The 2015 Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal Year in Review, part 2

Good Tuesday morning. We wrap up our two-part year in review series this morning with a look at our top five stories of the season.

5. Cedarcrest High School baseball reaches state: The Red Wolves had a strong season this past spring on the diamond, led by arguably the top 2A pitcher in the state in then-senior Adam Davenport, who graduated in June and is now pitching for the University of Washington. CHS finished 18-7 on the season but made the first round of the state playoffs, falling to North Kitsap in Centralia in a close 2-1 score. Davenport went an eye-popping 10-1 with a lights-out 0.68 earned run average, striking out over 100 hitters in 72 innings of work. He wasn’t too bad at the plate, either, hitting .385 in 2015. Several other players contributed as well, among them then-senior Andrew Willmon, and then-juniors Ben Lemery and Tanner Schaefer. With Lemery, Schaefer and several others from last year’s team back, CHS could be looking at another deep postseason run in 2016.

4. Mount Si’s Mulligan wins state title in wrestling: Mark Mulligan joined Mount Si’s wrestling program last season for his senior season after he and his family moved to the area from North Carolina. Mulligan came to the program with some solid credentials coming out of Tar Heel country, and he showed why throughout the season, establishing himself as a top competitor at the 170 lb. weight class. He went into Mat Classic back in February looking to close things out in style, and he did just that, scoring hard-fought wins over foes in the quarterfinals and semifinals of his weight division to advance to the finals against Levi Meinzinger of Spokane’s University High School. And just like in the quarters and semis, Mulligan worked hard and got a positive result, blanking the Spokane opponent 2-0 to take the title, Mount Si’s first individual class winner at the state wrestling tournament since Josh Mitchell did it a few years ago.

3. Mount Si High grads drafted in Major League Baseball draft: Coming into last June’s draft, only two players who played for Mount Si High School’s baseball program – Josh Hamik some 20 years ago, and Josh Kimborowicz back in 2013 – had been drafted by Major League Baseball teams in their annual amateur draft. Well, last June, it was a watershed moment for the Wildcat program as three alums got drafted in the same draft. It started with a jaw-dropping eighth-round selection of pitcher – and 2012 Mount Si alum – Reece Karalus. Karalus, from North Bend and a pitcher for Santa Clara University, was taken by the same team that Kimborowicz was drafted by, the Tampa Bay Rays. Then in the late rounds of the draft, North Benders Tim Proudfoot and Max Brown, both 2011 Wildcat alums, were both picked; Proudfoot, a shortstop from Texas Tech University, was taken by the Oakland A’s, the team which drafted him in the 2014 draft only to see him not sign, and Brown was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

All three signed pro contracts, and Karalus pitched the season for Tampa’s short-season class “A” team in Wappingers Falls, NY, called the Hudson Valley Renegades. He finished with a solid 2-1 record, with a 1.70 earned run average. Proudfoot started the season with Oakland’s rookie-league team in Arizona, but was quickly promoted to the A’s class “A” affiliate in the Midwest League, the Beloit Snappers of Wisconsin. There, he played multiple infield positions and finished hitting .208 on the season with one homer and 16 RBI’s. Brown played the season with the Diamondbacks’ rookie-league club in Arizona and had a good first go-round, hitting .265 playing in the outfield. He had five triples and drove in 11 runs.

We’ll see as spring training rolls around whether any or all will be promoted to start the season. The next team up the chain in the Rays’ system is the Bowling Green Hot Rods of Kentucky, also in the Midwest League, while the A’s next team up is the Stockton Ports of the California League, and the Diamondbacks’ next team up the chain is the Hillsboro Hops, of the Northwest League in Oregon.

On this same vein, we should mention Kimborowicz had a stellar season as well himself. He finished the season 1-2 with a 2.01 earned run average, but that ERA was well under that for much of the season as he succeeded in a late-inning relief pitching role for his team, the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the high-“A” Florida State League, helping them win the league championship, the first time a MSHS grad has been a part of that in pro ball. Look for him to start 2016 pitching at the double-“A” level with the Rays’ team in the Southern League, the Montgomery Biscuits, as he will move one step closer to realizing his pro baseball dreams.

2. Mount Si HS football advances to state for first time as 4A team: The Wildcats finished 6-3 in the regular season, helping them advance to the week 10 playoffs, where they held off Jefferson and punched a ticket to the 4A round of 16 for the first time ever. The season-defining game was their October win over Eastlake, and everyone can probably agree on what was the play that perhaps set the course forward for this season – the last-minute interception by senior Colton Swain that sealed up that victory. Mount Si was routed by Graham-Kapowsin in that first playoff game back in November, but the team had a stellar 7-4 final record and now will look to build off that in 2016.

1. Mount Si, Cedarcrest boys and girls’ cross country all compete at state for first time ever: This November’s state cross country meets over in Pasco, the 2A for the Red Wolves and the 4A for the Wildcats, proved to be a watershed moment for local running. CHS and MSHS both advanced their boys and girls to state for the first time ever together, giving the Valley plenty of representation at the state races in the Tri-Cities. The Red Wolves have been perennial participants at state, and once again did well this go-round, but for Mount Si, the girls were there for the first time ever as a team and the boys had to work extra hard, led by freshman phenom Joe Waskom, to punch their first team berth in 40 years.

The Wildcat girls were led by a strong corps of talent, and all with the exception of now-graduated Melissa Hruska, will be back this fall, and Mount Si’s boys will be led by Waskom as they look to make a return visit. As for CHS, they’re expected to be strong yet again in 2016, so it’s possible local running fans may again see a full four-for-four in local representation next fall at the state meet.

So there you have it. Our year in review with our top 10 stories of the year. Tomorrow, we’ll look at a few things to watch as 2016 rolls around.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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