News on a Tuesday: Valley golfers attempting to qualify for youth state championship, along with diamond cuts, and some lacrosse and hoops news too….

Good Tuesday morning. We want to first offer up a happy birthday to Cedarcrest HS softball player Talesa Predmore today, and with that, let’s hit the links this morning with a delegation of Valley youth golfers teeing off yesterday – and again today – with an eye on making a major youth golf tournament in a couple of weeks.

The Valley golfers were spread out among three Washington Junior Golf Association district tournaments, and it was a mixed showing in the opening rounds.

In the District 1 event at Whidbey Golf Course in Oak Harbor, Snoqualmie’s Ava Jensen carded a round of 87 to finish 2nd after the first day in the girls’ 12-13 age group and put her in contention to advance to state. She is six shots back of the leader, Chanyoung Park, at the moment so it’s not likely she’ll be able to come back from that today, but will need to have a good round to fight off the golfer behind her in third place, Cailyn Choi. If Jensen can hold her placing, it’s possible she will advance. We’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, at the District 2 event in Woodinville at Echo Falls Golf Course, Mount Si High School girls’ star Kasey Maralack appears to be a safe bet to punch a ticket today. She fired a 77 yesterday and that put her in a tie for top spot among the high school-age girls with Bellevue’s Nicole Kato. So we’d look for Maralack to advance. Fellow Snoqualmie resident Charlie Gaffney fired an 85 and that put him well back in the pack in the boys’ 14-15 age group, so he’s going to need to have a great round today if he wants to advance.

Down in District 6, Snoqualmie’s Shane Russell is stealing the show among the Valley delegation. He is competing in the youngest age division, the boys 8-11 age group, but you wouldn’t know it from the score. He fired a two-over 38 over nine holes (that age group plays only nine compared to 18 for everyone else) to take top spot in the division after day one of their tournament yesterday down in Orting. So another good round today and he will advance to state. Mount Si teammates Hogan Warford and Buddy Dann are tied for 11th in the high school boys division after each carded a 77 yesterday and fellow Valleyite Kelton McGinnis fired an 84 to sit in a tie for 25th in that division. Warford and Dann will need perhaps to do some work to punch state berths today.

Rounding it out, Snoqualmie’s Maia Miller carded an 85 to finish seventh after day one in the girls’ 12-13 age level. Same thing for Miller, she probably has some work to do if she wants to make it to state today and we wish her and the other youth golfers from our community good luck today.

The state tournament takes place August 3-5 and is being hosted by District 2 this year, with the home course being Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, who has as a pro on staff Mount Si High School alumnus and former collegiate golfer Jack Kelly.

Also in the news this morning:

Basketball: D-I offer for Mount Si boys’ hoopster
A Mount Si High School boys’ hoops athlete last night announced he had landed a Division I college scholarship offer, but it is not who you would have thought.

Junior-to-be post Miles Heide took to Twitter to announce that Fresno State University had tendered him the offer. Fresno State, located down in Fresno, CA, of course, is part of the Mountain West Conference. This we believe is Heide’s first significant offer, and it comes amidst a period which has seen him gain significant notice among recruiters and those who follow the college basketball recruiting situation. He is staying busy this summer following the completion of Mount Si’s summer season with the two weeks at the Section 7 event in Arizona at the end of last month, playing for the Preston-based Team LaVine Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program.

Offers are expected for both of his senior-to-be teammates Quin Patterson and Bennett O’Connor, both of whom also are having strong seasons on the AAU front. We’ll keep you posted if any offers come from either of them.

Lacrosse: All-American honors for Mount Si boys player
Mount Si High School boys’ lacrosse player Eli Spence, who is also part of Mount Si’s boys’ basketball program, was named as a USA Lacrosse All-American yesterday.

Spence won an All-Academic honor, one of only 16 from around Washington high school boys’ lacrosse to receive it and only the second in the history of Mount Si boys’ lacrosse to do so. He joins alumnus Tyler Smith as the only boys to receive it. You’ll remember that Wildcat girls Emme Rezoski and Anna Simmons received similar honors earlier this month for the girls, so the strong academic focus that exists all over Mount Si sports is starting to show itself well with the lacrosse program.

Spence and other MSHS athletes as we have been telling you are competing currently in club action, with most competing for one of two teams – CitySide Lacrosse or the Seattle Starz. Simmons is competing for PSS Elites. We will continue to advise you on how they do in club play.

Scores and highlights from youth baseball action last night. Powered by GameChanger and their apps, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baum Bat Northwest 7, WW Sweets ‘21/’22 18U 3 (game one, doubleheader): The Sammamish-based Sweets went down to Portland to play two yesterday with the Oregon-based squad and things started out well enough in the opener with three first-inning runs, but it was all BBN the rest of the way as they took the first game of the twinbill. Aidan Dougherty led the Sweets’ Mount Si delegation going 1-2 with a run scored and RBI. Jake Smith (0-2) and Ryan Gerlitz (0-1) also repped the Wildcats with the Sweets for the contest.

City Baseball Green 5, Wildcats Baseball 15U 2: Seattle-based City came to Snoqualmie last night and dispatched the ‘Cats on home turf at Mount Si High School. Aiden Short led the Wildcats going 2-3 with a double, walk and RBI. Clay Crooks also had two hits and an RBI for the ‘Cats.

Lakeside Recovery 4, Northwest Bandits 18U 1: The Kirkland-based Bandits were limited to five hits – two of those from Cedarcrest HS grad Cole Linder – in their loss to the Issaquah-based team at Newport High School in Bellevue. Among Linder’s hits was a double.

Kirkland Merchants Premier 18U 3, Narrows Baseball 2: We make a mention of this on behalf of our regular readers the McCann family from Woodinville, as WHS grad Caden McCann dominated on the hill for the Merchants in one of his final appearances on a mound locally before he goes to start his freshman year at the University of Alabama in the fall. He went the distance allowing no earned runs and striking out four for the Merchants in the contest in Bellevue.

Baum Bat Northwest 5, WW Sweets ‘21/’22 18U 2 (game two, doubleheader): Baum took the nightcap and swept the twinbill with Sweets. Gerlitz was 1-2 with a run scored while Dougherty was 0-3 with a walk and run scored. Smith pitched two innings for WWS and didn’t allow a hit, walking one and striking out another with no decision recorded.

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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