Tough day on the links yesterday for North Bender in college golf tourney

Good Tuesday morning. Not much on the ledger this morning, but we do have some college golf for you.

North Bend’s Jack Kelly is competing this week for the Western Washington University men’s golf team in their home invitational tournament up in Bellingham. The opening day yesterday for Kelly did not go well, however, as he struggled in both rounds.

Kelly, a junior and 2011 Mount Si HS grad, fired rounds of 81 and 76 on the par-72 Bellingham Golf and Country Club course and sits at +13-over par 157 going into today’s final round. Kelly is well back in the field, and will be looking for a solid finish today.

After today’s final round, WWU will have three more tournaments in October before the winter break kicks in for the men’s golf schedule.

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Wrapping up the weekend on the diamond

Time for some softball this morning, as we wrap up the weekend from local ASA girls’ play.

Woodinville-based team wins tournament, and gets significant help from Cedarcrest freshmen
The Absolute Blast ’00 14U select team from Woodinville beat a number of soild teams throughout the weekend, and yesterday won three games to take the 16U Gold title at the Acers Fall Tournament in Federal Way. Valleyites played a huge role in that effort as well.

In the quarterfinal opener yesterday, two freshmen from Cedarcrest High School combined on a no-hitter for AbB. Elaine Townley threw four innings, striking out six, then Cassidy Derieg did the rest, allowing only one walk in her two innings, as the Blast shut out Washington Synergy 4-0. Mount Si freshman Lexi Wetherbee added a hit and run scored to the efforts for AbB, as it was all about the two CHS’ers in the circle and their dominant efforts. The two pitchers threw a combined 89 pitches, with 58 going for strikes.

Townley continued her strong efforts in the semifinal game, going 2-2 with a run scored and two more driven in as the Blast rolled over the Mayhem ’99 8-0. Then in the final, it was Wetherbee’s time to shine, as she went 3-3, drove in a run and scored three more, as the Blast routed the Rainier Blaze 11-1. Derieg had a hit and run scored in that game, and Townley pitched a complete game two-hitter, allowing the one Blaze run, unearned. She struck out four to get her second win of the day, and of her 50 pitches thrown, 42 were strikes, another dominant effort for sure from the future Red Wolve player.

Here’s the rest of the action.

Acers Fall Playoffs-Washington Acers Green 10, Flame Usher 0: Mount Si High School sophomore Emily Webb had one hit to lead the Valley delegation for the Issaquah team as they were eliminated from the tournament with a quarterfinal loss. CHS’ Hailey Lacher and MSHS’ Hayley Benham both were hitless in an at-bat each for the Flame.

Acers College Exposure tournament
Acers Northwest 18’s Wilson Gold 9, Kaos Power Fusion Gerhke 0: Mount Si sophomore Claire Lis fired a four-hit complete game gem as the Bellevue-based team rolled to the win. She struck out five in the 68-pitch effort and also went 1-3 at the plate.

Rijo 18’s Gold 7, Northwest Ladysharks 16’s Hagen 3: Wildcat junior Rose Vogt homered for the Kirkland team as they fell in this one.

Acers Northwest 18’s Wilson Gold 9, Northwest Batbusters 4: A six-run fifth enabled the Acers to rally for the win; Lis went hitless in three at-bats.

Northwest Ladysharks 16’s Hagen 5, Storm ’98 Boily 18’s 5: Vogt went 2-2 with a run batted in to pace the ‘Sharks to the tie.

Northwest Sidewinders 18’s Gold 10, Acers Northwest 18’s Wilson Gold 3: Lis had a hit and also threw 1/3 of an inning in relief, retiring her one hitter on just one pitch, for the Acers in their blowout loss to the Seattle area team.

White Rock Renegades (BC) 18’s Gold Groen 8, Northwest Ladysharks 16’s Hagen 6: Vogt had a hit and scored a run for the Kirkland-based ‘Sharks in their loss to the Canadian foe.

Nightmare 4, Flame 16’s Abraham Gold 0
NW Sidewinders JB 6, Snohomish SWAT ’99 16’s 5
Kaos Power Fusion Berens 6, Flame 16’s Abraham Gold 5
Kaos Power Fusion Berens vs. Snohomish SWAT’ 99 16’s, not reported

Flame Abraham: Hayley Aman, C.J. Howatson and Heather Hinton, all Mount Si HS
Snohomish SWAT ’99: Morgan Brown, Cedarcrest HS

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Athletes of the Week for 9-24

We’ll have a softball wrapup coming up, but we have our Athletes of the Week to get to first. Back to the boys for these selections.

MOUNT SI – We hit the links this week and recognize senior Joe Steenvoorde for his medalist round of 35 last Tuesday at Mount Si Golf Course, a round that helped Mount Si’s boys golf team defeat Woodinville for its second win of the season. It has been an up and down season for the Wildcats thus far, with two wins and three losses, but Steenvoorde has been solid this fall, with a pair of medalist rounds, including the one mentioned here, to his credit. The medalist round is considered to be the best round of the match, so a good effort for sure from the senior. Mount Si is hosting Bothell later this week.

CEDARCREST – To the cross country track this week, and Isaac Harper is recognized for his strong showing this past Saturday at the Apple Ridge Invite near Yakima. On a course described as “not for the faint of heart” by head coach Bruce McDowell due to a steep hill climb, the junior clocked just under 18 minutes to take fourth place in the boys’ race. This race was one of three that the Red Wolve boys competed in, and there were other great showings as well – such as sophomore Cameron Hammontree’s fifth-place showing in the race prior to Harper’s. CHS will take all of these great efforts into this upcoming weekend’s Bellevue Invitational at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

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From the college pitch….

Good Monday morning. We have our Athletes of the Week on deck, but we first have to wrap up the action from yesterday. First, let’s look at the college soccer scoreboard.

Sacramento State women 2, Fresno State 1: The Hornets rallied from an early deficit to take the road win over the Bulldogs in Fresno, CA. Sophomore Maggie Pleis, from Carnation and a 2012 Cedarcrest HS grad, started at forward for Sacramento and played 64 minutes, with no stats of note to report. Her teammate – and fellow CHS alum – McKenna Swanson, from Duvall, did not play.

Washington men 2, South Florida 1: The Huskies took care of the Bulls on the road last night in Tampa. Junior goalkeeper Ryan Herman, from Fall City and a 2011 Mount Si HS grad, started for the UW and worked all 90 minutes, allowing the one USF goal but stopping three other shots. His record is now 3-0-0 on the season.

Willamette 1, Whitworth women 0: In Spokane yesterday, the visiting Bearcats from Oregon blanked the host Pirates in a NWC contest. Freshman Leah Corra, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS alum, came off the bench for Whitworth and logged 18 minutes with no stats of note to report.

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Sunday softball report….

Time now to wrap up yesterday’s results from local girls’ softball. A number of Valley athletes are competing with their club teams this weekend at the Acers’ fall tournaments in Kent and Federal Way. Here’s the action.

Issaquah Flame 16’s Usher 8, Gig Harbor ‘Xpress 7: Cedacrest High School’s Hailey Lacher came up with the big blast of the day to lead the Flame to the win. In the fourth and last inning, Lacher’s solo home run broke a 7-7 tie and lifted the Issaquah-based team to the victory; she finished 1-2 on the day with that big blow. Mount Si players Emily Webb (0-2), Hayley Benham (also 0-2) and Lexie Rose (1-2, run) also saw action for the Flame in the contest.

Absolute Blast ’00 14’s 10, Mayhem ’98 0: Mount Si freshman Lexi Wetherbee led the way, going 2-3 with a run and two RBI’s to lead the Woodinville-based team to the blowout win. Cedarcrest freshman Elaine Townley doubled and drove in two to pace the Blast, and fellow Red Wolve frosh Cassidy Derieg went 1-2 with a run, and pitched 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief for AbB to slam the door shut on the opponents.

Northwest Ladysharks 16’s Hagen 2, Acers Northwest 18’s Wilson Gold 2: The Kirkland and Bellevue teams, each with one Mount Si High School varsity player, finished in a tie. Junior Rose Vogt went 0-1 for the ‘Sharks, while sophomore Claire Lis went 0-1, but scored a run, for the Acers.

Issaquah Flame 16’s Usher 9, Lahar 16’s 9: Lacher had a hit and drove in two runs to pace the Flame to the tie. Benham added a hit and drove in a run for the Issaquah team, while Rose went 0-1, but walked twice, scored a run and drove in another. Webb was hitless in one at-bat for the Flame.

Absolute Blast ’00 14’s 5, Washington Spirit 16’s 2: Townley pitched three innings to get the win for AbB in the circle; she allowed just two hits, striking out two, and went 1-1 at the plate. Derieg pitched an inning for the Woodinville team, allowed the two Spirit runs on two hits and walked two, but held her own in the circle to lock the door one more time. She also went 1-2 at the plate. Wetherbee went 0-3, but reached on a fielder’s choice for AbB, stole a base and scored a run.

Acers Northwest 18’s Wilson Gold 5, Northwest Sidewinders 16’s Eng 5: Lis pitched a complete game for the Acers, allowing the five Sidewinder runs, four earned, on 13 hits; she struck out one, finished with a no-decision, and also went 1-3 at the plate.

Northwest Ladysharks 16’s Hagen 4, Northwest Batbusters 1: Vogt went 1-2 with a run to pace the Kirkland team to the win.

Snohomish Shock ’00 18, Flame 16’s Usher 10: Lacher went 1-1 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI to pace the Flame, who fell in a slugfest. Rose went 0-2, but pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing 11 runs, only two of which were earned, on just six hits. Webb doubled and drove in two runs to aid the Issaquah team, and Benham went hitless.

Absolute Blast ’00 14’s 9, Stealth Schweisenberg 0: Townley went 1-2 with a run to pace the Blast, and also pitched one no-hit inning of relief in the circle. Wetherbee went 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while Derieg addd a hit and RBI to the efforts for the Woodinville team.

Acers Northwest Wilson 18’s Gold 1, Rijo 18’s Gold 1: Lis was hitless in two at-bats for the Acers as the Bellevue team finished in a tie.

Other scores:
Snohomish SWAT ’99 16’s 6, NW Wildcats 6
Seattle Spice 5, Flame 16’s Abraham Gold 1
Snohomish SWAT ’99 16’s 7, Kaos 18’s Fusion Power Alfonso 4
Issaquah Flame 18’s Waters 10, Snohomish SWAT ’99 16’s
Flame 16’s Gold Abraham 2, Freedom Fastpitch 2

SWAT-Morgan Brown, Cedarcrest HS
Flame 16’s Gold Abraham-C.J. Howatson, Hayley Aman, Heather Hinton, all Mount Si HS

Flame U12 team rolls to two wins under the Friday night lights
The Issaquah Flame U12 team played a pair of games last Friday night in Seattle, and won two blowouts, with Valley contributions in both contests.

In the opener, the Flame trounced KB Fastpitch 20-1. Hope Bostick, from Twin Falls Middle School in North Bend, went 1-2 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI to pace the Flame, who also had a nice performance from another TFMS’er, Molly Wilbourne. She had a hit, walked twice, drove in two runs and also scored twice more.

The nightcap saw the Flame roll to an 11-3 win over the Washington Patriots; Wilbourne had a hit but Bostick was hitless in two at-bats.

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