Links action, and a small helping of diamond cuts on a Tuesday……

Good Tuesday morning. Diamond cuts on deck but to the links first. Several Valley youth golfers competed yesterday in a pair of Washington Junior Golf Association events in Seattle.

District Two, covering the Seattle area and the Eastside, held its event at West Seattle Golf Club. None of the six local kids competing earned berths to their district tournament later this month in Redmond. The group was led by Mount Si High School girls’ golfer Kasey Maralack, who fired a 78 to finish second in the girls’ 14-15 age group. She qualified for the district tourney at last week’s regular season event in Mountlake Terrace. The remainder of the group, including Maralack’s Mount Si golf teammates Tori Berger and Erika Groshell, along with Snoqualmie’s Jake Johnson, Cooper and Charlie Gaffney, all finished outside the cut line for district qualification.

Just a few miles south at Glen Acres Golf Club in Burien, another half-dozen Valleyites competed at the District Six event. District Six covers courses in south King and north Pierce Counties. The headliner here was in the boys’ 8-11 division, where Shane Russell from Snoqualmie punched his ticket to the district tournament later this month in Orting, firing a 52 over nine holes to finish fifth in the age group. That 8-11 age group competes on nine holes as opposed to 18 for the other age groups in the association’s tournaments.

Mount Si High School boys golfers Cooper Neil (boys’ 16-18, 82, sixth) and Hogan Warford (boys’ 14-15, 79, tie-second), both of whom previously earned district berths, did well yesterday, with both as noted taking top-10 finishes in their age groups. And there appears to be another Warford potentially on the horizon for Valley girls’ golfer. Hogan and brother Drew’s younger sister Karly competed for the first time on the WJGA tour, and despite she not earning a district berth, she held her own. She carded a nine-hole 68 to finish sixth in the girls 8-11 age division. We’ll probably be hearing that name a lot in the coming years in local youth golf.

As for the remainder of the contingent, Mount Si’s Logan Garwood and future ‘Cat we think Cole Peake both finished well back in their boys’ age brackets and did not qualify for districts.

Both districts wrap up regular season play on Thursday. District Two will make its annual Valley stop, with it being in Carnation at the Blue Heron Golf Course, the home to Cedarcrest High School boys’ and girls’ golf.

Baseball: Falls Little League “Minors” boys fall short in district tourney semi, see title dreams end
It was a great run, but it fell just short for the Falls Little League’s “Minors” U11 All-Star team. They, after falling in the winner’s bracket semifinal Sunday, had another chance to make the District 9 title series last night, taking on Kirkland American in the district tournament in Bellevue in the second semifinal. Unfortunately, though, the Falls boys ran out of gas and their magic carpet ride came to an end as they were shut out 3-0 by the Kirkland American crew.

The team finished third overall and that is something to be proud of. We don’t have a roster here but if the Falls folks want to send us one, we’ll be happy to recognize all the boys for their efforts here in this space later this week. A congrats to the boys and the Falls Little League for their tremendous success this summer.

Some youth action now, with all of your baseball coverage coming from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Rippers Baseball 16U 7, City Baseball Green 4 (8): The Redmond-based Rippers scored three in the eighth to break a 4-4 tie and escape with a win over Seattle-based City in north Seattle last night. Cedarcrest’s Kian Pegueros-Warren doubled and walked three times, scoring a run and driving in another pacing the Rippers. Fellow Red Wolve Mason Pudwill went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI.

WW Sweets 15U 6, Washington Rush White 5: The Sammamish-based Sweets were home team on Rush turf last night in south Everett, and that proved to be important in the end, with the help of a Mount Si athlete. Aidan Dougherty went 3-4 with two runs scored as Sweets scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal victory from the jaws of defeat against the Rush. Fellow Wildcat Jake Smith was 0-1 with a run scored for WWS.

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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