College news

A Valley college athlete has earned a prestigious honor from his university.

University of Portland senior Logan Orndorf, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, has been named the school’s U.S. Bank men’s Student Athlete of the Month for November. That announcement was made this week.

Orndorf helped guide the Pilots’ cross country team to nationals this fall, after finishing 13th at this year’s regional meet. Portland made the podium at the national meet in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago, led by a top-25 finish from the former Red Wolve.

A congrats to him from us here at the SVSJ. He joins Pilot volleyball player Katie Barker in earning this recognition.


Mount Si grad Crumb busy in the pool: Pacific University (OR) women’s swimmer Julia Crumb, from Snoqualmie, saw plenty of time in the water last weekend for the Boxers in their final event before the winter break.

Crumb, a June MSHS grad, competed in a number of events for Pacific at the George Fox Invitational in Newberg, OR. She competed in the 100-yard butterfly and took ninth, clocking just over a minute (1:06.09 to be exact). The former Wildcat also raced the 200-yard individual medley and finished eighth, clocking 2:26.87. In the 500-yard freestyle, she finished fourth, with a time of 5:56.43, and she was also part of a 400-yard relay foursome which finished sixth clocking 4:45.89.

As noted, the Boxers will not return to action until after the holidays.

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A successful Friday night on the high school hardwood for your Valley high school teams, as both Cedarcrest teams and the Mount Si girls pick up wins

Good Saturday morning. We’re working to get some stats from last night’s Mount Si High School girls’ basketball game for you. As some of you may know, their game, against Mercer Island, was shifted from Mount Si to Mercer Island late yesterday afternoon after an electrical problem developed with the scoreboard apparatus in the MSHS gymnasium. There was apparently a power outage of some kind Thursday night and when they got power back yesterday and tested things out, that’s presumably when the problem surfaced.

The change in venue did not matter though to Mount Si as they posted a nice 70-41 win last night over the Islanders but paid a steep price in the process. Sophomore post Gwen Aasland went down with what we are told by coach Jason Marr was a sprained ankle in the second quarter. She had to be helped off the floor and did not return, and is likely to at least miss the next few games, and perhaps as well the upcoming trip to Phoenix. This loss potentially could be problematic for Mount Si as Aasland backs up star post Sela Heide, so in situations where Heide is either getting a rest or is sitting due to foul trouble, the Wildcats interior defense could end up being a little more vulnerable as a result.

Mount Si is now 4-0 on the season and now moves into a very important week of games this coming week, the most important they’ve had as a program for sure in the Marr era and at least since the first couple of years of former coach Megan Botulinski’s tenure. They’re at Eastlake this coming Tuesday followed by a date with Issaquah next Saturday night. Both teams are Crest Division rivals within Kingco 4A, so two wins – or even a split of the two games – will be very beneficial to Mount Si’s postseason chances.

Cedarcrest girls and boys defeat former Cascade foe
Cedarcrest’s girls and boys took on former Cascade Conference rival Cedar Park Christian last night on the road at CPC’s campus in Bothell, and both teams posted wins.

The ladies held off the Eagles 43-34. Sidra Griffin scored 13 points to lead the Red Wolves, while Grace McKenzie added 11. “Games at CPC are never easy and tonight was no different,” said CHS coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. “We jumped out to a 10-point lead at halftime, even holding CPC scoreless in the second quarter, but they rallied back and got within three points in the third quarter. I thought our defense was pretty good, but our execution on offense is still not where it needs to be.”

McKenzie got the task of defending last season’s Cascade Conference MVP, Irena Korolenko and while Knowles praised the work of his sophomore player defensively, Korolenko scored 24 to lead all scorers for the Eagles. She had the lion share of Cedar Park’s points, too, as her teammates combined for the other 10 total.

In the boys’ game that followed the girls’ victory, Cedarcrest broke out to an early lead and took command in the third, outscoring Cedar Park 13-3 in that frame, posting a 50-37 win over the Eagles in the non-conference game. Chris Busch scored 15 for Cedarcrest in the victory while Brennan LeBlanc added nine.

Next up for both the Red Wolves boys and girls are the Arlington Eagles as the teams return to Wesco play. The girls are home this coming Tuesday and the boys are away at Arlington next Wednesday. Both games start at 7:15 p.m. and the boys’ game is being webstreamed by TCSN Sports. We’ll have a link to that for you here next week.

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News from Australia…..on the pitch

Down under earlier today in Australia, the Perth Glory women’s pro soccer team scored a 2-2 draw with Aussie W-League rival Adelaide United in Adelaide. North Bend’s Nikki Stanton worked the full 90 minutes for Perth in this one, with no stats of note reported. Her American summer league teammate, Sam Kerr, scored both goals for the Glory in the contest. Stanton and Kerr both are part of the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars. The tie kept Perth deadlocked with Adelaide for second place in the league standings. Each team is 2-0-3 and has nine points, just a point up on third-place Canberra United. Perth is back in action on the 20th when they meet Sydney FC.

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CHS football player makes history, plus news from gymnastics and the hardwood to get you set for the weekend ahead

Cedarcrest High School senior football players Michael Norris (left) and Jackson Burpee (right) were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements at last night’s Snohomish County Football Officials’ Association’s Scholar Athlete award banquet in Everett. Norris became the first Red Wolve player in school history to win a scholarship at the banquet, beating out nearly 50 other senior players from around both the Wesco and North Sound Conferences to grab one of those coveted awards. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Norris)

Good Friday morning. We have all of last night’s highlights on deck but first we have some major news from Cedarcrest High School’s football program this morning, as one of their players made team history last night.

Senior Michael Norris became the first-ever Red Wolve to earn a scholarship award from the Snohomish County Football Officials Association, as he beat out nearly 50 other seniors nominated by schools all over the Wesco and North Sound Conferences to earn one of six scholarships awarded by the referees’ organization during its 37th annual Scholar Athletes award banquet last night in Everett. Norris received what is known as the “Armed Services Award Wounded Warrior Project” scholarship. Norris, a defensive end, and teammate Jackson Burpee, a running back, were Cedarcrest’s representatives at the banquet and both players received recognition for their academic and athletic achievements.

A congrats to both players on their recognition.

To the rest of the news:

Cedarcrest HS girls hold off Monroe: The Red Wolves struggled a bit on offense, but did get it done in the end, beating Monroe 41-37 last night at home in Duvall. “Our overall youth and nerves showed this evening. A lot of unforced turnovers and ton of missed shots, including lay-ins and putbacks,” said CHS coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. He added the squad missed 22 free throws in the contest, uncharacteristic for them as this is a fundamental area they address daily in practices.

Katelynn Smith led the Red Wolves with 10 points while Grace McKenzie and Ava Erhardt added seven each to pace the victors. Defense proved to be the difference. “Our full court press gave Monroe trouble and we were able to capitalize on a few turnovers,” Knowles told us.

The Red Wolves were without star Jaylin Yowell for last night’s game, out with her knee injury, but there is some good news to report on that front. The injury is not as serious as had likely been feared when she hurt the knee in CHS’s loss last Friday to Snohomish. According to the coach, Yowell’s doctors have diagnosed it as a sprain and she should be available to play for the team following the holiday break.

Prewitt inches closer to milestone: University of Puget Sound senior women’s basketball player Elizabeth Prewitt, from Snoqualmie, took another step towards a historic career accomplishment Wednesday night, as her Loggers defeated Evergreen State.

Prewitt, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, scored 10 points and added eight rebounds for UPS as the NCAA Division III team beat the NAIA Geoducks 67-56 at home in Tacoma. The 10 points now moves her within about 20 or so for 1,000 on her career. It is expected now she will set the mark sometime over the weekend of December 15-16, when Puget Sound plays in a weekend tournament at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. They play Nichols on Saturday the 15th and CalTech on the 16th, with both games set to start at 2:00 p.m. each day at PLU’s Olson Auditorium. Valley basketball fans should make plans to attend those two games to perhaps witness a little history for their local athlete.

Mount Si has tight season opening result: In a five-way meet last night at Issaquah High School, Mount Si High School’s gymnastics squad finished in a very close fourth scoring 163.1 team points, behind winner Lake Washington (166.1), second-place Holy Names (165.15), and third-place Woodinville (165.05). In the Kingco 4A portion of the meet, the Falcons won, followed by the Wildcats and host Issaquah, who scored 146.25.

L-Dub’s Laly Noriega won the all-around, scoring 35.35, while Mount Si was led by Sidney Aspinall, who took third with a 34.4. Aspinall led the Wildcats on the floor with an 11th-place 8.8. LW swept the top five spots in that event, led by Ellery Gilmer’s 9.2. On bars, Aspinall led Mount Si taking second with an 8.65, behind winner Cait McNeill from Holy Names, who scored 9.1. The Wildcat senior won the beam, pocketing a 9.05 and finishing tied for that top spot with LW’s Courtney Hori. Shelby Johnson led Mount Si in the vault, tying for third in the event with an 8.9. She tied for that spot with the Cougars’ Kaysa Lundberg.

Mount Si is home for their home opener next Thursday. The meet starts at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Si High School.

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Red Wolves boys unable to maintain halftime lead, fall to Murphy

It was a tale of two halves last night for Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team in their game with longtime rival Archbishop Murphy. The Red Wolves held a halftime lead in the contest but saw the Wildcats outscore them 31-12 in the second half, enabling ATM to beat CHS 61-50 in a non-counting Wesco 2A/3A contest at Archbishop Murphy HS in Mill Creek. The two teams will meet again in a counting battle January 18 at Cedarcrest. Chris Busch led Cedarcrest with 14 points and Brennan LeBlanc added 11.

For Murphy, Mateo Trimble led all scorers with 17 points, while Cole Calnon and Sage Oliveria each had 14.

Cedarcrest is at Cedar Park Christian tomorrow for a 7:00 p.m. tip as part of a doubleheader. The Red Wolve and Eagle girls tip things off at 5:15. Both games are at CPC’s campus in Bothell.

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