Week three sees the Valley’s gridiron kids hit the road: CHS north into the Sky Valley, and Mount Si south to say ‘Hi’ to their friends in PDX………previews and our thoughts now

Good Friday morning everyone. Action from the pitch on deck, but we have our week three, yes, week three, high school football previews and picks for you on a Friday as the non-league schedules wrap up for both Mount Si and Cedarcrest as they hit the road. A pair of 7:00 kickoffs tonight see the ‘Cresties make the short 30-minute jaunt to Sultan for a date with their longtime friends and former Cascade rival Turks, while Mount Si takes a long three-plus hour trip south to Vancouver, WA, for a date with Skyview – and the requisite number of Portland TV cameras and reporters……

Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Sultan Turks, Sultan HS – Cedarcrest this week takes on Sultan. We would in past times tell you this might have been the Cascade Conference opener for both teams, but of course, as you all now know, the Cascade Conference is no more, having been replaced for Sultan and the other former Cascade 1A’s by the new North Sound Conference, and for the Red Wolves and 2A rival Archbishop Murphy, by spots in the 2A/3A Wesco. The rivalry, though, between the two teams still continues tonight as a non-league game.

Sultan is 1-1 and fell last week to Cashmere after blowing out Vashon in week one.

Under center tonight for the Turks will be senior Jensen Webster. The QB last week went 8-21 for 102 yards and a touchdown for Sultan in the 32-12 loss to Cashmere. He is 15-30 on the season for almost 200 yards and three touchdowns total.

The primary weapon on offense we expect will be on the ground. Senior running back Isaiah Phillips ran the ball 11 times for just 31 yards in last week’s loss, but exploded in the opener with Vashon, carrying the ball 14 times for 173 yards. Were Phillips able to do this tonight, this could be a good night for the home side. Cedarcrest’s defense will need to pay attention to him without question.

Sophomore Zane Sailor leads the Turk receiving corps; he caught the ball five times for 92 yards and a touchdown in the loss last week to Cashmere. He’ll also be worth paying attention to on the defense for CHS.

The Red Wolves, as expected, got blown out by Liberty in their home opener last week, and are also 1-1 going into this game. The offense only netted 85 yards total in the 50-3 loss, so that’s going to need to improve significantly for Cedarcrest to have a chance. QB Gavin McDermott was limited to just 17 yards passing on 2-8 completions/attempts, and that, too, is going to have to improve in a big way. The senior McDermott has, through two games, only netted 93 total passing yards, so he’s really got to get things moving and fast if he wants to keep his spot under center. Cameron Kohlruss is the backup, and the junior completed one pass for 22 yards in the loss last Friday. Look for Kohlruss to perhaps see action tonight if McDermott is unable to get things going early.

Fredrick Reid led the ground game last Friday, netting 37 yards on 12 carries. Look for Reid again to get the lion share of that work along with fellow senior Tyler Gray. Receiver Luke Mallory, a junior, leads that group, and he caught two balls for 27 yards in last week’s loss.

Sultan last season handed CHS a loss, so the Red Wolves will look to bounce back this week against their former Cascade foe. Is there a chance of them reuniting as league foes in the future, though? Possible, and we’ll have our thoughts on this subject perhaps sometime next week. In the meantime, we like Sultan in this one. Unless Cedarcrest’s offense can get fired up and rolling, it’s going to be a long night for the Red Wolves. Sultan 21, Cedarcrest 10

Mount Si Wildcats @ Skyview Storm, Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver, Clark County – The last time Mount Si trekked south like this was several years back, so it’s a rarity for this to occur, but a game like this helps team bonding with the long trip and also allows alums and fans living in the Portland area a chance to see their team without having to make a long drive to do it. Tonight, they face a Skyview team that looks to be among the contenders in the 4A Greater St. Helens League.

Mount Si is 2-0 this season having outscored opponents in their first two games 106-10. QB Cale Millen has, we think, become the top senior QB in the state thus far, having completed over three-fourths (37-48) of his passing attempts for a total of over 600 yards and 10 touchdowns. Six of those scores have been reeled in by senior receiver Jonny Barrett, who has netted 272 yards receiving this season.

Defensively, sophomore Daniel Harrison continues to develop into a strong “wild-card” factor for Mount Si’s defense. Did you know Harrison is tied for first in total tackles this season on the team with 20? Well, he is, and he’s also tied for the lead in tackles for loss. This young man is potentially turning into something special, and with the leadership his senior teammates such as Murphy McDowell and Cody Frederick, both of whom are also among the leaders in those two categories, provide, look for Harrison to continue to make his mark on the Wildcat “D”.

Skyview is 1-1 and last week blanked city rival Columbia River after opening the season August 31 losing to Yelm. Senior Mat Ioane will be under center at QB tonight for the Storm, and he has an experienced crew on offense. Senior receivers Isaiah Rupp, Joe Gray and Robert Mosely along with junior running back Jalynnee McGee anchor the Skyview offense.

Kingco, though, has had success in the past with the GSHL, and considering how well this Mount Si offense has clicked in its first two games, we find it hard to believe this changes this week. While we think this will be the toughest game on the Storm’s schedule (and perhaps the biggest reason why coach Julian Williams from Skyview scheduled it), and thus we look for Skyview to give the Wildcats their best shot, we suspect again that this will be another dominant effort for Mount Si. The Portland TV cameras we expect will be out in force tonight along with the Oregonian newspaper – and we hope a certain Mr. Canzano stops by and says ‘hi’– watching the Oregon verbal commit Millen, their only chance to do so this fall, and we think there’s going to be plenty of highlight film for them to show at 11. Wildcats in a romp, and again, we make the suggestion to Cristobal and Co. down in Eugene: Offer Barrett a walk-on. After tonight, you’ll probably see why. Mount Si 41, Skyview 10

Last week: 2-0 (Mount Si def. Kentwood, Liberty def. Cedarcrest, both matchups we correctly predicted)
Season: 4-0

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Mount Si volleyball splits with Kingco 4A foe in advance of another match tonight

Mount Si’s volleyball program split three matches last night at Redmond. Highlights:

Varsity falls: In a close one at Redmond High School, Mount Si’s varsity fell in four to Redmond, 25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 25-23. Bellah Gogan led the Wildcats with 16 kills, 14 digs and three aces, while Bailey Showalter added 12 kills, 10 digs and an ace. Jade Petrzelka had 11 digs for Mount Si, while Dana Dolan had 33 assists, five blocks and a kill. Lizzie Belceto also paced the efforts for scarlet and gray, with 11 digs and an assist. The Wildcats are at Kentlake tonight.

Mount Si JV wins: In another close one, the Wildcat JV’s topped the Mustangs in three, 23-25, 28-26, 15-10. Megan Simpson and Tori BearBow guided Mount Si; Simpson had 18 assists on top of a kill, three aces and three digs, while BearBow had 13 digs, six aces and an assist. “Great win for the JV!,” wrote coach Dave Bachman in his game report to the SVSJ. “Very exciting and suspenseful match.” Clara Schlotfeldt paced the Wildcats with six aces and five digs, and Kira Holmberg pitched in four kills, two aces and three digs. Mount Si is at Kentlake tonight.

Wildcat “C” sweeps: Mount Si’s “C” squad handled Redmond 25-11, 25-19, 25-15, getting a nice three-set sweep over the Mustangs. Laura Anderson had 10 aces and four digs pacing the winners, while Alyssa Underbrink had 10 digs and four kills. Carly Fletcher pitched in three kills, five assists and three digs, while Taylor Maw had a dig, assist and ace each. Maya Asseft also contributed a service ace to the cause for Mount Si, who is at Kentlake tonight.

Mount Si at Kentlake: Tonight’s matches are at Kentlake High School in Covington, with JV’s and “C” starting at 5:45 with the varsity to follow at 7:15. To get there from the Valley, take SR 18 to Maple Valley and exit at the Maple Valley exit (SR 169). Make your way to SR 169 and turn right heading south toward Black Diamond. At the intersection for the Kent-Kangley Rd. (SR 516), take a right and head west. Follow west on SR 516 to 216th Ave. SE and turn left. Head south on 216th and after the road turns onto SE 296th St., you’ll see the entrance for the school on your right (at 219th Ave. SE). Turn right here and follow into the school.

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CHS cross country, in first Wesco race since 1990’s, sweeps boys and girls’ team titles in four-way meet, plus a note from the links

The Cedarcrest High School cross country program made a smashing return to Wesco competition yesterday, sweeping both varsity races in their first action in the league in over 20 years.

Cedarcrest’s boys and girls won handily beating Lake Stevens, Everett and Cascade, also from Everett, in the race held at Carelton Farms in Lake Stevens in Cedarcrest’s first Wesco race since 1996. The Red Wolve boys were led by Brennan LeBlanc and Ryan LaTurner, who finished first and second respectively. LeBlanc won the race clocking 14 minutes, 22.34 seconds and LaTurner was right behind, at 14:41.82 as the runner-up. Three other CHS boys finished in the top 10 – John Meier in fifth (15:02.92), Bryce Hefner in sixth (15:09.28) and Connor Eck in seventh (15:14.52). The Red Wolve boys scored 21 team points, lowest score wins, and finished ahead of the Vikings, Bruins and Seagulls in that order.

CHS’ girls scored 27 team points, and also finished ahead of Lake Stevens, Cascade and Everett in that order, with a similar one-two sweep in their race as was the case with the boys. Elsie Dombek was the winner, clocking 17:16.24, and freshman Sonja Blycker, racing in her first full varsity race, took second just 21 seconds behind her junior Red Wolve teammate. Cecilia Kiesow (seventh, 18:11.62), Aryia Farnworth (18:15.75, eighth), Lauren Krause (ninth, 18:27.55) and Katelyn Wells (18:34.65, tenth) all finished in the top 10 as well for Cedarcrest.

The JV boys’ race also had solid showings from sophomores Trail Sammarco, who took third clocking 16:28.01, and Sawyer Vonda, who finished fifth with a time of 16:44.49. Those efforts paced CHS’ JV boys to a second-place team finish. Lake Stevens won that race.

The Red Wolves are at South Whidbey High School Saturday for the South Whidbey Invitational. This course is a familiar one to Cedarcrest, as they raced on this course for many years in Cascade Conference competition, and it also doubles as the Northwest District postseason course, so this will be a good first look for all of the runners at what they can expect later this fall in postseason action.

Also this morning:

Mount Si boys’ golf competes today on the Ridge
Mount Si High School’s boys’ golf team is home today against Skyline in the first of their matches they’ll be hosting up at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Monday’s match was postponed by lightning up at Echo Falls Golf Course outside Woodinville with Woodinville’s Falcons.

The Wildcat JV’s though did play Monday and picked up a 230-250 win at Bellevue Municipal Golf Course over the Wolverines. Lower score wins, and the medalist for the match was Mount Si’s Noah Lange, who carded a two-over par 38.

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News from the pitch……

Good Thursday morning. Let’s look at news from the pitch.

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer program is off to a roaring start in Wesco play this season.

The Red Wolve varsity moved to 3-0-0 Tuesday with another balanced victory, this a 5-0 result over Oak Harbor up on Whidbey Island. Five different players – Sarah Hommas, Ava Erhardt, Makenna Guenther, Madelyn Davidson and Emme Rezoski – all scored goals for the Red Wolves with goalie Natalie McCabe earning another “clean sheet” shutout along with an assist on the Hommas tally. Cedarcrest’s JV’s also made short work of the Oak Harbor ‘Cats, blasting their JV squad 8-1. Gracie Olsen had a “hat trick” of three goals all within the first 40 minutes of play, with Payten Crowshaw, Abbie Collinwood and Lilly Marshall also scoring first half goals. Collinwood then added a second goal in the second half, and was followed by teammate Katie Fulton. Oak Harbor, however, did score a goal late, preventing a shutout, but still, it was a one-sided win for sure.

CHS’ varsity and JV play Marysville-Getchell tonight. JV’s at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00, with both games at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.

Red Wolves “C” open week with tie and loss: Cedarcrest’s “C” team has seen the going be a little tougher to start their season, with a tie and a loss in their first two games.

Last night, they fell at home to Edmonds-Woodway 5-1. Clarissa Cazares had the lone goal for the Red Wolves in the contest, but despite the best efforts of CHS, they weren’t able to pull it out against a very strong Ed-Wood team. As noted on the team’s Facebook page, ,”the Red Wolves put in the effort, never quit and scored in the second half with several other close opportunities.” Coaches also offered praise for the efforts of several players, including goalie Megan Gray, and front-line players Olivia Hillestad, Emily Bodenbender and Abby Varady.

The “C” squad opened their season Monday with a 2-2 draw against Everett’s Cascade Bruins. Cazares had both goals, and she was quite busy. “Clarissa had to complete over 15 corner kicks, each one perfectly placed – I have never seen anything like it, what fun to watch!,” reported coaches on Facebook. Bodenbender and Cece Stumbles had assists on the two CHS goals.

The Red Wolves play again next Monday.

Unlikely heroine for Mount Si girls in key early season Kingco win
Throughout the course of the season, Mount Si and other high school soccer programs will promote players from their junior varsity teams to fill in for players who are injured or simply because the player being promoted has earned it through solid play on the JV team. Well, that promotion happened for Kendall Forrest on Tuesday night for the Wildcats’ game against Eastlake, and Forrest, let’s just say, she sent a big message to her coaches about why should stay on varsity.

Forrest, making her varsity debut, broke a 1-1 tie in the waning minutes of regulation, lifting Mount Si to a potentially important 2-1 home opening Kingco win at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmir over Eastlake, a win that with the schedule being the way it is with everyone facing each league opponent only once, it being a divisional foe and also coming off their league-opening loss to Bothell last week, should be a nice spark for Mount Si as it continues league play as it seeks to advance to the Wes-King bidistrict playoffs in late October. Issy Smith scored the other goal for Mount Si.

Mount Si is at Redmond tonight. 5:30 for JV and 7:30 for varsity.

College news
Mount Si grad makes college debut: Freshman goalie Renee Anderson, a June Mount Si High School grad from Snoqualmie, made her college debut Tuesday night for Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, in a women’s soccer game with in-state foe Spring Arbor, won by Spring Arbor 5-0 on their home pitch in Spring Arbor, MI, near Detroit. Anderson worked the final 38 minutes of play, allowing a goal on 11 shots but making two saves. She recorded no decision. NAIA LTU dropped to 3-3-0 with the loss.

Linfield ladies open conference play with tie: NCAA Division III Linfield traveled the short distance from their home campus in McMinnville, OR, over to nearby Salem, OR, last night and left with a 2-2 draw in their Northwest Conference opener with host Willamette. Junior Sydney Kuehn, she of Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, worked 100 of the 110 minutes played – regulation and two 10-minute overtimes – with two shots, one on goal, and no goals scored for Linfield, who now is 3-1-1 on the season.

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Volleyball news on a Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning. We’ll wrap up girls’ soccer in a bit, but we have some volleyball for you.

Cedarcrest High School’s ladies fell in their home opener last night to Oak Harbor in four, 25-17, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18. Camyrn Bristow led the ladies from Whidbey Island with five aces, seven kills and 15 dgis while Leah Quidachay had 32 assists. Cedarcrest was paced by Natalie Vanderwal with 15 kills and two aces, and Caroline Tiffany’s 20 digs, kill and ace.

Also of note, Cierra Dean guided OH with three aces and 17 digs, and Taeler Gerde paced the Red Wolves with 15 kills, 16 digs and five aces.

CHS is at Marysville-Getchell tomorrow for a 7:00 first serve, then plays its first weekend tournament of the season on Saturday. It will be in Lynnwood, at Academy Sports Center.

Mount Si volleyball sweeps former Kingco 3A rival Saints
Mount Si’s volleyball teams swept the Interlake Saints in matches Monday. Highlights:

Varsity rallies for five-set nail-biter: The Wildcat varsity trailed two sets to one, but went to work in a big way late, rallying for a five-set win over the Saints at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Scores were 25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 25-12, 15-9 as Mount Si won its second straight match. Bailey Showalter led the way with 12 kills, 13 digs and an ace, and Bellah Gogan paced things for Mount Si with 11 kills, eight digs, three aces and 2 ½ blocks. Kami Smith pitched in 11 assists while Dana Dolan delivered 25 helpers, eight digs, 1 ½ blocks and three kills. The Wildcats are at Redmond tonight.

JV also wins cliff-hanger: Mount Si’s JV’s also played a close one with the Saints, but pulled it out of the fire in three, 25-20, 24-26, 15-13. Megan Simpson’s 14 assists, three digs and an ace, along with Tori BearBow’s 17 digs and two assists, guided the Wildcats in this one. Emily Dann had four kills, four digs and three aces, while Page Phelps added four aces. Mount Si is at Redmond tonight.

Mount Si “C” dominates Saints: Mount Si’s “C” team handled Interlake 25-18, 25-18, 25-11. Carly Fletcher’s two kills, 10 assists, three digs and two aces paced the Wildcats, while Ashely Wegner’s five digs, Ella Moore’s four digs and two aces, and Molly Harris’ four kills, seven digs and three aces aided the efforts. Alyssa Underbrink also had a kill, assist and 14 digs for Mount Si, who is at Redmond tonight.

The JV and “C” games are at 5:30, with the varsity to follow at 7:00, all at Redmond High School in Redmond, 17272 NE 104th St., across from Hartman Park on Redmond’s Education Hill.

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