State high school track and field sees Valleyites in action, plus news from the diamond and the water on this Saturday……

Yesterday was a busy day for local high school track and field athletes, as a number of them competed in action at the WIAA’s 2A and 4A state championships in Tacoma.

The headliner was Mount Si’s Baly Botten. Botten, competing in the 4A boys’ pole vault, cleared 14 feet and earned a tie for sixth overall, giving the Wildcats 2 ½ team points to up their total to 4 ½ on the meet; a points-paying finish for Cameron Davis in his throwing event on Thursday accounts for the other two points. For Cedarcrest, the headliner was Briana Deveraux. The sophomore took fourth in the 2A girls’ 400m preliminaries, clocking just under one minute flat, and earned a spot in the final race today. Also, Torjan Barnes took 10th overall in the 2A boys’ javelin event, with a toss of 149 feet, eight inches.

Mount Si’s Karlie Hurley was one for two in her quest to make the finals in her sprint events. She failed to qualify for the finals in the 4A girls’ 100m, finishing 13th, but barely made the finals in the 200m run, taking eighth with a time of 25.93 seconds. CHS’ Tayla Weaver ran in the preliminaries in the 2A girls’ 100 and 200m races, and failed to qualify for the finals in either event; she took 12th in the 200m and 15th in the 100m.

In other action, Cedarcrest’s Elliot Dick and Cameron Hammontree missed out on finals qualification in their events; Dick finished 12th in the 2A boys’ 300m hurdles preliminaries and Hammontree took 16th in the 2A boys’ 800m. Mount Si’s Jacob Belceto took 12th in the 4A boys’ 200m preliminaries, missing out on a finals appearance, and the Wildcats’ boys 4×100 relay team took 12th in the 4A preliminary heat, missing a trip to finals.

Today wraps up the competition, and in addition to Deveraux and Hurley competing in their finals, Mount Si will have four other athletes in action – Hannah Waskom in the 4A girls’ 3200m, Drew Butler in the 4A girls’ high jump, Jacob Wachtendonk in the 4A boys’ javelin and Sara Brevick in the 4A girls’ javelin. Action starts at 9:30 am at Mount Tahoma High School, with the first event involving locals happening shortly thereafter with Wachtendonk’s appearance in the boys’ javelin at 10am.

To the rest of the news.

Rowing: Gonzaga holds own at NCAA women’s nationals with Valleyite on board
The Gonzaga University second varsity eight boat, with North Bend’s Meghan McCallum aboard, advanced to today’s “C/D” semifinals at the NCAA women’s rowing nationals in Sacramento. GU took sixth in a repechage heat late yesterday, clocking 6:57.37, after finishing fifth in a semifinals heat yesterday morning. All three GU boats advanced into competition today with solid results, so there’s a good chance McCallum and teammates should do well today.

College baseball: Valleyite makes all-conference postseason roster
Santa Clara University junior pitcher Reece Karalus, from North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si High School graduate, has been named to the West Coast Conference’s All-WCC baseball second team, in postseason recognition recently released. Karalus split time this spring as a starter and reliever for the Broncos, and finished with a 3-6 overall record, and team bests in earned run average (2.82), saves (nine) and strikeouts (68). He only allowed 19 earned runs in just under 61 innings of work, and opponents hit just .265 off the ex-MSHS star. Karalus will be a name to keep an eye on for the upcoming major league baseball draft, which is set to happen in a little over a week from now (June 8). Karalus, along with Kansas State’s Max Brown and Texas Tech’s Tim Proudfoot, could be among the Valleyites that hear their names called by big league clubs during the draft proceedings, which should take a couple of days to complete.

Youth baseball: Local team with MSHS players falls at Palouse tournament
The Washington Athletics 15U team from Sammamish ran into two tough pitchers from the Spokane Dodgers yesterday and fell to the eastern Washington team in the opening game of the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman.

Spokane hurlers Zach Steele and Koby Blunt combined on the one-hitter as the Dodgers handed the A’s an 8-0 loss. Mount Si High School players Ethan “Moose” Read and David Sotelo both were hitless in two at-bats each for the A’s, who continue play with a pair of games today – one in Colfax and the other under the lights tonight at the WSU field in Pullman.

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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