College scores on this Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. Those of you who follow us on Twitter know how busy we were yesterday evening following history being made for Mount Si High School and upper Snoqualmie Valley youth sports. For just the second time in school history, the Wildcat boys’ basketball team are champions of Washington state high school boys basketball, as they took the 4A big-school title last night in Tacoma. More shortly. First, though, the college scoreboard.

Madonna U. 8, Bellevue U. (NE) 4: The Bruins wrapped up their Florida trip falling to the opposing Michigan-based team after they scored six runs in the seventh to rally from a deficit to get the win. Senior Cody Banks, he of Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored for BU.

LaVerne 4, Whitman 3 (game one, doubleheader): The host team from southern California got three third-inning runs to take the lead, then their pitching held serve the rest of the way to best the visiting Blues. Senior pitcher Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS’er, worked three one-hit innings of relief walking just one for Whitman, with no decision recorded. He did not pitch the nightcap, won as well by LaVerne to give them the sweep of the twinbill.

Bellevue CC 6, Tacoma CC 5: The Bulldogs needed extras to win the first of what was supposed to be two over TCC down in Pierce County. Riley Gill, a Skyline HS grad whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 2-3 with an RBI pacing BCC. He is a sophomore this spring. The second game was canceled.

Cal State Northridge 4, Gonzaga 3 (game two, doubleheader): After the ‘Zags took the opener in walk-off fashion, visiting Northridge came back in the nightcap scoring a run late to break a tie and split the twinbill. Sophomore Mason Marenco, he of North Bend and a 2017 MSHS grad, played this game for the Bulldogs and went 0-1. He did not play in the opener.

Yakima Valley CC 5, Everett CC 4 (game two, doubleheader): After Everett used a ten-run inning to blast the Yaks in the opener of two over in Yakima, YVCC rallied for a walk-off in the nightcap to split the twinbill. And that walk-off finish came courtesy of North Bend’s Spencer Marenco. The 2019 MSHS grad doubled with runners on base scoring teammate Ryan Cabreira with the winning run. It was Marenco’s lone hit of the game in four tries, and he also walked twice and drove in two runs, including the aforementioned game-winner. He did not play in the opener for the Yaks.

Boise State 11, Seattle U. 9 (game two, doubleheader): The Gorrell’s got it done last night for Boise before Gavin found out the big news about Mount Si’s boys’ basketball team, which we’ll have for you shortly. Gavin, a sophomore from North Bend, started on the mound for Boise and the 2017 MSHS’er won his first game as a Bronco, allowing five runs on six hits with three walks and and three strikeouts, and his cousin, freshman Grant from Arizona, was 1-1 with a walk and two runs scored. No Blaine Wagner in this one for Seattle U. as the senior catcher from Duvall got the game off. The win gave the Broncos the sweep of the twinbill; they took the opener 9-2 and Wagner, a 2016 CHS grad, again didn’t see action for the Redhawks in that one.

Lower Columbia 8, Columbia Basin 5 (game two, doubleheader): The Red Devils posted a doubleheader sweep over the Hawks with this nightcap win at home in Longview. Sophomore Nick Solomon, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, didn’t pitch the opener for CBC, but pitched this game, and worked 4 1/3 solid innings of relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits, walking one and striking out one. He received no decision.

Mount Olive women 24, Lees-McRae 3: The Trojans are on a tear to start the season. Mount Olive, with this home win in North Carolina last night, moved to 6-0 to start 2020 and have outscored foes 117-24 in the span, with another blowout win last night adding to that. Junior defender Chaija Olsson, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS grad, worked this contest for the Trojans, recording one ground ball in the contest.

Linfield women 16, Whitworth 9: The Wildcats got it done at home last night in their conference opener in McMinnville, OR, over the visiting Pirates. Sophomore Maia Rezoski, she of Duvall and a 2018 Cedarcrest HS alum, was busy in the game for Linfield, recording a hat trick of three goals in addition to two assists, three ground balls and a forced turnover. But her efforts on the field weren’t the only story – both teams wore T-shirts in warmups supporting an organization known as Lax4Life, which addresses suicide prevention. Rezoski spearheaded the efforts as an extension of her support of her hometown lower Valley community and of her high school alma mater, Cedarcrest, which as you know has been addressing the issue of teen suicide in the wake of several tragedies in the past year.

Aurora (IL) 22, Linfield women 4 (Thu.): The above noted win for Linfield came off a blowout loss in their season opener this past Thursday, also at home in McMinnville. Rezoski had a goal in this one for the Wildcats.

Track & Field
Erik Anderson Icebreaker, McMinnville, OR: It was a smashing outdoor college debut for a pair of 2019 Mount Si HS grads yesterday at the season-opening outdoor meet hosted by Linfield College First, George Fox freshman Karlie Stewart, from Snoqualmie, won the women’s high jump, clearing five feet, three inches, and easily beating three foes for that top spot. Northwest Christian frosh Jenae Usselman, also from Snoqualmie, tossed a javelin 119’3″ and finished fourth in the women’s javelin event. She also took 15th in the women’s shot put with a throw of 29′ 4 1/2″. A third 2019 MSHS’er also competed yesterday; George Fox freshman Spencer Sprague, from North Bend, took 32nd in the men’s 10,000m run, clocking 35:11.19. The Bruins swept the men’s and women’s team titles in the meet.

Ed Boitano Invitational, Tacoma: A pair of Cedarcrest HS grads competed for local teams in a meet hosted by the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma yesterday in the outdoor season opener for both of these squads. Pacific Lutheran sophomore Alicia Krivanek, from Carnation and a 2018 CHS’er, took 10th in the women’s 3000m, clocking 12:02, whileWestern Washington freshman Sophie Paradis, Krivanek’s former Red Wolve track teammate and a 2019 CHS’er from Duvall, cleared just over 10 feet to finish in a tie it appears for top spot in the women’s pole vault although she was recorded in fourth place.

Ferris State 7, Hillsdale (MI) 0: The Chargers kicked off their trip to the Dot Richardson tournament yesterday outside Orlando being limited to three hits in the loss to the in-state Michigan rival. Carnation’s Elaine Townley went 0-3 for Hillsdale in this one.

Fordham 12, Howard 7: The Rams won the slugfest with the Bison, from suburban Washington, DC, at the Duke University tournament in Durham, NC, last night. Freshman Michaela Carter, Townley’s former CHS teammate and from Duvall, went 1-5 with a run scored for Fordham. Carter graduated from Cedarcrest last June.

Rockhurst 12, Hillsdale (MI) 2: Townley, a sophomore and 2018 CHS’er, went 1-4 with a run scored for the Chargers, but Rockhurst had the bats busy in this one, racking up 19 hits to take this Dot Richardson clash yesterday.

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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