The weekend wrap!!!!

Good Monday morning. As we all wake up and debate the future of the Seattle Mariners baseball team in the wake of the controversial comments of their team president made to a local Rotary club earlier this month and which were made public yesterday, we have a weekend wrap of action for you involving local athletes.

Oregon State routs Zags: The Oregon State University baseball squad scored 13 runs, yes, 13 runs, in the sixth inning and they cruised to a 20-4 win over Gonzaga University’s team yesterday at their weekend season-opening tournament, the Sanderson Ford Classic, in Surprise, AZ. Junior Mason Marenco, he of North Bend and a 2018 MSHS grad, was 0-1 for GU in the contest.
Bellevue (NE) splits two: The NAIA’s Bruins from Nebraska opened their 2021 spring schedule with a split of two yesterday down in Dallas against Texas Wesleyan University. BU fell in the opener 4-3 before winning the nightcap 10-5. Duvall’s Cody Banks is back this spring, as he is taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility awarded to athletes following last March’s shutdown of college sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior, a Cedarcrest HS grad, was 0-3 with a run in the opener then went 0-5 in the nightcap. He is slated to be the starting shortstop for the Bruins this season.

Cal women record first win finally: The University of California’s women’s hoops squad finally reached the win column yesterday, scoring a 67-55 win over visiting Arizona State University on Senior Day at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA. Freshman Sela Heide, she of Snoqualmie and a 2020 Mount Si HS grad, did not play in the game for the Bears, but her teammates worked hard and got things done in the end, hopefully building some confidence in the process. Cal was led by a game-high 21 points from sophomore Leilani McIntosh, and freshman newcomer Mia Mastrov, from nearby Lafayette, CA, added 12 for Cal.

Mount Si soccer alums on display in the snows of the Inland Northwest: Pacific Lutheran University and Whitworth University met on the soccer pitch yesterday for a doubleheader of women’s and men’s action over in Spokane, with both games featuring Valley athletes and Mount Si High School alums.

They led off the twinbill with the ladies, and PLU posted a 2-0 win over the Pirates. Freshman Izzy Smith, from North Bend and a 2020 MSHS grad, came off the bench and logged around 17 minutes of action for the home side, recording a shot, which was on goal, with no goals scored. Fellow frosh and fellow 2020 MSHS classmate Joelle Buck, from Snoqualmie, did not play for PLU.

In the men’s game which followed, Whitworth took it 1-0 for their first win of the season. Sophomore Jared Davies made his PLU season debut, working 17 minutes of the first half off the bench for the Lutes, recording two shots, both on goal, with no goals scored. He is from Snoqualmie and a 2019 Mount Si HS grad.

The games were played on the turf of the Whitworth football stadium known as the Pine Bowl; the campus, including the normal soccer facility about 150 yards to the stadium’s west, is under several inches of snow, making that field unplayable.

Hillsdale College (MI) drops tourney finale: The Division II college team from Michigan fell to in-state foe Saginaw Valley 4-1 to finish out their weekend tournament in Chicago yesterday. Junior Elaine Townley, from Carnation and a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 0-3 with a run scored pacing the Chargers, who dropped to 3-5 on the season overall with the loss. They head to West Virginia for a tournament this weekend organized by Glenville State College, in Glenville, in the mountains about two hours northeast of West Virginia’s state capitol of Charleston.

Local club team wraps up weekend tournament in Arizona: Woodinville’s VooDoo Rhinehart 18U club team, featuring top high school players from both the Kingco and Wesco Conferences, split a pair of games to close out a weekend tournament yesterday down in the Phoenix area.

In the opener, Woodinville HS’s Alex Nyberg was 2-3 with a run scored and RBI as VooDoo handed Las Vegas’s ‘Lil Rebels a 7-2 loss, then in the nightcap, a homer from Sydney Warren, from Mill Creek’s Jackson HS, was not enough for VooDoo as they fell 8-6 to Firecrackers Arizona, based in the Phoenix area. VooDoo, coached by longtime Woodinville-area softball coach and parent Clint Rhinehart, went 3-1-1 on the weekend against teams from Arizona, California and Nevada.

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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