Weekend wrap, and our final Athletes of the Week for the fall 2017-18 sports season

Good Monday morning. We’ll have our final Fall Sports Athletes of the Week on deck, but we have a few things to get through first for you.

We start with a final postscript on this past Saturday’s WIAA 2A state high school cross country meet. Cedarcrest High School’s boys and girls’ teams were there in Pasco competing, with both earning top-10 team finishes.

However, as we mentioned yesterday, there were some stories, most notably that of senior Grant Van Valkenburg, who finished second in the boys’ race. According to Cedarcrest coach Bruce McDowell, that placing – and Van Valkenburg’s time of 15:26.70 – are both new school records, for highest ever finish and fastest time by a Red Wolve runner at the meet. McDowell also tells the SVSJ that Van Valkenburg, by virtue of his finish, earned a slot at the Nike Border Clash meet down in Portland on November 18.

On the girls’ side, Elsie Dombek, as you know if you saw our item yesterday, finished ninth in the girls’ race, and the sophomore’s performance, reports the coach, was the fourth fastest by a girl in CHS history and she became the 10th Red Wolve girl – and just third sophomore – to make it to the podium and receive a medal.

Another item that McDowell mentioned in his report to us was another one of his girls made a little history as well for the Red Wolve program. Freshman Aryia Farnworth ran her first state 2A race, and finished well back, in 127th place. That, however, wasn’t the story; the significance of Farnworth competing is that she became the first Cedarcrest runner in program history to compete at state who has a parent who themselves previously competed at state for CHS’ predecessor Tolt. Farnworth’s dad, Sam, according to McDowell, ran a pair of state meets as a boys’ runner years ago for the Demons. Good stuff.

The coach tells the SVSJ that a number of his top runners will be at the NXN regional meet this weekend in Boise, competing under the “Valley Cross Country” banner as opposed to the school; state rules prevent them from representing Cedarcrest at the meet. Then Van Valkenburg will run the Nike meet next weekend.

Good stuff, and many of these runners will, after these next two weeks of regional meets, continue preps for the upcoming distance track season in the spring.

Also this morning:

College Soccer
Linfield women 3, Whitman 2 (OT): The Wildcats rallied from a 2-0 second half hole with two goals down the stretch to force overtime with the Blues in Walla Walla, then won it with a goal in the first minute of the extra session as Linfield closed out the season at .500 (7-7-2 league, 9-9-2 overall) in the NCAA Division III’s Northwest Conference. Sophomore Sydney Kuehn, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, started for the Wildcats and worked 74 minutes, recording one shot that did not reach goal. Kuehn finishes her first season at Linfield having scored three goals and adding four assists.

Hopes of two Valleyites, teammates to earn national trip likely dashed: Puget Sound’s 2-1 win over Pacific-OR in their season finale yesterday enabled them to finish in a tie for second with Whitworth. However, the overall record of the Loggers (13-4-3) compared to the Bucs (12-6-2), combined with UPS’ 1-0-1 head-to-head record this fall, should give Puget Sound the edge for an at-large NCAA Division III national tournament berth should they be in line for one later this morning, potentially costing Valleyites Leah Corra and Mackenzie Popp, along with their Whitworth teammates, a chance at a national title. And if that’s the case, it will be the end of Corra’s college career, and it was a strong finish in her senior season, as she finished among the conference leaders in goals (eight) and total points (18) for the Bucs. Corra, from Ames Lake, is a 2014 Mount Si HS grad. The selection announcement is at 10am.

Valleyites finish fall rowing seasons on home turf: Washington State and Gonzaga’s women’s rowing teams completed their fall seasons yesterday taking on the UW in the Head of the Lake meet in Seattle. Valleyites competed for both teams in the meet.

Washington State’s collegiate third varsity eight crew, with junior Sara Brevick, from Fall City and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, aboard, won that race, clocking 19:11.12, and the Gonzaga varsity eight, with North Bend freshman Lauren McCallum aboard, finished fourth in that race, with a time of 17:53.29. McCallum, the sister of fellow MSHS alum and former Zag rower Meghan McCallum, graduated from Mount Si back in June.

Rowing will resume in the spring.

Now to our Athletes of the Week on this Monday morning. We wrap up our fall selections with girls. Look for our first winter sports selections probably the first week of December.

MOUNT SI – With girls’ high school sports done for the fall already, and the lone MSHS girls’ competitor this past week, cross country’s Chloe Cosgrove, having already been recognized here this fall, we’re going to take a rare detour to the colleges and recognize 2015 Mount Si alum Karli White. White, a junior women’s soccer player at NCAA Division II Western Washington University, has taken the Vikings, and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, by storm this season, her first with the program after two seasons with NCAA Division I Seattle University. White has eight goals and nine assists, including an assist on a goal in WWU’s GNAC tourney semifinal win over Seattle Pacific last Thursday which helped them into the conference title game back on Saturday, which the Vikings won in overtime to win the tournament and automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament. Her overall efforts this season last week earned her a first-team designation and the conference’s Newcomer of the Year award. WWU will be monitoring the D-II selection announcement later this afternoon to see where they end up in the 48-team field.

CEDARCREST – To the soccer field and we recognize both Brooke Benson and Sarah Hommas this week. The two each had a goal for the Red Wolves last Tuesday in their 2-0 win over Bellingham that earned Cedarcrest a trip to the 2A state playoffs. CHS goes in as the second seed from the Northwest District after falling in the playoff title game last Saturday to Liberty, but CHS looks to be primed for a hopefully deep run at state. They will host R.A. Long from Longview, the third seed from the Southwest District, in the first round tomorrow night at 6:00 at Cedarcrest High School, with a win sending the Red Wolves on the road next weekend, either over the Cascades to Selah or down to Buckley to meet White River.

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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