Mount Si girls hoops falls again, plus the boys hardwood wrap and a lot of other items to start a winter weekend in the Valley……

Good Saturday morning. A ton to get to, but we start with action from high school hoops last night.

Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball team is feeling the loss of post Sela Heide in more ways than one. Since Heide was knocked out of action two weeks ago with a reported concussion, Mount Si has struggled, and those struggles continued last night, as they fell for the fourth straight game, this to Issaquah.

The Eagles rolled, beating the Wildcats 55-23 at Issaquah High School. Jenae Usselman led Mount Si, scoring 10 points, but the Wildcats were once again missing their junior star player, as she continues to recover. Fellow junior Carly Britton, who also suffered a reported concussion in that win two weeks ago over Eastlake, did make her return last night after being cleared to play by a doctor as per state concussion requirements. She finished with four points.

Mount Si was held to just 15% from the floor shooting as Issaquah tied the Wildcats for third place in the Kingco 4A Crest Division standings. Mount Si now must win Tuesday at North Creek to force at minimum a coin flip for that seeding as the Wildcats and Eagles split their season series. Tip is at 6:30 p.m. at North Creek High School in Bothell.

Boys action now.

Cedarcrest falls: Mount Si’s girls aren’t the only team dealing with major injury issues affecting their team – Cedarcrest High School’s boys are also missing several top players with injuries, and they struggled again last night, falling 77-35 to Mountlake Terrace. Stats are not available. CHS is in action next Wednesday at Shorewood looking to break a six-game losing streak. Game time is 7:15 at Shorewood High School in Shoreline.

Mount Si wins, anchored by Barrett: The usuals did their thing for Mount Si’s boys last night, but a shoutout to senior Jonny Barrett this morning, who stole the show last night for the Wildcats as they finished Kingco Crest Division play undefeated blasting Issaquah 74-49 at Issaquah High School. Barrett, known for his defense this season with the Wildcats, turned it on offensively last night, hitting four threes on the way to a career-high 16 points, a big night indeed for the Dartmouth football signee.

Jabe Mullins led the way with 18 while Tyler Patterson added 16 pacing scarlet and gray. Mount Si can run the table in the Kingco regular season with a win Tuesday at North Creek. Game time is 8:10 p.m. at North Creek High School in Bothell, the back end of a doubleheader with the girls leading it off as previously noted at 6:30.

And the colleges:

George Fox breaks out quickly, handles Puget Sound ladies despite Prewitt’s efforts: Visiting George Fox broke out of the gate quickly, taking a 20-9 lead after one frame and holding off the University of Puget Sound’s women’s hoops squad 67-60 in a Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) game last night at UPS’s gym in Tacoma.

Senior Elizabeth Prewitt did her part for the Loggers, scoring 15 points and adding five boards, but it was all Bruins early as they moved to 8-1 in conference play, 15-3 overall. UPS dropped to 7-3 in conference, 14-4 overall. They are in action next on February 1 hosting Linfield.

Track and Field
Valley athletes compete in major meet: A pair of Snoqualmie Valley college track athletes competed against a big field of entrants in the first day of action at the UW Invitational track and field indoor meet in Seattle.

St. Martin’s University senior Liz Larson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS grad, took 23rd in the women’s weight throw event last night, tossing it just over 47 feet, eight inches. Fellow Wildcat alum Melissa Hruska, also from Snoqualmie, competed in the women’s 5000m for Washington State University, and the junior, a 2016 MSHS’er, took 22nd, clocking 17:28.51, also last night.

Action wraps up today, with a number of college teams featuring locals expected to compete. Among them – the UW men and women (MSHS alums Hannah Waskom, Lindsey Sydnor and Jacob Wachtendonk), the Gonzaga women (Cedarcrest alum Mary Cate Babcock), and Western Washington’s men and women (CHS’ers Ian Fay and Sophie Paradis). It starts at 10am down at the Dempsey Indoor facility next to both Alaska Airlines Arena and Husky Stadium on the UW campus in Seattle.

Baseball
Corban, with Valley’s Cotto starting at third base, kicks off season: Yes, it may be cold outside and the mountains may have a lot of snow on them, but baseball is right around the corner, and the college baseball season kicked off yesterday for one local athlete and his team.

Oregon’s Corban University opened the 2019 season with a Valleyite as their starting third baseman, playing two with California’s William Jessup.

Jessup’s Warriors proved to be too much for Corban’s Warriors, sweeping a doubleheader from the visitors 10-7 in the opener then 17-0 in the nightcap. As noted, a Valley athlete started at third for Corban. Richard “Drew” Cotto, he of North Bend and a senior at the Salem, OR, school, went 1-4 with an RBI in the opener then went 0-1 in the nightcap. Cotto, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, is in his second season with Corban after transferring there prior to his junior year. He played his first two years collegiately for Centralia College in the NWAACC (community colleges).

The two teams finish up their NAIA opening weekend series today down in northern California on Jessup’s campus in Rocklin.

Soccer
Perth in thick of championship hunt: The Aussie women’s pro soccer season is fast approaching its end, and a local athlete and her team are in the thick of the hunt for a league title.

The Perth Glory are 5-2-4 (wins-losses-ties) with 19 points, tied for second one point back of first-place Brisbane, who won last night to take over the top spot after Perth had briefly held it earlier yesterday following a 5-1 win Thursday night over the Western Sydney Wanderers. North Bend’s Nikki Stanton played in the contest for Perth, with the 2008 Mount Si HS grad recording no stats of note. Longtime American pro teammate Sam Kerr, however, factored in, scoring a pair of goals. Stanton and Kerr are teammates with the National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars, and had been together with the NWSL’s Sky Blue team before that New York-based squad traded the pair last year to Chicago.

The Aussie W-League season wraps up next Friday with Perth and fellow second-place Melbourne Victory battling for at minimum the second-place spot in the league – if the game is decided in regulation, the winner, with a Brisbane loss or tie, would win the league title.

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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