College roundup

We’ll have plenty more on deck for you later on today and tomorrow, including full wraps on Mount Si’s baseball games against Bellevue yesterday and Peninsula today. In the meantime, we owe you an update on how Valley high school graduates are faring in the world of college athletics. We have a lot of news on that front, from several sports, after the break.

Softball: Massengill swinging a hot bat
It continues to be a stellar spring for Thiel College (PA) sophomore catcher Danielle Massengill, of North Bend. The 2011 Mount Si grad remains the top hitter for Thiel, and she has shown why in two recent doubleheaders. Massengill has homered in three straight games, including two round-trippers in the nightcap of a doubleheader last Wednesday against Washington and Jefferson. In that game, won by the home W&J side 7-6, she hit the solo homers to lead off the game in the first, then again in the third, and that followed up a homer in the first game of that twinbill and another blast, also a lead-off one, in their doubleheader nightcap April 20 against Chatham, won by TC 8-0. She is currently hitting .464, and has six homers total, and 30 runs batted in on the season.

Duvall’s Ronnie Mae Ayers also is swinging a good bat as of late for Boston College. The junior first baseman hit a solo homer in a game last Wednesday against Hartford (CT), won by BC 10-2. She also homered for the Eagles in a win that closed out a twinbill April 20 against Maryland in College Park, MD. That homer was key to a six-run first inning in the 8-6 victory over their conference rival. She is also getting it done defensively, with nine putouts each in their games last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Baseball: Down the stretch to the postseason
The college baseball season is winding down, and the postseason looks like a good bet for a couple of the clubs with Valley athletes.

Leading that is North Carolina’s Campbell University. The team is 37-8 currently, and is expected to contend for their conference tournament title which will carry with it an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Freshman Trevor Lane, from North Bend, continues to be a jack-of-all-trades for the Camels, playing both the field and pitching. The Mount Si grad pitched an inning of relief last Tuesday for Campbell in a 10-0 win over North Carolina Central, striking out two, and also continues to start in the outfield, with good showings there in recent games as well.

MidAmerica Nazarene also has a solid record, and the Kansas school could be in contention for their conference tournament title. Leading that effort is pitching staff ace Kyle Olson, of Duvall and a Cedarcrest High School grad. Olson pitched a strong complete game effort yesterday, giving up just one run on five hits to help MNU blast Benedictine 9-1 in Atchison, KS, in the first game of a twinbill. Olson is 8-4 with a 4.06 earned run average for MNU, currently 23-17 and 16-8 in their conference.

It’s been a little bit tougher go for Texas Tech, as they currently are under .500. But North Bend’s Tim Proudfoot has found a way to make some noise. Last Sunday, he hit a grand slam to close out Tech’s 16-5 run-rule win over Kansas which salvaged the series for the Red Raiders; the Jayhawks had won the first two games of the three-game weekend clash in Lubbock, TX. The sophomore and Mount Si grad drove in six runs in that contest, and continues to start, and do a nice job defensively, at shortstop for TT.

Freshman Reece Karalus, after a tough start to his college career, appears to have settled in as a starting pitcher for Santa Clara University, and while his outing last night against Saint Mary’s in Moraga, CA, was not the best (2 2/3 innings, eight earned runs allowed on nine hits in a SC loss to the Gaels), he had a solid effort in a game for the Broncos against San Diego April 19. Karalus pitched seven strong innings, giving up just three runs, two earned, on three hits, striking out five. Unfortunately, he received a no-decision as USD rallied to win 7-3. The North Bend product and Mount Si grad has seen time both as a starter and reliever this season for SC, who is struggling in the standings well under .500.

You can add Dustin Breshears’ name to the list of Mount Si grads finding themselves getting TV time as college athletes. Breshears, a sophomore first-year starting shortstop for St. John’s in New York, played for the Red Storm in their game April 20 against Louisville, a game picked up for national broadcast by CBS Sports Network. St. John’s won the contest 4-3 over the Cardinals, and he had a base hit and scored a run in the contest. Breshears, a 2011 MSHS grad, joined the Red Storm this spring after spending the previous season at Bellevue College. His brother, Carson, is the starting shortstop for Mount Si this spring, and his parents, Doug and Polly, are responsible for the Wildcats’ Pointstreak game coverage that has become a key feature of the media coverage of the Mount Si baseball program.

Football: Valley athletes finding action in spring ball
Several Valley high school grads recently suited up in college spring football games.

Washington State’s spring game last weekend in Spokane saw action for both Zach Brevick and Sherman Hutcherson, as both ex-MSHS players compete for playing time this fall. We’re told Brevick looks to be high on the depth chart at offensive line as a senior this fall, and Hutcherson, a redshirt freshman, and brother of former Mount Si, and WSU, volleyball standout and current Wildcat assistant volleyball coach Faith Hutcherson, had two tackles for loss in the contest, both sacks, which should raise his stock with head coach Mike Leach.

Just a few miles away, the University of Idaho held its spring game last weekend in Moscow, ID. Cedarcrest grad Jared Klingenberg saw some reps in the contest, catching two receptions for 13 yards. Klingenberg will be part of a program this fall with a new coach – Paul Petrino, brother of former Arkansas and NFL coach Bobby Petrino – and destined for a new conference in a year or two, the Sun Belt, which they had been a part of in the past.

Also, incoming freshman kicker Cameron Vanwinkle suited up for the UW in their spring game last weekend in Seattle, but did not have any stats recorded. He graduated early from Mount Si in order to participate in the spring practices for the UW, where the North Bend product is slated to be in competition for the starting kicking position this fall.

Oregon State’s game is this weekend, and expected to see a lot of reps on the offensive line is Josh Mitchell, who is expected to compete for a starting spot this fall. Mitchell is a 2012 Mount Si grad and will be a sophomore this fall. He is from North Bend.

Track & Field: Strodel, Rudd shine in distance events
Duvall’s Cara Strodel and North Bend’s Alex Rudd both tore it up on the track last weekend in women’s distance runs at two separate meets.

Strodel, a sophomore competing for Boise State who is a 2011 Cedarcrest HS grad, finished second in the 1500m race at the Northwest Nazarene meet, clocking four minutes, 54.55 seconds, and Rudd, a junior from Southern Oregon who is a 2010 MSHS grad, qualified for the Cascade Conference meet in the women’s 5000m with an eighth-place result at the Oregon Relays in Eugene. She clocked 17:59.13.

Also last weekend, in Pullman, Idaho sophomore Molly Meyers, from North Bend, finished runner-up in the women’s hammer event at the WSU meet, tossing it 151’7”. She also finished fifth in the shot put event at that meet.

In men’s action, Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Josh Denison had a solid run in the 1500m at a meet in Granville, OH. Denison, of Duvall and a 2011 CHS grad, clocked 4:27.90 for his final placing.

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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