Weekend wrap and our first Athletes of the Week for 2019…..

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap first, then our boys’ Athletes of the Week, which we head to the hardwood for both.

Basketball
Red Wolve alum Van Ess delivers again for Skagit ladies: Duvall’s Mieke Van Ess popped in 16 points for Skagit Valley’s women’s hoops squad, but the Cardinals came up short, falling 80-69 in overtime last night to CFBC in a non-conference holiday tournament clash in Mount Vernon. The Skagit sophomore, a 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad, also had three rebounds for the Cardinals in the contest. The effort closed out a strong weekend for Van Ess, who opened with 13 points and four rebounds in a loss for Skagit to open the weekend last Friday, then continued with a 16-point effort this past Saturday. She’s now averaging 10.4 points per game, second on the team, for the 6-6 Cardinals.

To the athletes of the week.

MOUNT SI – Football may be his bread and butter sport, the one he’s being actively recruited for, but don’t count out senior Jonny Barrett on the basketball floor. While Barrett may not have gotten all the headlines for Mount Si in their strong 3-1 showing at this past week’s Rancho Mirage Holiday Tournament, the role he did play in helping the Wildcats finish third in the top division of this major national competition was not lost on head coach Jason Griffith. “Jonny Barrett was consistent all four games. Gave us rebounding, defense, toughness and scored. Being named All Tournament was very deserving,” the coach told us by email from Palm Springs, CA, where the team stayed while at the tournament. Case in point of the unsung role Barrett played down there was tweeted out by the coach yesterday – a highlight clip showing Barrett making a strong defensive play to help his team deliver on offense.

We viewed the clip, and what it was was a play late in the first half of this past Saturday night’s third-place game against Roosevelt, from Seattle. Barrett is seen in the clip defending against a Roughrider ballhandler, and stretches his arm out to try to get the Roosevelt player to make a mistake with the ball. Well, he did and Barrett was right there to take advantage. The Mount Si player dove to the ground, secured the ball and tossed it to teammate Jabe Mullins, who promptly ran down the court on a “fast break” and finished with a two-handed slam dunk. The Wildcats took a 29-15 halftime lead and held on for the win to take that third-place trophy.

Mount Si is at Woodinville Friday to restart Kingco play, a solid 5-0 in league and 8-2 overall.

CEDARCREST – Junior Cameron Brady gets our nod this week on the strength of a 12-point effort, which we think was a season-best, for the Red Wolves and those dozen points were important last Friday night as CHS used them to help secure a victory over tournament host Chelan to win the Chelan Invitational tournament. Cedarcrest went 2-0 in the event, also beating Oroville in the tournament, and are now 6-2 on the season. The Red Wolves return to league play Friday and take a long bus ride up to Whidbey Island. Not South Whidbey like old times, but further up the island to Oak Harbor to meet the 3A Wesco Wildcats.

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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