The weekend wrap and our Athletes of the Week….

Good Monday morning. Athlete of the Week on deck for you this MLK holiday Monday. Weekend wrap for you first and it’s a busy one.

We start down in Renton at the Northwest Juniors MLK weekend volleyball tournament and it was a day for Mount Si volleyball fans yesterday as several of the team’s top players playing in this tournament for Northwest Juniors-sponsored clubs played one another in tournament action last night at the Lair Courts.

Out of this saw one of the teams assert itself as the title favorite today. That would be the Bellevue-based club’s U16 UnderArmour Grey, with Wildcat Alyssa Underbrink. They swept the NWJ U15 UA Grey, with Mount Si’ers Paige Wilkins and Ashley Cornick, then needed the full three sets (club matches are best of three as opposed to Mount Si varsity matches, which go best of five) to beat NWJ’s 15 UA Blue, with several other Wildcat players including Peyton MacKenzie, Sabrina Cole and Robin Hakala. U16 Grey goes in as the top seed in the U16 tournament today and will need to win three matches to take the title.

Also, that U15 UA Blue beat their U15 Grey counterparts in a three-set thriller. They seed ninth and will be in the Silver bracket today looking for a high finish with the U15 Grey team competing in the Bronze playoff bracket today. All matches are expected to be at Lair starting later this morning.

Matt Hartner update: Down in Eugene, it was a good day for the four area teams with Valley representation at the University of Oregon-based tournament.

Bellevue-based Sudden Impact’s U16 Thunder and U15 Lightning, with Mount Si’s Bailey Showalter and Friley Curtiss, respectively, along with the Lynnwood-based WVBA’s U18 Kristine squad, coached by Cedarcrest HS coach Kristine Nielsen, all went 3-0 in their matches yesterday. The Thunder are seeded third in the U16 division and will compete for the title today while the other teams will compete in lower playoff brackets today. Also, Kent-based KJ’s U16’s fell in their final game of the day to an eastern Washington team to drop out of contention for the tournament title. The team, with Mount Si’s Kira Holmberg and Katrice Dunn, will be in a “Gold” playoff bracket looking for a high-placing finish today in playoff action.

Diamond cuts now:

Softball: Mount Si duo breaks out the bats for select team in Centralia tourney
It was a late night last night down in Centralia at the HUB Sports complex for the Issaquah-based Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham softball team – and their two Mount Si High School players, Emery Kreidel-Reimer and Sydney Steskal – as they played three games indoors. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham 3, Black Octane 18U 1: The Flame opened proceedings last night with a win, and Kreidel-Reimer pitched in, going 1-1 with a walk. Steskal was 0-1.

Freedom Fastpitch 18U 11, Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham 8: Kreidel-Reimer powered the Flame with two homers and four RBI’s but they fell to the south Sound team in a slugfest. Steskal went 0-2.

Rampage Fastpitch 10, Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham 0: The Flame were limited to one hit in their nightcap loss last night; Kreidel-Reimer went 0-1.

Baseball: PNW Freshman fall despite strong performance from Norah
Mount Si’s Parker Norah pitched four solid innings, but his team’s offense couldn’t get much going and Tacoma-based PNW fell 6-0 to Trosky National from San Jose at the Perfect Game MLK weekend tournament in Arizona yesterday. Norah allowed one hit over four innings, striking out four and with pitches averaging around 70-75 mph. Norah received no decision and fellow Wildcat Alex Chamberlain went 0-2. The tournament wraps up today.

Fellow Mount Si player Josh Freudenberg is also there with a PNW Underclass team but did not play in their game yesterday.

Time for the Athletes of the Week.

MOUNT SI BOYS – What a night this past Friday for Wildcat boys’ hoopster Hayden Curtiss. We recognized him last week and we’re going to do so again this week. Curtiss notched a season-best 19 points, and brought down the house midway through their game with Eastlake successfully getting a slam dunk as well, a highlight which is making the rounds on Twitter, as Mount Si got a 20-point win over the Wolves on the Sammamish Plateau. We told you last week in this segment that coaches were beginning to notice his improved play, well, they’re certainly noticing it now and it’s good news for the Wildcats as they look to build depth approaching the playoffs. They play tonight at Showare Center in Kent against 1A King’s then play Skyline Friday at home.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – You know, with not a lot going on, we’re going to go off the beaten path and talk spring sports. You saw it above. Softballer Emery Kreidel-Reimer had a big performance last night for her Issaquah-based club team, hitting two homers for the Issaquah Flame U16 Abraham team in a loss to a south Sound opponent in a tournament last night in Centralia. With a new coach this spring and a young team, players like Kreidel-Reimer, who spent last spring on the JV team, will get a chance to crack varsity and this Wildcat player made a statement that’s for sure last night. We’re guessing this tournament wraps up later today and the first softball practices are about a month away!

CEDARCREST GIRLS – Big day on Saturday for Kat Townley as she led CHS with 14 points as the Red Wolves recorded a big 62-48 win over Wesco 3A Everett that gives Cedarcrest its 10th win of the year and also continues to enhance their Northwest District 2A playoff positioning. The sophomore is beginning to establish herself as a key offensive piece for CHS as the Red Wolves build into a solid contender in the 2A ranks. CHS plays Meadowdale tomorrow.

CEDARCREST BOYS – We’ll give Tyler Hampton our nod this week. The Red Wolve scored seven points, but a key seven points it was, helping Cedarcrest compete hard against Marysville-Pilchuck before falling to the Wesco 3A league leaders last Friday. CHS plays Meadowdale Wednesday.

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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