Mount Si boys’ XC scores big in state meet, plus news from the pool, the hardwood and the diamond on a Sunday….

The high school cross country season wrapped up yesterday at the state high school championship meets over in Pasco, at the Sun Willows Golf Course. And for Valley runners competing, the season ended well.

Mount Si High School’s boys, buoyed by a pair of top-20 results, took seventh overall in the 4A meet. Paul Talens took 17th, running the 5k course in 15 minutes, 39.10 seconds, and right behind in 19th was Wildcat teammate Austin Gappa, who clocked 15:47.20. Camas won the team title, followed by Tahoma, Spokane’s Central Valley and Lewis and Clark, Jackson from Mill Creek and Olympia before Mount Si’s seventh-place performance. Wildcat Tychon Preston also had a good run, taking 57th clocking 16:17.60.

Meanwhile, it was a strong finish to the year in the 2A state meet for the Cedarcrest High School trio running in those races yesterday also at Sun Willows. All three – girls Sonja Blycker and Hannah Brabec and boys entrant John Meier – finished with personal best times, and Blycker ended up on the podium, finishing ninth. She clocked 18:56.5, which according to Red Wolves coach Bruce McDowell was the third time in school history any Red Wolves girls runner broke the 19 minute mark on a 5k course, of which Sun Willows was. Brabec clocked 20:41 to take 57th in the girls’ race, and Meier took 31st in the boys race with a time of 16:37. “It was great to have all three of them run so well in their last race of the season,” McDowell told us by email.

All of the runners will now get ready for the spring distance track schedule as part of their schools’ track and field programs.

Some other news on a Sunday:

Swimming: Holt off to state
Mount Si’s Kaitlyn Holt made school history yesterday, becoming the first ever diver to ever advance to the state high school diving meet. Holt finished a strong second at the SeaKing 4A diving meet in Kirkland scoring 324.95 points and narrowly beating Skyline’s Jade Fontenelle for that coveted second-place spot and the trip to state. Eastlake’s Elizabeth Volozin won the event and also advanced.

In other action, Wildcat Theodora McCabe took sixth in the 50 yard freestyle clocking 25.23 seconds. She did not earn a state berth.

We by the way are checking to see if Holt is actually the first-ever member of the Mount Si swim or dive program to punch a ticket to state; we’ll let you know what we find out.

Softball: Mount Si player delivers for club team in Vegas
With college coaches as we told you Friday in attendance at this weekend’s Triple Crown Sports-sponsored softball tournament in Las Vegas, yesterday was a great opportunity for Mount Si High School’s Chasey Fledderman to impress the right people. And she did just that in two games with her Bellevue-based Washington Vipers 18U team. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Vipers 18U 1, The Factory Gold 1: Hopefully, the college scouts were watching when Fledderman tripled in the first to score teammate Lexi Ridgwell with the Vipers’ lone run as they ended in a draw with the San Diego team in what otherwise was a pitcher’s duel. Fledderman went 1-2 with that triple and RBI pacing the Vipers.

Arizona Hotshots 11, Washington Vipers 18U 3: Fledderman again gave the scouts something to pay attention to, singling and scoring a run, but a six-run fourth by the Hotshots put this one to bed as the Phoenix-area team cruised to the win and handed the Vipers their first loss on the weekend. The tournament wraps up today.

Basketball
UC Santa Cruz 60, Pacific Lutheran men 57: The Lutes came up short against the host UCSC side in northern California last night, giving them a split of their two-game weekend trip; they opened the season on Friday with a win over Johnson & Wales of Colorado. Freshman Brett Williams came in and worked 14 minutes off the bench for the Lutes; the 2019 MSHS’er from Snoqualmie collected one rebound.

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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