The weekend wrap, and another round of Athletes of the Week….trick or treat!!!!!

Good Monday morning. We wrap up the weekend with news from the pitch and the ice, then we have our Athletes of the Week.

Whitworth women 2, Linfield women 0: The day yesterday was a special one for Valleyite Mackenzie Popp. The Whitworth senior – and the rest of her senior Pirate teammates – celebrated their Senior Day in style at home in Spokane with a win over a solid Linfield team, with its own Valley rep, Sydney Kuehn. Popp, a 2015 MSHS grad from Ames Lake, started the game but was lifted fairly quickly after the opening kick as she has been recovering from a serious knee injury suffered about a month ago in a Pirate game against Pacific-OR.

Popp had not played since suffering that injury until that very brief stretch yesterday, but did participate in the Senior Day ceremonies with her family and pets and appeared to us from watching the live webstream of the ceremonies she wasn’t any worse for wear. Still, though, it’s likely Popp’s seen her last college action, and hopefully, she has a speedy recovery and a solid future ahead of her. Whitworth finishes its season this coming weekend with road games at George Fox and Lewis & Clark down in the Portland area.

As for Kuehn, the junior, a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, started and played 79 minutes for Linfield, with three shots recorded, one on goal. She did not score any goals in the contest.

Whitman men 2, Pacific-OR 0: A pair of goals late in the first half were the difference for the Blues in their win at home in Walla Walla over the visiting Boxers. Junior Jimmy Jacobson, he of North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, came off the bench and played 42 minutes for Whitman with no stats of note reported.

Snoqualmie’s Roche faces a ton of shots in goal for TCU: Mount Si grad Owen Roche has a tough job playing hockey. He is a goalie, which means he’s facing lots of pressure in each and every game, and this past Friday was no exception. He faced 62 shots from opposing Texas A&M, and stopped 57 of those from going into the goal. That’s remarkable in itself, but unfortunately, his Horned Frogs team couldn’t pull it out, as they fell 5-0 to the Aggies at home in Fort Worth, TX. Roche, a sophomore from Snoqualmie who graduated from Mount Si in 2017, is the number one goaltender for Texas Christian University’s squad, a “club” hockey team that plays in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. They are 2-4-0 on the season and next play the weekend of November 9 and 10.

Roche’s classmate delivers for Totems again: Roche’s fellow MSHS class of 2017 grad Cam Gross once again made noise last night for his junior hockey team, the Western States Hockey League’s Seattle Totems. He scored a goal for Seattle but it proved not to be enough as they fell 5-4 to the West Sound Admirals in a WSHL game in Bremerton.

Gross’ goal came in the second period and sparked a comeback (Seattle was down 4-0 when Gross, also a Snoqualmie resident, scored, then the Totems proceeded to score two more goals after that to make things interesting) but West Sound answered that with a third-period goal to seal it up. Seattle plays a game this weekend against Bellingham up north, then heads across the border to Canada and their week of games in the middle of November against teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan.

To our Athletes of the Week.

CEDARCREST – Boys this week and we have football. Yes, the season has ended on a down note for sure, with their playoff exit this past Friday, but we’re going to give our recognition this week to senior quarterback Gavin McDermott. For all the criticism we’ve had of the QB play this season for the Red Wolves, one should acknowledge two things – one, that McDermott has put in a lot of hard work over four years for the opportunity to start under center as a senior, and two, he was put in a tough position having to fill the void left by his predecessor, the great Aaron Davenport, and having to do this while adjusting to the new 2A league environment this fall within the Northwest District.

He had one of his better efforts of the season in this past Friday’s game, completing six of 22 pass attempts for 103 yards. Yes, he was picked off twice, but considering who they were facing (Liberty) and how he fared the last time he faced this team (2-8, 17 yards), one has to like what they did see. It’s going to be a long offseason for the Red Wolves, and perhaps McDermott, even though he’ll be graduating in June, can have a role to play in helping to shape the future direction of this program.

MOUNT SI – Volleyball and junior Dana Dolan gets our recognition for her efforts this past Thursday against Eastlake. She had 24 assists for the Wildcats as they were swept by the Wolves to open the Kingco 4A tournament. Dolan has been a solid setter this season for Mount Si, averaging around 20-25 assists most matches, and helping to achieve the Wildcats’ first ever post-league playoff berth as a 4A school this year; that was picked up back on Saturday, for which we’ll have the happy totals on that later today. Mount Si plays Bothell for fifth place tomorrow, then opens the Wes-King district tournament Saturday.

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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