Mount Si’s Paradissis receives more recognition, plus history for Valley baseball as there will be a local rep playing in prestigious college summer league for first time perhaps

We have news today just breaking within the last hour from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

The state’s high school sports governing body has given Mount Si High School boys’ soccer senior defender Reed Paradissis its 4A high school boys athlete of the week recognition for this past week. That award is on the strength of his much talked-about two goal effort (especially, of course, the second goal) last Saturday night for Mount Si helping them win their state quarterfinal boys’ soccer playoff game over Issaquah 3-2, advancing them to the state semifinals where they’ll meet Ferris of Spokane on Friday.

Mount Si head coach Darren Brown is pleased the association recognized Paradissis. “Reed is everything you want in a center back: can elevate, reads the game like a coach, is physical, and most of all, he is very smart,” Brown told the SVSJ by email. “He puts himself in the right position because he reads what the flow of the game is dictating. He is very gifted.”

This recognition follows the Seattle Times naming him to their “Star Times” all-region team earlier this week, and his Kingco 4A all-first team recognition.

Valley baseball player set to play in prestigious college summer league
For we think the first time ever, a college baseball player from the Valley will be suiting up in the United States’ most prominent summer league for college baseball players.

Pitcher Aaron Davenport, a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall who is wrapping up his freshman season with the University of Hawaii over the next few days, told the SVSJ via Twitter earlier today that he has accepted an invitation to play for Wareham in the Cape Cod League. The CCL is widely considered to be the most high-profile league for college players during the summer, and one that a lot of Major League Baseball scouts pay a lot of attention to, so for Davenport to receive this opportunity is significant.

Davenport, as we had previously mentioned here, had been slated to pitch for the Victoria HarbourCats, part of the West Coast League and based in Canada, this summer, but he told us that he recently pitched a solid outing down at Cal Poly which came in front of the Wareham coach, who attended the game and subsquently offered the invitation to Davenport following the game. So Davenport will now get to show off his stuff in front of a lot of the right people, perhaps, and if he does well, that could help open a lot of doors for him moving forward.

The Cape Cod League is a league that primarily consists of teams in and around the Boston, MA, area. The Wareham team is located in Boston proper. Their season starts in a couple of weeks.

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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