Tuesday notes….

Light Tuesday, so here’s this morning’s news nuggets from the SVSJ.

North Bend college football athlete recognized for academic success
A Valley resident, and recently graduated college football player, was recognized yesterday for his success in the classroom.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference named Illinois State University fifth-year senior Joe Farmer, from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si High School graduate, to its football academic Honor Roll for the 2015-16 school year. To earn recognition to that list, announced yesterday by the conference and ISU, student athletes such as Farmer needed to earn a 3.0 grade point average or better during a minimum of 12 credit hours of classes in the fall term of the year (last fall) and be on the team’s roster. Farmer was one of nearly 500 conference student-athletes to earn this recognition.

Our congratulations to Farmer on this recognition.

Volleyball action winding down for local teams
Playoff action takes place today for three local 15U girls’ club volleyball teams at the USA Volleyball Nationals in Indianapolis.

First, in the 15’s “USA” division, Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Typhoon moves into the “Flight 4” playoff today after splitting two matches yesterday; Typhoon, with MSHS’ Harper Click, beat a Florida team but fell to one from California and will be meeting another California team in their playoff opener today. In the 15’s “Patriot” Division, the Sudden Impact Lightning, with MSHS’ Sara Mitchell, plays in the “Flight 5” playoff today after a 2-1 record yesterday against teams from Wisconsin and Illinois.

The two wins yesterday were their first on the tournament. Also, in that division, Mercer Island’s Island Thunder Black, with Holy Names’ Berkeley Danysh, from Snoqualmie, and MSHS’ Bellah Gogan, suffered three close losses yesterday and is now in the midst of a five-match losing string there after starting the weekend 4-0. The losses yesterday came to teams from California, Arizona and Indiana, and ITVC will be looking to get back into the win column today.

Meanwhile, play has wrapped up at the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix for Northwest Juniors 15’s Blue; the Bellevue-based team, with Mount Si players Annaliese Jensen, Hayley West and Kamryn Smith, and Cedarcrest HS’ Taeler Gerde on their roster, and Snoqualmie resident Shannon Smith (Kamryn’s mom) among their coaches, finished 37th in the 15U division out of 80 teams in the field. NWJ closed out play yesterday with two wins, beating teams from Arizona and Illinois to finish with a 7-4 overall record in the event.

Sammamish youth baseball team, with help of Mount Si athlete, wins at Arizona tournament
Light day on the diamond, with just one youth game of note, and it was in Phoenix where the Sammamish-based WW Sweets recorded another win at their tournament there in the desert. Sweets rolled to an 8-2 win over the Pacific Baseball Academy from Los Angeles. Mount Si’s Jesiah Irish was 1-1 for Sweets, who is 4-0 in the 15U event and now 26-10 overall on the season. They meet CBA Bruins, from California, tomorrow.

Local teen helps win title at Spokane hoops event
A Snoqualmie teen and his teammates took home a title at this past weekend’s Spokane Hoopfest.

Carlos Danysh, a student at St. Joseph School in Snoqualmie, and three teammates won their age division title at Hoopfest, going undefeated to take it all in one of the largest three-on-three outdoor basketball tournaments in the country. Tens of thousands of players from all over the Northwest, including we’re guessing quite a few others from the Valley, converged on Spokane for the activities, which were played on the streets in downtown Spokane. Danysh’s team was called “Clamp Gods”.

A congrats to him and his team on their trophy.

Proudfoot struggles in minor league baseball team loss
North Bend’s Tim Proudfoot is having a rough go of it with his minor league baseball team, the Vermont Lake Monsters of the short-season “A” New York-Penn League. The 2011 Mount Si High School grad was 0-3, with three strikeouts, for the Oakland A’s-affiliated Lake Monsters, as they fell in 11 innings last night to the Staten Island Yankees, a New York Yankees affiliate which also has on its roster 2012 MSHS alum Trevor Lane, 3-2, at home in Burlington, VT.

Proudfoot has had six strikeouts in his last eight at-bats over three games dating back to June 22, and has seen his average drop to .100 with the recent struggles.

Lane did not pitch last night for SI, and as we told you the other day, he reportedly is working through some injuries which have delayed his pro debut. He was drafted earlier this month in the MLB draft by New York, while his ex-Wildcat teammate Proudfoot was drafted last year by the A’s.

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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