On the college front, 3-29

We haven’t had an opportunity to update you on college action involving Valley athletes for the past several days, so, after the break, here’s a wrapup of what we have missed for you.

Gymnastics: Local athlete’s team makes NCAA regionals
San Jose State’s women’s gymnastics team placed fourth in last Friday’s WAC conference meet in Logan, Utah, scoring 194.8 points, and that was enough to earn them a spot in the NCAA gymnastics regionals this weekend in Salt Lake City. On the Spartans this season is freshman Cami Guyer, from Fall City and a 2011 Mount Si HS grad. She competed in the beam last Friday at the WAC meet and scored a 9.525 in that event.

Baseball: Good showings for Valleyites
The past week has been busy for both Texas Tech and MidAmerica Nazarene, with lots of games. Last weekend, MNU split a doubleheader with Central Methodist, before sweeping a pair on Tuesday over Missouri Valley. MNU junior Kyle Olson, a Duvall product and graduate of Cedarcrest HS, pitched in both twinbills. In the second game of the one last Saturday against CMU, he pitched 2/3 of an inning of relief and walked one hitter, then on Tuesday, he started the first of that pair of games on the mound, and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, walking two. MNU won both contests.

As for Texas Tech, freshman Tim Proudfoot is continuing to play well, although his hitting is tailing off slightly. The Red Raiders fell in two of three last weekend against Oklahoma, then fell to New Mexico State Tuesday. Proudfoot had a hit in all four contests, and an RBI in the game Tuesday.

Rowing: Woolsey, WWU start strong
Last Saturday, Western Washington’s nationally known women’s rowing team opened their season at a meet in Tacoma, and the Viking varsity, with senior Katie Woolsey, a 2008 Mount Si grad from North Bend, aboard won their race in the meet, clocking 6:42.4, beating PLU, SPU, Willamette and Puget Sound. Look for the Vikings to have another strong season.

Track and Field: Valleyites competing all over the place, doing well
Several Valley athletes were in action last weekend around the country. We start with the men, and a solid showing for PLU junior Ryan Ransavage, from North Bend. Ransavage finished second in one event and third in another as part of his efforts last weekend at the Peyton Invite in Tacoma. Ransavage took second in the hammer throw (175’11”) and his third came in the discus (130’3”). The Mount Si grad also took sixth in the shot put (44’4 ¼”). In other men’s action, Ohio Wesleyan freshman Josh Denison competed in the 1500m men’s race at a meet last Saturday in New Concord, OH. The 2011 Cedarcrest grad finished 12th, clocking 4:27.24.

On the women’s side, the season continues to be a strong one for sophomore Molly Meyers at the University of Idaho. Meyers, a 2010 Mount Si grad from North Bend, took second in the shot put last weekend at a meet in Spokane (40’9 ½”). She also finished sixth in the hammer throw (134’4”). And the strong results don’t stop there. Fellow sophomore Alex Rudd, running for Southern Oregon, took second in the women’s 5000m race last Saturday in a meet in Chico, CA. Rudd, also a 2010 MSHS grad from North Bend, clocked 18:23.74, just about 28 seconds behind the winner, from Butte College.

Softball: Action aplenty for Valleyites
Central Washington, Boston College, Dartmouth, and Thiel College’s teams have all been busy the last week. We start with last Saturday’s doubleheader between the Eagles and Big Green, and a matchup between two Duvall products, Dartmouth senior Hillary Barker and BC sophomore Ronnie Mae Ayers. Barker saw action in both games, the most in the nightcap, where she pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief and got lit up a bit, giving up seven runs in an 11-0 Dartmouth loss to BC. The Eagles won the first game as well, 2-1. Ayers did not see action in either game for BC.

Central Washington played three straight days of doubleheaders last Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and went 1-5 in that stretch, with their only win coming Monday in the nightcap at Western Washington. Junior Kyleen Sweepe, from North Bend and a 2008 Mount Si grad, saw action in all six games, mostly as a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner; she scored runs in CWU’s losses in game one last Saturday and game two last Sunday at Simon Fraser. Fellow Valleyite Kori Butterfield, a sophomore and 2010 Cedarcrest grad from Duvall, did not see action at all in any of the games.

Thiel is slated to make up a doubleheader today against Hiram which was rained out last Saturday. The Tomcats, though, have been busy, too, with games last Sunday and yesterday. In the action yesterday, Thiel rolled over Penn State-Beaver with a doubleheader sweep. The Tomcats outscored PSU-Beaver 14-0 in the two games combined, winning 5-0 in game one and 9-0 in the nightcap. Freshman catcher Daniell Massengill is carrying a little Mount Si offensive magic with her. The 2011 grad from MSHS who is from North Bend went 2-3 in both games yesterday, driving in two runs in the first contest and scoring a run and driving in another in the nightcap. Last Sunday, Massengill also went 2-3 in the first game of a twinbill with Penn State-Behrend. Thiel lost both contests of that pair, however, 6-0 in game one, 4-2 in game two.

Golf: Struggles for Mount Si grads on links
Monday and Tuesday of this week saw action on the golf course for both Boise State’s women and the men from both Western Washington and Montana State-Billings. In Trabuco Canyon, CA, BSU took 15th as a team in the Anteater Invite tournament, and senior Katie Somers struggled mightily. Somers, from Issaquah and a 2008 Mount Si grad, fired rounds of 88, 84 and 92 to finish at 264, good for a +51 over par score on the par-71 course they were playing down there. Somers finished 80th in the event.

As for the men, both WWU and MSUB were in a tournament in suburban Phoenix and sophomore Brad Harrelson, a 2010 Mount Si grad from Snoqualmie, also struggled a bit for MSUB, finishing with scores of 77, 73 and 70 for his three rounds to total out at 220, +4 over par on the par 72 course where this event was held. Harrelson, despite his steady improvement throughout the event, finished tied for 40th. WWU freshman Jack Kelly, a 2011 MSHS grad from North Bend, did not compete in the event.

So there you have it. A lot of stuff we’ve missed and now you are up to date.

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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