Volleyball tournaments wrap up today, plus note from the ice and our girls’ Athletes of the Week for 1-23

Good Monday morning. Hockey and Athletes of the Week on deck but first a look at where things stand on the weekend volleyball front.

Playoffs take place today in two regional tournaments featuring local girls’ club teams with Valley athletes.

We’ll start locally in Renton at the Northwest Juniors’ MLK weekend event, and one of the Bellevue organization’s teams with a local player is in the hunt for a title today.

The Northwest 16’s Grey, with Mount Si’s Lexi Niehaus, went 3-0 yesterday in day two of the three-day event and is playing today for the 16’s age group title at the tournament. Among the teams they beat were their counterparts from Northwest 16’s White. Grey took it in three sets. As for the White squad, that team, with Cedarcrest’s Ava Mundy, will be competing in the “Bronze” division and end up likely with a mid-pack finish in the age group. Things start later this morning and should wrap up this afternoon.

Meanwhile, at the Northwest 12’s tournament up in Mill Creek, Ridge Valley went winless in four matches and finished in a tie for 13th. This was the season opener for the Snoqualmie team, as their athletes are just starting out with competitive volleyball, on the trail toward being on Mount Si High School’s team for many of them in a few years time. A lot of season left and it’s all about learning and gaining confidence so while the first impression is certainly not the best, these girls will learn from their mistakes and get better with every practice and every match, just as Wildcat coach Bonnie Foote likes to say.

Hartner: Both teams from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact with Mount Si athletes in the field at the Eugene, OR, tournament, went winless yesterday, but the SI 15’s Typhoon and 17’s Storm will be competing in “Gold” division playoffs today, likely meaning high placing finishes for both teams. Wildcats Bailey Showalter (15’s), Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink (17’s) are representing the Valley on these two teams looking to finish well today.

Also, KJ’s 15’s, the Kent-based team with Wildcats Jade Petrzelka and Kira Holmberg, went 3-0 yesterday and are in the “Silver” division playoffs today in the 16 Open age group. This likely also means a high-placing finish, so good luck to them. Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 17’s and 18’s, with Mount Si’s Emily Dann and Dana Dolan (17’s), ex-Wildcat Annaliese Jensen and Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston (18’s), will both be in “Bronze” playoffs in the 18 Open age group today after mixed results yesterday so mid-pack finishes are expected for both teams.

Like with the local tournament, this event wraps up later today. We’ll have rundowns for you tomorrow about what happened down there today then we’ll discuss it more on Wednesday in our weekly segment.

Other news:

Hockey: Totems fall
A battle between I-5 rivals in the Western States Hockey League proved to be a defensive nail-biter, but the Seattle Totems were on the short end of it, falling 1-0 last night to the division-leading Bellingham Blazers up in Whatcom County. Snoqualmie’s Cam Gross played but had no stats for Seattle in the contest. Gross, a 2017 MSHS alum, and his teammates now have this coming weekend off, then they’ll head down to Medford, OR, for a pair with the Southern Oregon Spartans February 1 and 2.

Now to our Athletes of the Week.

MOUNT SI – The Wildcats, despite missing top gymnast – and previous AotW – Sidney Aspinall, out with an ankle injury, held off Inglemoor and Issaquah at home this past Thursday, and leading the way was sophomore Mya Morrow. Morrow scored a 9.25 to win the balance beam event and that headlined a strong third-place finish in the all-around, where she scored 35.25. Morrow and Mount Si this Thursday are at Newport High School in another four-way Kingco meet, hosted by the Knights.

CEDARCREST – Back to the mat, and we have nothing of note from this past weekend involving the Red Wolve girls, but a pair of their ladies did well at the King of the Mountain event January 5 in Darrington. Jessica Wonder went 3-1 and Abby Varaday went 3-0, so they’re being recognized again just like they were a few weeks ago when we first found out they were part of the inaugural girls’ wrestling squad at CHS. These two are among five girls that have hit the mat this season for the Red Wolves, and their season will continue this week.

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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