CHS grad Orndorf becomes All-American in college men’s cross country, and some news from the diamond to start the new week……

Good Monday morning. We have some news this morning, and we begin in cross country, where a Cedarcrest High School alum has made a little history for himself and his high school.

University of Portland senior Logan Orndorf, who graduated in 2014 from CHS and is from Duvall, finished 25th in Saturday’s NCAA Division I men’s cross country national championship race in Madison, WI. Orndorf ran the 10k course at the University of Wisconsin’s Thomas Zimmer cross country facility in 29 minutes, 49.6 seconds and in the process earned All-America honors, the first and only time the fifth-year senior will earn that as a collegian.

His high school coach, longtime CHS head cross country coach Bruce McDowell, is beyond thrilled. “As a former collegiate athlete, I love to see former athletes going on to compete in college,” McDowell told us by email. “They want to continue doing their sport at the next level. But to get this performance by Logan is beyond outstanding. I can’t imagine, but I think I can do the math, how many miles Logan has logged in the past six months to get him ready for (Saturday’s) race.” According to the coach, it hasn’t been often that a CHS alum has earned All-American status as a collegian, and of those he is familiar with, the last one was at least 20 years ago. So this accomplishment will mean a lot more for those currently at Cedarcrest, as it can show what hard work can bring you if you take it to the next level.

Good stuff for sure, and the Pliots by the way backed by Orndorf’s efforts took third in the meet overall. Northern Arizona won the team title. Congrats to Logan from us here at the SVSJ.

With that, some other news this morning, and we go to softball, and talk about a current Red Wolve. Senior Michaela Carter and her teammates from the Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller select travel team are back home this morning after a successful close to their fall tournament season yesterday at the Surf City Tourneys Early Thanksgiving Showcase down in Orange County, CA. Highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 2, Explosion 1: Carter went 1-2 and Canadian Madison DeWitt fired a one-hitter as the Hawks took care of the California team to close out the weekend. DeWitt, from interior British Columbia, struck out three.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 8, Suncats 5: Carter was 1-3 with a run as the Hawks took care of this southern California squad.

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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