Your SVSJ news and notes for Monday, 8-1

News on this Monday:

-We start on the golf links and a triumph for a Lower Valley girl. Duvall’s Sarah Lawrence outlasted rival Ashley Fitzgibbons of Sammamish by one stroke to take the title in the 12-and 13-year old girls’ age group at the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament last week. Lawrence fired rounds of 81 (last Wed), 78 (last Thu) and 81 (last Fri) to beat Fitzgibbons by one stroke with a total of 240 over the three days on two courses: the Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course, and the Walla Walla Country Club, both over in Walla Walla.

The two competitors were tied going into the final round of competition and Lawrence was able to eke it out in the end. Both of them actually finished the first day three shots back of the day one leader, but that golfer struggled in both the second and third rounds and ended up four back of Lawrence after all was said and done.

This crown is the second one Lower Valley youth sports has picked up in recent days; last week as well, the Sno-Valley North girls’ softball all stars in the nine and 10-year old division took their state title. It has certainly been a good year thus far for Lower Valley youth athletes, and Lawrence’s efforts reinforce that. The SVSJ would like to congratulate Sarah and her family on this wonderful accomplishment.

-Just up the road in the Tri-Cities, it was a decent day on the water yesterday for a North Bend hydro driver at the Columbia Cup.

Brian Perkins, driving the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance boat, had good results in his two preliminary heat races yesterday, earning him a slot in the finals. He finished that race in seventh place. Legendary driver Dave Villwock, driving the U-96 Spirit of Qatar, took the win in the race over in Kennewick, which serves as the tune-up for the big Seafair races this upcoming weekend on Lake Washington.

Perkins finished third in one preliminary race, and second in the other, giving the Valley driver that opportunity to race in the finals. He came across the finish line clocking a speed of just over 126 mph.

-Just a reminder as well that we will have softball coverage for you today, as the Premier Girls Fastpitch nationals start in California, and the ASA U-14 nationals start in Texas.

Washington Ladyhawks Miller U-18 Gold and their Mount Si rep, senior-to-be and GWU commit Maura Murphy, play their first game of the event at 12:30 this afternoon. Pointstreak, a scoring service which was used this spring by Mount Si’s baseball team, then also this summer by the O’Brien U-16 baseball club team which we have covered for you here, will be providing stats. A webcast may be available of this event later today; if we find one, we’ll link it for you here.

Coming later, speaking of O’Brien, a wrap on recent game action for the local baseball team, which features several Valley athletes.

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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