Monday news and notes….2-25

Good Monday morning. Here’s news and notes:

Cedarcrest girls find out state hoops quarterfinal opponent
Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball team, along with the seven other teams who won 2A girls’ regional contests last Friday, found out yesterday who they will be playing to open the state tournament quarterfinals this Thursday. And for the Red Wolves, the draw appears to have been good for them.

Cedarcrest drew W.F. West of Chehalis as their opening game opponent, and that game will be Thursday night at 5:30 at the Yakima Sundome. We’ll get more for you on W.F. West as the week rolls on, but the first thing we can tell you is that the Chehalis team played the Red Wolves’ league rival, Archbishop Murphy, in the regionals, and only beat them by four. So things at least now look relatively good for Cedarcrest, who with a win will do two things: one, lock up a trophy, and two, play in the semifinals against either Renton or Wapato.

As for other teams from the Northwest District, Burlington Edison, who beat Cedarcrest in the district championship game, was also sent to Lynden by virtue of that win, and they won their regional contest, so WIAA rules required them to be placed in the other half of the draw. Therefore, a district final rematch would not happen until the state title game should both teams make it.

Again, we’ll have more for you throughout the week on the state tournament for the Red Wolves.

On the college front
There were four games on the diamond yesterday featuring Valley athletes, so here’s a wrapup on those:

-In baseball, St. John’s fell to Georgia Tech in Atlanta 10-1. North Bend’s Dustin Breshears went 0-2, but the sophomore shortstop was strong defensively for the Red Storm, with two putouts and three assists. In Buies Creek, NC, Campbell blasted Hartford 9-1 to finish off a weekend series. Freshman Trevor Lane, also from North Bend, made a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning and got a hit out of that, which he later turned into a run scored for the Camels. He then played right field to close out the contest. In Orlando, Texas Tech fell to UConn 1-0 in 11 innings. Sophomore shortstop Tim Proudfoot, he also from North Bend, went 0-2 with a walk and strikeout, but had five assists on defense before being lifted for a relief player in the ninth inning.

-In softball, Boston College finished out a weekend tournament in Chattanooga, TN, with a 13-4 blowout of Toledo (OH). Duvall’s Ronnie Mae Ayers had a pinch-hitting appearance late in the game for BC, but she struck out.

Youth softball season starts for Valley girls
The local club softball season started off well on Saturday for the Issaquah Flame Abraham U14 team, as they recorded a pair of wins at Valley Ridge Park in SeaTac.

In their first game, the Flame won a slugfest with the Acers ’00 from Auburn 7-5. The Flame side has three Valleyites on the team this spring, and one competed in this contest – North Bend’s Heather Hinton. Hinton, who attends Twin Falls Middle School, went hitless in two at-bats, but defensively did a nice job, starting up a double play and also recording two putouts. In the nightcap, the Flame bats broke out early and the Issaquah team rolled to an 11-6 win over LC Shock. Hinton’s bat did the most damage – she went 2-2 with a homer, triple, three runs batted in and two more scored, and she also contributed on defense with two assists. The other two local girls on the team – North Bend’s Tori Hellervik and Snoqualmie’s Hannah Griffin – also played, and Hellervik went 1-2 with a homer as well and two runs driven in, while Griffin went hitless. Those two attend Mount Si High School, and are likely to be among a large group of girls who turn out for spring softball practices later on today.

Hinton and Hellervik also pitched the game, with Hinton getting the win, pitching three strong innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits with two strikeouts. Hellervik pitched one inning and had her struggles, giving up five earned runs on four hits. But by then, the game was pretty much done, so it did not affect the end result.

Spring sports start today
As we just mentioned, the high school spring sports season starts today for Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools. Both schools’ baseball, softball, boys’ soccer and track and field teams will hold their first practices, along with Mount Si’s girls’ golf and girls’ tennis teams. If you want more information on this and getting your son or daughter on a team, call either school and they should be able to assist.

We will be doing previews for most teams here, so look for that soon in 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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