Big honor for Valley college soccer star, and other news and notes for Wednesday……

We have news for you this morning from college women’s soccer, and it is good news for a Mount Si High School grad.

Fairfield University in Connecticut announced that grad student Nikki Stanton, a 2009 MSHS alum from North Bend and a four-year member of the Stags’ program, was named as one of four team captains for the upcoming 2013 fall campaign. For Stanton, this will be her second straight season as a team captain, and head coach Jim O’Brien is pleased. “Guti is our leader on the field and has experienced success as our central midfield general,” said O’Brien in comments released by the school. “She has been honored by my peers in each of her the last two years a testament to her impact on the pitch.”

Stanton started in all but one game last season for Fairfield, and has participated in nearly 60 in her three years competing for the Stags; she sat out her freshman season as a result of injuries she suffered during a club tournament that summer. Stanton has a total of four goals and eight assists over the course of her college career, according to the school.

The 2013 season will be the final one for Stanton in a Fairfield uniform, and it looks to be a special one for the Valleyite.

Now to the rest of the action.

Kimbo has another strong outing to aid Princeton Rays
2010 Mount Si grad Josh Kimborowicz pitched in front of the home fans for the first time as a professional, and did very well, helping his Princeton Rays minor-league baseball team shut out Burlington (NC) last night 4-0 in an Appalachian League game in Princeton, West Virginia.

“Kimbo”, making his first appearance since his pro debut last Friday for the Rays, pitched two scoreless innings, only issuing one walk and striking out one hitter during the span. Kimborowicz, who was drafted by the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays in the 19th round of this month’s baseball draft, signed with the Rays recently and was assigned to Princeton, which serves as the Rays’ “rookie” league club in their minor league system.

He had pitched this spring for Everett Community College.

Reno team rallies to defeat Chaffey baseball in opening day of Nevada tournament
The Reno (NV) Knights U18 select baseball team scored eight times over the course of the fourth and fifth innings last night to rally from a 6-1 deficit and hand Bellevue’s Chaffey Baseball a 9-7 loss in the opener of a tournament in Reno at the University of Nevada. Mount Si senior-to-be Carson Breshears went 2-3 to aid the Chaffey efforts.

Local teams finish well at Anaheim volleyball tournament
Three Eastside girls’ volleyball teams with Valley players finished play Monday at the Summer Soiree tournament in Anaheim, and all ended up in good finishing positions.

Despite a loss in their opening playoff game which knocked them out of the event, the High Velocity 16’s of Bellevue, with Mount Si’s Danielle Seaman, finished in a tie for 23rd out of 88 teams in the 16 Club division; they finished on a four-match losing string to end 3-7 overall in the event.

High Velocity’s 17’s, with Cedarcrest’s Hanna Halverson and Kendall Berens, had a strong tournament, going 7-3 overall. They also fell in their playoff opener and finished in a tie for 37th out of 68 teams entered in the 18 Club division.

And the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 14’s Black, featuring MSHS frosh-to-be Hannah Green, ended up in a tie for 43rd out of 120 teams competing in the 14 Club division. They split a pair of playoff games against California teams and finished with a 6-5 overall record.

There is one more volleyball tournament this spring involving a Valleyite, and it is the JOVC Nationals next week in Dallas. Recent MSHS grad Gen Knoppi and her Northwest Juniors 18s Elite team will be participating in the event, and we will have news on that for you here.

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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