Postseason honors for basketball announced, with Cedarcrest High School, its players and coaches, receiving plenty of them, both from league coaches and officials…and a volleyball note as well on this Monday….

League postseason honors have been released for high school boys’ and girls’ basketball, and Cedarcrest High School was recognized in more ways than one.

The Cascade Conference named both Red Wolves basketball coaches – boys’ head man Mark Prince and girls’ head man Brad Knowles – as league boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches of the year, with both coaches leading their respective Cedarcrest High School squads to the Northwest District tournament this season.

Prince was happy to be recognized, but feels his assistants also should share in the honor. “It is an honor anytime your peers (are) recognizing you in this way,” Prince wrote by email to the SVSJ. “I want to be sure (to) recognize and thank my two assistant coaches, Joe Ayers and Justin Guyer, who help push and make me better, (and) appreciate their willingness to put in the time and work to make our program successful.” Knowles also praised his coaching staff and players in helping him win his Coach of the Year recognition. “It’s because of the great kids I get to work with and the help from my assistant coach, Mike Pluschke, they all contributed to make this season special,” he wrote by email to the SVSJ.

Red Wolves senior post Jake Kirschenmann, from the boys’ team, was the lone all-league first-team selection, while three others – fellow senior Cameron Hammontree from the boys and juniors Haley Hill and Elaine Townley from the girls’ team were all named to the all-league second team. In addition, boys’ senior Nathan McBride and girls’ senior Mieke Van Ess earned an honorable mention in the all-league selections, all of which were voted on by league coaches.

Van Ess has also earned a spot in a senior all-star game – this to take place this coming weekend. She has been selected to compete in the Washington State Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association’s all-state game that will be held at Kings’ Schools in Seattle Saturday afternoon. She is only one of 10 seniors from 2A schools around the state that will be participating in the event representing the 2A, who will be competing against a team of 1A seniors. Tip for this contest is at 4:00 p.m.

Knowles is pleased to see state coaches recognize his post player.” It’s great that Mieke is recognized for her great effort this season. It will be a memorable experience for her to play in a venue with so many other talented seniors. I’ll be there to cheer her and her fellow 2A senior teammates on,” he wrote. According to the coach, Van Ess was also individually recognized by the league’s referees association, the Snohomish County Basketball Officials’ Association, with a letter commending her for her sportsmanship on the court during the season. She was not the only CHS basketball figure recognized by league officials.

Prince was also named as the officials’ Boys Coach of the Year and the school received the officials’ association’s award for Host School of the Year. The school was evaluated by the officials’ association for such things as providing adequate facilities for officials to change in and out of uniform and hold pre or post-game meetings, game management (such things as providing water to officials, ensuring secure access to their assigned room at games) and sportsmanship. Prince and the school were presented their awards at an awards banquet this past weekend held by the association, whose officials nominated both the coach and school for the award, with it voted on by the entire association. Prince earned his award for promoting fair play and sportsmanship while showing strong leadership of his team.

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program was also recognized with four players earning All-Kingco 4A recognition. Freshman Jabe Mullins and senior Gavin Gorrell were named to the all-league second team, while senior L.J. Linton and freshman Tyler Patterson both received honorable mentions. The league girls’ list has not yet been announced so we do not know if Mount Si had any players represented. Awards were voted on by league coaches.

The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal offers its congratulations to all of the athletes, coaches, and Cedarcrest High School on their postseason recognition.

Volleyball: Local teams finish play at Colorado tourney
Play has wrapped up for three local girls’ club volleyball teams at the Colorado Crossroads national qualifying tournament in Denver.

Two teams with Mount Si High School players from Kent-based KJ Volleyball ended up with decent finishes, but neither earned national berths.

The 16’s, with Wildcat Hayley West, finished in a tie for 27th in the age level’s “Open” division after posting a 4-3 record. They fell in their lone playoff match yesterday to a Kansas-based team, but during the course of the weekend beat a pair of teams from Florida, another from North Carolina and a fourth from Spokane.

The 17’s, featuring fellow Mount Si’er Lillian Bachand, finished in a tie for 33rd in their age group’s “Open” division, after finishing the weekend 3-4. Their three wins were sandwiched between a pair of two-loss streaks to open and close proceedings. KJ beat teams from Florida, California and New Mexico, but among their losses were a pair to teams from Colorado.

As we reported yesterday, Bellevue-based Sudden Impact 18’s Tsunami, with MSHS senior Courteney Carr, finished in a tie for ninth in their age group’s “USA” division after a strong 6-1 record. They fell early yesterday in their lone playoff match and also did not qualify for nationals.

We’ll have another volleyball report coming up sometime later this week for you here as we preview the big weekend bid tourney for you.

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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