The Friday news…from volleyball, the pitch, the trail and the links……

Time now for the news this morning.

We start on the cross country front. Cedarcrest High School’s cross country teams struggled a bit yesterday, battling poor track conditions and illness as they finished fourth as teams both in the boys and girls’ races.

The meet, hosted by Kamiak High School at their campus in Mukilteo, included the host Knights, Snohomish, Monroe and Glacier Peak in the final conference meet of the season for CHS. And the course didn’t earn rave reviews either from longtime coach Bruce McDowell. “The course wasn’t exactly the best cross country course as it included quite a bit (I’m being generous) of pavement,” he told us by email.

Brennan LeBlanc led the boys, running the 5k course in 14 minutes, 21 seconds and finishing third. Ryan LaTurner took 10th overall with a time of 14:55. On the girls’ side, Sonja Blycker took 10th with a time of 17:30, and Elsie Dombek finished 13th clocking 17:48.

The course was not the only issue the Red Wolves contended with, either. “(Illness) has hit us hard this week so we have quite a few not feeling their best for training let alone racing. It is also Homecoming week which tends to increase the stress of the week,” McDowell told us.

The good news for Cedarcrest is they don’t have another meet for over two weeks – their next meet is October 20, the league meet at Lakewood High School in Arlington.

Other news:

Mount Si hosts final home meet of season, and sees the future shine: Mount Si’s boys and girls’ cross country teams competed Wednesday against Bothell and Woodinville at Mount Si Golf Course, and the meet also featured a taste of what’s on tap for Wildcat cross country, as the runners from both local middle schools also competed against one another in a meet.

Mount Si’s boys won the meet, scoring 28 points, low score wins. They were aided by senior Joe Waskom, who won the race narrowly over Woodinville’s Luke Houser. Waskom clocked 15:18.6, just three-tenths of a second ahead of the Falcon senior. Paul Talens took third; the Mount Si sophomore clocked 15:59.9.

The Wildcat girls finished third with 45 points; Bothell won the closely contested meet with 38. Addie Kaess and Rosa Bateman led Mount Si; Kaess finished sixth clocking 20:51.4, and around 20 seconds behind was Bateman in seventh with a time of 21:11.9. Freshman Neil O’Hara of Woodinville won the girls’ race by four seconds over Bothell’s Monserrat Lopez.

The middle school race saw athletes from both schools succeed. The top boy was Chief Kanim Middle School’s Caleb Bush, who ran the course in 11:39, and the top girl was Twin Falls Middle School’s Addie Craig, who ran it in 11:44. Mount Si coach Sean Sundwall thinks Craig could be a bigtime competitor at the high school level. “She is already ahead of Hannah Waskom’s times when Hannah was that age,” Sundwall told us by email. Craig will be an athlete to watch in the coming years at MSHS.

Kyle Downing led the Twin Falls boys with a time of 12:04, earning him third, and Hailey Weir led Chief Kanim’s girls, with a time of 12:46.

Mount Si is at the Hole in the Wall Invitational in Arlington tomorrow, then wraps up the league schedule next Wednesday at Skyline.

MSHS boys pocket win: The Wildcats went back up to Echo Falls Golf Course in Woodinville on Wednesday to make up their postponed match from earlier in the season with the Falcons and took care of Woody 184-200, lower score wins. Drew Warford fired a 34 to take medalist honors for low round of the match and was followed by a 36 from Robbie Nielsen. They were scheduled to play Redmond yesterday; we’ll have results for you soon on that match.

High School Soccer
McKenzie delivers for CHS ladies: Abby McKenzie pounced for the game’s lone goal in the second half as Cedarcrest handed Shorecrest a 1-0 loss at home last night in Shoreline. The win for the Red Wolves moved them past the Scots in the Wesco standings; CHS is tied now with Edmonds-Woodway for first in the league at 8-1-0 overall (9-2-0 overall on the season), ahead of 2A arch-rival Archbishop Murphy (7-0-2 league, 8-1-2 overall). The win moves CHS closer to the top spots in the Northwest RPI; the current run has them seeded a strong third behind Murphy and Sehome of Bellingham. But every win moving forward against a 3A team will help the Red Wolves greatly, so as long as they keep getting it done, they’ll be in good stead. That third seed by the way carries with it a first-round bye and a home playoff date Saturday, October 27.

High School Volleyball
Red Wolves fall: It was a little bit different result, but the end outcome proved to be the same for the CHS ladies – a loss in league play. They fell in four sets, score and stats not available, to Shorecrest last night at home in Duvall. Despite the winless performance thus far, they still are in contention for a postseason berth, so if they can get a win or two somewhere down the line, they’ll likely be in. CHS is at Edmonds-Woodway Monday.

College Soccer
Concordia-PDX women 1, Simon Fraser 1 (2OT): The unbeaten Cavs were surprised a bit by the Clan at home in Portland last night, as SFU scored a goal in the 63rd minute to rally from an early deficit to end up with a draw. Senior Karlie Hurley, she of North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started and worked 85 of the 110 minutes of play, with one shot recorded; it was not on goal and she scored no goals in the contest.

Seattle Pacific men 4, Mary (ND) 1: The Falcons moved above .500 on the season with the nonleague home win last night at Interbay Stadium. Valleyite Alden Massey factored into it with a second-half goal; the freshman, a June Cedarcrest HS grad, started and played around 44 minutes, with that 72nd-minute tally being on one of two shots he recorded in the contest. In all, the Falcons’ Duvall trio of Massey, senior Chris Cole and sophomore Nik Reierson all played, with Cole starting and playing 73 minutes and Reierson coming off the bench to play 38 minutes. Cole recorded one shot, not on goal, with no goals scored, and Reierson had no stats. Both of them also are CHS grads, Cole in 2014 and Reierson last year.

Northwest Nazarene 1, Central Washington women 0 (OT): The Nighthawks needed extra time to down the Wildcats at home in Nampa, ID, scoring the game’s lone goal in the 100th minute to take the win. Senior Michaela “K.K.” Wallace, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, came off the bench to play 39 minutes, recording two shots, both on goal, with no goals scored in the contest.

College Volleyball
McCreadie delivers for Santa Clara: North Bend’s Anna McCreadie had the best game of her season thus far for Santa Clara, and it came in her visit back to familiar ground last night, even if said familiar ground is actually 250 miles from home.

The junior, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, had a season-high 12 kills and two blocks for the Broncos as they fell in a five-set barnburner over in Spokane to Gonzaga 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12. The loss kept Santa Clara winless in conference at 0-5, and their overall record is now 5-12 on the season. McCreadie has seen significant action of late, after not having much of any the first month of the season.

The Broncos take on the Portland Pilots tomorrow down in the Rose City as Santa Clara wraps up its Northwest swing.

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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