-A North Bend hydroplane driver has a good chance to do well today in the final day of racing in the tune-up to next weekend’s big Seafair races in Seattle.
Brian Perkins, driving the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance boat, qualified for the Columbia Cup over in Kennewick in the middle of the pack, then yesterday, finished second in his first heat race, clocking a hair above 139 mph. Perkins will be racing this morning in his second heat, then he will have possibly two more races later today, including the championship heat.
KNDU-TV over in the Tri-Cities has live coverage, you can click here to watch it on your computer.
-It was a tough ending for Eastside FC’s U-16 boys’ soccer team Friday at the US Youth Soccer Nationals down in Phoenix. Despite another win, they did not make it to the finals.
EFC, with Mount Si senior-to-be, and SPU verbal commit, Davis Karaica, beat California’s Albion White 1-0 in their final pool play game of the tournament, but thanks to a goal differential tiebreaker, did not advance to the title game despite finishing in a four-way tie for first at 2-1. Albion and the Concorde Fire Elite, who Eastside did not play in the pool round, advanced to the championship game today. Albion’s goal differential was +2 while Concorde’s was a staggering +5, buoyed by a 5-0 shellacking, also on Friday, of the Minnesota team which Eastside fell to on Thursday.
James Molyneux-Elliott, who scored Eastside’s only other goal of the tournament in their win last Wednesday, scored for Eastside in the Friday game.
-Things have turned a bit sour on the basketball floor for the ECBA U-17 Pioneers girls’ basketball team at a tournament in San Diego.
The Seattle-based team, with Mount Si junior-to-be Molly Sellers, fell once on Friday, then fell again yesterday, to knock them into a final game for placing later today against a team from Nevada. Emerald City had won two straight games to open the tournament.
-Don’t forget, today starts our coverage of softball this week here at the Journal. Opening ceremonies for both events, the PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA, and the ASA U-14 Nationals in Midland, TX, are today, with play starting tomorrow. Teams with Mount Si players are in both events: the Washington Ladyhawks Miller U-18 Gold (Maura Murphy) in Huntington Beach, and the NW Ladysharks Wetherbee (Celine Fowler/Nikki and Jenny Carroll/Rachael Picchena) down in Midland.
We’ll have full coverage for you throughout the week here.