Mount Si High baseball alum makes college debut….

Very light morning on this Wednesday for you. We have one college item of note and it concerns baseball.

Yesterday marked the college debut for Mount Si High School alum Frankie Cepeda, playing baseball this spring for Green River CC in Auburn. Green River hosted Bellevue for their season opener and it didn’t go well, as the Bulldogs rolled 9-0. Cepeda, from North Bend and a graduate last June from Mount Si, went 1-4. Bellevue, too, has a local player on their roster this spring – Riley Gill. Gill, a sophomore outfielder who graduated from Skyline High School before his family moved to Snoqualmie (his sister Molly graduated from Mount Si), went 1-5 with a run scored for the Bulldogs.

Green River and Bellevue are both in action this weekend.

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Your first look at Saturday’s regional playoff opponent for Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team, the Rams of Yakima’s West Valley HS

Good morning. Nothing of note from last night, so we’re going to spend some time offering you Mount Si High School boys’ basketball fans your first look at their WIAA 4A state high school regional opponent, the West Valley Rams from Yakima. The Wildcats, seeded third in the tournament seedings, take on sixth-seeded WV in their regional game Saturday night. The game is set to tip off at 8:00 p.m. at Issaquah High School.

Scouting West Valley
The Rams have had a great season. They are 19-2 on the season, and come from central Washington’s Big 9 Conference, which features schools such as Wenatchee and Eastmont from East Wenatchee, a pair of schools Mount Si sports are familiar with from recent seasons.

We don’t have any stats for you, but did see some video of one of their recent games yesterday. This is a group that could pose some challenges for Mount Si, most notably with two guys:

-Post player Conner Turner, a senior, is 7’1″. Seven-footers are not something the Wildcats have seen much of, if any, all year, so Jabe Mullins and Hayden Curtiss, the two Mount Si seniors most likely to face Turner in the middle in this game, will be tested. We’d look for Turner to perhaps be a player that will factor in significantly to whether the Rams can stay competitive against the Wildcats.

-Forward/wing Logan Kinloch, a junior, hit several threes in the game whose clip we viewed, against Eastmont last week. Kinloch likely then factors as their primary outside presence, so guys like Bennett O’Connor and Quin Patterson may see plenty of this kid defensively.

It’s a relatively experienced group, built similarly to that of Mount Si with a nice collection of sophomores, juniors and seniors, and it’s one that is built for strong play in the post, as in addition to Turner, a pair of 6’6″ players, senior Carter Finley and junior James Matheny, also slot in the middle providing strong depth in that position. That could be a key to this one – how Curtiss and Mullins in particular handle the toughness that is expected there in the paint Saturday night.

But an issue we see is with their schedule. They have not faced any west of the Cascades opponents this year, and both of their losses came out of conference in December – one to a team from Spokane and the second to a team from the Tri-Cities, both of whom made the 3A state tournament (Mount Spokane and Kennewick’s Kamiakin respectively). So the question will for them be will Mount Si be the toughest opponent they’ve faced all year and how will they fare against the quality that MSHS provides? It should be noted they went 2-0 against Eastmont, who also made state and is playing Saturday against Olympia at Tumwater High School. So there is that.

Based on what we saw, what would be the key to victory then for Mount Si?
Granted, it was a two-minute clip, and there’s probably a lot more of that where it came from, so it’s just a small sample size, but it’s enough for us to say that for Mount Si to win it must stay on message. After their loss to Woodinville in the WesKing District tournament, the Wildcats locked it down defensively in their games against Mariner, Skyline and Jackson, holding all three teams to low first-half point totals on the way to wins. Same thing has to happen here. Lock down defensively and prevent their posts and Kinloch from establishing themselves early. This will be a challenge for sure, but one we know all of the guys are ready for.

Also take advantage of the crowd. We’d assume WV’s going to have a strong student section at the game, but it’s going to be a late night for all of those kids – if they attempt to get back across the mountains after the game, it’ll be near midnight when everyone arrives home and that is if the weather cooperates and keeps I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass then I-82 over Manastash and Umtanum Ridges between Ellensburg and Yakima open. But Mount Si? Well, you know it’s only a 15-minute trip for most of you down there and back, so there’s no reason not to go. We’d expect a large student section, and the energy they feed could also be a key for Mount Si.

General information
You all know how to get to Issaquah HS, so no need for directions here, aside from just noting that parking will probably be limited as there are games going on prior to the Mount Si game, so it would not be a bad idea to carpool.

Tickets: Adults will pay $12 with students holding a Mount Si ASB card and presenting that at the door and seniors/military with their valid ID’s paying $9.

Concessions: Likely to be available at the gymnasium, although if you all want to eat out before the game, you know the places to go in Issaquah, such as the RAM up in the Issaquah Highlands, to grab a bite to eat.

Web/Radio: The WIAA on its website notes that all of the regional games will be streamed via the WIAA Network, meaning their partners at ELI Sports, who will be most likely producing this regional set of games, are going to be busy. We’ll find out later this week more about whether the Issaquah site will be streaming, and whether there will also be a radio feed available. As it is a Yakima school playing Mount Si, and the folks on the east side are pretty good about covering games on the radio, we’d expect a Yakima station to send a crew and pick the game up. If we find out, we’ll let you know.

Weather: We only include this because of last year’s fiasco in which Mount Si’s regional game with Richland at IHS had to be pushed back a day due to snow and resulting pass closures, part of a weekend last March that saw a lot of snow problems for teams making that cross-pass trek and providing the folks at the WIAA’s Renton head office a lot of headaches. The weather for Saturday as you have seen is calling for cold rain in the lowlands, which likely means snow up top on Snoqualmie Pass, and potentially challenging road conditions for the contingent from Yakima, team, students and fans combined.

The WIAA is not going to have the same luxury they had last year this year, as last year’s game was on a Friday so they were able to shoehorn that into Issaquah on Saturday moving other games around to accomodate. Were this game to get postponed, the WIAA may just end up slotting the two teams in straight to Tacoma without actually playing this game as both teams are going to play at the Dome anyway regardless of the result. We’ll see of course, but the weather will be something to pay some attention to.

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Mount Si boys’ basketball finds out which trail they’ll head down to Tacoma and state tourney, plus news from the diamond and our final winter AotW’s for the 2019-20 school year!!

Good Monday morning. Athlete of the Week on deck but we start with news from Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team.

After a bit of a delay, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association late yesterday announced the state regional matchups for the 4A high school boys’ basketball tournament. And for Mount Si, it is a repeat of the road they traveled last year on the way to a runner-up finish in last year’s state tournament.

The Wildcats were assigned to the regional site at Issaquah High School, and will host West Valley of Yakima in the matchup. The game is Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., the feature game on a schedule at IHS which should have six games taking place throughout the day. Mount Si finished ranked third in the state seeding RPI ratings percentage index computer, and that ranking ensured a so-called “protected seed” meaning the team would play at the regional site closest to home and be guaranteed a trip to the Tacoma Dome next week. Last year, you’ll remember the Wildcats hosted Richland in the regional game, but it had to be pushed back a day due to heavy snow and pass closures which prevented Richland from making it over to play the game. There could be snow in the forecast for the passes on Saturday afternoon, so there’s a possibility yet again of that happening, so that will be something to keep an eye on.

In any event, we’ll do some research on WV-Yakima for you and offer up a preview at some point this week.

College baseball and softball now featuring local athletes and then our AotW’s. These by the way are it for the winter and we’ll get the spring stuff going in about three weeks or so.

Softball
Whitworth 4, Trinity-TX 3 (game one, doubleheader): The Bucs, from Spokane, took the opener of two in San Antonio with the host Trinity side; sophomore Lauren Rich, a former Valleyite, went 0-3 for Trinity in this one.

Fordham 3, Michigan State 1: The Rams upped their win streak to three with a quality win over the Big 10’s Spartans to close out their weekend tournament in Florida. Freshman Michaela Carter, from Duvall and a 2019 CHS’er, was 1-3 for Fordham in this one.

Trinity-TX 3, Whitworth 1 (game two, doubleheader): Trinity’s three-run third was the difference in the nightcap as it enabled them to split the twinbill. Rich, who played her freshman year of high school ball at Cedarcrest HS before she and her family moved to Texas, walked twice and scored a run. She is a 2018 grad of a suburban Dallas high school.

Baseball
Arkansas 9, Gonzaga 5: The Razorbacks used a four-run fourth to seal up the win and weekend series sweep at home in Fayetteville, AR, over the visiting Bulldogs. Sophomore Mason Marenco, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, had a good day at the plate for GU, going 2-3 with a walk and run scored.

Seattle U. 9, Southern Illinois 2: The Redhawks scored five runs in the first and cruised to a win over the Salukis to finish out their weekend tournament in San Diego. Senior catcher Blaine Wagner, from Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, was 0-1 in late-inning duty behind the plate for SU.

Columbia Basin 13, Blue Mountain 10 (game one, doubleheader): A strong outing in relief on the hill for MSHS alum Nick Solomon proved to be the difference for CBC as they held off their rivals in the first of two in the Tri-Cities yesterday. Solomon, a sophomore from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS grad, got the win allowing a run on five hits over 4 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out for for the Hawks. He did not pitch the nightcap, won by Blue Mountain to give them a split of the twinbill.

New Mexico 9, Northern Colorado 0 (game two, doubleheader): The Lobos at home in Albuquerque three-hit the Bears in the nightcap of two to sweep the pair; they also won the opener, but in much closer fashion, 3-2. Senior Andrew Willmon pitched in this nightcap clash for UNCo; the 2015 CHS’er from Duvall allowed a run on two hits, walking one and striking out one, in an inning and a third. He received no decision and did not pitch in the opening game.

Texas 7, Boise State 5 (10): The Longhorns swept the series winning this game on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th at home in Austin, TX, but seeing his Bronco debut – and doing so on national TV with the game on the ESPN-produced Longhorn Network – was sophomore Gavin Gorrell. The 2017 MSHS’er from North Bend pitched well over his four innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out two for Boise, where he transferred to last year following his freshman campaign with UNCo.

Whitman 11, Linfield 7: The Blues finished off a weekend series win over the Wildcats winning the slugfest at home yesterday in Walla Walla. Senior Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS grad, was called on to finish out the sixth inning on the hill in relief for Whitman, and did his job without allowing a hit or run to score. He pitched 1/3 perfect inning and received no decision.

Other NWAC scores: Yakima Valley split two with Lane in Crescent, OR, winning the opener before falling in the nightcap. No stats were available for the two games. Mason Marenco’s brother Spencer is playing for the Yaks this spring; the freshman made his college debut with YvCC on Saturday. Also, Olympic’s game with Umpqua in Roseburg, OR, also had no report; OC this season has pitcher Jon Bell, from Duvall and a 2018 CHS’er.

Athletes of the Week
Now to the AotW’s. Again, these are it for the winter and we’ll have the spring stuff for you in about three weeks or so.

MOUNT SI BOYS – A shout to Jabe Mullins, who scored 24 points and added eight assists for the Wildcats hoopsters as they outlasted Jackson to take third at this past weekend’s WesKing 4A tournament up in Everett. Mullins, bound for St. Mary’s, is leading Mount Si in scoring this season as a senior and will look to do the same at the state tournament which as you just saw starts this Saturday for the Wildcats.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Fellow senior Tylor Zwifelhofer gets the nod, making the finals in the uneven bars event this past Saturday at the WIAA state 4A gymnastics meet in Bellevue. She finished 13th to close out a tremendous high school career for the Wildcats. Zwiefelhofer is not expected to compete collegiately, so this was probably it for her competitively at the school level as well, and she certainly closed it out well. We wish you all the best in your future plans as a young adult, and good luck, Tylor.

CEDARCREST BOYS – We recognized Matt Weinert earlier this season in the AotW’s, and do it again now as he took third this past Saturday at 182 lbs. in the 2A Mat Classic tournament in Tacoma, closing out a strong four-year wrestling career for CHS’ boys’ wrestlers. Weinert pinned three opponents on Saturday in loser-out action to take third, the best-placing finisher of any of the three Valley entrants who competed in the second day of the Classic.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – She’s made this segment a lot this season, but Abby Varaday was the lone CHS girl athlete competing this past weekend, so she gets the nod, and it’s well-deserved, too, after a sixth-place finish at the girls’ Mat Classic at 130 lbs. on Saturday despite battling a knee injury which forced her to forfeit the final match. Varady has been a tough customer all season for CHS, and it’s hoped her success will continue to inspire other girls at the school to try out the sport and help that program grow into, like their boys’ counterparts, one of the top programs in 2A around the state.

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Mount Si boys head to hoops regionals, plus news from the diamond, the mat, gymnastics, and more on this Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. We’re loaded this morning.

We hit the hardwood first, and Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team and their fans are awaiting an announcement on their state regional assignment after they closed out the WesKing 4A district tournament with a win yesterday.

Mount Si broke out to a 17-5 lead after one and cruised to a 57-36 win over Jackson to take third in the tournament at Everett Community College. Jabe Mullins had 24 points and eight assists to lead the Wildcats, while Hayden Curtiss pitched in 12 points.

Mount Si with the win locked up the third seed to the state tournament according to the WIAA/MaxPreps RPI that will be used to seed teams and assign them to regionals. They are projected to meet sixth-seed West Valley of Yakima in that regional game, with date and time to be announced. We look for that to be a Friday matchup, and with the third seed being “protected”, this means it will be close to home for Mount Si, meaning it’ll be a cross-state trip for the boys from Yakima. As you remember, last year, the Wildcats opened their state tournament run with a regional game at Issaquah High School against Richland, but snow and resulting pass closures forced the game to be moved back from a Friday to a Saturday. So that could be an issue again this year, we’ll see.

Regardless of the result, the Wildcats will be playing in the Tacoma Dome next week.

As soon as we find out something, we’ll announce it on our Twitter feed @snovalleysports.

Elsewhere this morning:

Wrestling: Hardware for trio of Valley athletes at Mat Classic
All three Valley high school wrestlers still alive for hardware at the Mat Classic state high school wrestling meet in Tacoma made it out with hardware last night.

Leading the way was Cedarcrest senior Matt Weinert, who took third in the 2A meet at 182 lbs. after blitzing his way through the loser-out bracket yesterday, pinning three straight foes on the way to that third-place trophy. Weinert pinned Blaine’s Gavin Rodriguez in that third-place match. Mount Si’s Mark Marum took fourth in the 4A meet at 106 lbs. taking care of opponents from Tahoma and South Kitsap before falling in the third-place match to Jason Franklin from University High in Spokane. Franklin pinned the Wildcat sophomore in that match.

Rounding it out, on the girls’ side, CHS’ Abby Varaday ended up sixth at 130 lbs. but paid a price to get there. She beat Washougal’s Josalyn Ortiz 8-4, but then fell to Arlington’s Tailer Cochran to send the Red Wolve to the fifth-place match, which she lost by medical forfeit – meaning she was injured – to Eatonville’s Kayla Trujillo, who opened this tournament Friday with a win over Varaday. We’re checking to see whether Varaday was injured seriously or not, and we’ll update if we hear anything.

Gymnastics: Mount Si’s Zwiefelhofer finishes high school career at state meet
Mount Si High School’s Tylor Zwiefelhofer closed out her high school gymnastics career in style yesterday, finishing 13th in the bars finals at the WIAA’s 4A state meet in Bellevue. Zwifelhofer, a senior and the only one of the Mount Si delegation to survive Friday’s individual event competition to advance to yesterday’s finals, pocketed an 8.625 on that bars event yesterday to take her 13th place spot.

Baseball
Arkansas 5, Gonzaga 0: The Razorbacks continue to dominate the weekend series between the two teams in Fayetteville, AR, as four pitchers combined to two-hit the visiting Bulldogs in their game yesterday. Sophomore Mason Marenco, he of North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, went 0-3 for GU.

Linn-Benton 5, Yakima Valley CC 1 (game one, doubleheader): Some 2,500 miles away from Fayetteville down in Albany, OR, yesterday, Mason’s brother Spencer made his college debut, with a pinch-running appearance for the Yaks in their season opening game, a loss to the Oregon school in the first of a twinbill. Spencer, a freshman and a 2019 MSHS’er, did not score a run for YVCC.

Southwestern (KS) 9, Bellevue (NE) 2 (game one, doubleheader): The Bruins could not recover from a four-run Southwestern first and fell in the first of two against the Kansas team yesterday on their home field in Winfield, KS. Duvall’s Cody Banks went 0-3 for Bellevue.

Bellevue CC 12, Mount Hood 5 (game one, doubleheader): BCC rolled in the first of two down in Oregon over the suburban Portland school’s team. Riley Gill, a Skyline HS grad whose family moved to the Valley following his graduation three years ago, and whose sister then graduated from Mount Si, was 0-1 for BCC.

Montana State-Billings 21, Colorado Mines 11 (game one, doubleheader): The Yellowjackets swept a twinbill from the visiting Orediggers at home in Billings, MT. Sophomore Will Scott pitched this first game for Mines, allowing six runs on 10 hits, striking out two, in 2 1/3 innings of work and no decision. The 2018 MSHS alum from North Bend did not pitch the nightcap. Fellow Wildcat alum Justin Lutz did not play either of the two games for Billings; the junior catcher, from Fall City, is new to the ‘Jackets this spring but is redshirting after suffering an injury during preseason warmups. Lutz spent the past two seasons playing for the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Whitman 11, Linfield 6 (game one, doubleheader): The Blues dispatched the visiting Wildcats yesterday at home in Walla Walla. Senior Collin Anderson, from North Bend and a 2016 MSHS grad, allowed a run on three hits in three innings of relief work on the hill for Whitman, striking out four. He received no decision and did not pitch the nightcap for the Blues, who won the nightcap in extras 7-6 and swept the twinbill.

Southwestern (KS) 3, Bellevue (NE) 2 (game two, doubleheader): The Bruins dropped the nightcap and extended their losing streak to five as they were swept. Banks, a senior and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 1-5 with an RBI for BU.

Willamette 17, Puget Sound 9 (game two, doubleheader): The Bearcats scored 10 third-inning runs to seal up the win and sweep two from the Loggers at home in Salem, OR; Willamette beat UPS in the opener. Sophomore Clayton Waltz, from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS grad, caught the late stages of this one for the Loggers after not playing in the first game and went 1-2 with a run scored.

Bellevue CC 5, Mount Hood 0 (game two, doubleheader): Bellevue blanked Mount Hood in the nightcap to take both ends of the twinbill. Gill was 0-3 for the Bulldogs. He is a redshirt sophomore this season for BCC.

Linn-Benton 5, Yakima Valley 3 (game two, doubleheader): Spencer Marenco got the start at shortstop for YVCC in the nightcap, and went 1-3 with a run scored. L-B, though, got the win and swept the pair.

CBC wins twinbill: Stats are unavailable, but Columbia Basin took two from their regional rivals Blue Mountain at home in the Tri-Cities yesterday, winning the pair 5-2 and 10-5. Mount Si HS alum Nick Solomon is listed on CBC’s roster this spring. He is a pitcher from North Bend and graduated from MSHS in 2017.

Track and Field
GNAC Indoor Championships, Nampa, ID: It was a busy two days Friday and yesterday for three Valleyites finishing the indoor portion of the college track and field season with the NCAA Division II conference’s postseason meet. North Bend’s Karlie Hurley was especially busy, competing in four events for the Concordia-PDX women, who won the GNAC women’s indoor track and field title, a great result for the team as it closes out competition at the end of this school year with the college’s impending closure. The senior, a 2015 MSHS grad, took fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 5 1/4 inches, and also took fifth in the triple jump clearing 38 feet.

Also, Hurley took eighth in the women’s 200m after getting DQ’d in the final heat; she finished seventh in the preliminary heat clocking just over 25 seconds to earn her final berth, and she helped her Cavs 4×400 relay take fourth with a time of 3:54.32. Two other athletes from the area also competed. On the men’s side, Central Washington’s Andrew Harris, a MSHS alum from North Bend, finished 21st in the shot put with a toss of 34′ 7 1/2″, and on the women’s side, Western Washington’s Sophie Paradis, from Duvall and a Cedarcrest HS grad, cleared 10′ 1 1/4″ in the pole vault and took eighth.

Softball
Fordham 3, Harvard 2: The Rams beat the Crimson in Fort Myers, FL, at a tournament there to break an eight-game losing string, and had the help of a Valley frosh in doing it. Duvall’s Michaela Carter went 1-3 with a run for Fordham in this one, played at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Missouri S&T 6, Hillsdale (MI) 4: The Chargers dropped one to the Missouri team at their tournament in suburban Chicago. Sophomore Elaine Townley, from Carnation and a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 1-3 for Hillsdale.

Fordham 2, UMass-Lowell 1 (9): The winning can get contagious, and it appears to be the case for the Rams, as they won their second in a row avenging a loss at their season-opening tournament in Houston to the ladies from suburban Boston. Carter, a 2019 CHS’er, went 0-3 for the Rams.

Lacrosse
Mount Si alum makes college debut: Jessica Morris, who starred with Mount Si’s girls’ lacrosse program, made her college debut yesterday afternoon for Findlay U. in Ohio in their game with Slippery Rock of suburban Pittsburgh. The Oilers fell at home 12-8 with Morris recording one shot on goal – but no goals – in her action for Finday, an NCAA Division II school in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. She becomes the third 2019 MSHS lacrosse alum to make their college debut this spring, joining fellow former girls’ teammate Tessa Lewis (Southwestern-TX) and boys’ player Chris Haycock (Limestone-SC). All three are from Snoqualmie.

Mount Olive ladies win in dramatic fashion: Opposing – and host – Wingate – forced overtime scoring a pair of goals with the game-tying tally coming with three seconds left in regulation, but the Trojans took care of business in the extra frame, scoring with 23 seconds left to steal a 13-12 extra session win on the road in Wingate, NC. Junior Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS’er, worked defense for MOU and recorded two forced turnovers and four ground balls in the contest for the NCAA D-II team.

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State high school sports meets this weekend see Valley athletes give it their best efforts, plus last night’s college action involving locals….

Good Saturday morning. A lot to get to this morning. We start with gymnastics and one member of Mount Si High School’s gymnastics team will be competing later today in the event finals at the WIAA’s 4A state gymnastics meet in Bellevue.

Senior Tylor Zwiefelhofer made it in the uneven bars after a 9.025 score yesterday in the preliminary round which earned her a 14th-place finish. Teammate Kaitlyn Holt took a tie for 33rd, scoring 8.175.

Most Mount Si entrants competed on beam, and the Wildcats there were led by Sydney Haberman, who finished in a tie for 28th, scoring 8.775. Lauren Bennetts finished 40th with an 8.575, and she was followed by Holt (47th, 8.45), Zwiefelhofer (t-53rd, 8.3) and Claire Stone (64th, 8.1). Holt was the lone Mount Si rep on floor and finished tied for 48th with a strong 9.05, a reflection of how strong the competition is this weekend at the state meet. Holt and Haberman competed on vault for the Wildcats, with Holt taking a tie for 28th scoring 8.7 and Haberman tying for 31st with a 8.6.

The event finals are later today at Sammamish High School, at the corner of Main St. and 140th Ave. SE in Bellevue.

Mount Si boys’ swim duo out at state meet
Mount Si’s boys’ swim team’s duo competing at the state meet in Federal Way finished well back in their events yesterday and missed out on the finals today.

Freshman Ty Mitton took 18th in the diving competition while senior Nate Harris finished 19th in the 200 yard individual medley preliminary race (2:01.52) and 22nd in the 100 yard butterfly prelim (53.62 seconds).

The state meet is at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Valley delegation reduced to two for today’s finals at state high school wrestling meet
Valley high schools had a tough day on the mat yesterday in the opening round of the WIAA’s Mat Classic state high school wrestling meet at the Tacoma Dome. Highlights from Cedarcrest and Mount Si:

Cedarcrest: Matt Weinert (182) remains alive for hardware today at the 2A meet in Tacoma despite falling in the quarterfinals last night. Weinert won his opening round match, pinning Sedro-Woolley’s Sebastian Hanna, but stumbled in the quarters, falling in a tight 6-5 decision to Gaje Caro from West Valley in Spokane. The Red Wolve senior advanced to today winning his loser out match last night in quick fashion, pinning Port Angeles’s Jason Kibe in under a minute. Teammate Evan Reid (132) was eliminated last night after falling twice yesterday; he fell to Selah’s Jesse Salinas by major decision in his first match, then was knocked out of the event by Burlington-Edison’s Gus Menne in a heartbreaking 3-2 decision loss.

On the girls’ side, Abby Varaday (130) remains alive, with the Red Wolve winning two loser out matches last night following an opening round loss to Eatonville’s Kayla Trujillo. Trujillo took that match handily in an 8-2 decision before Varady shut out Aberdeen’s Lily Herr 5-0 in the first loser-out match, then held off Alicia Stewart from Shadle Park in Spokane 5-3 to advance to today.

Mount Si: Mark Marum (106) is the lone Wildcat boy still alive for hardware today at the 4A meet in Tacoma. Marum won his first round match, beating Spencer Needham of Vancouver’s Union by pin, then fell 7-2 in the quarters to Collin Jack of Decatur in Federal Way. Marum rebounded in the loser-out match last night, blasting Auburn Riverside’s Cole Cross 13-1 to advance to today’s action. Teammates Connor Knowles (152) and Jaeden Durham (160) were both knocked out of the tournament yesterday. Knowles was pinned twice, first by Kyler Anstrom of University from Spokane in the opening round, then in the loser-out match by Tahoma’s Parker Boynton. Durham won his opening round match, easily handling Ali Hasan of Lake Stevens by technical fall, but then was pinned by Pasco’s Isaiah Gonzalez in the quarterfinals, then fell 9-6 to Max Whitney of Hazen from Renton.

On the girls’ side, Aynslee Hester (140) was knocked out of the tournament last night. She opened with a tech fall loss to Erica Grant from Olympia, but rebounded with a pin of Yelm’s Dasha Burnett in the opening loser-out match. In Hester’s second loser-out match, though, she fell to Lindy Smith from Wilson in Tacoma by a 16-5 major decision.

College scoreboard now.

Baseball
Hawaii 4, Washington State 2: Duvall’s Aaron Davenport perhaps showed the Cougars a thing or two last night, allowing just two runs, one earned, in a dominant pitching performance for Hawaii as the Warriors doubled up visiting WSU last night at home in Honolulu. The sophomore, a 2018 CHS’er, allowed those two runs on 10 hits over 7 1/3 spectacular innings, striking out three and getting the win to move to 2-0 on the season.

Southwestern (KS) 8, Bellevue U. (NE) 4: Southwestern opened the weekend set at home in Winfield, KS, doubling up the visiting Bruins yesterday. Senior Cody Banks, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 1-4 with an RBI for BU.

Arkansas 9, Gonzaga 3: The Razorbacks, at home in Fayetteville, AR, scored four runs in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie and cruise to the win over the visiting Bulldogs. Sophomore Mason Marenco, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, was 0-3 for GU.

Basketball
PLU men advance to conference tourney: Pacific Lutheran University’s men’s basketball team clinched a spot in the Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) tournament last night scoring a 91-78 road win over Pacific University of Oregon down on the Boxers’ home floor in Forest Grove, outside of Portland. Freshman Brett Williams, from Snoqualmie and a 2019 MSHS’er, hit a three-pointer in limited action off the bench for the Lutes, who will meet Whitworth in the semifinals in Spokane next week.

Softball
Parkside College 5, Hillsdale (MI) 3: The Chargers were busy yesterday, with four games in the Rosemont Dome tournament outside of Chicago. This one went to the opposing Rangers, with sophomore Elaine Townley, she of Carnation and a 2018 CHS’er, going 1-1 with a run scored for Hillsdale.

Southern Illinois 4, Fordham 1: At the FGCU Classic in Fort Myers, FL, the Salukis overcame an early deficit to beat the Rams and drop Fordham to 1-10 on the season. Freshman Michaela Carter, from Duvall and a 2019 CHS’er, was 1-3 with a run for the Rams.

Illinois-Springfield 9, Hillsdale (MI) 1: UIS rolled to a dominant win over the Chargers in Hillsdale’s second game of the day in Rosemont. Townley went 0-3.

Florida Gulf Coast 3, Fordham 1: Host FGCU, too, rallied from an early deficit to sink the Rams in the nightcap last night for Fordham in Florida; Carter went 0-3.

Lewis U. 6, Hillsdale (MI) 5: The Flyers rallied from an early deficit to sink the Chargers; Townley again went 0-3 but with a walk for Hillsdale.

Wayne State 7, Hillsdale (MI) 0: The two Michigan rivals met in the Dome event with Wayne two-hitting the Chargers and scoring six second-inning runs to seal up the win. Townley was 0-2 with a walk for Hillsdale.

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