Major honor possible for Vanwinkle, plus the college news, 11-27

Several items on the plate this Sunday morning.

We start with news from Mount Si’s football program and a potential major national honor for its star kicker/punter. Junior Cameron Vanwinkle was named as a finalist for the Herbalife 24 Chris Sailer kicking award, which goes to the high school kicker who they feel is the best in the nation.

Mount Si junior kicker Cameron Vanwinkle, seen here warming up prior to the Wildcats’ playoff football game November 11 against O’Dea in Seattle, was named as a finalist for a major national award. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Vanwinkle was one of three kickers, all from the western United States, who were chosen as finalists; the other two are both seniors, with one being from suburban Los Angeles and the other from suburban Phoenix. The finalists were chosen by a selection committee which is comprised of a mix of current and former kickers and punters at both the college and NFL levels, coaches and influential media.

Vanwinkle and his parents will travel to Los Angeles for the award ceremony, set for December 17.

Now to the colleges.

A dream night for Mount Si grad on hallowed college hardwood
It was a night to remember last night for Portland sophomore men’s basketball player Tanner Riley. Riley, from North Bend and a 2010 Mount Si grad, scored 14 points on 5-7 from the floor (4-6 from outside three-point range) on the hardwood at the famous Rupp Arena, the home of the nationally-ranked, and longtime power, University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. That storybook effort, though, was not enough as the Pilots fell 87-63 to the Wildcats. Still, though, an amazing effort by Riley, and one which hopefully will not be lost on the current Mount Si players as they all strive to live out that same dream.

ESPN3, from what we can tell, picked the game up, so if you have ESPN3 on your internet service, you can see the game on demand.

Nash closes out volleyball season on strong note
Sophomore Summer Nash, a former Mount Si volleyball star, picked up 13 kills to lead San Diego State to a season-closing 25-20, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22 volleyball win over the University of Pittsburgh last night. The Aztecs finished the regular season 18-10 and await word now on whether they will make the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament field. Their chances appear remote, but a strong record this season should help them earn at least a worthy discussion amongst the members of the tournament selection committee. We’ll keep you posted.

Seattle U’s volleyball season ends with loss
The Redhawks closed out their season with a 25-16, 25-11, 25-20 loss to St. Mary’s yesterday in Moraga, CA. Cristin Richards had 10 kills, Jordan Keller added three blocks and Megan Augustavo pitched in 24 assists. All three Seattle seniors, all of whom are coaches with Snoqualmie youth club Ridge Valley Volleyball, were playing their final collegiate games yesterday.

Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball suffers back-to-back losses
The Lutes fell Friday night to Wisconsin-River Falls 68-59, then fell again last night to Evergreen State 79-72. Freshman Andrew Alness saw action in last night’s game for PLU; the Duvall product and 2011 Cedarcrest HS grad scored two points. Alness did not play in Friday’s loss.

Humboldt women score first conference win of season
The ‘Jacks took care of Sonoma State 57-54 last night to grab their first win within conference play in 2011-12. Junior Caitie Richards, 2009 Mount Si grad from Snoqualmie, scored five points to aid the Humboldt efforts.

Cougars fall to Huskies in Apple Cup football game
WSU fell 38-21 to the UW in the annual game, being played this season at CenturyLink Field in Seattle while Husky Stadium, the UW’s longtime home, undergoes major reconstruction. Sophomore Zach Brevick, from Fall City and a 2009 Mount Si grad, did not play for the Cougars in the contest.

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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