Valley college distance runners start indoor seasons

The college indoor track and field season has opened up with a pair of strong results for Valley runners at a pair of meets in Indiana.

University of Portland men’s redshirt junior distance runner Logan Orndorf, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, finished fifth in the men’s 5000m at the season-opening indoor meet hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington this past Friday. Orndorf clocked 14 minutes, 7.16 seconds and finished just 10 seconds behind winner Ben Veratch from the host Hoosiers.

Last weekend, Xavier freshman men’s distance athlete Grant Baker, from North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, made his college indoor debut for the Musketeers in an event in Fort Wayne hosted by I-PFW. Baker clocked 16:24.36 and finished 10th in the men’s 5000m race.

The indoor season will get back underway after the holiday break in the new year.

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From the ladies hardwood on this Sunday

Good Sunday morning. Still waiting on stats from Friday night’s Mount Si-Inglemoor boys’ basketball game; when we get those we’ll have a full wrapup for you here.

In the meantime, we have some action from women’s college basketball for you.

The Northwest University ladies fell just short in a monumental upset bid last night, as the NAIA team came close to pulling one off against an NCAA Division I team.

The Eagles fell to host Portland State, 63-60, in an exhibition game at the Stott Center in Portland. NWU had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but a three-point attempt missed, sealing the win for the Vikings. Senior Kalee Fowler, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, started for NWU and worked 37 minutes, scoring nine points, and recording four rebounds, six assists and two steals. The loss was non-counting, so the Eagles remain at 4-6 on the season.

Northwest returns to league play Friday, hosting Southern Oregon in Kirkland. Tip is at 5:30 p.m.

Also this morning:

Skagit falls: The Cardinals could not recover from a slow start and fell at the Everett CC tournament yesterday 69-55 to Spokane. Freshman post Mieke Van Ess, a 2017 CHS’er also from Duvall, played just over 23 minutes off the bench for Skagit Valley, picking up two points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist for the Cards.

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Wolves boys fall at Whidbey

While we wait for stats from Mount Si’s boys’ season opener last night, this news from Cedarcrest’s boys.

Cedarcrest had an eight-point lead going into the final frame of their road game last night at South Whidbey, but the Falcons rallied down the stretch to hand the Red Wolves a 60-56 loss to stay undefeated in conference play, while dropping CHS to 1-3 on the season with two straight losses following their big win Tuesday over Archbishop Murphy. More from the Everett Herald. The Red Wolves host Lynnwood tonight at 6:45 p.m. up at Cedarcrest HS, finishing a stretch of four games in five days for Cedarcrest.

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Mount Si girls suffer heartbreaking loss, while CHS ladies move to 5-0 with road win…and some college notes as well as we start the weekend

Good Saturday morning. We start our look at the hardwood this morning with all of last night’s girls’ high school and women’s college hoops action.

Part of the growing process for any rebuilding basketball team is to learn how to win. And part of that process for most is having to endure some heartbreaking defeats. That unfortunately was the case last night for Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball ladies, as they suffered a loss in dramatic fashion at home in their home opener in Snoqualmie.

Lucy Young hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to break a 65-65 tie and lift the visiting Inglemoor Vikings to a come-from-behind 68-65 win, a victory that gave the Vikings, who had come into the contest winless in league and needing a win badly to at least prolong their postseason hopes, some new life in their season. For Mount Si, though, the loss, especially after they had taken a seven-point lead late in regulation, and especially in the fashion that it came, was one that definitely stung.

That said, according to coach Jason Marr, there’s time for the Wildcats to dig themselves out of their early-season hole and still achieve their goal of making the playoffs. “It’s only game two. We’ve got 18 more games to play and the process is play 20 and be at our peak at the end of the season,” he said.

And there were plenty of positives to come out of the game. For starters, four players scored in double figures, led by the double-double of 12 points and 11 assists from sophomore Nitika Kumar. Kumar, along with teammates Sela Heide and Lauren Wilbourne, scored a dozen points apiece, and the three were paced as well by senior Sam Smith’s 10. Joelle Buck had a strong game in the paint with 12 rebounds, part of an overall 32-rebound effort for Mount Si that included 11 on the offensive glass. This, especially early in the contest, was good to see, and should be something to watch as the season wears on.

It’s all part of the plan, according to the new Wildcat coach. “Rebounding and staying the course and playing 32 minutes is what I’m preaching,” Marr said.

Mount Si drops to 0-2 on the season and meets a tough Bothell team next Wednesday night. The Cougars graduated star player Taya Corosdale and have a new coach this season, but it’s still an experienced bunch who could prove challenging for a Wildcat team that will be looking to rebound from their difficult loss last night. Game time is 7:15pm at Bothell High School.

Red Wolves handle Whidbey: As expected, Cedarcrest’s ladies moved to 5-0 on the season, easily throttling South Whidbey 47-13 in a Cascade Conference game last night up on Whidbey Island. CHS jumped out to an 18-2 lead after one quarter, and with the game pretty much taken care of at that point, Red Wolve coach Brad Knowles changed things up. He stopped use of their tough defense and also played their entire group of reserves, giving them good experience. He told the SVSJ by email that 11 of the 12 CHS players who played scored points in the contest, including all three of the team’s freshmen. Madi Weir led the way for Cedarcrest with eight points, and Jaylin Yowell continued her strong play, with six points and six steals.

Red Wolve alum paces Northwest U. ladies to rout of NCAA Division III team: Senior Kalee Fowler’s 14 points guided Northwest University’s women from the NAIA, who broke out to a 22-4 lead after one and cruised to a 64-43 blowout road win over NCAA Division III Pacific Lutheran last night down at Olson Auditorium on the PLU campus in Parkland, south of Tacoma. Fowler, a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, was 6-13 from the floor and also added five rebounds, two assists and a steal to the efforts for the Eagles, who moved to 4-6 on the season.

Van Ess sees action for Skagit in blowout: 2017 CHS’er Mieke Van Ess, also from Duvall, saw action yesterday for Skagit Valley College’s team as they posted a 67-49 win over Southwestern Oregon CC, from Coos Bay, OR, in the opener of a NWACC weekend tournament up in Everett. Van Ess, an integral post player for the Red Wolves under Knowles the past four seasons, played 13 minutes and collected a pair of rebounds, an assist and a steal off the bench for the Cardinals, where she is a freshman this season. The tournament continues today.

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Mount Si boys’ soccer athletes taking on top national talent in weekend club tournament

A pair of Mount Si High School boys’ soccer players are competing this weekend against some of the best national high school boys’ players in the country.

The Preston-based Eastside FC ’00 Red boys’ U18 club squad, coached by Mark Kovats, is competing in the US Youth Soccer National League series, which has action this weekend in Wilson, NC. Play started yesterday, with Eastside, featuring Wildcats Mateo DiDomenico and Reed Paradissis, beating the FC Dallas ’00 Che from Texas 1-0. Today they played Team Boca 2000 White from Florida, and they will have games tomorrow and Sunday before returning home.

The squad will have one more weekend of National League play in March. The US Youth Soccer National League comprises 32 of the best clubs from around the United States in head-to-head competition in four eight-team divisions, the winners of which will advance into playoffs at the end of the season. The Puyallup-based Washington Premier 2000 Black, the Seattle-based Seattle United Copa, and the Bothell-based GreaterSeattleSurf B00 teams are also representing the Puget Sound area in this weekend’s competition.

We’ll keep you posted on how the team fares through the remainder of this weekend in North Carolina.

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