News and notes: Cedarcrest track and field competes with heavy hearts, plus other action on this Easter Sunday…..

Time now to talk some track and field.

The news surrounding Cedarcrest High School the past few days as we have been telling you has hit the track and field program the hardest. Senior Bryce Hefner, who passed away this past Thursday leaving the school and surrounding community reeling with grief, was part of both the Red Wolve track and field and cross country programs, however not competing with the track and field team this year. Still, though, many of his former teammates are dealing with the emotional toll of his passing, and some of them tried to find a sense of normalcy yesterday at the Eason Invitational in Snohomish.

A number of Red Wolve athletes, mostly on the girls’ side, competed but clearly with their focus on other things. That all said, that these athletes competed, including some of Hefner’s senior classmates, is a true testament to their perseverance and courage in some very tough times. We wish all of you the best as you deal with this over the remainder of the school year.

With that, John Meier led the boys, taking fifth in the 3200m, clocking a personal-best of 10:04.39, and Sydney Smith led the girls, finishing third in the 300m hurdles, clocking 49.21 seconds. Daniel Enciso Navarro finished 34th in the boys’ javelin with a toss of 114’6″ and Ava Erhardt took 10th in the girls’ high jump, clearing 4’10”.

Again, our thoughts are with all of you at CHS track and field and cross country as you mourn the loss of your friend and teammate.

A reminder as well, and that is the GoFundMe page that has been created to help support Bryce’s family as they continue their grieving process is still on line this morning. They have now raised over $13,000 out of an initial goal of just $500 and that number keeps growing. We urge you again to contribute today.

Here’s the link:

Bryce Hefner Memorial Fund

College action now:

LCC Open, Portland: With likely a heavy heart over the tragic loss of her former Cedarcrest cross-country teammate Hefner, Pacific Lutheran freshman Alicia Krivanek took to the track yesterday for the first time since that tragic event occurred, and delivered a top-10 effort; she did it in the women’s 1500m run, where she finished 10th with a time of 5:15.16. Krivanek is from Duvall and a 2018 Cedarcrest alum.

Montana State meet, Bozeman, MT: Montana freshman Chloe Cosgrove, from North Bend and a 2018 MSHS grad, finished 16th in the women’s 1500m in this regional meet hosted by Montana State University in Bozeman. She clocked 5:30.81.

Cougar Open, Oregon City, OR: Concordia’s Karlie Hurley was busy yesterday for the Cavs; the North Bender, a 2015 MSHS grad and Cavs junior, took second in the women’s 100m with a time of 12.48 seconds, then won the 200m clocking 25.53 seconds. After splitting the two individual races, she teamed with teammates Macie Allen, Maddie Misi and Ronni VanZant for the 4×100 relay, and the Concordia foursome won that race, clocking 47.62 seconds.

Other action:

UW women vs. Ohio State and Michigan, Las Vegas: The Huskies’ second varsity four boat, with Snoqualmie’s Ellie Bruce aboard, fell head-to-head to the Buckeyes in that race, clocking 7:23.92 on the course at Lake Las Vegas and finishing three seconds behind OSU. Michigan did not have a boat competing in the race.

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Kingco 4A: Issaquah 6, Bothell 1 – A bit of a surprise at Issaquah High School yesterday as the Eagles defeated the Cougars, anchored by Kelly Hruza’s two hits and two RBI’s and Kaiha Vaifo’ou’s two hits, including a double, run scored and RBI. Tatum Powers homered for Bothell. Issy hurler Ella Wolff worked five strong innings in the circle, allowing a run on three hits, striking out four for the win.

Kingco 3A: Sehome 7, Lake Washington 0 – Natalie Zender and Megan Hall both homered for Sehome’s Mariners from Bellingham as they blanked the Kangs at home up north yesterday. Both had three hits, each with a double, scoring three runs between them and driving in five more combined. Cedarcrest sees this Sehome team in districts, these two are the big hitters to pay attention to. Lilly Bean led L-Dub with two hits.

Mount Olive ladies win: The Trojans handed visiting Converse an 18-4 loss last night with sophomore Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, contributing a small part in the efforts; she recorded one ground ball playing defense for MOU.

Smith explodes to give UoDallas men lone win of season in finale: Snoqualmie’s Tyler Smith scored eight, yes, eight goals to lead the University of Dallas men to a 23-4 blowout of Johnson & Wales up in Denver yesterday afternoon for their lone win of the season in this spring’s finale. The junior, a 2015 MSHS’er, also had an assist in the game as UoD finished 1-8 on the season.

Linfield ladies fall despite goal, assist from Rezoski: Duvall’s Maia Rezoski scored a goal and added an assist for Linfield in their women’s team’s 21-7 loss to George Fox yesterday in Newberg, OR. Rezoski is a freshman and 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad.

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Diamond cuts on this Easter Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. Happy Easter to all of you from us here at the SVSJ. We start our news package off with a little baseball this morning.

Mount Si High School’s junior varsity crew finally got their rained out game with Eastlake in yesterday, and it proved to be a loss for the Wildcats, as the Wolves doubled them up 4-2. Eastlake scored twice in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie and post the win. Jared Johnson led the Wolves, going 2-2 with a run scored while for Mount Si, Aidan Dougherty had two triples and scored a run.

Loss yesterday follows no-hitter for JV team: The Tyler’s – Disch and Clem – combined on a no-hitter Friday for Mount Si’s JV’s as they rolled over Newport 13-0 in a run-rule win after five at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Disch had a double and drove in three runs to pace Mount Si, and Clem also doubled, too, scoring two runs and driving in a third. Both pitchers combined to strike out six hitters for Mount Si as they scored nine runs in the first then let their hurlers do the rest.

The Wildcats are at Skyline tomorrow.

Mount Si “C” team splits two with Newport
Mount Si’s “C” team split a pair with Newport yesterday at Bob Albo Field on the Newport HS campus in Bellevue, taking the opener 6-1 before falling 2-1 in the nightcap despite allowing just one hit.

Beck Hoffman and Josh Freudenberg paced the Wildcats in the opener, each with two hits and a run scored for Mount Si, who scored six runs in the sixth to take care of this one. Harrison Kelly also had a hit, and drove in two runs for the Wildcats. Kendrick Magmati had a hit and run scored for Newport.

Wildcat pitchers Matt Wieting, Sam Apostol and Blake Miller combined on a one-hitter for Mount Si in the nightcap loss, with Miller taking the loss allowing a run and walking three in two innings of work without allowing a hit. Luke Richter, Jake Smith and Isaac Kreidel-Reimer all had a hit each for the Wildcats. Aaron Drever had a hit and run scored pacing the Knights.

These two teams will reconvene on Tuesday, this time at Si View Park in North Bend in the final home game of the season for Mount Si. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

Time now for the scores. Game coverage powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Issaquah 2, Bothell 1 – Issy’s Ryan Baker outdueled Bothell’s Kassin Matson last night in a low-scoring affair at Issaquah High School that was a makeup from a Friday rainout. Both pitchers went the distance, with Baker allowing a run on six hits striking out six for the win and Matson allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits walking three and striking out seven in the losing effort. Colton Willbrandt led the Eagles, with two hits, a run scored and RBI, while Erik Bainter led Bothell, also with two hits, and a run scored.

Kingco 3A: Lake Washington 7, Mercer Island 4 – It was a Saturday night under the lights last night in downtown Kirkland as L-Dub held off a strong challenge from the Islanders. Torin Montgomery doubled and walked twice, scoring three runs and driving in another to lead the Kangs. Mercer was led by Will Mulfur, who doubled and drove in two runs. Teague Conder also had two hits for the Islanders, scored twice and drove in another run.

Wesco 3A: Meadowdale 4, Lynnwood 1 – This round of the Lynnwood city series was won by the Mavericks over the Royals at Lynnwood High School. Luke Hunnewell paced Meadowdale, going 4-4 with a run scored and RBI. Nick Holmes went 1-3 with an RBI for Lynnwood.

Wesco 3A: Everett 15, Marysville-Getchell 2 – Caden Lockhart did most of the damage for Everett yesterday in a rain makeup game in Marysville, doubling, tripling, scoring a run and driving in six more to lead the Seagulls. Aaron Robertson also had two hits for Everett, including a double, scored two runs and drove in two more. Trevor Loucks doubled and scored a run leading Getchell’s Chargers.

Wesco 3A: Archbishop Murphy 3, Shorecrest 2 – Murphy rallied from a 2-0 deficit scoring their runs in the final two innings to sink the Scots at Shorecrest High School. Derek Trobough led the way for the Wildcats, going 3-4 with two runs scored, and Aiden Van Rensum added two hits and also drove in two for ATM. Miles Iverson went 1-3 with an RBI for Shorecrest.

Wesco 4A: Monroe 1, Jackson 0 – Andrew Haight scored the game-winning run on an errant pickoff attempt by Jackson reliever Brad Lundquist to walk it off for the Bearcats yesterday over the Timberwolves at home in Monroe. Haight had two hits to lead Monroe while Case Matter had two hits for Jackson. Andy Gorordo got the win in relief for the Bearcats, allowing one hit over the final three innings, striking out two.

Colorado Mines 4, Colorado Christian 1 (game one, doubleheader): Mines took the first of two with the visiting CCU side at home in Golden, CO. Freshman Will Scott, from North Bend and a 2018 MSHS’er, normally pitches but yesterday got to pinch-hit for the Orediggers; he struck out and went 0-1. Scott did not pitch in the nightcap, won by Mines 9-1 to sweep the pair.

Bellevue U.-NE 9, Presentation 6 (game one, doubleheader): The Bruins continued their winning ways in the first of two at home in Omaha with the help of CHS alum Cody Banks; the junior from Duvall went 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored pacing BU.

Lane CC 10, Corban JV 4 (game one, doubleheader): Lane handled the NAIA school’s junior varsity team in the first of two yesterday at home in Eugene, OR. Senior Drew Cotto played at third base for Corban and went 0-3 with an RBI. He is from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad.

Spokane 11, Yakima Valley 8 (game one, doubleheader): Sophomore Justin “JuJu” Lutz delivered for Spokane in their win; he went 3-4 with a double and two runs scored. The Fall City product also drove in a run for the Sasquatch.

Mount Hood 5, Linn-Benton 2 (game one, doubleheader): MHCC scored the road win in the first of two down in the Willamette Valley. Sophomore Carson Corra scored a run in a pinch-running appearance for Mount Hood; he is from Ames Lake and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad. Corra did not play in the nightcap, won by L-B to give them a split of the two games.

Gonzaga 6, Santa Clara 5: North Bend’s Mason Marenco tripled, scored two runs and drove in two more for GU as they scored four in the first and held on through a three-run Clara rally in the ninth to escape with the win over the Broncos in northern California. Marenco is a freshman and 2017 MSHS grad.

Bellevue U.-NE 5, Presentation 0 (game two, doubleheader): Banks took one for the team in more ways than one as the Bruins blanked the Saints in the nightcap to sweep the twinbill. He was hit by pitches in his first two plate appearances then walked his third time up, ending up with no official at-bats in the game.

Lane CC 14, Corban JV 3 (game two, doubleheader): Lane ran away with the nightcap and swept the pair from Corban; Cotto went 0-3.

Bellevue CC 6, Edmonds 1 (game two, doubleheader): Bellevue took the nightcap to split a twinbill with the Tritons in Edmonds; EdCC took the opener. Freshman Riley Gill, a Skyline HS alum whose family now lives in Snoqualmie, went 1-4 with a run scored for BCC in this contest. He did not play in the opener.

Yakima Valley 12, Spokane 1 (game two, doubleheader): The Yaks rolled in the nightcap and split the twinbill. Lutz went 1-2. He is a 2017 MSHS grad and the son of first-year Wildcat coach Brent Lutz.

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A note from your editor……

We just posted a link to this on our Twitter page, but have made a decision to also share this with you here on the blog.

As many of you may know if you have been following our coverage of Cedarcrest High School sports here over the past couple of days, the school and its athletes are reeling after a student passed away prior to the start of classes on Thursday. We have a name for you.

It was Bryce Hefner, a senior boys’ athlete at the school who competed in multiple sports, including basketball and cross country. His family has set up a GoFundMe page where they are currently raising money to help support funeral expenses, etc., as they deal with what has been a very difficult past 48 hours or so for them.

The family was only anticipating raising a few hundred dollars, but has raised around $9,000 now as of this writing with that continuing to grow. We urge you all whether you are in the Lower Valley or Upper Valley to please click on the below link to help support the Hefner’s.

Bryce Hefner Memorial Fund

From what we have been able to gather, it appears to us that Cedarcrest and their campus community is dealing with a lot of the same pain that Mount Si and its campus community – including your editor – felt when popular wrestler and student leader Cody Botten passed away about 10 years ago now.

Your editor remembers being there for the Valley Record in transit between a cross country meet and a home volleyball match on a Wednesday, IWRC in October of that particular year when this happened, and coming to the gym right when news of Cody’s passing broke to the students who were congregated inside the school and seeing the emotion on the faces of both students and staff as they were receiving the news. This will go down as perhaps the most difficult moment your editor has ever been a part of while on this beat for almost 20 years. It necessitated a group hug between yours truly and a couple of teachers/coaches at the school and was something your editor struggled with for several days afterward just like many of his fellow students did, along with their teachers.

So if you can, let’s all show Cedarcrest, its students, staff and campus community that we all as a Valley care. That we are one community. That we are one Valley.

Again, here’s the link.

Bryce Hefner Memorial Fund

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News notes….

Other news now:

Cedarcrest boys’ soccer wins
The Red Wolves got themselves a quality road win last night to help their Northwest District playoff situation, picking up a 1-0 win over Wesco third-place Meadowdale, a 3A school, at Edmonds Stadium. Stats were not available. The win, coming off a 3-0 loss earlier this week on Tuesday to Edmonds-Woodway, sees the Red Wolves very much in contention for a home first-round playoff date. The first RPI run we’ve seen this season was done yesterday prior to last night’s game, and has Cedarcrest at a .410 ranking, in seventh overall, with last night’s win likely to bump that up. If the seed holds, they’re home for round one of the district playoffs May 2.

Cedarcrest hosts Shorewood Monday at 6:00 at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.

Mount Si lacrosse doubleheader tonight
Mount Si Lacrosse is hosting a special doubleheader tonight at Mount Si High School. The Wildcat girls host Issaquah to lead it off at 5:00, then afterward at 7:00, Mount Si’s boys host Nathan Hale.

Both teams returned from spring break with games earlier this week. The Wildcat boys played last night at Lake Washington, with results not available, while Mount Si’s girls posted a 14-10 win on Wednesday over Ballard.

In that win at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City, Jessica Morris had a hat trick of three goals along with an assist to lead scarlet and gray, and Emme Rezoski also had three goals. Anna Simmons had two goals and three assists for the Wildcats, and additional goals were scored by Riordan Roche and Hillary Curd (both with two), Gabi Krueger and Kendall Forrest (each with one). Tessa Lewis stopped eight of 18 shots for the win in goal for Mount Si.

Viole Miller led Ballard, with three goals and an assist.

Mount Si’s girls go into tonight’s game with an 8-1 record (3-1 league) coming off the non-league win Wednesday, while Issy is at .500, 3-3-1 (1-1 league). As for the boys, it is a battle of two teams hovering around .500, with Hale at 5-6 and Mount Si, not counting last night, at 5-5. A big night of lacrosse on tap, and a good opportunity for you to see this sport in action, a sport that is relatively young in the Valley but is fast growing in our community.

Admission is free to both games.

Golf: Wildcat ladies get it done on the links
Mount Si High School’s girls’ golf team closed out their home schedule Thursday with a win over Newport.

Freshman Kasey Maralack took medalist honors again for the sixth time in seven starts, firing a round of 38 to lead Mount Si to the 224-231 result (lower score wins) at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie.

Tori Berger carded a 44 and Paige Lee added a 45. All six seniors on the roster played. Annie Burns led the group with a 49, followed by a 52 from Ali Miller. Gabby Schriver and Kristen Kulsrud carded 59’s, Julie Cleveland had a 68 and Martine Pfefferweight had a 71.

Mount Si is at Redmond on Tuesday of next week at Bear Creek Country Club.

Mount Si wins Wenatchee tourney: Last weekend, the Wildcats went over to Wenatchee and competed at the Wenatchee Valley Invitational and left with the first-place trophy.

Maralack carded an 80 over a full 18 holes and led Mount Si, who scored 246 to take the title. The team score was calculated from the cumulative of the top three individual scores. Maralack’s 80 was followed by Burns’ 82 and Berger’s 84. Miller also competed and fired a 103.

The Wildcats in the tournament competed against many of the top schools from central Washington.

Track & Field
Beach Invite, Long Beach: Snoqualmie’s Jacob Wachtendonk was the lone Valleyite in action yesterday down in SoCal at the huge weekend of meets, taking 23rd repping the University of Washington in the men’s javelin. Wachtendonk, a 2016 MSHS grad, threw the device 205 feet, nine inches.

Cardinal Classic, Palo Alto, CA: Up the California coast in the Bay Area, fellow Snoqualmieite Hannah Waskom ran for the Huskies in the women’s 5000m last night at this Stanford University-hosted meet, and finished fourth in her heat, clocking 16:37.75. She is a sophomore and 2017 MSHS alum.

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Wildcat softball unable to finish against a solid team for second straight game, plus the ladies’ cuts to start this Easter weekend

Time for some softball. While the Wildcat and Knight baseball teams saw their game get rained out last night, Mount Si’s and Newport’s softball ladies did brave the rain and get their game in. And for the second straight game, the Wildcats found themselves in front of a playoff-bound team but couldn’t close the deal as they fell again.

The Wildcats took a 4-0 third-inning lead before the Knights rallied, then they took the lead for good with five runs in the sixth to hand Mount Si a 9-6 loss.

Hanako Hirai homered for Newport as part of a 3-3 effort; she doubled as well, scoring two runs and driving in three more.

The Wildcats as noted started out well enough in the first. With two out and Molly Wilbourne on base after being hit by a Hirai pitch to lead off the game, Hope Bostick doubled to score the Wildcat junior; she also homered and tripled, coming a single short of hitting for the cycle, scoring three runs and driving in three more to lead Mount Si. Bostick, also a junior, then scored on a Madison Bonham single and the Wildcats were in business. Freshman Kate Gotts worked her way through a couple of challenges in the first couple of frames, but maintained the lead to see Bostick again strike in the third.

With Jackalyn Gates on after a leadoff walk, Bostick crushed it to center field and it cleared the fence for the two-run shot to make it 4-0 ‘Cats and things appeared to be looking good for the ladies from the Valley.

A fielding error, though, by Gates in the bottom of that frame was the catalyst for a three-run inning by Newport; Hirai and Brooklyn Richards scored on the error, which was on a ground ball by Lainey Hume which she was also credited with a single on. Gates rebounded with the bat in the fourth, with a productive ground out that scored Jaclyn Huntzinger from third base extending the Mount Si lead. But Gotts ran into trouble in the fifth, as Hirai hit her blast leading off the frame, a solo shot.

Then the rails came off in the sixth. Katie Lee singled to score Jordyn Garrett to tie the game, and also load the bases for Noelle Thomas, and she is a very dangerous hitter as many Newport fans – and Kingco fans for that matter – know. Thomas showed why, clearing the bases on a first-pitch double off of Gotts that scored Lee, Ariana Arnone and Alexis Khauv. Hirai finished off the onslaught with a single scoring Thomas. Bostick’s triple set up the run in the seventh for Mount Si; she scored on a single by Bonham, but that came with two out and the Wildcats couldn’t muster any more magic as Cassidy Brickman grounded out to Hume at first to end it.

The loss dropped Mount Si to 3-12 on the season. Even with that, they’re likely headed to the Kingco playoffs, as the eighth seed, so there is something to look forward to as a nice reward for the hard work this team has been putting in this season, even if the results aren’t there to show for it. Mount Si is hosting Skyline Monday for Senior Day at Issaquah High School, their temporary home away from home. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Cedarcrest rained out
As we noted yesterday afternoon, the CHS softball game at home with Snohomish was rained out, with no makeup date announced. We’ll let you know when that is announced, however.

Other softball action now, with all of our scores and stats powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A: Redmond 11, Inglemoor 2 – Lindsay Tsujikawa’s grand slam powered the Mustangs to the road win over the Vikings last night in Kenmore. Camille Eaton doubled twice and drove in two runs as well for Redmond, while Hailey King went 2-3 with an RBI for Inglemoor. Kiki Milloy went the distance in the circle for the Mustangs, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out 10 for the win.

Kingco 4A: Eastlake 5, Woodinville 1 – Looks as if the Wolves are kicking it into gear at the right time, with another big road win over a Kingco playoff contender, this the Falcons in Woodinville. Taylor DeRouen homered headlining a 3-4 performance for Eastlake, while Molly Taketa led Woodinville, with a double and run scored. Camryn Snyder was dominant in the circle for the Wolves, allowing a run on three hits in a complete-game effort, striking out nine.

Kingco 4A: North Creek 12, Skyline 3 – This one was a tight one until the seventh, when the Jaguars exploded for nine runs and bested the Spartans on the Sammamish Plateau. Carli Zanassi homered for North Creek and Victoria Navarro had two hits, including one of five Jaguar doubles in the game (Zanassi also had one), scoring a run and driving in two more. Emma Jacobs and Skylar Maloney each had a hit and RBI for Skyline.

Kingco 3A: Interlake 22, Mercer Island 2 – Lexi Martin went 2-2 with a run scored and four RBI’s for Interlake as the Saints cruised to a win. Kiana Gregorich also had two hits – both doubles – scoring three runs and driving in four for Interlake. Michelle Lyon went 2-2 with a triple and RBI for Mercer.

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