Mullins leads Mount Si to state hoops playoff win, plus the Saturday college scores featuring Valley athletes…..

Good Sunday morning. We start with some basketball this morning. Mount Si High School’s boys basketball team punched a ticket to the round of eight in the WIAA 4A state high school boys basketball tournament last night, rolling to another dominant win in doing so, their fourth such win in a row.

Anchored by 27 points from senior and St. Mary’s-CA bound Jabe Mullins, the Wildcats blasted West Valley of Yakima 74-44 in the regional round game at Issaquah High School. Tyler Patterson added 18 points and his brother Quin pitched in 10 to pace Mount Si, who will play the winner of a Wednesday game between Federal Way and Battle Ground in the quarterfinals Thursday at the Tacoma Dome. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

Mount Si broke out to a 8-2 lead out of the gate, took a 35-13 advantage to half, and was up 30 at the end of three quarters, continuing the dominance the Wildcats have seen since their district quarterfinal loss to Woodinville. In the four games since that loss, all wins, Mount Si has beaten opponents in those games by an average of around 25 points per contest.

Good stuff for sure, but it only gets more difficult from here. More throughout the week.

College wrapup now:

Baseball
Hawaii 3, Vanderbilt 1: In what by far was his best pitching performance as a collegian, Duvall’s Aaron Davenport shut down the defending national champion Commodores last night, leading the Warriors to their first win over a top-five ranked team for the first time in seven seasons as Hawaii shut down SEC’s Vandy in Nashville. Davenport, a sophomore and 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, pitched six innings of three-hit baseball, walking three and striking out six to get the win and move to 3-0 on the season for Hawaii.

Boise State 5, Northern Colorado 4 (10 inn., game one, doubleheader): Boise’s Chris Padilla took a 10th-inning pitch from UNCo reliever – and Valleyite – Andrew Willmon and lined it for a walk-off single, scoring teammate Myles Harris with the winning run to give the Broncos the opening of a twinbill at home in Boise. Aside from allowing the game-winning hit, Willmon had no other stats of note in his appearance for the Bears, and received no decision.

Fellow Valleyite Gavin Gorrell pitched for Boise State, allowing a run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a relief appearance for the Broncos, for which he also received no decision. Willmon is a senior from Carnation and 2015 CHS’er, while Gorrell is from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er. Neither local player pitched in the nightcap, won by the Broncos to give them a sweep of the twinbill.

Olympic 10, Green River CC 6: The Rangers won the slugfest at home in Bremerton over the Gators. Freshman Frankie Cepeda, from Snoqualmie and a 2019 MSHS’er, was 1-4 with an RBI for Green River.

Bellevue CC 4, Pierce 2 (game one, doubleheader): A three-run seventh lifted the Bulldogs to the win in Tacoma over their NWAC rivals. Riley Gill, a Skyline HS grad whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 1-3 with a walk and run scored for BCC, where he is a sophomore this spring.

Gonzaga 13, South Alabama 3: The visitng Bulldogs broke open a close one late, exploding for nine runs over the final two innings – seven in the ninth frame alone – to roll over the Jaguars in Mobile, AL. Sophomore Mason Marenco chipped in for the Zags; the 2017 MSHS’er from North Bend went 2-5 with two RBI’s.

Bellevue U. (NE) 11, Mount Vernon Nazarene 2: The Bruins opened their Spring Break trip to Florida with a blowout of the opposing Cougars in the beginning of their tournament run in Lake Wales, near Orlando. Senior Cody Banks, from Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, went 0-4 with a run scored and RBI for BU.

Whitworth 14, Whitman 5 (game one, doubleheader): The Pirates took the first of two, ultimately sweeping a twinbill at home in Spokane with their eastwen Washington rivals. Senior Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS alum, pitched this game for the Blues and allowed two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out three in two innings with no decision. He did not pitch the nightcap, won by Whitworth 16-11 to give them the aforementioned sweep of the twinbill.

Pacific-CA 6, Seattle U. 5: The Redhawks trailed 6-1 at one point in this one at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue yesterday, and made a comeback, but fell short to the visiting Tigers. Senior Blaine Wagner, from Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, successfully completed a sacrifice bunt attempt in the ninth in a pinch-hitting appearance for SU in this one.

Umpqua 12, Yakima Valley 8 (game two, doubleheader): UCC took the nightcap of two to sweep a doubleheader from the Yaks in Yakima; they won the opener 11-6. Freshman Spencer Marenco did not play the opener for YVCC, but played the nightcap; the 2019 MSHS’er from North Bend was 0-4 with a walk and run scored for the Yaks.

Bellevue CC 10, Pierce 5 (game two, doubleheader): The Bulldogs scored six seventh-inning runs to break open a close one, take the nightcap and sweep the pair from the host PC side. Gill played left field late in the game for BCC with no official at-bats recorded.

Indoor Track and Field
SPU Final Qualifier, Seattle: A trio of former Mount Si High School track and field athletes got one last opportunity to make the nationals yesterday at the UW’s Dempsey Indoor facility to close out the indoor track schedule. George Fox freshman Spencer Sprague, from Snoqualmie and a 2019 MSHS’er, fared well, finishing fifth in his heat of the men’s mile, clocking 4:32.72. Also, Concordia-PDX senior Karlie Hurley, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si alum, won the women’s triple jump, with a leap of approximately 39 feet, 4 1/2 inches, to earn a provisional spot into the NCAA Division II nationals in the event (whether she actually will compete is still to be determined) and Central Washington senior Andrew Harris, also from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, was fourth in the men’s weight throw, with a toss of 56′ 9 1/2″.

MPSF meet, Seattle: Also at Dempsey, the NCAA Division I conference’s championship meet saw a pair of local athletes, also both former Mount Si’ers, competing. Senior Melissa Hruska, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, competed for Washington State University in the women’s 3000m, taking 23rd in her heat, clocking 10:15.68, and junior Hannah Waskom, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, competed for the University of Washington in the women’s 5000m and finished ninth in her heat, with a time of 16:35.01.

Patriot League meet, Bethlehem, PA: Duvall’s Grant Van Valkenburg got it done for the Naval Academy in the men’s 5000m at the conference indoor track and field championship meet hosted by Lehigh University yesterday. The sophomore, a 2018 CHS’er, finished seventh clocking 14:41.94, about two seconds behind a top-five result.

Wrestling
McBride earns hardware at regionals: Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestler Parker McBride took home some hardware yesterday at the NCAA Division II regionals in Kearney, NE.

McBride, a junior and 2017 CHS’er, finished sixth in the 125 lb. weight class. He fell in his opening match but then won a pair of loser-out matches to advance into the consolation semis, falling there and in the fifth place match to take his sixth-place spot. McBride competed against a field of athletes primarily from around the western and midwestern United States in the regional event.

Softball
Trinity-TX drops conference opener: The Tigers fell at home last night to Southwestern-TX, 8-3, in the SCAC (NCAA Division III) opener for both teams. Sophomore Lauren Rich went 0-2 with a walk for Trinity in this one. She is a former Valleyite – she played her freshman year of high school softball at Cedarcrest HS – who moved to Texas with her family following that freshman year at CHS and graduated from a suburban Dallas high school in 2018. Rich is pitching and playing first base this spring for the Tigers.

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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