Afternoon round of cuts, and news of another major story impacting another ex-Mount Si sports figure……

Busy Friday for you in our afternoon update. However, we have another developing story today to advise you of concerning a major situation involving a former Mount Si High School sports figure.

Yesterday, it was the California earthquake that struck 90 miles from where former football team webmaster Dave Snead now lives in Victorville, and today, about 300 or so miles north in Reno, it’s a dorm explosion at the University of Nevada, where MSHS football alum Jimbo Davis is part of their football coaching staff.

According to reports, this explosion happened earlier this afternoon at one of the dorm buildings on campus, and from some of the video coming in from down there, it appears the building suffered serious damage. We have spoken to Davis on Twitter who tells us he’s safe – he’s not on campus today – and that players and staff as far as he knows who are there are also safe and uninjured. From what he is hearing, he tells us that there was apparently an equipment problem within the cafeteria of this dorm building that caused this explosion, which is being officially described as a “utility accident” as per KRNV-TV, but looks to us at least to have been gas-related in some fashion based on our view of the footage.

If there’s any updates on the situation, we’ll have them on Twitter. Anyhow, baseball and softball now with scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baseball
Rock Creek 15U 13, New Level Extreme 0: Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer and teammate Matt Kunkel combined to no-hit the Tacoma-area team for Rock Creek as the Maple Valley team rolled in a tournament game down south in the South Sound this afternoon. Hoyer worked two innings of the three-inning game and struck out four. He also had a hit, scored a run and drove in two more pacing RC.

Northwest Futures 10, Baden Black 16U 1: Seattle-based Baden was blown out in a morning game at the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman. Former Mount Si player Mason Gronewald went 0-2 for Baden in this one.

FSP Baseball 6, City Baseball Navy 6: At Issaquah High School, Bellevue-based Ford and Seattle-based City ended in a draw this morning. Mount Si’s Harrison Clark went 1-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI for FSP, and fellow ‘Cat Troy Baunsgard also doubled in the contest for Ford.

Field of Champions 16U Bears 7, Columbia Basin River Dogs 6: FoC almost blew a 7-0 lead in this one at the PSS over in Pullman this morning, but held on for the win with the help of some Wildcats. Mount Si’s Tyler Clem led the way for the locals on the Bears, going 2-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI, and he was joined by fellow’ Cat Andrew Edson, who went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored, and a third MSHS’er, Lucas Costello, who went 1-5 with a run scored.

Kirkland Merchants 16U 3, Shoreline Royals 2: Woodinville’s Caden McCann pitched five solid innings for the Merchants as they held off the Seattle-are rivals at WSU in the PSS. McCann allowed two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out five to get the win for KM in this one. Teammate Kellen Stull tripled and drove in a run pacing Kirkland.

Narrows Baseball 6, Boys of Summer 18U Blue 3: Gig Harbor-based Narrows doubled up Bellevue-based Boys in a tournament down in Portland. Mount Si alum Spencer Marenco went 1-3 while fellow ‘Cat grad Trace Halvorson went 0-3, both for BoS.

Rippers Baseball 16U 6, Fraser Valley 2: Cedarcrest HS’s Mason Pudwill doubled and drove in two runs leading the Redmond-based squad to a win over a Canadian team that just went final a bit ago down in Olympia. Fellow Red Wolve Kian Pegueros-Warren added a hit, walk and run scored to the efforts for the Rippers.

EnFuego 6, Michael’s Toyota 18U 2: The Bellevue-based Michael’s fell earlier this afternoon to a Seattle-area rival despite a 1-3 afternoon from Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich. He also drove in a run.

Laces 2, Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 1: The Snohomish County-based squad held off the Preston-based FoC in a tournament game down in Portland. Mount Si’s delegation for FoC was led by Blake Miller, who had a triple and scored the lone Bears run. Of note, fellow Wildcat Ryan Gerlitz got a start today for FoC as he plays in his first out-of-town action following the conclusion of his cancer fight, a big step for him as he continues to resume normal activities after having gone through that very tough battle. He went 0-2 in this one for the Bears.

Northwest Naturals 14U 12, D9Baseball 1: Future MSHS’er Parker Norah went 2-3 with a double and drove in three runs for the Sammamish-based Nats as they blasted the Arizona team at a tournament in Phoenix. Fellow Wildcat Josh Freudenberg added a hit, walk and two runs scored.

Bellevue Dragons Elite 15U Green 2, FM Sports 1: The Dragons held on for the win over the Redmond-based FM in Kirkland. Mount Si’s large BDG group was led by Luke Richter, who had a hit and run scored, and Ryan Llewellyn, who struck out the lone hitter he faced in the seventh on the hill to pick up a save.

Spokane Expos 9, Baden Black 16U 1: The day for Seattle-based Baden at WSU didn’t start well as they allowed seven first-inning runs to the Expos in the loss. Gronewald hit a sacrifice fly and drove in the lone Baden run. He played for Mercer Island High School this spring.

FSP Baseball 18U 8, Mudville 5: Baunsgard homered and Clark also had a hit, walk, run scored and RBI for Ford as they outslugged the Mercer Island-based Mudville crew at IHS. An interesting note about Mudville – Kurt Boyd, the father of former MIHS pitcher, and current Detroit Tiger major-leaguer Matt Boyd, is associated with that club program.

Softball
Lot of action in the Colorado tournaments thus far today:

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 14, Texas Glory RWB 10: The Diamonds got the bats out early this morning and won a slugfest in the Sparkler playoffs in Arvada over the Texas team. Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger went 2-3 with a run scored and walk while Cedarcrest’s Payton Pluschke added a hit and two runs scored to the efforts for the Redmond-based team.

San Jose Sting 16, Bellevue Blast 16U 1: Also in Arvada, the California squad put pedal to the metal early and rolled to a win over the Bellevue team. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris had a walk in the contest for the Blast.

Issaquah Flame 14U Black 5, DFW Impact Gold 2: Thanks to a tip from Cedarcrest HS parent Carter Knowles, we add the Flame into our Sparkler Juniors coverage. They opened playoff action this morning at the Sparkler Juniors in Loveland with a win thanks to solid efforts from two future Red Wolves. Maddie Knowles went 1-4 with two runs scored and Kaylee Hulse went 1-3 with two RBI’s. Issy came in 3-1 in pool play so they have had a successful run thus far in the tournament.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 9. Oklahoma Pure 3: Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith aided the efforts for the Shock with two hits as the Oylear crew rolled past the Oklahoma City team at Sparkler Juniors up north in Windsor, near Greeley, and beat the afternoon thunderstorms in the process. Both future CHS’er Riley Warden and Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook went hitless on the game today.

Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller 8, Team Kansas-Grissom 0: A pair of pitchers from the Snohomish-based satellite squad of the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks combined on a two-hitter of the Kansas City-area team at Sparkler Juniors in Loveland. Future CHS’er Reagan Hollett went 0-2 for WLH.

Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 8, Ruthless SoCal 4: Huntzinger doubled and scored a run while Pluschke singled and also scored a run as EDP doubled up the southern California team as they advanced in the playoffs.

San Jose Sting 10, Elite Diamonds 16U 0: Seems as if the Sting have Seattle teams’ number today. After their morning win over the Blast mentioned above, they limited the Diamonds to three hits in a win this afternoon. Pluschke and Huntzinger went a combined 0-3 in this one for EDP.

Indiana Gators Flynn 6, Issaquah Flame 14U Black 0: The Flame were held to two hits as they were blanked by the Indianapolis-area team. Knowles and Hulse went a combined 0-3 for the Flame squad.

Acers fall: The Auburn 18U team, with Mount Si’s Hope Bostick, fell in a slugfest 9-6 at the Sparkler to the Lady ‘Stros Gold from Houston. No stats are available for this one, which took place in Westminster.

Also, action closer to home:

Washington Angels 5, Absolute Blast 14U Taylor 4: The Tri-Cities-based Angels scored three in the bottom of the seventh to stun the Woodinville-based AbB in walkoff fashion to open a tournament down in Centralia. Mount Si’s Madison Bonham went 1-3 with an RBI for the Blast.

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The long weekend is here…news and notes on a Friday

Good Friday morning. Long weekend ahead and we have some action for you to get it started. Baseball with our coverage from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Youth Baseball
Kirkland Merchants 16U 5, Pullman Posse 3: At the Palouse Summer Series last night in Colfax, the Merchants held off the Pullman-based team. Woodinville player Caden McCann, whose family we’re guessing is over there with him and hopefully is giving us a look while on the road there, went 1-2 with an RBI for KM.

Yakima Dirt Dogs 9, Baden Black 16U 0: Also at the PSS but in Pullman, the Yakima team blanked the Seattle-based Baden, holding them to two hits. Ex-MSHS’er Mason Gronewald went 0-1 with a walk for Baden; he played for Mercer Island HS this spring.

Washington Rush 8, Michael’s Toyota 18U 1: The Rush scored six runs in the first two innings to cruise to the win over the Bellevue-based Michael’s at Courter Field on the BCC campus in Bellevue. Mount Si’s Parker Wutherich went 0-2 for Toyota in this one.

FSP Baseball 18U 8, Crush 3: Bellevue-based Ford returned to Issaquah HS last night after their morning game and posted a win with Mount Si’s Harrison Clark and Troy Baunsgard both chipping in; each player had a hit, with Baunsgard walking twice as well and Clark walking once and driving in a run.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 1, Seattle Stars 0: Boys pitcher Duke Brotherton fired a complete-game four-hitter, striking out three, lifting Boys to a win over their Seattle-area rivals to start a weekend tournament down in Portland. Mount Si alums Spencer Marenco and Trace Halvorson went a combined 0-4 with an RBI for the Bellevue-based BoS.

College Summer Baseball
Honkers fall in Kamloops tourney opener: The Valley-based Pacific International League team was shut out 6-0 last night by league rival Seattle Cheney Studs in the opener for both teams at the Kamloops International tournament in British Columbia, the second straight Canadian tournament the Honkers have played in following last week’s tournament in Grand Forks. Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 0-4 for NWH, who will, when they return home, be playing at various venues on the Eastside as it seeks a permament home to replace Fall City Community Park, which had been its home for the past several seasons.

Volleyball
Playoffs to wrap up nationals today: At the USA Volleyball Nationals in Indianapolis, Bellevue-based Sudden Impact U17’s Storm will be looking to get back into the win column in their playoff games today. They are in the second flight playoff bracket in their “Patriots” division, meaning they are not in contention for a title today. The team, with MSHS’s Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, went 0-2 yesterday, falling to teams from Ohio and Texas. They play another Texas team this morning.

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Ex-Mount Si athletic figure escapes injury in major California earthquake plus the afternoon round of cuts….

Good afternoon on this Fourth of July. Another afternoon scoreboard update, but we first want to share some news with you regarding a semi-retired longtime figure in Mount Si High School athletics who found himself in the middle of a major situation this morning in southern California.

As many of you may have heard already, there was a sizable earthquake, measuring around 6.5 on the Richter scale, which struck an area of the Mojave Desert about 100 miles north-northeast of Los Angeles. Former Wildcat football team webmaster Dave Snead, who still remains involved with Mount Si’s volleyball website and also for several years ran several other Mount Si sports team websites, escaped serious injury in this morning’s temblor. He moved to Victorville, CA, a couple of years ago and felt the shaking at his house in that southern California community. Snead tells us via Twitter that the epicenter was just 90 miles from Victorville but that his house was not seriously damaged and his dog also wasn’t alarmed by the shaking. He, however, told us there’s been a number of aftershocks out of this, so they’re not entirely out of the woods yet down there.

We wish Snead and his wife all the best down there as they get through this. Earthquakes are not a new thing for them but still, it’s something to keep an eye on and we’ll do that here for you.

To the scores. Baseball and softball from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Baseball
New Level Prep 9, Field of Champions 16U Bears 1: The Preston-based Bears fell this morning at the Palouse Summer Series at Pullman High School. Mount Si’s Andrew Edson went 1-2 with a walk and run scored for the Bears while fellow ‘Cats Lucas Costello, Kevin Corder and Tyler Clem all went hitless for FoC.

Columbia Reach 12, Kirkland Merchants 16U 1: Also at the PSS but at Washington State University’s campus, the Tri-Cities based Reach rolled to a win over the Merchants; Woodinville’s Caden McCann went 0-1 with a walk for KM.

FSP Baseball 18U 11, Kirkland Merchants Elite 2: Bellevue-based Ford rolled over their Eastside rivals this morning at Issaquah High School. Mount Si’s Harrison Clark doubled, walked, scored a run and drove in another for FSP, while fellow ‘Cat Troy Baunsgard went 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Softball
Busy day down in Colorado at the tournaments there. Highlights from today’s action:

Newtown Rock 9, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller (Puyallup) 4: The Puyallup-based ladies had an early wake-up call this morning at the Boulder IDT tournament and it showed as couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead and fell thanks to an eight-run sixth from the Philly-area opposition. Cedarcrest HS alum Michaela Carter saw action in the game for WLH, but had no official at-bats.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 13, Bases Loaded Elite 6: We head down US 36 into the north Denver suburbs, and Loveland to be specific, to find the Snohomish team opening their tournament day at the Sparkler Juniors with a nice performance from three of their Valley foursome in a win over a Vegas-area team. Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith led the group, going 3-3 with a double and two RBI’s. Mount Si’s Willow Westbook went 2-3, also with a double, scoring two runs and driving in two more. Future Red Wolve Riley Warden, too, chipped in, going 2-3 with a walk and four runs scored. The fourth Valleyite, Warden’s fellow CHS class of 2023’er Kailee Kores, went 0-1 for the Shock.

STIKS Waukesha 17, Bellevue Blast 16U 6: In Sparkler action in Arvada, a west Denver suburb, the Wisconsin team kept the bats working all game as they rolled to a win over the Blast. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 1-3 in this one for Bellevue, who also had an early wake-up call this morning beating the SoCal A’s from suburban Los Angeles. Harris did not play in that game.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller (Puyallup) 6, California AASA 6: After the ‘Hawks fell to the Rock, they returned to a familiar theme in the Boulder event – finishing in a tie, this time after scoring two in the fifth to rally from a late deficit. Carter went 0-2.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 3, Chicago Cheetahs 3: Smith homered as part of a 2-3 effort in this one as the Shock held a late lead but could not close it out and instead settled for a tie in Loveland. Westbrook went 1-3 with a run and Warden went 1-4. Snohomish finished second in pool play behind the Cheetahs.

Ladyhawks 14U’s split pair of slugfests: Back north to Johnstown and Sparkler Junior action where we find the Puyallup-based ‘Hawks satellite squad based in Snohomish going 1-1 in a couple of wild ones this morning. They outslugged a local team, the Ruthless Martinez, 11-9 before falling 12-10 to a team from southern California called the Strike Force. Future CHS’er Reagan Hollett, who plays for the ‘Hawks, didn’t see action in either of these two games today.

Acers 18U’s win: This team with Mount Si’s Hope Bostick scored a pair of wins in Sparkler 18U action in the north Denver suburb of Westminster today. They won this morning 10-0 over the Colorado Vipers, a local Denver-area team, then beat a team from New Jersey this afternoon 9-8. No stats are available for either win.

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Valley pro soccer athlete to see national TV airtime thanks to league deal with ESPN, as network looks to take advantage of sport’s current popularity

Big piece of breaking news into the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal newsroom on this holiday morning. Hoping to take advantage of the interest in women’s soccer as a result of the Women’s World Cup and Team USA’s success thus far in it, ESPN and the National Women’s Soccer League have signed a broadcast rights deal for the remainder of this season and fans locally as a result will have a chance to see the Valley’s own Nikki Stanton in action.

A total of 14 matches will be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNNEWS from July-October including all playoff games. Three of the regular season matches will feature Stanton, Aussie superstar Sam Kerr and the Chicago Red Stars. The first of those will be July 21 on ESPN2 as the Red Stars meet the North Carolina Courage for a 3:00 p.m. kick here in the Valley. The other two games are August 25 vs. Portland (12 noon) and September 11 vs. Orlando (4:00 p.m.), both of which will be on NEWS.

Additionally, fans of the Seattle team, Reign FC, will also get three chances to watch their team on TV, with games against Houston August 2, Sky Blue FC August 18 and the Portland Thorns September 29 being broadcast.

Good stuff for sure and we’re happy to see Stanton get some more TV air time. She is from North Bend, a 2008 Mount Si HS grad, and starting midfielder for the Red Stars.

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The morning news on the Fourth….

Good morning and happy Fourth of July, Independence Day, to all of you.

The season is over for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s “Minors” 11U All-Stars baseball team. They were one-hit by opposing Redmond West Little League in a 5-0 loss last night in a loser-out game at the District 9 tournament in Bellevue.

Kevin Ellis had the lone hit for SVLL, who advanced to last night’s game with a loser-out win over Eastlake 9-8 on Tuesday. Parker Ball led Snoqualmie Valley in that game, going 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBI’s. Jayce Riden also had a good game, going 2-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Time now for the rest of last night’s youth baseball. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Bellevue Dragons 16U Elite 8, ExploSwing Northwest 16U 4: Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden paced things for the Dragons, going 2-4 with a run scored and RBI as the Bellevue-based team beat its Bellevue rival on neutrail soil at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Fellow Wildcat Turner McCutchan did not play in the game for XSN.

Rock Creek 15U 7, Prospect United 5: Maple Valley-based RC exploded for all seven of their runs in the fifth, rallying from a deficit to take care of the Tacoma-area team at home in Ravensdale. Cedarcrest HS’s Nate Hoyer went 0-3 for Rock Creek in this one.

WW Sweets 15U 5, Juanita Baseball Club 16U 0: Mount Si’s Aidan Dougherty was among four pitchers from Sammamish-based Sweets who combined on a shutout of Kirkland-based JBC last night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Dougherty started on the hill and worked the first three innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out one for the win. He and fellow Wildcat Jake Smith at the plate went 0-4 for WWS, but Mount Si’s Jake Mitton led Juanita offensively, going 2-2 with a walk.

River City A’s 3, Field of Champions 16U Bears 0: The Preston-based Bears were blanked on the road in the Tri-Cities by the Tri-Cities based A’s. Mount Si’s Kevin Corder, Lucas Costello, Tyler Clem and Andrew Edson went a combined 2-10 in the game for FoC.

Volleyball
Split on day two in Indy for Bellevue team with Mount Si duo: The Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Storm U17 girls’ volleyball team went 2-2 on day two of play at the USA Volleyball Nationals in Indianapolis yesterday. The squad, with Mount Si players Bre Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, beat teams from Texas and Indiana, but fell to that same Indiana team later in the day as well as to one from California. Action continues today. The team is 4-3 overall and not expected now to compete for a tournament title in the U17 “Patriot” division.

Softball
SoCal A’s 4, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller 1: At the IDT in Boulder, CO, the ‘Hawks were unable to overcome an early hole and fell to the California team. Cedarcrest HS grad Michaela Carter went 0-1 for WLH.

Golf
Mount Si’s Warford faces stiffest test as youth golfer: One of the hallmarks of Mount Si High School boys’ golf star Drew Warford as he has developed into one of the best youth boys’ golfers in the entire Pacific Northwest is his willingness to take on any challenge regardless of how tough that might be. That has been evidenced a number of times over the past couple of years, as he has competed in qualifiers for the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur boys’ tournament, even getting to compete in the U.S. Amateur last year. Well, that continued this week, as he competed in perhaps the highest-profile local amateur men’s tournament on the yearly calendar, the Sahalee Players’ Championship.

It proved to be a tough one for Warford, as he yesterday finished 64th of 64 golfers who competed in the event, with a 43-over par score of 331 on the par-72 Sahalee layout in Sammamish and scores all four rounds in the 80’s with only one birdie in the entire event, in the afternoon round on Monday. But, at the end of the day, it’s all about being tested and challenged, and it’s certainly hoped that the things he learned this week will help him as he gets set to return for his senior season at Mount Si this fall. Warford did not compete Monday in his Washington Junior Golf Association tournament due to this commitment, so he’ll likely be back out on the WJGA tour next week, his first chance to incorporate the things he learned into his game.

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