Weekend wrap….

Time for our weekend wrap on this Monday.

Mount Si’s star football kicker shows off his leg on international stage
Wildcat senior-to-be kicker Cameron Vanwinkle showed off his skills on the international stage Saturday night, as Team USA’s U-19 national men’s tackle football team opened play in the International Federation of American Football’s world championship tournament in Austin, TX.

Team USA beat American Samoa 27-6, and Vanwinkle kicked three extra points and missed on a fourth. The North Bend resident last month announced his verbal commitment to the University of Washington for fall of 2013, and is likely to be the starting kicker for the Huskies once he arrives on campus there next year.

Team USA meets Austria Wednesday night at 6:00, and you can catch the game live for free on Youtube through their channel which is here.

Strong finishes for Issaquah Flame U10, U14 teams
The Issaquah Flame U10 and U14 girls’ fastpitch club teams finished very well at the NSA softball state tournaments which wrapped up yesterday in the Tri-Cities. These teams, which include Valley players, finished in the top ten in their respective age brackets. The U10’s took fourth after a loss to the Snohomish Shock, and the U14s also finished well despite losing twice yesterday, to teams from Seattle and Rochester.

Valley players meet one another on the diamond
Rock Creek and the Washington Warriors U18 select baseball teams played a doubleheader yesterday in Enumclaw, and RC won both games, 6-3 and 9-6. There was Mount Si representation on both teams.

Chase Kairis went 1-1 in both games for the Warriors, while Connor Jensen went 1-3 in both contests, and drove in a run in the first game, to pace Rock Creek.

In another game pitting Valleyites against one another, the Seattle Stars beat Taylor Baseball 3-1 over in Pullman at the big Palouse tournament. Cedarcrest grad Tanner Marty went 0-3 for the Stars. Other Valleyites, including Taylor’s Reece Karalus (MSHS grad) and the Stars’ Nick Gagner and Tyler Reeves (both Cedarcrest grads) did not play in the contest.

Volleyball Festival wraps up for U14 team
The volleyball season is now done with another strong performance to report from Arizona. The Sudden Impact U14 Hurricane, with Chief Kanim’s Kara Link, took 38th out of 116 teams in the U14 division at the Volleyball Festival tournament in Phoenix, which we have been reporting on all week for you and which wrapped up yesterday. SIVBC won both playoff games they played yesterday against teams from California and Arizona to take an 8-3 record overall.

Dover has game of life to lead SVLL team closer to district title
It was a dream day yesterday for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s Dusty Dover, as he and his SVLL 10/11 “Minors” All-Stars team played Eastlake in the District 9 tournament in Kirkland. Dover went 3-3, clubbed two homers and drove in six runs, helping lead SVLL to a 9-6 win over Eastlake which kept the boys from North Bend and Snoqualmie in the winner’s bracket at the tournament. SVLL meets Sammamish Wednesday morning in Kirkland.

In other action, Falls’ 10/11 team was eliminated from the event with a 15-3 loss to Redmond West, and in 9/10 action, Falls survived a loser-out contest with Redmond West, winning 11-9. Jack Mardon hit two doubles as part of his 3-4 effort to lead the boys from Fall City and Snoqualmie Ridge. SVLL’s 9/10 team fell 8-1 to Bellevue Thunderbird, putting them in a loser-out match with Sno-Valley North from Carnation and Duvall tonight. In other loser-out games tonight involving Valley teams, SVN’s 10/11 team faces Kirkland American at 6pm at Big Finn Hill Park.

Golf notes
Today is the Washington Junior Golf Association’s second tournament of the summer for local boys and girls’ golfers, and it is being held at Twin Rivers Golf Course in Fall City. Several Valley golfers, including Snoqualmie’s Danielle Burns, are in the field today.

Also, the Seattle Amateur Men’s championship tournament continues today. A total of 10 golfers are in the field representing Valley courses; they include Brad Harrelson, Chris Bae and Mike Rutledge from TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Jack Kelly and Brandon Roberts from Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie, and Mike Force and Vamshi Reddy from Aldarra Golf Course near Fall City.

We’ll have scores and more throughout the week on these events 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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