Mount Si football senior takes familiar trail to next level, along with this morning’s roundup of last night’s action….

Good Saturday morning. As we get set to restart high school sports in the Valley, with Cedarcrest High School fall sports teams starting practices on Monday, we have a lot of news mostly related to the college front on this Saturday.

We first hit the gridiron and there is some big news from Mount Si High School’s football program this morning, with another one of their seniors making a college decision, and in doing so going down a very familiar path.

Defensive back Stuart DeMerit last night officially announced on Twitter his commitment to Concordia University in Moorhead, MN. The Cobbers, as the NCAA Division III team are known, are no stranger to Mount Si football or their fans, as the programs have enjoyed a strong relationship for over a decade now. Wildcat graduates, led by linebackers Hank Van Liew and Andrew Thompson and current lineman Collin Fleisch, have all had success over the years with the Cobbers, and it was this point that was not lost on the school when they Tweeted out word themselves of the commitment late yesterday with an eye on nabbing additional Mount Si players. In the tweet, they wrote, “The Cobbs are on the board again!!! Mount Si has produced some amazing Cobbs in the past and this DB (alluding to DeMerit) will be no different! Who’s next?!?”

DeMerit and his family are currently in Moorhead finishing up an official visit of the Concordia campus and should be back in time for Mount Si’s delayed 2020 season to start March 1. His commitment brings the total of Wildcat seniors making college commitments to six, joining Andrew Edson, Cole Norah, Daniel Harrison (all Washington State University), Caleb Dalgleish (U. of Chicago) and Clay Millen (University of Nevada).

A congrats to Stuart on his commitment from us here. Time now for the action from last night.

Basketball
Pacific Lutheran men stay unbeaten: The Lutes handled Whitworth University’s squad in Tacoma last night 84-59 to move to 4-0 on the season. The win, the first for PLU over Whitworth in 15 years, was aided by sophomore Brett Williams. The 2019 Mount Si HS grad, from North Bend, started and had four points and three rebounds in 21 minutes of work for the Lutes, who look for a sweep of the weekend set with the guys from Spokane tonight at 8:00 p.m., a game you can catch via live streaming on the NWC Digital app, available on phones, tablets and set-top devices.

Volleyball
Whitman drops delayed season opener: The COVID-19 delayed 2020 season opener for the Blues volleyball ladies did not go as hoped as Whitman College’s squad fell in four sets, 25-20, 25-23, 15-25, 25-20, to the visitors from the University of Puget Sound last night at home in Walla Walla. Junior Emma Anderson, from North Bend and a 2018 Mount Si HS grad, had five kills, an assist, an ace and three digs pacing the Blues, who look to split the weekend set with the Loggers tonight at 5:00. This game will be live streamed as well via that same NWC Digital app we just mentioned with PLU’s basketball game.

Baseball
Gonzaga opens season in the desert: Gonzaga’s 2021 baseball season kicked off in dramatic fashion, as Andrew Orzel hit a walk-off RBI double with the bases loaded to lift the Bulldogs to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the University of New Mexico last night to open a weekend season-opening tournament at the Texas Rangers’ Major League Baseball spring training facility in Surprise, AZ, outside of Phoenix. Junior Mason Marenco started for GU at second base in the contest, and the 2018 Mount Si HS alum, from North Bend, was 0-3 in the contest. Eastlake HS grad Alec Gomez got the win on the hill in relief for the Bulldogs, allowing a run on four hits in 2 1/3 innings worked, striking out two.

Softball
Townley, pitcher guide Hillsdale College (MI) to win: Carnation’s Elaine Townley was 1-2 with a walk and the efforts of the 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad along with those of her team’s pitcher, proved key in a 2-1 win for Hillsdale College’s ladies over Lewis University yesterday afternoon in the opener of a weekend tournament in Chicago. The Chargers scored both of their runs in the second inning, then rode the arm of pitcher Dana Weidinger the rest of the way; she threw a complete-game gem, allowing a run on six hits striking out four for the win to move to 2-1 on the season and help Hillsdale end a three-game losing streak. They play again tonight.

Lacrosse
Limestone U. (SC) men win: The Division II Saints moved to 2-0 under the lights last night holding off visiting North Greenville University 13-10 in a non-conference clash on home turf in Gaffney, SC. Sophomore Chris Haycock, he a 2019 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie, came off the bench for Limestone in this one, recording three shots, two on goal with no goals scored off his goal-scoring efforts in the team’s season opener last week, also a win.

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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