SVSJ preview: Mount Si High School boys and girls golf aim for state 4A titles at tourneys next week in Spokane

Mount Si High School’s boys and girls’ golf teams are headed to state. The WIAA’s state 4A boys’ and girls’ golf tournaments are next Tuesday and Wednesday over in Spokane. Both teams earned the third seed from the SeaKing District into the state fields.

The Wildcat boys compete as a fall sport and finished third in last fall’s district championships, so they spent several months wondering if they’d get a berth. Well, earlier this spring, they got their answer. “I knew it was coming eventually and I saw his name (the Kingco AD responsible for boys’ golf) come up on the phone and (I was in) immediate panic but then I was very excited because the first words out of his mouth were ‘you’re in’ so I was very excited for the boys,” said Mount Si boys’ head coach Bob Bostwick.

His son Cole will be among the golfers competing in the tournament, and he’s ready. “Everyone’s working as hard as we can,” Cole said. “We’re taking the best five we’ve got.”

And leading that top five is going to be Drew Warford. The junior, who is the reigining WIAA 4A state boys’ individual champion, is also the defending two-time Pacific Northwest Golf Association boys’ junior champion and has also played in high profile national events, just this past week taking a shot at qualifying for this country’s national men’s golf championship, the U.S. Open. He wasn’t able to get it done, but the opportunities he gets to play tough courses and on these kinds of stages will help Warford establish himself as the player to beat at the tournament in Spokane, and likely propel Mount Si into a team title discussion just the same.

Drew’s brother Hogan is also expected to compete, and he, too, could be a player to watch on the individual leaderboard.

The boys will be competing at the Creek at Qualchan course, which is off Highway 195 along Hangman Creek to the south of the city’s downtown. This course is a par-72, almost 6,200 total yard layout, so a tough challenge can be expected for the guys. Bob Bostwick likes his team’s chances, but does realize the challenge ahead. “Having Drew, who’s the reigning 4A champ is always a nice thing to have on your team. We’re a young team, but we’re also much more mature and seasoned than we were last year,” the coach said. “The competition’s going to be tough.”

Meanwhile, just up 195 from Qualchan is the Hangman Valley Golf Course and that’s where the 4A girls’ tournament will be held, so with everything in close proximity together, Mount Si golf fans who head over next week should be able to see plenty from both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Speaking of the ladies, Mount Si’s girls could also be in the team title discussion. The reason for this is of course their freshman sensation Kasey Maralack, who medalist rounded (low round in a match) several times ths spring for Mount Si and has amassed a strong golf resume, including recently competing in the national Drive, Chip and Putt competition in Augusta, GA, that was held during the week of the recent Masters men’s pro tournament.

Coach Steve Botulinski also can expect a solid showing as well from junior Annie Burns as well, so Mount Si will be very much in position to be successful this next week over east of the Cascades. Hangman, like Qualchan, is a par-72 but is over 6,900 yards, so driving could be a big factor, especially if there’s a lot of wind over there, which does happen from time to time this time of the year over in the Inland Northwest. With the course also in a canyon along Hangman Creek, the wind tunnel effect that is normal from time to time here in the Upper Valley with the winds coming out of Snoqualmie Pass could also be a factor, and knowledge of that type of wind condition could be a help to Mount Si.

Tee times for the tournaments will be announced today or early next week. The format will work like this – everyone competes in the opening round on Tuesday and there will be a cut, likely around the top 30 or 35 with ties after that first round. Those remaining golfers will then head out for their rounds on Wednesday. The competitors will do a full 18-hole round both days as opposed to the nine-hole rounds during the regular season.

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Other news and notes: Mount Si baseball lands seven on all-league postseason lists, plus volleyball and soccer items…..

News and notes:

Baseball: Wildcats named to all-Kingco postseason rosters
Mount Si High School’s baseball program received word this week that seven of their players were named to the All-Kingco postseason all-star rosters.

Three of them made the all-Kingco first team. Spencer Marenco made it at second base, while Troy Baunsgard earned it at shortstop and Trace Halvorson landed a nod as a designated hitter. First baseman Harrison Clark received an all-Kingco second team designation at that position, and three others – catcher Cam Ferreri, outfielder Trevor Clem and pitcher Levi Jorgensen – received honorable mentions.

Mount Si finished 9-12 this season, falling in the first round of the WesKing 4A district tournament to Jackson earlier this month. The program is busy already in their offseason program, with a large number of their players, including several of the all-league honorees, competing in summer club baseball with a number of local organizations. We’ll have full coverage of those games for you here throughout the summer at the SVSJ!

Volleyball: Mixed results for Valley girls’ teams at southwest Washington tourney
Last weekend saw four Valley girls’ club teams competing at the Northwest Juniors’ Mother’s Day weekend tournament down in Centralia. It was a mixed bag for the squads, three of which came from Snoqualmie-based RidgeValley and the fourth coming from Carnation-based Valley View.

RidgeValley’s U13 and U14 teams both held their own, finishing seventh and 13th respectively out of 15 teams entered in the U14 age group at the event last Friday-Sunday, which drew a small number of organizations from around the Northwest into the event. Both teams went 3-4 on the weekend. RidgeValley’s 12’s and the Valley View 13’s entry both finished winless on the weekend and at the back of their respective age groups.

All of the teams featured girls primarily from the Snoqualmie Valley (RV) and Riverview (VV) school districts, so a lot of future Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School players got a chance to show their skills in this event.

This weekend all local teams are off, with the Memorial Day weekend tournaments next weekend. We’ll preview all that action for you next week in our weekly volleyball segment.

Soccer: Mount Si boys’ soccer playoff game time announced
The game time has been announced for this weekend’s quarterfinal game in the WIAA 4A state boys’ soccer playoffs for Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team.

The Wildcats will play Issaquah tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. down at Issaquah High School. Mount Si beat Sumner on Wednesday in the first round to advance, while the Eagles beat Tahoma on Tuesday in their first round matchup also to advance. The last time these two teams met was on Senior Night April 30, when Mount Si beat Issaquah 2-1.

The winner advances to the state semifinals next weekend while the loser heads home. We’ll have a preview and pick for you here tomorrow.

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Friday diamond cuts

Good Friday morning. Time for some diamond cuts as we get set for the weekend.

WesKing 4A Tournament: Redmond 8, Woodinville 7 (loser out) – We initially had this game for you in yesterday’s diamond cuts, but found out thanks to a reader tip that our info was incorrect as the game Wednesday night between the Kingco’s top two teams up at Phil Johnson Complex in south Everett was suspended after the lights went out up there. They finished it up last night in Kirkland at Lake Washington High School, and with the way the seedings set up for this tournament along with some of the upsets we’ve seen thus far, one of these two very good teams was going to be left home this spring from state, and sadly, it’s the perennial state contending Falcons, and in heartbreaking fashion, we might add.

A bases-loaded fielder’s choice grounder by Lindsay Tsujikawa in the bottom of the seventh allowed Camille Eaton to score the walk-off winner from third as Redmond held off an attempt by Woody to force extras after they scored a run in the top of that frame to tie things at seven apiece. Kiki Milloy homered for Redmond and Jennifer Cummings had two doubles and a triple, scored twice, walked twice and drove in two runs for the Mustangs. As for the Falcons, Bailey Burger-Moore and Alex Nyberg both homered, with Nyberg finishing 3-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s.

Also of note, with Rachael Rhinehart being a senior this year for Woody, last night’s heartbreaking loss marked her last high school game, ending a long association for the Rhinehart family with the Woodinville program. Both of Rachael’s older sisters, Lauryn and Taylor, are Falcon alums and both are playing in college this spring.

SeaKing 3A Tournament: Garfield 11, Bellevue 2 (semifinals, both to state) – Juno Shantz homered and drove in four for the Bulldogs as the Seattle team rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to advance to the district title game today. Kaia Simpson went 3-3 for Garfield, scoring three runs and driving in another pacing the purple, silver and white. Kelly Treves homered for Bellevue and Montana Jones added two hits, including a triple, and scored the other Wolverine run.

SeaKing 3A Tournament: Lake Washington 14, Holy Names 5 (semifinals, both to state) – Lilly Bean went 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI’s for L-Dub as they advanced to the district title game today facing the Garfield squad who as noted above blasted Bellevue to earn their slot in the final. Emily Flora homered for the Cougars, who face the Wolverines for third place. All four teams advance to state.

SeaKing 3A Tournament: Juanita 8, Bainbridge 6 (8 inn., winner to state, loser out) – The Rebels overcame a four-run seventh inning comeback by the Spartans that forced extra innings to win the fifth-place berth from SeaKing to next week’s 3A WIAA state tournament in Lacey. Eden Radke, Mackenzie Burke and Rory Hutchinson all homered for Juanita, with Hutchinson hitting an inside-the-parker in the eighth that put the Rebels in the lead as it turned out for good.

Northwest 3A District Tournament: Everett 3, Marysville-Getchell 1 (winner to state, loser out) – Everett’s Jackie Rookaird allowed a run on just two hits and struck out nine leading the Seagulls past the Chargers to make the state tournament and end Getchell’s season last night up at Phil Johnson Complex in south Everett. Annie Fowler went 2-4 with two runs scored leading Everett while Skyleigh Morrison and Brionna Palm had the two hits for M-G; Morrison also drove in the lone Charger run.

Northwest 3A District Tournament: Edmonds-Woodway 9, Marysville-Pilchuck 6 (winner to state, loser out) – Sofia Chamorro and Gracie Boyd both homered for Ed-Wood as they outlasted the Tomahawks and advanced to state with the win, also ending Pilchuck’s season in the process. Annika Forseth added three hits to the Warrior efforts. Lauren Lewis went 2-4 with a double and run scored aiding M-P, while Sydney Zachry added two hits as well, also including a double.

Northwest 3A District Tournament: Everett 8, Edmonds-Woodway 0 (3rd place game, both to state) – Kassidy Millar fired a three-hitter and struck out five for the Seagulls as they took third. Fowler and Kendall Tebatebai both went 2-3 with a run scored each and two RBI’s as well apiece leading Everett. Forseth had two of the three Ed-Wood hits, including a double. The district title by the way was won by Meadowdale, who beat Snohomish. Those two teams also advance to state.

College Baseball
Northern Colorado 12, Seattle U. 6: The Bears doubled up the Redhawks in action last night down in Greeley, CO. Junior Alden Huschle, he of North Bend, allowed a run on one hit in one inning of work for SU in the game last night. He walked two, struck out the side in that frame and ended up with no decision. Huschle is a 2016 Mount Si HS grad. Also, of note, Cedarcrest HS grad Andrew Willmon is with UNCo this year redshirting; he transferred there prior to the season from Concordia U. in Portland and will have one season of eligibility available next year. Willmon is from Carnation.

Youth Baseball
Kirkland Merchants 14, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 11: The Merchants won the slugfest last night at home in downtown Kirkland. Mouint Si’s Anthony Gilden paced the Bellevue-based Dragons, going 2-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI’s.

Baseball news
Fall City loses summer college team: The Northwest Honkers college summer baseball team, affiliated with the Pacific International League, has announced they will not be hosting games this summer at Fall City Community Park, a venue they had hosted their home games at the past few seasons.

The team, which has featured Duvall’s Cameron Padron, a Cedarcrest HS grad, will be playing games at several locations in Bellevue this summer as it works to find a new location in the Valley for their games. A possible option for the Honkers will be Mount Si High School’s new field in Snoqualmie, set to open next spring, but any decisions on that front are not likely until early next year at the earliest.

The Honkers made the announcement as they also released their schedule for the upcoming season. The team did not state why the games were being relocated from Fall City.

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Half a dozen Valley high school track and field athletes earn trips to state out of first-day district action

Track and field was busy, too, yesterday, as postseason district track meets started.

Five members of Mount Si High School’s boys and girls’ track and field teams earned trips to the state 4A meets in Tacoma next weekend after qualifying at the SeaKing meet yesterday in Seattle.

Two of them made it by winning their events. Joe Waskom won the boys’ 1600 meter run clocking 4:14.35, and Abby Triou won the girls’ discus with a toss of 113 feet. Two other girls also made state in jumping events. Karlie Stewart made it with a third-place showing in the high jump clearing five feet, three inches, and Tatum Dalgleish cleared just over 16 feet to take third in the long jump.

Rounding it out on the boys’ side, Roy Bang earned a trip to state in the shot put, with a toss of 47 feet, 10 3/4 inches. He finished second in the event. Teammate Dillon Garnes tossed his shot put 43′ 7 3/4″ and took fifth but did not make it as just the top three finishers in each event earned state berths.

Mount Si wraps up district action tomorrow.

Krause punches lone CHS state berth on day one of Northwest 2A meet: Cedarcrest girls’ senior Lauren Krause earned the lone Red Wolve state berth in the first day of competition at the Northwest District 2A track meet at Lakewood High School in Arlington yesterday. She took third in the triple jump with a clearance of 33 feet, 10 1/2 inches. Freshman teammate Julia Luoto came close also, but fell just short, finishing sixth in the high jump clearing 4’10”. The top four boys and girls placers earned state berths. The rest of the action is tomorrow at Lakewood.

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CHS grad to compete for national college baseball title, plus youth cuts from the diamond on this Thursday….

Baseball now. A second Valley player will be competing at the upcoming NAIA baseball World Series in Lewiston, ID, at the end of this month.

This came as the result of Nebraska’s Bellevue University winning their regional in the NAIA tournament yesterday, beating in-state rival York 10-4 in the regional final in Shreveport, LA, to advance to the national championship event.

The win for the Bruins means a trip to Idaho for Duvall’s Cody Banks. Banks, a junior and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, went 1-3 with two RBI’s for BU, who their 26th straight game and 39th out of the past 40 to move to 46-14 on the season. Banks is hitting a solid .364 on the season for the Bruins, with four homers and 39 RBI’s. He is top 10 in both on-base and slugging percentage on the team and has a strong .987 fielding percentage with just three errors in 231 total chances defensively. All numbers which, along with the torrid success of BU this spring, make him a candidate to be drafted in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, which if he is would make him the first player with Cedarcrest ties ever drafted as far as we know.

Banks will join North Bend’s Tanner Simpson as Valley reps in the upcoming national tournament. Simpson is a pitcher for Lewis-Clark State, and they are the tournament hosts. He is a senior and 2014 Mount Si HS grad.

With that, time for the youth scores from last night locally. Scores and highlights powered by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Field of Champions 15U Bears Blue 10, Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 1: Hartman Park in Redmond had a lot of scarlet and gray presence last night, as multiple players from Mount Si High School’s baseball program suited up for the two teams in a Seattle Elite League game. Among the Wildcats making waves: Blake Miller (FoC), who went 2-2 with two runs scored, two walks and an RBI; Beck Hoffman (FoC), who had a hit, two walks and an RBI; Harrison Kelly (FoC), with a hit, run scored and RBI, and J.T. DeRouen (BDG) who had one of the two Dragon hits. Mount Si’er Quin Patterson closed out the game on the hill for Preston-based FoC, walking two in his one inning of work but otherwise having nothing of note on the stat sheet. He received no decision and also walked once and scored a run.

Among the others in action last night for the Bears and Dragons repping MSHS: Drew Hiddleson (FoC), Luke Richter, Ryan Llewellyn, Brady Hossfeld, Brady Farris and Chris Jarocki (all BDG).

Rippers 16U 11, Bellevue Dragons Elite 16U 3: Cedarcrest’s Kian Pegueros-Warren led the Redmond team to a season-opening rout over the Dragons at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue last night. He was a homer short of hitting for the cycle, going 3-4 with a double and triple apiece, scored three runs and drove in three more pacing the Rippers. Fellow Red Wolves Carter “Deuce” Knowles and Mason Pudwill also had a hit each, with Pudwill scoring a run and Knowles driving in one. Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 0-2 with a walk and run scored for the Dragons.

Bellevue Dragons Elite Blue 24, Washington A’s 15U 7: The Bellevue team won at home at Bannerwood last night. MSHS’ Matt Wieting went 0-3 for the Sammamish-based A’s.

Seattle Tides 5, Juanita Baseball Club 0: The Tides blanked the Kirkland-based JBC on just three hits last night in downtown Kirkland. Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-2 at the plate and pitched an inning of relief as well for Juanita, allowing a run on one hit and receiving no decision.

WW Sweets 15U 13, City Baseball 16U Green 2: Jake Smith, from Mount Si, was 1-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI for Sammamish-based Sweets as they blasted the Seattle team on their home turf at Ballard’s Whitman Middle School. Fellow Wildcat Aidan Dougherty went 0-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI for Sweets. He also pitched three innings, allowing two runs, one earned, without a hit, walked one and struck out three. Dougherty received no decision.

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