The weekend wrap, and another round of Athletes of the Week!

Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week on deck but we have our weekend wrap for you to start. We hit the pitch and it was quite the special day yesterday for one Valley college men’s soccer player.

Mateo DiDomenico, fresh off graduation from Mount Si back in June, brought a little of his success from this past spring with the Wildcats to the pitch yesterday, and scored his first goal and added his first assist as a collegian, both aiding Cal State East Bay to a big win in their regular season home-opener.

DiDomenico, from North Bend and a freshman this fall with the NCAA Division II Pioneers, made it all count in the 3-0 win over Texas-Permian Basin at home in Hayward, CA. The goal proved to be the game-winner, and it came early, too – in the fourth minute, but he assisted on the team’s next goal, which came in the 12th minute from teammate Zack Mason.

DiDomenico ended up playing the full 90 for East Bay, where he is a starting defender, and the goal came on his lone shot recorded of the game. The win was the first of the season for the Pioneers, who have home games Thursday and Saturday before starting conference play in the California Collegiate Athletic Association next week.


Cal Poly 3, Idaho State women 1: The Mustangs handled the Bengals on neutral ground at the University of Montana in Missoula. Junior Rachel Brownell, from Fall City and a 2017 MSHS’er, started on defense for ISU and worked 84 minutes with no stats of note reported.

Pacific Lutheran men 4, Chapman 0: The Lutes closed out their weekend in northern California beating the Panthers, from southern California, on neutral ground in Santa Cruz. Freshman Jared Davies, he of Snoqualmie and a June Mount Si HS grad, came off the bench for the Lutes and played 17 minutes of the game with no stats of note reported.

Pro soccer: Stanton plays former teammates
The Chicago Red Stars moved a step closer to advancing into the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs by blanking lowly Sky Blue FC from New York/New Jersey 3-0 last night at Sky Blue’s field on the campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey. 2008 Mount Si High School grad Nikki Stanton, the Chicago defensive midflelder and former Sky Blue player, saw 26 minutes of action against her former team in the contest and recorded one shot that was not on goal with no goals scored. Stanton, from North Bend, is in her second season with the Red Stars, who acquired her and teammate Sam Kerr from Sky Blue in an offseason trade last year.

The win moved Chicago to 12-8-2 on the season and 38 points overall, which puts them in second in the league standings two points behind first-place North Carolina Courage. Chicago hosts Washington on Saturday night.

Golf: Mount Si alums with mixed results to close out fall tourneys
In Tacoma, the Valley trio competing in this weekend’s Collegiate Open golf tournament for Pacific Lutheran’s men held their own in the final round of the event yesterday.

Senior Alex Nelson fired a final-round 73 to finish the tournament with a two-round total of 150, six-over par on the par-72 Home Course in DuPoint. Nelson, from North Bend, was joined by fellow North Bend senior Mitch Dover, who fired a 77 to finish with a two-round 155, +11 over par, and Ames Lake junior Jordan Lau, who carded a second straight 80 to finish with a two-round 160, +16 over par. Nelson finished in a tie for 21st followed by Dover in a tie for 45th and Lau alone in 59th. All three players are Mount Si HS grads.

PLU, who finished second in the team event in the tournament, next competes in the George Fox fall tournament October 5 and 6 down on the Oregon Coast in Gearhart.

Meanwhile, back in New Hampshire, it was another rough day on the course for fellow Wildcat alum Caitlin Maralack, who fired an 87 to finish with a +28 over 172 over two rounds on the par-72 Hanover Country Club layout in the final day of play at the Dartmouth Invitational. Maralack, a senior competing for the University of Hartford’s women in the event, is from Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS grad. Hartford finished 10th as a team in the tournament. They will next play next week in a tournament in Boston hosted by Boston College.

Athletes of the Week
Now to our athletes of the week. We had so much fun doing both the boys and girls last week, we’re going to do it again this week. So here we go.

MOUNT SI BOYS – We’re going to hit the links this week and note the Wildcats posted a win last Monday over Woodinville in their home opener at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie, 180-217 (lower score wins). We have no stats from that for you but likely leading the way as he’s always done is Drew Warford, and we recognize him this week for his overall efforts in helping put local youth golf on the map. Warford, as you all know, has been a successful junior golfer – and that success has continued for the senior, who won our Athlete of the Year award for the 2017-18 school year. Warford is bound for the UW next fall and he’s going to be a good one we expect.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Volleyball now and we give the nod to senior Dana Dolan. “Double-D”, as we like to call her, had 18 assists, 10 digs and a kill for Mount Si in a quality three-set sweep victory over Kentwood last Tuesday night down at Kentwood High School. The Conks have been a perennial power in high school volleyball for many years, and Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote has made this rivalry a feature part of the early-season nonleague schedules because of that quality competiton. Mount Si is in action tonight and Wednesday at home then plays in the Kent Classic, another staple of Foote’s scheduling, this weekend.

CEDARCREST BOYS – The award is shared this week by a pair of boys’ cross country juniors. John Meier and Cade LaTurner both had top-five finishes for the Red Wolves in their Wesco meet opener this past Wednesday up in Everett, helping CHS to a second-place team finish. Meier finished third running the McCollum Park course in 17:02, with LaTurner finishing 40 seconds behind his Red Wolve teammate in fifth overall. CHS is going to need continued strong performances from those two to guide the boys’ team this fall as it seeks a return trip to state this fall. CHS will next compete this weekend in the South Whidbey Invitational.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – Soccer now and we’re going to do this again for the third year in a row. The whole team is getting the nod for their efforts this past Thursday as they beat Arlington 4-3. And why does the whole team get it this year? Simple. The ladies had to wait out an hour-plus lightning delay, and one might assume that the girls sitting that long might impact how they perform coming out of it. Well, these girls didn’t let it faze them; they picked up right where they left off as a team, and got the job done in the end. CHS hosts Oak Harbor tomorrow then plays Mount Si in the Valley Cup on Saturday.

HONORABLE MENTION – Well, back to the colleges for this and we had this for you above. Cal State East Bay freshman men’s soccer player Mateo DiDomenico had a day to remember yesterday, and it earns him some recognition as well. DiDomenico, from North Bend, scored his first college goal and followed it up with his first college assist, both helping the Pioneers pick up their first win of the season yesterday, blanking visiting Texas-Permian Basin. DiDomenico has worked his way into a starting defensive role for CSUEB, an NCAA Division II school, and will look to help the Pioneers improve on what has been a tough start to the season, falling in their first two games of the regular season before yesterday’s win. As noted before, they play again on Thursday.

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A lot on this Sunday: Mount Si, CHS girls’ soccer end in non-league ties, plus more soccer, football, volleyball, diamond cuts and a trip to the links!

Good Sunday morning. A lot to get to on this rainy Sunday. First, we hit the pitch. Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team made the short 15-minute trek up to Monroe last night and left with a 1-1 nonleague draw with the Bearcats. Sidra Griffin scored the lone CHS goal while Taylor Nelson popped the goal home for Monroe.

Cedarcrest is back in action Tuesday hosting Oak Harbor at 7:00 before hitting the road for three games in a row, including the Valley Cup game next Saturday night at Mount Si High School against the Wildcats.

Mount Si, Stadium finish in draw: Mount Si’s girls, too, were in action last night, down in Tacoma at the Stadium Bowl against the host Stadium Tigers. That game, too, ended in a tie, but it was a scoreless draw. The Wildcats came close to notching the game-winner with seconds left in regulation but the shot sailed just wide of the goal.

Still, though, Mount Si came out of this one rather pleased with the efforts. “We made a lot of halftime adjustments that definitely allowed us to be a bit more dangerous in the second half than in the first half. Communication, movement, and intensity was up in the second half for sure, and we were able to continue to play with a team whose midfield and forwards definitely moved so much more than we’re used to in KingCo,” coach Sophie Rockow told us by email.

Noting the host side is known for its frequent goal-scoring; they’ve averaged 4.5 goals a game per game each of the last three seasons, for a total of 234 over that span, the coach commented, “Stadium was a very dynamic team. Something the girls were aware of was their ability to load goals up on teams so we came in ready to battle, knowing it wouldn’t be easy. We stepped up to the challenge, holding them to a 0-0 tie is something we’re proud of as a group, and we’re ready for the two KingCo matches next week.”

Mount Si has a big one with Eastlake at 7:30 Tuesday night up at Eastlake High School in Sammamish as they return to Kingco play in advance of the Valley Cup game next weekend.

College scoreboard now:

Northwest U. women 3, Linfield women 0: Valley soccer fans had a treat yesterday down in Kirkland, as three local college players suited up in this one. Northwest’s Maggie Gunning, from Snoqualmie, and Sarah Hommas, from Duvall, along with Linfield’s Sydney Kuehn, also from Duvall, saw plenty of action on the NU pitch in this non-conference battle, won by the NAIA Eagles over the NCAA Division III Wildcats. Kuehn, a senior and 2015 CHS’er, started and worked the full 90 for Linfield, with one shot, not on goal and no goals scored. Gunning, a sophomore and 2018 MSHS’er, started for the Eagles on defense and also worked the full 90 with no stats of note, while freshman Hommas, a June CHS’er, started and saw 71 minutes for NWU, recording two shots, one on goal with no goals scored.

Also on this Sunday morning:

Pacific Lutheran 17, Cal Lutheran 10: Mount Si HS grad Alex Rendon’s touchdown reception sparked the Lutes to a win at home in Puyallup in their season opener. Rendon, a junior from North Bend who walked the aisle at MSHS in 2016, ended up with two catches in the game for 47 yards, including the eight-yard hookup with QB Bryce Missey that opened the scoring in the first quarter for the Lutes. Also QB’ing by the way for the Lutes was another player who has ties to Mount Si and Kingco 4A. Freshman – and Bothell grad – Erik Bainter, the son of Cougar head coach – and former Wildcat assistant – Tom Bainter, made his college debut under center for PLU and went 3-5 for 42 yards in the game. He also rushed the ball four times but ended up with a net loss of five yards.

Jacksonville State 49, Eastern Washington 45: Jacksonville scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally from a big deficit to stun the Eagles at home in Alabama last night. The game-winning TD came with just a minute left in the contest. Senior Chris Schlicting, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS’er, manned his usual location at right tackle for the Eagles in the contest.

College of Idaho 41, Southern Oregon 38: SOU made a furious comeback late in this one, but ran out of time as the host Coyotes held on in an NAIA Frontier Conference clash in Caldwell, ID. Freshman Murphy McDowell, he of North Bend and a June MSHS grad, had one solo tackle in the game for the visiting Raiders.

Ferris State 62, Central Washington 28: The Wildcats were brought back to earth a bit in their home opener in Ellensburg falling to the top-five ranked Ferris squad from Michigan. Senior Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel had 77 all-purpose yards for Central; the 2015 MSHS’er, from North Bend, caught two passes for 60 yards and also had one carry on the ground for 17 yards.

Oregon State 45, Cal Poly 7: The Beavers rolled at home in Corvallis, OR, over the FCS team from California and it was a bit of an eventful day for receiver/returner Jesiah Irish. Yes, the redshirt freshman, from North Bend, contributed some, catching two passes for 18 yards and returning the ball off punts four times for 27 yards, but what made it eventful was that the 2018 Mount Si HS alum was the recipient of a pair of hits from CP defenders that required review by officials for possible targeting calls.

The first hit, in the first quarter, was ruled not to be targeting, a ruling that appeared to be correct as per replay, so that Cal Poly player stayed in the game, but the second hit, in the third quarter, was a helmet-to-helmet hit and that Mustang defender was called for targeting following that review and was subsequently kicked out of the game. Irish was OK and did not suffer any serious injuries from the second hit. He is expected to be ready to go for the Beavers when they next play in two weeks.

Davenport 13, Lake Erie (OH) 9: The Storm fell in a low-scoring tilt at home in Painesville, OH. Junior receiver Eric Daniels, he of North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, caught three passes for 23 yards for Lake Erie, an NCAA Division II school.

Northwest Christian def. Northwest U. 25-18, 25-19, 25-11: The Eagles fell at home to NAIA Cascade rival Northwest Christian from Eugene last night. Junior Courteney Carr, from Snoqualmie and a 2016 MSHS’er, had 19 assists, five digs and a block pacing Northwest, who dropped to 4-6 overall, 2-2 in conference with the loss.

Westminster (MO) def. Whitman 25-15, 22-25, 25-16, 25-14: At the DePauw tournament in Indiana yesterday, the Blues fell to 0-5 with a loss to the Missouri team. Sophomore Emma Anderson, she of North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, had 13 assists and eight digs pacing Whitman in this one.

Concordia-Irvine def. St. Martin’s 25-13, 25-20, 25-20: The Eagles handled the GNAC Saints in non-league action on neutral soil in San Diego. Ex-Mount Si player Patience O’Neal had three kills, three digs and a block in this one for Irvine.

Aurora (IL) def. Whitman 25-16, 25-22, 26-24: Whitman finished the weekend tournament winless as they fell in the nightcap to the suburban Chicago team. Anderson had 14 assists and five digs for the Blues.

Concordia-Irvine def. Chico State 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 23-25, 15-10: O’Neal, who graduated from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley and is a sophomore this fall with the Eagles, had a season high 13 kills for Irvine as they held off a rally from the ladies from northern California to win their nightcap down in San Diego last night. She also had three blocks in the game.

Corban def. Northwest U. 25-19, 28-26, 20-25, 25-16 (Fri.): The Eagles opened the weekend late last Friday night with a loss at home to the visitors from Oregon. Carr had 13 assists and four digs in this one for NWU.

Alma College (MI) def. Whitman 16-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-22 (Fri.): The Blues opened play in a weekend tournament in Indiana late Friday night falling to the unbeaten ladies from Michigan. Anderson led Whitman with 21 assists, nine digs and a kill.

UC San Diego def. Concordia-Irvine 29-27, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23 (Fri.): In action late last Friday night, the Tritons handled the Eagles in the day one nightcap of their weekend tournament. O’Neal, who played for Mount Si as a high school sophomore in 2015, had a kill and a block in this one for CUI.

DePauw (IN) def. Whitman 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 (Fri.): The hosts from Indiana swept the Blues in the late Friday tournament nightcap. Anderson had 11 assists and four digs for Whitman in this one.

Concordia-Irvine def. Montana State-Billings 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 (Fri.): Irvine opened the weekend event with a win over the Yellowjackets. O’Neal had three kills, two blocks and a dig.

Softball: Fall season starts with local tournament
Area club softball teams got their seasons started yesterday with what was supposed to be the first of two days of action in a local tournament; however, today’s games have already been rained out. That said, locals were on display and we have highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 4, Snohomish Shock 16U Oylear 4: Valley players were out in force at Celebration Park in Federal Way for the fall opener for both teams yesterday in the Sidewinders tournament. Cedarcrest’s Maddie Knowles and Kaylee Hulse powered the Issaquah-based Abraham crew; Knowles went 2-2 with a triple and two RBI’s while Hulse added a hit, two runs scored and an RBI. As for the Snohomish-based squad, CHS’s Allyson Smith had a hit and RBI while Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook added two walks and a run scored.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 7, Snohomish County Express 2: Knowles had a hit and two runs scored for the ‘Hawks as they handled their Everett-based rivals. Hulse added an RBI despite going 0-2 in the game.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 12, Northwest Sidewinders Gold 16U 3: The ‘Hawks exploded with five runs in the first cruising to the win over another Snohomish County-based team. Knowles was 1-2 with a run scored while Hulse went 0-2.

Tough rounds to start fall for Mount Si alums: Four Mount Si High School golf alums started the fall portions of their college golf seasons yesterday and all four had rocky rounds to get things underway.

Pacific Lutheran men’s players Alex Nelson, Mitch Dover and Jordan Lau, along with University of Hartford women’s player Caitlin Maralack, all had rounds significantly over par yesterday as their seasons got rolling.

Nelson carded a 77, Dover fired a 78 and Lau fired an 80 all for the Lutes as they finished the first round of the Collegiate Open tournament all near the back end of the pack. The scores were on the par-72 Home Course layout in DuPont. Meanwhile, 3,000 miles east of here in Hanover, NH, Maralack fired a 13-over par 85 on the par-72 layout at the Hanover Country Club in the first round of the Dartmouth Invitational, and too, is well back.

The four all finish their tournaments today. Maralack is a senior from Snoqualmie and 2015 MSHS’er, while Nelson and Dover are both seniors from North Bend and 2016 MSHS’ers and Lau is a junior from Ames Lake and 2017 Wildcat alum.

North Bend’s Lane finishes spectacular season, and now has some hardware to show for it – an Eastern League championship: Pitcher Trevor Lane has been dominant all season for the New York Yankees “AA” club team in Trenton, NJ, and this past Friday night, Lane closed out what was a special 2019 dominating one last time. It helped his team win a championship.

The 2012 MSHS grad threw an inning of perfect relief, striking out one, as the Thunder downed the Baltimore Orioles-affiliated Bowie Baysox 5-2 in Bowie, MD, in game four of the Eastern League title series, giving Trenton the series three games to one in the best-of-five series.

Lane received no decision and finishes the season going 5-2 with a stellar 1.99 earned run average. In 41 games worked, he had one save and allowed 15 earned runs over 68 innings, walking 24 and striking out 66. It is anticipated he’ll be pitching in “AAA” ball next season for the Yankees’ affiliate in Scranton, PA, or could be the subject of discussions should the Yankees seek to make trades to bolster their major league club. It is also possible that he might get a callup to the big club for the final couple of weeks of the regular season, but to do this would require New York to put him on their 40-man roster and subsequently remove another player from that list.

The Yankees this morning have done just that, restoring pitchers Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery, two of the three New York major leaguers that had rehabilitation outings with the Thunder during this title series, to the Yankees’ 40-man after both had been on the long-term injured list. So perhaps they’ll do that again. We’ll keep you posted if they do. The Yankees are in Toronto today to take on the Blue Jays then are off tomorrow before welcoming in the Los Angeles Angels to the Bronx Tuesday night.

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BREAKING NEWS: Mount Si star boys’ hoopster Patterson decides his college future

We have major breaking news this afternoon just into the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal newsroom concerning Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program. The first of two huge college decisions involving their two top senior returners has been made.

Mount Si High School boys’ basketball player Tyler Patterson (right) attempts a jump-shot towards the basket during a Wildcat boys’ basketball game last season with Bothell. Patterson today announced he has verbally committed to play college basketball for NCAA Division I Montana State University. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ file photo)

Guard Tyler Patterson has just announced a short time ago on Twitter that he has verbally committed to NCAA Division I Montana State University. Patterson offered thanks to everyone involved in the process for him. “I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and trainers for helping me become the player and person I am today,” he wrote. “I would also like to thank the coaches who recruited me throughout this process.” A number of schools were in contention for Patterson, who, along with teammate Jabe Mullins, is expected to form perhaps the best one-two combo among high school seniors on the entire Eastside this coming winter as Mount Si aims to make a return trip to the state 4A high school title game, which they were in this past March, falling to Gonzaga Prep.

In addition to the statement he released, he also had a photo of himself with Mount Si head coach Jason Griffith and Montana State’s head coach, Danny Sprinkle, who was out for what appears to have been a home visit to the Patterson’s residence in Snoqualmie. MSU is located in Bozeman, MT, and is part of the Big Sky Conference. The team last season went 15-17 overall, 11-9 in conference play.

Patterson last season averaged 15 points and around five rebounds a game for Mount Si, who went 26-3 overall.

Griffith, needless to say, is pleased. “Becoming a college basketball player is a long process. For most young men it starts at a young age and Tyler is certainly one of those student athletes that has committed himself to the game for years. His hard work and countless hours in the gym have led him to a perfect fit for him to continue his career at Montana State,” Griffith told us by email. “His official visit couldn’t have gone any better and when you know you know.” Griffith added, “Tyler has a bright future and we all look forward to watching him have a great college career.“

Mullins has, as of yet, to make an announcement, and as you know, he also has a number of schools looking at him, including a couple of Pac-12 schools in Oregon State and Stanford. If we get wind of an announcement there, we’ll let you know.

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CHS volleyball falls in season opener, and other news on a Saturday…..

Other news on this Saturday morning.

We’re going to begin with some volleyball from Thursday. Haven’t yet received the results for Mount Si High School’s inaugural volleyball game in their new gym, but we can tell you they did beat Interlake in what was the first athletic contest in the new Mount Si gym. We’ll probably have those for you early next week. In the meantime, let’s talk about Cedarcrest, and it is a program that is in the midst of a building process as new coach Kristine Nielsen works to make the Red Wolves a more competitive squad after struggles the past two seasons. Nielsen and her CHS team saw the challenges ahead in living color Thursday night, as they were trounced in their season opener by the visiting Arlington Eagles.

Arlington rolled to a 25-8, 25-10, 25-15 sweep, but a couple of highlights of note from the Red Wolves included nine assists from Hannah Winston and three kills from Ashlyn Deveraux. CHS is in Lynwood as of this writing competing in the Academy Sports Center’s High School Cup tournament at that facility, which is home to the Washington Volleyball Academy club team. Speaking of club teams, we have some news on local clubs for you this morning.

Snoqualmie club program ceases operations: The local youth club volleyball organization serving the upper Valley has called it quits. RidgeValley Volleyball announced this week on their Facebook page that due to various scheduling and other facility issues, the program will be ending operations after 11 seasons within USA Volleyball’s Puget Sound Region. The end of operations for RidgeValley, which had served as the primary youth development arm for Mount Si High School’s program, leaves the Snoqualmie Valley School District without a local club representative in the region, and also leaves Carnation-based Valley View Volleyball, which feeds players into CHS’s program, as the lone Valley-based program.

RidgeValley had primarily operated with teams in the youngest age levels, U12-U14, and did not in its history field teams in high school age levels, with players moving on to larger clubs on the Eastside.

RidgeValley’s end will mean that local players will now have to travel into Issaquah or Bellevue to find club opportunities in those younger age levels. We’ll have more on this when we chat with Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote about this at some point in the future. Foote had served as the club’s director of operations, with two of her Wildcat assistant coaches, Dave Bachman and Cristin Stahlberg, serving as coaches for the program’s beginner-level U12 team.

Tough blow for sure for local youth volleyball, and one that may have a negative impact in future years for MSHS’s program.

Cross Country
Valley runner finishes in top 20 at WSU meet: Washington State senior women’s cross country runner Melissa Hruska, from Snoqualmie, had another solid run yesterday, aiding the Cougars’ team win in their home meet at Colfax Golf Club.

The 2016 Mount Si HS grad ran the Colfax course in 22:01.2, finishing 15th overall and around a minute behind race winner Claire Manley from Gonzaga. Hruska was the fifth-fastest WSU finisher and factored into the team score. The Cougars scored 43 points beating the Bulldogs, who scored 48. Lower scores win in team cross country results.

WSU is now off until October 4, when they race at a meet in South Bend, IN, being hosted by Notre Dame.

Colorado Mines 1, Seattle Pacific men 0
: SPU started a road swing stopping off in Golden, CO, last night and falling to the RMAC’s Orediggers in a non-conference battle. Duvall’s duo of Nik Reierson and Alden Massey saw plenty of time on the pitch for the Falcons. Both started, with Reierson going the full distance and Massey 69 minutes. Both players recorded shots, with Reierson’s being on goal. Neither player scored a goal in the contest. The two are both Cedarcrest HS grads, with Reierson graduating in 2017 (he is a junior this fall at SPU) and Massey walking the aisle in 2018 (he is a sophomore this fall with the Falcons).

UC Santa Cruz 2, Pacific Lutheran men 0: UC Santa Cruz’s teams are known as, get this, the Banana Slugs, and the fellas from northern California slithered their way to a home win last night over the visitors from Tacoma with a pair of early first-half goals. Freshman Jared Davies, from Snoqualmie and a 2019 MSHS’er, came off the bench and played the final 13 minutes of the opening half with no stats of note reported for the Lutes.

Benson’s college debut on hold: The impending college debut for University of Minnesota-Crookston women’s soccer player Brooke Benson, from Duvall, has been pushed back. It was presumably set to occur yesterday when Crookston opened their season with a home game against Dakota Wesleyan, but the visiting DWU ladies couldn’t get out of their home campus in Mitchell, SD, due to severe flooding which effectively landlocked the city. UMC hosts a game tomorrow, and it’s hoped the freshman, a 2019 CHS’er, will get to play and make that debut. It’s a 9am kick our time tomorrow and you’ll want to check the NSIC Digital link in our news links at right to see if it will be live on the web.

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Wrapping up week two on the gridiron, with Mount Si, Cedarcrest, and a little college action too…..

Good Saturday morning. Time to wrap up last night on the gridiron and we begin with a fantastic win for Mount Si’s boys.

Mount Si High School’s football team opened its home schedule with a quality test against a tough non-league foe in the Kentwood Conquerors. We told you in our preview yesterday that this thing was going to go down to the wire, and that’s exactly what happened. Fortunately for the boys in scarlet and gray, they were on the good side of the end result.

QB Clay Millen threw for four touchdowns, and the defense held up down the stretch to seal up a 28-20 Mount Si victory over the NPSL team. Mount Si with the win goes to 2-0 in advance of their final non-league home game next Friday against Skyview from Vancouver.

Kentwood opened the scoring with a touchdown from QB Jackson Proctor, but the extra point didn’t get converted providing the Wildcats a small advantage on their ensuing possession. They took full advantage. Millen connected for his first TD of the night, this an 11-yard chip to Andrew Edson which with the PAT conversion by Colby Ramsey put Mount Si in front, as it turned out to stay. Late in the first half, Millen and Cody Botten connected on a short 5-yard pass and the Wildcats extended their lead. As noted, the defense held tough, and needed to do so at the end of the half, stopping Kentwood’s offense with a goal line stand and taking both teams into the locker room with the 14-6 score still intact.

Millen connected with Brayden Holt for a 15-yard score to open the second half and further move the lead out, to 21-6 Wildcats. Kentwood’s Proctor, though, wasn’t fazed, and found a receiver later in the third quarter on a long pass completion for touchdown putting them a little closer. The game moved into the final frame, and Mount Si opened right away, with Millen and Kevin Corder connecting on a short four-yard touchdown toss extending the Wildcat lead back up to two touchdowns at 28-13. Kentwood then responded with a touchdown run with three minutes left in regulation to make it tighter again, then got one last shot to tie and force OT, but Mount Si held up defensively, forcing a turnover on downs to end the game.

The win moves the Wildcats to 2-0, but Kentwood again for the second week in a row gave a Kingco team fits; they opened the season last week blasting Skyline. The Conquerors will be a team to watch, and if Kingco sees these guys again, they’re not going to be easy to deal with.

Kentwood is back at French Field in Kent next Friday for a rivalry game with Kentlake. The Falcons will be the home team for the game at 7:00 p.m.

Red Wolves fall to Patriots
Liberty broke out of the gate early and cruised to a 56-14 win last night at home over Cedarcrest’s football team in Renton. QB Sam Brown netted almost 250 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns for the Patriots leading them to the win.

Brown didn’t take long, either, to make his mark, with his three TD’s being the first on the board for the Patriots. Hunter Honn then closed the half with a 10-yard scamper to paydirt for the blue, silver and green, who took a 28-0 lead into halftime. Sean Shannon struck gold first for CHS in the third quarter, racing 69 yards to the end zone for the touchdown putting the Red Wolves on the board. Liberty then responded with three more touchdowns to put this one away, two on big plays and a third on a pick-six interception.

Shannon led Cedarcrest with seven carries for 89 yards and that touchdown. The Red Wolves split the QB duty, with Carter “Deuce” Knowles starting and going 5-16 for 56 yards, followed by Cameron Kohlruss going 2-7 in relief for 74 yards, a touchdown and interception. That touchdown came in the fourth quarter, as the senior connected with receiver Cody Hulse for a 60-yard touchdown. Hulse finished with two catches for 70 yards and that touchdown.

Brown finished 6-10 for 134 yards and a touchdown through the air and ran the ball seven times for 113 yards with three more touchdowns on the ground, so he was doing it all last night and guided his squad to the win. Tremendous effort by him, and Kingco had better pay attention, he’s going to be a difficult customer as the season rolls on.

The Red Wolves host Sultan next Friday at 7:00. Additionally, CHS has found a week five game to replace the game with Anacortes that will not be played as a result of the Seahawks not fielding a team this fall. That game will be Friday, October 4, at Renton Stadium against Renton at 7:00, a game that will serve as that school’s homecoming. Renton was in need of a game that night as well after a forfeit so it all works out in the end.

Mount Si alum Dalgleish delivers small contribution for USCGA: Sophomore Brennan Dalgleish, from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS grad, saw action on the defensive line last night for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in their 24-23 overtime road win over Nichols College in suburban Boston. He recorded one assisted tackle, his first as a collegian, helping the Bears to the win, which moved them to 2-0 on the season in the NCAA Division III New England Athletic Conference.

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