High school state track and field meet wraps up, plus news from volleyball and pro baseball….

This past Saturday proved to be a good final day of competition for Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools at the WIAA state high school track and field meet in Tacoma. Here’s a wrapup of what happened down at Mount Tahoma High School.

We start with Mount Si at the 4A meet, whose boys finished with seven team points overall and in a tie for 28th, with Federal Way winning the team title, and the girls taking 27th with eight total team points; Kingco rival Issaquah won that team title.

Headlining the day was the Waskom siblings, who both did well in their respective 3200m runs, with Hannah taking third on the girls’ side (10:51.58) and earning the Mount Si ladies six team points, while brother Joe finished ninth on the boys’ side (9:27.09) and just missed out on earning team points for the Wildcats. Hannah’s teammate Melissa Hruska also earned the Wildcats a point with an eighth-place finish in the girls’ race (11:04.51).

On the boys’ side, Jacob Belceto finished eighth in the 100m boys’ sprint (11.70) and earned Mount Si’s boys a team point, but was disqualified from the 200m final for a starting line violation. Rounding it out, Jacob Wachtendonk took fifth in the boys’ javelin (179 feet, three inches) and earned Mount Si four team points, while teammate Dustin Robey took 13th (157’5”).

The Cedarcrest boys finished the 2A meet in a tie for 38th with four team points; Tumwater’s Black Hills won the team title, and the Red Wolve girls finished in a tie for 33rd with six team points; Shorecrest won that team title. All six team points for the CHS girls were scored out of one event, thanks to an Athlete of the Week. Junior Briana Deveraux, who received our nod earlier this spring, finished third in the girls’ 400m dash (58.69 seconds) and scored all six of those Red Wolves girls’ team points with her performance.

On the boys’ side, the Red Wolves’ 4×100 relay crew of Gunnar Schultz, Dave Boak, Ryan Golden and Joey Hixon finished seventh in that race, with a time of 43.97 seconds, pocketing two team points for CHS’ boys. Individually, however, Schultz did not place in the 300m hurdles final as he was disqualified from the race, but Hixon took eighth in the 400m dash (52.11) and earned the Red Wolve guys another team point.

Rounding things out for the CHS boys, Grant Van Valkenburg finished 10th in the 3200m run, clocking 9:53.18, and teammate Torjan Barnes took 13th in the javelin, with a toss of 144’11”.

All in all, it was a good three days of competition for the local athletes, who now go into the offseason and begin work on their efforts for the 2017 spring season.

Other news on this Monday:

Volleyball: Valley girls to compete for tourney championships in Seattle today
Three area teams with Valley girls’ high school volleyball players will be competing for titles today at the Emerald City Classic volleyball tournament in Seattle.

Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Typhoon and Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 15’s Black will feature Valley talent in the 15U Open championship playoffs. Island Thunder, with Mount Si’s Bellah Gogan and Holy Names’ Berkeley Danysh, from Snoqualmie, is seeded eighth in the playoffs with a 3-3 tournament record; they won twice yesterday to secure their spot in the championship round. SI, with Mount Si’s Harper Click, went 3-0 yesterday and is now 6-0 overall in the tournament; they are seeded fourth in that playoff. The two teams will each need to win three games to win the championship.

The Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors 15’s Blue squad will compete for the crown in the 16U Club division after notching three wins yesterday to up their tournament mark to 6-0. This team, with Mount Si’s Kamryn Smith, Hayley West and Annaliese Jensen, along with Cedarcrest’s Taeler Gerde, will be seeded third in their championship bracket.

Two other teams – the Bellevue-based High Velocity and Sudden Impact Lightning – will be in “Silver” bracket playoffs today, with a top-10 tournament finish at stake for both of those teams. HV features CHS’ Kam Leslie and is 5-1 coming into today’s play in the 16U Club division, while Lightning, with MSHS’ Sara Mitchell, is 3-3 on the tournament after winning twice yesterday in the 15U Open division.

Two other teams with local players – Bellevue’s Northwest Juniors 17’s and Sudden Impact 17’s – both will seek solid finishes within the 18U Open division today after struggles yesterday. Mount Si’s Cameron Kendall (NWJ), Courteney Carr and Katie McCreadie (MSHS) and CHS’ Danielle Winston (NWJ) are on these respective squads.

Action wraps up today and we’ll keep you posted on how things go.

Baseball: North Bend’s Karalus unable to slam door shut on mound for minor league team in loss
It was a tough one on the hill for North Bend’s Reece Karalus yesterday, as he wasn’t able to shut down the opposition when he needed to as his minor league team fell at home.

Great Lakes rallied to beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Kentucky 3-2 yesterday in a Midwest “A” League game, and Karalus allowed two runs on two hits in three innings of work, striking out five and dropping to 0-3 with his third blown save of the season for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Hot Rods. Karalus’ ERA remains solid though, at 3.41 after yesterday’s outing.

The pitcher was drafted by Tampa Bay in last year’s Major League Baseball draft and is in his second pro season.

Also from pro baseball:

“Kimbo” delivers on hill for indy squad: It was another solid outing for MSHS grad Josh Kimborowicz this past Saturday as his independent minor league pro baseball team recorded a dramatic home win.

The Southern Illinois Miners beat Evansville (IN) 5-4 on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth in Marion, IL. “Kimbo”, a 2010 Wildcat alum, pitched six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, walking seven and striking out six, and earned a no-decision. His earned run average stands at 3.44 after the outing this past weekend.

Kimborowicz is in his first season with the Miners after spending the past three as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, who drafted him in the 2013 MLB draft. His next start is slated for this coming Thursday or Friday night, with the Miners on the road Thursday, but home Friday and this coming weekend. If we get word on when he pitches, if that’s a home game, we’ll work to bring you a live broadcast of the game here at the SVSJ.

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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