Weekend wrap and the Athletes of the Week for 5-15

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap and our Athletes of the Week, as we go a little off the beaten path this morning.

College Baseball
New Mexico State 16, Seattle U. 3: The final game of the year for the Redhawks yesterday at Bannerwood went the same as the rest of the games this past weekend went – not well with the Aggies rolling to the win. Duvall junior Blaine Wagner went 0-1 for SU in late-inning catching duty. He is a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad.

Bellevue CC 4, Shoreline 0 (game one, doubleheader): The Bulldogs blanked the Dolphins in the first of two at Meridian Park in north Seattle. Skyline HS alum Riley Gill, whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 1-3 with a run scored for BCC.

Gonzaga 22, Lamar 4: Senior Day for Carson Breshears and the rest of GU’s class of 2019 went very well at home in Spokane yesterday afternoon with the Zags blowing out the non-conference foe from Texas then finding out after the game that they had qualified for the West Coast Conference postseason tournament. Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 MSHS grad, went 1-2 with a walk, two reaches of base after being hit by pitches and scored two runs.

Bellevue CC 15, Shoreline 2 (game two, doubleheader): Gill went 3-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI for BCC as they swept the pair. Starting on the mound for Shoreline and taking the loss was Carnation’s Jake Jewell; the Cedarcrest HS grad walked five and allowed three runs without allowing a hit in 2/3 of an inning.

UCLA 13, Washington State 10: The Bruins outslugged the Cougars to close out a weekend series in Pullman. North Bend junior Isaac Mullins allowed a run on two hits in limited relief work for WSU yesterday; the 2015 MSHS grad did not record an out in his outing and ended up with no decision.

Mount Si alum to compete for national college baseball championship: Colorado School of Mines freshman Will Scott, from North Bend, wasn’t expected to play this season, but his team asked him to help out with the pitching. He said yes, and his contributions have now proved to be frutiful for his team.

Mines last night was selected to participate in the NCAA Division II national championship baseball tournament, meaning Scott, a 2018 MSHS alum, will get a chance to compete for a national title along with the rest of his Orediggers. And what’s more is they’ll be doing it this weekend on the same field they just played their conference tournament at – at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO.

Mines was seeded fourth in the South Central Region and will face fifth-seed West Texas A&M. Mesa will host the weekend sub-regional and is the top seed in the region.

Game one is Thursday. CSM is 39-13 on the season.

Youth Baseball
Mount Si players face each other in summer action: We’ll see a lot more of this we expect as the summer goes on, but we had a youth baseball game yesterday pitting Mount Si High School players and their club teams against one another.

It happened on Mercer Island, with the Sammamish-based WW Sweets taking on Bellevue-based ExploSwing NW in 16U action. Sweets took the win 3-2 with their MSHS representation pitching in. Aidan Dougherty went 1-3 with a double and Jake Smith was 0-2, but walked once and scored a run. Wildcat Turner McCutchan went 0-2 for XSW. He also pitched and took the loss allowing three runs on three hits in three innings of work.

Youth Softball
Playoff action yesterday at the Washington Acers’ Mothers’ Day tournament in Kent featuring several local athletes. Coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

14U Silver Quarterfinal: Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller (Snohomish) 11, Coquitlam (BC) Classics 2 – The Hawks made quick work of the Canadian team and advanced to the semis in Kent with ease. Tolt Middle School’s Reagan Hollett went 0-1 for WLH in the game.

14U Gold First Round: Washington Ladyhawks 14U Millar (Everett) 9, Absolute Blast Taylor 14U 7 – Woodinville-based Blast was knocked out of the tournament falling short in a slugfest to the Everett-based team. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham went 1-3 for Blast. Also, the Snohomish Shock Oylear, featuring Bonham’s Mount Si teammate Willow Westbrook and two players from the lower Valley (a CHS freshman and a Tolt Middle School eighth-grader), were knocked out of this bracket with a first-round loss as well.

14U Silver Semifinal: Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller 10, Washington Acers Coit 2: Another blowout win, this over the Auburn-based tournament hosts, moved the Hawks into the title game. Hollett again went 0-1. She did not play in the title game, won by the Northwest Sidewinders Bishop from Everett, leaving the Ladyhawks as the runner-up in the Silver division.

Now to our AotW’s. Girls’ week this week.

CEDARCREST – Softball this week and senior pitcher Michaela Carter gets our nod, on the strength of her one-hitter this past Friday in the Northwest 2A District opening round game, won by Cedarcrest 10-0 over Burlington-Edison. Carter is bound for NCAA Division I Fordham this fall, and for good reason. Carter struck out 11 in a complete-game effort, and offensively, she went 3-4 with a homer, two runs scored and four RBI’s, and is hitting better than .600 on the season, arguably perhaps among the best hitters right now anywhere in the state at the 2A level in high school softball. CHS will meet Lakewood on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the tournament up in Sedro-Woolley.

MOUNT SI – This week, we’re going off the beaten path for this one. This would be a tennis week this week, so we’ll recognize these athletes – Fabienne Verdier, Abigail Fletcher and Jillian Bludworth – who made the Kingco playoffs this spring. All of them worked hard this season and earned that opportunity to compete in the postseason.

With that out of the way, the girl we really want to recognize this week isn’t an athlete. But the work she’s putting in to become great in what she does best, frankly, she could be an athlete just the same.

This past Friday, as we have been telling you, Mount Si High School’s jazz band competed at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City. And while they ended up not being among the top three placing bands this year when the final judging results were announced Saturday, this experience this year for the jazz band group was pretty memorable just the same. And it largely in our view was because of the girl we are recognizing today.

Senior Sage Eisenhour handled the vocals for the Wildcat band during this past Friday’s performance. The way this works each year – and this is the fifth time Mount Si has competed back there, the first in two years – is the band got a chance to play three songs for the judges, which included acclaimed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. The first two were instrumentals, and the third song featured a vocal element to it, which was Eisenhour’s as previously noted. And let us just say that she literally hit this one out of the park. Here’s the video proof, courtesy of YouTube:

And her performance, and we say this as not being very literate about jazz at all, was absolutely outstanding. So much so your editor was on cloud nine, and the audience, too, an audience – a very knowledgable one we suspect about jazz – which gave the performance a standing ovation, something which we can’t remember Mount Si ever getting before at what is known as the “Super Bowl” for high school jazz bands. That standing ovation made a lot of us who bleed this scarlet and gray every day – your editor, several MSHS administrators, the school’s journalism class, and probably the viewing party at the North Bend Theatre among many others we think – absolutely proud.

MSHS vice principal Brian Ferguson even took to Twitter in disbelief at what he had just witnessed (that standing ovation) on the livestream following the performance. And we had to respond and tell him he wasn’t dreaming. It was real. Our kids, your kids, this community’s kids, had received a standing ovation for their efforts, and it really was in our view about Eisenhour’s performance, which also earned her honorable mention distinction from those judges, that announced during the award ceremony Saturday.

So we had to, in prepping this for you, go back and have a look at some previous Ellington clips, and well, let’s just say experience proved to be a help for Sage. This was her third time back there – she also handled the vocals for them in 2016 as a freshman and 2017 as a sophomore. To us, watching both of those clips, she sounded pretty good both times previous, too, but there is something to be said for the hard work and the time commitment Eisenhour and her fellow bandmates put in to continually improve their craft. Here’s those two clips by the way if you’re interested, both from YT as well.

(2016, Eisenhour’s freshman year)

(2017, Eisenhour’s sophomore year)

Those zero-period sessions daily are not for the faint of heart, folks. For a girl like Eisenhour – or frankly the rest of those kids in that jazz band – being at school at 6:30 probably requires a 4:30 wakeup every morning, very early when you consider the normal teenage body clock, and with homework and other responsibilities probably keeping a lot of these kids up well into the evening, that’s a lot of very short sleep nights that’s for sure. So there is a lot to be said for the commitment she and her bandmates put into this.

But what’s more, she’s not just a vocalist for the band, she also handles the trumpet and while the instrumentals in our view were of similar high quality to two years ago, it’s her vocal efforts which carried the day for Mount Si on this day, and we opined on Twitter during and after that performance that she has a future at this, and should be signed to a recording contract like pronto. She was THAT good. But working that trumpet, too, shows a tremendous amount of versatility and work ethic as well. A lot for this young lady to balance, and boy, does she do a good job at it.

We should also add that we’ve been told she’s strong academically and also works hard to demonstrate the school’s PRIDE vision every day while on campus. So we are honored to say this week that our Athlete of the Week is Sage Eisenhour, from Mount Si’s jazz band.

Sage, from your editor here, let yours truly just say that we are excited for your future and in just about a month, you’ll join a special club that we are honored that you will be a part of: the club of those who have graduated with tremendous distinction from this high school and will go on to have tremendous success as adults. Many before you have followed that path, many more after you will follow it, too. But you have a chance to have this success on a big stage and if you do, you will put your school on the map, your community on the map. We wish you all the best as you move forward and good luck, Sage.

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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