The weekend wrap, and our Athletes of the Week for 2-14

Time now for our weekend wrap and the Athletes of the Week.

Softball: Valley players lead Redmond club team to title at Las Vegas tournament
The Elite Diamonds 14U fastpitch softball team from the Eastside won four games yesterday to take the 14U Silver championship at the Las Vegas Valentine’s Day Blast softball tournament in Nevada. Players from our community helped in a big way as well to get this club their crown. Here are the scores and the highlights.

Elite Diamonds 14U 12, High Desert Vipers 0 (first round): The Redmond-based Diamonds’ two Valley players led the way in the playoff-opening victory over the California-based Vipers. MSHS freshman Jaclyn Huntzinger had the big hit of the day, with that single driving in three runs, and CHS freshman Payton Pluschke doubled, drove in a run and scored another pacing the Diamonds.

Elite Diamonds 14U 4, Boise Blast 2 (quarterfinals): Pluschke was 0-1 with a walk for the Diamonds as they advanced closer to the title by doubling up the team from Idaho. Huntzinger did not see action in the contest, a well-deserved rest after her strong efforts in the opening game.

Elite Diamonds 14U 11, Issaquah Flame Black 4 (semifinal): The two Eastside teams battled for a trip to the finals, with the Diamonds winning behind a 2-2 effort from Huntzinger in which she also scored a run. Pluschke added a run of her own to the victorious efforts.

Elite Diamonds 14U 12, Inland Empire Dynasty 3 (championship): The Valley duo once again delivered helping the Diamonds roll to the title. They scored six times in the final inning to put the game away and clinch the title, and aiding that effort was Pluschke, who went 3-3 with two doubles, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI, and Huntzinger was also busy, with a hit that drove in two runs as well.

A congrats to the team, coached by Pluschke’s father, Cedarcrest High School assistant girls’ basketball coach Mike Pluschke, and we can expect he will be a busy man tonight alongside head coach Brad Knowles as the Red Wolves hoopsters look to make state.

Other news:

Pacific-OR 3, Whitman 1: The Boxers handled the Blues in Whitman’s weekend finale last night in Oregon. Sophomore pitcher Collin Anderson, he of North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, pitched 3 1/3 strong innings of relief, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four for Whitman; he received no decision.

Track and Field
UW Open, Seattle: A pair of Cedarcrest HS grads and a soon-to-graduate Mount Si senior represented the Valley in yesterday’s indoor track and field meet in Seattle.

In the men’s mile, Western Washington freshman Ian Fay took 38th overall – and fourth in his heat – with a time of 5:19.12. On the women’s side, Central Washington’s 4×400 relay unit featuring freshman Madi Shinn, finished ninth overall in that race with a time of 4:40.39. Both former Red Wolves are 2017 CHS grads from Duvall. Also, Mount Si senior Chloe Cosgrove, representing her Speed Unlimited club team, finished 33rd overall – and fourth in her heat – in the women’s mile with a time of 5:19.12.

Fowler’s game-high 24 leads Northwest U. ladies to weekend sweep: Senior Kalee Fowler scored 24 points to lead Northwest U.’s women’s hoopsters to a 73-55 win yesterday afternoon over Walla Walla University, sweeping a pair of games against their conference rivals over in eastern Washington. Fowler, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 10-18 from the floor including four three-pointers, and she also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals pacing the Eagles, who won their 10th game of the season.

Now to our Athletes of the Week. Likely to be our last girls’ selections for the winter season.

MOUNT SI – Tylor Zwiefelhofer earns our nod this week. The Wildcat gymnast led Mount Si’s four-person delegation to state, where she will be competing in three events at the state 4A gymnastics meet this weekend. She qualified on bars, beam and floor after finishing 10th in the all-around – and in the top 20 of the aforementioned events – this past weekend at the SeaKing district meet in Bellevue. Zwiefelhofer and her teammates compete this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

CEDARCREST – We’ve saved a good one for last. Senior girls’ basketball player Elaine Townley’s defense earns her the nod this week in this segment. She had the task of dealing with Anacortes’ top player Gabby Ronngren last Friday in the district quarterfinal game between the two teams at CHS. Ronngren averages around 20 points a contest, and had a couple of near-30 point efforts in recent games, but Townley held the Seahawk star to just 13 points, and that was one of the many factors that helped the Red Wolves win and advance to their winner-to-state game tonight. Townley, who is also a star softball player who has committed in that sport to play for Hillsdale College in Michigan, and her teammates play Burlington-Edison tonight for the right to head to state. Guess here is that Townley will be tasked with taking on the Tigers’ top player, Allyson Ray, and keeping her from doing damage on the perimeter.

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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