Here is this morning’s Mount Si sports news.
Mount Si boys golf gets three season-best rounds to beat Garber, Rebels
The Wildcat boys golf team went up to Wayne Golf Club in Bothell yesterday and had by far their best performance as a team yesterday as they beat Juanita, 173-190 (lowest score wins). Three Mount Si golfers had season-best rounds yesterday, led by the medalist round of 32 from Wes Nelson. Sean Ballsmith added a season-low round of 34, while Mitch Gardunia also had a season-best performance, firing a 35.
The Rebels were led by the 35’s of Frank Garber and Stephen Peppes. For Garber, widely seen as among the Eastside’s top boys’ golfers, this was only the second time all season he did not have at least a share of the medalist honors for top overall golfer in the match; the other time was last Wednesday against Mercer Island, in which he finished behind MI’s James Gendreau for that top slot.
Mount Si meets the Islanders at Twin Rivers Golf Course in Fall City next Tuesday in a match that likely will say a lot about how far both teams will go this season.
Wildcat boys tennis falls to Rebels
Mount Si’s boys tennis team fought hard, but fell at home to Juanita last night, with the Rebels taking four matches to the Wildcats’ three.
The Wildcats’ strength was in doubles, where Mount Si’s #2 and #3 teams scored wins. In the #2 match, Jake Miller and Van Magnan scored a 6-3, 6-0 decision over the Rebels’ Sam Schwabacher and Danny Baba, and in the #3 match, Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin and Kevin McLaughlin took care of Juanita’s Luke White and Paul Reed 6-4, 6-2. The Wildcats also got a singles win, but that was by default in the #4 match. Mount Si’s Jordan Koppa was scheduled to play in that contest.
The best hope in singles for that fourth match win came in the #2 match, where Nate Popp played Austin Chen. Popp forced a tiebreaker in set one, but fell 7-2 to Chen, who grabbed the set as a result, then Chen went on to blank Popp in the second set to take that contest.
Josh Hamann and Azhar Khandekar also fell in their singles contests, with the #1 doubles team of Jake Rouches and Alex Pease being the lone loss in doubles for the Wildcats.
Mount Si cross country shines on Marymoor course
The Wildcat cross country team had some excellent performances in a Kingco meet yesterday against Sammamish and Lake Washington at Redmond’s Marymoor Park.
Team scores were not available, but based on a review of the results, it appears the Wildcats scored well as a team in both events. Mount Si’s boys and girls both placed three athletes in the top 10. On the boys’ side, senior Richard Carmichael took third, running the course in a time of 17 minutes flat. Right behind Carmichael in fourth was junior Dominick Canady, who clocked a time of 17:25. Fellow junior Tim Corrie had a solid run, finishing ninth with a time of 18:06.
On the girls’ side, a new star may be emerging for the Wildcats. Freshman Angelina Belceto had a season-best time yesterday of 21:24, good for sixth. Belceto’s times have improved considerably in the last week; in the two races since last week’s home league meet, her times have gone down by a total of over a minute and a half from her time of 22:58 in that meet. Belceto could be one to watch as the season wears on. She could become a nice compliment to the Wildcats’ one-two punch of sophomores Bailey Scott and Abbey Bottemiller, both of whom continue to anchor the Mount Si girls’ success.
Bottemiller took second, running a time of 20:18, and Scott was right behind with a third-place time of 20:20. The boys’ overall winner was Devon Grove of Lake Washington and the ladies’ top finisher was Sammamish’s Pascal De Sa E Silva.
Mount Si travels to Kenmore next week for a meet against Interlake and Juanita on the Rebels’ home course. The Wildcats return home October 12 for a meet against Liberty and Mercer Island at Snoqualmie Elementary School and Centennial Fields.