The weekend wrap, and our last winter sports Athletes of the Week for the 2017-18 school year

Good Monday morning on this President’s Day. Snow outside on the ground in most areas around the Valley, so drive safe out there this morning. Weekend wrap followed by our Athletes of the Week, as we wrap up our winter sports selections for the 2017-18 school year.

Softball
Central Washington 8, Chaminade 4: Senior Celine Fowler, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, went 1-4 with two RBI’s as Central closed out their road trip to Hawaii with the win over the team from Maui in what had been scheduled to be the first of two, but the nightcap of the scheduled twinbill in Honolulu was canceled due to lightning. According to the school, the single extended the Valleyite’s hit streak to 20 games dating back to last season, so a good run for the local athlete for sure.

Baseball
Northern Colorado 6, San Jose State 4: The Bears closed out the weekend set in San Jose with a split of the season-opening four game series. Senior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 0-4 with a walk in the contest for UNCo.

Gonzaga 4, New Mexico 3: Under the lights last night at the Texas Rangers’ spring training complex in Surprise, AZ, the Bulldogs held off the Lobos with the help of North Bend’s Carson Breshears. The GU junior, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-2 with a walk, two putouts and three defensive assists manning second base for the Zags, who won their first game of the season.

Pacific-OR 10, Whitman 8 (10): The Boxers needed extras to hold off the Blues in Walla Walla in the finale of a weekend set. Sophomore pitcher Collin Anderson, from North Bend, worked 1/3 of an inning in relief for Whitman in the contest, allowing a hit and a walk, with a strikeout. He received no decision. Anderson is a 2016 Mount Si HS grad.

Lacrosse
Snoqualmie’s Smith leads Dallas men to win: A three-goal “hat trick” for Snoqualmie sophomore Tyler Smith aided the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team to a 9-7 win at home yesterday over Marian College of Wisconsin for UoD’s first win of the season. Smith, a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, also had an assist, and two of those goals proved to be key insurance tallies in the final frame as he now has five goals on the season, which leads the team in scoring after two games.

Volleyball
Seattle team with MSHS athlete to compete for tournament championship in Vegas: The Seattle Juniors 18’s girls’ club team, featuring Wildcat star Bellah Gogan, continued its strong play yesterday in the second day of the Las Vegas Classic, and that earned them a shot for the tournament title today in the event’s “18 Club” division.

SJ went 4-0 yesterday to remain unbeaten on the weekend at 7-0, with wins over teams from Hawaii and California among other locales. The field is a national field with teams from all over the country competing this weekend. The Seattle team will need to win four games straight during the course of the day, and it will be a challenge, as they are seeded 15th in the 16-team bracket.
Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s also was looking to continue its strong run in that same division and also earn a trip to the tournament finals, but fell in their final game last night and dropped into the Bronze bracket. The team they fell to, a squad from Hilo, HI, is now the top overall seed in the championship round today.

Playoff rounds get underway shortly.

Better results in Salt Lake for local squads: After struggles in the opening day on Saturday, all three local teams with Valley athletes competing in this weekend’s Triple Crown event in Salt Lake City fared better yesterday in the second day of action.

Tacoma’s Puget Sound 17’s, with MSHS’ Hayley West, went 3-0 yesterday with wins over teams from California and Texas. Two teams from Bellevue-based Sudden Impact, their 17’s and 18’s teams featuring ex-Wildcats Harper Click (17’s) and Patience O’Neal (18’s), both won two of three matches yesterday to even their weekends at 3-3. Playoffs for all three teams are today, with none expected to contend for tournament titles.

NWJ team with CHS athlete to compete for title in home tourney: The Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors’ 16’s Baden Black squad, with Cedarcrest player Hannah Winston, went 3-0 yesterday in the second day of their home tournament in south King County, and will be competing for the event title today in the “16 Club” division. The eight-team event means they’ll need to win three straight games to win that crown, so we wish them luck.

Also of note yesterday, two NWJ teams that struggled on Saturday – their 17’s and 18’s UnderArmour Blue teams – both went 3-0 yesterday to put themselves in contention for strong finishes today. Mount Si’s Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen and Dana Dolan are on the 18’s squad, and fellow Wildcats Chloe Stewart, Lizzie Belceto and Emily Dann play on the 17’s side.

Playoffs for these teams – and the other NWJ 15’s and 16’s teams with various Mount Si and Cedarcrest players, all of which struggled yesterday, are today at locations around south King and north Pierce Counties, weather permitting.

Time now for the Athletes of the Week. Boys selections after the break.

MOUNT SI – Hoops for our final selection of the winter, and we save the best for last. Sophomore Jabe Mullins left it all out on the floor on Saturday night, scoring 26 points for the Wildcats in their season-ending heartbreaking 54-53 loss to Skyline in the Kingco 4A playoffs at Lake Washington High School. Mullins led the team in scoring this season, averaging almost 19 points a game, and will look to be a key piece as the team moves into next season.

CEDARCREST – To the mat, and the only one of the five state participants at this past weekend’s Mat Classic who hasn’t been previously recognized in this segment gets our nod this week. Austin Link, at 126 lbs., had a solid season, and earned a trip to the state wrestling tournament in Tacoma. Link, however, failed to make it out of the first day of action last Friday, but still had a great year and should be a name to watch in the future for CHS wrestling.

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Volleyball update

Quick volleyball update for you on this Sunday, as the three weekend tournaments featuring local athletes continue today. The first day of the President’s Day holiday weekend events was yesterday, with mixed results. Here’s a look at how things are going thus far.

Las Vegas Classic: Both teams with Valley players competing in this Southern California Volleyball Association event down in Sin City this weekend started the tournament out strong yesterday. Both the Mercer Island-based Island Thunder 18’s, and the Seattle-based Seattle Juniors 18’s, went 3-0 on day one. Island Thunder, with Mount Si’s Emma Anderson and Jessica Hanners, and SJ, with Wildcat teammate Bellah Gogan, continue play today against a national field that largely includes California teams – both teams had wins against Golden State squads yesterday.

Triple Crown tournament, Salt Lake City: All three local squads with Valley players went 1-2 on opening day yesterday, hurting their chances for high placing finishes when the weekend wraps up tomorrow. The win for Tacoma-based Puget Sound 17’s, with MSHS’ Hayley West, came against a California team, while the wins for two Bellevue-based Sudden Impact squads with former Wildcats Patience O’Neal and Harper Click came against teams from Nevada and Texas. Play continues in that event today.

Northwest Juniors tournament, Auburn/Kent: The local tournament features all eight squads from Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors with Valley players, and leading the group on day one was the NWJ 16’s Baden Black. This team, with Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston, was the only one of the eight to go 3-0 yesterday on opening day, with two of the wins coming against teams from Oregon. The NWJ 16’s UnderArmour Black and Blue, and the NWJ’s 15’s Under Armour Blue, all went 2-1 yesterday. The 16’s teams feature CHS’ Katie Faccone and Nicole Vanderwal along with MSHS’ Breana Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, while the 15’s team features Wildcats Lexi Niehaus and Megan Simpson. Play in that event continues today.

We’ll keep you posted.

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College scores

College scores now:

Baseball
Seattle University 11, Pacific-CA 2 (game two, doubleheader): The Redhawks braved the rain and blasted the visiting Tigers from northern California in the nightcap of two, earning a sweep; SU also won the first game. Sophomore catched Blaine Wagner, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, made his season debut for the Redhawks in this contest, going 0-1, but recording a pair of defensive putouts behind the plate.

Northern Colorado 12, San Jose State 7 (game one, doubleheader): The Bears picked up their first win of the season holding off the Spartans in the first of two down in the Bay Area last night. Senior Evan Johnson, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 Mount Si HS alum, went 1-6 with a run scored and two RBI’s to pace UNCo. San Jose State took the nightcap 11-10, with no stats reported from that contest.

Oregon State 4, Gonzaga 3: GU gave the second-ranked Beavers a scare yesterday down at the Texas Rangers’ spring training facility in Surprise, AZ, but fell just short. Aiding the effort was North Bend’s Carson Breshears; the 2014 MSHS grad was 1-2 with a run scored and RBI, and also recorded three putouts and five assists defensively for the Bulldogs in the contest manning second base.

Central Washington 13, Corban 7 (game two, doubleheader): Central swept the pair from Corban yesterday down in Salem, OR, at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes minor-league baseball complex. Drew Cotto, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS alum, made his home debut for Corban in this nightcap contest yesterday and went 0-1 with a walk and run scored. Cotto, who transferred to the NAIA school in the offseason after two years at Centralia College, is hitting .250 in five games this season for Corban. Cotto’s ex-Mount Si teammate Joe Done, with Central this season, did not play either of the games for the Wildcats. Done is a senior this spring with CWU and he is from North Bend.

Softball
Hawaii Pacific 6, Central Washington 2 (game one, doubleheader): A five-run fifth proved to be the difference for the Sharks as they took the first of two over the Wildcats in Waipahu, HI. Valley senior Celine Fowler was 2-3 with an RBI pacing Central.

Central Washington 5, Hawaii Pacific 4 (game two, doubleheader): A two-run single from Fowler proved to be the big hit for Central as they took the nightcap of the twinbill and split the pair. Fowler, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad from North Bend, finished the game 1-4 with a run scored and those two RBI’s, which came on that single, which headlined a three-run sixth for CWU. We should note by the way and that is Fowler’s fellow 2014 MSHS alum Britney Stevens, who would have been a senior this spring, did not return this season to play for the host Sharks, where she had played the past three seasons. Stevens is from Snoqualmie.

Basketball
CHS grad leaves it all on the floor in final college game: Senior Kalee Fowler led Northwest U.’s ladies with 13 points in her final college game, and it helped the Eagles close out the season strong, with a 61-45 home win over Multnomah from Portland last night in Kirkland. Fowler was 5-19 from the floor with a team-high three three-pointers, and also recorded five rebounds and three assists for Northwest, who finished the season at 8-12 in Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA) play; 11-18 overall. Fowler is a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, and she and her family were recognized along with the other seniors and their families following last night’s game.

Prewitt leads UPS ladies in season finale: Despite going just 4-10 from the floor, Valley junior Elizabeth Prewitt’s 13 points led the Logger ladies, but Puget Sound fell last night on the road at Lewis & Clark 69-50 down in Portland to close out the season. Prewitt, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, also had five rebounds, an assist and a block for the Loggers, who finished in fifth overall in the conference at 7-9 in Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) play and 12-13 overall, two games behind the fourth-place Pioneers, who took the final NWC tournament spot.

Lacrosse
Mount Olive women win: North Carolina’s Mount Olive University recorded a Valentine’s Day blowout 20-5 women’s lacrosse win on the road over Chowan in Murfreesboro, NC, this past Wednesday. Freshman Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, started for MOU and worked the contest with no stats of note reported. They play again on Tuesday of this week.

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Mount Si boys’ basketball season ends in heartbreaking loss, plus the winter sports season wrapup for local high schools on this Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. Busy Sunday, and we first start on the hardwood.

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball season came to an end in heartbreak last night, as they mounted a late comeback in their game against Skyline only to fall just short.

The Spartans held off the Wildcats 54-53 in the winner-to-state loser-out Kingco 4A playoff clash at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, ending Mount Si’s season at 13-11. Jabe Mullins scored 26 for the Wildcats and Bijon Sidhu added 14 pacing scarlet and gray, who was down 40-31 after three quarters but outscored Skyline 22-14 in the final frame, but could not finish things out in the end.

Jack Westover added eight points in his final game as a Mount Si player; he is a senior this season.

Also this morning:

Gymnastics: Mount Si pair close season strong
Two Mount Si High School gymnasts finished their season well yesterday with solid results in the WIAA state gymnastics individual event finals in Tacoma.

Sarah Christopherson scored 8.4 on the beam to take 12th overall, and Shelby Johnson finished 11th in the vault with a 9.375 score. Those two advanced to yesterday’s finals after earning top-16 finishes in the qualifying rounds on Friday. Christopherson scored 9.0 on beam in that round to tie for 14th overall and Johnson pocketed a tie for 12th in the vault on Friday with a 9.15.

Other Mount Si gymnasts who competed Friday but did not qualify for Saturday finals included Christopherson on vault, where she finished tied for 54th with an 8.325 score; Morgan Lowell, who scored 8.2 on bars to take 39th, and Tylor Zwiefelhofer, who tied for 37th on bars (8.25), tied for 28th on floor (9.225) and tied for 58th on beam (8.0).

Wrestling: Valley high school grapplers take home hardware
All three Valley high school wrestlers who made it to yesterday’s final rounds of the WIAA Mat Classic took home trophies.

Cedarcrest’s Matt Weinert (170 lbs.), took fourth overall in his weight class in the 2A meet, while teammate Garrett Nelson (285) finished seventh. In the 4A meet, Mount Si’s Duncan Harrison (138) took fifth after falling in his semifinal match to start yesterday.

The Red Wolves finished 19th as a team in the 2A tournament, while Mount Si took 35th in the 4A meet.

College scores on deck on this Sunday.

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Mount Si’s boys’ basketball team is on the cusp of greatness. Our preview, and thoughts on whether they’ll achieve it tonight

Time now to talk hoops on this Saturday.

MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ BASKETBALL
KINGCO 4A PLAYOFFS-WINNER TO STATE, LOSER OUT
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. SKYLINE SPARTANS
LAKE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, KIRKLAND, TIP 7:45 PM

Every game for this Mount Si boys’ basketball team gets bigger by the game as this program is reaching heights not seen since 2006. Tonight, the Wildcats aim to make a return trip to state, and face a team that they beat on this same floor last weekend to earn a chance for the Kingco title, a chance that slipped through their hands on Thursday as they ran out of gas too soon and fell to Bothell. Mount Si, with that loss, now sits at 13-10 on the season, with Skyline, who rebounded with a pair of loser out wins this week to make it back into this rematch tonight, sitting at 17-6.

The player from Skyline we will focus on, and the one that Mount Si’s defense has to shut down, is senior Ashish Manda. The forward is leading the team in scoring, averaging 12 points a contest. But the Wildcats defense did its job on Manda last Saturday, holding him to just nine points. However, he has responded in a big way in the Spartans’ last two games – both loser-out wins, one last Tuesday over Issaquah, then again on Thursday over Eastlake – scoring 16 points apiece in both of those games leading the green, silver and white. It can be argued that the deciding factor last Saturday in Mount Si’s victory over Skyline, which happens to be the Spartans’ only loss in their last eight games dating back to January 23, was the Wildcat defense’s efforts on Manda. The biggest key, then, for Mount Si, is simple: Shut this guy down. Shut this guy down.

So, who gets the task defensively for Mount Si to do this important work? Well, players such as senior Jack Westover and junior Jonny Barrett will likely get that call, as will the big three of Patterson, Mullins and Sidhu. Sophomore Jabe Mullins led the way for Mount Si last Saturday, scoring 13 in that win that sent them into last Thursday’s Kingco title game. Junior Bijon Sidhu scored 10 points to pace the efforts that night, but was held to five points on Thursday in the loss to Bothell. He’ll look to pick it up, as will sophomore Tyler Patterson, who was held to just seven points in the matchup last weekend. He’s coming off a modest nine-point effort on Thursday, so he’s due for a big outing. Perhaps tonight is the night.

But we also think there’s going to be an intangible element in this one. Both teams will be coming in we suspect a little unhappy, and for different reasons – Skyline, because their loss to Mount Si last weekend cost them a chance to compete for the league title, and also because they barely escaped with their season on Thursday beating Eastlake by just one point, 56-55, and the Wildcats after failing to close the deal last Thursday and losing the league title game to the Cougars. So one of these teams will get their sense of redemption and a trip to regionals, and the other will see their season end, goals and dreams perhaps unfulfilled.

We should also mention, too, to keep an eye on Spartan Nigel Seda, who led Skyline last Saturday with 13 points. Seda could be a wild-card for Mount Si’s defense to contend with if they do successfully handle what Manda offers offensively tonight.

As noted, the two teams are battling for a trip to regionals, and a little redemption. Mount Si knows what it has to do, but also needs to recognize Skyline will be ready, so coach Jason Griffith must not be afraid to call quick timeouts to make adjustments if necessary. Griffith knows this type of pressure well – he guided Issaquah to several state tournament appearances as the Eagles’ head coach before coming to Mount Si two years ago. And he is on the cusp of bringing this program back to a glory not seen since ex-longtime coach Garrick Phillips took this team to state in 2006 in his final season as Wildcat coach. Will it happen tonight? Hard to tell, and with that in mind, we take Skyline for purposes of our pick. But if it doesn’t happen tonight, mark our words here. Next year. Next year.

SKYLINE 66, MOUNT SI 64

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