More news on this Monday, from the links and the diamond

We have a couple of other news items for you on this Monday.

We start with some golf, and a large number of Washington state’s top youth golfers, including a five-player delegation representing the Valley, are in the Tri-Cities today getting ready for the Washington Junior Golf Association’s state tournament, which starts tomorrow and finishes on Thursday.

The local contingent is led by Mount Si High School boys’ golf athlete Drew Warford, and also includes his brother Hogan, along with fellow Snoqualmie youngsters Cooper Neil, Kasey Maralack and Buddy Dann.

All five golfers will tee off for their first rounds before 9:00am tomorrow, with Maralack, Dann and Drew Warford making up the local contingent at Columbia Point Golf Course, and Neil and Hogan Warford comprising the Valley group at Meadow Springs Golf Course. Both courses are in Richland. A third course – the Black Rock Golf Course in Sunnyside – is also being used this week, but none of the local competitors are scheduled for action there.

Competitors in age groups ranging from 8-17, both boys and girls, will be in attendance at the tournaments. To reach the state event the five locals all had to qualify for district tournaments, then do well at those events to earn their berths to state.

We’ll keep you apprised on how things go there.

Local team, despite efforts of Mount Si player, falls in opening game at USA Softball nationals: The Northwest Batbusters 16U Brooks team opened play at this week’s USA Softball 16U national tournament in Normal, IL, earlier today with a 5-1 loss to the Illinois Stars, from suburban Chicago. Mount Si High School’s Molly Wilbourne went 1-3 for NWB in the loss, and Cedarcrest High School’s Michaela Carter went 0-1 for the Sammamish-based team in the contest as well. The Batbusters are the lone Puget Sound-area team at this week’s national event, which is slated to run through this weekend at several locations around the central Illinois city, including at Illinois State University.

The players are also being watched closely by a number of college coaches who have made the trek to this week’s tournament. According to tournament organizers, most schools are from the Midwest, but among the Division I programs represented include Rutgers and Nebraska from the Big 10, Ohio University, Bowling Green and Ball State from the Mid-American Conference, and Illinois State from the Missouri Valley Conference.

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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