Mount Si news: Volleyball scores key league win, girls’ soccer falls at home and boys’ golf beats Skyline to win league title

Time now for Mount Si action.

The Wildcat volleyball ladies went into Monday night’s home game with Bothell needing to score a win to make a case for a strong postseason push. As things currently stand, it looks as if the team will make the Kingco tournament, but getting wins against quality foes like the Cougars will put them in a higher seeding position and potentially make it a better path into the WesKing district tournament.

More importantly, beating good teams gives the girls confidence that this could be a special season. Mount Si saw that in living color against the Cougars, needing every last ounce of energy to pull off a big win in what was an instant classic inside Mount Si’s new gymnasium in Snoqualmie.

The thing went five, and it proved to be a marathon, as the Wildcats won 33-31, 23-25, 25-14, 21-25, 16-14. “It was crazy. Back and forth all night, both teams clearly battled and really never gave up,” Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote told us by email. “We were down (13-10) in (the deciding fifth set) and I took a time out. Told them we needed to weather the storm and relax and play with heart. Easily, our girls could have folded their tent but they kept serving tough. Kira Holmberg got two aces and then we were back in it,” Foote told us. “So much more happened. Every player who came in and who was out there made an impact. At one point Bailey (Showalter) had to come out with a bloody nose and we battled.”

Holmberg finished with six aces and 18 digs pacing Mount Si, who also got a spectacular effort from Dana Dola, who had 52 assists, 17 digs, two kills, two aces and 1/2 block in an effort reminiscient of the great efforts of past setters such as Maggie Olson or Catie Fry years ago for this Wildcat program. And you know where those two went, so perhaps Dolan can turn this performance into an opportunity at the next level, we shall see.

Bre Fitzgerald had 18 kills, 19 digs and three aces for Mount Si, and Showalter, bloody nose and all, finished with 27 kills, 19 digs, two assists and nine aces, a gritty effort for sure for the star Wildcat sophomore.

Mount Si with that win moved into a tie for second in league at 3-1, a game behind Issaquah for top spot. The Wildcats are at Skyline tonight and the Spartans are at 2-2 so another important game against a solid team coached by ex-Mount Si “C” team coach Callie Wesson and another opportunity to strengthen their postseason position. JV and “C” go at 5:15 with the varsity to follow at 7:00.

Wildcat JV’s take care of Blue Train: Mount Si’s junior varsity handled Bothell 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 in the JV game Monday. Lexi Niehaus led the way with 14 kills, 15 digs and an ace for the Wildcats, and Brooke Daly added two kills, nine digs and 13 assists. Clara Schlotfeldt pitched in 11 digs, nine aces and a kill, and Katrice Dunn aided the efforts with 12 assists, two digs and a kill. Rounding it out, Paige Wilkins had six digs and Robin Hakala had a kill and seven digs. As noted, the JV’s are at Skyline tonight meeting the Spartans.

Wildcat “C” fals to Cougars: Mount Si’s “C” team held tough in the middle set, but the first and third sets were all Bothell as the Cougars won the “C” team match 25-9, 24-26, 25-10. Ashley Cornick guided Mount Si with three kills, six digs and seven aces, and Emma Smith added eight digs to the Wildcat efforts. Payton Beebe had two kills and a dig, while Eden Coleman pounded in two kills, two digs and three aces.

Mount Si as noted is at Skyline tonight.

Golf: Wildcat boys the 2019 Kingco 4A Champions!
Mount Si High School’s boys’ golf team went to the Plateau Club in Sammamish yesterday with one goal in mind – beating fellow league unbeaten Skyline and taking home a Kingco championship. And when you have perhaps the best high school golfer in the state leading the way, that task becomes a bit easier. Well, that kid did his thing and Mount Si eked out a win and a title in the process.

Drew Warford fired a medalist round 34 for low round of the match and the Wildcats held off the Spartans 185-188 (lower score wins). Hogan Warford and Buddy Dann paced the efforts both firing rounds of 36 and Cooper Neil aided the Mount Si cause firing 37. Warford’s round was one shot better than the top two Spartans; both Jordan Werner and Justin Kim fired 35’s leading the green, silver and white with Connor Lim aiding the home side with a 38.

The Kingco medalist tournament is up next on the schedule for Mount Si, and with the depth they have, they’re going to be viewed as a favorite to win it all next spring. The league/district tournament is next Tuesday and Wednesday in Snohomish.

Soccer: Wildcat girls fall to Inglemoor
Mount Si High School’s girls’ soccer team fell at home last night to Inglemoor 1-0. Despite the loss, coach Sophie Rockow was pleased with the effort of the Wildcat girls.

“We ran the game in the first half, we were outworking and outhustling them and had control and possession for the majority of the half,” Rockow told us by email. “This was huge for us as we’ve been focusing on not just stepping it up in the second half of games, but playing the “full 80”. I would say this is the most complete game we’ve played all season.”

That said, Inglemoor did find the net on a second-half corner kick and held tough defensively the remainder of the game, hurting Mount Si’s postseason chances some; the Wildcats currently sit outside the playoff window to advance into the Wes-King district playoffs.

Rockow, though, thinks, the team is only warming up for a late postseason push. “Overall, going into our last three games this is where we want to be in terms of our play. We continue to improve, we continue to fight and compete in these tough KingCo games,” Rockow told us. “Proud of this team, excited for the remaining three games!”

Mount Si is at Skyline next Tuesday at 7:30 pm. A game that had been scheduled for this Thursday at home against Sammamish has been canceled and dropped from the schedule as a result of a lack of players for the Totems.

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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