MSHS football intrasquad clash ends in tie, plus news from the Boeing Classic, soccer and volleyball on this Saturday

Good Saturday morning.

Mount Si High School’s football program hosted its annual Scarlet and Gray intersquad scrimmage last night at Mount Si’s stadium in Snoqualmie. A good-sized crowd gathered to see the present and future stars of Wildcat football provide the community with their first look at what can be expected this coming season.

The Scarlet and Gray teams battled to a dramatic 15-15 tie, with the tying touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion being scored by the Gray team on the last plays of the game. Wildcat coach Charlie Kinnune was pleased. “Our goal is always to compete and perform under competitive situations and stay healthy and we think we did a pretty good job with that,” the coach, who will be entering his 26th season as Mount Si’s head man, said.

Expected to be the starting quarterback for the Wildcats this season is junior Cale Millen. He was responsible for both of the Scarlet touchdowns, first on a seven-yard run, the second also a run, but from 12 yards out. On that second touchdown, though, Mount Si also converted a two-point conversion attempt, with kicker Reed Paradissis walking into the end zone untouched with one of his predecessors, Mount Si grad and former kicker, Cameron Van Winkle, watching. “The ball just wound up in my hands and I was like ‘I guess I’ve got to run it’ so I did and it worked out,” Paradissis said.

George Strunk, listed as the second quarterback on the roster this season, was responsible for both Gray scores, with touchdown passes to Andrew Mostofi in the first half followed by Conor Holt on that previously mentioned last-second score. Strunk, a sophomore, could see action this fall for Mount Si should Millen miss any time under center.

Millen was also pleased to get things started. “We’re just excited to get out there and start playing, put the pads on,” he said.

The events last night started with a pair of mini-games featuring the team’s freshman and sophomore players, then the Scarlet and Gray contest, which consisted of two 20-minute halves which ran in a continuous clock format with no stoppages.

Kinnune summed it up. “These scrimmages, we never quite have the scoring we want. It’s never really what you want, but what a great community event. There must have been 1,000 people out here tonight,” he said. And it certainly looked that way, with the covered grandstand being nearly full and plenty of fans watching it from the sidelines as well.

Mount Si opens the season next Friday at Skyline; game time is 7:00 p.m. at Skyline High School in Sammamish.

Alums in attendance: Van Winkle was among a few former Wildcat players who attended last night’s contest. Van Winkle, fresh off graduating from the University of Washington, where he was the Huskies’ kicker the past four seasons, helping them make it to the national championship semifinals last season, was not drafted by an NFL team this spring and has instead decided to take his talents into another pretty solid career field – selling houses.

Van Winkle is an agent for Windemere Real Estate, out of an office in Bellevue, and is currently specializing in home sales in the Valley. Local residents who may either be contemplating selling their house or folks who might be interested in purchasing a residence locally can contact Van Winkle and he would be very happy to assist you with that. With housing prices as you all know going through the roof around here, having an agent who understands your community could be especially important in helping you make that transaction. Van Winkle can be contacted at his office, Team Pavone Properties, at (425) 577-9115.

Also seen last night at the game were former running back Matt Bankston and quarterback Harrison D’Anna, both of whom graduated around the same time Van Winkle did a few years ago.

Other news now:

College soccer
Idaho 1, Boise State 1: In the Idaho home opener – and the first NCAA women’s soccer game ever to be played indoors – at the Kibbie Dome on the Idaho campus in Moscow, the Vandals scored with less than a second left in regulation to force overtime and escape with a draw against their in-state rival Broncos last night. Junior defender Claire Johnson started and worked the first 100 minutes of the contest with one shot recorded, not on goal, before the Snoqualmie product, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was assessed a yellow and a red card by officials after a foul, resulting in her ejection from the contest.

Volleyball
Santa Clara def. American 25-22, 24-26, 15-25, 25-23, 18-16: The Broncos opened their season last night in Washington, DC, defeating American in a tight come-from-behind result in the opening match of the season-opening D.C. Volleyball Challenge with the help of Valley redshirt sophomore Anna McCreadie. McCreadie, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, paced SC with five kills, three blocks and two digs.

Northwest U. def. Bellevue (NE) 25-19, 25-14, 25-19: The Eagles easily handled the Nebraska foe in the nightcap of last night’s action at a tournament in Butte, MT. Freshman Courteney Carr, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS alum, aided NWU with a kill, block, six digs and 15 assists. Northwest also beat Montana Western at the Big Sky Challenge event yesterday, but Carr did not play in that contest.

Golf
Boeing Classic once again looking like it will be a close one: The history of the PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic golf tournament, being held this weekend at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course in Snoqualmie, has been one of close competition, and down-to-the-wire finishes. It’s looking that way again after the first round yesterday.

Tour pros Jerry Kelly and David McKenzie both fired rounds of 65, seven-under par on the par-72 layout, to head into today’s second round tied for the lead, one shot ahead of fellow pros Duffy Waldorf and Marco Dawson. Several others are also currently within striking distance, among them Rocco Mediate, Vijay Singh and Stephen Ames.

Local favorite Fred Couples fired an even-par 72 on his first round.

The lead group goes out today at noon off the first tee, while the three-man group featuring Couples will head out at 10:20 this morning from the 10th tee. The Golf Channel will have coverage starting today at 3:00 p.m. live from the Ridge, and that channel is available on Comcast, Dish and DirecTV locally in the Valley.

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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