Snoqualmie’s Johnson hitless for UNCo baseball in loss, plus news from XC and the hardwood in our look at the colleges on this Friday…..

Good Friday morning. College action involving locals from yesterday starts with baseball, and the University of Northern Colorado fell in a neutral-site game to Brigham Young, 6-0, in Stockton, CA.

Junior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-4 with two defensive putouts recorded for UNCo, who dropped to 2-4 with the loss that opened their weekend tournament being hosted by San Jose State which had been scheduled for SJSU’s field in San Jose, but was moved to the University of the Pacific’s facilities in Stockton, which have a turf infield, due to all of the rain inundating northern California the past couple of weeks and which resulted in numerous rainouts of games involving UNCo and other teams with Valley players last weekend.

Because of the move of the tournament, tonight’s previously scheduled webcast of the Bears’ contest with San Jose State has been shifted from Mountain West Digital Network to this webstream. The game will also be earlier tonight – starting at 5:00. Additionally, today’s noon clash with the Cougars will also be live at the above linked website. To access the stream, you will need a flash player and on the website home page, click at top right the “Watch the Game” button, then a second screen will open – at the top menu bar at right will say “Facility” and you want to open that menu up and scroll down to “Billy Hebert, Stockton, Ca” to access the contest. It is free to view but there is no announcers or stats available.

Now to basketball.

UPS ladies rally to escape with win, move to conference tourney final: It was a comeback to remember last night for the University of Puget Sound women’s hoops squad, as they fought back hard in the fourth quarter to escape an upset bid from visiting Lewis & Clark and move into tomorrow night’s conference title game.

UPS rallied for the 61-58 win over the Pioneers, outscoring the visitors from Oregon 24-10 in the final frame to secure the victory at home in Tacoma and move one step closer to the NCAA Division III tournament. Sophomore Elizabeth Prewitt, she of Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, scored four points and added three rebounds for the Loggers, who moved to 25-1 overall with the win.

UPS hosts Whitman tomorrow night at 7:00 in the title game in Tacoma, with the winner moving on to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Taylor’s solid performance helps Carroll-MT men grab share of conference regular-season crown: Duvall’s Zach Taylor pocketed 17 points last night, helping the Carroll College-MT men sink Montana Tech 72-54 in Butte, MT, and earn a share of the Frontier Conference (NAIA) regular-season crown. The Saints can lock the entire thing up for themselves tomorrow with a win over Lewis-Clark State or losses by league rival Montana Western in either of their final two games, the first of which is tonight at Montana State-Northern.

Taylor, a senior and 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad, hit all three of his three-point attempts as part of a 5-11 effort from the floor. He also was perfect from the foul line (four of four attempts) and added seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in helping Carroll to a 14-3 conference mark, 24-5 overall, and 1 ½ games ahead of Montana Western in top spot in the league standings.

Taylor’s efforts are not going unnoticed nationally; he is among the best players nationally in the NAIA in three-point shooting, and as a result, he’ll be competing in the NAIA’s three-point shooting contest to be held March 18 during national tournament games in Kansas City.

We wish him luck there and the rest of this season as Carroll aims to be one of those national tournament participants.

MSHS grad’s college career ends: California Lutheran University’s women’s basketball season came to a close last night in heartbreaking fashion, and with it came the end of a Valleyite’s college hoops career.

The Regals fell 66-64 to Chapman in the semifinals of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament (NCAA Division III) in Orange, CA, ending the season at a solid 16-10. Senior Katy Lindor started what turned out to be her final collegiate game, and finished with five points and six rebounds in 27 minutes of work. The 2013 Mount Si HS alum from Snoqualmie was 2-5 from the floor, with one three-pointer, as she finishes her college career averaging two points a contest this season in 26 games played.

Also:

Cross Country
Second MSHS grad recognized for success in class and on the course: Western Washington University junior Maddy Hutchison, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was recognized recently by the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches’ Association, as the Viking women’s cross country athlete was named to the organization’s NCAA Division II Women’s All-Academic Team. To earn this honor, Hutchison needed to attain a 3.25 or better GPA in academic studies at the Bellingham campus plus be among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at the NCAA regionals last fall; she finished 80th in that race, in Billings, MT. Hutchison was one of only two athletes from the Viking women’s team to be given this recognition.

Hutchison is the second former Wildcat to be given this distinction; we previously mentioned Whitworth University junior Bailey Scott, from North Bend and like Hutchison a 2014 MSHS alum, received recognition on the USTFCCA’s NCAA Division III women’s all-academic list.

Congratulations to Hutchison on her recognition.

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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