Tuesday notes…..

The Boeing Classic tournament week kicked off yesterday on the links up at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge with a great showing from local celebrities at the Rumble at the Ridge tournament. The winning foursome was anchored by former NFL quarterback – and Spokane native – Mark Rypien, whose group carded a 57 in the scramble format event. The runner-up foursome was led by former Seattle Seahawk Jordan Babineaux.

Proceeds from the event went to charity.

Also, down in Orting, four players qualified for this weekend’s event with high showings in the tournament last-chance qualifier; the four who earned slots are Stan Utley, Gary Hallberg, Eduardo Herrera and Gibby Gilbert III. A congrats to all four and we wish them all luck this weekend.

Two clinics headline today’s activities at the TPC course; pros from the Champions Tour who will be competing in the Boeing Classic event this weekend will also be on the course doing practice rounds helping them prepare for the event.

The tournament starts Friday with the weekend’s action being televised live on the Golf Channel.

Now to other news this morning.

Lane with another routine performance on mound for Yankee rookies: North Bend’s Trevor Lane got the job done on the diamond once again yesterday for the New York Yankees’ rookie minor-league team in Florida. Lane pitched two innings and struck out two without allowing a hit or run for the Yankees “East” team as they fell 2-1 to the Detroit Tigers’ “West” rookie squad in a Gulf Coast League game in Tampa. Lane, a 2012 Mount Si High School grad drafted by New York out of the University of Illinois-Chicago in the June baseball draft, has only allowed one run in his first pro season, over 11 1/3 innings. That run came in his last outing last Friday, which he also recorded his first professional win.

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Monday news…..Boeing Classic week starts today, plus news from the pitch and more…..

Today begins a big week of activities up at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course in Snoqualmie leading into the Valley’s flagship sports event of the year, the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic pro men’s golf tournament.

Today has the annual celebrity golf tournament, called the Rumble at the Ridge, where a number of local sports, entertainment and top business people from the region will compete against one another with all proceeds going to charity. Among the expected entrants include several former members of the Seattle Seahawks, including quarterbacks Dave Krieg, Jim Zorn and Warren Moon, running back Ricky Watters, fullback Mack Strong, receiver Steve Largent, and linebacker Jordan Babineaux. Also competing are former Seattle Supersonic Slick Watts, ex-Seattle Sounder soccer star Roger Levesque, and local media personalities including KIRO-TV anchor Steve Raible, KCPQ-TV sports anchor Aaron Levine, Seattle-based ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne, and ROOT Sports baseball analyst Bill Krueger.

Should be a good event with good weather on tap today. Throughout the week leading up to the tournament, there will be clinics, a pro-am tournament and other events, with the tournament teeing off on Friday following the annual flyover of the Boeing jet over the 18th green. This year, it’s a 747 doing the honors. A note once again for all of you and that is this plane does fly real low over the Upper Valley, particularly Snoqualmie, as it makes its way over the course, so do not be alarmed if you see a low-flying 747 overhead on Friday around 11:00-11:30am over the Ridge and surrounding areas. Folks who may be new to the area might not be aware of this, so we’ll be reminding you as the week goes on about the flyover.

The tournament itself has 81 entrants this year – and more possible today after the qualifier event, being held elsewhere in the region – and among the featured entrants this year include Gene Sauers, who won the U.S. Senior Open two weekends ago in the tournament preceding this one (the tour was off this past weekend), fan favorite John Daly, and current Champions Tour money leader – and former Boeing champion – Bernhard Langer. All three days of competition will be shown live on the Golf Channel, which is available locally on Comcast, Dish and DirecTV. Check listings for times.

Now to women’s soccer from the colleges:

Idaho wins home opener: The Vandal ladies broke a 1-1 tie with two second half goals to down Arizona’s Grand Canyon University 3-1 in the Idaho home opener yesterday in Moscow, ID. Sophomore Claire Johnson, of Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, played 12 minutes off the bench for the Vandals with no stats of note to report. Idaho hosts Gonzaga Friday.

Huskies, Canadian foe play scoreless exhibition: The University of Washington women and Trinity Western from British Columbia, Canada’s, Lower Mainland played an exhibition contest in Seattle yesterday, with the two sides ending in a 0-0 draw. Senior Miranda Rawlings, from North Bend and a 2013 Mount Si HS alum, saw action off the bench for the UW, with no stats of note to report. The UW is at Tennessee on Thursday.

Also: San Jose State needed extra time to take down Sacramento State, with the Spartan women scoring the game’s lone goal in the 105th minute to down the Hornet ladies 1-0 in San Jose, CA. Senior McKenna Swanson, from Duvall and a Cedarcrest HS alum, did not play in the contest for Sacto, now 1-1 on the season.

High school fall sports start today
Today is the first day of practices for high school fall sports (except football, which started last week) at Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools. Both schools will be offering girls’ soccer and volleyball, along with boys’ and girls’ cross country. Mount Si will also offer boys’ golf and girls’ tennis, along with girls’ swimming and diving. Check with each school’s website for more information – those websites are at right in our news links. We’ll by the way send out our preseason questionnaires today and we hope to start previewing the upcoming season this coming weekend.

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Valleyites make college debuts, plus a preview of today’s college action for Valley women’s soccer players…..

Good Sunday morning. Our college coverage this morning features a pair of debuts for local college freshmen, one on the gridiron, the other on the pitch.

We’ll start with football, where North Bend’s Parker Dumas made his college debut yesterday for the University of Wyoming in their preseason scrimmage contest as they get ready to start their regular season in a couple of weeks. Dumas, who walked down the graduation aisle at Mount Si High School back in June, caught one pass for nine yards and missed catching another, both late in the proceedings in the scrimmage, won 26-14 by the “Gold” team over the “White” team, in Laramie, WY.

The Cowboys, part of the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference, now get to work to prepare for their season opener, on September 3 at home with Northern Illinois University. The game begins at 7:30 Pacific time and will be televised nationally, on the CBS Sports Network. CBSSN is available on Comcast, Dish and DirecTV in the Valley; check listings for channel number.

Now to soccer, and Duvall’s Sydney Kuehn also hit the pitch for the first time as a collegian yesterday, for Northwest Nazarene University’s women’s soccer team, as they opened their season with an exhibition match against Eastern Oregon University at home in Nampa, ID. Kuehn, who walked down the graduation aisle at Cedarcrest High School back in June, logged 25 minutes off the bench for NNU in the first half, recording one shot that did not reach goal. The game ended in a scoreless draw between the Crusaders and their NAIA foes.

Northwest Nazarene continues their exhibition schedule tomorrow with a contest against Walla Walla Community College. The contest begins at 2:30 p.m. our time.

Today’s action: Three more women’s soccer games of note featuring Valley athletes, and it starts at noon with a game involving Sacramento State’s ladies, as they meet San Jose State in San Jose, CA. Mountain West Digital (link in news links at right) will have a live web broadcast of today’s contest, one that could feature Duvall senior McKenna Swanson, who plays for Sacto. Swanson is a Cedarcrest High School grad. Then at 1:00 this afternoon, a pair of games involving Mount Si High School alums. Senior Miranda Rawlings and her UW Huskies ladies host Trinity Western from Canada in an exhibition match in Seattle, and over on the Palouse, in Moscow, ID, the Idaho Vandals and sophomore Claire Johnson host Grand Canyon, from Arizona, in the Vandal home opener. Rawlings is a 2013 MSHS’er from North Bend while Johnson graduated last year from Mount Si and is from Snoqualmie.

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Mount Si grads start college women’s soccer season openers, plus “Kimbo” on hill in minor league baseball rivarly battle……

Good Saturday morning. Stay cool today and if you’ll be out on the water to cool off, stay safe.

Seattle University’s women’s soccer team opened the season on national TV last night, and they braved bad weather, and got a strong contribution from a Valleyite, to score a quality road win that could pay dividends for them down the road.

SU scored the game’s lone goal in the 17th minute, then sat through an hour lightning delay in Austin, TX, to score the 1-0 victory over the University of Texas.

Sophomore Karli White showed why she’s going to be one to watch this fall for SU. The 2015 Mount Si HS grad from North Bend did not score the Redhawk goal – that went to teammate Brie Hooks – but White started, played 86 minutes and recorded five shots. Her play earned praise multiple times from the Longhorn Network TV announcers calling the game, Glenn Davis and Cat Whitehill, and she got plenty of camera time during the broadcast. They’re by the way re-airing it today and in the coming days as well, so if you have that channel – available on Dish Network and DirecTV through sports packs – you’ll want to check local listings and tune in for the replays.

The win over a solid major-conference foe such as Texas could be useful at the end of the season when the NCAA tournament selection committee makes its selections for this fall’s Division I soccer tournament, as such a win could help the Redhawks’ schedule strength factors with the committee.

Seattle is in action next Friday at Boise State. The 4:00 kickoff will be live on Mountain West Digital, and you can find that website linked at right in our news links.

Also from women’s soccer this morning:

Rawlings starts for Dawgs in season opener: North Bend senior Miranda Rawlings got to start last night’s season opener for the University of Washington women in Portland against the University of Portland Pilots. For the Huskies, it proved to be a down opener, as they fell 2-1 to the Pilots. Rawlings, a 2013 Mount Si High School grad, logged 81 minutes and recorded one shot, not on goal. The UW is home to meet Trinity Western from Canada tomorrow, before heading to Knoxville, TN, for a match with the University of Tennessee next Thursday.

Other games: In other action involving Valley athletes, Utah State scored the game’s lone goal late in regulation to beat host South Dakota State 1-0 in Brookings, SD, and Sacramento State, at home in northern California, blanked visiting Cal State Bakersfield 2-0. Cedarcrest HS alums Maggie Richey (Utah State) and McKenna Swanson (Sacramento State), both from Duvall, did not play in their teams’ respective contests.

Now to other news on this Saturday morning.

Baseball: Kimbo in action
2010 Mount Si High School grad Josh Kimborowicz found the going a bit challenging last night on the hill for his minor league baseball team, the Ogden Raptors.

Kimborowicz pitched five innings in relief of Raptors starter Austin French, allowing four runs on six hits, walking four and striking out three, with a no-decision so his unbeaten season record remains intact at 10-0, as the Los Angeles Dodgers-affiliated Raptors fell 8-4 to the Los Angeles Angels-affiliated Orem Owls in the Pioneer League’s version of the “Freeway Series”, on the road in Orem, UT, located south of Ogden along I-15.

The North Bend product saw his ERA rise to 5.85 with the outing, so he’ll look to get back on track next week. Look for that to occur during the middle of next week, likely next Wednesday or Thursday. Ogden both nights will be home hosting Grand Junction, from Colorado and an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

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Friday afternoon nuggets – North Bend’s Lane accomplishes something special in pro baseball, plus news from college soccer….

From the SVSJ newsroom on this Friday afternoon:

Baseball: North Bend’s Lane records first pro win
2012 Mount Si High School grad Trevor Lane this afternoon picked up his first professional win as a pitcher, helping the New York Yankees “East” rookie squad post a win over their counterparts from the Yankees “West” team.

Lane, from North Bend, pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits, walking one and striking out one, as the Yankees East won the second game of two 3-1 over the Yankees West in Tampa to split the twinbill. The Yankee West team won the opener of the Gulf Coast League pair.

The run, incidentally, was the first Lane, drafted by the Yankees in this year’s MLB draft, has allowed as a pro; it came in the sixth inning of today’s game. That said, we’re sure the Valleyite is gladly trading that run for that big first “W”.

The Yankees East are now 16-31 on the season as it begins to wind down.

College Soccer: Idaho women fall in heartbreaker
Freshman Amanda Carpio, from suburban Denver, scored her first college goal, and it turned out to be the game’s lone goal, and game-winner, helping the University of South Dakota down the University of Idaho’s women’s soccer team 1-0 in the regular season opener for both teams that just finished up in Vermillion, SD.

Carpio scored the goal with less than five minutes left in regulation to break a 0-0 tie and lift USD to the victory. Sophomore Claire Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si High School grad, was on the field for Idaho when the goal was scored and played 20 minutes of the contest, recording one last-second shot that went wide left to close out proceedings.

This game was the first of five NCAA Division I women’s soccer games involving Valley athletes on this Friday – the feature later on will be in Austin, TX, where Seattle University, with Johnson’s fellow 2015 MSHS classmate Karli White, takes on the University of Texas. Kick is at 5:00 and you can see it live on the Longhorn Network if you have Dish or DirecTV’s sports packs.

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