Mount Si boys’ hoops punches ticket to state, plus news from the diamond and the mat on a Friday…..

Good Friday morning.

As we discussed yesterday in our preview, one of the hallmarks of the success of the past two seasons for Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team was their ability to respond to adversity. And they were in a very much adverse situation last night, facing the end of their successful run. Well, guess what. The boys responded. In a big way.

Led by a strong night from senior Hayden Curtiss, the Wildcats blew out to a big halftime lead and cruised to a 68-35 win over Skyline in the WesKing 4A loser out game at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. Mount Si punched a return trip to state and will face Jackson at 12:45 tomorrow afternoon at Everett Community College for third and fourth places in the tournament.

Curtiss had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Mount Si, and he was followed by Tyler Patterson’s 16 points to pace the Wildcats. Jabe Mullins and Bennett “B” O’Connor both had 14 points apiece for Mount Si, who shot 60% from the field and only turned the ball over seven times.

The Wildcats will work to get the third seed out of the district, and their current third-place ranking in the state tournament seeding RPI computer formula should get them a favorable regional assignment – that will be announced on Sunday.

Baseball scoreboard
We have some baseball for you now as we wrap up some of the midweek action from college baseball featuring local athletes.

Seattle U. 7, UC Riverside 1: The Redhawks opened a trip to southern California Wednesday night picking up this victory over the Big West squad in Riverside, CA. Senior catcher Blaine Wagner, he of Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, caught the late innings for SU with no stats of note reported.

Antelope Valley 9, Bethesda (CA) 5: Up the road in Lancaster, CA, on Wednesday, the Pioneers won over their area rivals to sweep a midweek series. Junior pitcher Jake Jewell, from Carnation, got work on the hill for AV and allowed two runs on two hits, walking one, in 2/3 of an inning of relief. The 2016 CHS alum did not receive a decision and also didn’t work the opener Tuesday, also as noted won by the Pioneers.

Arkansas 7, Gonzaga 5: GU came up short against the ranked Razorbacks yesterday in the first of a weekend set down in Fayetteville, AR. North Bend’s Mason Marenco went 1-4 with a run scored for GU. He is a 2017 Mount Si HS grad.

Wrestling: CHS alum named conference athlete of the week
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference late yesterday named Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestler Parker McBride, from Duvall, as it’s conference Wrestler of the Week. McBride, a junior and 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, won a pair of matches last week – both by pin, to receive the nod, his first as a CSU-P athlete. McBride transferred into the program prior to this season and had missed most of it battling injuries.

The RMAC is a part of NCAA Division II. A congrats from us to McBride on the recognition.

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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