On this Turkey Day…….

Good Thanksgiving morning, and we offer our thanks to you, our readers, for making the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal a trusted source for Snoqualmie Valley sports news. Before you sit down later and eat the turkey and trimmings, we have some news items for you today.

Grizzlies defeat Saints in college basketball, make life difficult for Duvall star
On the college basketball hardwood last night, the Carroll College-MT men’s basketball team made the short trek from Helena west to Missoula to take on the University of Montana last night and left with a 75-52 loss to the Grizzlies. Sophomore starting guard Zach Taylor, from Duvall and a 2013 Cedarcrest High School graduate, was held to 1-6 from the floor and finished with just three points, along with three rebounds and an assist, in 30 minutes of work for the Saints.

Former Mount Si volleyball star receives more college postseason honors
A Mount Si High School grad has earned more recognition for her performance on the college volleyball floor this fall.

On top of her Great Northwest Athletic Conference first-team all-league selection, Central Washington University junior setter Catie Fry, who graduated from Mount Si back in 2011, was named yesterday to the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s Division II All-West Region first team. This team comprises players in all Division II conferences in the western United States, so this is a significant honor.

“I am really excited, it’s a huge accomplishment and I couldn’t have produced numbers I had without my passers and hitters, and the coaches pushing us to become the best players we could be,” Fry said about her selection in comments released by the school.  “This is a reflection of our team, and institution. Without the support of teammates, coaches, fans, and our administration, we don’t have the season we had this year. This accomplishment is all of ours.”

Fry, CWU’s starting setter, aided Central’s run to the NCAA Division II tournament this season, as the Wildcats finished 19-8 with a first-round loss in the tourney. With the regional honor, she is now eligible for selection on the AVCA All-American team, which she was named to last season.

Wildcat cross country star takes on top regional competition at Nike headquarters
Mount Si High School sophomore cross-country runner Hannah Waskom last weekend competed in a major regional cross-country meet, and had a solid showing.

Waskom was one of 80 high school girls who competed in the Nike Border Clash event held last Saturday down in Beaverton, OR, at the Nike headquarters and she finished right in the middle of the pack. She ran the slightly over 4k course in 17 minutes, seven seconds, finishing in a tie for 41st overall.

Waskom becomes the second Valley high school runner in as many years to run in this event; last year, then-senior Logan Orndorf, from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, ran in the boys’ race and also fared well. He ran this fall for the University of Portland.

Waskom earned the opportunity to run in the Nike race after a strong 15th-place finish at the 4A state girls’ meet in Pasco earlier this month.

Former Mount Si QB featured in Portland newspaper
On the heels of the feature story last week about Mount Si grad Josh Mitchell and his performance with Oregon State University’s football team this fall, a major Portland newspaper is back with another feature about another ex-Wildcat. This time, it’s Mitchell’s brother getting the recognition.

The Portland Oregonian yesterday ran a feature on OSU freshman quarterback Nick Mitchell, he a 2014 MSHS alum, and what he has been doing helping get the Beavers ready for this week’s “Civil War” in-state rivalry matchup with the University of Oregon. Nick Mitchell has been serving as scout team quarterback this fall, and his job this week, according to the story, written by Gina Mizell, was to prep the Beavers defense for the Ducks’ star QB, Heisman Trophy contender Marcus Mariota. And it sounds like, based on the paper’s reporting, that Mitchell could be in the running to be the OSU starting quarterback next fall. Here’s the story.

The game is Saturday night, at 5:00 p.m. on the ABC television network. ABC affiliates in the Northwest include KOMO (Channel 4) in Seattle, KATU (Channel 2) in Portland, KXLY (Channel 4) in Spokane, KVEW in the Tri-Cities, KAPP in Yakima, KEZI in Eugene and KIVI in Boise. According to Oregon State’s game notes this week, ABC is sending the broadcast crew of Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge, both based back east, in to call the game.

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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