Big group of Valley runners race in Seattle marathon

This past Sunday, a sizeable contingent of runners from the Snoqualmie Valley competed in the big Seattle Rock N’ Roll Marathon. Around 200 athletes from our community from all ages raced against a large field of competitors from all over the United States and Canada.

There were three separate races and locals competed in all three. Over 30 Valleyites competed in the full 26.2 mile marathon, and the local contingent was led by North Bend resident Ryan Moore. He finished 92nd overall out of 2,450 runners in the race, clocking three hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds. Snoqualmie resident Alex Harsha-Strong also had a strong showing, taking 107th in a time of 3:21:19. Cedarcrest High School alum Cara Strodel, who also ran collegiately at Boise State University, was one of two local women who had notable results; she led the Carnation portion of the contingent finishing the course in 4:07:09, but Snoqualmie resident Theresa Van Heerden led the local ladies in the marathon, clocking 3:55:41 and taking 496th overall.

Most of the Valleyites ran in the half-marathon, which was a shorter 13.2 mile course. Snoqualmie resident Spencer Sprague finished 80th out of nearly 11,000 runners who competed in this race with a solid time of 1:27.46. Just behind Sprague was North Bend’s Kian Carson, who clocked 1:28:23 and took 93rd overall. Leading the Valley ladies in the half-marathon was Duvall’s Sarah Beaudoin, who clocked 1:41:21 and finished 443rd overall. Another notable finish from the ladies came from Carnation’s Leila Praino; the Northwest University sophomore-to-be, who, if you followed our college coverage this past school year, ran distance track for the NAIA school in Kirkland, had a solid 2:02:37 and finished among the top quarter of all finishers in the event.

A handful of locals also competed in the 5k race; Fall City’s Laureen Uricia-Sharpe led the group, clocking just over 29 minutes to finish 429th out of over 1,500 runners in that race. She also ran in the half-marathon as well, and had a good showing, with a time of 2:17:31, which put her just ahead of the middle of the pack in that race. Also notable among the small local contingent in the 5k event was Mount Si High School grad Jessie Hargett, a former Wildcat girls’ soccer player, finishing the 5k in just over 30 minutes, good for 539th overall. She was the lone North Bend runner in this race.

This year’s course was a bit different than in past years; the noticeable change was that in the past, the race took runners across the I-90 floating bridge to and from Mercer Island using the center lanes of the span; those lanes are now being converted into the Sound Transit’s east light rail route, so they have been permanently closed. The course this year took runners around various neighborhoods in Seattle with it starting at the University of Washington and ending at Century Link Field. The full marathon course also included a stretch along the Alaskan Way viaduct and through Seward Park. The 5k event was run along East Marginal Way South in front of the Museum of Flight and Boeing Field.

We offer all of the local runners our congratulations on their accomplishments in their respective races on Sunday.

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North Bend’s Karalus getting back to work after stint on DL in pros, plus diamond cuts on this Tuesday……

Good Tuesday morning. Diamond cuts this morning starts off in the minor leagues.

2012 Mount Si High School grad Reece Karalus saw action last night on the mound for his minor-league baseball team as he continues to get back to form following a stint on his team’s disabled list.

Karalus worked an inning for the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated Charlotte Stone Crabs as they took the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Palm Beach Cardinals, affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0, in Florida State League class “advanced A” action in Palm Beach, FL. Karalus, making his second appearance for the Stone Crabs since coming off the DL, worked a perfect seventh inning and saw his earned run average drop to 7.71 with the performance. It had been near 10 before he was placed on the injured list April 15. He had been out for several weeks before returning last Thursday and pitching in a game for Charlotte that night.

Karalus, from North Bend, is a 2012 Mount Si HS grad. He is in his third year of pro ball, having been drafted by Tampa Bay in the 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

More scores and highlights involving locals from last night around baseball.

College Summer
Gresham steals game in Wenatchee: The visiting Gresham GreyWolves from suburban Portland scored two runs in the ninth inning, rallying to sink the Wenatchee AppleSox 7-6 last night in a West Coast League game at Wenatchee Valley College. Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson was 1-5 last night for Wenatchee, who scored five runs in the fourth and was looking good for another win before Gresham rebounded late to get the victory. Johnson, a 2014 Mount Si High School grad who will be a senior this fall at Northern Colorado University, is now hitting .403 on the season for Wenatchee, now 9-9 on the season. The two teams reconvene tomorrow down in Gresham for a series there.

Our youth baseball scoreboard and stats comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 4, Seattle Stars 2: Mount Si High School grad Gavin Gorrell pitched a solid game last night as the Bellevue-based Boys held off the Seattle team in SPL action at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Gorrell allowed two runs on just four hits in a complete game effort for Boys, walking two and striking out four. Fellow MSHS Class of 2017’s Mason Marenco (1-3, run) and Matt Dolewski (0-3, walk) also aided the efforts for BoS.

Seattle Gladiators 16U 7, Bellevue Honda 16U 0: Mount Si High School players saw action for both teams as the Gladiators used a pair of big innings to sink the Bellevue squad. Connor Webb led the Valley contingent for the Gladiators, scoring a run and driving another in despite going 0-3. Cole Bostwick was 1-4 for Seattle, while fellow Wildcat Frankie Cepeda was 0-4. MSHS’ Will Caro was 0-2 for Honda in the losing effort.

Washington Athletics 18U Gold 8, Laces 0: Five A’s pitchers teamed up on a four-hitter as the Sammamish-based A’s beat the Snohomish County team at home in Sammamish. Among the five pitchers that participated in the strong efforts were two Mount Si High School grads. Nick Solomon started on the mound and allowed a hit while striking out three in three innings of work. He got the win. Collin Anderson pitched the fourth inning, and the Whitworth University freshman allowed two hits and struck out two with no decision recorded.

Rippers 11, FCA 14U Black 3: Up north in Snohomish County, the Rippers scored nine sixth-inning runs to rout the Redmond-based FCA team. Mount Si High School’s Jake Mitton was 0-2 for FCA in the loss.

Baden Baseball 9, Washington Athletics 18U Elite 4: Kent-based Baden took care of business last night, beating the Sammamish-based A’s at Bellevue High School. MSHS grad Blake Brown was 1-4 with two RBI’s for the A’s, and fellow Wildcat Connor Baxter was 2-3 with a run scored and RBI. MSHS’ Ethan “Moose” Read also pitched for the A’s in the game, allowing a run on three hits in 2/3 of an inning, striking out one and receiving no decision.

Baden Baseball 7, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5: Marenco was 2-2 with two walks and an RBI for BoS as they fell in the back end of two last night at Bannerwood. Dolewski was 1-3, Gorrell was 0-1 and Cedarcrest High School grad Riley Mallot allowed a run on four hits in two innings of relief for Boys, receiving no decision.

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On the pitch……

We have some news from soccer for you today as well.

Preston-based team with MSHS grads rolls to win in first game at regionals
The Eastside FC ’98 Red, with Mount Si grads Abby Kuykendall and Natalie Weidenbach, opened play this morning on home soil in Redmond at the US Youth Soccer Farwest Regional Championships, and made their mark immediately on the rest of the girls’ 19/20U division.

Eastside, from Preston and coached by former MSHS boys’ coach Tom Bialek, rolled to a 6-0 win in their first game of the tournament over the Santa Clara Sporting Green from the Bay Area. Eastside will have two more games in pool play tomorrow and Wednesday, but their big win today should put them in good position to move on into the playoffs later this week with one more win.

This week’s regionals, being held at the 60 Acres complex north of downtown Redmond, has brought in top boys’ and girls’ teams in the 13U – 19/20U age levels from around the western United States all seeking a chance to play later this summer at the US Youth Soccer National Championship event. Play in this week’s regional tournament will wrap up on Sunday.

MSHS boys’ soccer player delivers for EFC in President’s Cup tournament
Mount Si High School boys’ soccer player Alec Bothwell made his mark last week in a regional tournament for his Eastside FC club team.

Bothwell and his EFC boys’ 00 squad competed last week at the US Youth Soccer President’s Cup regional championships in Salt Lake City. The Wildcat athlete scored a goal for his Eastside team in a win last Thursday over the Blitzz FC Gold from Bozeman, MT. The 2-1 result was the only win of the event for Eastside, who were blanked in their other two games by opponents from Arizona and California and finished 1-2 in their pool play, missing the playoffs in the regional tournament.

Wildcat alum Stanton sees action for pro squad in road game in Northwest
In the National Women’s Soccer League this past Saturday, New York City-based Sky Blue FC recorded a 3-1 road win down in Portland over the Thorns at Providence Park. North Bend’s own Nikki Stanton saw action for SBFC, with the 2008 Mount Si High School grad seeing 12 minutes of work off the bench late in the contest, recording no stats of note.

Sky Blue with the win moved to five wins, four losses and a tie on the season in the NWSL, which has them third overall in the league behind North Carolina and Chicago. Sky Blue meets Chicago on Sunday night in the Windy City.

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Summer baseball camp opportunities being offered through your local parks district

As the Little League season winds down, youth baseball players, thanks to your local park district, have two more opportunities to learn new skills to help them succeed on the diamond.

The Baseball Jazz Clinic will be held at Si View Park in North Bend. Families can choose from either of two weekly camps coming up over summer break. The clinics will be held July 10-13 and August 14-17 in the mornings from 9am-12 noon each day. The camps, which are geared for players ages 9-14, will help them improve their overall baseball skills as they get set for fall ball or offseason workouts in advance of the 2018 youth baseball season. All aspects of the sport will be discussed and taught over the four days, including fundamentals of hitting, pitching, fielding and throwing. Si View Metro Parks is once again hosting these sessions.

Steve Goucher, who has been providing instruction at these camps for the past several years, will once again instruct these two camps. Goucher is a Bellevue-based coach who has coached at the high school and college levels, and is a former scout for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves.

Each of the camps cost $129 per player for the entire four days. Parents interested in signing up can do so either by going to the Si View Metro Parks link in our news links, or by calling Aaron Colby at Si View Metro Parks, (425) 831-1900. If you would like more information, either of these methods also can get you that as well.

Goucher will also be available to work with campers one-on-one as well. These 30-minute extra sessions will allow more individualized instruction designed to address specific issues that your child may need to work on in order to be their very best on the field. These sessions cost $35 per day, and he will be available from 12:15-1:45 in the afternoons each day following that day’s camp session. Again, those are July 10-13 and August 14-17, and will also be at Si View Park.

Consult the Si View Metro Parks website, mentioned above, for more information on these private lessons.

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Valley Invitational news and notes

The Valley Invitational softball tournament wrapped up yesterday in suburban Portland for six area teams with Valley players. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Hillsboro/Beaverton Red Heat 12, Northwest Lady Bandits 14U Black 10: The suburban Portland team handed the Kirkland-based Bandits a heartbreaking walk-off loss to close out a wild one at the Valley Invite. Cedarcrest HS’s Jessi Polacek was 3-4 for the Bandits, with a run scored and RBI.

Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 10, Oregon Breeze 1: Mount Si High School grad Maddy Trout led the Bullets, going 2-3 with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s as the Portland-based squad rolled to the win over their Oregon rivals in the first round of the championship bracket.

Northwest Lady Bandits 14U Black 8, White Rock Renegades 0: Polacek was 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s for the Bandits as they finished up the weekend in Portland with the shutout of the Canadian team; pitcher Erin Powers fired a one-hitter for the Bandits in the five-inning rout.

Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 3, Oregon Blaze Gold 2: Trout was 1-2 with an RBI aiding the Bullets to another win over an Oregon rival as the championship playoffs continued.

Washington Majestics 7, Northwest Batbusters 18U Seek 2: Valleyites Elaine Townley (Cedarcrest HS) and Lauren Wilbourne (Mount Si HS) went a combined 0-6 for the Snohomish-based Seek in their loss to the Seattle-based Majestics. Lake Washington High School grad Tori Bivens pitched six solid innings for the Majestics, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits, walking one and striking out six. She is bound for Boise State University this fall. Seek played a game last night with the Oregon Breeze, but results for that game were not available.

Northwest Bullets Gold 6, Northwest Bullets 18U Knuth 2: Knuth’s run at the Invite came to an end with the loss to their organizational counterparts from Portland. Trout also played in this contest with stats unavailable from the game.

Sammamish team with Valley players wins 16U playoffs: The Northwest Batbusters Brooks, with Cedarcrest’s Michaela Carter and Mount Si’s Molly Wilbourne, won four straight games yesterday at the Oregon tournament to win its 16U Gold Bracket crown. The Sammamish-based team beat a team from the vaunted Orange County Batbusters from southern California to win the crown, and to get there, the NWB squad beat squads from suburban Denver, Victoria, B.C., and Honolulu. A congrats to all of the team and their players on their crown.

Seattle Sundodgers 0-2 in playoff games with pair of one-run losses: The 18U team, with Cedarcrest High School grad –and North Dakota-bound – Maddie Nixon and Mount Si High School’s Abby Gronewald was on the short end of a pair of one-run decisions yesterday at the Invite, with the losses coming to the Washington Ladyhawks Blue from Puyallup and the suburban Portland-based Stealth Fastpitch. The Sundodgers finished the weekend 3-2.

Acers Anderton falls to California team: The Auburn-based Washington Acers 18U team coached by longtime local coach Mark Anderton and which features Mount Si’s Lis sisters, 2017 grad Claire and junior-to-be Grace, fell in their playoff opener to the Salinas Storm from California, 5-2. They were scheduled to play the Oregon-based Bat Company last night, but no results were available.

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