CHS girls’ soccer beats Everett, while Seagull volleyball sweeps Red Wolves…plus college news on a Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning. We’ll wrap up Mount Si action shortly, but we have last night’s Cedarcrest High School action for you.

We start on the pitch and a big win for the Red Wolve girls’ soccer squad over Everett. Ava Erhardt had two goals and Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson and Sidra Griffin both had a goal and assist each leading Cedarcrest to a 5-1 win at home in Duvall over the 3A Seagulls in a Wesco Conference game.

“We played one of our more complete games on the year. Super proud of how they played especially coming off a disappointing tie on Thursday (v. Marysville-Pillchuck). The big difference from that game to this game was our pinpoint passing accuracy,” CHS coach Alex Hickox told us by email. ” We overcooked many passes on Thursday but the girls were laser focused on their touches – connecting on many different types of passes – long, medium, short.”

Davidson kicked off the scoring with a goal in the 18th minute and it was followed two minutes later by Makena Guenther popping a feed from freshman Leah Cammarano in for a goal. Erhardt then went to work, getting her pair of tallies within three minutes of one another late in the first half – in the 34th and 37th minutes respectively (Griffin got an assist on the second Erhardt goal) – and CHS went into halftime cruising with a 4-0 lead.

Everett scored a goal midway through the second half to break the shutout chance for CHS goalie Katelyn Berberich, but the Red Wolves responded with Griffin finishing a feed from the “Mad Dog” to close things out in the 68th. In all, it was a balanced effort that saw a lot of players get minutes. “Starters and reserves got to see plenty of time tonight – always a good thing,” Hickox told us.

The win should help Cedarcrest strengthen their playoff RPI computer ranking. The Northwest District released their first run of the RPI this past weekend with CHS sitting in sixth with a .7438 ranking. Wins against 3A opponents in league will help the Red Wolves improve upon the ranking, which if it holds as is would net the team a first-round home playoff game. However, if they can move up into one of the top four spots, that’ll earn them a second-round home date and a first-round bye, so there is some work to do for the Red Wolves if they want to get the best possible playoff scenario.

A game that especially becomes pivotal in this regard comes tomorrow when CHS takes on Shorecrest at home at 7:00. Shorecrest is right ahead of the Red Wolves in the Wesco standings so a win for Cedarcrest will be a big help to advance their RPI position.

Red Wolve volleyball swept by Everett: Cedarcrest’s volleyball ladies were swept in three sets on the road last night by Everett, with the Seagulls taking the contest 25-13, 25-20, 25-16. Caroline Tiffany had 15 digs for CHS in this one while Hannah Winston had nine assists. Anika Baumann and Natalie Vanderwal both had four kills apiece and Katie Faccone added a pair of aces and five digs to the efforts. CHS, by virtue of their five-set win over Marysville-Getchell September 19, finds themselves in the playoff hunt according to the Northwest District RPI rankings, in which the Red Wolves sit in 11th overall according to the first run of these rankings released late last week with a .1786 ranking. The top 12 teams advance to the district playoffs, so another win or two will likely seal up another trip to the postseason for CHS if they can get that done.

News
2A state high school sports landscape to change for Red Wolves: The high school sports landscape around the state is expected to change significantly next school year, as the WIAA reclassifies schools for sports and realigns leagues as a result. And already, a major shoe has dropped that will impact Cedarcrest as it pertains to the overall state landscape for the 2A classification, of which the Red Wolves are part of and are expected to remain in following this round of changes.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News is reporting that the Greater Northern League, the 2A league serving schools around the Spokane area, will be dissolving following this school year, with the remaining 2A members joining the Greater Spokane League, which will form a 2A league as a result. The GSL, as many of you know, have 3A and 4A leagues currently, with GSL member Gonzaga Prep holding the 4A boys’ basketball title after beating Mount Si’s boys last winter. The move is being prompted by Cheney High School’s expected move up from 2A into the 3A classification, where it is anticipated they’ll join the GSL’s 3A league.

According to the paper, the new league, especially if it ends up with eight teams (which could happen; that is still being determined) might end up with additional state playoff berths, and that could impact the Northwest District’s allocations depending on how many 2A’s come from this district following the reclassification.

As for Cedarcrest, as we just mentioned it’s expected they’ll stay in 2A, but whether they remain in Wesco or join Kingco remains to be seen. Student counts are expected to be released in the next several weeks, with decisions on realignment expected soon after. This should all be wrapped up around the holiday break.

College Soccer
East Bay men doubled up on road: Visiting Cal State East Bay took a 2-1 loss on the road last night in CCAA (NCAA Division II) action to UC Santa Cruz down in Santa Cruz, CA. Freshman defender Mateo DiDomenico, he of North Bend and a 2019 MSHS’er, started and worked the full 90 for the Pioneers, logging no stats of note. CSUEB drops to 2-8-0 on the season with the loss.

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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