Midweek odds and ends

Good Wednesday morning. Odds and ends this morning:

Softball: Mount Si player’s bat gets hot at right time for select team
We neglected to mention this on Monday, but the Kenmore-based KB Fastpitch 16U select softball team wrapped up their local mini-tournament on Sunday with a pair of games against south King County-based teams. And their Valley rep, Mount Si High School’s Vera Harrison, delivered with the bat to help her team to a pair of wins. More now, courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

KB Fastpitch 11, Washington Synergy Gomez 0: Harrison had a hit for KB as they rolled to the shutout. Pitcher Eden Molay, from Bothell, fired a two-hitter and struck out three.

KB Fastpitch 15, Washington Freedom Gomez 2: The Wildcat saved the best for last, homering as part of a 2-2 effort, scoring two runs and driving in four more, and that anchored a no-hitter from North Creek’s Carli Zanassi as KB rolled. Zanassi, the KB hurler, walked two, struck out one and allowed two unearned runs, but needed just 52 pitches to take care of business.

Volleyball: Mount Si splits Saturday opener at Wes-King district tourney
Mount Si High School’s volleyball ladies moved into last night’s playoff game – more on that later – after splitting their two games this past Saturday to open the Wes-King bi-district tournament.

The Wildcats in the opener with Jackson at Issaquah High School rallied from a two sets-to-none hole and stunned the Timberwolves, from the 4A Wesco Conference, in five, 20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-13. Bailey Showalter led the way for Mount Si with 11 kills and 19 digs, and was helped by Bellah Gogan’s 15 kills and seven digs. Kami Smith paced the Wildcats with 13 digs while Breana Fitzgerald added 13 digs and nine kills to the efforts for Mount Si.

This put them into a matchup with Issaquah, and this proved to be a much different result. The Eagles rolled to a 25-7, 26-24, 25-15 sweep, perhaps taking advantage of their fresher legs in this one compared to Mount Si’s after their hard-fought five-set win over Jackson. Fitzgerald had 11 digs while Dana Dolan, off 34 assists in the win over the Timberwolves, added 18 more of those in this one for the Wildcats.

From last night on the college front, though:

Northwest U. season ends in playoff loss: The Eagles fell in the Cascade Collegiate Conference playoffs last night to Corban down in Salem, OR. Corban swept Northwest in three, 25-21, 25-17, 25-16, and the Eagles finish the season with a solid 16-14 record. Sophomore Courteney Carr had 17 assists and a dig for Northwest; she is from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS grad. Carr finished sixth this season in the league in assists, averaging almost 30 a match for the Eagles.

Lower Valley player earns conference recognition: Seattle Pacific University freshman Alden Massey, from Duvall and one of three lower Valley players this fall with the Falcons, was named yesterday to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s men’s soccer all-conference team. Massey received a second-team designation after finishing tied for ninth in the NCAA Division II league in goals with six on the season. SPU finished 4-8-0 in league, 8-11-0 on the season. Massey, a June graduate of Cedarcrest HS, joined fellow Duvallites – and CHS grads – Nik Reierson and Chris Cole on the SPU squad this fall. Reierson is a sophomore and Cole is a senior.

Hurley to rep Valley in NCAA national soccer playoffs: The Concordia University (Portland) women’s soccer team earned a berth in the NCAA Division II national tournament, and that means their senior, Karlie Hurley, from North Bend, will be representing the Valley in this tournament. She will be the lone local player competing for a national college soccer championship following the selection announcements for both the D-II and Division III national tournaments by the NCAA on Monday.

The Cavs received a second seed in their sub-bracket in the tournament, and will be hosting first-and-second round games at their home field down in Portland.

The opening round game for Concordia is tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 against Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Seattle Pacific, seeded seventh. If they win, they will likely face Western Washington on Saturday. Western, for its part, plays Sonoma State in their Thursday opener, also down in Portland. The Vikings are seeded sixth, and also have a local rep, senior Karli White, also from North Bend, but she has been out all season with an ankle injury and is likely redshirting at this point due to that injury.

As for the Division III tournament, a pair of North Bend athletes and their teams were hoping for at-large berths into the men’s and women’s playoffs respectively, but neither the Whitman College men (Jimmy Jacobson, junior) or Pacific Lutheran women (Calie Rose, freshman) earned a chance to compete. All of the local athletes mentioned in this brief are Mount Si High School grads.

The games at Concordia by the way should be available on GNAC.tv this weekend. Should the Cavs make it out of this weekend, they’re probably going to head down to San Diego to meet UC San Diego or another California team in the quarterfinals.

We wish Hurley and her teammates luck this weekend. Go Cavs!!

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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