Athletes of the Week for 6-1

Good Tuesday morning. Time now for our final Athletes of the Week for the 2015-16 school year.

As this would be a girls’ week in our rotation, in our effort to ensure both the boys and girls get an equal amount of recognition in this segment with the girls having started this spring season off with it, we’re doing recognition for both the boys and girls to close out the school year. We’ll announce our Athletes of the Year next week here and that will officially wrap up our coverage of local high school sports for this school year.

So with that, here’s the final AotW’s for this school year.

CEDARCREST BOYS – Sophomore pitcher Aaron Davenport gets our nod for his excellent performance in last Friday’s WIAA 2A state high school baseball semifinal game in Yakima. Davenport pitched a complete game performance in the 3-2 Red Wolves win over Fife, allowing two unearned runs on six hits, striking out eight. Davenport has been strong all season, finishing it with a strong 6-3 record and earned run average of under 1.50. Look for him to continue to be a dominant force in the coming years within the Cascade 2A Conference.

MOUNT SI BOYS – Track and field is where we head, and senior Jacob Wachtendonk finished fifth in the 4A boys’ javelin event at the WIAA state meet in Tacoma this past weekend. Wachtendonk was the top javelin tosser all season in the Kingco 4A Conference, and he showed why at state, with a solid throw of 179 feet, three inches. He, however, has a season best of 194’5” at the Kingco/Wesco bi-district meet May 20, and all but one throw this spring was better than 170 feet. Look for Wachtendonk to take his talents to the college level next spring.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – The 2A girls’ javelin had a CHS rep competing, and she gets our recognition this week. Judy Amaral finished 13th in the state meet in the event this past weekend with a toss of 103’6” coming off a season-best 115’6” in the Cascade subdistrict meet May 11. The junior will return in 2017 likely as one of the top competitors in that event within the Cascade Conference, as she aims for a return trip to state next spring.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Senior Melissa Hruska closed out her high school distance career in style, finishing eighth in the girls’ 4A 3200m run at the WIAA meet in Tacoma. Hruska finished fifth at the district meet May 20 with a season-best 10:58.14, but missed out on automatic qualification as only the top four earned those slots. But her time met the state qualifying standard, so she was able to earn a trip thanks to her solid performance in that run, and made that trip count with a points-paying placing for Mount Si’s girls in the meet. Hruska, we expect, will be competing collegiately in the fall in distance running, and if she does, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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.
This entry was posted in Athletes of the Week 2015-16, On the Diamond, Track/XC/Running. Bookmark the permalink.