Monday news and notes….

On this Memorial Day, we have some news for you.

An end of an era of dominance for WWU women’s rowing as they fall in national championship race
Despite their best efforts, the Western Washington women’s varsity eight rowing team saw its streak of seven consecutive NCAA Division II women’s national titles come to an end as they fell in the championship race yesterday at the nationals in New Jersey.

The boat, with senior Katie Woolsey from North Bend aboard, finished in a time of 6:50.45, less than two seconds behind winner – and new national champion – Humboldt State. WWU had the lead through much of the race, but the Humboldt boat rallied late to overtake the Vikings for the victory.

Decent weekend for local youth softball players
The Issaquah Flame U12 Abraham girls’ fastpitch club team traveled to Wenatchee this past weekend, and left with a 2-2-1 record at a tournament there. The three Valley players on the team all contributed to their efforts.

Especially Maddy Trout. The North Bend resident homered, tripled, scored three runs and drove two more in to help the Flame blow out the Snohomish County Express 12-0 last night. Trout’s homer was a two-run shot in the fifth and it scored teammate Taylor Juenke.

Trout was also busy on Saturday, going 2-2 with two stolen bases and two runs scored to help the Flame tie the Xplosion team 7-7 for their first tie of the season. Fellow North Bender Emily Webb also went 2-2, but added five putouts on defense to help the efforts. C.J. Howatson, also of North Bend, returned after being out with an injury for a few days, and pitched in runs in two other games yesterday – a win over the Crushers team, and a loss to Kirkland-based Northwest Ladysharks.

In other Issaquah Flame news, the U12 THTH won one and tied another Saturday. North Bend’s Lauren Wilbourne went 1-1 with a walk and two runs scored in a 6-5 Flame win over Blaze Velocity, and fellow North Bender Heather Hinton had one of two Flame hits in a 2-2 draw with the Invaders team in local play in Kent.

Volleyball action wraps up today
The Emerald City Classic volleyball tournament for local girls’ club players wraps up today, and a pair of teams with Valley players will be playing for tournament titles.

In the U18 Open, KJ 18s, with Mount Si senior – and UNC Charlotte-bound – Sarah McDonald, rebounded after an opening-match loss yesterday to a Washington Volleyball Academy team from Seattle to post a 2-1 pool record yesterday and earn the #7 seed into today’s playoffs, in the championship “Gold” bracket.

In the U16 Club, Bellevue’s High Velocity 16s, with Mount Si’s Sydney Leonard and Cedarcrest’s Hanna Halverson, go into their championship bracket as the #6 seed after a 2-1 record in action yesterday. They opened play with two more wins coming off their strong 3-0 start Saturday, but closed out with a loss to a team from Vancouver, B.C.

Four other teams with Valley athletes will be competing in their respective age groups’ “Silver” playoff brackets, which is the next level down from the “Gold” championship playoffs. These teams include:

-SIVBC U14 Hurricane, with CKMS’ Kara Link; SIVBC fell twice yesterday and dropped down into the #7 seed after a 3-0 Saturday start

-ITVC 15s Black and SIVBC 16s Thunder in the U16 Open; ITVC, with Mount Si’s Liz Larson, won first place in their pool yesterday thanks to a point percentage tiebreaker after a 2-1 record, and goes into today as the #17 seed. SIVBC also went 2-1 in their pool, but finished in third in a three-way tie at 2-1 due to losing a set percentage tiebreak. SIVBC, with fellow Wildcats Lyndsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie, beat the Coquitlam, BC, Ducks Alym for one of their two wins; the Ducks won that set percentage tiebreak and advanced into playoffs as #1 overall seed. SIVBC and ITVC could meet in playoffs today.

-Sabotage 18s Sea-Tac, with MSHS’ Rachel Hayford and Lexie Read, roll in at #13 seed in the U18 Club Silver playoffs after winless day yesterday.

Rounding it out, in the U18 Open, Mount Si’s Krista Galloway and her ITVC Black team plays in their age group’s “Bronze” playoffs today after rebounding with a solid 2-1 day yesterday; they go in as the #24 seed. And in the U18 Club, Rain City 17’s, with CHS’ Cassie Chriest and Kendall Koch, struggled again yesterday and head in as their division’s #32 seed into a lower-tier playoff bracket with a 2-4 overall mark.

We’ll have results later on today for you here.

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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