Friday news notes, with state high school track, diamond cuts and a Valleyite’s success on the links……

Good morning. News on this Friday:

Track and Field: High school state meets open in Tacoma
The first day of the WIAA’s state 4A and 2A track and field meets in Tacoma saw some Mount Si athletes give it their best shot in the 4A meet.

In the girls’ javelin, Riley Ovall took ninth with a toss of 122 feet, four inches, while Wildcat teammate Jenae Usselman was 13th, with a toss of 115’3”. Mount Si senior distance star Hannah Waskom raced her final 1600m as a high school athlete, and took 13th, clocking five minutes, 12.60 seconds, and Wildcat boys’ hurdler Matt Proctor finished 13th in the 110m hurdles preliminaries, missing out on a trip to the event finals this weekend. His time was 15.55 seconds. None of the results of the Mount Si girls who competed in day one events earned the Wildcat ladies team points for the meet, so Mount Si finished yesterday with no team points for either the boys or the girls.

Results for the 4A and 2A boys’ 1600m races, which were scheduled to be run last night and which were slated to feature athletes from both Valley high schools, were not available as of this writing. Mount Si’s Joe Waskom (4A) and Cedarcrest’s Ian Fay and Grant Van Valkenburg (2A) were scheduled to compete in the respective races.

Action continues throughout today and tomorrow at Mount Tahoma High School.

Also, from the colleges this morning:

NCAA D-I West Regional, Austin, TX: Washington State University junior Brad Stevens, from Fall City and a Mount Si HS grad, finished 42nd in the men’s javelin at the NCAA regionals hosted by the University of Texas. Stevens’ toss was 185’6”. He is the lone Valleyite competing in this weekend’s events there.

Baseball: Select youth tournament this weekend featuring local athletes
Several players from the Valley took to the field with their select baseball teams last night for their first games at this weekend’s Art Wright Memorial Day tournament, a major tournament featuring teams from all over the region and effectively kicking off the summer season for many of the teams within the Seattle Elite League. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 13, Lakeside Recovery 2: Bellevue-based Boys rolled to the win at Issaquah High School behind solid efforts from a number of Kingco Conference high school players; among them are two soon-to-graduate Mount Si High School seniors. Mason Marenco was 0-3 with an RBI and run scored and Matt Dolewski was 0-2 with two walks and an RBI. Skyline’s Cole Hinkleman aided the efforts with two hits, a run scored and two RBI’s, and Woodinville pitcher Bryce Coyne worked four strong innings for BoS, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out seven.

Northwest Naturals 18U 13, Timberjacks 6: Mount Si High School players led the way for the Sammamish-based Naturals in their season-opening win at Art Wright Field in Kent. Spencer Marenco was 3-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, a walk and an RBI, while Tank Brewster was 3-4 with a triple, a run scored and three RBI’s. Also, Carson Corra was 1-2 with a walk and three runs scored for NWB, Clayton Waltz was 2-2 with three runs scored, Ben Keller was 1-4 with a run, and Michael Collins worked three innings on the mound, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out three with no decision.

Northwest Naturals 16U 10, Bayview Bombers 3: Mount Si’s Murphy McDowell, Trevor Aman and Tyler Wieting were all hitless in last night’s win for the Nats, but McDowell and Wieting each scored a run for the Sammamish-based squad in the contest against the Pierce County-based team.

Also, we have news from college baseball this morning:

Northern Colorado 5, New Mexico State 4: UNCo stunned the Aggies, the top seed at the Western Athletic Conference tournament, last night in Mesa, AZ, and advanced to a semifinal matchup today with a shot at a conference tournament final berth on the line. Junior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-2 with a run scored and a walk for the Bears, who must win their conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament. UNCo meets Sacramento State tonight with a berth in the finals on the line.

Golf: CHS grad shines in major pro tourney
Cedarcrest High School grad Derek Berg had a strong showing this week in a major regional professional men’s golf tournament.

Berg finished third overall at the Washington Open Invitational tournament, held from Monday-Wednesday this week at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. Berg fired scores of 69, 70 and 74 for a total three-round score of 213, three under par on the par-72 MVCC layout. His 69 was among the best scores in the first round of the tournament. The Duvall resident was representing Sahalee Country Club of Redmond in the tournament, and earned $5,300 for his efforts.

Snoqualmie’s Mount Si Golf Course and Fall City’s Aldarra Golf Club also had representatives in the tournament. The Aldarra representative, Joe Carranza, finished in a tie for 16th with a three-round score of 224, eight over par. He fired scores over the three days of 73, 75 and 76 and earned just over $1,250 for his performance. MSGC’s rep, Jeff Tachell, finished in a tie for 59th with a three-round score of 235, 19 over par. He carded scores over the three rounds of 72, 77 and 86 and earned just over $150 for his efforts.

The SVSJ offers all three golfers congratulations on their accomplishments at the tournament.

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The Red Wolves softball team is waking up in Selah this morning set to open play at the 2A state tourney….previews and our thoughts now on this Friday……..

We’ll have our scoreboard wrap coming up in a bit, but we first want to take a look at today’s state 2A softball matchups for Cedarcrest High School’s fastpitch squad and what we think about their chances in the contests.

CHS is back in the state tournament, at Carlon Park over in Selah, for the second straight season after earning the Northwest District’s third seed to the event last Friday at the district tournament in Sedro-Woolley. The Red Wolves are 23-1 and had to win three straight loser-out games in districts to make it back to state this spring. Their first opponent is a good one – the White River Hornets from Buckley.


Cedarcrest vs. White River, 10am – We briefly made mention of what White River brings to the table on Tuesday in our first look at this game. The Hornets are 17-4 on the season and come in as the second seed out of the West Central District after falling in their title game this past weekend to Port Angeles. Players to watch from White River include senior Ashley Long, who had two hits in the district final game, and junior Megan Vandergrift, who homered for the Hornets in that 13-2 district title loss to PA.

White River’s pitcher is Maddi Pipitone, and while the junior had her challenges in the district title game, she is capable of strong outings; case in point, she pitched a five-hitter in the West Central semifinals against Eatonville, a game won by White River 10-0. So the Red Wolves will have to be ready for anything in this morning’s clash. WR has not played against any team from the Northwest District this season, so that lack of familiarity could also be an issue out of the gate for CHS.

With the deep lineup – both offensively and defensively – that the Red Wolves have, led by such names as Morgan Brown, Elaine Townley, Maddie Nixon, Cassidy Derieg and Michaela Carter, the key for Cedarcrest will be to break out of the gate early. With the unknown nature of the opponent, though, that could be a challenge. The Hornets, to us, look a lot like Anacortes did for Cedarcrest in their opening game at districts last week, a solid team that with one big inning and good pitching can defeat this Red Wolves team. So CHS will need to avoid that at all costs. If they do, we like their chances. With that, we look for a close win in this opening game. Cedarcrest 4, White River 3

If CHS wins, which as we just indicated we’d look for, they’ll get either W.F. West from Chehalis or East Valley of Yakima in the quarters this afternoon. We’re liking W.F. West in their opening match against EVY, so the Bearcats are who we will focus on in our next capsule.

Cedarcrest vs. W.F. West, 4:00 pm – West, like the Red Wolves, went unbeaten in their conference this season, and currently boast an 18-3 record. The Evergreen Conference, of which WFW is a member, is a similarly-sized conference to the Cascade, but all of its teams are 2A as opposed to the 1A/2A split in the Cascade, so it could be argued the Evergreen league perhaps is slightly tougher than Cascade, but nevertheless, we’re looking for another good clash in this one between two of perhaps the best in the state.

West, like the Red Wolves, was here last year, too – and finished third in the whole thing, so that experience will also be a factor. A number of their players this spring are returners from last year’s team, such as senior pitcher Kim Frazier, senior outfielder Jordan Crawford and senior first baseman Lexie Strasser. This year’s team, though, boasts several freshmen, too, including utility player Annika Waring and third baseman Ava Fugate. How the younger players fare in this environment – and how their senior leaders fulfill those leadership roles – could ultimately be key in this one. The Red Wolves have plenty of experience back as well, in their aforementioned group of Derieg, Nixon,

West, like White River, did not face any Northwest District teams this spring, so that lack of familiarity could also be a factor. Again, as was the case in the first game, the team that gets that big inning first ends up with the advantage. CHS is capable of delivering that, it’s just going to be a question of whether they can. In the closest of margins, we’re going to take West, but you Cedarcrest ladies should know that we would not be surprised in the least if you can pull this off yourselves. W.F. West 2, Cedarcrest 1

Travel information
To Carlon Park: From the lower Valley, make your way to I-90 either in North Bend or via the Preston/Fall City exit. Once on I-90, go east over Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg and take the I-82 exit (#110) going south towards Yakima. Head down I-82 to exit #26, the first Selah exit. Take the exit and turn right on SR 821. Take the first left onto Harrison Road (SR 823) and head west into town. You’ll reach the end of this road when it meets up with N. Wenas Road. Once here, turn left and head south. Go to E. Goodlander Rd., and once here, turn right. The park will be on your left and parking will follow. It will be limited, but it is free. Allow about two hours travel time to get over there.

Admission today is $10 for adults, $8 for students with a CHS ASB card, and it covers the whole day so you should be able to come and go during the break after the first game if you so choose (check with the door if you have questions). Concessions will be available at the venue, but there is a Taco Bell across the street to the east and several other restaurants downtown, including a Pizza Hut, if you’d rather leave the field for lunch following the opening game.

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WIAA state high school golf wraps up in Spokane with solid returns for Valley players, plus news from the diamond on this Thursday…..

Good Thursday morning.

Valley high school golfers finished up play, with all doing well, at the WIAA state high school boys’ and girls’ golf tournaments in Spokane yesterday.

Mount Si High School’s Kat Hodgson went into yesterday’s final round leading the local group, and despite some struggles, finished the final round as the local leader. Hodgson fired an 80 at the par-72 Meadowwood layout in Liberty Lake in the Spokane Valley and finished in a tie for 13th at the 4A girls’ tournament with a two-round score of 155. Cassie Kim, the golfer from Davis High School in Yakima who led after the first round, held that lead and won the tournament by six shots over Jane Kim, from Kamiak High in Mukilteo. Tacoma’s Bellarmine Prep won the team title.

At the 4A boys’ event nearby at the Liberty Lake Golf Course, Mount Si’s Drew Warford finished in a tie for 28th after firing a 79 yesterday on that par-72 layout. Warford finished with a two-day score of 153. Bellarmine Prep’s Joe Highsmith, who was tied for the lead after the first round, fired his second straight 67 of the tournament to win it, beating co-first round leader Jack Plaster, from Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep, by three shots. Bellarmine also won the team title, sweeping both the boys and girls’ 4A crowns.

In the 2A girls’ event at Indian Canyon Golf Course on the west side of town near the airport, Cedarcrest’s Casey Spurr carded a 92 and finished in a tie for 27th with a two-round score of 185. Ephrata’s Kenedee Peters shot a 72 yesterday and her solid play, combined with major struggles for the two first-round co-leaders (Shelby Baum from East Valley of Yakima carded an 84, while fellow co-leader Grace Frazier from Clarkston shot an 89, both after 73’s in round one), helped Peters successfully defend the state 2A title she won just last season. East Valley did, however, win the team title.

Rounding it out, Cedarcrest’s Steven VanValkenburg finished well at the 2A boys’ event at the Creek at Qualchan course just south of Indian Canyon, carding a 78 to finish in a tie for 15th with a two-round 158. Othello’s Patrick Azevedo, who was co-leading after the first round, fired a 76 and won the title outright, beating fellow first round co-leader Chase McIntosh from Liberty by two shots. The Kingco’s Patriots, though, did win the team title, and we offer them our congrats on that.

A total of five golfers from the Valley competed in this event; the fifth, Mount Si boys’ golfer Jordan Lau, missed the cut after the first round Monday and did not compete yesterday.

To baseball now:

College Baseball: WAC Tournament features Valley players
This week’s Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament, in Mesa, AZ, is featuring a pair of teams with players from the Snoqualmie Valley both seeking trips to the NCAA tournament. Both teams started play yesterday. Scores and highlights:

Northern Colorado 6, Utah Valley 4: UNCo scored its first WAC tournament win in school history yesterday with the help of Valleyite Evan Johnson; the junior, a 2014 Mount Si High School grad from Snoqualmie, was 1-5 for the Bears, and recorded a pair of defensive putouts playing left field. UNCo meets New Mexico State tonight in a winner’s bracket game at the tournament.

Sacramento State 11, Seattle U. 1: SU dropped into a loser-out game this morning against UVU after falling by mercy-rule to the Hornets. Both of the Redhawks’ Valley reps saw action. Freshman Alden Huschle, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, allowed a run without an out in the seventh inning, on just one hit, with no decision, and Blaine Wagner, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, caught for SU late in the game with no stats of note recorded.

Youth: Seattle Elite League scores
A pair of Valley high school players were in action last night in Seattle Elite League action at the 16U age level. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Honda 16U 6, FM Sports 1: Mount Si High School’s Will Caro aided the Bellevue-based Honda team to the win over the Redmond-based squad at Woodinville High School under the lights last night, going 1-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Northwest Nighthawks 16U 10, Rippers 6: The Sammamish-based Nighthawks prepped for a tournament this weekend in Oregon by posting this win last night in Issaquah. Trevor Adkinson, from Mount Si, was 0-1 for NWN in the contest.

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The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal’s volleyball report for May 24

We have come to the end of the 2017 winter/spring season for local girls’ club volleyball in the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region, and it is with that that we have our last weekly report on the local volleyball scene for you and how Valley teams and players are faring within the local region.

In our last weekly report this week, we are focusing on the final major tournament that most teams will be playing this season.

The Emerald City Classic Invitational is that event, and it is a three-day event that runs the entire length of the Memorial Day weekend from Saturday-next Monday, and this year will be held at two sites – the University of Washington in Seattle and the Academy Sports Center in Lynnwood, home base for the Washington Volleyball Academy, which has sponsored this event for the past several years.

The tournament is drawing a large field of teams from mainly around the Northwest competing at the U12-U18 age levels, and 14 teams with players who have ties to either Mount Si High School or Cedarcrest High School’s volleyball programs will be competing in the event. Most of them will be competing in so-called “Open” divisions in their respective age groups, with five of them alone competing in the U18’s open division. Among those teams include Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Tsunami, with soon-to-graduate MSHS senior Courteney Carr, and Kent-based KJ’s 18’s, with Wildcat senior-to-be Jessica Hanners.

Other area teams with local talent that will be competing include the High Velocity 18’s of Bellevue, with soon-to-graduate Cedarcrest senior Kam Leslie, and the Northwest Juniors’ 15’s White UnderArmour team from Bellevue, with Red Wolve Hannah Winston. Speaking of NWJ, they have in past years held a tournament over Memorial Day weekend as well competing with the ECC, but are doing a more limited version of the event this year, with no tournament for U18 teams, so the Emerald City event is, for the most part, the lone game in town for teams looking to finish out their seasons on a solid note.

There are a number of teams with local players not participating this weekend, and this includes both local club organizations, Valley View and Ridge Valley.

More information on this weekend’s tournament is at the ECC website, which you can access at right in our news links. Note that this is an event which is charging admission, so more information on that is available at the website along with links to schedules for your favorite teams if you want to see your local players in action this weekend.

Some teams will continue their seasons after this weekend, at the USA Volleyball Nationals in Minneapolis for the U12-17 age levels or at one of two events down south – the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix or the Summer Soiree down in southern California. But for most squads, this weekend marks the end of the indoor calendar and either a move to outdoor play on beaches locally or into camps and clinics this summer, which among those as we have discussed already here are three offerings being held locally by both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s programs and the Ridge Valley folks. More information on those camps is in our camp sections for both MSHS and CHS which you can access through the link at the top of the page.

We will work to provide full coverage of the volleyball throughout the weekend right here at the SVSJ and wrap this up next week for you.

Also this week:

Success for U18 teams at nationals
Three of the U18 squads we have featured this spring with locals competed at the recent USA Volleyball nationals for the U18 age group in Dallas, and two of them had tremendous success in the event.

Hanners’ KJ crew finished ninth in the National division, going 6-2 against a national field of opponents which included teams from Indiana, California, Michigan, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Carr and her Tsunami team finished 19th out of 50 teams competing in the Patriot division, which is an open division as opposed to the National division, which teams had to qualify for through the regional qualifier tournaments such as the one in Spokane we have featured for you throughout the spring. In that division, Tsunami was 7-3 facing a group of opponents which included teams from primarily California and Texas.

Leslie and her High Velocity team were also there competing in the Patriot division, and unlike their fellow Bellevue brethren from Sudden Impact, they struggled. HV finished in 47th with a 1-7 record, their lone win coming against a Texas team. Most of the teams they faced were from there, although they also faced teams from California, Arizona and Wisconsin while there in the Metroplex for the April 21-23 event.

The USA Volleyball Nationals for the younger age groups (U12-17) take place at the end of June in Minneapolis.

This has been our weekly look at local girls’ club volleyball this week.

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Valley high school golfers fare well in opening day of state tourneys, and news from the diamond on this Wednesday…..

Good Wednesday morning. We start with some golf this morning.

It was a great day on the links yesterday for the five-member Valley high school golf contingent competing at this week’s WIAA state high school tournaments in Spokane. Four of the five in the group made it past yesterday’s cut and into today’s final round, with an eye on finishing strong, and in at least one case, perhaps with some hardware as well.

The delegation is being led currently by Mount Si’s Kat Hodgson, who heads into today’s final round in the hunt perhaps for the 4A state girls’ championship. Hodgson fired a three-over par 75 yesterday on the par 72 MeadowWood layout at Liberty Lake out in the Spokane Valley in round one of the 4A girls’ tournament, and sits in a tie for sixth, five shots back of first-round leader Cassie Kim, from Davis High School in Yakima.

Both of Cedarcrest’s reps in the state tournaments this week made it into today’s final round. Steven Van Valkenburg carded an 80 in the first round of the 2A boys’ event at the Creek at Qualchan course on the southwest side of town, eight-over par on the par-72 layout and good for a tie for 21st. There is a two-way tie for first after yesterday, with Chase McIntosh from Liberty tied with Othello’s Pat Azevedo, both of whom fired 73’s yesterday.

Casey Spurr will represent the Red Wolve ladies today, after firing a 93 and finishing in a tie for 30th going into today’s final round in the 2A girls’ tournament at the Indian Canyon course west of the city. It was a 19-over par score on the par-74 layout, and she is well back of first-round leaders Shelby Baum from East Valley of Yakima and Grace Frazier of Clarkston, both of whom carded 73’s. Ephrata’s Kenedee Peters, who won this thing last year and is arguably the best high school golfer in the state, is one shot back of the two co-leaders, so that will be something to watch as the tournament continues later today.

Mount Si’s boys will have one of their two reps moving on to today’s final round at the 4A boys’ tournament. Drew Warford fired a 74 yesterday at Liberty Lake Golf Club, and he sits in a tie for 23rd going into today’s final round. Warford, whose score was four-over par on the par-70 layout, is well back of first round leader Riley Killip, from Olympia. He shot a 66 yesterday and leads two others by one stroke. Warford’s Wildcat teammate Jordan Lau was the only one of the five Valley golfers to miss yesterday’s first round cut; he shot an 85 and was well back of the cut of 77.

Warford leads things off for the locals this morning, heading out a few minutes before 8:00 at Liberty Lake. Spurr then heads out at Indian Canyon shortly thereafter, followed by Van Valkenburg at around 8:25 at Qualchan. Hodgson goes out with the third from final grouping in the 4A girls’ at Meadowwood shortly after 9:00 to round things out this morning. Weather is expected to be perfect this morning for all of the golfers in the Inland Northwest.

As soon as we get some word from over there, we’ll let you know about how things went today.


Baseball: Local players deliver in select action
There were a pair of games last night in the Seattle Elite League’s U16 age division that saw players from Mount Si High School make key contributions to help their select baseball teams. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kirkland Merchants 11, Boys of Summer 16U 10: Kirkland scored six runs in the third, then had to fight off Bellevue-based Boys in the end, as BoS scored three runs in the seventh to make things interesting. Wildcat Trace Halvorson was 0-2, but walked twice and scored two runs for Boys in the contest against the Merchants at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland, whose roster consists of players primarily from Lake Washington and Juanita High Schools.

Honda 16U 10, Seattle Gladiators 7: Mount Si’s Will Caro was busy for the Bellevue-based Honda side, as he went 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s as the Eastside squad used a five-run fifth to help put away the Seattle-based opposition under the lights last night at Hartman Park in Redmond.

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