From golf and volleyball……

From the links, it was a busy day yesterday on the Washington Junior Golf Association front, as Valley golfers competed in three separate district qualifying events, one right here at home in our community.

That District 2 event was at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City, and Cedarcrest High School’s Casey Spurr punched her ticket to this summer’s district tournament with a solid finish in the girls’ 16-18 age group. Spurr carded an 81 on the par-71 layout and finished in a tie for fourth in the division, earning her that berth. Also doing well on the girls’ side was Snoqualmie’s Kasey Maralack; the sister of MSHS grad Caitlin Maralack also fired an 81 and finished tied for fourth in her girls’ 12-13 age division. Kasey earned a berth to the district tournament on Monday with a solid performance in the district’s first qualifier, in Seattle.

On the boys’ side, Mount Si’s Cooper Neil finished in a tie for sixth in the 14-15 age group firing a two-over 73, and MSHS alum Jordan Lau carded a 74 and missed earning a trip to districts in the 16-18 division by one shot.

Meanwhile, up north at Camaloch Golf Course on Camano Island, Snoqualmie’s Charlie Gaffney fired a 48 over nine holes to earn a spot to the district 1 postseason tournament later this summer. He is competing in the boys’ 8-11 age group, which only contests nine holes in their matches.

And down south in Spanaway, the Warford brothers both posted solid wins in their age groups at the district 6 event at Brookdale Golf Club. Drew, a Mount Si HS student, carded a 70 to win the 14-15 division, and younger brother Hogan fired a 76 to take the 12-13 age division. Both Warford’s earned a trip to their district tournament with solid efforts at their first qualifier on Monday.

Districts 1 and 2 have tournaments next week, and District 6 will not have another event until July 10.

Volleyball: Kent team with MSHS player scores strong finish at nationals
A Valley volleyball player and her team can call themselves one of the best in the country after their strong finish yesterday in their national tournament.

The Kent-based Kent Juniors 15’s won the Silver division at the USA Volleyball Nationals’ 15 “Patriot” division tournament last night in Minneapolis, and with that, the local team, featuring Mount Si High School’s Victoria BearBow, took ninth overall out of 72 teams from around the country that competed in the event this week. To win the title, KJ beat two California squads.

A second area team, the Maple Valley-based Boost, featuring BearBow’s Wildcat teammate Chloe Stewart, finished tied for 41st after falling in their first playoff match yesterday.

Play has now wrapped up for those two teams, with other teams from our region with local players expected to start later today.

Bellevue team with CHS player starts strong in SoCal: The High Velocity 18’s, from Bellevue and which feature Cedarcrest High School grad Kam Leslie, had a stellar start last night at the Summer Soiree tournament in Anaheim, winning their opening three matches, all in two-set sweeps. HV beat teams from California, Oregon and Hawaii, and will meet California teams again today in their second day of play. That tournament, at the Anaheim Convention Center, continues through the weekend.

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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