Mount Si’s boys find out who and where they’ll be playing in regional round

Mount Si High School’s boys basketball team and their fans now know the team’s first opponent in the upcoming Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 4A high school boys’ basketball state tournament.

The Wildcats will take on Richland in that first game. It will be Friday night at 6:00 p.m. at Issaquah High School in the regional round.

Mount Si is seeded fourth and the Bombers are seeded fifth. The travel for Richland was expected, as we discussed this morning, to possibly result in this being a Saturday game, but the association decided differently, potentially creating a virtual home-court advantage for the Wildcats with the venue relatively close to the Valley.

Regardless of the result, Mount Si will be competing in a game at the Tacoma Dome next weekend; that game will be determined as a result of this Friday’s game. A win would put Mount Si into the quarterfinals and give them a first-day bye into the event.

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Mount Si High School boys’ basketball wins district tourney and awaits regional announcement, along with other news on this Tuesday…..

Good Tuesday morning. A lot on tap this morning. First, though, we have news on Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team.

The Wildcats needed an extra session again yesterday, and that was only after Jackson hit the game-tying basket at the regulation buzzer to force that overtime frame, but Mount Si was not fazed and pulled away to score a 65-56 win over the Timberwolves to win the inaugural Wes-King 4A boys’ district basketball championship. We’ll update this later with some stats, but suffice it to say, this was a tremendous accomplishment for the guys that will end up paying significant dividends for them with respect to the regionals this weekend.

So how does this impact their regional plans?: The win proved to be a significant help for Mount Si in terms of their regional situation. Coming into yesterday’s game, they were ranked fifth in the Washington Interscholastic Association/MaxPreps ratings percentage index rankings that are used to determine seeding. The victory moved Mount Si into fourth, and that is a “protected” seed according to WIAA regulations, meaning that the Wildcats will be the host team for their regional at the designated site which is closest to the MSHS campus.

The sites have not been announced yet and are not expected to be until later today, but last year, Bellevue College and North Creek High School in Bothell, where yesterday’s district title game was played, were both used as regional sites. So if that holds for this year, look for Mount Si to be assigned their game to one of those sites. The fourth seed played the fifth seed last year in the loser-out regional, so if that holds again this year, the Wildcats would play fifth-seed Richland in the contest. With the travel that Richland would need to incur to get over here from eastern Washington, look for the matchup to likely be on Saturday afternoon, weather permitting; you may have heard there is potential snow in the forecast again for this weekend, which could impact the scheduled games.

Again, all of this is to be announced later this morning most likely and we’ll have it for you here and on Twitter when that is announced.

Other news this morning:

Volleyball tourney wraps up with Valley players and teams finishing well
Title pushes for three teams with local players at the Northwest Juniors’ President’s Day weekend girls’ club volleyball tournament came up a bit short yesterday despite those teams’ best efforts.

The local squad that came the closest to a title was Bellevue-based Northwest’s 16 Under Armour White, with Cedarcrest High School’s Ava Mundy, who reached the semifinals and ended up tied for third in the U-16 Club division. They fell in their semifinal to a team from Mount Vernon. Two other teams, both with Mount Si High School players, fell in their championship quarterfinals and finished tied for fifth in their respective divisions. Northwest’s 15’s (Alyssa Ray; U-15 Open) and 17’s (Dana Dolan, Emily Dann; U-18 Open) were those teams, with the 15’s suffering their lone loss of the event after starting 6-0.

Also, Kent’s KJ 15’s, with Mount Si’s Jade Petrzelka, Kira Holmberg and Paige Phelps, took ninth in the U-16 Open division, and right behind them was Bellevue’s Sudden Impact 15’s Typhoon, with fellow ‘Cat Bailey Showalter, who finished 10th.

We’ll have a full wrapup for you tomorrow in our weekly segment of this past weekend’s action, and a preview of what’s on deck this weekend.

Baseball
Gonzaga 6, Minnesota 5: GU got revenge for their season-opening loss last Friday to the Golden Gophers by scoring the victory over the Big 10 school yesterday for their first win of the season as they wrapped up their season-opening weekend tournament down at the Texas Rangers’ spring training facility in Surprise, AZ. Senior Carson Breshears, he of North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-4 with a run scored for GU in the win.

Mount Si High School sports facilities being demolished
Final preparations have been completed for the scheduled demolition of a pair of Mount Si High School athletic facilities as the school campus redevelopment continues.

The school’s weight room and secondary auxiliary gym, where the Wildcat gymnastics team held its practices, are set to be demolished perhaps starting today. The demolition is necessary so crews can begin the process of connecting the new Mount Si campus, scheduled to open this fall, to water, power, sewer, and other utilities.

The equipment which had been in the weight room has been moved upstairs to its previous location, where the wrestling team practiced this season. It will be there until the end of May. It is unclear what facilities will be available for Wildcat athletes for their offseason conditioning this summer. We’ll check on that for you the next time we chat with athletic director Darren Brown. The new facilities should be open in time for the first fall sports practices in August.

As part of the demolition, access to the stadium has been severely restricted, and this will impact access to Mount Si High School boys’ soccer games this spring. The temporary entrance for the stadium will now be through the access gate to the track behind the stadium from the Schusman Ave. SE side. Fans will need to walk the track to the other end and the landing there, then walk up the ramp to access the stadium. The ticket booth will likely be positioned at the bottom of the ramp. Also, parking will be further restricted, with the north half of the gym parking lot now being permanently closed to make way for this construction. The entrance to the remaining part of the parking lot will be shifted slightly south on Schusman.

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Our final Athletes of the Week for winter sports…….

Athletes of the Week this morning and we finish up our winter selections with girls. We’ll have our first spring selections in probably three weeks or so, so look for those here.

MOUNT SI – Gymnastics rounds it out for the winter with Tylor Zwiefelhofer joining previous AotW’s Sidney Aspinall and Shelby Johnson in qualifying for state at the Wes-King bi-district meet this past weekend in Bellevue. Zwiefelhofer earned trips to state in bars and beam while Aspinall will compete on bars and floor and Johnson made it four for four in state trips in her high school career, on the vault. Full results aren’t available, but coach Kelly Loranger gave us the good news about all three, who are sharing the recognition even though both Aspinall and Johnson earned it earlier in the season.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Loranger by email. “Not only are they incredible athletes, but they all are Running Start students (they attend Bellevue College and take classes there part of the day and receive Mount Si High School credits on top of college credits in lieu of attending class at MSHS). Together they will represent every event. The fact Shelby made it to state on vault every year shows her strength and consistency. Sidney was able to overcome an injury in January and came back strong. Tylor didn’t let nerves get the best of her and was solid and confident on beam.”

The state event is this weekend at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

CEDARCREST – We round out the girls with one last trip to the basketball floor. Ava Erhardt gave it her all last Friday night, scoring 22 points for the Red Wolves in a 53-48 season-ending playoff loss in the Northwest 2A District tournament to Sammamish in Bellevue. Erhardt is one of several sophomores who will be worth keeping an eye on this offseason as CHS looks to build off what was a relatively successful 12-10 campaign in their first go-round in Wesco in over 20 years. She, along with fellow sophomores Rose Carlson, Sidra Griffin and others, will aim to improve on this mark next season, and will have back teammate Jaylin Yowell, who was out much of the season with a knee injury.

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Wes-King boys basketball title game preview: Cats and Wolves square off…..

Well, the path to state glory will be set later today. Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team will play Jackson High School’s squad for the inaugural 4A Wes-King bi-district boys’ hoops title this afternoon on neutral soil in Bothell. A win will put Mount Si in good position to play in a regional close to home this weekend.

KINGCO 4A BOYS’ BASKETBALL
WES-KING 4A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
CHAMPIONSHIP, BOTH TO STATE: MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. JACKSON TIMBERWOLVES
NORTH CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, BOTHELL, TIP 3:00 P.M.

Mount Si is 20-2 on the season and ranked fifth in the WIAA’s RPI rankings that determine state seeding, while Jackson is 18-3 and ranked sixth. A lot on the line today for sure.

Jabe Mullins led the Wildcats with 23 points in their 60-53 overtime win over Glacier Peak on Saturday. He’ll need to lead the way again, but we’re going to talk about the brothers Patterson moreso today. Both Tyler and Quin played pivotal roles for Mount Si in the win – Tyler with 13 points but his younger brother Quin delivering key free throws in the extra session, with a lot of pressure on him mind you, to help seal the win. In watching Quin this season, we see a freshman who, when given the opportunity, has played like he’s been there for four years. And that shows up in situations like what he had on Saturday – where pressure does not and will not faze him.

Having an older brother who himself understands this helps but the nice thing is they both feed off each other’s strengths and the whole team is able to feed off both of their contributions. We named them co-Athletes of the Week for a reason earlier this season. Both of them are excellent basketball players and we expect both of them will be playing Division I NCAA basketball collegiately. Perhaps together, we shall see. The Patterson’s will be the keys to today’s game, that’s for sure.

The Timberwolves are 2-0 thus far in this Wes-King event, both wins coming against Kingco opposition, most recently on Saturday over Issaquah. Chris Liddell leads Jackson, averaging, according to the Everett Herald, around 14 points a game, but the Eagle defense held him to just five points on Saturday, so Mount Si’s defense will need to concentrate their efforts on him. Read that, Jonny? Senior Jonny Barrett, the Wildcats’ defensive specialist, will be busy, that’s for sure. He’ll also need to watch a couple of others wearing silver and green who did do well against Issy – Jaylen Searles and Ben Olesen. Olesen led Jackson with 14 points and Searles added 11. Both are averaging around 10 a night.

The Timberwolves it appears are averaging in the 50’s point-wise in most games, so if Mount Si’s defense can stop them early and allow Mullins in particular to get into a groove, that will be a good sign.

But Jackson knows that a win for them, too, will give them a prime placement in the regional field, so there’s a lot on the line for them, too.

Mount Si has gutted out a couple of close ones in the past two against Wesco squads in this event, so this Wesco has not been as easy as some might have thought. Will it be easy again? Don’t think so. However, we think Mount Si may be a bit deeper in the scoring depth and that will we think prove to be the difference. We see another extra session in their future, but for the Wildcats to get it done and stay on this side of the mountains this coming weekend for regionals.

MOUNT SI 62, JACKSON 59 (OVERTIME)

Saturday: 1-0 (Mount Si win)
Season: 19-9

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Teams with Valley players seek titles in local Presidents’ Day weekend volleyball tournament today, plus action from college baseball to wrap up the weekend……

Good Monday morning. Our Athletes of the Week on deck, and a preview of today’s Wes-King 4A boys’ basketball title game with Mount Si taking on Jackson, but first, we wrap the weekend with our morning update on this weekend’s Northwest Juniors Presidents’ Day girls’ club volleyball tournament, and three local teams with Valley athletes will be competing for titles today after solid performances yesterday on the second day of the event.

First, in the U-18 Open division, the Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors U-17 Blue team, with Mount Si’s Emily Dann and Dana Dolan will be in the championship playoff today in the division after a 2-1 day yesterday to move to 5-1 overall in the tournament. NWJ split a pair of matches with Canadian foes and also beat a team from Lynnwood’s Washington Volleyball Academy to punch their ticket to the so-called “Gold” division playoff, where they will play their quarterfinal this morning in Auburn against a team from Wenatchee. All of the playoff games are single-elimination, so if the team loses, that’s it for the weekend.

Two other teams will start their pushes for titles at high noon today. At Kentwood High School in the U-15 Open division will see Northwest’s U-15 Under Armour Blue, with Mount Si’s Alyssa Ray, begin their quest for a championship playing a team from Seattle Juniors Volleyball, the organization whose U-18 team last year featured Wildcat senior Bellah Gogan. Northwest yesterday went 3-0 again to move to 6-0 on the weekend. Also, at the Lair Courts in Renton, Cedarcrest’s Ava Mundy and her Northwest’s 16’s Under Armour White will begin their run to a potential title with a clash against an Oregon team. They went 1-2 yesterday so they’ll be coming in with a 3-3 weekend record and likely as the eighth seed in the playoff.

Also of note today, the U-16 Open “Silver” division playoff could see a pair of clubs with Valley ties square off in the finals provided both make it there. Kent’s Kent Juniors U-15’s, with Wildcats Jade Petrzelka, Paige Phelps and Kira Holmberg, and Northwest’s U-16’s Under Armour Blue, coached by Cedarcrest alum Kendall Koch, are on opposite sides of this bracket. Both teams struggled yesterday after solid starts on Saturday to drop into this field today.

In other action today, Northwest’s U-16’s Grey, with Wildcat Lexi Niehaus, will be in the “Bronze” division playoffs looking to finish strong after a 3-0 Sunday, while Bellevue’s Sudden Impact U-15’s Typhoon, with Mount Si’s Bailey Showalter, saw their run to a title derailed with a 1-2 day yesterday. They’ll look to rebound in the “Silver” playoffs in the 16 Club division today. And Northwest’s U-18 Blue, with ex-Wildcat Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen, likewise will seek a strong finish in their U-18 Open “Silver” division today. They went 1-2 yesterday and are 2-4 now on the weekend.

We’ll have a full wrap for you tomorrow and more discussion on Wednesday in our weekly segment.

To the diamond now for some college baseball yesterday.

Baseball
New Mexico 6, Gonzaga 4: GU dropped to 0-3 to start the season falling to the Lobos down in Surprise, AZ. Senior Carson Breshears, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 with an RBI for the Zags.

Central Washington 6, Corban 1 (game two, doubleheader): CWU took care of the Warriors in the NCAA Division II-NAIA contest, winning this game to sweep a twinbill down in Salem, OR. Central took the opener of yesterday’s double-dip in extra innings. Senior Richard “Drew” Cotto, he of North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started this contest for the Warriors in his first action in over two weeks for Corban, and went 0-1.

Puget Sound 5, Whitman 3: The Loggers handled the Blues on neutral turf in Forest Grove, OR, aided by Snoqualmie’s Jake Brady; the sophomore, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 with a double and a run scored for UPS. Fellow Mount Si alum Collin Anderson did not pitch for Whitman in this contest, but…..

Whitman 6, Lewis & Clark 4: The Blues junior, from North Bend, did pitch in this game and got the win in relief, pitching 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief with a strikeout as Whitman beat the Pioneers also in Forest Grove. Anderson, who graduated from Mount Si in 2016, moved to 1-1 getting the win just hours after taking his first loss of the season in the Blues’ walk-off loss to Linfield on Saturday.

St. Mary’s-CA 6, Washington State 3 (game one, doubleheader): The Cougars were doubled up by the Gaels in the first of two in northern California yesterday. Junior Isaac Mullins, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, made his season debut on the hill for WSU in this one, pitching an inning of relief and walking one. He received no decision and did not pitch the nightcap, won as well by St. Mary’s giving them a four-game weekend series sweep.

Lewis-Clark State 13, Antelope Valley 6 (game one, doubleheader): Fifth-year senior Tanner Simpson, from North Bend, saw work on the hill for the first time in over two weeks and picked up the win for LCSC as they took the first of two over the southern California team down in Lancaster, CA. He allowed an unearned run on just three hits in four innings of work, walking one and striking out three to go to 1-0 on the season. He did not pitch the nightcap, which was called due to darkness after five innings with the teams ending in a 2-2 tie.

Texas A&M-Texarkana 4, Bellevue (NE) 3: Valley junior Cody Banks led the Bruins in this one as they fell just short against the Texas team on neutral soil in Oklahoma City. Banks, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 2-4 with an RBI for Bellevue as they dropped to 2-5 to start the season.

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