Mount Si boys’ hoops opens season with jamboree

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team, despite the cold, snowy conditions outside, hosted their preseason jamboree today at home in Snoqualmie, and while the Wildcats went 1-1 on the proceedings, their coach was pleased with how things went.

Mount Si High School's boys' basketball team discusses strategy during a timeout in one of their games today at their season-opening jamboree in Snoqualmie. The Wildcats went 1-1, defeating Tahoma but falling to Overlake, who won the jamboree. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team discusses strategy during a timeout in one of their games today at their season-opening jamboree in Snoqualmie. The Wildcats went 1-1, defeating Tahoma but falling to Overlake, who won the jamboree. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

“I thought it was all good. We’re very aggressive. We played exactly how we wanted to,” said Kyle Clearman, as his team defeated Tahoma, but fell to Overlake, who won the jamboree. The Owls’ head coach, former Mount Si assistant (and friend of your editor and fellow MSHS grad) Justin Prohn, was thrilled with how his team played. “I just told them how proud I was of them in terms of how consistent we were,” Prohn said.

In the game against Tahoma, Mount Si was trailing for a time, but a 9-0 run in the late stages of the mini-game propelled the Wildcats to a 20-17 win, while the Owls, in their game against Mount Si, took the lead off the opening tip and did not relinquish it despite the Wildcats’ best efforts, handing scarlet and gray the 24-18 loss.

Still, though, Prohn liked what he saw from Mount Si and thinks fans will be excited to see them play. “They’re going to be really good defensively,” he said. “I think they’re a really physical team and (after) a couple more weeks of practice, I really see that team developing.”

The Owls appear poised to compete for the title in their league, the 1A Emerald City League. “We’ve put in four really hard years of developing a program and I think we should be able to compete,” Prohn said of the Redmond school’s team.

Today’s jamboree consisted of mini-games lasting 10 minutes per contest, involving varsity and junior varsity teams from all three schools. In the junior varsity action, Mount Si won both of their games, holding off Tahoma 12-10 and comfortably defeating Overlake 28-15. Clearman was pleased with how those kids played as well. “They were aggressive too. They looked good,” he said.

The Wildcats will open their season on Tuesday against Cedarcrest. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Mount Si High School.

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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