Local players, teams aim for titles today at MLK weekend girls’ club volleyball tourneys

Time now for another volleyball update this morning as big weekend tournaments continue involving local girls’ club teams and players from the Valley.

We start once again down in Eugene, OR, where a pair of teams with locals are aiming for strong finishes today as the playoff rounds get underway to close the Matt Hartner Memorial Tournament.

Both of those teams are in the U-16 bracket. Bellevue’s Sudden Impact Thunder, with Mount Si High School’s Harper Click, went 3-0 once again yesterday, and after a 3-0 showing in opening day action Saturday, are unbeaten at 6-0 overall and are seeded third in today’s championship round. Among the wins they recorded yesterday was one over the Kent-based KJ 16’s, with fellow Wildcat Hayley West. Thunder outlasted KJ in three close sets in the best-of-three match, 25-21, 22-25, 15-5. KJ’s loss did not hurt them too much, though; they finished 2-1 in yesterday’s action and are sitting at 4-2 overall going into today’s Gold bracket playoffs; they could end up with a top-20 showing in the tournament if all goes well today.

Meanwhile, Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors 16’s Black, with Cedarcrest High School’s Taeler Gerde, bounced back after a slow start on Saturday, going 3-0 yesterday to move to 4-2 overall on the tournament. They beat teams from Seattle, Portland and Spokane to put themselves in good playoff shape today. In other U-16 action, Maple Valley-based Boost 15’s, which includes MSHS’ Chloe Stewart, dropped their first match yesterday and sit at 5-1 overall going into today’s play, and four other teams finished yesterday’s play under .500, including the KJ 15’s, with Wildcat Victoria BearBow, Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Blue, with Mount Si’s Annaliese Jensen and Kamryn Smith, and both 15’s squads representing Carnation-based Valley View Volleyball. All of those clubs will compete in playoff action as well today, with the two Valley View teams potentially slated to meet in the final of their playoff bracket should both get there later on this morning.

In the U-18 division, Kent’s KJ 17’s and Bellevue’s High Velocity 18’s, with MSHS’s Liilan Bachand and Cedarcrest’s Kam Leslie respectively, both went 3-0 in play yesterday, with HV sitting at 5-1 and KJ at 4-2. Both teams started the tournament with very low seeds, so they’ll be looking to do well in playoff action later on, but neither has a chance to win the event. Mercer Island’s Island Thunder 18’s, with Wildcat Emma Anderson, went 1-2 yesterday and now sits at 2-4 overall on the weekend, set to close out play later on today.

We’ll keep you posted on where everyone ends up in the event down there.

Now to the other tournaments:

Fiesta Classic, Phoenix: Both of the teams in the event representing Bellevue’s Sudden Impact club featuring players with Valley ties are representing their region very well down there, with both looking at strong finishes in the tournament today. The SI 18’s unit, with MSHS’ Courteney Carr, went 2-1 yesterday against their Texas and Arizona opposition and plays for the U-18 title today, seeded eighth in a double-elimination bracket, so they will be potentially busy today. As for the SI 17’s unit, with ex-Mount Si’er Patience O’Neal, they went 0-3 yesterday and are 1-4 overall, but still could find themselves with a top-20 showing if all goes well later on today in their playoff rounds.

Northwest Juniors tournament, Kirkland: A Sudden Impact team with a Valley athlete is also looking at a possible title today in this local tournament. The 16’s Tornado, with MSHS’ Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell, went 3-0 yesterday and are unbeaten on the weekend at 6-0. They earned the top seed into today’s U-16 playoffs and look poised to win it all. As for two other local squads in the field, the Northwest Juniors 15’s Grey and White, with Red Wolves Selah Kuiken and Hannah Winston respectively, square off in the opening game of the playoffs this morning, as both teams seek a potential top-25 finish with a good showing today. The teams both went 1-2 yesterday and sit under .500 on the weekend.

In the U-14’s, Snoqualmie’s Ridge Valley went winless again yesterday after a winless start Saturday and will look to close out play in the event on a strong note today.

As with the Eugene event, we’ll let you know what happens in these tournaments later on today.

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Athletes of the Week for 1-18

Girls Athletes of the Week this morning for you:

MOUNT SI – Back to gymnastics we go, and Anna Steenvoorde gets our nod this week with three strong showings in individual events in last week’s Mount Si gymnastics meet with Newport, won by the Knights at Newport High School in Bellevue. Her scores in the vault, bars and floor events were among the top three for Mount Si in all three of those competitions, and she finished with a score of 25.65 in the all-around (she did not compete in the beam event). Steenvoorde’s 7.85 led the Wildcats on bars, and she also scored 9.2 on the floor, one of three Mount Si athletes to score nine or better in what is considered the “bread and butter” event of the four in gymnastics for the Wildcats. Mount Si takes on Issaquah Thursday on neutral soil at Bellevue High School.

CEDARCREST – Senior Kennedy Howell earns our nod this week, largely for her season performance thus far, which sees her among the team leaders in scoring, recording around 7.4 points per game for a Red Wolves team that is currently second in the Cascade Conference among 2A schools. While Howell struggled a bit last week, scoring just four points in their loss last Friday to Archbishop Murphy, the CHS player will look to continue to be a factor on offense as the season winds down. The Red Wolves host King’s tonight to make up their snowed-out game from last Tuesday.

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Wildcat gymnasts fall at Newport

Good morning. Athlete of the Week and volleyball on deck, but first, a gymnastics wrapup for you to start the new week.

Mount Si High School’s gymnastics team fell at Newport 169.2-163.65 last Thursday night in Bellevue. Senior Samantha Holmes led the Wildcats in the all-around, scoring 34.15, with her headliner being on floor, where she scored 9.1 and was one of three Mount Si gymnasts to achieve a score of nine or better in that event. The others were Emi Yoshikawa, who scored a 9.35 to lead the Wildcats in that event, and Anna Steenvoorde, who pocketed a 9.2.

Steenvoorde led Mount Si in the bars, scoring 7.85, while Holmes paced the Wildcats in the vault, with an 8.75, and on beam as well, where she scored an 8.7. Steenvoorde aided Mount Si in the vault scoring an 8.6, and Yoshkawa also had a solid showing on beam, scoring 7.75.

The Wildcats are at Bellevue High School Thursday for a neutral-site clash with Issaquah. Meet time is 7:00 p.m.

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Wildcat grapplers deliver at Issy tourney

From the mat, it was a successful day yesterday for Mount Si High School’s wrestling team at the Jack Reynolds Invitational in Issaquah. Five of six Wildcat entrants placed, led by three weight class winners, helping Mount Si finish fourth as a team in the tournament.

Mason Marenco (170 lbs.), Brennan Dalgleish (220) and Duncan Harrison (145) won their respective weight divisions, with Harrison and Marenco both pinning their championship challengers to win those titles, and Dalgeish rolling to a decision win over his foe. Marenco pinned Bellingham’s Joe Jefferson to win his crown, while Harrison took down Mercer Island’s Piljin Kwak. Dalgleish took care of Alfredo Rocha, from Lakes near Tacoma, in a 12-3 rout.

Spencer Marenco also made his weight class final, at 138 lbs., but fell in a close one to Nathan Hale (Seattle)’s Dominic Damon, 5-3. Henry Foster (152) took fourth, after falling in his third-place match to Lancer Terrill Andrews; Andrews pinned Foster for that third-place trophy.

The lone non-placer for Mount Si of their six entrants was Kyle Haynie (160), who went winless in two tries and was eliminated early from the competition.

Mount Si continues action this coming week, hosting Woodinville Thursday night at Mount Si High School.

Cedarcrest High School also competed in a tournament yesterday, up in Darrington, but the results from that match are not available yet to us. When we get those, we’ll have them for you here.

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On the volleyball front this morning……

Time now to talk some volleyball this morning.

A dozen club teams with ties to the Snoqualmie Valley are in Eugene, OR, this morning, continuing play at the Matt Hartner Classic hosted by the University of Oregon. And for most of those squads, particularly in the U-16 age division, their prospects for success this weekend look good after solid showings in the opening day of play yesterday.

Two of those teams with locals finished day one undefeated at 3-0. Those included the Boost 15’s from Maple Valley, with Mount Si High School’s Chloe Stewart, and the Bellevue-based Sudden Impact 16’s Thunder, with fellow Wildcat Harper Click. One of Thunder’s three wins came against another team with local talent, Kent’s KJ 15’s, with Mount Si junior varsity player Victoria BearBow. KJ, with that loss, finished a solid 2-1, as did the KJ 16’s, with Wildcat varsity athlete Hayley West. KJ’s 16’s are slated to meet the Sudden Impact team later today in the second day of competition.

Also finishing 2-1 yesterday were the Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Under Armour Blue, with MSHS’ Kamryn Smith and Annaliese Jensen, and the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 16’s, with fellow Wildcats Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart. Meanwhile, both teams representing Carnation-based Valley View, their 15’s Black and Blue clubs, went winless yesterday, and a second NWJ entry, the 16’s Under Armour Black, with Cedarcrest High School varsity athlete Taeler Gerde, went 1-2 in their opening day of play.

All of those teams will continue play today, as will three teams competing in the tournament’s U-18 division. Bellevue’s High Velocity 18’s, with CHS’s Kam Leslie, finished the best of the three squads yesterday, going 2-1, while the other two teams, KJ’s 17’s and Island Thunder’s 18’s, both went 1-2. Mount Si players Lillian Bachand (KJ) and Emma Anderson (IT) compete on those teams.

We’ll keep you apprised of what happens down there through the rest of this weekend.

Meanwhile, there are two other tournaments with local players competing as well. Here’s a wrap on both of those for you.

SIVBC holds own at Arizona tournament: The two Sudden Impact squads competing at this weekend’s Fiesta Classic had a good opening day yesterday, with the 17’s and 18’s teams going a combined 3-2 against Arizona-based foes. The two teams, featuring Mount Si senior Courteney Carr (18’s) and her former Wildcat teammate Patience O’Neal (17’s), will be facing largely Arizona foes today once again in the tournament, but the 18’s are also scheduled to meet a Texas-based team.

Mixed showing at local tourney for Valley players, teams: Day one at the Northwest Juniors weekend tournament proved to be a challenge for three of the four teams with local ties in the field.

Bellevue’s Sudden Impact 16’s Tornado, with MSHS’ Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell, was the lone team of the four with local players or teams to finish above .500 on the opening day. SI went 3-0, with one of those wins coming against another one of the teams with locals, the Northwest Juniors’ 15’s Under Armour White, featuring Cedarcrest HS’s Hannah Winston. The Tornado rolled to the two-set sweep, 25-13, 25-11. NWJ White finished 1-2 on the day. The other two local squads, Snoqualmie’s Ridge Valley 14’s and the NWJ 15’s Under Armour Grey, featuring Cedarcrest’s Selah Kuiken, went winless yesterday in three attempts. All of the teams resume play this morning at local sites, primarily Juanita High School in Kirkland.

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