Athletes of the Week for 5-31

Time now for our final edition of the 2016-17 school year of our Athletes of the Week. Those of you who have seen our segment most every week since the start of school last fall know that we have recognized athletes from both boys’ and girls’ sports at both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools, and have worked hard to provide as equal a representation for all teams at both schools. So it is with that that we close out the year with boys’ and girls’ selections from both schools. We’ll have our Athletes of the Year next week.

MOUNT SI BOYS – Track and field is where we wrap up the year. Distance runner Joe Waskom recorded the best finish by any Mount Si athlete at this year’s state 4A track and field meet, taking second on Saturday in the boys’ 3200m and helping the Wildcats pocket eight of their total 13 team points, which helped them finish 21st overall in the state boys’ competition. His time of nine minutes, 24.12 seconds was eight seconds behind the winner of the race, Jackson’s Matt Watkins. The sophomore will be back next school year, seeking to win it all in this event and also on the cross country circuit, where he will be viewed as a contender for that title as well.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Joe’s older sister Hannah Waskom closed out her high school career on a strong note as well on Saturday, taking fourth in the girls’ 3200m 4A event and pocketing what turned out to be the Wildcat girls’ lone team points in the meet. Mount Si’s ladies finished with five total points, good for a tie for 31st in the race. Her time was 10:56.87, and that was 12 seconds behind winner Taylor Roe from Lake Stevens. Hannah will be graduating in a couple of weeks and will be running this fall for the University of Washington.

CEDARCREST BOYS – We erroneously identified one of the Van Valkenburg brothers in last week’s boys Athlete of the Week. We mentioned Steven Van Valkenburg as a distance runner; it’s actually his brother Grant (Steven is actually a golfer and had been previously recognized this spring in this segment), so both Van Valkenburg boys have now earned recognition this spring. And with that housekeeping out of the way – apologies to the Van Valkenburg’s, by the way – we recognize Grant’s distance teammate this week, Ian Fay. The senior finished seventh last Friday in the boys’ 2A 1600m race, helping his Red Wolves boys pocket 19 total team points which was good for a top-20 finish in the team standings at the state meet. Fay clocked 4:20.75, just a hair behind his CHS teammate Grant Van Valkenburg and about four seconds behind winner Brigham Cardon from Selah.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – This season’s 23-3 campaign had many players step up and provide significant contributions, but one senior who will be taking her talents to the next level played an especially important role. Senior Maddie Nixon was the starting shortstop for the team, and this past Friday, in the Red Wolves’ heartbreaking 8-7 loss to White River in the opening round of the state 2A tournament in Selah, she hit a huge bases-clearing double in the seventh that helped tie the game at 7-7 after Cedarcrest had been trailing since the first inning of the contest.

Nixon, who finished 3-5 in that game with a perfect 1.000 on-base percentage, will be headed to the University of North Dakota this fall to play NCAA Division I softball and will be studying athletic training, joining a growing list of athletes from both CHS and MSHS that have, or are, seeking degrees in that field, a testament to the strong athletic training programs at both schools. Nixon, who had a strong season in 2017 – hitting almost .500 with three homers and 24 RBI’s – will be busy this summer – this weekend, she will be traveling to Georgia with her local select team to compete in a qualifier for the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national tournament later this summer.

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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