Mount Si volleyball wraps up regular season with win, plus college volleyball scores

Mount Si’s varsity volleyball team is heading into the postseason on a solid note after closing out the regular season last night with a rare sweep of an opponent.

The Wildcats took care of the Woodinville Falcons in three sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 at Woodinville High School. Santa Clara-bound senior Anna McCreadie led the way for Mount Si with 12 kills, 12 digs, six aces and an assist as Mount Si finished the season at 4-4 in Kingco 4A, 10-4 overall, and the fifth overall seed to the Kingco Tournament, a seeding that was locked up thanks to their win and wins by both Eastlake and Issaquah over Ingelmoor and Newport, respectively.

Courteney Carr had 30 assists and four digs to pace the Wildcats, while Haley Holmberg had eight kills and seven digs in her first match of the season; the junior has been out all season with various injuries and ailments. Liz Larson pitched in eight kills, 15 digs, two aces and two blocks to aid Mount Si, who also had 21 digs from Jenn Rogers.

Mount Si will meet four-seed Issaquah tomorrow in the opening round of the Kingco Tournament at Skyline High School. First serve is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Wildcat JV closes out season with win: Mount Si’s junior varsity got a strong 11-kill, 16-dig effort from Macy Baltasar and finished up their season with a 25-19, 21-25, 15-11 win over the Falcons. Amanda Harkleroad had 26 digs, an assist and three aces to pace the Wildcats, who also had nine kills and 18 digs from Emily Cole, along with an assist and three aces. Emma Anderson added 17 assists and five digs to the Mount Si cause, and Linsay Showalter pitched in 10 digs. The Wildcats finished at 4-10 on the season (2-6 Kingco).

College scoreboard
Central Washington def. Simon Fraser 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23: The host Wildcats dispatched the visiting Canadian foes in a GNAC contest last night in Ellensburg behind 53 assists, a kill, four digs and a block from junior Catie Fry, she a 2011 Mount Si High School grad from North Bend. The 53 assists is tied for the second-highest assist number she’s had this season in a match for Central; she also had 53 in a contest against Cal Baptist last month. In comments on the CWU website, Fry says a key to her team’s success is their unity. “We always talk about how close we are as a team and this is the closest team I have ever been on and that is how we win games,” she said.

Rocky Mountain (MT) def. Lewis-Clark State 25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 25-15: League leader RMC from Billings, MT, came into Lewiston, ID, last night and scored a four-set win over the host Warriors, despite 45 assists, 10 digs, three kills and a block from Robyn Schirmer, from North Bend and a 2010 Mount Si HS grad.

Olympic CC def. Whatcom CC 25-17, 25-11, 25-19: In a Northwest Athletic Conference (formerly the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) contest Wednesday in Bremerton, the host OCC side rolled to a three-set sweep over the visitors from Bellingham. Freshman Hanna Halverson, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest High School grad, had 17 assists, four digs, two kills and an ace to pace Whatcom.

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Local youth football league sends five teams to playoffs; all play in games tomorrow in pursuit of league titles

We don’t usually have news for you on Mount Si High School’s junior football program, called the “Junior Wildcats”, but folks from that organization are putting the word out about some huge playoff games tomorrow.

Junior Wildcat teams from four different levels of play will be competing in playoffs as they look for league championships within the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association. Here’s a schedule of all the games, with three scheduled for Mount Si High School:

• At 9:00 am, the WCJFA “White” Rookie-level team will be playing the Five Star “White” team of Renton in a game at Liberty High School.

• Also at 9:00am, but at MSHS, the Wildcat Juniors’ junior varsity “Red” team will be hosting the Bellevue Wolverines “Blue” squad.

• At 10:45am, up at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, Mount Si’s junior Wildcat sophomore “White” team will be playing the Bothell Cougars “Blue” team.

• At 11:00am, after the Wildcat juniors’ JV playoff game noted above at MSHS, Mount Si’s junior Wildcat “Red” sophomore team will be hosting Newport.

• At 1:00pm, to close out the playoff action at MSHS, the junior Wildcat varsity “Red” team will take on Skyline.

It will be a busy day, but the community is encouraged to come out and attend the contests and help support the future of Mount Si High School football. We are working to get game recaps on all these games and if we get them, we’ll have them for you here. We should also mention that Cedarcrest High School’s junior football program is also part of the GEJFA, and their Varsity level team is playing Bellevue in a playoff game tomorrow afternoon as well. We wish them luck as they look to carry the torch in the Lower Valley.

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CHS gives it their all on gridrion, but falls late to ATM

Cedarcrest High School’s football team went into last night’s game looking for their biggest win as a program in three years, and almost got it. But a big play near the end of the game spoiled the fun as Archbishop Murphy escaped with the win. Aaron Lommers, prep writer for the Everett Herald, was on hand in Duvall at CHS for the contest and put together a full wrap on the game, which you can see here at the Herald’s website. The Red Wolves advance to the playoffs, where it will hit the road next week. Time and opponent are to be announced.

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Mount Si football is at Liberty tonight, so let’s preview and pick tonight’s game for you…..

It’s Friday, and good morning. Halloween 2014, with costumes and candy aplenty. We have our preview and pick for Mount Si’s football game tonight at Liberty this morning, but we first have some news concerning next week.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Wildcats will be closing out the season at home next week against Wesco 3A Lynnwood. That game will happen next Friday at 7:00 at Mount Si High School. The Royals, who have struggled on the gridiron in past years, are right now having a decent season, 4-4 on the year (2-4 Wesco 3A South) in advance of tonight’s game against Marysville-Getchell.

Now to tonight’s contest, as the Wildcats renew a familiar rivalry, one that dates back many years.

KINGCO FOOTBALL – NONLEAGUE
MOUNT SI WILDCATS AT LIBERTY PATRIOTS
LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL, RENTON, 7:00 P.M. KICKOFF

Mount Si hits the road for their final time this fall, as they continue a tradition that started way back in 1978, just after Liberty High School first opened. From that season to now, almost 40 seasons strong, the Wildcats and Patriots have played football against one another each fall. This is the first year since LHS’ opening way back when that the two schools are not in the same league – or in the same classification for that matter – as Mount Si is part of Kingco 4A, but Liberty moved down to 2A and remained within the Kingco 2A/3A conference.

The Wildcats are 4-4 on the season after a playoff-eliminating 54-27 loss to Newport last Friday, while Liberty is 6-2 and got things back on track last week with a 31-22 win over Juanita that ended a two-game losing string, with one of those losses coming in rather shocking fashion against lowly Sammamish. The Patriots, up until the past two weeks, had been viewed as one of the top teams in 2A, but lost their ranking as a result of the losing streak against Sammamish and Bellevue. Still, though, Liberty looks solid and are on their way to the postseason in the West Central District.

Mount Si’s main weapons offensively again tonight are the same as the past two weeks. Cory Cotto and Max Bonda, the two running backs that have emerged as strong pieces for the Wildcat offense, both scored touchdowns in Mount Si’s loss to the Knights, and again will need to be counted on to help the Wildcats get back on track as the season winds down. QB Jonathan “Jo Jo” Hillel will also need to work his magic tonight as well for the team to succeed.

For Liberty, the Patriots have some quality talent, and they look primed for a possible deep run in the 2A state playoffs. Senior Russell Boston has emerged as the top rusher for the Pats, running for nearly 500 yards on 86 carries in just six games this season. He ran 25 times for 150 yards, with three touchdowns in their win last week over Juanita. With the weather forecast possibly calling for rain, Boston may be the guy called on quite a bit by Valach to be the key offensive weapon. Mount Si’s line will need to work hard to keep his efforts to a minimum for the Wildcats to have success.

Senior running back Drew Hall has developed into a solid option as well for the Patriots this fall; he has 100 carries for 664 yards according to MaxPreps. Hall has averaged 83 yards a game and has 11 touchdowns to his credit in 2014. Last week, he ran for 56 yards on 10 carries in Liberty’s win over Juanita. He could be a secondary presence on the Patriots’ side of the ball if Boston is stymied, so Mount Si’s defense will also need to pay attention to this guy as well.

Josh Nelson leads the Liberty receiving corps; he has 14 catches for 182 yards this fall, with three touchdowns; last week, he had two receptions for 15 yards against the Rebels. The man who throws the passes to Nelson and other Patriot receivers is quarterback Nate Solly, and the junior is having a decent season thus far, completing 33 out of 57 pass attempts for 530 yards with four touchdowns on the season. Solly made it count last week, going four of six for 46 yards.

From the looks of the numbers, it looks like Liberty will be more ground-oriented in their offensive scheme, so the Wildcat line will have to be on their toes to have success in shutting that down.

Tonight’s game is the Patriots’ senior night as well, and will be an opportunity, too, for Mount Si fans to get a look at the recently finished reconstruction of the Liberty campus, a project that had been going on there for the past couple of years. Among the new additions to the school there is a full-fledged theatre, which will be a boon for their arts and drama programs.

This will be a tough game for Mount Si we expect, with the options being strong offensively for Liberty. The Wildcat defense will have its hands full tonight, and we expect Boston and friends to take their team to postseason in style with a win at home.

LIBERTY 31, MOUNT SI 17

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Mount Si High School girls soccer calls on familiar face to aid playoff win

Mount Si High School’s girls’ soccer team opened round one of the Kingco playoffs last night at home in Snoqualmie against the Newport Knights looking to take their first step down what will be a very difficult road to a state playoff berth. Things looked good for the Wildcats throughout the early portion of play, but a tremendous effort by the Newport goalkeeper kept things in check at halftime. But, as has been the case many times this fall, all Mount Si needed to do was call up their “money” player, and she once again delivered to send the Wildcats on to the next round.

Karli White (center), seen here playing the ball during a game earlier this season, scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal for Mount Si High School's girls' soccer team in their playoff win last night over Newport. The goal was her 17th on the season. (Courtesy photo)

Karli White, seen here playing the ball during a game earlier this season, scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal for Mount Si High School’s girls’ soccer team in their playoff win last night over Newport. The goal was her 17th on the season. (Courtesy photo)

Karli White scored her league-leading 17th goal, and Miranda Fischer added an insurance tally late, as Mount Si blanked the Knights 2-0 to advance to a loser-out matchup against the Woodinville Falcons this coming Monday at Issaquah High School. Wildcat coach Darren Brown was pleased. “We played pretty much to our objective,” Brown said. “We played good out of the back and it took us a while again, like last time, to put them away,” he added, referring to the teams’ previous meeting earlier this month, a 1-0 Mount Si result at Newport High School in Bellevue, and thanks to White, they did just that.

After a number of great scoring chances were set aside by Knight senior goalie Sydney Tomlinson in the first, and early portion of the second, half, many of them in amazing fashion, the Arkansas-bound senior struck gold in the 55th minute. She forced a turnover by the Knights, then turned around and maneuvered her way through the Newport defense towards Tomlinson in the Knights goal. Once in a position to get a good shot attempt off, White took that shot and it sailed in past the Newport keeper and put Mount Si in front to stay.

“I had been wanting to get one all night and I hadn’t been finishing my opportunities, so I was really determined to score that and the opportunity presented itself and I took it,” she said. As a senior, playing what likely was her last official home game on the Mount Si field was special. “I’ll most remember this team especially because the chemistry is so good and we work so well together and this is just a great way to end my (high school) career as a soccer player,” White said.

The game remained 1-0 until very late, thanks largely to continued stellar play by Tomlinson, who, by our unofficial count, made 17 mostly spectacular saves helping to keep her team in it. But, Mount Si’s Fischer finished things off in the 75th minute, taking a feed from Karlie Hurley and popping it over Tomlinson and into the goal for the all-important insurance goal. And to add to the drama, the Wildcats, just minutes prior, narrowly missed scoring a third goal, with the ball being saved just barely by Tomlinson even though it appeared to have perhaps gone in. Referees called it no goal and were not in proper position to determine whether that call was correct, but outside of that, the contest was well-officiated, with very few fouls called and not a lot of physical play between the two sides.

White, Hurley and fellow seniors Claire Johnson and Michaela “KK” Wallace will all be playing ball next fall – at the collegiate level. Hurley is excited to head down to Portland to play for Concordia-Portland as the school transitions from being a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II as a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. “I love the coach there,” Hurley said. “One of the coolest guys I’ve met. I really like the team chemistry there and I like his style of play and the way he runs things and it’s a really competitive school.” Hurley added, “I think it really matches the way I play, too.”

Wallace will miss this year’s team, too, but not for the reason you might expect. “It’s not just because we’re making it so far, it’s because we have such a close knit group,” the Central Washington-bound player said. “Even if we lose and we go to practice the next day, it’s still fun because we still love each other and we know we can make it the next game.”

Johnson will be headed to Big Sky country to play for the Idaho Vandals. She’s ready. “I’m excited for the change. I’m excited to be independent,” she said.

Brown doesn’t want this year to end yet. “We’ve had so many records this year. It’s been an unbelievable year,” Brown said. “Players have stepped up and it’s just been a great year, so we want to keep it going.” The longtime coach added, “It’s a great group of girls. Nikki (Stanton, assistant coach) and I love working with them.”

Mount Si plays Woodinville this coming Monday at 5:30 at Issaquah High School with the winner moving on to a winner-to-state, loser-out game against the loser of the Eagles-Skyline Monday nightcap league title game Thursday. Brown thinks fans will be in for a treat. “It’s going to be a good game,” he said.

College score
Northwest Nazarene 1, Seattle Pacific men 0: SPU suffered their first loss of the season last night on the road in their conference finale in Nampa, ID, against host NNU. Sophomore defender Davis Karaica, from Snoqualmie and a 2012 Mount Si High School grad, started on defense for the Falcons and played all 90 minutes, with no stats of note to report. SPU is likely headed to the Division II men’s soccer playoffs despite the defeat, so Karaica and his mates still have plenty of soccer left in them we expect this fall.

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