Mount Si gymnastics falls in close regular-season finale, plus our Athletes of the Week for 1-31

Good Monday morning. We have our weekend wrap, from gymnastics, then it’s our Athletes of the Week as we head to the hardwood for our girls’ selections.

Mount Si High School’s gymnastics team closed out its season on a down note this past Saturday, falling narrowly to Bothell without their top athlete.

The Wildcats, missing star Sidney Aspinall, took the 159.9-159.25 loss to the Cougars. However, all was not lost for Mount Si, as they finished one-two in the all around. Anna Steenvoorde won that competition, scoring 33.1 and ekeing out teammate Tylor Zwifelhofer, whose score of 33.0 earned hr second place. Zwiefelhofer’s headline event was floor, where she scored 9.3 to win that event (Steenvoorde tied for third scoring 8.8). She also won the vault, scoring 8.55 and beating out a second-place tie of Wildcat teammate Sarah Christopherson and Bothell’s Katie Kaleta, both of whom scored 8.45.

Steenvoorde’s headliner was on bars, where her 8.5 won her that event; Mount Si teammate Morgan Lowell finished second, scoring 8.0.

The difference was in the beam, where the Cougars took a top-three sweep anchored by an 8.2 from Sarah Nishimura. Zwifelhofer and Christopherson tied for fourth, both scoring 7.75, to lead the Wildcats in that event.

Both teams advance to the Kingco 4A postseason meet this Saturday at Mercer Island High School.

Now to our AotW’s.

MOUNT SI – Sophomore Nitika Kumar gets our nod this week, on the strength of a 15-point performance for Mount Si in their 56-51 loss to North Creek on Friday which knocked them out of the postseason hunt. Kumar, who is leading the team in scoring averaging 12 points a game, and her teammates wrap up their season this week, Wednesday at Skyline then Friday at home against Issaquah for Senior Night.

CEDARCREST – Senior Sydney Turner scored her season-high point total on Friday – eight points – and she earns our nod this week. Turner’s averaging just three points a game this season, but she hit a couple of key three-pointers that helped the Red Wolves put away King’s at home and likely seal up a first-round playoff bye. CHS hosts Sultan tomorrow to close out the regular season and sits in a solid fourth overall in the Northwest RPI rankings, with a new set of those likely to come today, which should only enhance their strong playoff position.

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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