2014 Year in Review part 2

Good morning. We finish our two-part look at the top 10 sports stories that affected the Snoqualmie Valley in 2014 with our top five selections.

5. Cedarcrest High School baseball team makes deep run through districts: Backed by strong pitching – from both Adam Davenport and Nick Bowersock – the Cedarcrest High School baseball squad made a solid run through the Cascade Conference, and came just short of making state, falling to Archbishop Murphy at the district tournament back in May. CHS finished the season at 13-10 and Davenport will anchor the 2015 spring season for the Red Wolves as he aims for a possible Division I college opportunity next fall.

4. Mount Si girls’ basketball coaching change: The Wildcats’ girls’ basketball team had a woeful 2013-14 season, only winning three games, as the team began a program-wide rebuild consisting largely of freshmen and sophomores. In March, following the end of the season, largely due to her desires to become an administrator, coach Megan Botulinski surprised a lot of folks and tendered her resignation as coach. A lengthy search commenced, and after another candidate could not be secured for the position, the school hired in June former Skyline assistant Taylor Bass to the position. Bass has experience working with top Wildcat senior Elizabeth Prewitt, so the transition is expected to be smooth, although you wouldn’t know it if you looked at their current standings. Mount Si has only two wins to their credit, and both of those came over this past weekend at a tournament down in San Diego.

3. Cedarcrest football makes postseason appearance for first time since 2011: A late-season surge by the Cedarcrest High School football team this fall, in which they won four out of six to close the regular season, and came close to it being five out of six with a six-point loss to rival Archbishop Murphy on the final night of the regular schedule, propelled the Red Wolves into the playoffs as the Cascade Conference’s third seed, their first playoff appearance since falling to Lynden back in 2011. But, that playoff opener was not expected to be an easy one, and it proved not to be, as Cedarcrest fell 42-13 November 7 to eventual 2A state champion Sedro-Woolley. All three Cascade Conference teams took big losses that night in district playoff games to Northwest Conference foes, so CHS and the rest of the league will have their work cut out for them next fall if they want to make a deep run into the postseason. They will also need to find a new quarterback, as Davenport graduates this coming June after leading the Red Wolves under center in 2014.

2. Mount Si High School sports realigned to 4A: Every two years, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association reclassifies schools for athletic competition at the high school level in this state, and this past reclassification cycle provided a new wrinkle, as the counting process used to determine classification changed. In the past students in grades 10-12 were counted, but for this go-round the formula was changed to count students in grades 9-11. With the historical trends of Mount Si being that there are more freshmen than seniors attending the school, there was a possibility that the resulting count would see MSHS move up from 3A to 4A, and by just several kids, that’s exactly what happened, and as a result the school saw its athletic teams bumped up to play in the Kingco 4A conference, meaning much more difficult competition for all programs compared to the Kingco 3A/2A league. Both the Wildcat football and volleyball teams held their own against the 4A teams this fall, but the girls’ soccer team, anchored by senior Karli White, had a great run, and were among the league’s elite teams.

1. Pizza Place explosion: Granted, this story is by far the top news story in this Valley in probably the last several years, but since there is a sports angle to this item, we select this as our top sports story of 2014 here at the SVSJ. Early one morning late in April, folks all over the Upper Valley were awakened by the ground rumbling, around 3:40 am. Your editor was heading back to bed when he felt it, and it wasn’t until the TV news came on about an hour later that the whole world found out that the reason for that rumbling was a building that housed a popular North Bend youth sports hangout for many years, known as the Pizza Place, along with the neighboring hair salon and office complex, were destroyed by an explosion, an incident so staggering in scope that this community was pretty damn lucky that it happened when it did. If that thing happens even three hours later, you’re talking fatalities, but thanks largely to when it happened, there were only a couple of minor injuries to residents at the nearby Red Oak senior care facility and no deaths.

The Pizza Place was in operation from we think the early 1980’s or so until around 2010, about 30 years or so, and in past years was being used as a dance studio, but was being prepared for use as a restaurant once again – one that was set to be owned by native Valleyite Lisa Riley – when the explosion occurred. An investigation ruled the explosion cause to be natural gas-related, and after months of delays, the site was finally cleared this fall, is currently vacant and apparently up for sale if you’ve seen those signs going past there on the way into downtown North Bend. The Les Schwab tire shop, a couple of doors down from the explosion site, suffered heavy damage as a result of the explosion, but continued operations through the recovery phase using temporary buildings in their parking lot and reopened fully a few weeks ago.

So there you have it. Our top 10 sports stories this year in the SVSJ.

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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