The weekend wrap, and our last winter sports Athletes of the Week for the 2017-18 school year

Good Monday morning on this President’s Day. Snow outside on the ground in most areas around the Valley, so drive safe out there this morning. Weekend wrap followed by our Athletes of the Week, as we wrap up our winter sports selections for the 2017-18 school year.

Softball
Central Washington 8, Chaminade 4: Senior Celine Fowler, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 with two RBI’s as Central closed out their road trip to Hawaii with the win over the team from Maui in what had been scheduled to be the first of two, but the nightcap of the scheduled twinbill in Honolulu was canceled due to lightning. According to the school, the single extended the Valleyite’s hit streak to 20 games dating back to last season, so a good run for the local athlete for sure.

Baseball
Northern Colorado 6, San Jose State 4: The Bears closed out the weekend set in San Jose with a split of the season-opening four game series. Senior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-4 with a walk in the contest for UNCo.

Gonzaga 4, New Mexico 3: Under the lights last night at the Texas Rangers’ spring training complex in Surprise, AZ, the Bulldogs held off the Lobos with the help of North Bend’s Carson Breshears. The GU junior, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-2 with a walk, two putouts and three defensive assists manning second base for the Zags, who won their first game of the season.

Pacific-OR 10, Whitman 8 (10): The Boxers needed extras to hold off the Blues in Walla Walla in the finale of a weekend set. Sophomore pitcher Collin Anderson, from North Bend, worked 1/3 of an inning in relief for Whitman in the contest, allowing a hit and a walk, with a strikeout. He received no decision. Anderson is a 2016 Mount Si HS grad.

Lacrosse
Snoqualmie’s Smith leads Dallas men to win: A three-goal “hat trick” for Snoqualmie sophomore Tyler Smith aided the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team to a 9-7 win at home yesterday over Marian College of Wisconsin for UoD’s first win of the season. Smith, a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, also had an assist, and two of those goals proved to be key insurance tallies in the final frame as he now has five goals on the season, which leads the team in scoring after two games.

Volleyball
Seattle team with MSHS athlete to compete for tournament championship in Vegas: The Seattle Juniors 18’s girls’ club team, featuring Wildcat star Bellah Gogan, continued its strong play yesterday in the second day of the Las Vegas Classic, and that earned them a shot for the tournament title today in the event’s “18 Club” division.

SJ went 4-0 yesterday to remain unbeaten on the weekend at 7-0, with wins over teams from Hawaii and California among other locales. The field is a national field with teams from all over the country competing this weekend. The Seattle team will need to win four games straight during the course of the day, and it will be a challenge, as they are seeded 15th in the 16-team bracket.
Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s also was looking to continue its strong run in that same division and also earn a trip to the tournament finals, but fell in their final game last night and dropped into the Bronze bracket. The team they fell to, a squad from Hilo, HI, is now the top overall seed in the championship round today.

Playoff rounds get underway shortly.

Better results in Salt Lake for local squads: After struggles in the opening day on Saturday, all three local teams with Valley athletes competing in this weekend’s Triple Crown event in Salt Lake City fared better yesterday in the second day of action.

Tacoma’s Puget Sound 17’s, with MSHS’ Hayley West, went 3-0 yesterday with wins over teams from California and Texas. Two teams from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact, their 17’s and 18’s teams featuring ex-Wildcats Harper Click (17’s) and Patience O’Neal (18’s), both won two of three matches yesterday to even their weekends at 3-3. Playoffs for all three teams are today, with none expected to contend for tournament titles.

NWJ team with CHS athlete to compete for title in home tourney: The Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Baden Black squad, with Cedarcrest player Hannah Winston, went 3-0 yesterday in the second day of their home tournament in south King County, and will be competing for the event title today in the “16 Club” division. The eight-team event means they’ll need to win three straight games to win that crown, so we wish them luck.

Also of note yesterday, two NWJ teams that struggled on Saturday – their 17’s and 18’s UnderArmour Blue teams – both went 3-0 yesterday to put themselves in contention for strong finishes today. Mount Si’s Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen and Dana Dolan are on the 18’s squad, and fellow Wildcats Chloe Stewart, Lizzie Belceto and Emily Dann play on the 17’s side.

Playoffs for these teams – and the other NWJ 15’s and 16’s teams with various Mount Si and Cedarcrest players, all of which struggled yesterday, are today at locations around south King and north Pierce Counties, weather permitting.

Time now for the Athletes of the Week. Boys selections after the break.

MOUNT SI – Hoops for our final selection of the winter, and we save the best for last. Sophomore Jabe Mullins left it all out on the floor on Saturday night, scoring 26 points for the Wildcats in their season-ending heartbreaking 54-53 loss to Skyline in the Kingco 4A playoffs at Lake Washington High School. Mullins led the team in scoring this season, averaging almost 19 points a game, and will look to be a key piece as the team moves into next season.

CEDARCREST – To the mat, and the only one of the five state participants at this past weekend’s Mat Classic who hasn’t been previously recognized in this segment gets our nod this week. Austin Link, at 126 lbs., had a solid season, and earned a trip to the state wrestling tournament in Tacoma. Link, however, failed to make it out of the first day of action last Friday, but still had a great year and should be a name to watch in the future for CHS wrestling.

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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