Strong week in Vegas hoops tourney for local team aided by future MSHS players, plus some diamond notes on a Tuesday

Good Tuesday morning. We hit the hardwood to start our coverage this morning, and it was a successful week last week for a local 14U youth boys’ basketball team that features several players expected to be a part of Mount Si High School’s program in the coming years.

The Elite Grey team went 4-2 in their tournament last week down in Las Vegas, and Valley players were a big part of it.

Caden Harris had three games in which he scored 20 points or better for Elite in the event – a win last Tuesday over the Complete Shooter team from Salt Lake, and losses last Monday to a Louisville team and this past weekend to a Texas team in the tournament title game. Harris averaged 12.5 points per game over the course of the tournament.

Also factoring in was Carlos Danysh, who had a couple of games in which he scored in double figures as well – both last Wednesday with a second win over that Complete Shooter crew and then that night against a local Las Vegas team. That nightcap game also saw a 14-point performance from Tyler Barber that paced a 63-51 win by Elite over that Vegas squad.

The Bates brothers – Riley and Rory – also pitched in, with the duo contributing in some fashion in all six games, with Rory’s eight points in the second win over the Complete Shooter crew being the highlight of their efforts.

The season has now finished up for Elite as the players get set to become freshmen this fall at Mount Si and join the Wildcat program.

The Journal would like to, in closing, thank team parents Terry Danysh and Don and Sherry Barber for their assistance in providing us scores and stats from the team this summer.

Now some baseball, college summer style.

Johnson shines on national stage: Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson has taken his talents to Wichita, KS, this week for a major national tournament with his summer team, and last night, he shined on that national stage.

The 2014 Mount Si HS grad went 3-3 with a run scored and RBI, leading his Everett Merchants to a 7-2 win over the San Diego Force in a pool-play round clash at the National Baseball Congress’ World Series. Johnson, who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado earlier this year, is hitting .319 this season for the Pacific International League team.

Duvall’s Cody Banks is also back there with his team, the Seattle Cheney Studs, who beat Lone Star Baseball 7-1 Sunday at the tournament. The 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad went 0-1 in that game with an RBI.

The tournament continues through this weekend in Kansas.

Another win for Wenatchee, aided by Valleyite: Mason Marenco seems to be getting in a groove to close the season out for the West Coast League’s Wenatchee AppleSox. Off a 2-3 effort in which he doubled, scored three runs and drove in two more for the Sox in their 11-4 blowout win Sunday night over Victoria in their home finale at Wenatchee Valley College, Marenco continued his strong push to the finish last night. The 2017 MSHS grad, from North Bend, went 1-3 with two walks, two runs scored and another RBI for the Sox as they held off the Kelowna Falcons 7-4 up in Kelowna, BC, in the first of a three-game set to close out the regular season.

Marenco, a freshman this fall at Gonzaga who redshirted this past season, is hitting .290 this season with Wenatchee and made the WCL All-Star team.

Wenatchee moved to 14-11 in the second-half league standings, a full game behind second-place Yakima Valley, who fell last night at Corvallis, as the Sox aim to qualify for the playoffs.

We should also mention as well that Marenco and the rest of the Sox players this summer have stayed with host families in Wenatchee. It turns out that Marenco’s host had ties to the Valley as well. Marenco’s dad, Jose, posted on Facebook that former local educator Roseanne Lind, who taught fifth grade at North Bend Elementary but now lives in the Wenatchee area, has handled those duties this summer for the Sox’s Marenco and teammate Isaac Barrera. Good stuff and shows how small a world this is. The efforts of host families are very integral to the overall success of the summer teams, and Lind was among a number of folks in the Wenatchee area who hosted players this season.

With the season having ended at home for the Sox, host families are no longer needed for this season, but if you know anyone in the Wenatchee area who might be interested in hosting a player next year – or own a second residence over there yourself and would be willing to lend all or part of that home to the team for use in this fashion next season – contact the Sox office for more information on the host family program for 2019. Host families receive season tickets and are recognized as part of a pre-game ceremony prior to the final Apple Sox home game of the season. The number for the team office for more information is (509) 665-6900.

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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