Weekend wrap, Athletes of the Week and another reminder about the Hefner memorial fund…..

Athletes of the Week in a moment but we have a couple of things to get to that we missed from this past Saturday.

We start first on the football field where a Mount Si High School grad stole the show in his college’s spring football game. We’re talking about Oregon State University freshman receiver Jesiah Irish, from North Bend and a 2018 MSHS grad. A lot of people are starting to perhaps think Irish could be among the receivers to watch this fall for the Beavers after his performance during the Beaver spring game on Saturday down in Corvallis, OR.

Irish caught five passes for 81 yards, and among these was a 42-yard reception. He also made what was described by the school as a spectacular catch during the contest (if we find video of it we’ll get it up for you). He spent last season mostly on special teams, but if his spring performance is any indication, you can look to see him in a prominent role on Oregon State’s offense this fall.

OSU opens the season August 30 with a home game against Oklahoma State. That game, along with all other Beaver games this fall, will be televised (network announcements have not been made, but expect this game with the Cowboys with it being on a Friday to be a Fox Sports broadcast).

Baseball
Shoreline 13, Olympic 7 (game two, doubleheader): The Dolphins held on to take the nightcap of two from the Rangers at home in north Seattle and pick up a doubleheader sweep. Sophomore Jake Jewell, he of Carnation and a 2016 CHS’er, worked an inning on the hill for Shoreline and allowed three runs on three hits, walked one and struck out one with no decision. He did not pitch the first game, won by the Dolphins 7-4.

Edmonds, Bellevue split: The Tritons took the opener 7-4 while the Bulldogs won the nightcap 7-1, both at Courter Field on the BCC campus in Bellevue. Skyline HS grad Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, saw action as an outfielder in the opener and as a pinch-runner in the nightcap. He had no official at-bats in either game for BCC.

To our athletes of the week. Boys this week.

CEDARCREST – We know that these past few days have been tremendously challenging for all of you up at Cedarcrest High School as you try to process the passing of distance track/cross country athlete and basketball player Bryce Hefner. So out of respect for all of you this week, we are going to skip an actual recognition of an athlete and instead offer once again our thoughts to all of you, particularly in the senior class. Bryce was a tremendous athlete and a tremendous person and he will be missed by all. As we told you on Saturday, and we want to thank Chris Busch for letting us know; Chris, we’re sure it was hard for you to reach out with that info for us, but we are very happy you did, a memorial fund has been set up to help Bryce’s family deal with all that needs to be addressed in the wake of this tragedy. As things stand now, they’ve raised over $16,000, and it’s likely the school will be sending out word about this to students and families today as this was started up on Saturday after classes ended last week. So here’s the link again:

Bryce Hefner Memorial Fund

This message is specifically intended for our upper Valley audience. A lot of your fellow residents in the lower Valley have stepped up, many contributing around $20-$25, some more, some less. Those of you here in the upper Valley who are supporters of Mount Si High School, while you may not think this affects you, still please consider helping the family. As we have discussed on Twitter and as well here on this site on Saturday, the Cedarcrest campus community right now is dealing with many of the same emotions many of you here in our part of the Valley had some eight or nine years ago when popular and well-respected Mount Si wrestler Cody Botten suddenly passed away. The tragedy at Cedarcrest has impacted not just students, but many of their parents as well, almost in a similar vein to how Cody’s loss impacted so many at Mount Si, including your editor. We, as a community, need to unite and help support the Hefner’s and the extended Cedarcrest campus community.

So if you can, please chip in some money. Doesn’t have to be a lot, but every dollar will go a long way toward helping the Hefner’s get through this.

We have asked Chris to let the Hefner’s know they are welcome to reach out to us if they need anything, and we will ourselves do that now. We wish you all the best as you try to process what frankly is not processable.

MOUNT SI – Lacrosse this week and we recognize a pair of Mount Si Lacrosse boys, one current the other former.

First the current. Chris Haycock had three goals and three assists Saturday for the Wildcats as they handled Nathan Hale at home 18-6 in Snoqualmie. He leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and five assists as Mount Si moved to .500 with the win at 6-6 on the season. They play Mercer Island tomorrow night at home.

Now the former. The man that was the top scorer for Mount Si before his graduation in 2015 is named Tyler Smith, and he has translated his success on the high school field into success at the college level. Case in point? This past Saturday. The junior, from Snoqualmie, closed out the season for his University of Dallas men’s team with eight goals in a game. Yes, EIGHT goals. We reached out to him on Twitter and asked if that was a career high at the college level and he told us it was. Smith’s team pounded Johnson & Wales University in Denver in the contest, and it was their first and only win of the season. So we recognize Smith as well in this segment. Good stuff you two and we wish you luck the rest of the season.

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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