Valley athletes help club lacrosse teams win titles at Oregon tourney, plus news from the diamond and the pitch…..

Time now to talk some lacrosse. It was a busy day down in central Oregon yesterday as club teams featuring players from both Mount Si High School’s high school and youth lacrosse programs wrapped up the Oregon Lacrosse Classic. A boys’ and girls’ squad both won titles while a second boys’ squad finished as runners up.

On the girls’ side, the PSS Elites from Seattle won the title, beating teams from Nevada and California. PSS defeated Lakeside Lacrosse-Shasta from northern California in a close 8-7 result with Mount Si star Anna Simmons being a huge factor. She scored five goals and added four assists and three defensive ground-balls to the efforts for PSS, who went undefeated in the event at 5-0 outscoring foes 58-13 in it.

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, the Starz ’28’s from Seattle posted a pair of wins over Puget Sound-area rivals to win that title. Starz beat South Sound Lacrosse from Lacey/Olympia to take the crown, aided by Chandler Saldivar; the future MSHS lacrosse athlete assisted on four goals and also forced a turnover on defense which helped in a fifth Starz tally during the course of the day yesterday. Also repping the Mount Si youth program on the Starz were Austin Linscott and Ethan Kaiser. A congrats to all three of you on your accomplishment.

CitySide’s ’27’s from Bellevue split against a pair of teams from Sacramento in semifinal and final action yesterday to finish as runners up in that age group. Mount Si athlete Liam Mumford was very active on the scoresheet, scoring five total goals including one in the title game, which they fell in. Hudson Andrews added an assist and was in the right place at the right time in the title game to draw a key foul on the Sacramento team that helped keep the game close. Wyatt Miller also did well repping our community, playing tough defense which led to two forced turnovers. Good stuff from those three young men, who you will be seeing in the future don scarlet and gray.

Rounding things out, the Starz ’26 Silvers finished out strong winning both of their consolation matches yesterday, aided by MSYL’s Luke Jones, who had two goals, six assists and three defensive ground balls. Reagan Roberts also chipped in, with a goal and tough defense which led to a number of forced turnovers and ground balls. Ryan Holmgren had a game-winning assist and also played tough defense like Roberts did with similar results to his teammate and fellow MSYL’er. Also repping Mount Si on this squad this weekend was Luca Toldo.

And the Starz’ 25’s made it to the semis of their playoffs but ended in a tie for third overall after falling to a Boise-area team in that semifinal. Henry Ehrmann had two goals and two assists in the two games, while A.J. Spence (brother of Mount Si varsity player Eli Spence) added a goal, two assists and five goals, and Kendall Salivar (Chandler’s brother) pitched in two assists.

In all, it was a great weekend down in central Oregon as all these young athletes from the Valley represented their community very well.

Games were played yesterday in warm and very air-friendly conditions; we are told by our contact, Brian Spence from MSYL, that smoke from the big wildfires burning to the south of Bend did not reach the area yesterday so kids were able to compete in very safe conditions while down there.

MSYL and MSHS lacrosse players will have additional tournaments upcoming which we will have coverage of for you here. Good stuff as always from them, and we encourage you to go to Mount Si Lacrosse’s site, linked at right in our news links, for more information on their program and what they can offer your son or daughter if you think lacrosse might be a sport for them to try.

Softball: Mount Si players pitch in to get club team to semis of weekend tourney
It was a solid day on the diamond at the Washington State Games tournament in Kent yesterday, as the Issaquah Flame’s ’04 Black 16U’s came close to another title, with a pair of Mount Si Wildcats chipping into the efforts. They won twice to advance to the semis before being knocked out of the event.

In the first game, the Flame routed Lady Wooo 17-0 with a combined no-hitter involving Mount Si’s Makayla Malan. She pitched an inning of the no-no striking out one in her work, and also chipped in offensively, going 0-2 but walking once, scoring a run and driving in another. Teammate and fellow Wildcat Emery Kreidel-Reimer was very active at the plate, with a double headlining a two-hit effort, scoring a run and driving in three more.

Malan’s bat was key to the Flame’s second win, as they advanced to the semis with a 4-1 win over the Blue Thunder squad out of Des Moines. She doubled twice and also walked, driving in a run as the Flame took care of business. Kreidel-Reimer was 0-2. The Seattle Spice knocked out the Flame in the semis beating them 10-5. Malan pitched an inning in this contest, and unlike in the opener, she struggled, allowing four runs – three earned – on three hits walking one. Offensively, she was 1-3 with an RBI.

The Flame took a tie for third in the 16U division with the result yesterday. Also:

Washington Speed 14, Northwest Lady Bandits 18U 0: The Bandits were eliminated from the tournament after being two-hit by Speed pitching. Mount Si’s duo of Lexi Yingst and Ginger Harris went a combined 0-3 with a walk in the game for the Kirkland-based squad.

Soccer: Stanton faces hometown team in pro women’s action
Chicago Red Star Nikki Stanton, from North Bend, faced her hometown team on Saturday night in a National Women’s Soccer League contest.

The Red Stars defeated the Seattle-based OL Reign 3-1 using a pair of so-called “own goals” to get the result at home in Bridgeview, IL. Stanton, a 2008 Mount Si HS grad, played limited minutes late in the contest with no stats of note for Chicago, who moved to five wins, four losses and two ties with the result, putting them in second place overall in the league standings with 17 points – three points per win and one per tie.

The Red Stars travel to New York on Saturday to meet Gotham FC, the renamed New York/New Jersey NWSL franchise that Stanton used to play for before joining the Red Stars several years ago. Stanton is now in her second stint with Chicago, having not played with the Red Stars last season but instead overseas.

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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