Volleyball tournaments wrap up, and a note from the diamond

Good Tuesday morning.

Light morning today as winter sports have wrapped up at the high school level. A note and that is we’ll be bright and early next Monday morning sending out our spring sports preview questionnaires to Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School spring coaches as the spring season gets underway. Look for those spring previews later this month here.

We wrap up the weekend that was in girls’ club volleyball now, and there were a number of strong finishes yesterday by teams with local players in various tournaments that we have been following. We’ll have a more full wrap up tomorrow in our weekly club segment, but there were some noteworthy results which we’ll mention now.

Las Vegas Classic: The run by the Seattle Juniors’ 18’s, with Mount Si’s Bellah Gogan, for a tournament title fell just short, as they fell in their semifinal matchup in the championship playoffs to a team from Minnesota that ultimately won the title last night. Seattle finished a strong 9-1 on the weekend, and in a tie for third out of over 200 teams in the tournament’s “18 Club” division. Also finishing well was the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s, with fellow Wildcats Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners; they finished in a tie for 29th in that same division.

Triple Crown tournament, Salt Lake City: We did not know this yesterday, but one of the three local teams with MSHS players in this event was itself competing for a title in this tournament, and that was the Tacoma-based Puget Sound Academy 17’s, with Wildcat Hayley West. PSVBA made the semis then fell there to a Boise-area team, but rebounded and beat a California team to take third overall out of over 40 teams in the “17 Club” division in that event.

Northwest Juniors tournament, Auburn/Kent: The run to a title for the Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Baden Black team was short-lived yesterday; the squad, with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston, fell in their first playoff game in the “16 Club” title bracket and finished in a tie for fifth overall out of 28 teams in that division. However, their Bellevue-based club counterparts from the 16’s Under Armour Blue team, with Mount Si’s Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, won their playoff bracket yesterday and finished a strong 6-3 overall and in ninth out of 28 teams in the “16 Open” division.

Again, we’ll wrap this up in full tomorrow in our segment, but good results in any event for a few of the teams down there that hopefully can translate into some strong success as the season wears on.

Also, a note from college baseball this morning:

Gonzaga finishes out Arizona trip on high note: GU won a back-and-forth contest with Cal Poly 5-4 in the final game of their Arizona trip yesterday down at the Texas Rangers’ spring training complex in Surprise outside of Phoenix. North Bend’s Carson Breshears aided the Bulldogs, going 1-4 with a run scored and also recording four putouts and three assists defensively playing second base. Breshears is a 2014 Mount Si HS grad. Gonzaga finished the weekend 2-2.

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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