From the pitch: Mount Si girls’ soccer secures win

Time for some soccer for you and Mount Si High School’s girls’ soccer team scored a key early-season Kingco 4A win at home last night, but needed extra time to do it.

The Wildcats scored twice in the extra session to break a 0-0 tie and hand the Redmond Mustangs a 2-0 loss. Goals in the 88th minute by Kendall Forrest and in the 90th minute by Anna Simmons lifted Mount Si to their first league win.

“Over the years there’s been one thing about Redmond that we’ve been able to always count on: they’re going to be physical,” Mount Si coach Sophie Rockow told us by email. “This rang true last night, as we came up against our most physical opponent so far this season, but we were ready and willing to match their physicality and then some.”

Forrest’s goal came off a nice free kick by Mia Niemela that went in on goal and was picked up by the Wildcat senior and she finished with the goal. Simmons’ goal came on a clean break after she intercepted a Mustang passing attempt and off she went, firing a shot point-blank past the Redmond keeper and into the net to close out the victory.

Lillie Henretig made 12 saves to earn a “clean sheet” shutout, her second in as many games to start the Kingco schedule.

Mount Si takes a break from conference play tomorrow, but it isn’t any ordinary break. Bragging rights will be on the line when the Wildcats head up to Duvall to meet the Cedarcrest Red Wolves, who are coming in off a 3-2 loss last night to Snohomish; more on this tomorrow as we preview and pick – yes, we’re doing our preview and pick segment for this one – this big clash. If you want to go up and see it in person, the game kicks off at 6:00, but if you want to watch it at home, you’ll either be able to see it on the NFHS Network or YouTube.

College women’s soccer note:

Louisville 2, Syracuse women 1: The Cardinals scored with 32 seconds left in regulation to break a 1-1 tie and stun the Orange on home turf in Syracuse, NY, last night. Senior defender Natalie Weidenbach, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for Syracuse and worked the full 90 with no stats of note reported.

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Week 4 of your Valley pigskin previews and picks…..

Good Friday morning everyone. We’ll recap all of last night’s action coming up on the blog, including a big home win for Mount Si High School’s volleyball team, but it is Friday and that means another round of local high school pigskin previews and picks.

It is rare that we go 0-2 in a weekly set of picks, but that’s exactly what happened to us last week. So we’ll look to get back in better stead tonight as both Valley teams take on familiar foes. Mount Si is at Skyline and Cedarcrest is home hosting Everett. 7:00 p.m. kickoffs for both with both games being webstreamed on the NFHS Network – Cedarcrest’s for sure for free with Mount Si still unknown at this point. But frankly, we would just suggest you sign up for the $10.99/month subscription because that will give you access to all of the top Washington high school football action, including the games down south produced by our great friends at ELI Sports Network, and also many games from around the Northwest and elsewhere featuring top teams. Enough with the sales pitch. Let’s preview and pick, shall we?

Mount Si Wildcats @ Skyline Spartans, Skyline HS, Sammamish – The Wildcats will hop on the busses for another road trip, but this time, instead of heading east over the mountains, they’ll be making the short 15-minute trek up to the top of the Sammamish Plateau to meet a Spartans team that is 1-2 but is coming off a blowout win last week over Bishop Blanchet.

The two teams did not meet in the modified spring schedule back in March and April; Mount Si had their game with the Spartans scrubbed following the team’s forced midseason shutdown due to COVID-19. So this Wildcat team will have perhaps some unfamiliar faces to deal with tonight. The names we will be watching to see how they do for Skyline include senior QB Joaquin Valdez, receivers Aidyn Clark, Hunter Neil and Bret Devita and running back Beck Walker.

As for Mount Si, how about that effort last Friday night. The Wildcats knew going in that Post Falls could be a challenge, and guess what, they were. But Mount Si found a way to get it done, and a lot of it is thanks to a young man that you are going to be hearing a ton about in the coming years. Beau Phillips is only a sophomore this fall, but those of you who pay attention to social media know how hard a worker he has been off the field and in the weight room, and fans got to see an end result to all that hard work last Friday as he stunningly ran the ball back 95 yards on a kickoff return for a touchdown that forced overtime in their game with the Trojans in Moses Lake, setting up what was probably one of the most daring play calls by head coach Charlie Kinnune in his 30 years with Mount Si, that two-point conversion in overtime after a Wildcat TD in that extra session.

Receiver Andy Cole was on the winning end of that conversion attempt, catching the pass from QB Avery Walker and running into the end zone to seal the deal, 39-38 the final score in favor of scarlet and gray. So with that in the rear-view mirror, Mount Si will look to go to 3-1 on the season and get off to a good start in Kingco 4A play. The other key names you will hear in this one you most certainly will hear – the Dougherty’s, Smith’s and Brucchieri’s of this world – so the Wildcats will definitely have their depth ready to go.

We’d like to think this will be a close one, and with both teams not having seen each other in two years, the early going could be more about feeling each other out and seeing what each side has at its disposal. But when it’s time to put pedal to the medal along 228th Ave. SE tonight, we think the Wildcats’ overall depth will be the difference. We’re taking Mount Si in a tight one. Mount Si 27, Skyline 24

Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Everett Seagulls, Cedarcrest HS, Duvall – The Red Wolves look for their first win of the season against a Seagulls crew CHS faced during the modified spring season back in late March. Everett won that game on their home field in overtime 14-6 after rallying late to force that extra session, so the Red Wolves will be looking to avenge that loss on their home soil tonight.

Most of the key names that shined in that game for both teams have since graduated. But a couple of players that were factors in that game for the Red Wolves will be part of the action tonight. Receiver Luke Amble caught two passes – including one for Cedarcrest’s lone touchdown of the contest – for 43 yards while running back Jayden Prohn ran the ball twice but only netted a yard. We’d guess we’ll see a much improved performance on the ground from Prohn in this one, especially as the Red Wolves really need to get themselves into the win column and fast in order to perhaps make a late playoff push that can save their season.

Everett is 2-1 and also has a player familiar with the Red Wolves after having seen them in March. And it’s their quarterback. Noah Schmid in that win in the spring completed 11 of 21 passing attempts for 108 yards and a touchdown, so good film study by this senior could give him a little bit of an advantage tonight, we’ll see.

Both teams come off huge losses last week – CHS 40-14 to Lynden Christian and Everett 47-20 to Kamiak – so these teams certainly will look to get themselves on the right footing after this one.

The Red Wolves need this one more, but Everett’s two wins this year have come against a CHS Northwest 2A foe in Bellingham and a 4A foe in Jackson, so this is a group that knows how to get things done. We’ll take Everett here. Everett 21, Cedarcrest 13

Last week: 0-2 (Incorrect predictions of CHS win over Lynden Christian (loss) and MSHS loss to Post Falls (win)
Season: 3-3

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Cross country news

Time to talk some cross country.

Mount Si High School’s cross country squad hosted its first meet yesterday of the fall schedule and the Wildcat girls delivered, with a solid performance.

Mount Si’s ladies won scoring 21 points and beating Redmond, Inglemoor and Woodinville in that order in their race, held at South Fork Landing Park near North Bend. The Wildcats were led by a top-three sweep in the race. Sophomore Addison Craig clocked 18 minutes, 47.36 seconds to take top spot, and she was followed by senior Makaylee Jensen (19:15.05, second) and freshman Hailey Cossey (19:31.16, third).

Another Mount Si threesome finished just back of that top group. It was led by senior Ravenna Vaden, who finished seventh with a time of 20:14 flat, and she was followed by senior Chloe Hammer (20:27.21, eighth) and sophomore Brooke McBride (20:44.23, ninth).

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, the Wildcats took third scoring 70 points, with the Falcons (25 points) winning the team title. The lower score wins for the team competition. Senior John Pratapas led Mount Si finishing second with a time of 16:03.06, and this was about six seconds behind race winner Jacob Shutt from Inglemoor, who came across in a time of 15:57.13. Sophomore Rowan Stannard finished in the top 10 also; the Wildcat took 10th with a time of 17:25.10 and was followed right behind by sophomore teammate Gabe Schmitt, who finished 11th with a time of 17:44.38.

Mount Si’s boys’ JV’s finished fourth in their race with Woodinville winning; the top Wildcat finisher in the race was sophomore Stormy Stumpf and he finished 17th with a time of 19:49.45.

Mount Si is at the Bellevue Invite this weekend at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. That race takes place on Saturday.

Also from cross country:

No changes to high school practice protocols following scare for middle school team: Both Valley high school cross country programs do not anticipate any changes to practice protocols following an incident earlier this week we reported on here involving Chief Kanim Middle School’s cross country team.

Mount Si and Cedarcrest both reached out yesterday to us indicating such, and this comes after the incident on Monday afternoon involving the Hawks team. As we told you on Tuesday, school officials and police are investigating after runners reported a suspicious encounter with a man while out practicing near the Chief Kanim campus along SR 202 in Fall City. King County Sheriff’s officers continue to investigate, and our request for additional information from them has at this time not met with a response although if that changes, we’ll advise.

The reported encounter was that the suspect allegedly tried to grab one of the athletes and pull them into nearby bushes. That athlete and their teammates got away and there were no injuries. CKMS administrators in response to the incident have confined the team to campus for practices until further notice.

Both high schools told us their runners are practicing off campus, and in Mount Si’s case, they also indicated coaches are supervising those runs.

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Thursday news: Mount Si volleyball off to strong start, plus news from the hardwood and the pitch….

Good Thursday morning. Cross country on deck this morning. Mount Si High School’s girls’ volleyball team is in action tonight taking on Skyline at 7:00 inside Mount Si’s gymnasium on campus in Snoqualmie, and this Wildcat team appears to be becoming a team to pay some attention to in Kingco 4A. Mount Si has been very impressive out of the gate and they showed why on Tuesday night.

Over the years, the Newport Knights have been one of the tougher outs for the Wildcats, both at the 3A and 4A levels, but Tuesday, Mount Si in rare form dominated Newport from start to finish in a three-set sweep on the Knights’ home floor.

Bailey Showalter led the way with 12 kills, 11 digs and two blocks as the Wildcat varsity blasted Newport 25-13, 25-22, 25-13. Katrice Dunn added 10 assists and an ace while Brooke Daly pocketed 15 assists and six digs. The Wildcats are 2-0 in league having beat both the Knights and Issaquah Eagles, a pair of teams that have been noted foes over the years for Mount Si, and tonight features the Wildcats taking on a Skyline team that, too, has been a tougher out over the years for Mount Si.

Lauren Kremer added four kills, eight aces, two blocks and four digs while Friley Curtiss pitched in four kills, two digs, an assist and an ace.

Newport wins JV game: The Knights handed Mount Si’s junior varsity its first loss of the season dropping a 25-19, 25-17, 20-25 result on Tuesday in south Bellevue. Carissa Zwiefelhofer guided the Wildcats with 13 assists, three kills, three aces and 1/2 block while Paige Wilkins had 14 digs, two kills and an assist. Emma Smith pounded out 11 digs and an assist while Brooke Kelly delivered 10 digs, three kills and an ace.

The Wildcat JV’s host Skyline tonight prior to the varsity game at 5:30.

Men’s Soccer
Duvall’s Massey sparks SPU comeback: The Falcons rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit with a pair of quick goals midway through the second half to force overtime, then didn’t need much time in that extra session to dispatch the University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans 3-2 in OT down on the Big Island of Hawaii last night.

Duvall’s Alden Massey started the Falcon comeback, scoring SPU’s first goal in the 58th minute, finishing a feed from teammate Judah Johnson for his second goal of the season. Massey and fellow Duvall product Nik Reierson, both Cedarcrest HS grads, started in the contest for SPU with Massey up front logging 83 minutes and recording two shots total with the goal coming on the only one on goal. Reierson went the distance – the game-winning Falcon goal was scored in the 91st minute – with no stats of note reported. The win moved SPU to 4-1-0 on the season. The Falcons continue their Hawaii trip this weekend with a game against Chaminade down in Honolulu.

Basketball
Could Mount Si alum Patterson be reunited at college level with a former Wildcat teammate?: That is the question this morning as Wildcat boys’ basketball alum Tyler Patterson’s college men’s program, Montana State University, tendered a scholarship offer last night to current Mount Si junior post Miles Heide. Heide made the announcement of the offer on Twitter.

Patterson played his senior high school season with Heide, then a freshman, helping the Wildcats as you know in March of 2020 win the Washington state high school 4A boys’ basketball title. Patterson this fall is a sophomore with the Bobcats, coached by Danny Sprinkle, and is expected to have a larger role this winter after having his role gradually reduced during the course of his freshman season last season. MSU, located in Bozeman, is part of NCAA Division I’s Big Sky Conference.

Miles as some of you know is the younger brother of Patterson’s fellow 2020 MSHS alum Sela Heide, who will be a sophomore this fall with the women’s basketball program at the University of California-Berkeley.

A congrats from us to Heide on the offer. This is the second high-profile piece of preseason college recruiting news involving Mount Si’s boys’ basketball team this fall; it was just last Wednesday in fact that Tyler Patterson’s brother, current Wildcat senior Quin Patterson, announced his verbal commitment to the University of California-San Diego. Montana State presumably had also kicked the tires there too but we do not know if an actual offer was made by them to him.

Good stuff this morning for you hoops fans.

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Girls’ soccer wrap: Cammarano’s lead way for CHS in win, and a scoreless draw for Mount Si in league opener

Time to talk some soccer. Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team showed off their offensive firepower, and depth, last night as they won a shootout at home in Duvall with visiting Marysville-Getchell. Four players scored goals in the game, led by two from Melanie Cammarano, as the Red Wolves won 5-3.

Things started very early, with freshman Sadie Schaefer picking up a feed from senior captain Madelyn Davidson and finishing it for the first-ever high school goal for Schaefer. Shortly thereafer, the Cammarano clan struck. Leah passed the ball to twin sister Melanie, and at the end was the first of Mel’s two on the night making it 2-0 Red Wolves. Following a Getchell goal, in the 38th minute Leah Cammarano found Elisa Piira with a pass, and Piira knew what to do with it, firing a one-timer into the net to send the teams into halftime with a 3-1 Cedarcrest lead.

M-G came out of the locker room to start the second half and only needed a few minutes to get on the board to tighten things somewhat. But CHS answered in the 74th minute, with Davidson finding Melanie Cammarano, who did the rest, ripping a laser from 25 yards out to give the Red Wolves their two-goal cushion back, and not to be outdone, Megan Gray got to cap it off with a special senior moment – her first-ever varsity goal, which came as the result of her being in the right place at the right time. In the 79th minute, Leah Cammarano had fired a shot which was stopped by the Charger keeper, but the ball got loose and Gray found the debris and cleaned it up by chipping it into the goal.

Red Wolves Coach Alex Hickox was pleased with the performance. “The girls moved the ball around very well and the final pass and finish were very fun to watch,” Hickox told the SVSJ by email.

CHS is now 3-1-1 and is at Snohomish tomorrow. JV’s first at 5:30 then varsity at 7:30.

JV’s with scoreless draw: The junior varsity game between the two schools ended in a scoreless draw despite the Red Wolves controlling most of the possession. Goalies Joey Ward and Rachel Krivanek shared in the “clean sheet” shutout for Cedarcrest.

Mount Si’s league opener ends in draw
Like the Red Wolve JV’s above, Mount Si’s varsity controlled possession in their league opener with North Creek last night, and got 13 shots off as a result, but couldn’t find the back of the net and ended in a scoreless draw with the Jaguars at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

Wildcat Coach Sophie Rockow praised North Creek. “North Creek came out physical and fast and we weren’t able to connect or play the way we wanted to,” Rockow told us by email.

Mount Si tomorrow hosts Redmond. JV’s at 5:30 and varsity at 7:30, with a live webstream for you on YouTube of both games, search “Carol Jenkins” for the stream; she is the team parent handling the broadcasts.

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