Mount Si golf to compete for state titles today and diamond cuts on a Wednesday…..

Time now for some news as we get things going on a Wednesday.

Yesterday was a mixed day on the links at the WIAA’s state high school golf tournaments in Spokane. While the day did not go well at all for the two Cedarcrest entrants, both Mount Si’s boys and girls did very well and both teams will get a chance to compete for a title today.

The Wildcat boys are in the title discussion this morning, that’s for sure. They sit fourth as a team after day one, having fired a 303 score and are 10 shots back of Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep for the team lead. So a strong day for their depth foursome of Cole Bostwick, Jack Miller, Cooper Neil and Noah Lange could see Mount Si bring home a title.

We didn’t of course mention Drew Warford, and the reason why we didn’t is because he did what was expected and that was shoot a strong round that has him in contention for the tournament title. He fired a one-under par 71 at the par-72 Creek at Qualchan layout, which held the lead for much of the day before three others – including Eastlake’s Costas Panay – fired better scores to take over the lead. Panay was one of two carding a 69 that has him in a tie for the lead individually going into today’s final round. Warford sits in a tie for fourth with Mount Vernon’s Kyle Cooley and Tahoma’s Colby Watkins.

But the reason Mount Si can at least discuss the word “title” is the play of their depth group. Neil carded a 75 and sits in a tie for 15th while Bostwick is tied for 23rd after shooting a 76. Lange’s tied for 55th after an 81 and Miller’s tied for 65th after an 82. Neither of them would have made the cut today if it weren’t for the strength of their top three pacing the Wildcats into the team title, so those two will have a chance to shine today, and if they do, and everyone else holds serve, we could be talking trophy later this afternoon.

Warford leads the boys off at 9:27 this morning, then Neil, Bostwick, Lange and Miller will follow in succession, each firing their opening tee shot 10 minutes after their teammate does.

Wildcat girls also back today: On the strength of their two top competitors, Mount Si’s ladies with not a lot of room to spare made it in to the team final eight at the 4A girls’ tournament up the road at Hangman Valley Golf Course today. They sit sixth with a team score of 359, 24 shots back of team leader Redmond. While the chances, especially considering they know what they’re facing with their Kingco rivals, of winning the title are remote, they’re here and anything can most certainly happen.

Kasey Maralack led the contingent yesterday, firing a 75 on the par-72 layout to finish in a tie for sixth. She sits five shots back of the lead group, all of who shot 70 yesterday. That threesome includes Mustang top golfer Adethi Anand. Tori Berger finished yesterday tied for 25th pocketing an 82, then the remaining group had their challenges. Annie Burns is in 73rd overall after a 97, and the other two, Erika Groshell and Allie Miller, both carded scores in the 100’s. With the team qualification, though, all of them will get a chance to improve their scores today.

Miller leads it off at 9:00 this morning, then Groshell, Burns, Berger and Maralack will go out in succession afterwards, each teeing off around 10 minutes after their teammate tees off during the 9:00 hour.

Cedarcrest duo misses cut: Both Cedarcrest reps at the 2A state tournament are headed home after missing the cut at the boys’ event at Liberty Lake Golf Club yesterday. Hayden Whetten carded an 87 to end up tied for 43rd, while Nicolo Cammarano fired a 93 and ended up tied for 62nd, both well back of the cut line. No CHS girls made the 2A girls’ tournament this spring, so Cedarcrest will not be represented in today’s final round at all.

Also this morning:

Youth baseball
Plenty of Mount Si presence in the light baseball load we have for you from last night. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Juanita Baseball Club 16U 9, FM Sports 16U 6: Mount Si varsity player Jake Mitton paced the JBC squad as they took this one at home at Lee Johnson Field in downtown Kirkland. Mitton went 3-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s for Juanita, who broke out to a lead after two frames and sealed it with a five-run fourth. Wildcat Logan Garwood took the hill to start for FM, and struggled a bit. He allowed all nine runs, of which just two were earned thanks to three FM errors, on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out three. Also of note from FM’s large Wildcat delegation – Jackson Crumb and Chris Wilson both had a hit each.

WW Sweets 15U 8, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 2: Inglemoor High School in Kenmore saw a second battle last night featuring Mount Si representation on both squads. Sammamish-based Sweets was paced by Aidan Dougherty, who went 2-4 with a double and run scored, and Jake Smith, who walked twice and scored two runs. The Dragons’ Wildcat player, Anthony Gilden, went 1-3 with a walk. He also started on the hill for BDE and also ran into some struggles, allowing six runs, five earned, on four hits in just an inning of work, walking one and striking out one.

ExploSwing Northwest 16U 4, Washington Rush 1: The Bellevue-based XSN took this one over the Snohomish County-based team up at Mountlake Terrace High School. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan started on the mound for XSN and worked three innings, allowing a hit and walk while striking out two. He got the win. At the plate, however, he went 0-3.

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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