair of goals from Madelyn Davidson, including the game-winner, Cedarcrest outlasted Mount Si 4-3 in a well-played match by both sides. “Wow, just like our match vs. Marysville-Getchell on Tuesday night, this one would come down to who had the ball last and would the score get into the double digits or not,” Cedarcrest coach Alex Hickox told us by email.

Things started out fairly early in this one as CHS took a quick 2-0 lead. Elisa Piira pounded it home in the 11th minute to open the scoring, off a rebound of a shot from freshman defender Lila Wilkins and she was followed up a few minutes after by Davidson’s first tally of the night. According to Hickox, his team prepared well for what Mount Si would bring to the table. “I thought we did a great job of unbalancing Mount Si with moving the ball from sideline to sideline. This (Davidson) goal was typical of one of our strategies on the night. The sequence leading up to this goal was exactly what we talked about during our pregame talk,” he told us. “I thought we also kept Amy Jenkins under control. We knew that their offense went through Jenkins. We control her, we control their offense. Jenkins has such a deft touch, great soccer IQ, can use both feet and is great off the dribble,” Hickox added.

Mount Si then found paydirt in the 23rd minute, with Kendal Forrest pounding in the goal, then shortly thereafter in the 28th, Mia Niemela tied the game with a goal. The Red Wolves, though, answered late in the half, and it came from a new source. Junior Becca Warner found herself in the right place at the right time, and the forward headed the ball in past Mount Si goalie Lillie Henretig and that gave CHS a 3-2 lead going into halftime. This, according to Hickox, was the first time Warner had ever made the scoresheet in a varsity game, so certainly this was a special night for her and her family.

Cedarcrest senior goalie Natalie McCabe made sure her team went into the lead at halftime, too, as she made a spectacular highlight-reel save of a shot by Mount Si’s Paris Price just before the halftime whistle sounded, and that set the tone for the second half. After McCabe made another quality save, CHS almost found paydirt with a shot, but it sailed wide. Then, in the 48th, Bubba Huard fired a shot but Red Wolve sophomore defender Molly Teakell blocked it in the penalty area. Unfortunately for Teakell, the ball hit her in the arm resulting in referees calling it a “handball in the box” allowing for Mount Si to attempt a penalty kick. It was a tough break for Teakell, a break made even tougher when Jenkins made no mistake on the resulting PK attempt to tie proceedings at 3-3. But Davidson answered in the 61st minute taking a feed from Melanie Cammarano and blasting the ball past Henretig to put CHS back in front.

The two teams jockeyed the rest of the way but Mount Si wasn’t able to find paydirt and the Red Wolves had closed out a defense of their Cup crown; CHS won the most recent meeting in 2019 at Mount Si with the two teams not meeting during the modified spring season due to COVID-19.

“If you were fortunate enough to have been at the stadium or watched it online, you were treated with an excellent and goal-filled match. I mean, this was a fun game to have been a part of. Hats off to Coach (Sophie) Rockow and her Wildcats team and all the best to their 2021 season,” Hickox told us.

As for Rockow, she also was pleased with the performance of her team despite the end result. “That was a well fought varsity game for sure, one that we were feeling good about after,” she told us, also by email. “Once we got our communication level where we needed it to be, we played some of the best soccer we’d played all season. We came back from a 2-0 deficit, battled the entire time, and best of all, we stayed together as one team and didn’t allow mistakes or goals conceded to affect us negatively.” Rockow added, “I’m incredibly proud of this team, and even though we lost last night I’d choose to coach this team a million times over. Great players, even greater people.”

CHS following the final whistle celebrated with a good-sized group of their peers who showed up to support the team.

Mount Si did win the junior varsity match that happened prior to the varsity one, and it was primarily one girl doing the damage. Scooby Reid had a goal and three assists for the Wildcats in their 4-0 triumph.

Mount Si is at Skyline Tuesday while Cedarcrest is home taking on Shorecrest as both teams resume league play.

College scores now from yesterday and last night:

Pacific Lutheran women 4, Linfield 1: The Valley Cup wasn’t only being contested on the high school pitch in Duvall last night, it to an extent was also being contested on a college pitch down in McMinnville, OR, yesterday afternoon as Mount Si and Cedarcrest grads squared off in this one. And the Wildcat alums got the better end of it, too, as their team rolled to a win. Joelle Buck started on defense for PLU and worked 84 minutes; the Snoqualmie product took one shot, but it was not on goal with no goals scored. Goalie Calie Rose saw limited action late for the Lutes; she also is from Snoqualmie and had no stats of note reported. Red Wolve alum Sidra Griffin started for Linfield and worked 66 minutes; the Duvall product fired two shots, neither on goal, with no goals scored. PLU with the win moved to 7-0-0 on the season.

Seattle Pacific men 4, Chaminade 0: A pair of Cedarcrest alums sandwiched second-half scoring for SPU as they scored three goals in the half to pound the hosts down in Hawaii last night. Nik Reierson started it off finishing a feed from teammate Titus Grant in the 51st minute, then Alden Massey broke away and rammed it down Chaminade’s throat to finish it in the 88th minute unassisted. The goals were Reierson’s first and Massey’s third of the season. Both guys are from Duvall.

Northwest U. women 1, Rocky Mountain 1 (OT): The Eagles and the visitors from Billings, MT, played the full 110 minutes – regulation and full extra time – with a draw that resulted in Kirkland yesterday. Snoqualmie’s Maggie Gunning started and worked the distance for Northwest on defense in the contest, with the MSHS alum, a senior, recording no stats of note.

Pittsburgh 2, Clemson men 0: A 31-match home win streak dating back to 2018 for the Tigers ended last night on home turf in Clemson, SC, with the shutout loss to the visiting Panthers. Cedarcrest HS alum Enrique Montana III came off the bench and played 20 minutes for Clemson in the game; the Duvall product had no stats of note reported.

Chapman U. women 3, LaVerne 2: Chapman held off the struggling LaVerne side for the road win last night in southern California. Senior Mia Fowler, from North Bend, played her first game for the Panthers since being assessed a red card and ejected from Chapman’s 1-0 win over Occidental September 15; she played 21 minutes with no stats of note reported.

Stanislaus State 6, Cal State East Bay men 1: The Pioneers found the going difficult in their road loss in Turlock, CA, to Stanislaus. Mateo DiDomenico started on defense for East Bay in this one; the MSHS grad from Snoqualmie logged 60 minutes with no stats of note reported.

Pacific Lutheran 5, Whitman men 0: The Lutes scored early and often in this one as they routed the Blues at home in Tacoma. Goalie Colby Ramsey allowed two of the goals for Whitman; the freshman, a 2021 MSHS’er from Snoqualmie, made one save in one half of work for the Blues manning the net.

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It’s Soccer Night in the Valley, ladies style. The Valley Cup is on the line, but really, tonight is more about than just bragging rights. Our thoughts……

Time now to talk a little soccer. COVID-19 has been certainly a very challenging time for our community, like it has been for every community around this country, and around this world. But as normalcy slowly returns, traditional encounters in high school sports are also making a comeback. The girls’ soccer programs at Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools have enjoyed a tremendous working relationship over the years, and one that has seen the two teams develop a nice local rivalry to help showcase the strong youth girls’ soccer in our community. Many of these players grew up playing together as little girls, so there’s a lot of friendships that have been built between girls on both teams. But tonight, for 80 minutes, all of that is set aside. It’s business folks. Just business. Bragging rights are on the line. Mount Si. Cedarcrest. It’s Soccer Night in the Valley.

2021 VALLEY CUP GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. CEDARCREST RED WOLVES
CEDARCREST HIGH SCHOOL, DUVALL, 6:00 (WEBSTREAM INFO BELOW)

This year’s Cup features a pair of teams that both have gotten out to solid starts this season. Mount Si is 5-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in Kingco play. The Wildcats beat Redmond 2-0 in extra time on Thursday for that first league win, and they are getting production from multiple sources. Anna Simmons and Kendal Forrest were the goal scorers on Thursday and the multi-sport stars (both also are part of Mount Si’s girls’ lacrosse program) are among several – nine by our unofficial count – who have goals on the season for this Wildcat team. As Mount Si coach Sophie Rockow told us after her team’s win over Mercer Island September 11, “No one is a superstar on this team. Everyone knows that they have a role to play and that helps.”

This is a team that has prided itself this season on controlling possession and strong, focused defense. So the keys to win for Mount Si tonight are simple: control the possession, and create opportunities for your scorers off of turnovers.

But guess what? These are all fundamental elements of what Cedarcrest’s program is under their veteran head coach, Alex Hickox. CHS is 3-2-1 on the season after a 3-2 loss to Snohomish Thursday. Hickox hasn’t as of yet posted a game report from that contest but suffice it to say this is a group that is definitely out to a good start. Senior Madelyn Davidson leads CHS and had three assists in their 5-3 win Tuesday over Marysville-Getchell that opened the week. Davidson, like Simmons and Forrest with the Wildcats, is a multi-sport athlete, also likely to be part of the girls’ basketball and track and field teams with CHS before this year is out.

The Red Wolves, like the Wildcats, also have multiple options for scoring. A couple of them we want to highlight are freshman Sadie Schaefer and junior Elisa Piira. Both of them made the scoresheet on Tuesday in that win, and both have been factors offensively all season for Cedarcrest. But so have the Cammarano’s, juniors Leah and Melanie, and they both delivered as well on Tuesday getting on the scoresheet in that win. So essentially, the keys to success for CHS tonight are the same as they are for Mount Si. Control possession and allow your defense to create opportunities for your offense to make things happen.

So with both teams basically a carbon copy of one another, what are fans then in store for tonight if they attend in person or watch online or on their TV’s? Simple. You are going to see a tremendous display of girls’ high school soccer played by the best girls’ youth soccer players in your community. The results of the hard work the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association and their select wing, Cascade FC, will be on this field tonight.

But more importantly, you also are going to see a display of student-athletes that not only are getting it done on the field, but in the classroom as well. Both programs are very adamant about academic performance among their athletes, and many have responded. Most, if not all, are honor roll recipients, and you have a few of them from each school that are 4.0 GPA students or very close to it.

So, we would encourage you tonight even if you aren’t a fan of soccer to head up there – or better yet, watch it at home and we’ll tell you how in a moment – and support every single one of these young athletes tonight. These are the best of our community and both the upper and lower Valley have historically supported their kids and done so very, very well.

As for the game, we don’t expect there to be a winner. We think this ends up in a draw, which when you think about it makes all of us in the community winners.

MOUNT SI 1, CEDARCREST 1

Directions to CHS
From most locations in the Valley, to get up there, take SR 203 to Duvall. You’ll come up to the Safeway and the intersection with NE Big Rock Rd. Take a right here and head up the hill. Follow to 275th Ave. NE, and here, turn left and again head up the hill. You’ll come up on a four-way stop at NE 150th St. Here, turn right and again go up the hill. School will be on your left and stadium parking is at the second entrance, follow signs to enter that lot. Admission is being charged, mask regulations will be enforced and concessions should be available up there as well. So keep all of this in mind if you want to head up there.

Webstream information
There will be at least one, possibly two, streaming options available to you tonight to watch the game at home. Both are free but will be video only, with no announcers, so keep this in mind if you watch.

NFHS Network: Cedarcrest will be broadcasting the game using the NFHS Network. The school has made the broadcast free to view. Go to the NFHS Network’s website, www.nfhsnetwork.com, to sign up for a free account. There is a subscription charge of $10.99/month if you want access to all of their streams, but CHS’s will be available with just the login. The NFHS feed will be the only one of these that will be available on demand after the game for viewing tomorrow. NFHS is available online via their website, or is also available as part of the Apple AppStore for IPads and IPhones, and over-the-top for those with Roku or AmazonFire boxes/sticks. Search their app stores for the app, with the search term “NFHS”.

YouTube: Mount Si has put together an outstanding webstream, and it is being run by team parent Carol Jenkins. The stream utilizes the PrismLive film app, which is available on Apple IPhones and IPads and also is part of the GooglePlay service for Android phones/tablets. To see this stream, go to YouTube and search for “Carol Jenkins” in the search box, then scroll through the various accounts to find the game. Note that this stream, if they are doing it tonight (please check using the above instructions before game time) will only be available live; the program this week decided to remove on-demand access to the streams to prevent other schools from using the broadcasts for scouting purposes. YouTube, like NFHS, is available online, or as part of over-the-top or smart TV streaming.

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