XC, soccer and baseball on a Thursday…..

Good Thursday morning. Let’s get out for a little run to start the morning.

Cedarcrest High School’s cross country squad fared very well against a solid group of Wesco squads yesterday afternoon. Taking on teams ranging from 2A rival Archbishop Murphy to one of the top 4A squads in Glacier Peak, the Red Wolves held their own and took second in both the boys’ and girls’ races as a team.

The Red Wolve boys’ second-place team showing was aided by a third-place individual finish from junior John Meier, who clocked 17:02 on the 5k course at Everett’s McCollum Park, and fellow junior Cade LaTurner, who took fifth with a time of 17:42. The ladies took second anchored by a fourth-place individual finish from Sonja Blycker (20:14) and eighth-place showing from Ginger Van Valkenburg (22:01). Connor Eck (boys) and Avery Zlateff (girls) finished ninth in their respective races also aiding CHS.

The Red Wolves are now off until September 21 when they race in the South Whidbey Invitational in Langley.

Mount Si opens season: Mount Si High School’s cross country season opened yesterday with the conference jamboree and “class day” races pitting runners against their peers separated by grade level. Juniors Paul Talens and Lily Colvin led the Wildcats; Talens took second in the junior boys’ race with a time of 9:41.30 on the course at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah and Colvin took eighth in the junior girls’ race clocking 12:51.90. The Wildcats have their first Kingco meet next week at Redmond.

Soccer: Chicago stays in NWSL playoff hunt with impressive win
The Chicago Red Stars kept pace in the National Women’s Soccer League playoff race, scoring a key 1-0 road win over the lowly Orlando Pride last night down in Florida, a game won despite Chicago playing much of the second half with just 10 players following one getting a red-card ejection after earning two yellow cards from officials in the contest. North Bend’s Nikki Stanton started for Chicago and the 2008 MSHS alum played 67 minutes before being subbed out with no stats of note. She did not receive any cards from the officials in the game. Chicago with the win remains two points behind first-place North Carolina, who blanked second-place Portland last night. Chicago meets Sky Blue FC Sunday in New Jersey.

College women’s action:

Northwest U. women 3, Lewis & Clark 1: The NAIA’s Eagles went down to Portland last night and left with a win over the NCAA D-III Pioneers. The Valley duo of Sarah Hommas and Maggie Gunning both played for Northwest with Hommas starting and playing 45 minutes with three shots recorded, one on goal, with no goals scored and Gunning starting and playing around 50 minutes with no stats. Hommas is a freshman from Duvall who graduated from CHS back in June while Gunning is a sophomore from Snoqualmie who graduated from MSHS in 2018.

Another Valley collegian’s game scrubbed by lightning: Lightning once again reared its ugly head last night and impacted a soccer game involving a Valley athlete. This time, it was in Michigan, where lightning delays and lack of lighting at the field resulted in the cancellation of the game between Lawrence Tech University’s women and the team from host Alma College. The two teams got into the 34th minute with the game being scoreless when the weather hit. LT features sophomore goalie Renee Anderson, from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS’er. The game, being a non-conference game, is not likely to be rescheduled.

Baseball: North Bend’s Lane getting a taste of the bigs without having to leave minors to do it
Pitcher – and Mount Si High School grad – Trevor Lane this week is playing in the Eastern League’s championship series for the New York Yankees-affiliated Trenton Thunder, who are tied at a game apiece with the Baltimore Orioles-affiliated Bowie Baysox after the two teams split the first two games. And while North Bend’s Lane had another solid showing Tuesday, pitching a perfect ninth to close out the Thunder’s first-game win, it’s who he’s teammates with this week that could prove beneficial to him as he advances closer to the big leagues.

Several members of the Yankees’ big league club are pitching with Trenton currently as they are on injury rehabilitation assignments. Three of those – starter Jordan Montgomery, reliever Stephen Tarpley, and set-up man Dellin Betances – pitched ahead of Lane in that first game of the “AA” minor league’s title series on Tuesday, so the opportunity to perhaps learn a few things from those guys by simply watching them is something that we’re sure Lane will not forget. He is in his fourth season with the Yankees’ organization after New York drafted him in the MLB amateur draft in 2016. Based on how he’s performed this season, it is expected he’ll be playing in “AAA” ball next season or perhaps could be a name mentioned in off-season trade conversation for the Yankees as they look to make changes to the big league club during the winter.

The series continues tomorrow in Maryland.

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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