Weekend wrap on the trail, the links, the diamond and more…….

Time now to wrap up the weekend, and we start with cross country.

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ cross country team took third this past Saturday in their varsity race at the Nike Portland Invite. Seen here with the trophy in no particular order are runners Elsie Dombek, Sonja Blycker, Katelyn Wells, Lauren Krause, Aryia Farnworth, Cecilia Kiesow and Ginger Van Valkenburg. (Courtesy photo from Cedarcrest cross country coach Bruce McDowell)

Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools sent their boys and girls down to Portland this past Saturday for the Nike Portland Invitational, allowing the Valley runners to compete against a large national field including schools from Washington, Oregon, California and other Western states. And the results were strong for both schools in the meet, held at Portland Meadows, the horse racing facility in the Rose City.

On the boys’ side, a pair of locals earned top-10 showings in their respective races. Joe Waskom led Mount Si with a third-place showing in the “Danner” division race, clocking 15 minutes, 26.60 seconds, and Brennan LeBlanc led Cedarcrest, taking ninth in the “Division II” varsity race with a time of 16:31.00. Meanwhile, on the girls’ side, Elsie Dombek from the Red Wolves led the Valley contingent with an eighth-place finish in their “Division II” varsity race, clocking 19:53.30, and she was followed behind by teammate Sonja Blycker, who took 11th in that race with a time of 19:57.90. Mount Si was led by Rosa Bateman, who took 75th in the “Danner” run with a time of 20:48.90.

“Overall it was a good day for us,” said Cedarcrest coach Bruce McDowell by email to the SVSJ. “About three-fourths of the runners came away with personal bests or season bests over a 5000m course.” The girls finished third overall as a team in their varsity race anchored by Dombek and Blycker’s performances, and the Red Wolve boys took eighth in their varsity run. As for Mount Si, coach Sean Sundwall was also thrilled with his team’s efforts. “This was our most successful trip ever to Portland,” he told us by email. “Our girls placed second in the Frosh/Soph division and more than 90% of our athletes had PRs. It is difficult to travel to far away meets and spend the night in a hotel and still stay focused on the race at hand. But these kids did just that and their performances reflected that focus.”

Other strong performances of note came from Cedarcrest’s Trail Sammarco, who finished 11th in the sophomore junior varsity boys’ race (18:25.10) and Hannah Brabec, who took 10th in the girls’ freshman/sophomore junior varsity run (21:49.10). Paul Talens took 27th for Mount Si in the boys “Danner” race (15:57.40) while Sydney Steskal took 18th in the girls’ freshman/sophomore JV race (22:08.10).

Mount Si is home Wednesday for a league meet at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie. The activity will also include the middle-school battle between Twin Falls and Chief Kanim Middle Schools. Action begins at 4:00 and should wrap around 6:30. CHS also has league action on Thursday at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

Mount Si with small contingent at Marysville meet: The Wildcats sent several competitors to Arlington last Saturday as well for a twilight meet at Cedarcrest Golf Course. Kyle Molavi represented Mount Si’s boys in the meet, clocking 21:43.40 in a freshman/sophomore JV race, and Karen Hinman and Isabella Laguna Cordero were among the Wildcat girls’ entries in the race. Hinman, in the “Open” division, clocked 44:27.50 and Laguna Cordero, in the freshman/sophomore JV division, clocked 23:07.20.

College results now:

Charles Bowles Invitational, Salem, OR: Pacific Lutheran freshman Alicia Krivanek, from Duvall, represented the Valley at this Willamette University-hosted regional meet on Saturday and finished 121st overall in the “Cardinal” division women’s race, running the 5k course in 20:14.5. She is a June graduate of Cedarcrest HS.

Roy Griak Invitational, Minneapolis: U-Mary (North Dakota) freshman Ben Benson, also from Duvall and Krivanek’s CHS class of 2018 mate, took 128th in the men’s “Maroon” division in this meet on Saturday hosted by the University of Minnesota. Benson clocked 27:47.7 in the 8k race at the campus’s Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Other action from the weekend now after the break.

From Saturday:

Northwest U. def. Warner Pacific 25-20, 15-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-8: The Eagles used 35 assists, an ace, three kills and four digs from sophomore Courteney Carr to help outlast the Knights in the weekend finale down in Portland for NWU. Carr is from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er.

Pepperdine def. Santa Clara 28-26, 25-8, 27-25: The Waves fought off the Broncos for the WCC sweep in northern California on Santa Clara’s home floor. Junior Anna McCreadie, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS’er, had six kills, three blocks and two digs to pace the Broncos.

Top-20 for Snoqualmie’s Maralack in home tourney: Snoqualmie’s Caitlin Maralack had a solid effort over the weekend, helping her University of Hartford women’s golf squad win their home tournament.

Maralck fired rounds of 79 Saturday and 80 yesterday on the par-70 Wintonbury Hills Golf Course layout in Bloomfield, CT, to finish at +19 over 159 and in a tie for 15th overall in the tournament, which wrapped yesterday. The Hawks as noted took the team title in the event which they were hosting near their campus in Hartford. Maralack, a junior, is a 2016 Mount Si HS grad.

PLU men win, with Valleyite contributing: Pacific Lutheran’s men won their weekend tournament as well, with a local contribution.

The Lutes’ Jordan Lau, a sophomore from Ames Lake and one of three Mount Si HS grads on the team (the other two, Alex Nelson and Mitch Dover, both of North Bend, did not compete in this event) fired rounds of 80 Saturday and 76 yesterday to finish with a solid +12-over 156 on the par-72 Gold Mountain layout over in Bremerton in the University of Puget Sound hosted tournament. Lau’s score did not count toward the team score, in which PLU as a team fired a +2 over 578 to take the title.

Softball: Local tournament features Valley high school players
The last major fall tournament for local softball was this weekend. The Issaquah Flame-hosted event had teams with Valley players competing at various sites both on the Eastside and south King County. Here are highlights of local players and their teams, courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. A note, too, and that is if you are a Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School softball parent and would like your daughter’s team featured in our softball coverage, let us know by emailing us at snovalleysports@gmail.com.

KB Fastpitch 16U 6, Bellevue Blast 16U 5: Mount Si athletes contributed for both teams in the Saturday opener of this weekend tournament. Vera Harrison, for Kenmore-based KB, went 2-2 with a triple, run scored and RBI while Ginger Harris, for the Blast, went 1-2 with a run scored.

Snohomish Shock 18U Campbell 11, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 7: The Saturday opener for the Redmond-based Diamonds saw the Shock unload for six runs in the final inning to take the win. Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke was 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the Diamonds, while teammate Jaclyn Huntzinger, from Mount Si, went 1-2.

Seattle Fastpitch Club 12, Bellevue Blast 16U 6: Harris was 1-1 with a double and a run scored for the Blast in the loss to the Seattle team Saturday.

Seattle Fastpitch Club 7, KB Fastpitch 16U 6: Harrison was also 1-1 with a run scored for her KB side as they, too, fell to the Seattle team Saturday.

Washington Acers Anderton 13, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 1: Pluschke and Huntzinger both went 0-1 in the loss to the Auburn team Saturday.

Bellevue Blast 16U 9, Mill Creek Mayhem 3: Harris went 1-2 with a run scored and RBI for the Blast in the win over the Snohomish County team.

KB Fastpitch 16U 8, Mill Creek Mayhem 4: Harrison was 1-1 with a walk and run scored for KB as they doubled up the Everett-area squad.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 7, VOODOO 1: The Diamonds’ Elliotte Wood pitched a gem, allowing just five hits to the VOODOO squad, coached by Woodinville softball parent Clint Rhinehart and made up partially of players he coached last year with the Absolute Blast organization. Among the players on the VOODOO roster are some real good Kingco 4A players, including Woodinville’s Molly and Megan Taketa and Rachael Rhinehart, along with Eastlake’s Josie Charles and Inglemoor’s O’Nalisa Hall, so this was a nice win for the Pluschke squad for sure. Huntzinger did not play in the game yesterday, but Pluschke did, going 0-3 with a run scored.

KB Fastpitch 16U 11, Yale Softball (BC) 6: Harrison was 0-3 for KB in their opener yesterday, as the Kenmore team handled a Canadian squad.

Bellevue Blast 16U 16, Issaquah Flame Red 3: Harris did her part in the rout yesterday for Blast, going 1-2 with a walk and three RBI’s as the Blast rolled to the win.

Washington Synergy 11, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 6: The Diamonds’ weekend ended with this loss despite a 2-3 effort with a double and two runs scored from Pluschke, daughter of coach – and CHS girls’ basketball assistant – Mike Pluschke. Huntzinger did not play in the contest yesterday.

KB Fastpitch 16U 9, Central Oregon Avalanche 7: Harrison went 1-2 with a walk and run scored for KB as they held off the Redmond, OR-based team yesterday.

Bellevue Blast 16U 6, Washington Vipers 1: The two Bellevue rivals closed out the weekend late yesterday with the Blast winning it; Harris was 0-1. The Blast also defeated the Snohomish County Express in a game yesterday afternoon prior to this one; Harris did not play in that contest.

Snohomish Shock 16U 6, KB Fastpitch 16U 5: Harrison doubled and scored a run for KB as their weekend ended last night with the loss to the Snohomish team.

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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