On the hardwood, a win for CHS boys, but losses for Mount Si’s boys and Red Wolves girls – their first losses of season

Good Wednesday morning. Here’s last night’s Valley high school hoops rundown, and we start with Cedarcrest this morning.

Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team ended their three-game losing streak last night, and it was all about the Brennan’s.

Brennan LeBlanc and Brennan Mallot led the way for the Red Wolves as they handled Cedar Park Christian 68-55 at home in Duvall to get their second win of the season. LeBlanc, a junior, was 6-9 from the floor and finished with 16 points to lead Cedarcrest, while Mallot, a sophomore, was 6-8 from the floor and finished with 15 pacing the victors. Emmett Turner added 10 for the Red Wolves, while Aaron Davenport led the way on the boards, with six rebounds.

CHS hosts Granite Falls Friday in the back end of a girls-boys doubleheader; the contest will begin around 8:10 p.m. at Cedarcrest High School, and we’ll have a preview and pick of that game for you right here on Friday.

Red Wolve girls routed at Murphy: CHS’ ladies suffered their first loss last night, and it was at the hands of Cascade nemesis Archbishop Murphy, as the Wildcats won at home in Mill Creek 62-36.

This kind of game early in the season is a good learning experience….we have work to do,” said Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. “Better defense, offensive execution and shooting. Tonight, we were outplayed on the boards, in transition and shooting. Murphy is big, physical and can shoot very well.”

Haley Hill led CHS with 17 points while Madi Weir added eight. The Red Wolves host Granite Falls Friday for a 6:30 tip which is the front end of the aforementioned boys-girls doubleheader between the two teams at Cedarcrest.

Mount Si boys fall: The Wildcats boys kept things close throughout, but the host Bothell Cougars had just a little more in the tank at the end, as the Kingco 4A favorites handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season last night, 76-69 at Bothell High School.

Tyler Patterson scored 25 points while Jabe Mullins added 22 to lead Mount Si, but it was Bijon Sidhu who ended up being the key factor, and for the wrong reasons. After his strong showing last Friday helping the Wildcats to their season-opening win over Inglemoor, the junior newcomer was limited to just four points, and struggled from the floor, hitting just one of seven shot attempts. Mullins was one rebound off a double-double, finishing with nine boards to lead Mount Si in that category.

The Wildcats are at Eastlake Friday for a 7:30 tip as the back end of a girls-boys doubleheader at Eastlake High School. Preview and pick here on Friday for you.

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Mount Si has good weekend on the mat

Mount Si High School’s wrestling team scored some nice results this past Saturday at a tournament in Sedro-Woolley.

Two Wildcats rolled to wins in their weight classes at the Spud Walley Invitational, with several others placing.

Weight class winners were Tryon Kaess (106 lbs.) and Duncan Harrison (145). Kaess rolled through the bracket pinning two opponents and beating another by decision, and took the title with a 9-0 shutout by decision of Kailar Greenough from the host Cubs. Harrison, after getting a first round bye pinned a pair of Snohomish County opponents to make it to the final, and eked out a 3-2 win by decision over Blake McBride of Oak Harbor.

Spencer Marenco (152) took third in his division, pinning Mariner’s R.J. Fry for third place after losing the semifinals contest to an opponent from Glacier Peak, near Snohomish. Conor Holt (160) finished fourth in his bracket after falling to another Mariner competitor, Josh Gron, in a 10-2 decision in that third-place match.

Corey Seaman and Dorian Barre both represented the Wildcats at 195 lbs., and the two faced off for fifth place after the two blitzed through the loser-out bracket in that weight class following first-round losses. Seaman pinned Barre to take fifth, with his Mount Si teammate ending up sixth.

Also finishing sixth was Jaeden Durham (138), who made it to the fifth-place match with two loser-out wins following a first-round loss. Durham fell in the fifth-place clash, to Noah Dooley of Evergreen (Burien).

Mount Si competes tonight, at Woodinville, as it starts Kingco 4A dual action. The match is at 7:00 at WHS.

Steskal finishes well for second straight weekend in girls’ tourney: After a season-opening third-place finish at the Emerald Ridge tournament on December 2 which earned her our Athlete of the Week last week, Mount Si senior girls’ wrestler Kinsey Steskal continued her strong start to the season, scoring another third-place finish this past weekend at a tournament in Orting. Steskal is competing at 125 lbs., and could see action tonight in the dual meet against the Falcons.

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Red Wolves drop home boys’ hoops battle

Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team fell at home on Saturday night to Lynnwood for their third straight loss.

Logan Seamons scored 11 to lead the Red Wolves in the 66-45 defeat to the Wesco’s Royals at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall. Aaron Davenport and Chris Busch each added nine points to the CHS efforts. Davenport also had seven rebounds.

Offensive struggles were an issue for the Red Wolves as they were held to just 26% shooting from the floor in the contest. They dropped to 1-4 overall with the loss.

CHS hosts Cedar Park Christian tomorrow.

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On the water, and our Athletes of the Week this week…..

Good Monday morning. We have our Athletes of the Week in a moment, as we start our winter sports’ boys selections for you. First, though, some swimming.

Mount Si’s boys’ swim contingent opened their season this past Thursday taking on Lake Washington. Solid results were seen around the meet from Wildcat athletes.

In individual action, Kian Cooney took second in the 100 yard breaststroke, clocking 1:06.96, and teammate Trevor Moulton took fifth (1:35.76). Jerry Zhu finished third for Mount Si in the 100 yard backstroke, with a time of 1:06.73, and Cooney took third in the 100 yard freestyle, clocking 56.05 seconds, followed by Zhu in fifth (57.80). Ian George was fourth in the 50 yard freestyle (28.29) followed by David Miller in fifth (29.53).

Zhu, Cooney, George and Miller teamed up for Mount Si in the 200 medley relay with the foursome finishing third with a time of 2:02.21, and the 200 yard freestyle relay crew of George, Miller, Cooney and Trevor Moulton took third in that race for the Wildcats with a time of 2:02.73. Rounding it out, Connor Gibbs, Scott Kindelburger and Dillon Wakeford also competed for Mount Si in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. The three brought up the back ends of Mount Si results in both events, with Gibbs. Kindelburger and Wakeford finishing sixth-eighth in the 50 yard race and eighth-10th respectively in the 100.

Mount Si is back in action on Thursday teaming with Liberty as they compete against Bellevue at Boehm Pool in Issaquah. Speaking of the Patriots, the Liberty guys fell to LW in their action this past week as well.

Now to our athletes of the week. The two boys we are recognizing here are being recognized not just for on-field success, but success off it as well.

CEDARCREST – To hoops, and senior Aaron Davenport is our AotW this week on the strength of a busy 48 hours this past Tuesday and Wednesday. Davenport on the hardwood scored 18 points to lead the Red Wolves to a big win this past Tuesday – over Archbishop Murphy – then he missed this past Wednesday’s Red Wolves blowout loss at home to Mountlake Terrace for good reason.

Davenport was at a special dinner on Wednesday night in which he was recognized as one of two Cedarcrest nominees for the Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete award that is handed out by the Snohomish County Football Officials’ Association, the group that oversees football referees in the Cascade Conference. Davenport, who was the starting quarterback for the Red Wolves football team this fall, was recognized for his excellence both on and off the field as a representative of CHS’s football program, in such areas as academics, community service and volunteerism within the school. A total of 48 athletes from both the Wesco and Cascade Conferences were recognized at this dinner. Good stuff, and we wish Aaron the best on the hardwood this fall, and on the diamond this spring. CHS hosts Cedar Park Christian tomorrow.

MOUNT SI – To the pool, and Cooney gets our nod this week. In addition to his excellent performance for Mount Si on Thursday in the water, he helped the school receive a prestigious nod in a computer security contest.

The school’s so-called “Siber Defense Club”, which deals with Internet cyber-security topics, recently participated in a contest called “Capture the Flag” which was sponsored by a Russian university. According to the SVSD, the Mount Si group, which included Cooney, took fourth out of all US-based teams in the worldwide competition. And it was hard work, too – they had to stay up all night between November 4 and 5 competing in this contest, with Cooney among just three MSHS students, the others being Aayush Singh and Ben Schumacher, that represented the Wildcats in this competition. Mount Si, to take fourth in the US, beat out a New Mexico high school for that high nod.

Topics discussed as part of this year’s competition included cryptography, reverse engineering, passwords and steganography.

Good stuff, and another example of what the school is doing to give kids an opportunity to excel in a changing world. Cyber security, as you all know, is becoming a bigger and bigger topic all the time, as it impacts each and every one of us, so for the school to offer kids education in this area and then the kids having success at it speaks to how our community can and is helping shape future generations in this very important area.

Mount Si in the pool this week takes on Bellevue.

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Mount Si boys hoops opens season with strong performance in win over Inglemoor

The 2017-18 edition of Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team, as we’ve told you, is shaping up to be a pretty exciting one, full of strong defense, excellent athleticism, great transition play and go-to offense. Last Friday night’s season opener, against Inglemoor at home in Snoqualmie, provided fans their first chance to see all of that on display, and the boys came as advertised, resulting in a relatively easy win over the Vikings.

Sophomore Jabe Mullins’ double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds led the Wildcats to the 69-46 win. “I felt like the first 16 minutes we played really well. We executed everything we talked about before the game, transition was good,” said Mount Si coach Jason Griffith. “We talked about at halftime how to play with a bigger lead better. We got a little lackadasical in the second half, we had a few too many turnovers than we like to see, but we still kept executing and did our thing on the offensive end.”

A pair of high-profile newcomers also made their Mount Si debuts. Football star Jonny Barrett scored seven points, but a second newcomer, junior Bijon Sidhu, added 18 along with seven rebounds. Sidhu comes to the Wildcats from Issaquah, and looks to be another go-to offensive presence based on how he played and took command of the offense. “He’s a special player. He’s got special athleticism, he’s got special vision,” Griffith said. “He understands how to get his teammates involved, he’s always looking up the floor, he can shoot it, get to the rim (and) pull up, so it’s good.”

Sidhu was looking to do his part. “I was just trying to have a good time out there tonight and it was my first game with some new teammates. (I) was looking to get them involved early, just trying to execute the game plan,” he said. As for Barrett, playing on the hardwood is proving to have some tangible benefits for him as he seeks to get better on the gridiron. “It’s definitely getting me faster and more conditioned,” he said. “Playing with a team also helps a lot.”

Tyler Patterson pitched in 16 points and seven boards for the Wildcats, who outrebounded the Vikings 43-26, with 21 of those on the offensive glass, a key stat.

Peyton Reed and Calvin McDaniel both had 10 points apiece to lead the Vikings, who dropped to 0-4 on the season with the loss. The Wildcat defense held Inglemoor’s top scorer, Zach Shimek, to just six points, before the sophomore point guard hurt his ankle in the third quarter and left the game not to return; if he is out for any length of time, that could be troublesome for a Viking team that is quickly falling out of contention for the postseason within Kingco 4A. Brady Casto paced Inglemoor with eight points.

Mount Si is at Bothell Tuesday for a 7:15 p.m. game, and based on how the Wildcats looked Friday, the matchup is shaping up to be a must-see for Wildcat hoops fans. Bothell is seen as the Kingco 4A favorites, anchored by seniors Cameron Tyson and Jake Medjo, both of whom are NCAA Division I college prospects. Sidhu hopes fans will see plenty of action. “I think it should be a hard-fought game. It’ll be a high-level basketball game, lots of good competition,” he said.

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