News from the mat, the hardwood and the diamond on a snowy Thursday…..

Good Thursday morning. So, once again, weather will be the story today as to whether Valley high school athletic events are impacted by any school delays/closures. Today, it’s wrestling with all of the Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School teams in action.

Speaking of the mat, Cedarcrest’s boys had a solid showing up at the King of the Mountain tournament this past Saturday in Darrington. Three weight-class winners propelled the Red Wolves to a third-place team finish, scoring 116.5 points and finishing behind Eatonville and former Cascade Conference rival South Whidbey for the top spots in the event.

Red Wolve weight class winners included Evan Reid (138), Rylan McPhee (220) and Hayden Dill (132). Reid took his crown by technical fall over Concrete’s Robert Reed, while McPhee won an 8-0 decision over Eatonville’s Chris Vaninetti to take his division and Dill pinned South Whidbey’s Drew Aposhyan to grab his title.

Four others – Bryant Reid (120), Gabe Arroyo (106), Dallas Carrier (160) and Mac Miles (195) – all finished in third-place ties in their respective weight classes. Miles and Red Wolve teammate Andrew Weiker battled in a loser-out match at 195 for that share of third place, with Miles winning the match by pin.

A total of 18 wrestlers competed for CHS, so plenty of kids got plenty of work on the mat during the event. The Red Wolves went 18-26 overall in individual matches in the tournament with 12 of those wins coming by pin and one more – the aforementioned Reid crown-clincher at 138 – coming by technical fall.

Also this morning:

College basketball: MSHS grad continues to chip in for college men’s team
Freshman Brett Williams continues to play a valuable role off the bench in his first college season for Pacific Lutheran University’s men’s basketball squad. He played nine minutes of the game on Tuesday for the Lutes against Tacoma city rival Puget Sound and scored two points and added a rebound, helping PLU grab a 75-65 win over the Loggers. He is getting minutes off the bench for PLU, who is 6-8 on the season, and is averaging around two points a contest with a small number of other stats including rebounds, assists and steals. The Lutes are down in Salem, OR, Saturday night meeting Willamette University.

Williams is from North Bend and is a 2019 MSHS grad.

Softball: Central Washington’s coaching staff to have a big Valley flavor to it
Last month when we reported here about Central Washington University having hired former Redmond High School coach Allison Mitchell to coach the NCAA Division II’s softball program this spring, we suggested it would be good news for Valley high school players and others within the Kingco Conference. Well, she has hired her staff, and it’s going to have a big Valley flavor to it, as both a Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School grad will each be part of it.

First, the Mount Si part of the staff. We have learned that Traci Tawney has been hired by Mitchell as one of her assistants. Tawney, a former Wildcat softball assistant and 1999 Mount Si HS alum who spent nearly a decade coaching Lake Washington High School’s team and helping produce several top college players including one-time CWU player Taylor Ferleman and NCAA Division I Boise State’s Tori Bivens, will join Mitchell on staff to further increase the Kingco flavor of the new program. Tawney guided LW this past spring to a top finish in Kingco 3A, which had been a custom for a long time in the conference. She is from Fall City.

Now, the CHS part. Duvall’s Kailyn Campbell will be Mitchell’s lead assistant on the squad. Campbell, who graduated from Cedarcrest HS several years ago and went on to have one of the greatest careers any Central player has ever had in school history, will be coaching for the first time. She hit better than .400 and clubbed over 30 homers in her Central career, which for much of it was spent alongside fellow Valleyite Celine (Fowler) Huerta, from North Bend. She played one pro season in Europe.

Good stuff for sure and we are excited for the season ahead. Go Central!

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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