Saturday college wrap

Good Sunday morning. We’ll begin our winter sports preview series this morning with a look at Mount Si High School gymnastics. First, though, is our Saturday wrapup from the colleges.

Football
Central Washington 42, Humboldt State 28: The Wildcats blasted out to a 35-7 lead at halftime and held on in the second half to beat the ‘Jacks down in Arcata, CA, and finish the regular season undefeated at 11-0, ensuring they will be in the NCAA Division II national playoffs. The announcement of who they will play in their opening game comes later today. Sophomore Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, saw action in the contest for Central, with no stats of note.

Western Oregon 24, Simon Fraser 21: The Wolves fended off a late charge from the winless Clan to close out the season strong on Senior Day in Monmouth, OR. Among the seniors honored for their four years in the WOU program was Snoqualmie’s Brad Christensen. The 2014 MSHS grad, as he has done the past three seasons, suited up and started at right tackle for the Wolves, who finished the season 3-8.

Weber State 63, Portland State 17: Weber ran away with this one early down in Portland, running the Vikings’ senior day. Among the seniors honored for their efforts in the PSU program was one Trent Riley, and the Valleyite delivered on his special day, catching six passes for 93 yards and a second-half touchdown. The 2013 Mount Si HS grad, from North Bend, scored his touchdown on a 30-yard reception of a pass from QB Davis Alexander. Riley will play his final college game this coming Saturday over on the red turf in Cheney against Eastern Washington, a game you can see on Root Sports beginning at 3:00 p.m. after the conclusion of their Montana-Montana State game coverage.

Nevada 59, San Jose State 14: The Wolfpack rolled over the visiting Spartans in Reno, aided by the efforts of Valley senior Jimbo Davis. Davis, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, recorded three tackles, two of them solos, pacing the Nevada side.

St. John’s-MN 10, Concordia-MN 3: In a battle for a possible trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs, the hosts won the defensive battle in St. John’s, MN. Among the leaders on defense for the Cobbers was North Bend’s Andrew Thompson. The junior, a 2015 MSHS grad, had 10 tackles, three solos, as Concordia dropped to 8-2 and saw their chances of a trip to the national playoffs diminished significantly. An announcement on their fate comes later today.

Northern Arizona 37, Montana State 36: The Lumberjacks held off an upset bid by the Bobcats when Montana State failed to convert a two-point conversion attempt after a touchdown with 32 seconds left, as NAU kept its postseason hopes alive with the win at home in Flagstaff, AZ. Junior Alex Neale, from Duvall and a graduate of Eastside Catholic School, started at center once again for the Bobcats, who dropped to 4-6 in advance of the “Call of the Wild” in-state rivalry clash with Montana this coming weekend. The game is at 11am on Root Sports Saturday.

Eastern Washington 21, North Dakota 14: The Eagles scored all of their points in the first half and held on for the road win in Grand Forks, ND, over the Hawks. Sophomore Chris Schlicting, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started at right tackle as is his custom for the Eagles in the contest. EWU hosts Portland State this weekend.

Soccer
White’s 10th leads Western women into next round of NCAA’s: North Bend junior Karli White scored her 10th goal of the season, and the efforts of the 2015 Mount Si High School grad lifted Western Washington’s women to a 2-0 win over California’s Sonoma State in the subregional final of the NCAA Division II women’s tournament in Bellingham. White’s tally came in the 65th minute off a feed from Darby Doyle, as the Valleyite fired a laser to the upper part of the goal past Sonoma goalie Kristen Spear. White had six shots in 54 minutes of work, with the goal being one of three shots on goal in the contest. WWU meets the winner of the San Diego subregional between UC San Diego and Concordia-Portland next; those two teams meet this afternoon at 2:00.

Basketball
Fowler’s 13 not enough for Northwest ladies in loss: Senior Kalee Fowler scored 13 points to lead the Northwest U. ladies, but a slow start proved to be costly as they fell for the third straight night in Big Sky Country.

The Eagles suffered a 77-48 loss to Montana State Northern on neutral soil in Great Falls, MT, last night. Fowler, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 5-11 from the floor with three three-pointers, and also had six rebounds and five assists leading the team in those categories as well.

Northwest drops to 1-4 and is at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, ID, this coming Saturday to complete their road swing through the northern Rockies.

Volleyball
St. Martin’s swept by Western: The Vikings rolled into Lacey last night and left with a three-set 25-10, 25-17, 28-26 sweep of the Saints in the final home game of the season for St. Martin’s. Junior Liz Larson, of Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, had three kills and two blocks to pace the Saints.

Cross Country
Scott’s top-20 helps deliver Whitworth ladies a trip to nationals: North Bend’s Bailey Scott will have one final college run, as her top-20 finish aided Whitworth University’s women to a second-place finish at the NCAA Division III West regionals down in Pomona, CA, yesterday.

Scott, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad and Buc senior, clocked 22 minutes, 42.42 seconds on the course at Pomona College, and finished 20th overall in the race. The second-place team finish earned Whitworth a trip to the nationals in Illinois this coming Saturday.

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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