Sunday news and notes….

In other news on this Sunday, a local girls’ soccer team with Mount Si High School connections has a shot to make a national tournament later today.

The Preston-based Eastside FC ’98 Red girls’ U-17 team beat the La Roca FD squad from Salt Lake City 2-1 in the semifinals at the US Youth Soccer Farwest Regional Championships in Boise yesterday, setting up a regional final clash later this morning against a second Utah team, the Celtic Storm ’99 Premier. The game is at 9:30 this morning our time, and we have the live YouTube broadcast of the game for you below.

The Eastside team is coached by former Mount Si boys’ soccer coach Tom Bialek, and among his players is Wildcat senior-to-be Natalie Weidenbach.

A win will put EFC into the US Youth Soccer nationals later this summer. We wish them good luck today.

Golf: Mount Si grad Maralack misses chance at national tourney
It was not to be for Mount Si grad Caitlin Maralack, as a couple of holes proved to be her undoing yesterday as she fell short in a bid to qualify for the Junior World national tournament later this summer.

Maralack fired a quadruple-bogey eight on the par-4 third hole, then followed up with a double-bogey on 12, and she finished with a final round score of 83, carding a two-day score of 157, good for a tie for eighth in the Junior World state qualifier in Tumwater which wrapped up yesterday. Only the top four golfers in the field earned slots into the national event in San Diego, meaning the University of Hartford-bound athlete from Snoqualmie will not be making her way south to compete in the JW tournament.

The WJGA season continues this coming week, with Maralack and other Valley golfers expected to compete in various local tournaments.

Softball: Battle of teams with local players in Oregon tourney
Snoqualmie Valley athletes were on both sides of the diamond yesterday down in Portland, as two teams with local players squared off to remain alive in a national qualifying tournament.

The Woodinville-based Absolute Blast Hagen 18U team took care of the Portland-based Northwest Batbusters Wilson 5-1 in the Premier Girls Fastpitch event down in Clackamas, OR. Mount Si High School grad Rose Vogt was 1-2 with a run scored and RBI while for Batbusters, Forest Ridge’s Colleen Campbell, a senior-to-be from Snoqualmie, pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, walking two and striking out three. She took the loss in the circle. MSHS senior-to-be Heather Hinton went 0-3 also for the Batbusters, who were eliminated from the event with the loss.

AbB plays again today.

Absolute Blast 16U earns national berth: The AbB 16U team, with Cedarcrest HS’ Elaine Townley on their roster, won two more games yesterday and earned a “Premier” division berth into the national PGF tournament in California later this summer. As was the case on Friday, Townley did not play either of the two games yesterday.

Softball: Local team with MSHS player alive in regional tournament
The Washington Acers 18U Culver team rebounded after a loss to win two straight games and are alive in an ASA national qualifier tournament being held this weekend. The event is taking place in Kent.


Washington Acers 18U Culver 12, Washington Angels 0: The Acers opened the tournament in style with a blowout win that was headlined by a combined no-hitter from pitchers McKenzie Behnke and Mallory Eckroth; Mount Si’s Lauren Wilbourne was 0-1 with a run scored for the Auburn team in the contest.

North Idaho Extreme 1, Washington Acers 18U Culver 0: The Auburn team was held to just one hit and fell to the Idaho team; Wilbourne was 0-1 for the Acers in the contest.

Washington Acers 18U Culver 14, Tigers Softball 2: The Acers rebounded in their second game and brought the lumber out to remain alive in the tournament with the help of Wilbourne, who went 2-3 with three RBI’s pacing the Auburn team’s efforts.

Washington Acers 18U Culver 3, Coeur D’Alene Crush 1: The Acers remained alive once again, holding off the Idaho team and advancing into another loser-out game this morning in the 12-team event. Wilbourne was 1-3 with a walk for the Acers in their win.

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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