Preview and pick for tonight’s Cedarcrest High School football game, as the Red Wolves hit the road to meet Sammamish

As promised, CHS fans, here’s a look at tonight’s game with our pick.

CASCADE 2A CONFERENCE FOOTBALL-NONLEAGUE CONTEST
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES AT SAMMAMISH TOTEMS
SAMMAMISH HIGH SCHOOL, BELLEVUE, KICKOFF 7:00 P.M.

The Red Wolves begin the Billy Ojeda era tonight, as the new CHS football coach makes his debut as the Red Wolves’ head man. Ojeda, as we told you this week in our preview, replaces Jason Frederick, who resigned in the offseason to focus on his administrative duties as Cedarcrest’s athletic director.

Likely to get the start under center tonight is junior Kyle Lupo, and he will have some big shoes to fill, taking over for star QB Adam Davenport. Seniors Cody Banks, Jeff Hepner, Joey Hixon and Jake Jewell will also look to lead the Red Wolves in tonight’s contest.

But we want to make a mention of an area that we didn’t do much of in our preview this week – the line. Ojeda has an experienced line, and he likes what he sees out of a lot of those guys. Take for example the Peña brothers, Alberto and Alonso. Both players earned praise from Ojeda. Of Alberto, he told us by email, “Great young man who has made great strides in the program,” and the coach offered the exact same praise for Alonso. Those two will clearly be key elements on that line, and both will be counted on to do nice things this season.

Another lineman Ojeda likes is senior Gentry Price. ‘(He) has made great strides in the off-season, (and was) named Lineman of the camp at a summer camp we attended. We are looking for him to have a big season for us to be successful,” notes Ojeda.

Mount Si High School fans are well aware of how important a good line is to overall success, and Cedarcrest fans will be wanting to pay attention to how their line helps shape things tonight and throughout the season.

As for Sammamish, a look at their current MaxPreps roster this morning shows just 32 kids on the entire team, and while we don’t know if that’s the actual number or not, the Totems, as MSHS fans can remember, have had trouble over the years attracting a lot of kids to the program, and as such, have struggled; last year, they finished 3-7, including a loss to the Red Wolves 21-20 at Cedarcrest High School.

Matt Castle, a junior, may be tonight’s starter under center for the Totems, and players to watch for Sammamish include receivers Andy Matute and Carlos Salazar, and running back Dominick Hampton, all seniors.

Look for this to be another close game, but for CHS to come out on top.

SVSJ pick: CEDARCREST 23, SAMMAMISH 20

Note for Cedarcrest HS fans traveling to Sammamish High School for tonight’s game: Sammamish High School is in the midst of a major reconstruction that is now in its third year of four overall. This week, students moved into the new school building, which was built on the old stadium parking lot on the north end of the campus. With that noted, parking will be at a bit of a premium this evening, so if you can carpool to the game tonight, that would be a good idea. Parking is available at the south end of the campus by the gym. You will be able to access the field from this parking lot.

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Freshman power shines for MSHS football, two Wildcat grads accomplish special feats on college soccer pitch, plus all the rest of last night’s action……

A lot of attention has been paid, of course, to the many top seniors this fall on Mount Si High School’s football team. You know the names – we discussed them in our preview yesterday. And all of them played roles in last night’s game against Woodinville. But with the game on the line, freshman power took over, and the Wildcats now may have another great kicker on their hands.

Freshman kicker Reid Paradissis kicked two field goals, including the game-winner, as Mount Si held off the Falcons 13-12 in front of the ROOT Sports TV cameras last night at Pop Keeney Stadium. Paradissis’ first field goal put Mount Si in front early in the contest, but the big one was his second, a 25-yard chip shot with about five minutes left in regulation, that gave the Wildcats the lead, as it turned out for good.

Woodinville’s Dylan Axelson and Jake Kim each had a touchdown, but Axelson’s score, in the second quarter, was responded to by Mount Si later in the frame, with a connection for TD between Q Harrison Danna and receiver Parker Dumas. That proved to be the lone touchdown for the Wildcats in the contest.

The aforementioned game-winning field goal by Paradissis turned out to be the lone points in the second half for Mount Si, as they started the season on the right foot.

The Wildcats host Redmond next week. The game is next Friday at 7:00 at Mount Si High School.

Here’s the rest of this morning’s sports action of note involving locals.

College Football
Azusa Pacific 27, West Texas A&M 24: Azusa scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to escape with the road win in Texas last night. Junior Hunter Malberg, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, made his Azusa debut starting at free safety and recorded four tackles on defense, three solos. Malberg transferred to the California school this past offseason from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he had become one of their top defenders during his sophomore season last fall.

College Women’s Soccer
Concordia-PDX 4, Northwest U 1: It was a college debut to remember for 2015 Mount Si HS grad Karlie Hurley. Hurley, a freshman from Snoqualmie, scored her first two goals as a collegian to pace the Cavaliers over their former conference rivals from Kirkland down in Portland last night. Hurley’s first tally came in the 43rd minute, then her second came in the 82nd minute, icing the win for Concordia.

Minor League Baseball
Beloit 11, Clinton 3: The Oakland A’s-affiliated Snappers exploded for six runs in the ninth to break open what had been a close Midwest “A” League game in Clinton, IA, and blow out the Seattle Mariners-affiliated Lumber Kings. North Bend’s Tim Proudfoot contributed a 1-5 effort, with two runs scored, to pace the Snappers, and also was part of two double plays on defense for Beloit. The A’s drafted Proudfoot, a 2011 Mount Si High School grad, back in June in this year’s MLB draft.

Fort Myers 9, Charlotte 5: The Minnesota Twins-affiliated Miracle took the Florida State “A” League contest last night in Port Charlotte, FL, over the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Stone Crabs. 2010 Mount Si HS alum Josh Kimborowicz pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief for Charlotte and allowed just two hits.

College Men’s Soccer
Pacific Lutheran 2, UT-Tyler 1 (2OT): A Valleyite helped rescue PLU from a sure loss last night on neutral soil in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, TX, scoring a goal to force overtime, and the Lutes then took the contest in extra time with the game-winner. In the 90th minute, with the Lutes down 1-0, North Bend sophomore Aaron Baumgardner, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, found himself in the right place at the right time, taking a rebound from teammate Diego Aceves and punching it back into the goal to tie the game 1-1; the goal was the first of Baumgardner’s college career, and it couldn’t have come at a bigger time for his team. PLU’s Aceves then won it for the Lutes with a goal of his own in the 102nd minute. Baum-gardner started on defense for PLU and worked all 102 minutes, with that one goal being the main stat of note.

St. Martin’s 1, UC San Diego 1 (2OT): Freshman Connor Williams, a 2015 Mount Si HS alum from Snoqualmie, made his college debut yesterday, starting and playing 72 minutes for the Saints in their season-opening home draw in Lacey with the visitors from southern California. He recorded one shot on goal, but no goals, during his action on the pitch.

Seattle Pacific 2, Cal Baptist 1 (OT): SPU scored the game-winner in the 94th minute to post the dramatic overtime win in their season opener at Interbay Stadium in Seattle last night. Junior Davis Karaica, from Snoqualmie and a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense and played all 94 minutes for the Falcons with no stats of note to report.

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Back for another season of football previews and predictions……the ‘Cats start it off on the road

Good Thursday morning once again. The first high school sports event of the new school year for Valley high schools is tonight, and it’s on the gridiron. With that, we bring back our weekly staple where we preview and predict the result of the week’s football action involving Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools. With the two schools playing on back-to-back nights, we’re going to split this up and do each school separately, so CHS fans, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for yours. Tonight is for Mount Si, so let’s get rolling on the 2015-16 high school sports season. The Wildcats head north to Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell to play on a big stage tonight as they meet the Woodinville Falcons.

KINGCO 4A FOOTBALL
MOUNT SI WILDCATS AT WOODINVILLE FALCONS
POP KEENEY STADIUM, BOTHELL
KICKOFF 7:00 P.M. – BROADCAST LIVE ON ROOT SPORTS

Mount Si and Woodinville meet tonight in front of the TV cameras as the two teams square off in the season debut of high school football on ROOT Sports. This is the first of two appearances for the Wildcats on the ROOT coverage – the October 23 game with Newport at MSHS has also been picked up by the cable sports network – and the first of two trips north into Pop Keeney for the Wildcats this fall; their road game at Inglemoor in October, also on a Thursday, is the second.

Mount Si beat Woodinville last season in a tough 21-0 shutout win at home in the 4A debut for the Wildcats. This year, the Falcons look to score revenge, but will have their challenges if they want to get that done. Expected to start at quarterback tonight for Mount Si is senior Harrison Danna, and those of you who were at last week’s Scarlet and Gray game know that he can pack big-play ability with his arm, so that will be something to watch in tonight’s game. Fellow seniors Parker Dumas, Colton Swain, Cory Cotto and Caleb Mitchell will all look to aid Danna offensively as Mount Si aims to make some noise on TV this evening.

Good nights for all five seniors with the cameras rolling could improve their college recruiting prospects; as you all know, Dumas is mulling over several Division I offers right now, and Swain may be in line for a similar result. Cotto, Danna and Mitchell with good efforts tonight could see interest rise from schools for their services come next fall.

As for Woodinville, their top returners this fall are all seniors too – quarterback Nick Fouch and running back Dylan Axelson lead that Falcons senior crew. Another senior, receiver/safety Caleb Hawkins, could also be a player to pay attention to for the green and blue.

Both teams finished with nearly identical records last fall – Mount Si at 6-4 and Woodinville at 5-5, so a win tonight could jumpstart one of these schools into a good position as the season gets going.

Will be an interesting matchup tonight, so enjoy the contest, whether you will be there in person, or watching it at home or elsewhere on ROOT.

MOUNT SI 21, WOODINVILLE 17

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Thursday news notes…

Good Thursday morning. Mount Si-Woodinville football preview and pick on deck, but first, it’s time now for our look at action involving locals from last night:

Women’s Soccer
College-Whitworth 2, Carleton 0: The Pirates opened their season by putting some big distractions aside and blanking the visitors from Minnesota in Spokane. The distractions stemmed from a high-profile incident that was reported yesterday concerning members of the team who engaged in questionable conduct and put that out for all to see on Instagram at a team function earlier this week. (More here) The players involved were suspended for the game; however, fortunately, the one Valleyite on the Pirates squad, Ames Lake sophomore Leah Corra, was not among those benched. She, infact, played the contest yesterday, with the 2014 Mount Si HS grad logging 34 minutes off the bench with no stats of note to report. The five suspended players are likely to face additional disciplinary action from the school, although none has been announced.

NWSL-Kansas City 3, Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ) 2: The visitors from Missouri held off SB last night to close out the season. Sky Blue finishes the year 5-8-7. North Bend’s Nikki Stanton did not see action for SB in the contest.

Minor League Baseball
Clinton 6, Beloit 5: The Seattle Mariners-affiliated Lumber Kings held off the Oakland A’s-affiliated Snappers in a Midwest “A” League contest last night in Iowa. North Bend’s Tim Proudfoot was 1-4 for the Snappers; he was drafted by the A’s in this year’s draft. For you M’s fans, the Lumber Kings were led by right fielder Estarlyn Morales, who was 3-4 with a run and is hitting just .258 this summer for Clinton, 44-90 on the season.

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SVSJ preview: MSHS boys’ golf has tons of experience this fall; will that serve them well in tough Kingco 4A?

EDITOR’S NOTE: We continue our fall sports preview series today with a look at Mount Si High School’s boys’ golf team.

Mount Si’s boys’ golf team is loaded with experience this fall.

Brandon Proudfoot returns as coach, and the veteran local coach and instructor – and former MSHS golf star – has a good-sized group of players to work with this fall.

Six seniors are on this year’s roster, including five who played extensively this summer. Mitchell Dover, Jimmy Jacobson, Jake Karavias, Nick McAlister and Alex Nelson all played on the Washington Junior Golf Association circuit during the summer, while McAlister, Nelson and Dover all played in the recent Pacific Northwest Golf Association junior boys’ amateur tournament in Oregon.

Junior Peter Yoshikawa also played the WJGA tour this summer, so his experience will be helpful as well.

Freshmen on the team this fall include Adam Campbell and Jack Murphy, so with a strong, veteran group, Campbell and Murphy will benefit from the experience of those older players as they transition into high school golf.

Kingco 4A is expected to be loaded once again in 2014, with Skyline and Issaquah to be the best bets for a league title. Skyline went undefeated in league last fall, while Issaquah went 7-1. Eastlake and Redmond also appear to be contenders as well.

Mount Si finished 4-4 in 2014, but with the large number of tournament-caliber golfers on the roster, should be able to improve that mark. There is a good chance, too, that one or more of these guys will be able to make it to state next spring.

The Wildcats open the season next Tuesday, at home against Issaquah, then play Skyline September 17. This early-season gauntlet will speak volumes about where Mount Si will end up this fall in the league standings. Home matches begin at 3:00 p.m., with those at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie.

The Wildcats’ road schedule has trips to a couple of courses that are well-known locally: Sahalee Golf and Country Club, and the Inglewood Country Club. Redmond’s Sahalee, as all of you know, is set to host the LPGA Championship tournament for ladies’ pro golf next year, and has hosted top men’s professional tournaments, including the PGA Championship and the NEC’s World Series of Golf, in recent years. And the Inglewood course, in Kenmore, has taken on a lower profile in recent years, but in the past hosted the GTE Northwest Classic golf tournament, which was the senior PGA pro tour stop in the Seattle area in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

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