Athletes of the Week for 6-3

Time now for our final Athletes of the Week for the school year. As this would be a girls’ week, and in an effort to ensure that both the boys and girls get equal recognition, we’re going to do one for both the boys and the girls, so there’s going to be a total of four of these to close out the year. We’ll have our Athlete of the Year announcement in this segment next week to close out our high school sports coverage for the 2014-15 school year.

We had told you we would be focusing on track for all of these, but we’ve had a change in our plans, primarily with Cedarcrest. Both of the Red Wolve selections are from the links, while the Mount Si selections are still from track and field. We’ll start with CHS.

CEDARCREST BOYS – This week’s nod goes to Steven VanValkenburg, who competed in last week’s 2A state boys’ high school golf tournament in Spokane and made it through both rounds, firing a 78 in round one and an 83 in round two to finish in a tie for 35th. He will be back next spring, so look for him to continue to improve his game as the year rolls on in advance of a strong 2016 campaign.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – Bella LaBate gets our recognition this week, after firing rounds of 90 and 84 at last week’s 2A state high school girls’ golf championship, also in Spokane, and ending up in a tie for 17th individually, helping the Red Wolves take eighth as a team. She, previous AotW winner Amanda Fairbanks and teammate Casey Spurr all did well and made it into the final day with solid round one scores.

MOUNT SI BOYS – Pole vaulter Baly Botten gets our nod this week, after a solid finish at the WIAA’s 4A state boys’ high school championships in Tacoma. Botten finished in a tie for sixth at the pole vault event, held last Thursday, earning the Wildcats 2 ½ team points; Mount Si ended up with 6 ½ total team points and a 30th place finish amongst teams in the event. Botten will be back next spring and will look to build off this year’s success.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Girls’ high jumper Drew Butler had the best finish of any Mount Si athlete in the state 4A track and field meet in Tacoma this past week – fifth – earning the Wildcats four team points en route to a total of seven and a 30th place finish. Butler’s just a freshman, and this strong showing, in which she leaped five feet two inches in her event on Saturday, suggests great things will be ahead for this young MSHS athlete in the coming years.

Again, as noted, our Athletes of the Year next week.

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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