CHS volleyball, soccer score big wins, plus other news and notes

Cedarcrest High School’s volleyball team closed out the regular season with a hard-fought four-set win over the Lakewood Cougars last night at CHS. Scores were 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23 as the two sides gave it everything they had in every set, and the stats from both teams bear that out.

Valerie Koch led the way for the Red Wolves with 16 kills, 10 blocks and two aces as Cedarcrest celebrated the accomplishments of their senior class, including Koch, on Senior Night. Hanna Halverson pitched in 20 assists, seven kills and three blocks to pace CHS, who also had a strong night from Annabella Labate. She pitched in 18 digs, 16 assists, six kills, two blocks and an ace.

Lakewood was led by the 14 kills, 20 digs and three blocks from Kate Anderson, and the Cougars also had a strong 18 dig, 27 assist performance from Erin White. Taeler Rains added 19 digs for the Red Wolves, who also had 26 digs, six kills and two aces from Kendall Berens, while Lakewood’s Aimee White contributed 27 digs, and Larissa Block aided the Cougars with 31 digs and nine kills.

Both teams will be advancing to the Northwest District tournament, with CHS scheduled to play next Wednesday against the Northwest Conference’s top seed at Squalicum High School in Bellingham. If they make it out of the opening rounds next Wednesday night up north, they will play again November 9 at Mountlake Terrace High School.

Cedarcrest girls’ soccer scores big win to close regular season
The Red Wolves girls’ soccer ladies have been steadily improving throughout the season, and that was very evident last night, as CHS scored an overtime win in dramatic fashion over Lakewood 2-1 at Cedarcrest High School to put themselves in a lofty playoff spot. More from the Everett Herald here, including comments from coach Amanda Axelson (ID’d as Amanda Johnson, her maiden name, in the article).

Their first playoff game is this Saturday. Time and site are to be determined (currently, the game is scheduled to be at Everett Memorial Stadium, but that could change, we’ll let you know when we hear something).

College volleyball note
It has been a frustrating season for Texas A&M International’s volleyball team, which features senior Miranda Pratt, from North Bend and a 2009 Mount Si High School graduate. Last night in Laredo, TX, the Dustdevils and visiting Texas A&M Kingsville went back-and-forth, exchanging set victories to force a fifth set, won by TAMK. Scores for the five sets, in favor of the visitors, were 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 15-9 as the Dustdevils dropped to 2-20 on the season. Pratt had eight kills and two assists to aid TAMI.

Mount Si, Valley golfers compete in regional tournament
The two Mount Si High School boys’ golfers who competed in the SeaKing District tournament Monday in Snohomish tuned up last weekend for that big district event by competing in a regional junior golf event.

Wildcats Alex Nelson and Jimmy Jacobson both competed in the Northwest Junior Golf Tour’s Washington Junior Open, held both last Saturday and Sunday at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn and at the Golf Club at Newcastle just outside of Bellevue.

Nelson struggled on the Newcastle layout last Saturday, with a round of 89, but had a much better result at Washington National last Sunday, carding 74. He finished with a total score of 163, good for a 36th place finish, and the MSHS sophomore pocketed a $40 merchandise award, which he will be able to use upon graduation from high school and completion of a quarter of college provided he earns a 2.5 GPA or better in that college work, according to the tour’s website.

As for Jacobson, he had a tough weekend all around, with a 91 at Newcastle and an 80 at Washington National. The Wildcat golfer finished 43rd, and missed out on a merchandise award.

As we reported here yesterday, Nelson earned a berth to the state 3A tournament next spring, with a top-23 round at the district event; Jacobson finished well back and out of state contention.

One other Valleyite competed in the weekend NWJGT event, and that was Snoqualmie’s Drew Warford, who competed in the boys’ elementary-grade division (fourth-sixth grades). The sixth-grader carded rounds of 77 and 79 at Newcastle and Washington National respectively to finish with a total score of 156 and a fourth-place finish in the division. That earned Warford a $40 merchandise award as well.

The Northwest Junior Golf Tour is a fall and spring junior golf tour for local youth golfers. Many of the Kingco’s top golfers compete on this tour, which runs during the high school season and also serves as a year-round compliment to the junior golf schedule.

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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