Weekend wrap

Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week on deck, but first this morning’s news.

Mount Si High School’s football team will be hosting for perhaps the first two rounds of the state 4A football playoffs. This is after the Wildcats received a top-four seed into the round of 16 yesterday.

The seeding committee appointed by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to formulate the playoffs gave Mount Si the fourth seed. They will play as the home team in round one, against 13th seed Mount Vernon. Date, site and time have not been announced. Considering that the Wildcats are fourth seed, they should be able to have the game here at Mount Si High School, and while that is expected, we were sent the WIAA playoff site regulations last night by Mount Si team photographer Curt Carlson which suggests that there is a possibility the school may have to play the games at a neutral site. This will all be ironed out today, as will the date and time of the contest. Note that on Saturday, there is a school event scheduled again, just like there was this past Saturday for the playoff game with Rogers. This scheduling could impact the school’s ability to play the game here at MSHS that day.

All playoff games are loser out meaning the season will end with another loss for the Wildcats, while a win would send them into the second round, again as the host team, either against fifth-seed Puyallup or 12th-seed Eastmont from East Wenatchee.

The other Kingco 4A teams in the state field also found out their playoff fates yesterday.

-Woodinville received the second seed and hosts 15th-seed Skyview, who Mount Si beat handily in September down in Clark County. Date and time have not been announced, but that game will be at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

-Bothell received the ninth seed and heads over the Cascades to the Tri-Cities to meet Chiawana, from Pasco and the eighth seed. Date and time have not been announced, but expect the game to be on Saturday and it will be at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

-Eastlake took the 10th seed and will travel to Spokane to meet seventh-seed Gonzaga Prep. Date and time have not been announced yet, but also expect this game to be on Saturday and either at Gonzaga Prep’s campus or at Joe Albi Stadium.

-Skyline took the 16th seed and will head south to meet Union, from Vancouver. This will be a Friday night game, at 7:00, down at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

We’ll keep you posted on information on all the games this weekend. Also note that Mount Vernon has had radio coverage of their games this season so look for the Wildcats’ game with the boys from the Skagit Valley to be on radio this weekend.

College soccer note:

Puget Sound stuns Linfield women to take NWC crown, automatic NCAA berth: Down 2-0 yesterday at Linfield College’s pitch in McMinnville, OR, the University of Puget Sound women’s soccer team rallied for three goals in the final 15 minutes of play to stun the Wildcats 3-2 and in the process finish in a first-place tie in the Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) with Tacoma rival Pacific Lutheran. By virtue of tiebreaker rules, the Loggers clinched the conference’s automatic bid into the national NCAA Division III women’s tournament, while the Lutes and their Valley rep, freshman Calie Rose, a Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie, will await the selection announcement today. Linfield finishes the season 10-5-5, 7-4-5 in league play and junior Sydney Kuehn, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, played the full 90 for the Wildcats, recording a shot, not on goal, with no goals scored. Kuehn finishes the season second in goals in the conference with eight and also finished in the top 10 in both total points (16) and total shots (46).

To the athletes of the week. This is it for the fall by the way with Cedarcrest having wrapped up its fall sports season. We’ll be back with the winter athletes of the week selections sometime probably in early December.

MOUNT SI – Our final boys’ selection of the fall comes from football. We had plenty of choices this week out of their game this past Saturday, but we’re going to go off the board a bit and recognize a sophomore who made an impactful play that helped maintain momentum for Mount Si in their 42-0 playoff victory over Rogers.

While the offense was on all cylinders of course – QB Cale Millen connected with receiver Jonny Barrett four times for touchdowns in the game – Mount Si’s special teams stepped up, too. Stuart DeMerit was in the right place at the right time in the second quarter after Rogers punter Riley Skladany had trouble with a punt attempt in their own end zone. The Ram junior fumbled the snap and right there to bring it home was DeMerit, who fell on the ground, covered the ball and ended up with a touchdown out of it and our recognition in this segment.

As he told us on Saturday following the game, there’s a number of sophomores ready and able to step up and aid the efforts if called on, and as you well know this year, sophomores have done that in the case of Cole Norah on offense and Daniel Harrison on defense. Add DeMerit on special teams and you have three guys from this class of 2021 fans can count on to deliver in key situations as this playoff run continues. Mount Si is set to host Mount Vernon as we noted above this weekend in the first round of the 4A state high school football playoffs.

CEDARCREST – Our final girls’ selection comes from cross country. Elsie Dombek had a stellar run this past weekend at the state 2A girls’ cross country meet, finishing 31st and helping the Red Wolve ladies take home fourth place as a team in the race, over in Pasco. Dombek, a junior, will be the top returner for a CHS team next season that is only losing two runners from the squad in seniors Cecilia Kiesow and Lauren Krause.

A congrats from the SVSJ on the team’s success, and we wish Dombek and her teammates all the best. Offseason now awaits, but you can expect these girls to be back at work soon getting ready for next season.

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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