The weekend wrap and our final fall round of Athletes of the Week!!

Good Monday morning. Wrapping up the weekend with a little soccer and our Athletes of the Week.

Kuehn’s college career ends: The successful college career for Duvall’s Sydney Kuehn came to a close yesterday, and she left it all on the field. Kuehn, a Linfield College senior and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, worked all 110 minutes of a two-overtime scoreless draw the Wildcats’ women’s soccer team had with George Fox University’s Bruin ladies’ squad on their pitch in Newberg, OR.

Kuehn had two shots recorded, neither on goal with no goals scored, and finishes her final season as a collegian leading Linfield in scoring with nine goals and five assists. She ended up with a total of 20 goals in her three years with Linfield, after transferring to the school following her freshman year of college, where she played with Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho. Good stuff for sure. Linfield finishes the season at .500 with nine wins, nine losses and two ties, 8-6-2 in Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) play.

Time for some Athletes of the Week, shall we? Last ones of these by the way for fall sports as teams are starting to wind things down a bit.

MOUNT SI BOYS – A big weekend this past weekend for Mount Si High School’s boys’ cross country team as they finished seventh at the state 4A high school boys’ cross country meet over in Pasco. Aiding the efforts was senior Austin Gappa, who teamed with previous AotW Paul Talens to finish in the top 20 individually and help Mount Si’s team showing. Gappa finished 19th overall with a time of 15 minutes, 47.20 seconds, right behind Talens, who finished 17th just a few seconds ahead. These two are likely to compete this weekend in the Nike Northwest Regional meet, and this will be over in Boise.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Back on September 25, we recognized Mount Si girls’ swim and dive team member Kaitlyn Holt for making history as the first athlete to attempt dives for the Wildcats in competition – with there not being a suitable diving board at their practice facilities on Snoqualmie Ridge, the team until now hadn’t had anyone to compete in diving in their meets. Well, this has been a remarkable season for this trailblazer, and she continues to blaze that trail all the way to state. Holt punched her berth there this past Saturday with a second-place finish at the 4A SeaKing District meet in Kirkland and in the process became the first one to do so in this event for MSHS and for which we are recognizing her here again today. We’ve been told there’s other swimmers who have made state from Mount Si, but we’re still trying to pin all that down for you. Nevertheless, though, Holt’s continuing to make history, and she has a very strong supportive family and community behind her every step of the way. Good stuff for sure and we wish Kaitlyn luck at state!

CEDARCREST BOYS – XC’s John Meier gets the nod this week as he set a personal best time repping the Red Wolves at the 2A state cross country meet in Pasco. Meier came across the line in 16:36.70 and finished 31st with that personal best score. He’s a junior and will be back next season, but in the meantime, there’s unfinished business – CHS is slated to also have runners compete in that aforementioned Nike event this weekend. We’ll work to get you some coverage of that for you here as the runners will be competing not for their high schools in the meet, but for various cross country clubs.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – Junior goalie Katelyn Berberich gets the nod this week from girls’ soccer on the strength of her effort last Tuesday night which helped put Cedarcrest into the state playoffs. Berberich made saves which her coach, Alex Hickox, described as ones “most keepers should not be getting to,” in other words, meaning she had no business making those saves, but make she did and they used that to hold on for the 2-0 state clinching win over Sehome.

“And this, from a player that was going to be a field player on the JV team this year – she has really improved and we owe a lot to our goalkeeper coach, Eric Berberich (father of Katelyn). If it hadn’t been for him and his passion to help Katelyn perform, we would not be where we are, really,” Hickox also told us.

So we have a suggestion for Katelyn and her dad: Get some video of Katelyn in action this fall, edit it down to a nice package of clips, and send it around to every NWAACC (community college) and small four-year college (the PLU’s, SPU’s, Western’s, Northwest U. in Kirkland, etc., etc.) in the Northwest and see who bites in terms of offering her an opportunity to play at the next level. Doesn’t hurt to try and these days, it probably wouldn’t cost more than $20-$40 to do all this with postage and everything else.

Katelyn’s putting the work in and getting tremendous results, and we’d hate for it to all be for naught. CHS is in the state playoffs and their first game has yet to be announced but it will be against Hockinson, from all the way down in Clark County in southwest Washington. We’d expect it to be tomorrow or Wednesday but at an earlier time most likely from their normal 7:00 p.m. start to account for the three hours each way the visitors will have to travel to get up here for the game.

HONORABLE MENTION – We’re still awaiting stats from this past Saturday’s Mount Si volleyball Wes-King district playoff win over Mount Vernon, but we wanted to take some time and offer a shoutout to the Bulldogs. We saw both of their games – the one with the Wildcats and their one prior to it with Newport, and can say they’re a good, solid team and well-coached that we hope will make a deep run in this district tournament. But we want to offer specific praise to one of their top seniors.

Grace Pollett is her name, and she is one of the top attackers for Mount Vernon, and showed that quite frequently in both matches she played on Saturday. But what made the senior’s efforts even more remarkable was she was doing it nursing we think an injury to her right hand (the Mount Vernon folks can clue us in if they’d like to do so, just send us an email at the address in the lower right on the home page), the one she uses to make all those great plays.

She had a hard cast on the hand from what we could tell, and at times, it was a challenge for her to do things with that on, but do things she did and she excelled despite having it on. If you’re a volleyball parent, you know that injuries are a part of life in the sport, and sometimes, those injuries your daughters have to play through them. Pollett is a true leader, a true warrior in our view for toughing it out and an example not just to her teammates, but to everyone in her school for demonstrating that toughness to play through that adversity. Good stuff for sure and Grace, we hope you get well soon and are back to 100% hopefully with a state trip in your team’s back pocket.

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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