Mount Si Homecoming game a win on many levels for many people

It was a successful Homecoming on a lot of levels last night for Mount Si High School. The Wildcat football team delivered a big Kingco title tune-up win, while students and the entire community saw the school’s PRIDE initiative at work with the selection of the homecoming king and queen. In all, it was a great night for the entire community.
Mount Si took a 42-0 lead into halftime then cruised to a 49-14 win over the Newport Knights, keeping them unbeaten at 8-0 on the season in advance of their Kingco 4A Championship clash with the Woodinville Falcons next week at Mount Si.

“Tonight’s win was awesome,” said Wildcat senior quarterback Cale Millen, who was involved in many of the touchdowns in some fashion. “Both sides of the ball played really well.”

“These games can be kind of worrisome,” said Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune. “You want to get out healthy, not so sure we did that tonight, but other than that we were pretty sharp and that’s what I really wanted.” Kinnune in the comments was making reference to an apparent injury senior receiver Andrew Mostofi suffered in the first half of the contest. Mostofi late in the half was being attended to by trainers on the sideline for the apparent injury but appeared to leave the area under his own power, so it’s not clear what the seriousness of his injury is if he even suffered one or whether he’ll play this coming week. It will be a significant loss for Mount Si if he can’t go, but not one that would be too insurmountable considering the depth at that position for the Wildcats.

Things opened up fast for Mount Si. A big pass connection from Millen to his favorite receiver, Jonny Barrett, set up the opening TD, just 65 seconds in, a short three-yard toss to Mostofi that put the Wildcats on the board. Newport’s ground game could not get much going early against Mount Si’s defense, and that allowed scarlet and gray to pull away quickly. Later in the opening frame, the Millen-Barrett show came alive for a 40-yard connection for six, then Millen connected with Brayden Holt for a 55-yard bomb into paydirt. 21-0 after one and things were quickly on cruise control.

Millen started the second frame with a six-yard run into the end zone for a rare rushing touchdown, then the Oregon-bound signal caller connected with Colby Botten for a TD, and it finished with a second Millen-Barrett connection for six to take this thing into halftime with a 42-0 lead and a running clock for the entire second half.

Homecoming court ceremony shows school’s work to promote inclusiveness, tolerance and respect
This year’s homecoming court provided the community with a peek into the inner aspects of Mount Si’s PRIDE (Perserverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, Encouragement) initiative, an effort that has been going on for several years now, an outgrowth of the fallout surrounding a 2009 incident in the boys’ locker room involving a gay student at the school and the administration’s handling of it which proved to be very controversial and may have been a factor in then-principal Randy Taylor’s departure a couple of years afterward; current principal John Belcher replaced Taylor and has provided tremendous leadership helping the school rebuild its image both within and outside the community.

This year’s court is a very diverse group, including athletes, high-achieving students and leaders, representing many different cultures. Two of those members this year are both part of the school’s special education program, and it was those two, Josh York and Madyson Ford, who received the distinction of being king and queen respectively. They are the “Duke and Duchess” on the court this year, but these two getting the king and queen recognition this year is tremendous on many levels, helping send the message that regardless of the physical or other challenges students may be facing, they’re just as much part of the larger “Wildcat Family”, a family which spreads far and wide, all over this world. Your editor is a part of that “Wildcat Family,” class of 1997, and lives and breathes this every day.

Among the other court members are several athletes – boys’ cross country runner Joe Waskom and girls’ soccer player Bella Gerlitz were named “Athletics” prince and princess respectively, while boys’ tennis player Colby Green and girls’ swimmer Emi Yoshikawa, who also serves as the school’s Associated Student Body Vice President, were named the “Spirit” prince and princess. Yoshikawa’s swim teammate Tatum Dalgleish was named the “Scholar” princess, joining prince Ryan Horn. Both have earned Advanced Placement Scholar recognition, with Horn earning it with honors and also earning a National Merit Commended Student recognition. Boys’ soccer player Mateo DiDomenico, bound for Cal State East Bay next fall, was named the court jester, and baseball players Parker Wutherich and Kevin Corder were among the underclass members of the court. Wutherich was named junior prince while Corder earned sophomore prince recognition.

Second half continues the celebration
Mount Si late in the third with the running clock on saw Cole Norah score a TD on the ground from a couple of yards out, after Newport had gotten on the scoreboard with a TD of their own earlier in the frame. The Knights in the fourth added another touchdown, but by then, it was over and it was all about moving forward to next week. However, as is the case with every Homecoming weekend, players face many different options, some good, others not so much, to celebrate the special activities. Making good choices is paramount for these guys every year, but this year it’s even more so because of what’s at stake next week. Kinnune in his postgame huddle emphatically reminded the players of this reality.

“One of our core covenants is that we try to produce great decision makers in our program and we need them to,” the coach said. Senior leaders such as Millen and Reed Paradissis will be looked to to provide that very important leadership this weekend, looking to lead by example. “Homecoming’s a big weekend, a fun weekend,” Millen said. “Guys have just got to be smart this weekend.” His kicker concurred. “We’re a smart team; obviously we’ve shown that on the field. I think we can show that off the field,” Paradissis said.

Woody, act two, but with all the marbles on the line
Round two with the Woodinville Falcons is for the Kingco 4A title. It will take place next Thursday as opposed to next Friday. The game will kick off at 7:00 p.m. at MSHS. Mount Si as you remember at the end of September beat Woodinville, but with both teams very familiar with one another, and also a potential miss of the game by Mostofi due to his apparent injuries last night, things could end up being different. Kinnune, though, is optimistic. “We just want to make sure that everybody comes out and we’re going to see another hard-fought contest but I like our chances very much,” he said.

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Our news nuggets to start another fall weekend in the Valley…..

Good Saturday morning. We’ll have last night’s high school football wrapup for you in a bit, but we start with a look at some other action involving local athletes.

Soccer
Weber State 5, Idaho State women 3: Weber won the barn-burner against their I-15 rivals late yesterday in Pocatello, ID. Sophomore Rachel Brownell, she of Fall City and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, came off the bench and logged 52 minutes for the Bengals, recording three shots, one on goal, with no goals scored in the contest.

Idaho women 2, Southern Utah 0: Senior Claire Johnson, from Snoqualmie, assisted on Idaho’s second goal of the contest as they handled the Thunderbirds last night in Cedar City, UT, and put themselves in position for a regular-season Big Sky Conference title, which they can earn tomorrow with a win at Northern Arizona. The goal Johnson assisted on, by teammate Myah Merino, came in the 37th minute, just seconds after fellow Vandal Kelly Dopke opened the scoring with a goal of her own. Johnson started and worked 73 minutes on defense, also recording a shot which went on goal, but as noted, she was not among the goal scorers for Idaho. Johnson is a 2015 Mount Si HS grad.

McPherson 2, Sterling (KS) men 1 (Wed.): The host McPherson team doubled up the visiting Warriors in Kansas in a midweek battle. Senior Colton Oord, he of North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for Sterling and worked the full 90 with a shot recorded; it did not go on goal and he scored no goals in the contest.

Basketball
College debut for Cedarcrest grad: Carnation’s Sydney Turner made her college women’s basketball debut on Thursday for Multnomah University’s ladies in their season opener against Montana-based opponent Yellowstone Christian. Turner, a freshman and June Cedarcrest HS grad, played limited minutes and had no stats of note aside from one turnover, but that minor mistake meant nothing in the end as Multnomah rolled to an 88-74 win which according to the school was their second-highest point total in a game in school history. The Lions, part of the NAIA’s Cascade Conference, are now off until the beginning of November when they head to a weekend tournament in Merced, CA, hosted by UC Merced. There, they’ll meet the host Bobcats, along with St. Katherine from nearby San Marcos, CA.

Softball
Red Wolves star aids club team win in weekend tourney: Cedarcrest High School senior star Michaela Carter delivered last night to help her Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks Gold 18U Miller team blank the AASA squad from California 5-0 in the opener of a Premier Girls’ Fastpitch fall tournament down in Salinas, CA. Carter went 1-2 with a run scored for the Hawks, who got stellar pitching from pitchers Lainey Lyle and Kaia Simpson. Lyle, from suburban Boise, and Simpson, from Garfield High School in Seattle, combined on a one-hitter striking out five. The Hawks play two more games in the tournament today then wrap it up tomorrow. Carter, who likely will see a lot of work pitching for CHS in the spring, primarily plays outfield for the Hawks team, coached by longtime coach Wayne Miller. He has coached Valley players in the past, most notably then-MSHS player Celine Fowler several years ago before she graduated and went on to have a successful college career with Central Washington.

Hockey
Snoqualmie player’s goal not enough for Totems in loss: Cam Gross scored his second goal of the season last night for the Seattle Junior Totems, but the third-period tally was not enough in the end as Seattle was on the short end of a Western States Hockey League barnburner against their I-5 rivals Bellingham, falling 6-4 to the Blazers up north in Whatcom County.

Gross, a 2016 Mount Si HS grad who lives in Snoqualmie, is in his third season with the junior hockey team, and the goal came at the 10:27 mark of the third period and was assisted by teammates Dominik Basek and Gabriel Sbop. It made things interesting late, but Bellingham put it away with an empty-netter in the final minute.

The loss dropped Seattle to 3-2-0 (wins/losses/overtime losses) on the season and nine points, six points back of Bellingham, at 5-1-0 and with 15 points. Three points are awarded for each win, and one point is awarded for each overtime loss.

The two teams go at it tonight again, this time on the Totems’ home ice in Mountlake Terrace. Game time is 7:05 at Olympic View Arena. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors/students. To get there from the Valley, take I-90 into Seattle then head north on I-5 to Mountlake Terrace and the 220th St. SW exit (#179). Take this exit and head west on 220th toward Highway 99. Just before you reach Highway 99, you’ll come upon 70th Ave. West. Here turn left and the arena and parking will be on your right.

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Mount Si boys’ cross country punches ticket to state

It was a strong day on the cross-country front for Mount Si High School’s cross country program. Their boys punched a ticket to state, while a senior girl earned a trip that was the result of a lot of hard work.

The Wildcat boys took second at the Kingco 4A championships yesterday at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. Redmond won the league title easily over Mount Si and other league foes. The boys’ race proved to be a classic and also made history at the same time with the Wildcats’ star senior Joe Waskom being in the middle of what turned out to be the closest finish for first in Kingco championship history. He and Woodinville’s Luke Houser both came across in 15 minutes, 17.32 seconds, but Houser beat Waskom by .006 seconds to take that title, less than an eyelash. It was that close.

As for the girls, Addie Kaess was the lone Mount Si qualifier, with the senior taking 17th in a personal-best time of 19:52.04. Mount Si coach Sean Sundwall was thrilled to see Kaess make it to the Tri-Cities. “No one deserves to run at the state meet more than Addie,” Sundwall told the SVSJ by email. “She has battled injury after injury for the last two years. Against all odds, she fought back, did the rehab and patiently did all the little things that no one likes to do. It all paid off.”

As for the boys, Sundwall, too, was pleased. “I could not be more proud of these young men who have sacrificed many other things in order to qualify for the state meet,” Sundwall told us. “Our team has a very good chance and being on the podium at state. The boys team has a very bright future.”

Waskom will be joined by teammates Paul Talens, Austin Gappa and others; Talens and Gappa both finished in the top 20 individually in the race yesterday.

The state meet is at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco November 3.

Also this morning:

Baseball: Mount Si player competes in national high school all-star game
Mount Si High School junior Harrison Clark represented the Valley in a prestigious all-star game last night down in Arizona.

Clark was selected to compete in the 2018 Junior All-Academic Game after a successful tryout yesterday morning at the Peoria Sports Complex, where last night’s game was held. The Peoria facility, in suburban Phoenix, is the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners, although the tryouts and game took place at the San Diego Padres facilities also located at the complex.

Clark, to be invited, had to show he had a 3.7 grade point average or higher or a score on his SAT or ACT exams that met certain criteria.

He was listed on last night’s game roster as a first baseman on the “Team Grey” who faced the “Team Black” in last night’s game involving many of the top juniors at the high school level from around the United States.

Stats and results from the game are not available. This news on Clark comes amidst news that Mount Si will have a new coach next year.

As we first told you on our Twitter feed last Friday, head coach Zach Habben has announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Habben lives in Sammamish and does not teach at Mount Si. He works outside of the building within local youth baseball, most notably with the Northwest Naturals select program based on the Plateau and at the SBA academy.

The position is open until next week and you can go here to the Snoqualmie Valley School District website to apply. Athletic director Darren Brown has told the SVSJ that several people have already applied for the position, one of two spring sports head coaching positions currently open. The other is for boys’ track, to replace former head man Gregg Meyers, who is a teacher at the school and should be expected to remain involved with the program, where he coaches throwers. That position is also open until next week and the above link can give you all the information. Brown also tells us there have been applicants for that position.

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Volleyball and soccer news

Time now for the volleyball and soccer news from last night:

Volleyball: Red Wolves swept
It was back to a familiar result last night for Cedarcrest as they fell again in a three-set sweep, this time by Lynnwood, who beat the Red Wolves 25-19, 25-23, 25-14.

Riley Moran led Lynnwood with 13 kills, 10 digs and three aces while Ashley Anderson added 28 assists, five kills and two aces. Kiana Pel paced the Royals with 20 digs and three aces. Taeler Gerde led CHS with 12 kills, 19 digs, two blocks and an ace while Caroline Tiffany added 24 digs and two aces. Katie Faccone pitched in 19 digs to aid the Red Wolves.

CHS hosts Meadowdale for Senior Night next Tuesday. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.

Soccer: CHS girls blank Lynnwood
Sarah Hommas scored a pair of goals for the Red Wolves in a 3-0 CHS girls’ soccer win over Lynnwood last night at Lynnwood High School. More from the Everett Herald.

The win helped keep pace with Edmonds-Woodway in the race for top spot in the Wesco 2A/3A. The Red Wolves moved to 11-2-0 in league and 33 points, three points behind the Warriors (12-1-0 league, 36 points) and four points ahead of third place Archbishop Murphy (9-2-2 league, 29 points). The Red Wolves can perhaps finish out a strong push for the second seed in the 2A Northwest District playoffs Tuesday when they host ATM at 7:00 at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall on Senior Night.

College scores:

Point Loma Nazarene 1, Hawaii Pacific women 0: PacWest (NCAA Division II)-leading PLNU, from San Diego, took the win over the Sharks on HPU home turf in Waipahu, HI. Junior Camryn Buck, from Ames Lake and a 2016 MSHS’er, started on defense and worked the full 90 for the Sharks with no stats of note reported.

Concordia-PDX 1, Seattle Pacific men 0: The Falcons were surprised at home in Seattle by the struggling Cavs. Two of SPU’s “Duvall Trio” played in last night’s contest. Sophomore Nik Reierson started and worked the full 90 minutes with no stats while freshman Alden Massey started and played 72 minutes, recording three shots – none on goal with no goals scored – for SPU. Senior Chris Cole did not play. All three are Cedarcrest High School grads.

Western Washington women 1, Concordia-PDX women 0: The Vikings moved into a tie for top spot in the NCAA Division II GNAC with the win. Senior Karlie Hurley, she of North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started and worked 76 minutes for Concordia with no stats of note reported. Fellow senior Karli White, also from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS’er, has been out all season for Western and once again missed last night’s game. She injured an ankle prior to the season and is likely to have a medical redshirt this season as a result of the injury.

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Home cooking tonight on the gridiron for Week 8. Mount Si’s homecoming and Cedarcrest’s Senior Night….previews and picks now…..

Good Friday morning. Week eight for the high school football season provides a lot of home cooking for you Valley high school football fans, with both Mount Si and Cedarcrest at home this week. We’re coming off a rare 0-2 week, so we’ll look to pick things back up, too, as well. Mount Si’s homecoming and Cedarcrest’s Senior Night, here’s previews of both games and our thoughts after the break. 7:00 kickoffs for both and it is suggested by the way if you go to Mount Si’s game to get there early as there’s going to be a parade around the campus at 4:30 and parking should fill up relatively quickly this evening. Continue reading

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