Mount Si cross country hosts home meet to close regular season

It was a mixed bag for Mount Si High School’s cross country team on Wednesday in their three-way home meet against Bothell and Inglemoor at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie.

The Wildcat girls won their team title, scoring 34 points, with Bothell taking second (41) and Inglemoor taking third (51). Mount Si’s boys finished third, with 59 points. The Vikings won the boys’ team title with 24 points, followed by Bothell in second with 42.

The races themselves were swept by Mount Si athletes. Joe Waskom won the boys race, clocking 16 minutes, 16 seconds and beating runner-up Cooper Laird from Inglemoor by 17 seconds. Chloe Cosgrove won the girls’ race, taking it in 19:02.1 and beating runner-up Monserrat Lopez from Bothell by over 30 seconds. Four other Wildcat ladies finished in the top 10, led by Julene McDonald, who took sixth (21:01.40). Addie Kaess (eighth, 21:16.5), Dora Huestis (ninth, 21:17.5) and Gillian Nedblake (21:23.5) rounded out the top 10 for the Wildcat girls.

Mount Si’s boys also got solid runs from William Betz, Alex Helfrich, Austin Gappa, Spencer Sprague, Kian Carson and Tyler Bateman, all of whom finished in the top 20 individually.

The Wildcats next week move into postseason, with the Kingco 4A meets on October 21 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, with top teams and athletes moving straight to the WIAA state 4A meet in the Tri-Cities November 4.

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News from the pitch and volleyball on this Friday

Here’s our wrapup from last night’s action. Mount Si volleyball, soccer and cross country on deck, but we start with some Cedarcrest girls’ soccer and volleyball.

First, from the pitch, and six different Red Wolves scored goals for CHS in their 6-0 shutout of Cedar Park Christian last night in a Cascade Conference battle in Bothell. Brooke Benson, Sophie Paradis, Maia Rezoski, Natalie Amble, Treena Bolin and Sidra Griffin had goals, and Benson, Sarah Hommas, Kylie Thomas and Haylie Scott all had assists for the Red Wolves as they kept pace in the Cascade standings with league leader Archbishop Murphy.

The Red Wolves host Granite Falls on Tuesday at Cedarcrest High School.

Red Wolves “C” team soccer wins: Gracie Olson scored a pair of goals to lead Cedarcrest’s “C” team to a 3-1 win over Jackson on Wednesday at home in Duvall. Abbie Collinwood added a goal herself for the Red Wolves with assists to Lilly Marshall, Serena Foster and Cassidy Wright. CHS moves to 5-4-1 on the season and is at Cascade High School in Everett on Monday to play the Bruins. Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m.

CHS volleyball swept: CHS fell to Archbishop Murphy last night, with the Wildcats sweeping all three sets played. Scores and stats were not reported. Cedarcrest is at Cedar Park Christian on Tuesday next week before hosting their Senior Night game next Thursday at home against Granite Falls. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m.

College Soccer
Seattle Pacific 3, Central Washington women 2 (2OT): Junior – and 2015 Mount Si High School grad – Michaela “K.K.” Wallace scored her first goal for Central in over a year, but it proved to not be enough in the end, as SPU won the game in Seattle with 32 seconds left in overtime with the golden goal. Wallace, from North Bend, pounded home a feed from teammate Jordan Engman in the 30th minute to open the scoring for CWU’s ‘Cats, before SPU took the lead with two goals in the second half. Central tied it with a couple minutes left in regulation, before the Falcon golden goal in that extra session. The goal was Wallace’s third as a collegian, and first since September 29 of last year in a game against Western Oregon. Wallace in all came off the bench and logged around 63 minutes with two shots on goal including the goal for Central in the contest.

Seattle Pacific men 5, St. Martin’s 3: The Falcons rallied to stun the winless Saints with four second-half goals to take the clash in Lacey. Freshman defender Nik Reierson, he of Duvall and a Cedarcrest HS grad from earlier this year, started on defense for SPU and worked the full 90 with no stats of note reported.

Concordia-PDX women 1, Northwest Nazarene 0: The Cavs took the home tilt in Portland; junior Karlie Hurley, also from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS’er, started and logged 76 minutes for Concordia with no stats of note reported.

Western Washington women 3, Simon Fraser 0: The Vikings hopped across the Canadian border to Burnaby, BC, last night and left after having blanked the Clan. Junior Karli White, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS alum, started up front for Western and worked 50 minutes, recording one shot – not on goal – with no goals scored for the Vikings in the match.

College Volleyball
Western Washington def. St. Martin’s 25-10, 25-17, 25-21: The Vikings took care of business at home, sweeping the visiting Saints. Sophomore Liz Larson, a 2015 MSHS’er from Snoqualmie, had four kills, a block and a dig pacing St. Martin’s in the contest.

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Week 7 of the high school football season features the Red Wolves hitting the road, and Wildcats coming home for a little Homecoming……

It’s Week 7, and we have plenty of discussion for you on this Friday morning about our local high school football teams. Mount Si’s homecoming is tonight, and Cedarcrest heads south to Eatonville for a non-conference clash with some Cruisers. Kicks for both games are at 7:00, and we’ll try to get you some directions to EHS for you Red Wolve fans later when we have our morning update for you here. The CHS game leads it off this week.

Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Eatonville Cruisers, Eatonville HS: The Red Wolves remain winless coming into this week’s game at 0-6, and tonight’s foe, let’s just say that it’s going to be a big challenge to get that first win.

The Cruisers are 4-1 in the South Puget Sound League’s 2A division, and 5-1 overall, and from looking at their stats on MaxPreps, this team is loaded. And we mean loaded.

Under center tonight, Eatonville should have junior Tristan Schoepf at the controls. The quarterback has been strong this season, completing 78 of 134 pass attempts for almost 1,300 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. In last week’s game, a 33-24 win over River Ridge from Lacey, Schoepf was 11-19 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He is also a threat on the ground, carrying the ball 13 times for 88 yards and two more TD’s last week. On the season he’s ran the ball 40 times for 153 yards and five touchdowns.

But on the ground, there’s an even bigger threat for the Cruisers that Cedarcrest’s defense is really going to have to focus its energy on. And this young man is just a freshman. Caden Jumper has established himself as among the top freshmen in the entire South Sound this fall, scoring 12 touchdowns this fall on 72 carries for 357 yards. He’s averaging five yards a carry and last week had 19 rushes for 81 yards and a score.

In the air, there’s balance too, but the two main players there are senior receivers Tucker Poil and Ryan Bailey. Bailey has 19 catches for 450 yards this season and three TD’s, while Poil has 11 catches for 240 yards and three scores himself. Last week, Bailey caught five balls for 99 yards and two touchdowns against RR, while Poil missed last week’s contest. We are not sure about his availability tonight, but if he plays, he will be a factor for sure.

But what we think really makes this Eatonville team click is its tough defense. They’ve recorded as a unit a total of 38 tackles for loss this season, with almost 10 sacks, meaning that the Red Wolves offensive line will have we think its hands full tonight protecting QB Aaron Davenport and the rest of the Cedarcrest offense. An offense which once again had trouble scoring points last week as they fell to Sultan and have only scored 55 points all season.

Davenport only completed six passes out of 20 attempts last week but did log 125 yards and a touchdown in that 32-14 loss to the Turks. He’s 27-65 for 345 yards and two scores this fall. RB Tyler Gray, the top threat on the ground for CHS, had 11 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown against Sultan, and has carried the ball 36 times for 224 yards this season for the Red Wolves.

Senior receiver Jonny Bell led CHS in the air last week with four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown; he has caught 27 passes this season for 279 yards and two touchdowns. But these offensive weapons – and others as well – will likely find the going tough tonight against an Eatonville defense that has shown its ability to shut people down all season.

Last season’s game turned into a track meet, with the Cruisers winning it 62-51. One can hope that to be the case again tonight, but Eatonville’s numbers on paper make this thing look very one-sided to us. We like the Cruisers on their senior night (it’s their last home game of the regular season) and we like them big. Very big. Eatonville 51, Cedarcrest 10

Mount Si Wildcats vs. Inglemoor Vikings, Mount Si HS: It’s Friday the 13th, and for Mount Si, it’s Homecoming, so expect a large crowd out tonight for a Wildcat team that is coming off a quality 44-7 win last week over Issaquah in one of two second-half “trap” games we had identified for you as such on the schedule last week.

QB Cale Millen continues on a tear. The junior Wildcat signal-caller was on fire last week, completing 30 of 37 passes for 419 yards and four touchdowns, and now has over 1,700 yards passing on the season. If he continues on this trajectory tonight, he’s going to pass the 2,000 yard mark for this season in tonight’s game, a tremendous accomplishment to record in front of the entire community in our view.

Junior receiver Jonny Barrett caught 15 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the blowout win over the Eagles last Friday and now leads Mount Si through the air, logging almost 700 yards receiving with 11 touchdowns on the fall. His senior Wildcat partner through the air, Jesiah Irish, was held to just three catches for 34 yards presumably because Issy’s defense paid the closest attention to him. He did however score two touchdowns on those three catches, so it ended up not mattering a whole lot in the end for sure. We’d look for Irish to break back out and become a bigger factor tonight. He’s got 32 catches for 484 yards and five touchdowns; we wouldn’t be surprised to see him dramatically increase all of those numbers tonight.

The ground game was more of a factor last week than it had been in previous games for the home side, led by an eight-carry, 70-yard effort with two scores for sophomore Paine Smith. Smith, who now has 41 carries for 210 yards, along with fellow sophomore Colby Botten, will be your two-headed attack on the ground as has been the case all season this evening.

The Vikings have been for the past couple of seasons a bottom-feeder in this conference, and this season that unfortunately is continuing. They are 1-4 in league, 1-5 overall with their only win coming in week three on September 15 over new in-district Kingco rival North Creek. They’ve only scored 14 points in the past two weeks combined, being outscored 78-14 by both Newport and Woodinville. So it’s going to be a big challenge we expect for them tonight, but there are some people to watch for them in any event.

Under center tonight is expected to be sophomore Zach Shimek. He was a modest 9-18 for 64 yards and an interception in last week’s 42-7 loss to league leading Woodinville, and is 36-69 for 358 yards and one touchdown on the season. Freshman Kolby Solomon will likely see work as well tonight under center for the black and gold; he was 2-4 for 18 yards and a touchdown last week and is 23-48 for 251 yards in 2017 with two scores.

They have a strong two-man attack on the ground. Seniors Riley Mersberg and Cole Kindschi have between them nearly 700 yards on the ground on almost 100 carries this fall with each scoring a touchdown. Mersberg struggled last week, carrying the ball eight times for a negative one yard (-1) in last week’s game with the Falcons, while Kindschi was held to eight carries for 24 yards. A tough, physical Mount Si defense likely will keep both of these guys at bay.

Luke Millman leads Inglemoor through the air; he had three catches for 39 yards and the lone Viking TD last week and has 16 catches for 203 yards and two scores this fall. Kindschi and junior Quentin Moore, who caught five catches for 35 yards last week and has 13 on the season for 159 yards, will also be factors through the air for the young passing duo of Shimek and Solomon.

The biggest thing, and we think the only thing, that may trip up Mount Si tonight is the outside distractions that are part of every Homecoming. This week has been a festive week around the campus, with school spirit being shown in tremendous bunches, and we expect there are some players, and they probably know who they are, who have been nominated for the homecoming court and could be named king tonight during halftime. Focus is going to be a key factor for Mount Si, and they will need to have it out of the gate.

Considering the Vikings’ struggles this fall and how well the Wildcat offense has played the past two weeks, it wouldn’t surprise us if we saw two things tonight: one, this thing reach mercy-rule territory and continuous clock, and two, coach Charlie Kinnune playing younger reserves late in the contest to give them, their friends and family a night they, too, will not forget. But we think this all comes down to the distraction factor. Keep that at a minimum, and Mount Si runs away with this one early. Don’t keep that at a minimum, and perhaps Inglemoor keeps this thing close. Either way, we like the Wildcats, and we’re taking them big, because one thing we think these guys are well-versed in is the mental preparation, and that’s because they have a coaching staff and senior team leadership that understands that part of the game very well. Mount Si 54, Inglemoor 13

Last week: 1-1 (Mount Si win over Issaquah (we picked MSHS), Sultan win over Cedarcrest (we picked CHS)

Total: 8-4

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CHS cross country wraps up regular season, plus news from the pool and the pitch on this Thursday…..

Good Thursday morning. We’ll work to get you some Mount Si High School cross country results for you from yesterday soon. They were hosting their lone home meet of the season in Snoqualmie. In the meantime, we have Cedarcrest cross country for you, and they closed out the regular season in strong fashion, with another dominating performance.

The Red Wolves boys and girls won the team titles in the three-way Cascade Conference meet, with South Whidbey and King’s, at King’s Schools in Seattle. CHS’ boys won 21-58 (lower score wins) over both the Falcons and Knights, who tied for the runner-up spot. 11 of the top 13 boys individually were Red Wolves, led by senior Grant Van Valkenburg, who clocked 12 minutes, 33.31 seconds and won by eight seconds over King’s Cameron Chew. Ben Benson was third (12:47.58), followed by Emmett Klaiber in fourth, then in order from sixth to 13th were Ryan LaTurner, Austin Ward, Brennan LeBlanc, Brady Shaw, Lance Stupfel, Bryce Hefner, Justin Young and Patrick McCabe.

CHS’ girls had a much tighter finish, ekeing it out 33-36 over the runner-up Knights. King’s Naomi Smith won the race clocking 15:04.56, beating Cedarcrest’s Elsie Dombek by five seconds. Dombek finished with a time of 15:09.08 to take second, and fellow Red Wolves Kelly Hall (fourth, 15:38.46), Alicia Krivanek (seventh, 15:59.86) and Kate Vergillo (ninth, 16:21.46) also finished in the top 10 for the ladies.

Red Wolve coach Bruce McDowell was pleased with the overall performance of his squad. “From our veterans to our rookies, we probably had our best overall race in a couple weeks,” he said by email to the SVSJ.

And that could be a good sign for the postseason, which is right around the corner. The Red Wolves host their lone home meet of the season next week – the Cascade Conference Championships. The annual league postseason meet, to be held this year at Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation, will decide entrants into the following week’s Northwest District meet, at South Whidbey High School. According to McDowell, the boys are looking to three-peat as conference champs, which would be their sixth in the past eight seasons. The girls are looking for their 10th Cascade crown in a row. McDowell told the Journal he is looking for both teams to win those crowns.

The meet is next Thursday and starts around 4:00 p.m.

Mount Si swimming falls just short against Woodinville
Boy, was it close. Mount Si High School’s girls’ swim team came within an eyelash of their second-ever meet win on Tuesday, but they fell just short, dropping an 89-88 result to the Falcons at Boehm Pool in Issaquah.

Individual winners included senior Julia Crumb in the 200 yard individual medley, clocking 2:28.54, and freshman Theodora McCabe, who clocked 26.20 seconds to take the 50 yard freestyle. McCabe also posted a win in the 100 yard breastroke, with a time of 1:17.93. Mount Si swept the top three spots in the 100 yard freestyle, with junior Emi Yoshikawa getting the win, clocking 59.71 seconds and beating Crumb by nearly a second.

The relay units also had success, with the 200 yard medley foursome of Crumb, McCabe, Yoshikawa and junior Tatum Dalgleish winning that race, with a time of 2:05.51. Dalgleish and McCabe then teamed with junior Caroline Smith and senior Elizabeth Bourgault to as a group win the 200 yard freestyle relay, clocking 1:54.27. Crumb, Smith, Yoshikawa and sophomore Amelia Moulton closed out the relay efforts with a win in the 400 yard freestyle relay for the Wildcats with a time of 4:16.67.

Mount Si meets Issaquah this afternoon at Boehm Pool.

College soccer scoreboard
We also have some college soccer this morning featuring a pair of Valley players.

Sterling (KS) men 4, Bethel (KS) 2: Sterling broke a six-game winless drought dating back almost a month with just their second win of the season yesterday, at home in Kansas over the visiting Bethel squad. Junior defender Colton Oord, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS alum, started for Sterling and worked the full 90 with one shot – on goal – recorded with no goals scored for SC in the contest.

Biola 2, Hawaii Pacific women 0: In LaMirada, CA, the host Biola team blanked the visiting Sharks. Sophomore Camryn Buck, she of Ames Lake and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, started on defense for HPU, worked all 90 minutes and recorded no stats of note for the Sharks in the contest.

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More from the pitch….

Mount Si High School’s girls’ soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit and stunned the Inglemoor Vikings on their home turf at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell last night, beating the black and gold 3-2.

Izzy Smith, Sarah Creighton and Olivia Henning scored the goals for Mount Si in their comeback, and goalie Renee Anderson made 20 saves. Wildcat coach Sophie Rockow was pleased. “I am incredibly proud of the girls for battling back after being down 2-0 in the first 20 minutes of the game to come back and score three unanswered goals to take the win,” Rockow said by email to the SVSJ, as the team split their season series with the Vikings; Inglemoor won the first meeting at Mount Si in a 6-1 romp back in September.

The Wildcats host Issaquah tomorrow at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Game time is 7:30. The Mount Si JV game precedes the varsity at 5:30 against the Eagles; they also won last night, beating Inglemoor 3-1 at Inglemoor’s campus in Kenmore.

Also, the Mount Si “C” team won 9-0 on Monday over Newport, so they are also seeing success early in this week.

Cedarcrest JV and “C” both win: The Red Wolves JV’s handled King’s 3-0 last night at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall. Tyler Anne Trabone, Ava Erhardt and Caylen Patrinquin had the goals for CHS as they moved to 5-0-0 in league play this fall, 8-2-0 overall. Cedarcrest’s “C” squad ran away with the win on Monday over Mariner, beating the Wesco’s Marauders 19-0 (not a misprint, that was the actual score of the game). Grace Olson had six goals for the Red Wolves, while Abbie Collinwood and Serena Foster both had four apiece. Lilly Marshall added three, and Jessica Wonder and Lauren Lakin also added goals for the Red Wolves, who moved to 4-4-1 on the season. The “C” team plays Jackson tonight at home in Duvall, with a 5:00 p.m. kickoff.

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