Friday news notes….

We have some news this morning. Here’s what’s going on.

Ex-MSHS athletes see college championship dreams end
A pair of Mount Si High School grads saw their college sports seasons come to an end last night as their teams fell in playoff action.

First, in volleyball, Central Washington’s dreams of an NCAA Division II national championship were dashed last night with a first-round defeat at the hands of BYU-Hawaii in the West Regional in Nampa, ID. Central fell in four, 19-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, as the Wildcats finished the year at 19-8. Junior Catie Fry, a 2011 MSHS alum, led the way with 35 assists, 11 digs, four kills, an ace and a block for Central.

And, in men’s soccer, Seattle Pacific’s dreams of winning the NCAA Division II title in that sport came to a stunning end, with an overtime loss at home in Seattle to Cal State Los Angeles. The visitors scored the game’s lone goal a little over a minute into overtime, handing the Falcons the crushing 1-0 loss. Sophomore defender Davis Karaica, a 2012 MSHS’er from Snoqualmie, started and played the whole 91-plus minutes, with no stats of note to report. SPU’s season ends at 16-2-2.

Holiday baseball class announced for Valley youth players
Local youth baseball players looking to get a head start on the 2015 baseball season have a chance to do so over the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s upcoming holiday break in December.

Si View Metro Parks has announced it will be holding a “Holiday Pro Baseball Clinic” for players ages 9-14 December 22 and 23 in Fall City. The classes, which take place from 10am-noon both days, will be held at Chief Kanim Middle School. As has been the case for the past several years, local baseball instructor Steve Goucher will be teaching the class, which will focus on all of the major fundamentals of baseball – hitting, pitching, fielding and throwing. Goucher, a longtime instructor locally, is a former major league pitcher and scout, and also coaches at the high school level on the Eastside.

The fee for the two day clinic is $50. For more information, contact Goucher at (206)230-9011. To register, go to the Si View Metro Parks website which is linked at right in our news links.

Turns out McCreadie wasn’t the only Mount Si girls’ athlete to decide her college future
With all of the hubbub surrounding Mount Si High School volleyball player Anna McCreadie’s recent college signing, which took place last week, another MSHS student quietly signed her own college sports letter of intent.

According to the Living Snoqualmie blog, MSHS senior Madison Mariani has signed a letter of intent to compete next season for the perennially strong University of Washington women’s crew (rowing) program. Mariani becomes the latest Mount Si student to land a scholarship in that sport; several former Wildcat athletes, notably the Eddings twins Chelsie (with Gonzaga) and Tara (with Miami-FL), have competed in college rowing programs in recent years.

LS has a good piece up about Mariani’s signing, and we have that for you here. As for the UW crew, that program is among the tops, if not in the country, in the entire world thanks to the hard work of longtime coach Bob Ernst, so Mariani will be in store for plenty of success once she hits the water next fall.

Huge youth basketball tournament takes place this weekend in Valley
For the second straight weekend, the Snoqualmie Valley will be center stage in local youth basketball.

Coming off the Hardwood Jam event last weekend that was hosted by Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball program, the Wildcat boys’ hoops program is hosting its own event this weekend. The “Wildcat Shootout”, as it’s called, will feature almost 200 teams, both boys’ and girls’, from fourth through ninth grades, competing for titles in various divisions. Mount Si and Cedarcrest’s travel basketball programs will have teams competing, and there are teams from all over the Puget Sound region coming to participate in the event.

Games begin tonight and run through Sunday, with full schedules available at the tournament information link on Mount Si’s boys’ basketball website, which is linked at right in our news links. Games will be held locally at the following locations:

-Cascade View Elementary, 34816 SE Ridge St. in Snoqualmie, on Snoqualmie Ridge

-Mount Si High School, 8651 Meadowbrook Way SE in Snoqualmie

-MSHS’ freshman campus, 9200 Railroad Ave. SE in Snoqualmie

-North Bend Elementary, 400 E. Third St. in North Bend

-Twin Falls Middle School, 46910 SE Middle Fork Rd. in North Bend

-Chief Kanim Middle School, 32627 SE Redmond-Fall City Rd. in Fall City

-EXCEL basketball gym in Preston, 8174 304th Ave. SE in Preston

Games will also be held at Bellevue College and two Eastside Basketball Club facilities, in Kirkland and Redmond. Information is available at the tournament information page mentioned previously. Admission is $5 per day, $3 for children and seniors, and free for kids 6 and under.

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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