Tuesday news from the links, the hardwood, the pitch and the diamond, featuring news on one Mount Si hoopster landing college offer fresh from weekend tourney

Good Tuesday morning. Time to hit the links this morning. The Washington Junior Golf Association’s summer tour season is getting underway this week. Yesterday was the season opener for the association’s District Two, which covers the Snoqualmie Valley. Six kids from the Valley, four who compete for Mount Si High School’s golf program, competed in the first tournament of the season, being held at Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle.

While all four Wildcat competitors struggled, someone who will be competing for Mount Si in the future shined yesterday. Snoqualmie’s Charlie Gaffney tied for top spot in the boys’ 12-13 age group, firing a nine-over 80 on the par-71 Broadmoor layout. He was the only one of the six to earn a berth to the association’s postseason district tournament to be held in about three weeks.

The rest of them will have to wait until the next regular season tournament to earn that trip, and that surprisingly includes Wildcat girls’ golf star Kasey Maralack, who fired an 88 and finished eighth in the girls’ 14-15 age group, just outside of the qualifying spots for the tournament. Fellow Wildcat golfers Sage Phelps (boys), Tori Berger and Erika Groshell (girls) along with Snoqualmie resident and future Mount Si boys’ competitor Jake Johnson also all were challenged significantly and did not earn berths to the district tourney.

The next event for District Two is July 1 at Nile Temple Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace, with the district postseason event happening July 15 and 16 at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond. Meanwhile, there will be more action for Valley youth golfers this week, with the association’s District Six, covering south King County and all of Pierce County but featuring a lot of Eastside golfers, including several from the Valley, starting up its season. They’ll be at Enumclaw Golf Course tomorrow for their season opener. Mount Si High School boys’ golfers Drew and Hogan Warford and Cooper Neil lead the list of Valley entrants scheduled to compete.

Also, up north, in District One, Duvall’s Andrew Davenport once again fell just short of qualifying for their district postseason tournament, firing a 99 on the par-72 Loomis Trail Golf Club course in Blaine and finishing in 11th, one spot out of the top 10 who made it to districts in the boys’ 14-15 age group. The Cedarcrest High School student also fell just short in the district opener last week on Camamo Island, carding a round of 97 on the par-72 Camaloch Golf Course layout. The next tournament for this district – which Davenport will be competing in – is next Tuesday, July 2, in Burlington.

Also this morning:

Mount Si boys hoops trip to Arizona nets results: scholarship offer for top player
One of the many objectives for Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball program in their weekend trip to the Section 7 Team Camp tournament down in Phoenix this past weekend was to get quality exposure for their players in front of college coaches and scouts, hopefully landing them college scholarship offers. Well, for one of their top returners, that’s become the case.

The program announced yesterday on Twitter that senior-to-be Tyler Patterson, off a 26-point effort in one of the games down there and a second, 20-point, performance that came with him battling injuries against Mater Dei of Los Angeles in the semis this past Saturday night, landed that offer, from NCAA Division I Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. The school is a member of the Big West Conference and according to the program, who announced this news on Twitter yesterday, this is Patterson’s third Division I scholarship offer.

He averaged 15 points this past season for Mount Si, who went 26-3 and finished as runners-up in the WIAA 4A state high school basketball tournament.

A congrats to Tyler from us here at the SVSJ!

Mount Si’s Brown reflects on boys’ soccer season, national ranking
As we told you last week, Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team finished the season ranked 20th in the entire nation by USA Today, a great accomplishment for a group of boys who made a lot of history for their school this spring.

Outgoing head coach Darren Brown is thrilled for sure. Contacted by the SVSJ about this, he told us, “It is an honor to be ranked #20 by USA Today. There are a lot of top programs around the country that are power houses year in year out. To be talked about in that caliber….top 25 high school programs in the US, is pretty amazing.” Brown added, “It is really cool as a head coach and AD to see the program develop into what it is now. The booster program, parents, community, and student body that are behind all of our programs is at another level.”

Brown, as you all know, has relinquished his coaching duties to focus on his duties as the school athletic director, which is keeping him plenty busy as the school transitions from its old campus to its new one. He is in his final days occupying his office in the old building before he and the rest of the staff vacate that facility and move into the new facility in order for the old one to be demolished. There is demolition already occurring as you know, with construction crews last week beginning that process on the old MSHS gymnasium.

Old Mount Si classroom buildings are expected to be razed following the July 4 holiday as construction crews move into a new phase of the school campus redevelopment, one that will ultimately see a new parking lot and baseball and softball fields built and an auditorium to go in place of the old gymnasium. The baseball and softball fields are expected to be ready in time for next spring while the parking lot, at least in temporary form, should be available in some fashion in time for this coming school year in September.

“There are many great things coming ahead for Mount Si. This past year was something special for Mount Si High School. With the closing of the old school with all the programs’ success (boys’ basketball, boys’ soccer, football, band, cheer and others), I think it is fair to say that it was a year to be remembered,” Brown said.

Baseball
Decent schedule of games last night featuring Mount Si High School baseball players around the region. More from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Naturals 17U 6, Washington Rush Showcase 4: Mount Si’s Cam Ferreri came a homer short of hitting for the cycle last night, going 3-3 with that single, double and triple, scoring a run and driving in a second, pacing the Nats to the home win at Skyline High School in Sammamish over the Snohomish County-based Rush. Fellow Wildcat Jack Mardon added a double and two runs scored for NWN in this one.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 2, Washington A’s 15U 1: Just down the hill from Skyline at Eastlake High School, Mount Si players aplenty in this one as Preston-based FoC won the pitcher’s duel with the host A’s, based in Sammamish. Quin Patterson, fresh back from a successful weekend with Mount Si’s boys’ basketball team in Phoenix, went to work with his bat on the diamond last night, going 2-3 with an RBI to lead the Bears in this one. Fellow Wildcat Blake Miller also had a hit for FoC. Beck Hoffman, Drew Hiddleson, Harrison Kelly and Ryan Gerlitz also repped Mount Si in this one for the Bears. Fellow Wildcat Matt Wieting played for the A’s and went 0-3.

Juanita Baseball Club 16U 10, Northwest Naturals 16U 7: JBC won this one on home soil at Lee Johnson Field in downtown Kirkland over the Sammamish-based Nats on the strength of Mount Si’s Jake Mitton. He powered Juanita, going 3-3 with a double, run scored and four RBI’s. Meanwhile, Jack Phillips led the Wildcat contingent on the Nats, going 2-4 with two runs scored. Fellow MSHS’er Hayden Weaver added a hit and run scored as well for NWN.

Kirkland Merchants Premier 5, Washington A’s 18U Premier 4: The Kirkland-based team won it in walk-off fashion as they rallied from a late deficit to stun the Sammamish-based A’s. The night proved not to be a good one for 2018 Mount Si High School grad Will Scott. Scott, home this summer from college at the Colorado School of Mines, where he just finished his freshman season of baseball, allowed both Merchants runs in the seventh, one earned, on one hit, walking one, blowing the save chance and taking the loss for the A’s. As we noted, not a good night on the hill for Scott.

Narrows Baseball 9, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 8: Gig Harbor-based Narrows won a wild one with Bellevue-based BoS at Foster High School in Tukwila. 2019 Mount Si High School grad Spencer Marenco had a good game for Boys, going 3-4 with a triple and two runs scored, and fellow Mount Si ’19er Trace Halvorson added a pair of hits, run scored and two RBI’s for BoS in this one.

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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