Hardwood and diamond action on a Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. Time now to talk some hoops and action from the diamond. Coming later, we’re going to discuss the game everyone is talking about from yesterday – that being the Seattle Seahawks’ rather embarrassing exit from the National Football League’s playoffs with a lackluster loss to their division rivals the Los Angeles Rams.

First, though, hoops and we’ll start off in Greeley, CO, where Montana State University’s men needed an extra session to finish off a rally to beat the University of Northern Colorado.

The Bobcats trailed 40-29 at halftime but were able to fight back and force overtime before escaping with the 76-74 victory. Freshman Tyler Patterson, from Snoqualmie and a 2020 Mount Si HS grad, started for MSU and finished with two points, both on made free throws (he was 0-3 from the floor) in 21 minutes of work for the Bobcats, who are 5-3 now on the season and swept the two-game set with the Bears to open Big Sky Conference play on the right foot.

Montana State returns home to host Portland State University. The two teams will play Thursday night at 6:00 and Saturday morning at 11am our time. Both games will be available on PlutoTV, which you can stream on phones, tablets, Roku and AmazonFireTV, but Saturday’s game will also be live on SWX’s Montana regional sports network.

Pilots hang tough with top team in the country: Last night was not expected to be a good night for the University of Portland’s men’s basketball squad, and despite the final score, it seems as if they held their own against the nation’s top men’s college hoops team.

The Pilots fell to top-ranked Gonzaga University 116-88 at home inside the Chiles Center in Portland. 2020 MSHS alum Hayden Curtiss, from North Bend, worked almost 20 minutes for Portland recording five rebounds and three blocks along with a steal in the contest. He was 0-3 from the floor.

Gonzaga’s star player as many of you know is a guy that should be familiar to you Cedarcrest High School hoop fans. Corey Kispert, a graduate of former Red Wolve league rival King’s Schools in Seattle, had 14 points for GU in the contest.

UoP welcomes in the University of San Francisco on Thursday for a 5:00 p.m. tip to be shown on the WCC Network. This past Thursday, the Pilots and Dons squared off in the Bay Area with USF dominating the second half to break open a close game and win by a little over 20 points, 88-64, over the UoP. So the Pilots will be looking for a little revenge and it will be interesting to see what happens.

Gaels surprised at home: St. Mary’s College’s men saw their chances at keeping pace for the top spots in the WCC standings take a big hit last night as they suffered a heartbreaking 66-64 loss in their conference opener at home to area rival Santa Clara University in a game moved to SMC’s gym after originally having been scheduled for SCU’s gym but then needing to be moved due to local COVID-19 restrictions around the Santa Clara campus in the south Bay Area.

Freshman Jabe Mullins, from Snoqualmie, started for St. Mary’s and the 2020 MSHS’er had a pair of rebounds but was limited to just 0-1 from the floor in 22 minutes of action. The loss dropped the Gaels to 9-3 on the season.

St. Mary’s now gets set for their biggest week of the season as they meet fellow conference stalwarts Gonzaga and BYU. The game with the Cougars is on Thursday and the game with the Bulldogs is on Saturday.

Valley fans who want to support Mullins have an opportunity to do so as the school is selling “virtual” tickets with an eye on selling out the entire UCU Pavilion, St. Mary’s home gym, for both games. While fans are not being admitted into the arena, the “virtual” tickets will enable fans to help support the team and get the feeling of being there in person. You can see the ticket sales page here. A minimum donation is $10 and includes one commemorative game ticket. Higher donation amounts will earn you gifts and recognition on St. Mary’s men’s basketball’s social media accounts.

Each donation is tax deductible. They have raised a little over $6,300 thus far for the program and have plenty of tickets still to be sold – just under 600 thus far have been sold. So if you are a Mount Si hoops fan, here is an opportunity to support one of the program’s grads and his college program, and we hope you are able to chip in and help out.

Softball: Cedarcrest’s Hulse, select team finish weekend tourney in Arizona
The Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 16U softball team has finished up play at the Arizona Winter Invitational after being eliminated from the Phoenix-area tournament last night. Here’s highlights of all three of their games.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 16U 3, SoCal A’s 2: The Issaquah-based squad scored all three of their runs in the fourth to rally from a 2-0 hole to open play yesterday at the Arizona tournament with a win. Cedarcrest High School’s Kaylee Hulse was 0-1 with a walk for WLH.

Arizona Storm 9, Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 16U 0: The Phoenix-based Storm handled the Hawks with ease, limiting the local ladies to just five hits. Hulse was 0-2.

Suncats Jimenez 6, Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 16U 3: The Hawks closed out the weekend tournament with a loss to the California team in the opening round of the playoffs. Hulse was 0-1.

The remaining games of the tournament will finish up this morning. The event continues on despite serious COVID-19 virus problems in Arizona which helped force the cancellation of high school winter sports in the state this past Friday. It is not known how the current issues with virus spread will impact youth sports tournaments in Arizona.

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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