Two major breaking stories of note concerning Mount Si this afternoon for you:
-First, from Mount Si baseball, as a national magazine has raised their national profile. Baseball America, who had ranked the Wildcats #27 in their preseason #50, has bumped Mount Si up to the top 25 nationally. The magazine, in conjunction with the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, has the Wildcats ranked #25 in their latest poll, which was released this morning, see here for more. Mount Si is the lone Washington state school ranked, and one of among eight schools in the western United States ranked, with most of those being in California.
Wildcat coach Elliott Cribby is thrilled.” It’s great for the program and the community,” said Cribby by email to the SVSJ. “Seeing our name on the Top 25 list is a proof of work ethic. We know we are not owed anything, which makes it all so satisfying to go out and earn it each day.”
-We also have a major story from Mount Si volleyball, as their top senior star has made her college choice official. Sarah McDonald will be signing her letter of intent to attend Division I North Carolina-Charlotte on a full-ride scholarship in a ceremony tomorrow afternoon at Mount Si High School. With this signing, McDonald becomes the third Wildcat player in the past four seasons to sign with a Division I college, following Miranda Pratt (2009) and Zoe Gogan (last year). UNCC, of the Atlantic 10, beat out several Northwest D-II schools, including MSU Billings, to land McDonald, who is among the top players on the Kent Juniors 18’s club team based out of Kent, one of the top club teams in the Puget Sound region.
McDonald joins Krista Galloway in having signed a college letter of intent; Galloway recently inked officially with Oregon Tech, an NAIA school out of the Cascade Collegiate Conference. And the school’s coach is excited to have Galloway come aboard this fall. “Krista is relatively new to volleyball but is already at an impressive level. I think she will work herself into a very high ceiling of achievement in our conference,” said coach Jason Corwin in comments on the school’s website. “She has exceptional timing with her block, is always ready to hit and our setters are excited to get in the gym and start working with her.”
Both players helped lead the Wildcats to a sixth-place finish at state this past season, in their fifth straight trip to the state tournament.