On an especially big night for one of their seniors, Mount Si’s boys hoops team takes care of business on Senior Night

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program played its final regular season home game last night, thus making it the final regular season game for their three seniors. And all three were keys to the win as the Wildcats handled Newport.

Mount Si High School boys’ senior basketball player Robbie Stevens (center) is seen here with his family and Mount Si’s coaching staff during last night’s pregame Senior Night ceremony before their game with Newport, won by the Wildcats. Stevens was one of three Mount Si seniors recognized for their contributions to the program. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

An early slow start for Mount Si was short-lived, and once they got things rolling, the Wildcats cruised to a 64-32 victory that put them a step closer to a Kingco 4A Crest Division championship. Not only was it a big night on the floor for their seniors, but it was a big night off the floor for one of them as well, as senior defensive specialist – and Mount Si football star -Jonny Barrett used the occasion to announce his college decision. He then proceeded to score 11 points to pace the victory.

“It’s been fun. Robbie and Brett I have had the opportunity to coach for three years and seen them make great strides on and off the court,” Mount Si coach Jason Griffith said of his other two seniors, Robbie Stevens and Brett Williams. He also offered praise for Barrett. “Getting Jonny to play the last two years has been special,” the coach said. “What he means to our program on the court, but just how loose he keeps the locker room, his leadership, his expectations to compete at a high level,” the coach said.

Tyler Patterson scored 19 to lead the Wildcats, who, after their defense held Newport to just two third-quarter points, threatened for much of the late stages of the final frame to turn this into a mercy-rule result (40-point margin) but saw the Knights do enough to keep from going over the edge. Jabe Mullins added 12, Williams pitched in eight and Stevens made a free throw late in the game for one lone point.

Griffith continues to remind the players the work’s not done, just yet. “I talked to the kids about that at halftime, just not being complacent, we’re not getting caught scoreboard watching, just making sure that we’re holding ourselves to a higher standard every possession,” he said.

Williams has been thrilled to be part of the growth of this program during his four years in it. “It’s been awesome to see just the development in the program over the course of my four years from going to not very good my freshman year to now my senior year we’re in contention for a Kingco championship. That’s an awesome thing to be a part of and Coach Griffith’s just got this program going in a great direction,” Williams said. “I’m excited that I got to be a part of the foundation.”

Stevens has also been very happy in the program. “It’s been great, it’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of friends with these guys and it’s been great going to compete every night with my buddies.” He had this message for future Wildcats.

“It’s over so fast,” Stevens said. “Don’t take any moments for granted, just cherish every moment you’ve got.” Williams also had a message for future players. “Work your butt off in the offseason. It makes all the difference,” he said.

Mount Si senior football player Jonny Barrett (right) stands with coach Charlie Kinnune (left) following last night’s Wildcat basketball game. Barrett is wearing a T-shirt denoting the college he has committed to to play football for this fall, Dartmouth University. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Barrett uses Senior Night to make major announcement about future
As we have been telling you, the football college recruiting process has become a pretty big story surrounding Barrett the past several weeks, especially as Ivy League schools were lining up to bring him aboard to their programs this fall. He missed this past weekend’s Wildcat basketball home games with Eastlake and Inglemoor doing what is known as an “official visit” to one of those schools, Dartmouth University in Hanover, NH, where he got to meet with the coaches and tour the campus and football facilities among other things. Well, we’ll let him tell you what he thought of the visit.

“When I got there, I fell in love with the place. Coach (Buddy) Teevens, their head coach, is one of the greatest guys on Earth and all their coaches are awesome,” Barrett said. “The family atmosphere made me feel like I was back at home in the Mount Si community.” So with that, prior to the game, Barrett, in front of the assembled spectators, took a T-shirt from one of his friends seated in the MSHS student section and put it on. On the front of the T-shirt it said “Dartmouth Football” and with that, he announced he had verbally committed to the school, with it beating out Yale and Harvard among others for his football skills this fall. He will be officially signing with them in a couple of weeks.

The announcement was met with tremendous praise from everyone in the gym. He told us he plans on majoring in business back there, so we wish him good luck. We are anticipating getting some comments from Wildcat football head coach Charlie Kinnune later about this so if we do, we’ll let you know.

On deck
Mount Si Friday is at Skyline. Tip is at around 8:00 p.m.

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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