Valley high school athletes well-represented in spring postseason honors

Both the Cascade Conference and Kingco 3A Conference have released their postseason awards lists for spring sports. Many athletes from both Cedarcrest and Mount Si made the list.

Soccer: Coach of the year sweep for Valley
Both Valley high school coaches won their respective league coach of the year awards, leading a stellar list. Cedarcrest’s Zach Pittis won the Cascade coach of the year, while Mount Si’s Darren Brown took the Kingco honors, both for leading their teams to strong seasons this spring. Cedarcrest midfielder Darian Pendergraft and defender Buck Rivard won first team honors, while Chris Dowd took the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Red Wolve forward Collin Hintzke and midfielder Chris Cole took Cascade second-team recognition.

Mount Si midfielder Davis Karaica and forward Alex Censullo took Kingco first team honors, while defenders Jon Cramer and Aaron Baumgardner took league second-team recognition for their efforts in helping the Wildcats finish second in the league this spring. Forward Kody Clearman, midfielder Erik Stai, defender Nate Popp and goalie Hunter Malberg all earned Kingco honorable mention.

Baseball: Mount Si earns top Kingco honors for second straight season
The Wildcats’ second straight league championship earned them more postseason hardware. Utility player Trevor Lane earned league MVP honors, while Elliott Cribby took home coach of the year. Lane also earned a league first team honor, while in a bit of a surprise, both Reece Karalus and Trevor Taylor took home second-team recognition from the league. Outfielder Joe Cotto also earned Kingco second-team honors, and catcher Zach Usselman, infielders Ryan Atkinson and Carson Breshears, and outfielder Daniel Besmer all took home league honorable mentions for helping Mount Si make state this spring.

Cedarcrest had four players make the Cascade first-team list: pitchers Nick Gagner and Tyler Reeves, outfielder Tanner Marty and DH Colton Sandhofer. Infielder Clayton Lacher and OF Nick Bowersock took home second-team recognition for their efforts this season.

Softball: Red Wolves’ stellar season earns league recognition
Cedarcrest had a strong Cascade Conference season, giving league title winner Granite Falls a little bit of a scare this spring. That earned the Red Wolves some significant league honors.

Coach Les Collins earned Cascade coach of the year honors, while Kailyn Campbell was named league offensive MVP. Jerrica Kjorsvik earned Cascade first-team honors, while Taylor Turner, Stephanie Hall and Karly Gidlof all took home league second-team recognition.

Mount Si’s season is still on, as we just told you, and the efforts of several players in getting them there have earned them league honors. Outfielder Celine Fowler and DP Michaela “Mickey” Blad earned Kingco first-team honors, while catcher Britney Stevens and outfielder Lauren Smith took home second-team designations. Pitcher Kendra Lee and third baseman Rachael Picchena earned honorable mention.

Golf: Cedarcrest girls earn league honors
Cedarcrest’s top two girls’ golfers earned Cascade recognition for their efforts this season. Courtney Hoekstra took home top league honors for winning the league tournament, and Caitlin Brenner, who made state this spring, took home second-team recognition.

Track and Field: Red Wolves win lots of hardware
Several Cedarcrest track and field athletes won league recognition. Boys Luke Driscoll (200m), Mitchell Montgomery (800m and 3200m), Zach Jordan (110 and 300m hurdles), Bennett Minnie (pole vault), Alex Zuvich (discus) and the boys’ 4x400m relay team, along with girls’ pole vaulter Bailey Parish, earned Cascade honors for their efforts this season, and coach Bruce McDowell won the Cascade boys’ coach of the year award.

The SVSJ congratulates all of the athletes and coaches for their league recognition.

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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