Good Sunday morning. We have a lot on deck this morning from multiple sports – it was a busy Saturday on a number of fronts involving Valley athletes. We’ll get to all of it throughout the day, but we first have our college wrap this morning.
An amazing accomplishment for UPS women, and Valleyite leads the way: The University of Puget Sound’s women completed the regular season unbeaten in conference play for the first time in school history last night by beating Pacific of Oregon, and a Valley player was front and center.
Puget Sound handled the host Boxers 76-67 in Forest Grove, OR, and sophomore Elizabeth Prewitt was key for the Loggers. She, a 2014 Mount Si High School alum from Snoqualmie, was 9-15 from the floor with two three pointers, and led Puget Sound scoring 22 points and adding three rebounds to lead UPS to a 24-1 overall record to close out the 2016-17 regular season. The Loggers, who finished 16-0 in Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) play, as noted, and will host a first-round playoff game Thursday in Tacoma. The 7:00 tip will be live on NWC Digital, linked at right in our news links.
A special Senior Night for a senior from Duvall as Carroll-MT men win: Just as he did in his senior year at Cedarcrest High School, Zach Taylor made the most of his senior night last night as a collegian. Taylor, from Duvall, played the full 40 minutes and led his Carroll College-MT men’s basketball team with 21 points pacing the Saints to a 68-60 win over Montana State-Northern last night in the regular season home finale for Carroll in Helena, MT. Taylor, a 2013 Cedarcrest grad, also had five rebounds and five assists along with a steal as the Saints maintained their hold on first place with the win. Carroll has two more games in the regular season, at Montana Tech Thursday and Lewis-Clark State next weekend, with one more win earning them a share of the Frontier Conference (NAIA) title. Regardless, the Saints with last night’s win locked up a first-round playoff bye and a home game in the second round.
With all of that, it should also be noted that Taylor is approaching 2,000 career points with Carroll; he currently is at 1,914 with at least the three games remaining on the Saints schedule, according to the school. That will be something to watch as the season winds down.
Northwest ladies make it to .500, clinch playoff berth: The Northwest U. women’s hoops squad posted a 63-44 win last night at Warner Pacific in Portland over the Knights in the regular season finale for both teams; NWU, with the win finishes the 2016-17 regular season at .500 (15-15 overall, 10-10 in Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA) play) and earns the sixth seed into the CCC playoffs. They now travel south to Klamath Falls on Tuesday to meet third-seed Oregon Tech in the first round of the playoffs, giving junior Kalee Fowler another opportunity to see playing time this season for the Eagles. The 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall saw 10 minutes off the bench last night for NWU, and was 1-3 from beyond the three-point line for three points, and she also had a rebound and two assists.
CLU ladies roll to win: The California Lutheran University women’s hoops squad continued their postseason push yesterday, routing visiting LaVerne 85-48 at home in Thousand Oaks, CA, to move to 11-4 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III) play, 15-9 overall. Senior Katy Lindor, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, scored five points and collected two assists, a rebound and steal apiece for the Regals, who now are in third place overall in the conference, in advance of the program’s Senior Night game Tuesday night against struggling CalTech. Lindor and the program’s other seniors will be honored prior to the 5:30 tip, which you can see at SCIAC Digital, at right in our news links.
Lynchburg (VA) 5, Methodist (NC) 0 (game one, doubleheader): The Hornets opened a twinbill in Fayetteville, NC, scoring a shutout win; senior Lauren Smith, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-2 with an RBI; she played left field in the contest for LC, with no defensive stats of note.
Merrimack (MA) 12, Felician (NJ) 4: An eight-run fourth propelled Merrmiacm to the mercy-rule win after five innings at their season-opening weekend tourney in Myrtle Beach, SC; Tamarra Crowe, a senior from Morth Bend and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-3 with a run scored for MC; she recorded six defensive putouts playing center field for the Warriors.
Lynchburg (VA) 14, Methodist (NC) 2 (game two, doubleheader): LC routed the host side in the nightcap of the pair of games to sweep the twinbill; Smith was 1-3 with two runs scored and also played left field in this game with no defensive stats of note. The Hornets with the two wins moved to 3-1 on the season.
Merrimack (MA) 2, Clarion (PA) 0: Pitcher Haley Currie was the story for the Warriors, as she fired a one-hitter, striking out six, as Merrimack blanked the Pennsylvania team; Crowe was 0-3, but recorded two more defensive putouts in center field for the Warriors, who also are now 3-1 this spring.
San Francisco 7, Northern Colorado 6 (completion of suspended game from Friday): The Dons trailed when the game was suspended Friday due to rain, but yesterday, they rallied to get the win over the Bears in the completion of the contest in San Francisco. Junior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, made his UNCo debut in the contest, going 0-4; he is a newcomer this spring to the Bears after spending his first two seasons collegiately at Bellevue College. Johnson played left field in the contest for UNCo and recorded a putout and assist each defensively.
San Francisco 8, Northern Colorado 3: in yesterday’s regularly-scheduled game, USF picked up where they left off from the first contest and rolled to another win, dropping the Bears to an 0-2 start on the season. Johnson was 0-3 with a defensive putout in left field for the Bears.
Track & Field
Carnation’s Praino delivers at Centralia meet: Northwest University freshman distance runner Leila Praino, from Carnation, took third yesterday in the women’s mile run at a college meet in Centralia. Praino clocked six minutes, 29.34 seconds at the HUB Last Chance event.
MSHS grad competes in Colorado event: University of Northern Colorado senior men’s distance runner Tim Corrie, from Ames Lake and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, competed in the men’s 3,000 meter run at the Davies Classic hosted by the Colorado School of Mines in Boulder yesterday, and finished well back of the race winner clocking 9:44.43. He finished 15th in his heat race.
MSHS alum finishes well at conference championships: Western Washington University junior women’s distance runner Maddy Hutchison, from Snoqualmie, fared well in the women’s 3000 meter race at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship indoor meet yesterday in Nampa, ID. Hutchison, a 2014 Mount Si High School grad, clocked 10:45.34 and finished 13th overall, fourth in her heat.