Athletes of the Week for 1-24

To our Athletes of the Week this week. Boys for both.

CEDARCREST – Caleb Lay and Garrett Nelson, competing at 195 and 285 lbs. respctively, are both having fine seasons, and this past Saturday, as we just mentioned for you a bit ago, they won their weight classes at the South Kitsap Invitational tournament over in Port Orchard, earning them a share of this week’s nod. Lay is ranked sixth in the 2A at 195 in the Washington Wrestling report rankings, while Nelson has been a dominant force around the Cascade Conference in his heavyweight division. The two and their Red Wolves teammates hop on the ferry to Whidbey Island Thursday for a double dual at South Whidbey High School with CHS meeting both Granite Falls and the host Falcons.

MOUNT SI – A big win on Saturday night for the Wildcat boys basketball team did not come without a big effort from a relatively unknown player. Senior Jack Westover has been one of a number of role players this season for Mount Si’s boys, helping support the efforts of their “big three” of sophomores Tyler Patterson and Jabe Mullins and junior – and previous AotW recipient – Bijon Sidhu. Westover stepped up and had his best effort of the season on Saturday, scoring 13 critical points when both Mullins and Sidhu struggled, and that key performance helped Mount Si down Newport at home 60-58 and maintain a strong place at the table for a playoff spot. It also earns Westover our recognition this week. The Wildcats meet Eastlake tomorrow night at home.

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Weekend wrap, from the mat and the hardwood

Good Monday morning. Our Athlete of the Week up soon, but first, a look at our weekend wrap.

We start on the wrestling mat and Cedarcrest High School’s wrestlers went over to Port Orchard on Saturday and finished sixth overall in the eight-team South Kitsap Invitational, hosted by South Kitsap High School. The Red Wolves scored 122 ½ points, with the host SK squad winning the tournament.

The heavyweight competitors led the way for Cedarcrest, as both Caleb Lay (195 lbs.) and Garrett Nelson (285) won their weight classes. Lay pinned his semifinal opponent from Auburn then routed Evergreen (Burien) opponent Conner Ball in a 16-0 technical fall result to win his crown, while Nelson, after beating his quarterfinal and semifinal opponents, pinned South Kitsap’s Logan Gleason to take his title.

Austin Link (126) and Fredrick Reid (160) both finished runners-up in their weight brackets, with both losing in their respective title matches to South Kitsap foes. Matt Weinert (170) finished third and Michael Norris (138) took fourth.

Full results after the break and our college note. Also, a mention and that is Mount Si’s wrestlers were scheduled to travel over to the Yakima Valley on Saturday for boys’ action in Prosser and girls’ action featuring Wildcat Kinsey Steskal in Grandview. Results of those tournaments are not available at this time.

CHS returns to action with league competition Thursday.

From the colleges:

Basketball
Northwest ladies fall despite solid game from Valleyite: Duvall’s Kalee Fowler had 14 points for the Northwest U. ladies hoopsters, but it proved to not be enough as they fell to Southern Oregon 96-67 down in Ashland, OR, last night. Fowler, a senior and 2014 CHS alum, was 5-16 from the floor and also recorded five rebounds and three assists for the Eagles, who dropped to 6-14 on the season with the loss. They return home Friday to host Northwest Christian.

After the break, our wrestling scoreboard. Continue reading

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From the hardwood last night

Good Sunday morning.

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team very much is in the postseason hunt this morning after a hard-fought, but potentially very important, win at home last night.

The Wildcats overcame inconsistent offense and struggles from top players to hold off the visiting Newport Knight 60-58 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

Tyler Patterson led the way scoring 17 points, while Jack Westover added 13 to pace Mount Si, who moved into fourth place in the Kingco 4A standings with the win at 7-5 in league, 8-8 overall. The Wildcats are tied with the Knights at 7-5, but hold the tiebreaker head-to-head after last night’s win. Mount Si is a game behind second place Issaquah, but just a half-game ahead of sixth-place Eastlake, so wins down the stretch will become very critical in order to assure themselves a playoff spot.

Bijon Sidhu was limited to just five points for Mount Si, and Jabe Mullins also had an off night, as he was held to just nine points for the Wildcats.

Mount Si hosts Eastlake in a big one on Tuesday. A win for the Wildcats would split the season set with the Wolves and more importantly push Mount Si, with some help, to third in the conference. There is also the possibility that with a win and some other help the Wildcats might clinch a playoff spot. The top six teams earn playoff berths with the top two teams earning first-round byes and the third and fourth seeds getting home court advantage for the first round playoff game.

Tip on Tuesday is at 7:00 p.m.

From the ladies on the hardwood:

Mount Si girls fall: The Wildcats started out slow coming out of the halftime break and fell last night to the Knights 57-46. Mount Si was led by 12 points from Lauren Wilbourne and 10 from Sela Heide. Gwen Aasland added six rebounds for the Wildcats, who meet Eastlake on Wednesday at 7:00, at home in Snoqualmie.

Off night for Red Wolve alum as Northwest U. ladies drop league road clash: Senior Kalee Fowler, from Duvall, was held to just four points on 1-5 from the floor as Northwest U.’s women fell last night on the road to Oregon Tech, 75-53, down in Klamath Falls, OR. Fowler, a 2014 Cedarcrest HS alum, had three rebounds and two steals for Northwest, who drops to 6-13 on the season. They play at Southern Oregon tonight.

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Huge trade in professional women’s soccer sees Valley athlete involved; first time we think a MSHS alum has ever been traded in pro sports

We have some huge news today from pro soccer involving a Valleyite.

For the first time we think in Mount Si history, a former Wildcat athlete playing professional sports has been traded. As NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman would say, “We have a trade to announce,” and this one is a doozy if you are a pro women’s soccer fan.

The New York/New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League traded 2008 Mount Si High School grad Nikki Stanton, from North Bend, a second player and a draft choice to the Chicago Red Stars late yesterday, a deal that was announced this afternoon during the NWSL draft. In exchange, the Sky Blue squad received a package of players which included USA National Team member Carli Lloyd, who hails from New Jersey, along with a pair of top draft choices in today’s draft.

Stanton’s Sky Blue teammate Sam Kerr was also involved in the deal, and Chicago coach Rory Dames was pleased to acquire both players. “Sam is a player that any team in the league would jump to get,” said Dames in a statement on the team’s website. “She is a young and eager forward that has proven to be one of the best in the world. Then we get Nikki, who for us can be a solid 6 or 8 and really push our current mix of players. We couldn’t be happier to have both Sam and Nikki in Chicago.”

Stanton had been competing for Sky Blue since 2014 following her graduation from Fairfield University in Connecticut. The comments from coach Dames would at least suggest to us there might be an opportunity for more playing time for Stanton in Chicago this coming season; with Sky Blue, she primarily was a reserve off the bench, although at times during last season she saw plenty of action in contests. The midfielder joins a Chicago team that fared well last season, going 11-7-6 and finishing fourth overall. But in trading Lloyd, it appears as if the Red Stars might be looking to retool for this coming season, which could mean interesting times ahead for Stanton and her new teammates.

Stanton’s high school coach, Mount Si’s Darren Brown, is thrilled for his former player and assistant coach (she spent time a couple seasons ago as a Wildcat assistant). “Very cool,” Brown told the SVSJ by email. “I hope this trade provides an opportunity for Nik to shine. Stanton is such a strong distributor and her vision on the field is incredible. We are very proud of Nik at Mount Si and now will be following Chicago every game.”

The 2018 schedule has not yet been announced. When we get word on when Chicago will be coming to Seattle to meet the Reign FC, we’ll let you know.

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Red Wolves wrestling news

From the mat, the Cedarcrest Red Wolves split a double-dual at home in Duvall on Thursday, falling 42-35 to Sultan and scoring a 42-39 win over Granite Falls.

Winners included Frederick Reid (160) and Garrett Nelson (285) in both duals, along with Caleb Lay (220), Cameron Staley (285), Austin Link (126) and Demetrios Giampapa (195). All of the Red Wolves listed took their matches by pin.

Cedarcrest is at the South Kitsap tournament today in Port Orchard.

Red Wolves deliver at King of the Mountain: Last Saturday, anchored by their heavyweights, CHS took third overall at the King of the Mountain tournament in Darrington.

Nelson won the 285 lb. division, defeating Robert Thompson of Concrete in the finals by pin; Thompson beat Nelson’s Red Wolve teammate Cameron Staley in the semis. Staley rebounded from that defeat to take third in the weight class, beating Monroe’s Brad Warner for that spot in the third place match, also by pin.

Lay (195) won his weight class, pinning Darrington’s Johnny Franke for the title. Reid also won his 160 lb. bracket, pinning Blake Waddell from Goldendale in the title match.

Miguel Tomayo (106) and Matt Weinert (170) both finished runner-up in their respective weight classes; both CHS’ers fell in their final matches to wrestlers from host Darrington. Rounding things out, Wes Gadbois (113) and Giampapa took fourth in their weight brackets, and Preston Goodwin (152) and Brodi Robertson (170) both finished in a tie for fifth in their divisions.

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