The college sports season kicks off with a big accomplishment for CHS alum on pitch, plus news from the diamond on this Saturday

Good Saturday morning. We are back fully from our brief hiatus this morning starting it with our kickoff for college sports coverage for the 2017-18 school year.

A number of Valleyites are set to take the field this fall for colleges from NCAA Division I down to the NAIA in football, soccer, golf, cross country, volleyball and more, and while the season for most won’t really get going until the end of the month, some squads are getting an early start. And that was the case for two NCAA Division I women’s soccer teams, both with Valley athletes.

Utah State kicked it off yesterday afternoon, and it proved to be a special opener for one Maggie Richey. Richey, a sophomore with USU this fall, recorded her first collegiate shutout as a goalkeeper, recording three first-half saves for the Aggies as they blanked Southern Utah 4-0 in an exhibition matchup at home in Logan, UT. Richey, a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall and the daughter of former Mount Si High School girls’ basketball coach Bob Richey, is one of four goalkeepers competing for the starting slot this season for the Mountain West team, and her performance will certainly be a help to her case for that top job this fall for USU. Their next game is next Friday.

Last night, we were hoping to see North Bend’s Natalie Weidenbach make her college debut for the Texas women in their nationally-televised exhibition clash at home in Austin, TX, with visiting Incarnate Word from San Antonio. The Longhorn freshman defender, a 2017 MSHS alum, did not play, however, so her debut will have to wait another week, as their next game isn’t until next Friday, either. Texas did win, however, with a pair of late goals for a 2-0 shutout victory.

We are still working to finalize rosters and schedules for the upcoming season, so if your son or daughter will be playing college sports this fall and they are a graduate of Mount Si or Cedarcrest High Schools, or you live locally in the Valley and they went to a private school, we’d like to hear from you. Our email address is, and please send their name, which school they are playing for and which sport they are playing, which high school they graduated from (Mount Si/Cedarcrest/private), along with which year they are (freshman-senior). Also send your contact information if we need to reach you further.

We are especially looking for any of you whose kids attended local private schools to let us know about them. Your editor as well this morning will be at the Festival of Mount Si parade in North Bend, so if you want to stop by and chat, you can do so. We will be positioned across the street from QFC in front of the post office along North Bend Way for the parade.

Also this morning:

Minor League Baseball
Karalus making strides: It has been for the most part a solid last month for North Bend’s Reece Karalus, and that continued last night for the pitcher, competing for the Florida State League’s Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Karalus, a 2012 Mount Si HS grad, worked two perfect innings of relief, with one strikeout, and earned his second “hold” of the season, helping the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated class “advanced A” team score a 6-1 road win over the Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated Bradenton Marauders in Bradenton, FL. Karalaus’ earned run average improved to a season-best 3.68, and he’s 3-0 on the season. For those unaware, the “hold” occurs when a relief pitcher comes into a game with his team holding a three run or less lead and is able to maintain that, which was the case for the Valleyite.

Karalus is in his third pro season, having been drafted by Tampa in the 2015 MLB draft from college at Santa Clara University in California.

Fall City’s Buhner makes appearance for Phillies rookies: 2013 Mount Si HS grad Gunnar Buhner, from Fall City, made another pinch-running appearance for the Philadelphia Phillies’ Gulf Coast League rookie team yesterday. It happened in the eighth inning and he did not score a run as the Phillies fell to a Detroit Tigers rookie club 9-8 at home in Clearwater, FL. Philadelphia signed Buhner after he went undrafted in June following his senior season at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

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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