On the college front, 9-29

It was a busy Saturday on the college front.

Mount Si grads play against one another on Pop Keeney football field
Last night was a special moment for four Mount Si grads, as they played one another once more, but this time close to home. Humboldt State played Central Washington in Bothell, the game having been moved from Ellensburg (the second one CWU’s had to move to Bothell in as many weeks) thanks to the hazardous air quality over there due to the big wildfires burning north of town. CWU upset Humboldt State 31-3, and three of the four MSHS grads played. Starting for Central at his normal right tackle spot was junior Michael Nelson, from Carnation, and starting at tight end for Humboldt, and catching five passes for a total of 39 yards, was senior Alex Hiebert, from Ames Lake. Also seeing action for HSU was redshirt freshman Taylor Mitchell, from North Bend, who recorded one solo tackle. The fourth, HSU redshirt freshman Jarrett Adams, of Snoqualmie, did not play.

Cedarcrest grads race against one another in cross country
Three former Cedarcrest High School cross country stars raced against one another yesterday as part of large fields at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, OR. On the men’s side, Linfield sophomore Chad Linnerooth, from Carnation, clocked 28 minutes, 20.25 seconds, to take 134th, and on the women’s side, Boise State sophomore Cara Strodel, from Duvall, finished 50th with a time of 19:12.02 and Puget Sound sophomore Glynis Bawden, also from Duvall, took 206th with a time of 24:02.17.

Mount Si grad’s efforts valuable in hard-fought volleyball sweep
Central Washington’s women’s volleyball team had to work a little extra, but they escaped Billings, MT, last night with a three-set sweep of host MSU Billings, 26-24, 31-29, 30-28. Redshirt freshman Catie Fry, 2011 MSHS grad who now lives in Tacoma, recorded 40 assists and seven digs to aid Central’s efforts.

Another assist for CHS grad in women’s soccer leads Western Washington to win
Junior Ashton Griffen, from Duvall and a Cedarcrest HS grad, for the second time in as many games, had an assist to help WWU blank MSU Billings 3-0 last night in Bellingham. Griffen’s assist came on the first goal of the contest, scored by Joana Houplin in the eighth minute. Griffen started and played the full 90 minutes, with no shots recorded of her own.

Strong effort for ex-Mount Si star not enough for San Diego State volleyball as they fall on road
Junior Summer Nash, who was a star at Mount Si before transferring, then graduating from Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School, led San Diego State’s volleyball team with 16 kills, but it was not enough as the Aztecs fell to Colorado State 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 in Fort Collins, CO. Nash, from Seattle, also had four digs to aid SDSU.

Cedarcrest grads race in cross country meets back east
In addition to the three former CHS cross country stars who raced in the Bowles Invite mentioned above, three more ex-Red Wolves were in races back east yesterday. On the men’s side, Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Josh Denison, from Duvall, finished 193rd in the men’s race at the All-Ohio meet in Cedarville, OH, clocking just over 28 minutes flat. In Louisville, KY, Lipscomb junior Missy Dowd, also from Duvall, finished well back in the field at a meet there, clocking 19:02.41, and in Lawrence, KS, Regis-Colorado sophomore A. Chittenden, from Duvall as well, also finished well back (115th) in the field at the Rim Rock meet hosted by the University of Kansas; Chittenden recorded a time of 25:25.50.

The rest of the action (after the break)
-Oregon State freshman lineman Josh Mitchell, from North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si grad, made his college debut last night, seeing action, but not recording any stats of note, as the Beavers stunned Arizona 38-35 in Tucson, AZ. OSU is ranked in the top-20 in football polls and is undefeated at 3-0 after last night’s win.

-Oregon Tech volleyball fell in five to Northwest Christian last night at home in Klamath Falls, OR, 25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 16-14. Freshman Krista Galloway, from Snoqualmie and a 2012 Mount Si grad, had a kill and four digs to aid the OIT efforts.

-Junior Alex Rudd, from North Bend and a 2010 MSHS grad, and her Southern Oregon women’s cross country teammates traveled to Palo Alto, CA, and raced yesterday in the Stanford Invite. Rudd clocked 24:25 to take 230th overall in the event, featuring some of the top Division I runners in the country.

-In men’s soccer, Evergreen defeated Northwest 4-0 in Kirkland. Mount Si grads Dyson Fowler and Ben Joselyn both saw action off the bench for the Geoducks from Olympia in yesterday’s game, with no stats of note recorded for either Valleyite.

-In Burnaby, BC, last night, Simon Fraser football scored a 41-28 home win over Dixie State in GNAC action. Mount Si grads Sean Snead and Eric Murphy both played in the contest for SFU, with Murphy recording a pair of tackles on defense, one solo and another assisted.

-On the women’s soccer pitch, in Milwaukee, WI, last night, Wisconsin Lutheran beat Milwaukee School of Engineering 2-1 in overtime. No stats are available, but the reason we mention this game is Mount Si grad Victoria “Vica” Falcon, from North Bend, has returned this fall to the MSOE team after a couple years off from soccer. She had played for MSOE as a freshman, but then decided to concentrate on academics full-time before coming back this fall as a senior.

-Texas A&M International volleyball scored a four-set road win over Oklahoma Panhandle State in Goodwell, OK, yesterday, by the scores of 25-17, 25-13, 25-27, 25-17. North Bend product Miranda Pratt had five kills and four digs to aid TAMI’s performance; Pratt is a 2009 MSHS grad and the daughter of former Mount Si volleyball assistant Dean Pratt.

-On the gridiron in Durango, CO, host Fort Lewis of Colorado fell 50-21 to visiting CSU-Pueblo. Linebacker Cary Purchase, a senior from Fall City, had seven assisted tackles for FLC, among the team leaders in that category for the Skyhawks in last night’s game.

-In Walla Walla, Puget Sound women’s soccer scored a 2-0 shutout of host Whitman in NWC action. Sophomore Lauren Hamilton, from Spokane but who has family living in North Bend, started and played the full 90 minutes for UPS, with no stats of note recorded.

-And to close out, Mount Si grad Zach Brevick took to the CenturyLink Field turf in Seattle for Washington State’s football team last night; Brevick saw action but recorded no stats, as the Cougars fell to Oregon on national television 51-26. A second Mount Si grad, Sherman Hutcherson, a walk-on this fall, did not see action for the Cougars.

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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