News on this Sunday…..

Sunday news and notes:

Mount Si softball season over
The Wildcats fastpitch softball team failed to earn a trophy, but their finish at state was the best since 2004, when they finished runners-up, after a split of loser-out games yesterday. Mount Si beat Bainbridge 8-4 before falling to Juanita 11-1 to finish 20-9, for their first 20-win season since 2003. Stats and more when we get them. Mount Si finished in tie for fifth at state tournament.

State track produces solid results
Mount Si’s and Cedarcrest’s boys track and field teams both had good showings at the state track and field meet in Tacoma, with the Wildcats taking 23rd overall in the 3A standings with ten points and Red Wolves getting 18th in the 2A standings.

The last two days of the meet had big efforts for a couple of athletes. Friday, Cedarcrest senior Justin Houser scored a second-place finish in the 2A javelin, with a toss of 177’5”. Later in the 3A portion of the event, Mount Si’s Brad Stevens did his Valley counterpart one better, winning that with a toss of 205’10”, besting his previous state best of 202’4” he set at the district meet. The 10 team points Stevens’ victory earned for the Wildcats made up their entire haul in the meet.

Yesterday, CHS’ Mitchell Montgomery took fourth in the 2A 1600m race with a time of 4:13.83, and he was one of six guys who broke the previous meet record in the race. Winner Marcus Dickson, of White River, will be classified as the new record holder in the event, with a time of 4:10.79. Fellow Red Wolve Luke Driscoll, who qualified for the 2A 200m final with a strong preliminary race Friday, took eighth in the final race, clocking 23.05 seconds. Teammate Matt Erickson was also competing in that event, but failed to qualify for the final after finishing eighth in his preliminary race Friday.

In the 3A girls, Mount Si’s Lexi Swanson yesterday cleared 9’6” in the pole vault, and finished in a tie for 10th, and on Friday, teammate Ashley Jackson finished eighth in her 300m hurdles preliminary race and missed out on the finals in that event. Rounding it out, in the 3A boys’ shot put, Mount Si’s Kolton Auxier took tenth, with a toss of 50’ 1 ¼”.

Neither girls team from Mount Si or Cedarcrest scored team points in the meet, with North Kitsap taking the 2A title and Kamiakin the 3A. As for the boys, Ephrata won the 2A crown and Bellevue took the 3A.

Volleyball players shine in regional tournament
Several local girls’ club volleyball teams with Valley players opened play yesterday at the Emerald City Classic tournament in Seattle on strong notes.

Four of the eight teams with local girls won their opening day pools, which will put them in good shape for possible titles if they continue strong through the rest of the weekend.

Those four teams included:

-Sudden Impact 14s Hurricane, in the U-14 division, who went 3-0, beating teams from Olympia and suburban Portland; this team includes Chief Kanim player Kara Link.

-Sudden Impact 16s Thunder, in the U-16 Open division, who went 2-1. This team, with Mount Si’s Lyndsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie, beat teams from Kent and suburban Portland, but fell to one from Camas in Clark County.

-High Velocity 16s, in the U-16 Club division. This Bellevue team, with Mount Si’s Sydney Leonard and Cedarcrest’s Hanna Halverson, blew through the field to finish 3-0 in their pool. They routed teams from Portland and Seattle before running into some early trouble against a team from suburban Portland, but responding in a big way late to close out with one last victory.

-KJ 18s, in the U-18 Open division, with Mount Si’s Sarah McDonald, who rolled to a 3-0 mark with wins over teams from Puyallup, Spokane, and suburban Portland.

Four other teams with Valley players all had mixed results, but all won matches yesterday; these included the Rain City 17’s (CHS’ Cassie Chriest and Kendall Koch) and Sabotage 18s (MSHS’ Lexie Read and Rachel Hayford) in the U-18 Club division, Island Thunder 18s Black (MSHS’ Krista Galloway) in the U-18 Open division, and Island Thunder 15s Black (MSHS’ Liz Larson) in the U-16 Open division.

Western Washington women’s rowing to compete for national title
The Viking women’s varsity eight rowing team, with North Bend senior Katie Woolsey, barely fell short in their “repechage” qualifier race at the NCAA D-II women’s championships in New Jersey yesterday, but that was still enough for them to earn a shot at their eighth straight national championship. They fell just 25 hundredths of a second short of winning the race, Mercyhurst eked out the win, but still finished second with a time of 6:49.63, grabbing the final slot in what was a close race. Central Oklahoma finished a little over a second behind in third.

WWU will meet Mercyhurst, Nova Southeastern and Humboldt in the final race, which is set to start shortly.

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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