Two MSHS alums playing college sports recognized for academic excellence, and your first look at Wildcat boys’ soccer’s state semifinal playoff opponent, Ferris

Good Tuesday morning. Very light morning today so we have a news item first then we’ll take a look at Friday’s WIAA 4A boys’ soccer semifinal opponent for Mount Si, the boys from Spokane’s Ferris High School.

That news item comes from the classroom, where a pair of MSHS alums playing college sports have received accolades for their efforts academically.

The University of Montana’s football program announced yesterday that among those from the team who made the school’s “President’s List” for achieving a 4.0 grade point average in his classroom work for the university’s spring quarter is a Valleyite. Sophomore Caleb Mitchell, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS alum, was one of five Grizzlies players to earn that designation, and it helped the program acheive a high water mark of a team cumulative 3.0 grade point for the second straight semester; they acheived this as well for the fall 2018 quarter and set a school record in the process.

Mitchell has seen very little playing time, but that could change this fall, we shall see. In any event, that he is continuing to get it done academically shows the work ethic that will help him get it done on the field when he gets a chance to play this fall.

Closer to home, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this past Thursday announced its women’s track and field All-Academic team, and St. Martin’s senior thrower Liz Larson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS’er, was one of 13 Saints to make the roster. She is carrying a strong 3.86 GPA as she double majors in math and biology and is set to graduate in just a few short weeks time.

Two more examples of academic success from MSHS alums playing college sports. Good stuff for sure.

Time now for your first look at Ferris’ boys’ soccer team.

Mount Si boys’ soccer to play Ferris in semis at 4A state tournament
While Mount Si and its fans continue to revel in the moment heard ’round the Valley last Saturday night – the goal from 60 yards out by Reed Paradissis that helped the Wildcats beat Issaquah and advance them to the state semifinals for the first time in soccer in school history, either boys or girls, Paradissis and his teammates and coaching staff are hard at work getting ready for their next test.

That next exam comes Friday night as Mount Si meets Ferris from Spokane at 6:00 down at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup in the WIAA’s 4A state semifinals. So, what is there to know about Ferris?

First off, they’re good. Real good. 18-1-0 good. The team is ranked both in the top 10 in the MaxPreps state rankings and ScoreCzar computer 4A soccer rankings. It’s a junior and senior-laden roster full of experience and one that has only allowed nine goals all season according to ScoreCzar. So the goals could be tough to come by on Friday night. But we told you yesterday we saw one big red flag with them.

As noted, they’re 18-1-0. An awesome record to be sure, with their only loss coming at mid-season to Central Valley of Spokane. But, you look at their schedule, and you see something about that schedule that to us raised a red flag. Their schedule this spring, outside of their playoff opposition and a game against an Alaska team over spring break, was against exclusively Spokane-centric opposition. In other words, they have not seen a team like Mount Si with their physical, attacking style. Granted, they’ve probably gone to YouTube and found the Wildcat game streams there and are starting to study up, but seeing the boys in person is a heckuva lot different than watching them on film.

That all said, ScoreCzar does note that they do have a solid strength of schedule factor, with half their opposition being strong foes within the Greater Spokane League, so the overall schedule preparation should serve them well. And we should just note that the GSL is a very strong league in a lot of sports, with Ferris’ rival Gonzaga Prep as you remember beating the Wildcat boys’ basketball team back in March for that sport’s 4A state high school title as an example.

We haven’t seen any video on them, but if we do, we’ll let you know. Suffice it to say, however, and that is Mount Si coach Darren Brown and his staff are watching a lot of film, and the players are getting prepared. They’ll practice again today through Thursday, then head down Friday for the game at Sparks.

Travel info: To get to Sparks in Puyallup from the Valley, you would usually travel down SR 18 to do this. However, with it being the middle of rush hour on Friday and the road likely to be jammed, it is suggested by us you head down I-90 to Bellevue, then take 405 and SR 167 south to get to Puyallup. Those two roads are likely to be jammed, too, so if you can, try to carpool so you can use the HOV lanes going south. Follow 167 south from Renton to Puyallup and take the SR 512 exit heading west. You’ll get off at the first exit – Pioneer Ave. – and at the bottom of the exit ramp, you’ll turn left. Head west on Pioneer through downtown Puyallup to 5th St. SW. Turn left and head south a couple blocks. The stadium and parking will be on your right. If you go Saturday, SR 18 should be fine and you’ll just travel down 18 to Auburn, get off at 167, then head south as directed previously to Puyallup and the stadium.

Admission prices have increased for the semifinals. It’ll be $11 to get in for the game, but if you want tickets for both games Friday and Saturday – and they will play Saturday regardless of the Friday result – those will cost $20, just ask at the door. Students with an ASB will pay $8 (Friday only) or $14 (for both games). Concessions should be available there at the stadium but if you want a bite to eat, you’ll want to get over to Meridian east of the stadium to find food options there. Among the closest, off of Meridian at 7th Ave. SW, are a Taco Bell and a Jack in the Box. Also note, especially for Saturday, that events at the fairgrounds could also impact the parking around Sparks, so another reason to carpool. We are not aware at this time of any student or fan rooter busses for the games this weekend, and are not anticipating any to be scheduled. If that changes we’ll let you know.

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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