Thursday news: CHS girls’ soccer season ends, MSHS volleyball falls short in chance to make state, plus news from baseball as well….

Time now for this morning’s news. We hit the pitch first, and it was a tough night for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer ladies, as they ran into a solid team from Hockinson of Brush Prairie in southwest Washington and fell to the Hawks at home in Duvall 1-0 last night in the first round of the WIAA’s 2A state girls’ soccer playoffs. The season ends for CHS but it was a special one for them, as they finished 8-4-2 in league play, 12-6-3 overall and runners-up in the Northwest 2A District.

All-league announcements have yet to be posted, but look for multiple Red Wolves to make those lists, and there of course also is the fact they are champions in the classroom, as they successfully defended their 2A state girls’ soccer All-Academic title for this fall.

More on this we’d expect later.

Mount Si volleyball misses chance to head to state
The game site may have been different than first scheduled, but it didn’t matter in the end, as the Mount Si High School volleyball ladies ran into a strong Lake Stevens team in their WesKing 4A volleyball district semifinal on Tuesday night.

The Vikings, from Wesco 4A, rolled to a 25-17, 25-17, 25-10 sweep at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. Coming in, Lake Stevens, at 14-1 on the season, had won 12 of those 14 matches in three-set sweeps such as what took place Tuesday, so in the end, it probably wasn’t that much of a surprise that Mount Si struggled to get anything going against that very good Viking squad.

“A tough match for our Mount Si girls,” lead assistant/head JV coach Dave Bachman told us by email. “We did not have our best performance, and credit to Lake Stevens, a very solid team that played a very disciplined match. The Lake Stevens hitters put a lot of pressure on us and we were unable to respond in kind.” To that point, sophomore Bailey Showalter had 12 kills, but was limited to just four digs on the night. Senior Bre Fitzgerald had a good match, with 10 kills, eight digs and four assists, and fellow senior Dana Dolan had 23 assists, 11 digs, two aces and a kill. Serving was not as tough as it was needed to be – after a 20-ace effort as a team last Saturday against Mount Vernon, Mount Si was limited to just six of those in this match Tuesday.

As noted, the game site was different than originally scheduled; the match was moved from Snohomish’s Glacier Peak High School to Jackson as the result of a security scare at Glacier Tuesday which resulted in the school’s evacuation.

The Wildcats await the winner of tonight’s Bothell-Issaquah loser-out match in their final chance to go to state Saturday. They’ll either move to state or see their season end in the 11am game at Glacier.

Also from volleyball, but from the colleges:

Corban rebounds from slow start, ends Northwest U.’s season in league tourney: It seemed out of the gate that the Northwest University women’s volleyball team was going to roll to a playoff-opening win Tuesday night against Corban after blasting them in the opening set. But the Corban women had other ideas, rebounded and handed the Eagles a four-set loss ending Northwest’s season.

Corban took it 9-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-21 as they advanced in the Cascade Conference playoffs (NAIA) with the home win in Salem, OR. The season ends at 13-14 for Northwest. Junior Courteney Carr, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, had 11 assists, five digs, an ace and a kill to pace Northwest and finishes the season as one of the top setters in the conference. With her expected back next season, look for Carr to be seen as perhaps the top setter in the league outright to start the season.

Concordia-Irvine outlasts Chaminade in barnburner: The Eagles needed five sets to close out the visitors from Hawaii last night at home in Irvine, CA, winning the match 25-14, 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 15-11 to move above .500 in PacWest (NCAA Division II) play at 9-8 in league, 15-10 overall. Factoring in – a former Mount Si player.

Sophomore Patience O’Neal, who played high school volleyball as a high school sophomore with Mount Si in 2015 before transferring to, then graduating from in 2018, Tahoma High in Maple Valley, had 12 kills, four blocks and two digs to pace Concordia. O’Neal has been a key supporting piece this fall for the Eagles, averaging around five kills a match in the 18 matches she’s played this season. They play again tonight against Hawaii Pacific.

Baseball: Could MSHS alum get big league shot next year?
Major League Baseball’s winter meetings are one of the sport’s most important offseason events, and this year’s meetings could result in a big break perhaps for a Mount Si High School alum.

The meetings, set for next month, will include the conducting of the so-called Rule 5 Draft. This draft, held every year, allows clubs to draft top minor league prospects from other organizations for their major league or higher minor league clubs. And pitcher Trevor Lane’s name is on the list of players eligible to be drafted this year.

That is according to the New York Yankees-centric blog Bronx Baseball Daily, which added they think he has a medium likelihood of being drafted, essentially a 50-50 chance. The way this works is if another team, say the Mariners, chooses to pick Lane for the major league team next year, he has to be on the major league club all season. If Seattle were to want to drop him from the major league club, they’d then have to offer him back to the Yankees for a fee, in the past it’s been $50,000, but it’s probably higher now.

This will be something to pay attention to because considering how well the lefty Lane fared in the Yankees minor-league system this season (5-2 with a 1.99 earned run average and 66 strikeouts in 68 innings with the Eastern “AA” league champion Trenton Thunder, the New York affiliate in that league), he might be an attractive, low-cost reliever for a rebuilding, budget-minded team such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals or Toronto Blue Jays.

Lane is a 2012 MSHS grad and is from North Bend. The Yankees drafted him following the conclusion of his college career in 2016 and he has made a steady ascent in the New York farm system since. If he remains a Yankee, he is expected to be at their “AAA” team in Pennsylvania next season.

College signings for top Mount Si High School athletes
Yesterday began the first major signing period of the school year for high school senior athletes at both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools in most sports to sign letters of intent to play college sports next school year. Three top Wildcats signed on the dotted line.

Boys’ basketball players Jabe Mullins and Tyler Patterson and golfer Drew Warford all put their John Hancock’s on their respective letters during a ceremony that happened at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge yesterday morning. Mullins inked with St. Mary’s College in northern California, Patterson signed with Montana State University and Warford signed with the University of Washington. All three schools are NCAA Division I schools and all three athletes had previously verbally committed to those schools for their sports opportunities.

Mount Si did not hold an official school ceremony yesterday; that will take place in February. Additionally, football was not part of yesterday’s signing announcement; their early signing period will take place late next month. All other sports, however, including basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and golf, are part of the signing period with all except basketball now being able to sign through next August with schools.

There were no other MSHS signings announced yesterday and we checked up at CHS and both girls’ basketball and girls’ soccer had no signings to announce.

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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