CHS football player makes history, plus news from gymnastics and the hardwood to get you set for the weekend ahead

Cedarcrest High School senior football players Michael Norris (left) and Jackson Burpee (right) were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements at last night’s Snohomish County Football Officials’ Association’s Scholar Athlete award banquet in Everett. Norris became the first Red Wolve player in school history to win a scholarship at the banquet, beating out nearly 50 other senior players from around both the Wesco and North Sound Conferences to grab one of those coveted awards. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Norris)

Good Friday morning. We have all of last night’s highlights on deck but first we have some major news from Cedarcrest High School’s football program this morning, as one of their players made team history last night.

Senior Michael Norris became the first-ever Red Wolve to earn a scholarship award from the Snohomish County Football Officials Association, as he beat out nearly 50 other seniors nominated by schools all over the Wesco and North Sound Conferences to earn one of six scholarships awarded by the referees’ organization during its 37th annual Scholar Athletes award banquet last night in Everett. Norris received what is known as the “Armed Services Award Wounded Warrior Project” scholarship. Norris, a defensive end, and teammate Jackson Burpee, a running back, were Cedarcrest’s representatives at the banquet and both players received recognition for their academic and athletic achievements.

A congrats to both players on their recognition.

To the rest of the news:

Basketball
Cedarcrest HS girls hold off Monroe: The Red Wolves struggled a bit on offense, but did get it done in the end, beating Monroe 41-37 last night at home in Duvall. “Our overall youth and nerves showed this evening. A lot of unforced turnovers and ton of missed shots, including lay-ins and putbacks,” said CHS coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. He added the squad missed 22 free throws in the contest, uncharacteristic for them as this is a fundamental area they address daily in practices.

Katelynn Smith led the Red Wolves with 10 points while Grace McKenzie and Ava Erhardt added seven each to pace the victors. Defense proved to be the difference. “Our full court press gave Monroe trouble and we were able to capitalize on a few turnovers,” Knowles told us.

The Red Wolves were without star Jaylin Yowell for last night’s game, out with her knee injury, but there is some good news to report on that front. The injury is not as serious as had likely been feared when she hurt the knee in CHS’s loss last Friday to Snohomish. According to the coach, Yowell’s doctors have diagnosed it as a sprain and she should be available to play for the team following the holiday break.

Prewitt inches closer to milestone: University of Puget Sound senior women’s basketball player Elizabeth Prewitt, from Snoqualmie, took another step towards a historic career accomplishment Wednesday night, as her Loggers defeated Evergreen State.

Prewitt, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, scored 10 points and added eight rebounds for UPS as the NCAA Division III team beat the NAIA Geoducks 67-56 at home in Tacoma. The 10 points now moves her within about 20 or so for 1,000 on her career. It is expected now she will set the mark sometime over the weekend of December 15-16, when Puget Sound plays in a weekend tournament at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. They play Nichols on Saturday the 15th and CalTech on the 16th, with both games set to start at 2:00 p.m. each day at PLU’s Olson Auditorium. Valley basketball fans should make plans to attend those two games to perhaps witness a little history for their local athlete.

Gymnastics
Mount Si has tight season opening result: In a five-way meet last night at Issaquah High School, Mount Si High School’s gymnastics squad finished in a very close fourth scoring 163.1 team points, behind winner Lake Washington (166.1), second-place Holy Names (165.15), and third-place Woodinville (165.05). In the Kingco 4A portion of the meet, the Falcons won, followed by the Wildcats and host Issaquah, who scored 146.25.

L-Dub’s Laly Noriega won the all-around, scoring 35.35, while Mount Si was led by Sidney Aspinall, who took third with a 34.4. Aspinall led the Wildcats on the floor with an 11th-place 8.8. LW swept the top five spots in that event, led by Ellery Gilmer’s 9.2. On bars, Aspinall led Mount Si taking second with an 8.65, behind winner Cait McNeill from Holy Names, who scored 9.1. The Wildcat senior won the beam, pocketing a 9.05 and finishing tied for that top spot with LW’s Courtney Hori. Shelby Johnson led Mount Si in the vault, tying for third in the event with an 8.9. She tied for that spot with the Cougars’ Kaysa Lundberg.

Mount Si is home for their home opener next Thursday. The meet starts at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Si High School.

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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