The weekend wrap and the Athletes of the Week!!

Good Monday morning. Start of a new week and we have our weekend wrap wrapping up all of yesterday’s action involving local athletes, then our Athletes of the Week.

Youth Softball: Vegas event finishes up
The final day of the LVTourneys Valentine’s Day Blast event down in Las Vegas had good showings for the three girls with Valley ties competing in it. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Las Vegas Crusaders 5, Washington Acers 14U Quinney 3: The Vegas-based team scored three in the first and held on for the win over the Auburn-based Acers. Isabelle Foote, daughter of longtime Mount Si teacher and head volleyball coach Bonnie Foote, went 0-1.

Elite Diamonds ’03 16U Pluschke 7, Gorge Thunder 5: The Redmond-based Diamonds won it on a walk-off by Issaquah HS’ Kelly Hruza beating a team from Oregon. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 1-3 with an RBI while Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke had no official at-bats but did score a run.

Washington Acers 14U Quinney 13, Las Vegas Blast 1: The Acers rolled to an easy win over the Blast, also based in southern Nevada. Foote again was 0-1.

Rising Stars Bobcats 12, Elite Diamonds ’03 16U Pluschke 3: The Bobcats broke open a good one with a seven-run fourth to sink the Diamonds and wrap up the weekend for the Eastside team. Huntzinger was 2-2 with an RBI while Pluschke went 0-2.

Boise Blast 11, Washington Acers 14U Quinney 8: The Boise team rallied from a 5-0 hole scoring three in the third then eight more in the fourth to beat the Acers and end the south King County squad’s weekend in Sin City. Foote was 1-1.

Bellevue U. (NE) 10, Oklahoma City U. 8: The Bruins avenged their loss from Saturday to the Stars posting their first win of the season in the process down in Oklahoma yesterday, and they were aided by Duvall’s Cody Banks. The senior, a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 3-5 with a walk and two runs scored as the Bruins overcame a six-run third from OKC to grab the win.

College Softball
Hillsdale (MI) 4, McKendree 1: Carnation’s Elaine Townley kicked off the 2020 season with a bang for the Chargers. The sophomore, a 2018 CHS alum, went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s as Hillsdale won their season opener in a tournament in Georgia. Hillsdale fell in a second game last night to Lenoir-Rhyne with Townley getting the game off.

Rhodes (TN) 20, Southwestern (TX) women 3: This one was over in a hurry in Memphis as host Rhodes scored 14 goals in the opening half and cruised over the Pirates. Freshman Tessa Lewis, she of Snoqualmie and a grad last June from Mount Si HS, allowed six goals on eight shots in her 30 minutes of work in goal for Southwestern. She received no decision.

Athletes of the Week
We head to the mat for this week’s selections.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – The Wildcats had two girls competing at the subregionals in Seattle this past weekend, and one made regionals. We’ve IWRC recognized her already once, but we’ll do so again here. Aynslee Hester, at 140 lbs., went 4-1 on the weekend pinning Bainbridge’s Aubrie Ackland for third place and a trip to regionals this weekend in Sedro-Woolley as the lone Mount Si rep. Hester’s had a good season thus far and she hopes to continue it this weekend.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – It has been an interesting first season on the mat for junior Bethany Smith. But it seems to be going well at the moment as Smith was one of three regional qualifiers this past weekend for the Red Wolves at the Seattle subregional. Smith went 2-1 and took second in the 145 lb. weight class, joining 130 lb. winner Abby Varaday and alternate Alyssa Adams, at 105 lbs., who finished fifth. Regionals as noted before are Saturday in Sedro-Woolley.

MOUNT SI BOYS – Three Wildcat wrestlers – Mark Marum (106), Tryon Kaess (113) and Jaeden Durham (160) – won titles this past weekend at the Kingco 4A championships in Kirkland and lead a delegation this weekend to regionals that will include several others. More on this later but Mount Si fans will have plenty of people to cheer for this weekend at the regional event.

CEDARCREST BOYS – Their efforts at their subregional this past weekend were led by previous AotW recipient Matt Weinert and this week’s AotW, Ashton Butterfield. Butterfield, at 113 lbs., took second, making it to the finals before falling in very quick fashion – 19 seconds to be exact – to Centralia’s Juan Gaspar. Butterfield, though, showed he’s going to be a person to watch for the Red Wolves at their regionals this weekend. Perhaps a state berth is in store we shall see.

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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