More CHS hoops postseason discussion, along with news from the hardwood, the diamond, the gridiron, and more…plus this week’s Athletes of the Week for 1-30

Good Monday morning. We start this morning with another round of discussion concerning Cedarcrest High School’s basketball teams and their postseason chances.

Both the Red Wolve boys and girls remain very much in the postseason hunt, but the latest round of Northwest District Ratings Percentage Index numbers has some big changes of note to mention.

Those changes primarily are for the CHS boys. They have dropped out of the top eight, costing them a home game in the first two rounds if this were to hold. They have a ranking of .2864, good for ninth overall, but just ahead of 10th-seed Archbishop Murphy, who beat the Red Wolves head to head in both matchups between the two teams this season. A ninth seed right now would send Cedarcrest on the road for a loser-out game, against eighth-seed Bellingham, although if they drop into the 10th seed, that would send them against seventh-seed Lakewood. The injuries for CHS to their top players have really hurt them, as they have fallen in six straight games, so it’s hoped they’ll get guys back in time to make a late push for a home first-round game as a top eight seed.

As for the Cedarcrest girls, the Red Wolve ladies continue to hold down a top-eight slot. They have a ranking of .4273, good for seventh in the district rankings and if this holds, they’d get a home game, against perhaps Blaine or Mountlake Terrace, who the Red Wolves beat by 20 this past Thursday, stabilizing their playoff situation.

Tomorrow, the Red Wolve girls host Shorewood, and with the Thunderbirds, a 3A Wesco member, trailing CHS in the standings, Cedarcrest has another good opportunity to collect some bonus points in the RPI to help strengthen their hold on a home playoff game. CHS’ boys are at Shorewood Wednesday, also with an opportunity to stem their downward trend.

Two weeks are left in the regular season, so there’s time for both teams to make a late push, but the health of key players for both teams will be a factor, so we’ll keep watching it for you as things wind down.

To other news this morning:

Cedarcrest football to be repped at upcoming senior All-State football game: Yesterday, Cedarcrest High School senior football player Tyler Gray and his family received some exciting news in their email inbox.

His mom announced via Facebook that he had been selected – as the lone Cedarcrest rep – to play in the annual East-West all-state football game that will be held after the school year ends in June. It’s not known where the game will be played this year, but this game pits some of the top high school senior players against one another in what will be their final high school game. Mount Si has sent players to this game in the past, and it is expected that will be the case again this year. We’ll check with their coach, Charlie Kinnune, later today to see if that is the case or not.

To receive the selection, Gray had to be nominated by league coaches – which he was by the Wesco 2A/3A coaches – then a committee made the final call. Congrats to Tyler, and we know you’ll rep the lower Valley well at this upcoming game.

Mount Si’s Harrison again leads club softball team: After a strong Saturday with the bat at the Triple Crown Orange County Coastal Classic tournament in southern California, Mount Si High School softball player Vera Harrison looked to deliver again yesterday for her club team, the Kenmore-based KB Fastpitch. She did her part, but it proved not to be enough as the team was eliminated from the tournament yesterday with a first-round playoff loss.

KB was blown out by the USA Athletics, from California, 8-1, with the Wildcat sophomore tripling and scoring KB’s lone run of the game. KB finished the weekend tournament splitting four games, winning two and losing two.

Skagit ladies rally for big road win: The Cardinals’ Nani Garner hit a shot at the buzzer to lift Skagit Valley’s women’s hoopsters to a huge 67-65 road win late Saturday over Edmonds that moved them to 4-1 in NWAACC play, 10-8 overall. Duvall sophomore Mieke Van Ess had eight points for the Cardinals in the contest. The 2017 CHS’er was 6-8 from the foul line to anchor her efforts, and she also collected four rebounds. Skagit meets Olympic on Wednesday.

Strong performance for Valleyite Crumb aids Pacific-OR ladies to rivalry win: Freshman Julia Crumb won an event and placed second in two others helping the Pacific-OR women’s swimmers narrowly defeat rival George Fox on Saturday.

The Boxers took it 100-92, with Crumb winning the women’s 1650-yard freestyle. She was the lone entrant in the race and the 2018 MSHS grad, from Snoqualmie, clocked a solid 19 minutes, 44.72 seconds to take the top spot. She was second in both the 400-yard individual medley (5:13.09) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:39.93).

The meet was the final one of the regular season for the Boxers, who now will compete in the Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) postseason meet in Federal Way February 7-10.

Defending champion Seattle, with Valley rep, wins season opener: The Seattle Seawolves opened their 2019 season last night with a 20-18 home win over the visiting Glendale Raptors from Colorado as Seattle began its defense of their 2018 Major League Rugby championship in that pro rugby league’s inaugural season.

North Bend’s Aladdin Schirmer is back with Seattle this season after having been a part of last season’s championship club. He played in last night’s game in Tukwila down at Starfire Sports with no stats of note reported. Schirmer is a Mount Si High School grad.

The Seawolves will play a 16-game schedule through June 2, with home games at Starfire. Games will be televised, either on Root Sports or on CBS Sports Network. Their next game is Saturday afternoon, down in San Diego against the Legion at 3:30 p.m. The Seawolves’ next home game is February 17.

Athletes of the Week
Now to our Athletes of the Week. Boys.

CEDARCREST – With top players such as Chris Busch and Emmett Turner out with injuries, that has allowed other players to step up, and Shawn Deming did just that this past Wednesday night for the Red Wolve boys’ basketball team at Lynnwood. Deming scored 10 points to pace Cedarcrest, who was unable to close out a strong start and fell to the Royals. CHS, as noted above, is in the midst of a long losing streak that has seen them fall out of the chase for a home playoff game in the first two rounds of the Northwest 2A District Tournament. Deming and his teammates hope to change that on Wednesday when they take on Shorewood.

MOUNT SI – Tryon Kaess had a big week last week on the mat for the Wildcats. Three wins in Kingco action off a strong third-place showing at a big tournament over in Prosser January 19. Kaess, competing at 113 lbs., opened last week with a pin of his Issaquah opponent last Tuesday, then delivered a pair of technical fall wins over opponents from Newport and Bothell this past Thursday. In the tournament in eastern Washington, where he competed in the 106 lb. division, Kaess pinned a pair of eastern Washington opponents to take his third place in the Rumble in the Valley tournament.

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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