CHS girls’ hoops returns to action following winter break and grabs win, Mount Si senior footballer makes decision, and news from down under on this Thursday….

Good Thursday morning. High school hardwood action resumed for Valley schools last night with Cedarcrest High School’s girls up north in Mount Vernon taking on the Bulldogs.

Coach Brad Knowles had a specific idea in mind playing Mount Vernon in their gym. “One of the reasons I scheduled a non-league game against Mount Vernon was to have the girls get used to the gym because our district playoffs are played there,” he told us by email. “The girls looked comfortable on the court and cruised (to the victory).” And they did, rolling to a 46-29 rout of the Bulldogs aided by 13 points from Sidra Griffin which led Cedarcrest. Rose Carlson also had a solid game with nine points, a performance described by Knowles as her best of the season.

The team played once again without star player Jaylin Yowell, continuing her recovery from an early-season knee injury. She is now out indefinitely after having re-aggravated the injury over winter break. Knowles told us that there is still a chance she’ll be ready for the postseason, but that is uncertain at the moment. Her absence will make the second half of the schedule a little more challenging; they open that against Oak Harbor tomorrow at home in a return to Wesco action. 7:00 game tomorrow night in Duvall and we’ll have a preview and pick for you here tomorrow.

Now to action down under featuring a couple of MSHS grads.

Soccer: Perth ladies move into first in Aussie W-League
It has been a rough week thus far for the Perth Glory FC Australian women’s professional soccer team. Several players, including, according to the team’s coach, Valleyite Nikki Stanton, have been ill this week, but the ladies overcame the bugs to post a big win last night at home.

Stanton’s longtime American pro teammate Sam Kerr scored the game’s lone goal – on a penalty kick in the late stages of action – and Perth blanked visiting Canberra 1-0 to move into first in the Westfield W-League Australian pro league standings. Stanton worked the full 90 minutes, with the 2008 Mount Si High School grad logging no significant stats of note for Perth, who now are 4-1-4 (wins, losses and ties) this season and with 16 points, tied for that top spot with Melbourne Victory.

The Glory will be back at it next Friday taking on Newcastle Jets.

Baseball: Rough night on the diamond for New Zealand’s Tuatara
Brisbane blew out to a 10-3 lead after two innings and cruised last night to a 15-4 blowout of the visiting Auckland Tuatara in Aussie Baseball League action as the two teams continued a weekend set in Brisbane, Australia.

Valleyite Max Brown, a 2011 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-3 with a walk for Auckland, who suffered their 20th loss of the season last night on top of just nine wins on this 2018-19 campaign.

The two teams continue play tonight with a likely sighting of pitcher Jimmy Boyce, another former Mount Si baseball player, for Auckland at some point before the end of the series.

Also this morning:

Football: Mount Si player makes college decision
A Mount Si High School senior football player made a college announcement late yesterday, but it was not star receiver Jonny Barrett. Instead, it was one of the Wildcats’ defensive stalwarts this past fall that made his decision official, and it takes him down a well-traveled path for this program.

Defensive lineman R.J. Bell took to Twitter and announced he has committed to play football this coming fall for Shasta College in northern California. Shasta, a junior college located in Redding, is among a number of two-year colleges that over the years have had Mount Si graduates come play football for them; receiver Eric Daniels, as you probably know already, has received a couple of four-year offers as a transfer after two successful junior college seasons, and 2016 graduates Cory Cotto and Braden Smith are the most recent to follow the JC trail, going to a Shasta league rival, Feather River.

Bell travels down a familiar path now for Mount Si grads, a number of whom as noted have gone this route desiring a shot to play at the next level.

As for Barrett, the river of offers he received over break has calmed down significantly, and he is expected to make his decision in a month when the winter signing period begins, which also doubles as the official signing period for football.

A congrats to Bell on his decision, and we wish him luck down in Redding.

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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