Mount Si’s O’Connor drops 20 in boys’ hoops win, plus news from the diamond, volleyball and the gridiron on a Tuesday…..

Good Tuesday morning. A busy morning this morning and we start on the hardwood.

Mount Si High School sophomore boys’ basketball player Bennett O’Connor (center) leaps to attempt a basket during last night’s Wildcat boys’ basketball game with King’s at ShoWare Center in Kent. Mount Si won and O’Connor finished with a game-high 20 points. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Sophomore Bennett “B” O’Connor is known for being the floor leader for this Mount Si High School boys’ basketball team, the man that runs the offense and helps his teammates succeed. Well, he himself is a fine offensive basketball player, and he showed that last night on a big stage.

O’Connor hit four threes on the way to a game-high, and we think career-high, 20 points as Mount Si beat 1A King’s 67-59 at the MLK holiday tournament game at ShoWare Center in Kent. Tyler Patterson added 16 points and Jabe Mullins delivered 11 assists helping the Wildcats close out their non-league schedule with this solid win.

Jack Williams and Hayden Curtiss each had eight points to pace Mount Si, who plays Skyline at home Friday night at 8:00.

Other news this morning:

Baseball
Mount Si duo pace tournament finale win for select team in Arizona: Wildcats Parker Norah and Alex Chamberlain both did their part to help Tacoma-based PNW Freshman close out their weekend in Arizona on a strong note yesterday.

Norah was 1-2 with an RBI and Chamberlain walked twice scoring runs both times pacing PNW to a 6-5 win over NorCal Baseball Red from California in the final game for both teams at the Perfect Game MLK weekend tournament in suburban Phoenix. PNW went 3-1 on the weekend in the tournament.

Fellow MSHS’er Josh Freudenberg was also in the tournament, playing for a PNW sophomore and junior team, but did not play in their final game yesterday.

Softball
Flame fall and are knocked out of tournament: For the second straight game, the Issaquah Flame Abraham select team ran into a good Rampage Fastpitch crew and took a loss, this time ending their weekend tournament in Centralia.

The Flame fell to the Rampage 10-4 after falling late Sunday to that team 10-0. Mount Si’s Emery Kreidel-Reimer was 1-2 with a run while fellow Wildcat Sydney Steskal went 0-2. The 16U team was competing in the USSSA’s winter tournament, being held at HUB Sports’ indoor facilities. The Flame finished 1-3 on the weekend.

Volleyball
Sudden Impact falls short in Eugene: Bellevue-based Sudden Impact’s U16 Thunder crew went into yesterday’s final day of play at the Matt Hartner Memorial tournament looking to win it all in the U16 classification. The team, however, featuring Mount Si’s Bailey Showalter fell short, falling to Oregon-based Athena in their quarterfinal game and ending up in a tie for fifth in the event. It was a close one, too, with Athena winning it 25-23, 22-25, 15-13 in the best-of-three match. Three other teams with local representation also participated down there and we’ll have their full wraps for you tomorrow in our weekly volleyball segment.

NWJ U16’s fall short at home: Like with their Bellevue counterparts in Oregon, Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ U16 UnderArmour Grey crew was in contention for a title at their home MLK weekend tournament yesterday, but came up short, falling in the semifinals of the tournament title round. Tacoma-based DaKine’s U14 team, playing up for this weekend tournament, won that semifinal in a two-set sweep and the NWJ crew, with Mount Si’s Alyssa Underbrink, finished in a tie for third in the tournament. Three other teams also with local representation competed in the event and we will also wrap their action tomorrow in the weekly segment.

Football
Another Pac-12 scholarship offer for Mount Si QB: It proved to be a fruitful weekend for Mount Si junior QB Clay Millen, as he dazzled observers at a weekend 7-on-7 tournament, and last night picked up another high-profile college offer.

Millen took to Twitter to announce that Oregon State University made that scholarship offer to the Wildcat star, just the latest Pac-12 school, including Arizona and Oregon, which have extended offers to the football athlete. Were he to commit to the Beavers, he’d team up with former MSHS receiver Jesiah Irish, who will be a sophomore this fall and graduated from Mount Si in 2018.

His efforts at the 7-on-7 event made news as well, with Heir Football reporting on its Twitter that Millen, in all but two offensive series, led drives which resulted in touchdowns for his teams. Good stuff for sure and we’re presuming that a lot of schools were paying attention, so there’s going to be more offers down the pike for Clay we expect.

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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