Weekend wrap and the Athletes of the Week for October 9

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap first, then the Athletes of the Week.

Soccer
Linfield women 3, Whitworth 2: Duvall’s Sydney Kuehn was a big factor for Linfield in this one at home in McMinnville, OR, scoring the game-tying goal in the second half followed by assisting on the game winner. Kuehn, a senior and 2015 CHS’er, was fouled in the penalty area in the 59th minute by Whitworth, earning her a penalty kick opportunity, which she converted with ease, then in the 76th minute, she fed teammate Michayla Sponsel, who finished it for what turned out to be the game-winner as Linfield reached .500 on the season (5-5-0) with the win.

Kuehn played the full 90 minutes recording five total shots; the penalty kick goal was the lone shot on goal in the contest for the Valleyite, who now has 18 career goals with Linfield, seven on this season which has her in the Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III)goals lead.

Hawaii Pacific women 1, Hawaii Hilo 0: The Sharks’ top offensive threat, Ebony Madrid, scored the game’s lone goal in the 76th minute to lift HPU to a home conference win in Waipahu, HI. over their in-state rivals. Senior Camryn Buck, from Ames Lake and a 2016 MSHS’er, came off the bench and played the last 16 minutes of the game on defense for the Sharks with no stats of note reported.

Montana 2, Idaho State women 1: The Grizzlies took care of the Bengals yesterday at home in Missoula, MT. Junior Rachel Brownell, she of Fall City and a 2017 MSHS’er, started and worked the full 90 on defense for ISU with no stats of note reported.

Also:

Autographed items from Valley pro soccer star up for auction for good cause: A pair of items autographed by North Bend’s Nikki Stanton, who plays for the Chicago Red Stars women’s pro soccer team, are among a number of items up for auction to help support the fight against breast cancer.

A pair of game-worn soccer cleats, along with a game-worn practice jersey, both signed by the 2008 MSHS grad, are the local player’s contribution to the auction. Both items currently are auctioning at $115 each with the proceeds going to Libby’s Legacy, an Orlando-based foundation that helps provide education and all-important mammograms to women who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access these things due to costs, travel, etc.

Items from many of Stanton’s Red Stars teammates, including star and the Valleyite’s longtime friend Sam Kerr, the Aussie Olympian, are also up for auction in this event, which runs through Thursday. For more information or to participate in the auction, their website is here.

The Red Stars are off currently awaiting the end of the NWSL’s regular season, which happens this weekend. They will host the semifinal round of the playoffs next weekend, either against Portland or Seattle.

Golf: Valley trio aids strong showing for PLU men in weekend tournament
The Pacific Lutheran University men’s golf squad took second overall in the George Fox Invitational yesterday down in Gearhart, OR, and the Valley trio of Alex Nelson, Jordan Lau and Mitch Dover all contributed to the efforts for the Lutes.

Nelson fired a 76 and finished with a two-round total of 150, six over par on the par 72 Gearhart Golf Links, and that earned the PLU senior, from North Bend, 10th place in the tournament. Ames Lake junior Jordan Lau came up big, carding a 74 yesterday off a 77 Saturday in the opening round, and finished with a seven-over 151 over two days, one stroke behind Nelson and in a tie for 11th place. Dover fired a 79 and finished with a two-round 157, 13 over par and in a tie for 21st. He, like Nelson, is also a senior from North Bend. All three are Mount Si HS grads.

Softball
Oregon Red Heat 8, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 4: In their weekend tournament in Lacey yesterday, the Redmond-based Diamonds were doubled up by the Oregon team despite a 1-2 performance from MSHS’ Jaclyn Huntzinger in which she also drove in a run. CHS’ Payton Pluschke went 0-2 for the Diamonds.

Oregon Thunder 5, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 4 (8): The Diamonds mounted a furious comeback late, scoring three runs in the seventh to force extras, but the Thunder responded with a run in the eighth to eliminate the Diamonds from the south Sound tournament. Huntzinger went 0-2.

Athletes of the Week
Another round of AotW’s this week.

CEDARCREST BOYS – Football and RB Jeremy McCarley gets the nod as the Red Wolve back ran 16 times for a solid 82 yards in their 28-7 win this past Friday over Renton. We noted this on Twitter, but the win for CHS – combined with Mount Si’s football loss at Eastlake – now has the Red Wolves at 4-1 with a better record through five weeks than the Wildcats, at 3-2. A great accomplishment for the boys, and McCarley’s efforts certainly helped. CHS continues its road swing, with a big league road game Friday at Sehome, which if they win should put them in good position to go to the playoffs. Game time at Civic Stadium in Bellingham is 7:00.

MOUNT SI BOYS – We’re hitting the links this week and recognizing a pair of Wildcat golfers, both of whom have helped Mount Si to an undefeated regular season thus far in advance of their championship match this week with Skyline. Seniors Nate Harris and Cooper Neil have each had medalist rounds this season in addition to fellow senior star – and previous AotW Drew Warford – and those efforts, along with the efforts of several others, have created a strong amount of depth on this Wildcat crew this season, a depth that should serve them well moving into the playoffs. Harris’ medalist round came September 23 with a season-best 35 in a match against Issaquah, while Neil’s came in the following match, September 25, where he also shot a season-best round of 32 in that contest with Bothell.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – To the pitch. Junior Ava Erhardt has emerged as perhaps the most potent offensive weapon for the Red Wolves this season, and she yet again delivered this past Thursday, with the Red Wolves’ lone goal in their 1-1 tie at Marysville-Pilchuck. Erhardt was the difference-maker for Cedarcrest in their overtime win in the Valley Cup over Mount Si, then did it again in their following game, with the game-winner against Stanwood. She’s a three-sport athlete, also competing in basketball and track and field, so it’s likely we’ll be featuring her again in this segment at some point later in the school year.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Volleyball we go and sophomore Bailey Showalter is making things happen this season. Nine kills, two aces and 11 digs for the Wildcats in a sweep of Redmond Wednesday that puts them in a big spot tonight, needing a win over Bothell to establish a push towards postseason. Showalter is one of the top young players in the conference and she continues to show why each day. Game tonight with the Cougars at home is at 7:00.

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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