Mount Si boys fall in season opener, plus other high school hoops news, 11-29

Mount Si’s boys basketball team had a rough night at the office last night in their season opener, falling to the Kingco 4A Issaquah Eagles, 76-37, at Mount Si High School. Anthony McLaughlin scored 11 points to lead the Wildcats, but Mount Si could not withstand two offensive explosions by Issaquah which proved to be the difference.

The Eagles opened the game with the lead and did not look back. Issaquah, after finishing the first quarter with a 10-7 lead, outscored Mount Si 26-9 in the second frame, pretty much slamming the door shut. Issaquah further solidified their victory in the fourth, outscoring the Wildcats in that frame 24-10. Nick Price led the Eagles with 18 points, and Ty Gibson added 10 to aid the Issaquah efforts.

Mount Si rolls into Kingco 3A play Friday night at home, and it will not be an easy task, hosting a tough Mercer Island team. That game will start around 8:10 or so after the girls’ game proceeding it concludes, and will be on www.hotjamz.org or KMIH-FM (88.9 or 94.5 FM) for those of you who can’t make it.

Cedarcrest boys open season with win
Zach Taylor had a huge night for the Red Wolves, leading them to a nice 71-61 win last night over Cascade of Leavenworth. The Everett Herald has more on the game, and on the big performance for the Red Wolves junior, which helped his coach, Mark Prince, earn his first victory as the new Red Wolves’ boss.

Former Mount Si boys’ star finds coaching gig
A ex-Wildcat boys hoopster who was instrumental in the team’s state run in 2006 has found a coaching job.

Kyle Clearman, who played for Pacific Lutheran following his graduation from Mount Si in ‘06, has been hired by the Overlake School, a Redmond-based private school, to be a part of their high school boys’ basketball coaching staff. Clearman joins a staff headed up by another Wildcat grad and former boys’ basketball player (and full disclosure, friend of your editor and fellow class of 1997’er), Justin Prohn.

Clearman is among a couple of ex-Wildcat boys players who have found coaching gigs this fall. Erik Tierney is coaching the Mount Si “C” team boys squad this season as part of head coach Steve Helm’s staff, and Chris Lyle is the coach of Issaquah’s junior varsity boys’ squad, a team which beat Mount Si’s JV’s by a large margin last night in the JV game which proceeded the boys’ varsity game.

Mount Si grad’s girls’ team has tough night
On the subject of Mount Si grads in high school basketball coaching, one should not forget Rachel Mitchell, who, as we have told you here, is coaching in her second season as the head girls’ hoops coach at Jacksonville, FL, based Episcopal High School. Last night, they traveled to a local rival, Stanton College Prep, and fell 51-28. Stanton broke out to a 17-10 lead after one, broke it open with a 17-5 second quarter, then cruised through the second half to get the victory.

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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