Your first look at Mount Si’s boys’ soccer state playoff opponent for their first round game tomorrow as it makes its first appearance in state playoffs since 2010

Time now to give you a first look at tomorrow’s Mount Si High School boys’ 4A state playoff opponent, the Sumner Spartans. The Wildcats and Spartans are set to clash at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night down at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner.

Sumner boasts a 16-2-0 record this season and won the West Central District’s top seed into the playoffs, earning them this home game. They beat South Kitsap for that slot on Saturday night and tied Puyallup for best record this season in the South Puget Sound 4A League.

Who to watch: Sumner’s posted its stats on MaxPreps, and while the stats aren’t entirely complete, most of their games have been inputted in and it provides us a good guide as to who you should pay most attention to.

Junior midfielder Alec Labarge leads SHS offensively, having racked up over 20 goals and 10 assists this season. Fellow junior Mitch Hutter’s numbers have been more modest, but it looks as if he provides a more supporting role to their offense. 11 goals and 10 assists according to the latest MaxPreps numbers, so he’s a guy Mount Si’s defense will have to also watch. A third player that could attract some interest is senior Ryan Griffith. While he’s only had a couple of goals, he’s also assisted around 10 others this season, so he, too, could be a figure to keep an eye on in this one for the home side.

We haven’t seen any video on these guys but we anticipate Mount Si will at some point before tomorrow. One thing that might play into Mount Si’s favor is league strength – as everyone knows, Kingco is considered to be among the best 4A leagues in the state and Sumner did not play a single regular season match outside of their league this season. And outside of them and co-champ Puyallup, most teams in the league either were average or did not do well all season – the bottom half of the league was either .500 or way below that. Against state qualifiers this season the Spartans are 5-2.

We’ll have more on this tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s some information for you if you want to head down. We should also mention that we would anticipate the team’s parent-run YouTube broadcast feed to be operational for tomorrow night, but we do not have advance info on that, so if you want to ensure being able to see it, you’ll want to head down and see it in person.

Travel information
Sunset Chevrolet Stadium, or more commonly known as “Sunset Chev Stadium,” is on the Sumner High School campus and hosts games for both of Sumner School District’s high schools, Sumner and Bonney Lake. It’s the only high school stadium that we know of in the entire state that has a commercial sponsor attached to it, that being the local Chevrolet car dealership, Sunset Chevrolet, which is located on the other side of downtown from the stadium along Traffic Avenue. If you’ve watched any amount of local television or listened to any amount of local radio especially on the larger stations, you’ve probably seen or heard their ads; ex-Seahawk Richard Sherman at one time was pitching cars for these guys if we remember correctly.

Directions: Getting to the stadium is actually going to be quite easy for most of you. From the Valley, take SR 18 to Auburn and SR 167. At the exit for SR 167, take the exit going south toward Puyallup. Follow south on 167 to the junction with SR 410. Take the SR 410 exit going east. Head east on 410 to the Valley Ave. exit (SR 162). Exit here and turn left on Valley going into downtown Sumner. Follow north on Valley to Main Street. Go straight through the light here and the stadium parking lot entrance will be shortly thereafter on your left. Tickets will be $9 for adults and $7 for students with ASB cards and seniors at the door. Allow about an hour each direction to get down there and back.

Food/Gas: You’re in luck if you want to grab a bite to eat before the game. Located by the stadium are several establishments, among them a McDonald’s, Subway, Jack in the Box, Starbucks, Jimmy John’s Subs, and two pizza places, Farrell’s and Little Caesars. The stadium is also across the street from a Fred Meyer so if you want to do some quick shopping prior to the game, you’re in luck, too. Gas stations are in downtown Sumner proper, or you can fill up along the route going to or from the game.

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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