MSHS senior football players recognized by national organization, plus a weekend wrap on this Monday…..

Good Monday morning. Spring sports starts today at both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools, and we’ll work to prepare some previews for the upcoming season here at the SVSJ in the coming days. But we have some news to share this morning, and we start on the gridiron, where Mount Si High School football players were recognized yesterday at a local function.

Mount Si High School senior football players Max Bonda and Jack Weidenbach were recognized for their work on the field and in the classroom yesterday by the Seattle-area chapter of the National Football Foundation at their annual function in Seattle. Pictured L-R: MSHS assistant coach Steve Botulinski, Weidenbach, Bonda and Wildcat head coach Charlie Kinnune. (Photo courtesy Charlie Kinnune)

The National Football Foundation’s Seattle-area chapter held its annual brunch yesterday at CenturyLink Field in Seatle, and this is an event that sees MSHS players get recognition most every year, and this year was no exception. Senior running back Max Bonda and linebacker Jack Weidenbach each earned the foundation’s kudos yesterday for their efforts on the field and in the classroom. MSHS football coach Charlie Kinnune tells the SVSJ that Weidenbach was also named a finalist for an award from the foundation that, had he won, would have netted him a $5,000 scholarship. Weidenbach was one of eight players from around the area nominated for that award, which he unfortunately did not win. But, still, it was a special moment for the MSHS program, as Weidenbach being a finalist for that award was only the second time in Wildcat program history under Kinnune in his 25 seasons at the helm of Mount Si football – and the first since 2003 – that a Wildcat player was in the final running for this scholarship.

Weidenbach has signed with Central Washington University and will be playing football for them, while Bonda is expected to be playing collegiately close to home in Pennsylvania.

The SVSJ offers its congratulations to both Mount Si High School seniors on their recognition.

Now other news on this Monday:

Baseball
Boyce wins college debut: Freshman Jimmy Boyce, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, won his college pitching debut for Edmonds Community College yesterday, as the Tritons won a doubleheader with visiting Centralia.

Boyce pitched six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits, walking four and striking out three, as Edmonds won the first of the two games 11-3. Edmonds also won the nightcap 8-3, sweeping the twinbill.

Boyce in his contest faced a pair of fellow former Wildcats on the Centralia team – sophomores Wyatt Baker and Drew Cotto. Both players are from North Bend and 2015 MSHS alums. Baker was 0-3 with an RBI, while Cotto was 0-1. Baker also played in the nightcap for the Blazers, and went 0-4.

Softball
Valleyite sees action in college twinbill: The softball ladies from Lynchburg College played two yesterday at home in Lynchburg, VA, with local rival Mary Washington College, and split the pair, with a Valleyite seeing playing time in both games for the Hornets.

Lynchburg fell in the opener 3-2 but took the nightcap 13-3 to move to 6-2 on the season. Senior Lauren Smith played in the outfield in both games for the Hornets; the 2013 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie was 0-3 in the opener, but 1-3 with a run and RBI in the nightcap. Defensively, she recorded a putout in the opener, but no stats of note on that front in the second game.

LC has two at home Thursday with Averett College. There is scheduled to be a live webcast of those games; if we are able to get that for you, we’ll have it here.

Hockey
Gross scores pair of goals, but Seattle is swept in three-game weekend set: Mount Si High School senior Cam Gross led his junior hockey team, the Seattle Totems, with two goals in yesterday’s game against Lake Tahoe, but the host Icemen had the last laugh, picking up another win to record a weekend three-game sweep.

Lake Tahoe won the Western States Hockey League contest in South Lake Tahoe, CA, 9-5, keeping Seattle entrenched in last place in the WSHL’s Northwest Division. Gross scored his first goal in the first period to open the scoring in the penalty-filled game for Seattle (there were a total of almost 40 penalties issued, including two fights). Teammates Michael Norris and Michael Shippee assisted Gross on that first goal, and fellow Totems Nurbek Baltayev and Robert Skinner assisted the Valley player on his second tally, which came early in the third period.

The two goals were Gross’ 20th and 21st on the season, keeping him in the team lead for goals on the season.

Seattle returns home to close out the season in two weeks, with four games in four nights from March 9-12 to close out the 2016-17 campaign at Olympic View Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace.

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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