The weekend wrap, and our Athletes of the Week for February 13

Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week on deck, but we first wrap up the weekend starting with a little youth softball and the final day of tournaments in Las Vegas and San Diego which featured players from both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 13, Batbusters Nelson 5: The Redmond-based squad went to work right away, scoring six runs in the first on the Salt Lake-area team to win at the Valentine’s Day Blast tournament in Las Vegas. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger doubled, scored a run and drove in two more for the Diamonds, and Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke added a pair of hits herself, as the Valley duo did their part to get the job done for the Diamonds.

Surrey Storm 16, Bellevue Blast 16U 15: This was a wild one yesterday down in Vegas, as the Blast broke an 8-8 tie with seven sixth-inning runs only to see the Canadian team rally with eight runs in their half of the frame to walk off with the win and stun the Bellevue team in the process. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 1-3 with a triple, walk and two runs scored pacing the Blast.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 14, Northwest Sidewinders Tyree 3: The two Seattle-area foes went at it after lunch down there in Vegas yesterday perhaps with their minds focused elsewhere – namely whether their flights home would be impacted at all by the weather here in western Washington, but on they went with the Diamonds getting the win over the Puyallup-area team with Huntzinger leading the way. She hit a homer as part of a 2-3 effort, driving in five runs as the Diamonds scored six in the second to put away the local rival.

Bellevue Blast 16U 13, Pacific Fury 5: These two Seattle-area rivals perhaps also were playing with some other things in the back of their mind, similar to the other game above, but the teams played on and the Blast rolled to the win over the Edmonds-based team. Harris was 0-2 but walked and scored twice. A nine-run second keyed by a Kylie Ravenscraft grand slam was the difference in this one for Bellevue.

San Diego Firecrackers 6, Bellevue Blast 18U 2: The San Diego team handled the Bellevue side with ease, as the Blast finished winless at the weekend Triple Crown event down in southern California. Mount Si’s Sam Simmons went 2-2 leading the Blast in this one.

To the colleges now.

Science & Arts 10, Bellevue (NE) 2 (game one, doubleheader): S&A responded to an early 2-0 deficit scoring all their runs over the final four innings to roll to the twinbill-opening win at home in Chickasha, OK. Duvall’s Cody Banks, a junior and 2016 Cedarcrest HS alum, was 0-2 for Bellevue in the contest.

Science & Arts 8, Bellevue (NE) 3 (game two, doubleheader): A seven-run third propelled S&A to the nightcap win and doubleheader sweep of the visiting Bruins. Banks again went 0-2 for Bellevue.

Valley athlete wraps up freshman season in pool: The swim season has wrapped up for Valley freshman Julia Crumb. Crumb, swimming for the Pacific University-Oregon women, took to the pool for two final races yesterday at the Northwest Conference Championships in Federal Way. The 2018 MSHS’er finished 22nd in the 1650-yard freestyle, clocking 19:32.76, and was also part of the Boxer 400-yard freestyle relay unit that finished ninth in that race, with a time of 3:53.71.

Now to our Athletes of the Week.

Athletes of the Week
We have some boys selections for you this week.

CEDARCREST – The Red Wolves boys basketball season finished on a down note last Thursday night with a Northwest 2A District loser-out playoff loss at Bellingham to finish the season 8-12. It was a season marked by struggles without many of the team’s top players, including senior Chris Busch, who we are recognizing here today not only for his success on the court, but his sportsmanship on it as well. His dad Greg sent us a note last week and in that note was attached a letter that was sent to the program by the Snohomish County Basketball Officials Association, the referees organization which covers the Wesco Conference, in which they recognized the Cedarcrest player for his sportsmanship during a game last month.

In the letter, the chair of the officials’ association’s sportsmanship committee, Chris Soterakopolus, relayed comments made by the game official regarding Busch. The referee in his report noted, “Chris is a very unselfish player who works just as hard on defense as he does on offense. He treats his teammates, coaches, opponents and officials with respect and always displays great sportsmanship. He is a quiet leader for his team and helps keep the game controlled and smooth.” The official continued, “On the rare times he talks to officials, he does so with respect and a calm demeanor that leads to productive conversations. He is the type of player that makes officiating an enjoyable vocation for us.”

Great job Chris. It’s efforts like this that help strengthen the image of Cedarcrest and its students throughout the community and reinforces the values that the school teaches every day. He will be attending WSU in the fall and will major in economics. It should also be noted that not only did he do a fine job on the court this season, he’s doing so in the classroom as well, with a 3.95 grade point average. Busch will be playing baseball this spring once the snow clears, and if his efforts on the basketball floor are any indication, folks around this conference can look to expect Busch to be a team leader for the Red Wolves this season.

MOUNT SI – The snow wiped everything out last week so we’re going to hit the mat this week and recognize all of the wrestlers making state that we haven’t recognized previously. Braedon Haynie (126 lbs.), Jaeden Durham (145), Luke Harper (152), Spencer Marenco (160), Sage Phelps (170) and Tate Stedman (195) joined previous AotW’s Tryon Kaess and Mark Marum in finishing in the top four at the Kingco Championships two weekends ago. All of these boys were slated to wrestle this past weekend in the WIAA regionals over in Moses Lake, but the snow canceled all that on Friday, resulting in all of these guys earning automatic berths to Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome this weekend.

We’re expecting an announcement later today on the 32-team brackets in each weight class, which should include all eight of these guys in them. The meet is expected to start Friday morning, weather permitting.

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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