Season-ending volleyball tournament finishes, with Mount Si player and her club teammates celebrating a title, plus news from baseball as we start a short week……

Good Tuesday morning. The girls’ club volleyball season has wrapped up now for most teams locally, but it didn’t come without a late flourish for a few of them yesterday in playoff action at the Emerald City Classic. Here’s a full wrapup on how things went.

16U: We start with the 16U’s and a local player and her teammates are celebrating a tournament championship. That would be Mount Si High School’s Harper Click and her Sudden Impact Thunder squad, as the Bellevue-based club won the age group’s “Open” division title, beating 31 other teams for that crown. Thunder went 8-1 on the weekend, with their title clinching win coming late yesterday over the Athena team from Oregon, who Sudden Impact suffered its lone loss of the event to on Sunday. We offer our congrats.

In other 16 Open action, Kent-based KJ, with MSHS’ Hayley West, finished fifth in the division despite going just 3-4 on the weekend, while Mercer Island-based Island Thunder, Sudden Impact’s Tornado, and Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors 16’s Under Armour Blue, featuring Wildcats Bellah Gogan, Karlie Stewart (ITVC), Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell (SI Tornado), Kam Smith and Annaliese Jensen (both NWJ), all finished further back after all finished with records under .500 on the weekend.

There was a local player competing in the age group’s Club division as well. NWJ’s 15’s Under Armour White, with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston, finished 27th of 32 teams in that division after splitting its playoff matches yesterday and going 2-7 on the weekend.

18U: Five teams with players who have ties to Mount Si’s program competed in this age group’s Open division. The top finisher from that fivesome was Sumner-based Lake Tapps 17’s. This team, with ex-Wildcat Tati Utley, finished 6-3 on the weekend and was runner-up in their playoff bracket, resulting in a 10th place finish. Among the teams they beat in the playoffs yesterday was another team with another former Wildcat, the Sudden Impact Storm. Storm, with ex-‘Cat Patience O’Neal, ended the weekend 4-3 and in a tie for 13th overall after that loss to LT.

Tying the Storm in that 13th place position was Sudden Impact sister club Tsunami; the 18’s team, with MSHS senior Courteney Carr, also finished 4-3 on the weekend. Further back in the field were KJ’s 17’s, with Wildcats Lillian Bachand and Jessica Hanners, and the Island Thunder 18’s, with MSHS senior Emma Anderson. KJ took 25th despite going 7-2 on the weekend and winning their playoff bracket, and IT went 3-5 on the weekend splitting their playoff games yesterday.

Cedarcrest’s Kam Leslie and her Bellevue-based High Velocity 18’s competed in the age group’s Club division, and did well, going 5-2 and finishing in a tie for fifth out of the 32 teams entered in that division.

15U: The lone 15U team with a Valley rep did well in the tournament despite their run ending sooner than it appeared it would yesterday. KJ’s 15’s, with Mount Si’s Victoria BearBow, stormed through Saturday and Sunday action en route to a 6-0 record and it seemed their train would end with a 15 Open title. But the Dakine Sports club from the south Sound beat KJ in the first round of the championship playoffs yesterday, ending KJ’s tournament with a fifth-place finish. Still, though, a 6-1 record is nothing to slouch at, and we offer a shout out to them as well this morning.

All of the teams mentioned played a Northwest-based field, with teams from all over Washington and Oregon competing in this weekend’s events.

As we noted in our preview last week, many of the area teams’ seasons came to an end with this weekend’s tournament, but a few teams, such as the Storm, still have one more tournament. Storm will be competing at the end of next month in the USA Volleyball Nationals in the U17 “American” division. That tournament starts June 30 and finishes July 3 in Minneapolis. There are also postseason events going on in Phoenix and southern California.

We also have some baseball this morning, after our jump. Scores and stats from these youth games come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. Athlete of the Week on deck on this Tuesday for you.

Youth baseball scores
Chaffey 18U 11, Lakeside Recovery 1: Edmonds-based Chaffey rolled to the win at Issaquah High School backed by a strong 4 2/3 innings on the mound from starting pitcher Aaron Davenport. The Cedarcrest High School junior allowed a run on three hits, walking three and striking out seven, getting the win.

Northwest Naturals 13U Navy 14, Northwest Naturals 13U Green 5: The two Sammamish-based clubs squared off in the Art Wright semis yesterday with Valleyites aiding the efforts for the NWN Green. Matthew Wieting was 2-2 with a run scored, Dawson Schneider was 1-3 with a run scored and RBI, and Hayden Weaver was 0-1 with a walk and run scored. All three boys are local middle-schoolers who will be in a couple of years playing for Mount Si High School’s baseball program.

Kent Bulldogs Red 5, Northwest Naturals 14U 1: The Kent team took care of the Sammamish-based NWN on Mercer Island despite a 1-3 effort with an RBI from Nat and future MSHS freshman Cole Norah.

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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