Friday news and notes…..

Play wrapped up yesterday at the WIAA state high school golf tournaments for the three Valley golfers who made the final round.

In the 2A girls’ event in Spanaway, Cedarcrest’s Amanda Fairbanks found things a bit more challenging on day two than on day one Monday, firing a 108 at the Classic Golf Club course. Faribanks, who shot a 99 Wednesday, finished with a total score of 207, good for a tie for 34th. Teammates Bella LaBate and Caitlin Brenner missed the round one cut and did not play in yesterday’s round. Fife’s Kendall Gray eked out a one-stroke win over Bellingham’s Jenn Paul to take the 2A girls’ title.

Down south in Ridgefield, Mount Si’s Alex Nelson had a better final round than his opening round Wednesday, carding a 76 at the WIAA’s 3A boys’ state tourney at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Nelson, who fired an 80 Wednesday, finished in a seven-way tie for 18th with a total score of 156. Fort Vancouver’s Spencer Tibbits held on to beat Juanita’s Frank Garber by one stroke for the title.

In nearby Woodland, Wildcat Caitlin Maralack finished off a stellar spring season, firing an 85 to finish alone in seventh at the 3A girls’ state event at Lewis River Golf Course. Maralack, who carded an 80 on Wednesday in the opening round, finished with a total score of 165, well behind state title winner Rachel Fujitani; the golfer from Mercer Island beat out Ingraham’s Sarah Rhee by one stroke to take the trophy. Maralack’s Mount Si teammate Tabitha Dorn missed the cut on Wednesday and did not play in yesterday’s final round.

The high school season may be done, but the action on the links will now shift to the summer Washington Junior Golf Association tour, and that gets underway next month. Fairbanks and Maralack will highlight the Valley entries on that tour, with local competitors competing within two different districts. Most are in District 2, which comprises all the major Valley golf courses, such as TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie, where Mount Si’s home course is located, or Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation, where Cedarcrest plays its home matches. We’ll have coverage of that for you here at the SVSJ.

Now to the scoreboard and other news this morning.

U18 youth: Taylor 8, Toyota 3-At Courter Field on the Bellevue College campus last night, Taylor rolled to the win over Michael’s Toyota U18 despite a solid effort from an ex-Mount Si High School player. Joe Done went 3-3 with an RBI to pace Michael’s, who also had a 1-2 effort from current Wildcat Colin Brown; he scored a run. Brown also started on the mound, and of the four runs he allowed, just one was earned in his three innings of work. Brown, who will be a senior next spring, gave up just three hits and a walk, but struck out three in the losing decision. Fellow current Mount Si player Miles Schmichick was hitless in two at-bats, but reached base on a hit-by-pitch and scored a run.

Track & Field
Mount Si grad recognized for efforts in classroom: Southern Oregon University announced late yesterday that senior women’s distance track and field athlete Alex Rudd, a 2010 Mount Si High School grad from North Bend, had been selected to the College Division Academic All District 4 track and field/cross country team in a vote by sports information directors. Rudd was one of 10 women in the region to make the list, which recognizes athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better and have also succeeded on the field, which she did this spring, scoring a fifth-place finish this spring at the 10,000 meter race in the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship meet.

Rudd will be wrapping up her studies holding a 3.82 grade point average according to the school and will be majoring in communications – perhaps we will see her down the road doing what your editor does best, and that is write, write, write. The team was selected from athletes at schools comprising 14 Western states and Canada, and Rudd was the only local college track and field athlete to make the list. This recognition is not the first time that Rudd has been named to an all-academic list; she has been named to a few of them over her four years, most recently last fall when she was named to the conference’s fall academic all-star list for cross country. We offer Alex our congratulations and wish her well in whatever communications profession she chooses to be a part of.

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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