The hardwood, the pitch and the diamond aplenty on this Saturday…..

Other stuff now and we hit the hardwood to lead it off.

It is a huge weekend for Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team, and it started off last night down in Phoenix. While the Wildcats’ old gym at Mount Si is in the midst of being demolished as part of the continuing high school campus redevelopment, Mount Si’s hoopsters have taken up residence for the weekend in a collection of facilities in the Valley of the Sun, as the Arizona Basketball Coaches’ Association hosts its first ever summer “camp” tournament. According to a story from the Arizona Repubilc, anywhere from 150-300 college coaches are on hand this weekend watching Mount Si and other teams from around the western United States compete in this so-called “viewing event.” The Republic’s prep writer Richard Obert has more here.

The Wildcats as noted opened the tournament with a late night clash last night, and it was the Jabe Mullins show. Mullins scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds, a double-double in front of the right people that could see him potentially walk out of there with higher-caliber programs showing interest in him, even though he already has a scholarship offer in his back pocket, from Oregon State University. That huge effort paced Mount Si as they posted a hard-fought 44-40 win over Modesto Christian of central California, advancing the Wildcats into the quarterfinals of the tournament today. Both of the brothers Patterson – Tyler and Quin – along with Hayden Curtiss – also rebounded well, each of the three netting eight boards apiece.

We’ll keep you apprised on what happens through the weekend down there. A big weekend for sure as Mount Si’s boys program under head coach Jason Griffith seeks to make itself not just a program well-known in Washington, but well-known around the West.

Soccer: Valley athletes, teams continue quest for regional championships
The quarterfinals at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals yesterday saw a pair of Preston-based Eastside FC club teams with top Valley high school players advance, while a third saw their run end with a shutout loss in the quarterfinals. Highlights from the Simplot Complex in Boise:

“Mad Dog” aids in rally sending her team to semis: Cedarcrest High School’s Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson sparked a late Eastside FC rally, scoring the tying goal in the 57th minute, before teammate Catherine Lewiston put Eastside in the lead to stay 15 minutes later, as EFC’s girls’ G04 Red ralled from a 2-1 halftime deficit to sink the Las Vegas Soccer Academy’s National League squad from Nevada 3-2 in their knockout quarterfinal yesterday. The win sends Eastside into a semi today against the host Boise Thorns with the winner advancing to the finals tomorrow, either against Santa Clara Sporting Green from California, who Eastside fell to once already in pool play, or the Salt Lake-based Utah Celtic FC.

Smith, Eastside boys’ B03 Red advance: Eastside’s B03 Red doubled up Santa Clara Sporting Green from California 2-1 in their quarterfinal yesterday. Eastside rallied from an early 1-0 hole with a pair of goals in the first half, then let their defense take over the rest of the way to get the job done. Mount Si High School’s Sullivan Smith did not have any goals in this one for Eastside, but no matter, he and his EFC teammates get another game today, in the semis against Seattle-area rival Washington Premier FC. This squad is based in Puyallup, so Smith may see a few familiar faces perhaps on the other side of the field today, faces of guys he faced in the state high school playoffs this spring with both Sumner and Puyallup. We’ll see, but the winner of this one will meet the LA Galaxy San Diego Elite from California or the Las Vegas Soccer Academy Silver from Nevada tomorrow for the title.

Eastside G03Red tournament run ends at hands of Denver team: This Eastside U16 crew, with Cedarcrest’s Grace McKenzie and Annaliese Irwin, fell 1-0 to Arsenal Colorado Academy from Denver, knocking the locals out of the event. Delaney Schorr scored the lone goal in the first half for Colorado as they moved into the semis and sent Eastside home in a tie for fifth in the tournament. Good stuff for the Red Wolve pair and their teammates.

College Summer Baseball
Honkers roll: The Valley-based Northwest Honkers blanked the Highline Bears 10-0 last night down in Burien in Pacific International League action. Duvall’s Cameron Padron, a Cedarcrest HS grad, went 2-5 with a run scored and RBI for NWH, not playing games this summer in the Valley but instead playing them at various locations around the Eastside as it awaits a new permanent field option next season, with the possibilities for that including the new Mount Si High School field in Snoqualmie, which is now in the very early stages of construction.

Well, we found Tanner: North Bend’s Tanner Simpson has found a summer baseball home. It’s north of the border. Simpson, a 2014 Mount Si High School grad who just graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, has hooked up with the Okotoks Dawgs of Canada’s Western Canadian Baseball League. He pitched last night for the suburban Calgary-based Dawgs as they took on the Alberta provincial rival Lethbridge Bulls. Simpson worked four innings and they proved to be a bit rought, as he allowed seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits, walking one and striking out four, as the Bulls won a slugfest 10-8 at home in Lethbridge. Simpson took the loss and dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 5.25 earned run average for the Dawgs, who are in first in the league’s Western Division, at 14-5 on the season.

Of note here also is that one of Cedarcrest High School grad Cody Banks’ teammates on Bellevue University’s team in Nebraska, Kory Longaker, is also playing for the Dawgs, and he went 1-5 with a run scored. Banks himself is as far as we know not playing this summer in any league.

Youth Baseball
Action last night with our scores and highlights powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

FSP Baseball 18U 11, Baden Black 3: Mount Si’s Harrison Clark paced Bellevue-based Ford to a win last night at Washington State University in Pullman in another round of the Palouse Summer Series, this over their Seattle-based rivals. Clark tripled, part of a 2-3 effort that saw him score two runs and drive in two more aiding FSP. Fellow Wildcat Troy Baunsgard went 0-3 for Ford.

Washington A’s 18U Premier 9, Baden Premier 4: 2018 Mount Si HS grad Will Scott homered for the A’s as part of a 2-4 effort, driving in two runs, as the Sammamish-based squad downed Seattle-based Baden on their home field at Foster High School in Tukwila. Scott is home this summer after finishing his freshman season with the Colorado School of Mines college team.

WW Sweets 15U 7, Washington Rush White 2: Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty guided the Sammamish-based Sweets to the win on the road up in Everett. He pitched four solid innings, allowing a run on three hits striking out four, and then delivered with the bat, going 3-4 with a double and two runs scored as Sweets handled their business with the Rush.

Juanita Baseball Club 16U 8, Northwest Naturals 16U 1: Juanita rolled to a home win last night at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland over their Sammamish-based rivals. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-3 for JBC while Jack Phillips led the Wildcat contingent for the Nats, going 1-2 with his team’s lone RBI. Fellow MSHS’er Tyler Disch also pitched for NWN, allowing four runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings with no decision. He walked three.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 6, Seattle Stars 2: BoS took care of the Seattle-based team at Woodinville High School last night. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco and Trace Halvorson went a combined 0-7 with an RBI in this one for Boys.

Rijo Baseball 12, Washington A’s 15U 0: Redmond-based Rijo limited the Sammamish-based A’s to just one hit in the shutout at Enumclaw High School. Mount Si’s Matt Wieting went 0-2 for the A’s.

Kirkland Merchants Elite 7, Northwest Naturals 17U 1: The Sammamish-based Nats fell at home at Skyline High School in Sammamish to their Kirkland-based rivals. Mount Si’s Jack Mardon and Cam Ferreri went a combined 0-5 with an RBI for NWN.

Baden Black 16U 5, Seattle Wave 3: Former Mount Si player Mason Gronewald went 2-4 with a double and run for Seattle-based Baden as they won a game in the Seattle Elite League Wood Bat tournament in Kent. Gronewald played this spring for Mercer Island High School.

Boys of Summer 5, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 2: Also in Kent in the SEL Wood Bat event, the Bellevue rivals squared off, with XSN falling to BoS. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan went 0-1 with a walk for XSN in this one.

River City A’s 6, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 4: The Dragons fell on the road over in the Tri-Cities last night to the A’s. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 1-3 with a run scored.

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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