Light news morning on this Friday.
Soccer: Preston team advances to semifinals at national tournament
The Eastside FC Girls U15 soccer team will be competing for the national championship this weekend at the US Youth Soccer National Championship Tournament in Maryland after surviving pool play.
EFC, coached by former Mount Si boys’ soccer coach Tom Bialek and which features Wildcat girls’ sophomore-to-be Natalie Weidenbach, finished pool play with a 1-1 tie against California’s Legends ’98 Sanchez. The tie gave Eastside one win, one loss and one tie in pool play, good for four points and a second place finish. The top two teams from each of the two pools in the tournament advanced into the playoffs, which start tomorrow.
Eastside will be meeting a team from Jacksonville, FL, in their semifinal tomorrow with the winner going on to the finals on Sunday.
Baseball: Local tournament features Mount Si, Cedarcrest players
The Lee Johnson Invitational baseball tournament, featuring top local U16 select baseball teams, is taking place this weekend; games started last night and will run through Sunday.
Two teams with Valley high school players opened play in the event last night.
Northwest Bandits 3, Boys of Summer 1: The Bellevue-based Boys fell to their Kirkland-based rivals in a pool-play game last night in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Alex Adams pitched a solid complete game effort for BoS, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work, striking out three. Fellow MSHS’er Cody Perrine had a hit and walked three more times to reach base for Boys, while Cedarcrest’s Blaine Wagner went 1-3 with a run. Fellow Red Wolve Cody Banks was hitless in four at-bats for BoS, which has another game tonight.
Washington A’s 2, North Shore Twins 1: Mount Si’s Collin Anderson went 1-4 and drove in a run to pace the Sammamish-based A’s to the win. Fellow Wildcat Reid Lutz went 0-1, but walked twice and scored a run to pace the A’s efforts.
News: Former Mount Si boys’ basketball coach back working in Snoqualmie Valley schools
A former Mount Si High School boys’ basketball coach will be back educating kids in our local schools this fall.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District recently announced the hiring of Jeff D’Ambrosio as the new assistant principal at Twin Falls Middle School in North Bend. D’Ambrosio, who coached the Wildcat boys from 2007-10 and led the team to the SeaKing District Tournament in his final season as head coach, was, for the past two years, a school administrator in the Mercer Island School District.
D’Ambrosio takes over for Monica Phillips, who was named principal at one of the Snoqualmie Valley district’s elementary schools for this upcoming school year.
Prior to becoming an administrator, D’Ambrosio was a teacher at Mount Si High School, and has also taught and coached at Eastside Catholic School.