Mount Si volleyball announces camp, and a few ladies’ diamond notes for you on a Thursday afternoon…..

Some news on a Thursday afternoon, and we start with volleyball, and a camp announcement for you.

Mount Si High School’s volleyball program has partnered up with your local parks district, Si View Metro Parks, to offer a weekend camp at the end of this month. The camp, for girls in grades 2-8 this fall, will teach young players the same skills and fundamental concepts of the sport using the same drills and practice techniques utilized by the Wildcat program in their practices during the high school season. All major elements of volleyball will be discussed including passing, serving, attacking and setting, with an emphasis on discipline and teamwork.

The camp will be conducted by Wildcat coaching staff member Cristin Stahlberg, and will feature additional instruction from other members of Mount Si’s coaching staff along with players. Stahlberg, who is the head coach of the Wildcat high school freshman “C” team, also coaches with the local Ridge Valley club organization and has 11 years overall of coaching experience, including the past six with Mount Si. She is a former Seattle University player and is a Tumwater native, having played for and graduated from Tumwater High School in 2008.

The camp will be held July 28-30, Saturday through the following Monday, with all sessions at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. The camp for grades 2-5 will be in the morning from 9am-noon each of the three days and costs $120, with the older grades (6-8) meeting all day, from 9am-4pm each of the three days with the cost of that camp being $171. Campers signing up for the all-day camp are asked to bring a sack lunch for each of the three sessions.

To register your child for either camp, go here to the registration page, or log on to Si View’s website or Mount Si’s volleyball website for more information. Both are linked at right in our news links.

Scores and highlights from our diamond cuts from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Puyallup-based squad with CHS star player falls in two games at Chicago tourney: The Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller team is representing Washington at this weekend’s DeMarini Showcase tournament outside of Chicago, and the first two games this morning offered a taste of the challenging opposition they’ll be facing this weekend.

In their opener, the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks fell to the New Jersey Intensity 7-3. Cedarcrest High School’s Michaela Carter went 1-2 in the game for WLH, as the team was unable to recover from a three-run fifth from the New Jersey team in the loss.

Carter led the way for the Hawks in their second game, going 3-3, but WLH allowed three first-inning runs to the Illinois Bandits Premier 16U team and fell to the local squad 4-1. The Hawks have another game this afternoon, with more games through Sunday in Glen Ellyn, on the far west side of the Chicagoland suburbs near O’Hare Airport.

Split in San Diego for Redmond-based team with pair of locals in playoffs: The first two games of the playoffs at the Triple Crown 14U World Series in San Diego this morning for the Redmond-based Elite Diamonds Pluschke provided vastly different results.

In their first game of the day, the Diamonds scored runs in every inning, capping it off with a four-run fifth as they doubled up the California-based Primetime Mizuno team 8-4. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger successfully hit two sacrifice fly outs and drove in two runs for the Diamonds, coached by Cedarcrest High School assistant girls’ basketball coach Mike Pluschke, whose daughter, CHS sophomore-to-be Payton, is on the squad as well. She did not play in this contest.

Payton also did not play in the second game of the day, which was against a much tougher California team. Burbank-based Bownet won their pool going unbeaten and only allowing five runs through those four pool games earlier this week, so the challenge was going to be a big one for the Diamonds if they wanted to get past this team and advance in winner’s bracket play. And the challenge proved to be a bit tough at the end, as Bownet handed the Diamonds a 6-3 loss. Huntzinger was 0-1 with a walk.

The Diamonds will resume play tomorrow in the tournament, needing to win to stay alive. They are one of several Washington-based teams in the tournament competing against a field of largely California-based squads.

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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