News and notes from the weekend….

Here’s this morning’s news from the SVSJ.

Valley high school volleyball players and their club team poised for solid finish in Anaheim tourney
Things are going quite well for the Bellevue-based High Velocity 16s girls’ volleyball team as they wrap up their season at the Summer Soiree tournament down in Anaheim. HV, with Mount Si’s Sydney Leonard and Cedarcrest’s Hanna Halverson scored three wins yesterday, extending their match win streak to four and putting them into today’s play with a strong 7-2 record overall in the tournament. HV defeated two teams from California and a third from Hawaii which they already had beaten one other time in the tournament.

It continues to be a struggle, however, for both the HV U14 team, with Chief Kanim’s Danielle Seaman, and their U15’s, with Cedarcrest’s Randi Roetscioender, as they combined to only win one match yesterday, that being the U15 opener over a team from Agoura Hills, CA. Both teams are currently 2-7 overall in the tournament and look to close out on good notes today.

A Valley Cup of sorts on the baseball diamond
Mount Si and Cedarcrest grads competed against one another yesterday on the baseball diamond, as the Seattle Stars took on the Taylor Baseball Club in Seattle Premier League U18 action in Bellevue. The Stars won the game 4-2. Cedarcrest grad Tanner Marty went 0-2 with a strikeout, and he was the only one of the four Valley players on either team which competed; Cedarcrest’s Tyler Reeves and Nick Gagner from the Stars and Mount Si grad Reece Karalus from Taylor all did not compete.

Valley players part of soccer blowout
Issaquah FC’s WPSL women’s soccer team scored a 7-0 win Saturday afternoon down in Bend, OR, over the Oregon Rush, keeping them at the top of the division standings within WPSL. Goals were not reported, but Issaquah has two Mount Si grads playing this summer – Jordyn Wilson and Jessica Oliver, both of whom compete collegiately for Northwest University in Kirkland. Issaquah is next home July 6 against this same Rush team.

Busy week ahead for softball, volleyball players
It is a busy week this week on both the softball and volleyball front, with big tournaments out of town involving a number of Mount Si players and their club teams.

First, in Denver, the Colorado Fireworks and the Boulder Independence Day girls’ fastpitch softball tournaments will feature teams with Wildcat representation. Competing in the Fireworks, which begins tomorrow, are two teams from the NW Ladysharks fastpitch organization based out of Kirkland. The U16 team includes several Mount Si players – Celine Fowler, Paige Wetherbee, Nikki and Jenny Carroll, Rachael Picchena and Britney Stevens. The U18 Gold features Wildcat senior-to-be Lauren Smith. Both will start play tomorrow, with the U16s slated to meet teams from Atlanta, Wichita, KS, Tucson, AZ, and Oklahoma City, and the U18s taking on teams from Kansas City, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, NC, and San Jose.

Up in Boulder, Washington Ladyhawks Miller, with senior-to-be Mickey Blad and recent grad Maura Murphy, is competing in the Boulder Independence Day tourney, and that starts Wednesday. Incidentally, Ladyhawks is currently ranked #13 overall in a national ranking of top girls’ softball teams from around the country compiled by Triple Crown Sports, who is organizing the Fireworks tournament. The Puyallup-based team is the top team in the Northwest and is ranked #15 in the organization’s list of top programs in the country.

On the volleyball front, down in Phoenix, the Volleyball Festival tournament is this week, and three teams from the Issaquah-based Sudden Impact club which include Valley athletes will be participating. These include the 14s, with Chief Kanim’s Kara Link, the 15s, with Mount Si’s Kaitlyn Van Cise, and the 16’s, with Mount Si’s Lyndsay Carr, Noelle Stockstad and Anna McCreadie. There is a possibility of games being available on live webcasts; if that is the case we’ll let you know. Play starts Wednesday and continues through Sunday.

We’ll have full updates on both the softball and volleyball for you throughout the week here at the SVSJ.

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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