Athletes of the Week for 9-13

Time now for our first girls’ Athlete of the Week for the fall.

CEDARCREST – To cross country and we recognize a pair of their top girls’ runners this week. Elsie Dombek and Kelly Hall teamed with three of their top boys’ teammates to record the best-ever finish by a Cedarcrest five-athlete relay team in school history at the Tahoma Invitational this past Saturday in Maple Valley. The squad, dubbed the “A-Team”, finished in second overall, clocking just over one hour for the 15,000 meter course that ran around Lake Wilderness Park, including in the lake itself. This bested the previous best finish of fourth place, set four years ago by a five-person team that included former Red Wolves girls runners Diana Carr and Olivia Waterman, both of whom following their graduations from CHS ran in college. Dombek and Hall were the top two Red Wolve girls individually in their specific portions of the race, with each finishing their respective 3,000 meter section in under 15 minutes. The Red Wolves this weekend are scheduled to race in Yakima at the Apple Ridge Invite, depending on whether the air quality is good enough for that to occur.

MOUNT SI – Volleyball, and instead of varsity this week, we head down to the “C”-team for this nod. It’s an all-freshman group this fall, and one of the big things that these girls will need to have in order to succeed is plenty of confidence in their abilities. Part of that, we believe, is providing recognition for tremendous efforts regardless of the outcome of the match. And that’s what we are doing right now for Natalie Morse. She recorded 30 digs – yes, 30 digs – in the Wildcats’ three-set home loss Thursday to Marysville-Pilchuck. For those who don’t know what that is, a dig is recorded when a player dives to the ground or close to it to prevent the ball from hitting the floor and keep the play alive, perhaps giving their team a chance to win a point. It’s a tremendous testament to a player’s defensive and athletic abilities to be able to have as many digs as Morse had in this contest, so we recognize her for her all-out efforts to help her team succeed. Granted, Mount Si is 0-2 now to start the season (they also fell to North Creek last Tuesday in the season opener), but efforts like Morse’s demonstrate that these girls, with continued hard work and dedication, will get into that win column, and that may happen as soon as tomorrow, with a match against Shorewood on their floor up north in Shoreline.

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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