The weekend wrap, and our Athletes of the Week for 10-18

Good Monday morning. We wrap up the weekend first with college action from the pitch, then we have our Athletes of the Week.

To soccer.

Whitworth women 5, Lewis and Clark 1: Senior Leah Corra, from Ames Lake and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, led the Pirates with a goal and assist as Whitworth rolled to the road win in Portland over the host Pioneers. Corra’s goal, in the 28th minute, was her team-leading sixth of the season and opened the scoring for the Pirates. Her assist came on a goal by teammate McKenzie Hemp in the 67th minute which came as the result of a two-on-one breakaway by the Pirate forwards.

Corra started up front for the Bucs and worked 60 minutes of the contest with that goal coming on her lone shot on goal of the contest. Corra’s teammate and fellow Valleyite Mackenzie Popp also saw action for Whitworth for the first time in nearly a month, and the junior, a 2015 MSHS’er also from Ames Lake, saw plenty of minutes – 44 to be exact, with no stats of note although she did take a shot late in the first half which went over the LC goal and was not recorded as an official shot.

Whitman men 2, Linfield men 0: The Blues scored both of their goals in the second half to take the win on the road over the Wildcats in McMinnville, OR. Senior Austin Bebee, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, started for Linfield in the midfield and worked all 90 minutes, recording three shots, one on goal, with no goals scored. Whitman’s Jimmy Jacobson, from North Bend, did not play as he is injured. Jacobson is a sophomore and 2016 Mount Si HS grad.

Pacific Lutheran 2, Linfield women 0: PLU’s women also waited until the second half to score both of their goals as they blanked the Wildcats in McMinnville, OR. Sophomore Sydney Kuehn, from Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, started at forward for Linfield, and worked around 55 minutes for the Wildcats with no stats of note reported.

Portland State 2, Idaho women 1: The Vikings doubled up the Vandals inside the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, ID, yesterday, with Idaho dropping to 5-9-2 on the season with the loss. Junior defender Claire Johnson started on the back line for Idaho, and the 2015 MSHS’er fro, Snoqualmie worked the full 90 with no stats of note reported.

To our athletes of the week. Boys.

MOUNT SI – Tennis is the only MSHS boys’ team we haven’t recognized yet, and their season has now been completed. The Wildcats finished winless at 0-8 this season in league, 1-13 overall, but four athletes made it to postseason last week and we recognize them all here. Singles players Corey Gazit and Eli Trostel, along with the doubles tandem of William Bourgault and Tyler Moss, earned slots to the Kingco playoffs which took place last Tuesday at Skyline High School. Sadly, all of the Wildcat reps were eliminated in their first matches, but all of them performed well throughout the season and for that, we recognize them here.

CEDARCREST – To cross country and senior Ben Benson gets our nod this week on the strength of a solid third-place finish for the Red Wolves in their boys’ race last week at King’s. Benson, who clocked just under 13 minutes in that competition last Wednesday, has a total of three top fives this season, and last week helped CHS to a dominant team performance as they won the meet. CHS hosts the Cascade Conference meet this week in Carnation, and Benson is expected to make a strong push, along with his Red Wolves teammates, for a league title.

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Saturday wrapup from the gridiron, the ice, the pitch, the diamond, the water and more……

Good Sunday morning. We have a ton of college action for you from yesterday involving quite a few athletes from our community. Let’s get to it.

Football
Central Washington 42, Western Oregon 0: The efforts of a local athlete helped aid Central, who remained unbeaten on the season at 7-0 with the win over the Wolves in Monmouth, OR. Sophomore Jonathan “Jo Jo” Hillel, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown to pace Central. The TD came on a four-yard reception from QB Reilly Hennessy and capped off the scoring for the visiting Wildcats in the third quarter. Senior Brad Christensen, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 MSHS’er, played for WOU in the contest; he is a starting offensive lineman for the Wolves and was that once again in the contest for WOU.

Eastern Washington 31, Montana State 19: The Eagles held off the Bobcats in the regionally-televised game in Cheney. A pair of Valleyites started on their respective teams’ offensive lines – North Bend’s Chris Schlicting, a sophomore and 2015 Mount Si HS grad, for Eastern, and Duvall’s Alex Neale, a junior and Eastside Catholic School grad, for Montana State. EWU moves to 5-2 overall, 4-0 in Big Sky play, with the win.

Concordia-MN 45, Hamline 0: The Cobbers dominated on both sides of the ball in blasting the hosts in the Twin Cities. Concordia had five sacks on the day, one of those by North Bend’s Andrew Thompson, which cost the home side two yards. Thompson, a junior and 2015 MSHS grad, in all had five tackles, two of which were solos, and he also had a quarterback hurry as well to aid the Cobbers, who went to 5-1 on the season with the victory.

Northern Arizona 42, Portland State 20: A solid afternoon for North Bend’s Trent Riley proved to not be enough as the Vikings fell at home to the Lumberjacks. Riley, a senior and 2013 MSHS alum, caught seven passes for 47 yards to lead PSU, who remains winless at 0-6 after the loss.

Colorado State 44, Nevada 42: The Rams won the shootout in the shadow of the Rockies last night at home in Fort Collins, CO. Senior Jimbo Davis, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 MSHS’er, saw action on special teams for Nevada in the contest.

Pacific-OR 35, Puget Sound 27: The Boxers won the slugfest at home in Forest Grove, OR. Senior Jacob Smith, from Ames Lake and a 2014 MSHS grad, caught one pass for nine yards to pace the visiting Loggers, who dropped to 2-3 on the season with the loss.

Soccer
Azusa Pacific women 2, Hawaii Pacific women 1: A pair of ex-Mount Si’ers played in last night’s game in Azusa, CA, with one competing for each team. HPU’s Camryn Buck, a starting defender, worked all 90 minutes for the Sharks, and Azusa’s Kelsey Lindor, a reserve defender, played about 32 minutes for the host Cougars. Neither recorded any stats of note. Lindor is a senior and 2014 MSHS alum from Snoqualmie, while Buck is a sophomore and 2016 Wildcat grad from Ames Lake.

Whitworth 3, Linfield men 0: The Pirates easily handled the host Wildcats in McMinnville, OR. Senior Austin Bebee, he of Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS alum, started at midfield for Linfield and worked 74 minutes with no stats of note reported.

Willamette 2, Whitworth women 0: The Bearcats blanked the visiting Pirates on home turf down in Salem, OR, handing Whitworth their first conference loss. Senior Leah Corra, from Ames Lake and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, started at forward for Whitworth and worked about 52 minutes of the game with no stats of note reported.

Simon Fraser 4, Central Washington women 1: North of the border in Burnaby, BC, Canada, the Clan exploded for three second-half goals to blast the visiting Wildcats. Junior Michaela “K.K.” Wallace, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, came off the bench for Central and logged 35 minutes of work, with no stats of note.

Concordia-PDX women 3, Montana State-Billings 0
: The Cavs spoiled MSUB’s senior day, scoring the shutout win on the road in Billings, MT to remain unbeaten in conference play at 7-0-1. Junior Karlie Hurley, she of North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for Concordia and worked 67 minutes with no stats for the Cavs.

Baseball
Mount Si grads compete against one another in fall scrimmage: Washington State and Gonzaga’s baseball teams competed in a fall scrimmage yesterday, and three Valleyites saw action in the 8-5 win for the Cougars.

WSU pitcher Isaac Mullins, from North Bend, saw action on the hill for the Cougars in the 14-inning contest, while for Gonzaga, Carson Breshears and Mason Marenco, both also from North Bend, also played. No stats were available for Mullins, a 2015 MSHS’er and WSU sophomore this fall, while Breshears, a junior this fall and 2014 alum, went 1-2, and Marenco, a freshman this fall and 2017 ‘Cat, was 0-2. Both players recorded a walk each. Breshears is new to GU this season after starting his college career with the University of Oregon.

Fall ball will continue for both teams, with the 2018 season not starting until February of next year.

Cross Country
North Bend’s Scott with strong performance in Portland meet: Whitworth University women’s senior runner Bailey Scott, from North Bend, delivered an excellent performance to help the Pirate ladies take second at yesterday’s LCC meet in Portland. Scott, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, clocked 22 minutes, 39.7 seconds over the 6k course at McIver State Park outside of the Rose City in nearby Estacada, OR, and took 15th overall in the race.

Cedarcrest alum competes in LCSC meet: Central Washington University freshman women’s runner Madi Shinn, from Duvall and a 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad, competed in yesterday’s Inland Empire Championships over in Lewiston, ID, hosted by Lewis-Clark State College. She finished in the back of the field, 117th to be exact, clocking 22:02.2 on the 5k course at the Lewis-Clark Orchards.

Hockey
Gross goal aids Totem win: 2017 Mount Si HS grad Cam Gross, from Snoqualmie, scored a goal last night, helping guide the Seattle Totems to a 3-1 Western States Hockey League win over the West Sound Warriors from Bremerton at Olympic View Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace. The goal was Gross’ third of the season and helped ice the game with a minute left in regulation. Seattle is now 6-0-1 on the season.

We should by the way mention they were scheduled to play Friday against a team from Kent, the Ravens, but that squad folded, resulting in the game’s cancellation. Seattle is off this coming weekend, then heads down to Lake Tahoe for three the weekend of October 27-29 against the Icemen in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Volleyball
Simon Fraser def. St. Martin’s 26-24, 25-19, 25-20: Despite a good performance from a Valleyite, the Saints were swept on the road north of the border in Burnaby, BC, Canada, by the host Clan. Sophomore Liz Larson, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, had eight kills, four digs, an assist and block for St. Martin’s, who dropped to 7-11 on the season with the loss.

Northwest U. def. Corban 25-18, 25-21, 25-16: The Eagles scored a key Cascade Collegiate (NAIA) home win last night in Kirkland over the visitors from Oregon. NWU moved to within two games – with two in hand – of second-place Corban in the league standings with the win. Freshman Courteney Carr, of Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, saw action in the match for the Eagles, but had no stats of note reported.

Rowing
Mount Si grad makes college debut – against another ex-Wildcat: Freshman Lauren McCallum, from North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, made her college rowing debut for Gonzaga University’s women’s rowing team in their season-opener yesterday in Spokane, against Washington State and their Valleyite, junior Sara Brevick, from Fall City and a 2015 MSHS’er. Both competed for their teams in races on the Spokane River, with both athletes’ boats faring well. In the morning race, McCallum’s Zag second varsity eight boat finished in fourth overall, clocking 17 minutes, 44 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of Brevick’s WSU third varsity eight boat, which finished fifth (17:54).

The afternoon races saw the same results – GU’s boat in fourth overall, followed by WSU’s boat. The GU boat with McCallum aboard clocked 18:01, eight seconds ahead of Brevick’s Cougar unit (18:09).

Gonzaga races again at the end of this month in Sacramento, with WSU not running again until November 5, when they meet the Zags and UW in Seattle to close out the fall season.

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Mount Si football accomplishes a lot in front of community on Homecoming, plus CHS puts scare into Eatonville

Mount Si High School’s homecoming football game last night in Snoqualmie, against woeful Kingco 4A foe Inglemoor, was expected to be a one-sided display of what the Wildcats have been putting together all season, and it did not take long for them to deliver. Mount Si needed just two plays offensively to get on the scoreboard, and they cruised from there, rolling to a blowout win over the Vikings.

The Wildcats took a 45-0 halftime lead, and cruised to the 52-7 victory. The 45-0 halftime lead meant a running clock in the second half, and also the utilization of younger reserve players for the entire half, giving those kids plenty of reps and experience at the varsity level. In all, coach Charlie Kinnune was pleased with everything his team was able to accomplish. “It was exactly the way we really wanted it,” he said. “We wanted to be able to come out and show the people what we’ve been up to all year and the momentum we’ve been building, so we were able to do that and then cap it off with a whole half of our young guys.”

As noted, it took only two plays for Mount Si’s offense off the opening kickoff to get to paydirt. With the ball starting near midfield, junior QB Cale Millen connected for 32 yards with receiver Jesiah Irish, and that set up a connection that would become a recurring theme in the first half: Millen to fellow junior receiver Jonny Barrett. The two hooked up four times for TD’s in the opening quarter, this first one from around 13 yards out. Shortly after that one, the second took place, and that was from 25 yards out.

Later in the frame, they hooked up once more from about 30 yards out, and to cap it off, with about three minutes left in the opening frame, the two connected on a short pass with Barrett breaking through some tackles and running the rest of the way, 64 yards total, to paydirt. Among all that action, Millen also hooked up on a short four-yard trip to the end zone with tight end David Sotelo, and after the smoke cleared, Mount Si finished the opening frame up 35-0 and well on their way to having a full running clock in the second half.

“You know, I’ve been throwing to Jonny since I was in third grade, so we’ve always had the chemistry there. He’s a great receiver, always just seems to find the ball, week in and week out, so he’s just playing his butt off,” Millen said of his fellow teammate Barrett, who added, “It’s always fun coming out and putting on a show for our crowd.”

Reed Paradissis kicked a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter, and that was followed up by a touchdown on the ground from Paine Smith making it 45-0. Inglemoor threatened to break the shutout late in the frame, which, had they done so, would have also prevented the second half from starting with a running clock. Irish, though, put an end to that with under a minute left, picking off a pass from Vikings sophomore signal-caller Zach Shimek and returning it to near midfield. Mount Si mounted a short drive themselves afterward, but called off the dogs and went to halftime with the 45-0 score.

After the halftime festivities, which we will have more on this coming week, the second half – with the running clock and the younger players – took place. Kinnune felt it was a good way to also show the community they’re building a strong overall product. “We need to build depth and we need to show that we’re developing these players and developing players is really, really important, so it was a good opportunity for us to do that and kind of rub the green off and let them play under the lights like this,” he said.

As part of that, sophomore backup QB George Strunk saw some extended action, and while the plays he got to run were, relatively speaking, of the low-risk variety, Strunk did well and earned praise from Kinnune. “He has an opportunity to lead really, in and out of the huddle, getting the play from the sidelines, getting in the huddle, getting his offense set in the right formation, getting the play off, so there’s a lot to it and George did a real nice job,” the coach said.

Barrett was also pleased with how things went for the reserves in the second half, and noted he, as a starter, had an important leadership role to play. ”We got a good rhythm going, and on the sideline we’ve just got to keep cheering for our team and leading them,” the receiver said.

Lee Kamp scored Mount Si’s lone touchdown in the third quarter, on a short four-yard run to the end zone, then Inglemoor’s touchdown came early in the fourth quarter, with a connection for six from Shimek to receiver Quentin Moore.

The win moved Mount Si to 4-2 in Kingco, 5-2 overall, in a tie for second with Bothell and Skyline. Currently, though, as a result of head-to-head tiebreakers, the Cougars would get the second playoff seed, followed by the Wildcats in third, then the Spartans in fourth. The top four teams go to the week 10 playoffs, so it looks as if Mount Si is on its way there. Next week’s game, at North Creek, is shaping up to be similar in nature to last night’s game, as the Jaguars are winless in league this season. Still, though, Millen expects his team to focus on the things they can control. “We always respect our opponents, so we’re going to play just as hard as we always play against every opponent.”

The game is at Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium and is next Friday at 7:00. A win plus a Woodinville win over Skyline all but locks up a playoff spot for Mount Si in week 10 based on our current read of the league standings. The third Kingco playoff seed would mean a road game for the Wildcats November 3 or 4, to the second seed from Wesco, which, as things stand right now, would be the loser of the October 27 game between Monroe and Lake Stevens, who are both undefeated in league at 5-0 after blowout wins last night and tied for top spot up north.

Winless Cedarcrest gives strong Eatonville team scare: The Cedarcrest Red Wolves remain winless this morning after another loss last night, but they definitely put on their best Friday the 13th impersonation for the host Eatonville Cruisers.

Eatonville, a strong 5-1 this season going into last night’s game, eked out a 20-18 result over the visiting Red Wolves at Eatonville High School. Stats were not reported. CHS returns to league play next week, hosting Cedar Park Christian, who lost 40-0 last night to Archbishop Murphy. Game time is 7:00 at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.

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Mount Si volleyball runs into tough North Creek squad, plus last night’s college action, and a feature on local athlete

Good Saturday morning. Football wrapup from last night on the gridiron soon, but we have some other news to start things off with as we start another fall weekend in the Valley.

Mount Si High School’s volleyball ladies got out to a strong start Thursday, but could not maintain the momentum, falling to the North Creek Jaguars in four sets. NC took the contest up north in Snohomish County 16-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18.

Jessica Hanners had a solid night for Mount Si, recording 23 assists, two aces, seven digs and ½ block. Lillian Bachand also delivered a strong game, with 16 digs, six aces and an assist, and Adrianna Auxier delivered 13 digs and two aces. Breana Fitzgerald led Mount Si in the kill department, with nine along with three digs and three blocks.

The Wildcats are home now for the remainder of the season, hosting Woodinville Tuesday night at 7:00.

Wildcat JV falls: As with the varsity group, Mount Si’s JV’s also started out strong, but could not hold it as they fell in a close three sets with the Jaguars, 16-25, 25-22, 15-12. Chloe Stewart had 21 digs, an assist and four aces leading Mount Si, while Megan Simpson pitched in nine digs, 10 assists, a kill and three aces. The Wildcats host Woodinville Tuesday at 5:30 prior to the varsity match.

Mount Si “C” team drops one to Jags: Another torrid effort from Natalie Morse proved to not be enough in the end for the Wildcat “C” team as they fell in three to North Creek Thursday. NC took it 25-23, 25-14, 9-15. Morse had 29 digs and an assist to pace the Wildcats, while Christa McCullough added seven assists, five digs, an ace and two kills. Mount Si hosts Woodinville on Tuesday also at 5:30 prior to the varsity match.

We also have a college volleyball item for you this morning.

Northwest U. falls in barnburner: The Eagles fell at home in a five-set marathon that lasted 2 ½ hours last night in Kirkland to visiting Northwest Christian. The Oregon squad won it 21-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21, 15-12, dropping NWU to 8-4 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play (NAIA), 14-6 overall. Freshman Courteney Carr, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, had 11 assists and six digs for Northwest, and she continues to be a strong asset in the setting department for the Eagles. She’s second on the team in assists, with a little over four a set in 55 sets played thus far this season.

Also:

Cross Country
Valleyites race in Wisconsin: A pair of local college runners competed yesterday in a top national meet back in the Midwest.

Washington State University sophomore Melissa Hruska, from Snoqualmie and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, represented the Cougars and the Valley at yesterday’s Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, WI, and came home with a solid showing, finishing 48th in the women’s race, clocking 22 minutes, 15 seconds on the 6K “Open” course at the Thomas Zimmer complex on the University of Wisconsin campus. Also repping the Valley was senior Logan Orndorf, from the University of Portland’s men’s team; Orndorf, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, took 41st in the men’s invitational race, clocking 24:16.4 on the 8k course.

Women’s Soccer
Montana 1, Idaho 0 (OT): The Grizzlies scored the game’s lone goal late in the first overtime to take the Big Sky clash over the host Vandals under the dome last night in Moscow, ID. Junior defender Claire Johnson, of Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS alum, started for Idaho on the back line and logged 90 of the 98 minutes played, with one shot recorded; the shot was not on goal and she did not score any goals in the contest.

Puget Sound 1, Linfield 0: The Loggers posted a key NWC road win last night in McMinnville, OR, over the host Wildcats. Sophomore Sydney Kuehn, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, started up front for Linfield and worked 68 minutes, recording three shots, two on goal, with no goals scored. Kuehn, by the way, is the subject of a feature on Linfield’s website this week, profiling her success both on and off the field, and the various bumps in the road she’s had to fight along the way, including a back injury in her freshman year at CHS that knocked her out of action for nearly a year. Good read, and it’s here if you’re interested in having a look.

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Travel info for CHS football fans headed south to Eatonville, and some Mount Si sports news as we approach the weekend

Here is some travel information for Cedarcrest High School football fans headed to Eatonville to see the Red Wolves game tonight against Eatonville’s Cruisers.

Directions: To get to Eatonville, it’s relatively simple, especially as this is a primary route to get to Mount Rainier and Paradise. Those who are unfamiliar, you’ll want to make your way from Duvall or Carnation to I-405, and head south on 405 and SR 167 to Puyallup. Once in Puyallup, take the SR 512 exit going west toward Tacoma, and go past the fairgrounds up the hill to the SR 161 exit. Take this exit and head south on Meridian through Graham, past Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and all the way into Eatonville. The school is at the north end of town and you’ll see it on your right. To get to the stadium, take a right on Mashell Ave. N. once you reach downtown, and head up to Lynch St. W., and turn right there. The stadium and the small amount of available parking will be on your right, so you likely will have to park on the street, meaning it will be a long walk for some of you unless you get there early. Allow around 90 minutes-two hours, especially as it will be rush hour and you will be headed with the direction of traffic. 405 south from Bellevue is a notorious slow stretch, as is the entire stretch of 167 south from Renton down to Puyallup. Consider utilizing the toll lane on 167 if that becomes necessary going south.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for CHS students who show their ASB cards at the gate.

Food/Gas: Those of you who know this route well know that Meridian as you head out of Puyallup towards Graham is loaded with different restaurants and gas stations. Fast-food includes McDonald’s, Arby’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Sonic Drive-In and Chick Fil-A, with sit-down options including Pizza Hut, Applebee’s, Black Angus and Buffalo Wild Wings. Beyond Graham (the intersection of Meridian and 224th St. E. by Emerald Ridge High School) that becomes more limited, so plan accordingly.

There you go. We wish the fans headed down a safe trip tonight, and hopefully a successful one as well.

Some news as well this afternoon:

Mount Si soccer falls to Issy
The Mount Si girls’ soccer team fell last night at home in Snoqualmie, 6-1 to Issaquah.

Morgan O’Keefe scored the lone Wildcat goal late in the second half, which, according to Wildcat coach Sophie Rockow, is only one of four goals that the Eagles have allowed all season. Rockow was pleased with the team’s effort despite the loss. “(The) girls played to the end, and I am proud of them for that. We have five games left and looking to finish out the season strong,” she said by email to the SVSJ.

Mount Si’s JV’s also fell, 4-0, to the Eagles last night. Mount Si plays Woodinville on Tuesday at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell at 7:30.

Wildcat boys’ golfers earn all-league recognition
Mount Si High School’s boys’ golf team had three athletes recognized by the conference for their success this season.

Sophomore Drew Warford earned first-team all-Kingco 4A honors, while fellow sophomore Cooper Neil made it to the all-league second team. Senior Mike Olson received honorable mention. Mount Si finished 8-1 this season with Warford and Neil earning trips to the state 4A boys’ golf tournament next spring after solid showings earlier this week at the league and district tournaments in Snohomish.

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