The weekend wrap, and another round of Athletes of the Week….for October 16

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap from the diamond and the pitch, ladies style, and then our Athletes of the Week.

Softball
Bellevue Vipers 16U 6, Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham 1: At Underwood Park in Des Moines last night, the Eastside rivals clashed with the Vipers getting it done. A pair of Mount Si HS sophomores are on the Flame this fall and winter, and one contributed to the efforts – Emery Kreidel-Reimer went 1-2 with the Issaquah team’s lone RBI. The second Wildcat, Sydney Steskal, went 0-1. Both played on the Mount Si JV this past season.

KB Fastpitch 16U 6, Idaho Crush 4: At the USA Preps tournament over in the Tri-Cities, a four-run third propelled the Kenmore-based KB to a win over the Boise-area team. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison went 1-2 for KB.

Seattle Spice Black 16, Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham 0: Spice pitcher Ella Yerkes fired a no-hitter striking out three in the nightcap down in Des Moines last night. Steskal’s walk helped to prevent a perfect game for the Spice hurler.

Washington Acers Culver 9, KB Fastpitch 16U 8: The Auburn-based Acers scored four in the sixth to stun KB to close out the weekend tournament east of the Cascades. Harrison went 2-3 as KB finished 4-1 and won the pool by virtue of beating the Crush earlier yesterday.

Also at USA Preps: The Acers’ 18U Plumb team, with Wildcat Hope Bostick, finished 4-1 and tied for first in their pool with teams from Idaho and Montana, while the Snohomish-based Washington Shock, with Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook and Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith, finished 2-3 and fourth in their pool. A total of 59 teams from 14U-18U spread out across 11 different pool groups competed in the tournament, with the teams coming from the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

Women’s Soccer
Idaho State 2, Idaho 1 (2OT): The Bengals’ Karlin Wurlitzer converted a penalty kick goal in the second extra session to lift Idaho State at home on Senior Day in Pocatello, ID, over their in-state rival Vandals. Makena Bambei had the other Bengal goal, and it was assisted by Fall City’s Rachel Brownell. The junior, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, started and worked 68 minutes, with one shot on goal, but no goals scored. The win for the Bengals was their first over the Vandals since Idaho re-joined the Big Sky Conference a few years ago.

Linfield 0, George Fox 0 (2OT): The Bruins and Wildcats could not get a ball into the opposite net yesterday, and the two Willamette Valley rivals went the full 110 minutes – regulation and both overtimes – ending it in a scoreless draw down in McMinnville, OR, on Linfield’s pitch. It wasn’t for a lack of effort, though, from Duvall’s Sydney Kuehn; the Linfield senior forward – and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad – started and worked 105 of the 110 minutes, recording five shots, four on goal, with as noted no goals scored. It was the first tie of the season for both teams in conference play.

Athletes of the Week
CEDARCREST BOYS: We’re going to hit the gridiron this week, again, and no, it’s not for the varsity, either. Last Monday during the school’s junior varsity game, a sophomore player made an unbelievable play to help his team end up winning their game. Andy Kevin is his name, and the Red Wolve football Twitter page sent out a video clip of this thing following the game last Monday night, in which CHS used Kevin’s heroics to beat Shorewood.

The video clip shows Kevin making an interception of a Shorewood pass. He stops for a moment to make sure he has the ball, then once he knows he has it, he proceeds back down the field from about the Cedarcrest 35 yard line back towards the Thunderbirds’ end zone. At about the 45, just before midfield, he encounters his first Shorewood tackler, but doesn’t go down. Several more Thunderbird players then attempt to tackle the Red Wolve player, but Kevin still doesn’t go down, still doesn’t give up. Kevin ended up breaking all those tackles – by our count perhaps six or seven guys tried tackling him – and then went in untouched into the end zone for a 65-yard “pick six” interception return for touchdown, with his teammates celebrating wildly.

We sent out a request for info on this, and varsity head coach John Fiala told us over Twitter that it was one “of the most incredible plays I have seen while coaching or even playing.” Which is saying a lot, since as you all know, Fiala was a star player back in the day for some good University of Washington teams and also played in the NFL.

What Kevin did was simply awesome, and it’s just another example to us of how the culture has changed a bit up there with Fiala in charge. Kids going that extra mile to help their team succeed, both on and off the field, and it’s extending it seems down into their JV and perhaps even freshman “C” team if they even have that this fall.
CHS is home for Homecoming this week, with the varsity hosting Lindbergh Friday.

MOUNT SI BOYS: Homecoming this past Friday for football and receiver Kevin Corder has established himself as a key offensive weapon for the Wildcats. He caught two touchdown passes to help Mount Si shut out Issaquah and now holds the team lead in TD catches with five this fall. Corder also plays baseball so there’s a good chance you’ll see him on the Wildcat varsity next spring. Mount Si hosts Skyline Friday.

CEDARCREST GIRLS: Caroline Tiffany is getting it done this fall for Red Wolve volleyball. She had 15 digs for Cedarcrest as they were swept Tuesday by Everett. CHS currently is fighting for a playoff spot, and efforts like Tiffany’s will be a help down the stretch. They play Edmonds-Woodway tonight.

MOUNT SI GIRLS: To the pool. Junior Theodora McCabe picked up a pair of event wins this past Tuesday in the Wildcats’ meet with Skyline in Sammamish. McCabe won both the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke, with times in both races that met qualifying standards for the 4A SeaKing District meet, so she’s off to the postseason to rep the Wildcats, that’s for sure. Mount Si is off until the 24th, when they are scheduled to wrap up the season with Mercer Island. There is a pizza fundraiser on Thursday, though, for the team up at MOD Pizza in Snoqualmie.

HONORABLE MENTION: College football and we take you down to the desert of southern Arizona, Tucson to be exact, where Mount Si High football alum Jack Westover did something special on Saturday night. He scored his first college touchdown for the University of Washington helping the Huskies beat the University of Arizona in a nationally-televised game. We found a video clip of this yesterday on Twitter and that is up on our Twitter feed this morning. Essentially, what happened was early in the third quarter, the Husky redshirt freshman tight end got himself wide open to catch a pass from his quarterback, Jacob Eason, and catch a short one did Westover, who then promptly walked into the end zone for what was the first touchdown for the UW by a Mount Si grad since Brandon Yakaboski accomplished the feat during a game in September 2008. Sadly, that TD by Yakaboski ended up being the only one he’d ever score at the college level thanks to injuries. Hopefully Westover, from North Bend, won’t have the same fate and will continue to establish himself as a solid option for the Husky offense in the coming years. Another thing about the score that we liked as well – it caught the national TV announcers off guard. If you listen to the clip closely, Fox Sports play-by-play announcer Tim Brando, calling the game for the Fox-owned FS1 cable network, initially mis-identified Westover as one of his teammates (Cade Otton, another tight end) then immediately attempts to correct himself, taking a couple moments to do just that. Brando’s been a solid announcer for years (with CBS and now Fox), but this one certainly threw him for a loop. Oh well, though, in any event it was a great moment for Westover and his family and friends back home in the Valley celebrated, that’s for sure.

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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