Weekend volleyball update

Now an update on club volleyball for you this morning, as local girls’ players compete in holiday weekend tournaments here and out of town on this Presidents’ Day weekend.

We first start locally, where the Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors club is hosting its own tournament at sites around King County. Several local teams with Valley athletes are in this weekend’s tournament, and there was a mixed bag of results in first-day action yesterday.

Kent’s KJ 15’s, with Mount Si High School’s Victoria BearBow, have been one of the top teams thus far in the U15 division in the USA Volleyball Puget Sound region, and yesterday, they showed why, winning all three of their matches in the U16 division (they are playing up this weekend) in two-set sweeps (matches in the event are best two of three sets as opposed to the best three-of-five in high school volleyball). Two of the teams KJ beat were from the Portland area.

Also, Snoqualmie’s RidgeValley 14’s went 3-0 yesterday, so they’re off to a solid start. They beat teams from Lynnwood, Bremerton and Portland.

Northwest Juniors’ 16’s UA Black, with Cedarcrest High School’s Taeler Gerde, opened solidly with a 2-1 mark in that age group, scoring wins over teams from both Seattle and Portland. Meanwhile, NWJ’s 15’s UA Grey, with CHS’ Selah Kuiken, went 1-2, as did the 15’s UA White and Baden Blue, with fellow Red Wolves Hannah Winston and Shareni Ojeda respectively, all in the U15 division, and the 16’s UA Blue also went 1-2 in the U16 division; this squad features Mount Si’s Annaliese Jensen and Kamryn Smith.

Bellevue’s Sudden Impact Tornado also went 1-2 in U16 play yesterday to start the tournament; this squad includes Mount Si HS’s Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell.

Out of town, it was not the best of days yesterday for three Bellevue-area teams competing at a major regional tournament in Salt Lake City.

Sudden Impact’s Thunder finished 1-2 in the opening day of the Triple Crown U16 meet, with the squad, featuring Wildcat Harper Click, splitting two matches against teams from Hawaii and falling in a second match to a team from southern California. The Storm also went 1-2 in the tournament’s U17 division to start proceedings, with this team, including ex- MSHS’er Patience O’Neal, beating a Utah team but falling to teams from Texas and northern California. The Tsunami also went 1-2, with the U18 team, featuring MSHS senior Courteney Carr, splitting a pair of matches against California teams but falling also to a Hawaii squad.

KJ’s 17’s, with Mount Si’s Lillian Bachand, is also there, and also went 1-2 yesterday, with a win over a team from North Carolina but losses to two teams from California.

And in Las Vegas, two teams from Mercer Island’s Island Thunder club with Mount Si players are at a tournament there, with both struggling on opening day yesterday. The Thunder 16’s, with Wildcats Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, went 1-2 with their lone win coming against a Canadian team. Meanwhile, the Thunder 18’s, with MSHS’ Emma Anderson, went winless in three matches.

Play in these events continues today, with it already underway this morning at the Salt Lake City tournament, with the Sudden Impact Tsunami falling to a California team.

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State gymnastics and wrestling meets successful for Valley high schools, athletes

Yesterday was a busy, but also tremendous, day for several local high school athletes at the state wrestling and gymnastics meets in Tacoma.

The Mat Classic proved to be a successful one yesterday for all three Valley high school wrestlers who made it into the final day of the state tournaments at the Tacoma Dome.

Both of Mount Si High School’s representatives finished with trophies. Brennan Dalgleish took fourth overall at 220 lbs.; after being shut out 12-0 in his semifinal by Camas’ Dylan Ingram, the Wildcat senior rebounded and made it into the third-place match, but fell there to Mead’s Collin Grosse, being pinned by the Spokane-area competitor in that contest.

Meanwhile, Mason Marenco grabbed fifth at 170 lbs.; he fell in his semifinal to Lake Stevens’ Malchi Lawrence, who went on to win the title at that weight class last night. Marenco then fell again in the third-place semifinal to end up in the fifth-place match, where he pinned another Viking, Angelo Loera, to take that trophy position.
These results propelled Mount Si to a top-20 team finish in the 4A team standings; they scored 28 points and took 19th overall, with Tahoma winning the 4A team title.

Cedarcrest High School’s lone entrant in yesterday’s action also placed; Parker McBride took third at 113 lbs. in the 2A meet, successfully making his way through a couple of loser-out matches to earn a spot in the third-place match, where he blanked Jacob Flores from Orting 6-0 to take that top trophy position. Cedarcrest, on the strength of that result, finished 28th as a team in the 2A team standings, with 21 points. Toppenish won the 2A team title, scoring 157 points.

Next door to the Dome at the Dome’s exhibition hall, it was also a solid end to two MSHS senior gymnasts’ high school careers. Shelby Johnson and Samantha Holmes closed out their four years in the Wildcat program yesterday, competing in the 4A individual vault finals at the state 4A gymnastics meet. Johnson finished 10th and Holmes took 14th overall. Both scored better than 9.0 – Johnson a 9.275 and Holmes a 9.175.

Yesterday’s action marked the end of the winter high school sports season for local high schools. Both schools now take this coming week off and will start spring sports on February 27 with first practices for baseball, softball, golf, and other sports.

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Saturday college wrap…..

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.

Basketball
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.

Softball
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.

Baseball
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.

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Valley athlete competes at college conference championship track and field meet

One other college item of note this morning, and it’s from indoor track and field, with Western Washington University’s Maddy Hutchison competing this weekend at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s championship meet.

Hutchison, a junior from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si High School grad, participated in the women’s distance medley relay for the Vikings, whose foursome finished fifth in the race, held in Nampa, ID. Western clocked 12 minutes, 40.21 seconds.

There are individual distance events scheduled later on today, with Hutchison likely to compete in those for the Vikings.

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News from Tacoma good for Valley athletes at state wrestling, gymnastics meets

Time to talk state wrestling and gymnastics action in Tacoma. A lot of good news from down there in T-Town yesterday, especially for Mount Si High School fans.

At the Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome, it could be a special day for two Mount Si wrestlers today as both will be looking for some championship hardware.

Mason Marenco’s state title dreams are still alive headed to today. At 170 lbs. in the 4A meet, Marenco rolled to wins yesterday over Moises Morales from Sunnyside and Hunter Greggerson from University of Spokane to move into today’s semifinal; he will compete at 11:30 this morning in the semis against Malchi Lawrence of Lake Stevens, with a win sending Marenco to the title match, potentially against Kentwood’s Blake Capperauld, who beat Marenco in the regionals last weekend.

Brennan Dalgleish’s state title dreams also remain intact into today as he will be competing in the semis at 220 lbs. Yesterday, the Wildcat senior won a pair of close matches, over Enumclaw’s Austin Rewoldt and Graham-Kapowsin’s Chris Sparks, to advance into today’s semi at noon against Camas’ Dylan Ingram. A win would send Dalgleish to the finals, potentially against Tahoma’s Dagen Kramer, who beat Dalgleish at the regionals last weekend.

As for the third Mount Si entrant, Duncan Harrison did not make it out of day one, falling late last night in the 145 lbs. weight class to Devin Neal of Curtis from University Place, near Tacoma. Harrison opened his run yesterday with a first-round win over Enumclaw’s C.J. Eckblad, but then fell in two straight contests, including the aforementioned one to Neal, to be knocked out of the competition.

Parker McBride will represent Cedarcrest in today’s action; at 113 lbs. in the 2A meet, McBride is in loser-out action after falling in his quarterfinal match yesterday to Gabe Hawthorne of White River; Hawthorne took that contest in a 10-5 decision. McBride opened action in the Dome with a technical fall win over Grandview’s Cesar Galvan, then after the loss to Hawthorne, handled Levi Walters of W.F. West from Chehalis to move to today’s competition. He wrestles at 10:10am against a competitor from Spokane.

Cameron Rose was eliminated last night, falling to Alec Acfalle of Olympia 9-4 in a loser-out match; at 132 lbs., Rose opened his tournament falling to Randy McDonald from East Valley-Spokane in the first round, then rebounded with a win in loser-out action before he was knocked out. At 170 lbs., Caleb Lay fell in both of the matches he competed in yesterday and was the first CHS wrestler of the three competing this weekend to be eliminated from the tournament.

Meanwhile, on the girls’ side, Mount Si’s Kinsey Steskal was unable to make it to today, despite one win yesterday; at 115 lbs. in the girls’ meet, she was quickly pinned in her opening match by Cameron Guerin from Davis in Yakima. Steskal rebounded from that to post an 8-6 win over Kelso’s Ciyree Sams, but was then knocked out of the tournament last night by Othello’s Iylahye Barraza 6-1. Steskal became the first MSHS girl to ever wrestle at state with her three matches yesterday.

Gymnastics sees strong performances from Mount Si in 4A meet
Next door over at the dome’s Exhbition Hall, Mount Si was well-represented in the state 4A gymnastics meet. Senior Samantha Holmes led the way, scoring 34.6 in the all-around to finish 20th overall.

On bars, Holmes led the five-girl Wildcat delegation, scoring 8.15, followed by Anna Steenvoorde’s 8.075, Morgan Lowell’s 7.45, Tylor Zwiefelhofer’s 7.3 and Sarah Christopherson’s 7.15. Beam was paced by Holmes’ 8.35 followed by Christopherson’s 7.7 and Zwiefelhofer’s 7.575. Christopherson scored a 9.0 on floor followed by Holmes’ 8.85 and Steenvoorde’s 8.1. Shelby Johnson scored 9.275 on vault, and Holmes pocketed a 9.25 there to round things out for the Wildcats.

Individual event finals are today. We’ll let you know if any Mount Si gymnasts compete in today’s action.

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