From the mat to start the new week, and we have our first Athletes of the Week for the winter season

Good Monday morning.

One quick item before we get to our Athletes of the Week.

It’s on the mat, and Mount Si High School girls’ senior wrestler Kinsey Steskal kicked off her season on a strong note Saturday, finishing a tie for third in the 125 lb. weight class at the Emerald Ridge High School girls’ wrestling tournament in Puyallup.

Steskal in her opening match pinned Puyallup’s Annika Trebilcock in 45 seconds, then advanced to the semis with another pin, this over Aberdeen opponent Alexie Darst. Steskal fell in the semis, as she herself was pinned by Bellingham’s Lynette Samano. Steskal ended up in a four-way tie for third, tieing for that spot with Othello’s Rose Gutierrez, Sunnyside’s Riley Gurrero and Marissa Cabalse from the host Emerald Ridge squad.

Mount Si’s squad heads up to Sedro-Woolley this coming weekend for the Spud Walley Invitational.

Now to our athletes of the week, and we start our winter sports selections with the ladies.

CEDARCREST – The lone girls’ sport at CHS during the winter is basketball, so Brad Knowles’ crew is going to get plenty of recognition this season, and we start it by heading to the bench. A very strong effort was put in by Katelynn Smith on Saturday night, helping the Red Wolves beat Bellevue Christian to move to 2-0 on the season. Smith, a junior, scored just seven points, but according to coach Knowles, Smith provided a solid supporting role for her teammates, with a number of assists and other plays which aided Cedarcrest. The Red Wolves host Cedar Park Christian in their home opener tomorrow.

MOUNT SI – With no hoops yet after last Friday’s hastily-canceled season opener, and no gymnastics results from this past Thursday available (we’re working on getting those by the way and we hope to have those later), we’ll hit the mat and recognize Steskal in this segment as well. The Mount Si senior, as noted above, won two matches at the Emerald Ridge girls’ tournament in Puyallup on Saturday and finished in a tie for third in her weight class. Steskal looks to be potentially among the top wrestlers in her weight class this season on the Eastside at the girls’ level, and her continued success is helping to spawn interest in the sport among other girls in the community. That, we think, can be and will be her lasting contribution to the program – helping expand and grow the sport, allowing it to be more inclusive for everyone. Good stuff and we wish Kinsey the best of luck as the season wears on.

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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