News notes

News nuggets to wrap up our Sunday.

Golf: Valleyite competes for college conference title
North Bend’s Alex Nelson is competing in this weekend’s Northwest Conference men’s golf championships.

Yesterday, the Pacific Lutheran University freshman, a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, carded a ten-over par 82 on the par-72 course at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club to finish the opening round tied for 25th overall. The event wraps up today. Fellow Valleyite Mitch Dover, also from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, is not competing in this weekend’s tourney.

Rowing: Valley trio on water in South Carolina
Three Mount Si High School grads are back in South Carolina this weekend, and will be soon on their way back home to their respective college campuses, after helping their women’s rowing teams at a major meet hosted by Clemson University.

Washington State, Gonzaga and Oregon State’s women’s crew squads all sent boats back to the Clemson event, and all of them have finished action for the weekend with final heats earlier this morning.

In their final heat this morning, Gonzaga’s varsity eight, with North Bend’s Meghan McCallum aboard, won their race, clocking 6:40.43 on the course at Lake Hartwell, south of the Clemson campus along the South Carolina-Georgia border near Anderson, SC. Yesterday, the Bulldogs took sixth in a morning race and fifth in an afternoon race. McCallum is a senior and 2013 MSHS’er.

In their final earlier today, Washington State’s third varsity eight, with Fall City’s Sara Brevick aboard, took third in that race, clocking 7:36.99. The Cougar boat finished fifth in both of their heat races yesterday.

And in their final this morning, Oregon State’s second varsity eight crew, we think with Snoqualmie’s Joely Hannan aboard, finished sixth after taking seventh in their two heat races yesterday. Today’s time was 6:57.61. Hannan is a senior as well and 2013 Mount Si HS grad.

Volleyball: Continued challenges for local teams with Mount Si athletes at KC tourney
It was a day of continued struggles yesterday for the Kent-based Kent Juniors volleyball teams with Mount Si High School players at the ShowMe national qualifier tournament in Kansas City.

KJ’s 16’s, with Wildcat Hayley West, wrapped up play earlier this morning falling in their opening playoff match, after going winless again yesterday. KJ finished 0-7 against a field of teams largely from the Midwest. The KJ 17’s team, with fellow ‘Cat Lillian Bachand, is still awaiting its playoff match later, but they, too, went winless yesterday, and only have one Friday win under their belt.

We’ll keep you apprised of how the 17’s finish out the weekend. Neither team will be qualifying for nationals from this weekend’s event.

Football: North Bend’s Dumas competes in Wyoming spring game
College spring football season is underway, and yesterday, a Mount Si High School alum saw a little action in one spring game.

Receiver Parker Dumas, a redshirt freshman from North Bend, played in the University of Wyoming’s annual “Brown vs. Gold” spring game in Laramie. Dumas, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, caught one pass for four yards, and his small contribution helped his Gold team win a close 3-0 game over the Brown squad at the university’s War Memorial Stadium.

Dumas and his Cowboys teammates open their season September 2 on the road at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, a game that is likely to be nationally televised although those schedules have not been announced yet. Several of their Mountain West Conference games are set to be televised, however, later in the season.

Lacrosse: Valley athlete pitches in to help college’s men’s team win
The University of Puget Sound’s men beat Pacific Lutheran’s men Thursday night 7-3 in Tacoma, and a Valleyite played in the contest. North Bend’s Andrew Zinkan, a Mount Si HS grad, competed for the Loggers but had no stats of note reported.

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Track and field news….

Now to track and field on this Sunday.

Mount Si High School’s track and field team hosted its annual invitational meet yesterday, and there were a number of strong results from Wildcats in the event. Mount Si’s girls took third as a team with 76 points, while the Wildcat boys finished seventh overall in the 12-team competition, scoring 50 points. Bellarmine Prep’s boys from Tacoma and Kent-Meridian’s girls from Kent both won their respective team titles.

All of Mount Si’s individual event wins were on the girls’ side. Kali Barlow took the discus with a toss of 117 feet, two inches, and teammate Jenae Usselman finished a strong third in that event, with a toss of 103’6”. Riley Ovall won the javelin for scarlet and gray with a throw of 119’4”, and Usselman also fared well in this competition, taking fourth with a toss of 102’7”. Ovall also had a top-ten finish in the shot put, finishing seventh with a throw of 29’ 6 ¼”.

Hannah Waskom rounded out the event wins, with a title in the 3200m, clocking 10:56.91. Chloe Cosgrove ran well as well for Mount Si in this race, finishing fourth with a time of 11:24.59.

The boys’ headliner was Jacob Belceto in the sprints, where he finished second in the 200m with a time of 22.96 seconds and fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.35. Joe Waskom took fifth in the 800m with a run of 1:58.91, and Matt Proctor and Nick Basaldua both had strong showings in the 110m hurdles. Proctor took second with a time of 15.89, and Basaldua finished fourth in atime of 16.14, one of three top ten event finishes he had on the day. The Wildcat also took sixth in the pole vault with a clearance of 11’6” and seventh in the 300m hurdles with a time of 43.28.

Mount Si’s boys’ 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams also did well. The 4×100 foursome of Belceto, Brian Shields, Ezra Gallegos and Wilson Toft took fifth in their race clocking 45.10, and Toft, Waskom, Sal Passantino and Jackson Stokes teamed up on the Wildcat 4×400 unit, and they took sixth in a time of 3:40.76.

The Wildcats resume league action this coming Thursday at Skyline, and then split for four events. Distance runners will compete in one of two Friday events – the Brooks event at Liberty High School or the Nike event in Portland – while the rest of the team splits on Saturday, with the boys competing at the Shoreline Invitational and the girls at Lake Washington’s invitational in Kirkland.

Red Wolves deliver at Eason
A small group of top Cedarcrest athletes – five in total – competed at the Eason Invitational yesterday, and all did well.

On the boys’ side, Gunnar Schultz took third in the 300m hurdles, clocking 41.20 seconds, and Ben Benson finished 11th in the 3200m, with a time of 10:05.15. The Red Wolves, on the strength of Schultz’s efforts, finished 35th in the team standings with six points. Glacier Peak’s boys from Snohomish won that team title.

The ladies had three athletes competing, two in a pair of events each. Tayla Weaver took sixth in the 100m, clocking 12.91, and ninth in the 200m, with a time of 27.03. Briana Deveraux was 11th in the long jump, leaping 16’ 2 ¾”, and was third in the 400m, with a time of just over a minute. Abby McKenzie also competed in the 400m, and took ninth with a time of 1:03.81. The efforts of the threesome paced the Red Wolve girls to a 29th-place finish as a team with nine points. Issaquah’s girls won that team title.

CHS, like their Mount Si brethren, will be competing in a league meet on Thursday, at King’s against the Knights, Archbishop Murphy and Granite Falls, then split for the Friday/Saturday events. Distance runners will compete Friday at the Brooks meet at Liberty High School in Renton, while the rest of the team splits on Saturday, with the boys at Shoreline and the girls at Lake Washington.

We also have college track and field news from yesterday as well to share with you this morning.

Valley athletes on display at Ellensburg meet: Four different Valley athletes competed at yesterday’s Spike Arlt Inviational at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Two were on the men’s side, while the other two were on the women’s side.

The two men’s competitors represented CWU. Freshmen Hunter Titus and Andrew Harris, both 2016 Mount Si High School grads from North Bend, competed in two events each. Titus was ninth in the 100m sprint, clocking 11.62 seconds, and 13th in the 200m, with a time of 23.59. Harris finished ninth in the shot put, with a toss of 11.41 meters, or nearly 37 feet, 5 ¼ inches. He also took 13th in the discus, with a throw of 40.25 meters, or just over 132 feet.

Liz Larson, a redshirt freshman from Snoqualmie and 2015 MSHS’er, was the headliner of the entire four-athlete Valley delegation, taking third in the women’s hammer throw. Larson, competing for St. Martin’s University, tossed the hammer 47.8 m, or equivalent to just under 156 feet, 10 inches. Carnation freshman Leila Praino, representing Northwest University, also competed in a pair of events, taking 16th in the women’s 800m, clocking 3:03.97, and 14th in the 1500m, with a time of just over six minutes.

Scott competes in distance event at conference championships for second straight day: North Bend’s Bailey Scott was back out on the track yesterday at the Northwest Conference championship meet in Spokane, and the Mount Si High School grad shined. The Whitworth University junior finished seventh in the women’s 5000m, clocking 18 minutes, 42.16 seconds.

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Lake Stevens routs Mount Si softball, plus other notes from the diamond…..

Now softball.

Mount Si’s varsity softball ladies traveled north to Lake Stevens to take on the Wesco’s Vikings yesterday, and Lake Stevens showed why they have been among the best all season in their conference.

Pitcher Sarah Johnson fired a two-hitter, striking out eight, lifting LS to an 11-0 five inning win with the game called early due to the ten-run mercy rule. Makala Akers was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s pacing the Vikings, and Cam Dubois was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI aiding the winning efforts. Lake Stevens with the win remained unbeaten on the season at 11-0.

Heather Hinton and Molly Wilbourne had the two hits for the Wildcats, who are home Tuesday, weather permitting at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie, against Skyline. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

We also have a couple of other softball notes this morning. A college item, and a high school one, too, as a Cascade Conference pitcher did something quite special. That score and stats comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Mount Si grad fares well in final college home games: 2013 Mount Si High School grad Tamarra Crowe and her senior teammates from Merrimack College played their final home games as collegians yesterday, as MC split two in North Andover, MA, with Southern New Hampshire. SNHU took the opener 3-2 and Merrimack rolled in the nightcap 8-2. Crowe, from North Bend, played both games and was 2-3 in the opener and 1-3 with a run scored and three putouts defensively in the nightcap playing left field for the Warriors. She and the rest of her senior teammates were given flowers and mementos in a pregame ceremony.

High School
South Whidbey 17, Port Townsend 0: The Cascade Conference’s Falcons hopped on the ferry across Admiralty Inlet over to the Olympic Peninsula, and saw senior ace pitcher Mackenzee Collins dominate – and we mean dominate. She threw a perfect game, with 14 of the 15 outs she had to record in the five-inning mercy rule result being by strikeout. Collins also doubled, walked twice, scored twice and drove in three runs pacing Whidbey. Leah Merrow also doubled, part of a 2-3 effort that saw her score a pair of runs and drive in three.

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Red Wolves varsity, Wildcat “C” teams fall, plus all the college baseball action from yesterday on this Sunday morning….

Good Sunday morning. Baseball this morning, and we start with a quick look at Cedarcrest’s varsity.

The Red Wolves and Cedar Park Christian finally made up their rained-out game yesterday at CHS’ campus in Duvall, and it went to the Eagles, 8-0. CHS was limited to just four hits as they dropped to 6-11 on the season. More from the Everett Herald.

Mount Si “C” swept
Mount Si’s “C” team was swept in a doubleheader by Lake Washington yesterday in Kirkland, with the two games having completely different results. One was a rout and the second was much closer.

In the opener, LW rolled to an 11-1 win in five innings, with Yuma Yoshikawa leading the way. He went 2-3 with a run scored and four RBI’s leading the Kangs. Lane Kraabel paced L-Dub with two hits and three RBI’s. Jack Mardon tripled and scored a run headlining a 2-2 effort for Mount Si.

The nightcap was a pitcher’s duel, won by the Kangs 2-0. Kraabel pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 for LW while Gale Kamp allowed two runs on three hits in five innings, walking five and striking out three, taking the loss for the Wildcats. He had one of the three Mount Si hits.

Mount Si is at Bellevue Tuesday.

Time now for the college scores from yesterday:

New Mexico State 7, Northern Colorado 4: The Aggies won the regionally-televised battle over the Bears in Las Cruces, NM, despite a 1-4 effort from junior Evan Johnson. The UNCo left fielder, a 2014 Mount Si High School grad from Snoqualmie, also walked once, stole a base and recorded a defensive putout for the Bears in the contest.

Big Bend 8, Yakima Valley 7 (game one, doubleheader): Freshman Cody Banks, a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, delivered once again for BBCC in the opener of two in Yakima, going 1-3 with two runs scored as the visitors from Moses Lake held off a late Yaks rally to get the win.

Clark 9, Southwestern Oregon 5 (game one, doubleheader): Redshirt freshman Chris Hollabaugh, from Snoqualmie, was 0-3, but did score a run for Clark as they took the first of two over their NWAC rivals in Coos Bay, OR. Hollabaugh graduated from O’Dea High School in Seattle.

Sacramento State 9, Seattle U. 0: Sacto rolled in the middle game of the WAC weekend set at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Freshmen Blaine Wagner and Alden Huschle, both from the Valley, saw action for the Redhawks. Huschle, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, pitched two innings, allowing two hits and walking three, but he struck out three and received a no-decision. Wagner, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, caught the late innings for SU and recorded three defensive putouts and an assist. He had no official at-bats.

Stanford 8, Oregon 5: The Cardinal outlasted the Ducks in Eugene, OR in the middle game of a Pac-12 weekend set; sophomore Carson Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, pinch-ran for Oregon in the contest but did not score a run.

Lewis-Clark State 13, College of Idaho 3 (game one, doubleheader): LCSC rolled in the first of two with a little help from a Valleyite. Senior Gunnar Buhner, he of Fall City and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-2, but walked twice, scored two runs and recorded three putouts and two assists defensively playing second base for the Warriors.

Mount Marty (SD) 7, Northwestern (IA) 1 (game one, doubleheader): Junior Joe Done, from North Bend, caught the opener of two for the Red Raiders last night in South Dakota, and went 0-3, but recorded five putouts and one assist defensively, and caught a Mount Marty baserunner attempting to steal a base.

Wisconsin-Superior 8, Crown (MN) 6 (game two, doubleheader): Freshman Levi Knott, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, made a pinch-hitting appearance count for Crown in the nightcap of two in Wisconsin, getting a hit and scoring a run, but WI-S took the contest and swept both games; they won the opener 7-3 and Knott did not see action for Crown in that game.

Lewis-Clark State 12, College of Idaho 1 (game two, doubleheader): Buhner was 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s pacing the Warriors, who scored eight runs in the fifth, to the nightcap blowout and doubleheader sweep. He also hit a successful sacrifice fly and recorded two putouts and one assist defensively playing second base for LCSC.

Yakima Valley 13, Big Bend 6 (game two, doubleheader): YVCC rolled to the nightcap win and split of their pair with their divisional rivals, despite Big Bend getting a 1-5 effort from Banks, from Duvall, who scored a run and also drove another in for the visiting side.

Mount Marty (SD) 10, Northwestern (IA) 0 (game two, doubleheader): Done, an ex-MSHS player, was 0-3 as the Red Raider DH in the nightcap contest, and also pitched an inning, allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and receiving no decision. NWC, with the two losses last night, drops to 16-27 on the season, 7-17 in conference play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference of NAIA.

Southwestern Oregon 6, Clark 2 (game two, doubleheader): Hollabaugh was 0-3 for Clark in their nightcap loss, as SWOCC posted the twinbill sweep.

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Mount Si boys’ soccer finishes in tie with Newport

Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team continues to plug away as the second half of the Kingco 4A schedule rolls along as it tries to get itself into the postseason. But the results seem to not be there, and that was especially evident last night, as, despite a strong effort which included numerous great scoring opportunities, the Wildcats were only able to post a tie against Newport.

Alec Bothwell scored Mount Si’s lone goal in the 1-1 home draw in Snoqualmie with the Knights. And the junior forward was not at all pleased with the end result despite his goal. “It (the goal) was obviously nice, but I think it was disappointing to get a tie. I think we should have won that game,” he said.

And Bothwell has a valid point. Mount Si in the first half had two very good scoring chances – one on a breakaway from Kyle Hunter that saw the Wildcat junior get the ball past a diving Newport goalie Austin Hahnemann and open up an empty net, but Hunter fired his resulting shot to the left of that empty cage. Then, hustle allowed senior Matt Young to create a scoring chance against Hahnemann which was once again sealed up by the Newport keeper. The game went to halftime scoreless.

The second half saw both goals scored in rapid succession. First was Newport. Early in the game, junior Daniel Leick was injured slightly and had to be attended to by trainers from Mount Si after a hard hit; he was taken out of the game temporarily but returned later and in the 58th minute, he scored to put the Knights in front. Bothwell responded shortly thereafter, a minute or two after the Leick goal, finding the ball in the middle of a sea of players from both teams and punching it home past Knight backup keeper Owen Porkka to tie the game.

It remained 1-1 through the rest of the contest including the two overtime sessions, and Mount Si moves to 3-4-4 on the Kingco 4A season and 13 league points, tied with Inglemoor for sixth place; the Vikings, though, on strength of a head-to-head win over the Wildcats earlier this season and more wins overall (they are 4-6-1 in Kingco 4A play), hold the tiebreakers and would clinch that playoff position. So these last three games for the Wildcats are critical if they want to make it in.

“Next three games, we need to get nine points (three wins) out of them for sure,” said Mount Si coach Darren Brown.

The Wildcats were without senior Cameron Dwight, who missed last night’s game with an injury. He is currently recovering and Brown hopes he will be back for the game Tuesday at Eastlake. Mount Si closes out its home schedule next Friday against the Vikings at 7:30 on Senior Night.

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