News from the hardwood and softball diamond on this Monday……

We continue our weekend wrap now with a peek at the hardwood.

The Valley’s top high school girls’ basketball players competed in a big local tournament this past weekend.

Cedarcrest and Mount Si High Schools both were represented at the Edmonds Shootout, considered to be the top summer high school girls’ basketball tournament in the Puget Sound area.

The Red Wolves’ varsity and junior varsity teams played, with CHS’ varsity going 3-2 with two of the wins coming against Wesco Conference opposition – Meadowdale (3A) and Glacier Peak (4A). They also beat Holy Names but fell to Lynden Christian and Bellevue. The CHS junior varsity went 1-3 with their lone win coming against Ballard.

Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles was pleased with how things went. “To go 3-2 as young as our varsity is, (their grades starting in the fall: 2 seniors, 1 junior, 7 sophomores and a freshman), is good sign for the future. They work hard and really enjoy playing hoops together,” Knowles said by email to the SVSJ.

Mount Si’s varsity also played in the tournament and beat Arlington, Burlington-Edison and Ferndale but fell to Kentridge.

Both programs will now prepare for upcoming summer camps – more information on those is in our Summer Camps page linked here to this home page in our top menu bar.

Also from hoops:

MSHS boys strong at southwest Washington tournament: Mount Si’s boys went 3-1 this past weekend at the Titan Clash hosted by Union High School down in Clark County in southwest Washington. The team did this, too, with several of the key returners for the team this fall including Tyler Patterson. The Wildcats beat Marysville-Pilchuck, Battle Ground and Oregon’s Sandy but fell to Eastside Catholic. “We were mentally tough (yesterday and )that allowed us to beat two state qualifying level teams,” said Mount Si coach Jason Griffith by email. Leading the way was junior-to-be Jabe Mullins, who averaged almost 20 points a game in the four games, and was aided by freshman newcomer Bennett O’Connor, who averaged seven points per game in the four contests.

The solid performance this past weekend for the Wildcat boys came off a strong showing at the Oregon State team camp two weekends ago in which they made it all the way to the tournament semifinals and got rave reviews for O’Connor’s play by at least one Pac-12 coach in attendance at the event.

Mount Si’s boys, like the girls as noted above, now gets prepared to host their upcoming summer camp. You can also find information for that in our Summer Camps page.

Youth action from yesterday featuring Mount Si and Cedarcrest players with much of our coverage coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Bellevue Blast 18U 3, Idaho Racers 1: At the USA Preps tournament in the Tri-Cities, the Blast used a pair of homers to take the win over the Boise-area team. Mount Si’s Sam Simmons went 0-1 with a walk for the Blast.

Bellevue Blast ’03 14U 14, Canes Fastpitch 2: The Blast bats unloaded in the playoff game at the Blast into Summer event in Federal Way, scoring six runs each in the first and second innings to seal the win. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-2, but drove in a run for the Blast in this one.

Washington Acers Green 6, Elite Diamonds 16U 4: The Auburn-based Acers took care of business at the Blast into Summer event in Kent, eliminating the Redmond-based Diamonds. Cedarcrest’s Kenzie Brown went 1/3 of an inning in the circle and allowed three runs, two earned, on one hit, walking two and taking the loss for ED.

Eastside Rough Riders 9, Bellevue Blast 18U 7: The Blast’s weekend east of the Cascades ended with this loss. Simmons went 2-3 with a run scored pacing Bellevue, but a six-run fifth propelled the Rough Riders in this one.

Seattle Spice 8, Bellevue Blast ’03 14U 7: The Spice scored two in the final inning to walk off with the win and eliminate the Blast from their weekend tournament. Harris went 2-2 with a run for the Bellevue squad.

Other results from Blast into Summer: Two other teams with MSHS players also competed this past weekend in the local tournament, both in the 16U age group. Auburn’s Washington Acers Orange, with Wildcat Hope Bostick, and the Seattle-based Sundodgers 16U, with fellow MSHS’er Molly Wilbourne, both made the semifinals in the 16U’s “A” division before each were eliminated by championship finalists Washington Rush and Snohomish Shock. The Shock took the tournament title in the division. Both Sundodgers and Acers did well on Saturday in the opening day of the event, combining to go 5-1 on the day.

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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