Mount Si High School alum part of one of the top teams in junior college football

Good Tuesday morning. Volleyball on tap but first we want to talk some football and have a look at a player we haven’t had a chance to feature yet in our college coverage this fall.

You all of course know about the many Mount Si High School football alums playing at the four-year level. Starters such as Eastern Washington offensive lineman Chris Schlicting, role players such as Oregon State’s Jesiah Irish or Washington’s Jack Westover (who as you all know scored a touchdown this past weekend for the UW), players helping to make a difference in games such as Pacific Lutheran’s Alex Rendon or Central Washington’s Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel. But the two-year level also has Mount Si representation this fall, and this Wildcat finds himself contributing to the success of one of the top teams in junior college football nationally.

Freshman R.J. Bell is plying his football trade these days at Shasta College down in Redding, CA, among the many California junior colleges that offer the sport (the sport is not offered by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, covering Washington and Oregon two-year schools, meaning players from here that want to play at the two-year level have to go to California or Arizona to do it). And Shasta is currently unbeaten on the season at 5-0, with their most recent win coming on October 5. They were off this past weekend which proved to be convenient for Bell as he was in attendance last Friday at the Mount Si homecoming game.

Bell’s playing on the defensive line for Shasta and has picked up a couple of tackles in action this fall. He’s played in four of the five games and has two solo and two assisted tackles thus far. Modest numbers to be sure, but he is getting the chance to compete and be a part of the success and that is certainly welcomed. Bell graduated from Mount Si back in June.

Shasta is back in action this weekend, and will have games every Saturday from this weekend out to November 16.

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The weekend wrap, and another round of Athletes of the Week….for October 16

Good Monday morning. Weekend wrap from the diamond and the pitch, ladies style, and then our Athletes of the Week.

Bellevue Vipers 16U 6, Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham 1: At Underwood Park in Des Moines last night, the Eastside rivals clashed with the Vipers getting it done. A pair of Mount Si HS sophomores are on the Flame this fall and winter, and one contributed to the efforts – Emery Kreidel-Reimer went 1-2 with the Issaquah team’s lone RBI. The second Wildcat, Sydney Steskal, went 0-1. Both played on the Mount Si JV this past season.

KB Fastpitch 16U 6, Idaho Crush 4: At the USA Preps tournament over in the Tri-Cities, a four-run third propelled the Kenmore-based KB to a win over the Boise-area team. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison went 1-2 for KB.

Seattle Spice Black 16, Issaquah Flame 16U Abraham 0: Spice pitcher Ella Yerkes fired a no-hitter striking out three in the nightcap down in Des Moines last night. Steskal’s walk helped to prevent a perfect game for the Spice hurler.

Washington Acers Culver 9, KB Fastpitch 16U 8: The Auburn-based Acers scored four in the sixth to stun KB to close out the weekend tournament east of the Cascades. Harrison went 2-3 as KB finished 4-1 and won the pool by virtue of beating the Crush earlier yesterday.

Also at USA Preps: The Acers’ 18U Plumb team, with Wildcat Hope Bostick, finished 4-1 and tied for first in their pool with teams from Idaho and Montana, while the Snohomish-based Washington Shock, with Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook and Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith, finished 2-3 and fourth in their pool. A total of 59 teams from 14U-18U spread out across 11 different pool groups competed in the tournament, with the teams coming from the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

Women’s Soccer
Idaho State 2, Idaho 1 (2OT): The Bengals’ Karlin Wurlitzer converted a penalty kick goal in the second extra session to lift Idaho State at home on Senior Day in Pocatello, ID, over their in-state rival Vandals. Makena Bambei had the other Bengal goal, and it was assisted by Fall City’s Rachel Brownell. The junior, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, started and worked 68 minutes, with one shot on goal, but no goals scored. The win for the Bengals was their first over the Vandals since Idaho re-joined the Big Sky Conference a few years ago.

Linfield 0, George Fox 0 (2OT): The Bruins and Wildcats could not get a ball into the opposite net yesterday, and the two Willamette Valley rivals went the full 110 minutes – regulation and both overtimes – ending it in a scoreless draw down in McMinnville, OR, on Linfield’s pitch. It wasn’t for a lack of effort, though, from Duvall’s Sydney Kuehn; the Linfield senior forward – and 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad – started and worked 105 of the 110 minutes, recording five shots, four on goal, with as noted no goals scored. It was the first tie of the season for both teams in conference play.

Athletes of the Week
CEDARCREST BOYS: We’re going to hit the gridiron this week, again, and no, it’s not for the varsity, either. Last Monday during the school’s junior varsity game, a sophomore player made an unbelievable play to help his team end up winning their game. Andy Kevin is his name, and the Red Wolve football Twitter page sent out a video clip of this thing following the game last Monday night, in which CHS used Kevin’s heroics to beat Shorewood.

The video clip shows Kevin making an interception of a Shorewood pass. He stops for a moment to make sure he has the ball, then once he knows he has it, he proceeds back down the field from about the Cedarcrest 35 yard line back towards the Thunderbirds’ end zone. At about the 45, just before midfield, he encounters his first Shorewood tackler, but doesn’t go down. Several more Thunderbird players then attempt to tackle the Red Wolve player, but Kevin still doesn’t go down, still doesn’t give up. Kevin ended up breaking all those tackles – by our count perhaps six or seven guys tried tackling him – and then went in untouched into the end zone for a 65-yard “pick six” interception return for touchdown, with his teammates celebrating wildly.

We sent out a request for info on this, and varsity head coach John Fiala told us over Twitter that it was one “of the most incredible plays I have seen while coaching or even playing.” Which is saying a lot, since as you all know, Fiala was a star player back in the day for some good University of Washington teams and also played in the NFL.

What Kevin did was simply awesome, and it’s just another example to us of how the culture has changed a bit up there with Fiala in charge. Kids going that extra mile to help their team succeed, both on and off the field, and it’s extending it seems down into their JV and perhaps even freshman “C” team if they even have that this fall.
CHS is home for Homecoming this week, with the varsity hosting Lindbergh Friday.

MOUNT SI BOYS: Homecoming this past Friday for football and receiver Kevin Corder has established himself as a key offensive weapon for the Wildcats. He caught two touchdown passes to help Mount Si shut out Issaquah and now holds the team lead in TD catches with five this fall. Corder also plays baseball so there’s a good chance you’ll see him on the Wildcat varsity next spring. Mount Si hosts Skyline Friday.

CEDARCREST GIRLS: Caroline Tiffany is getting it done this fall for Red Wolve volleyball. She had 15 digs for Cedarcrest as they were swept Tuesday by Everett. CHS currently is fighting for a playoff spot, and efforts like Tiffany’s will be a help down the stretch. They play Edmonds-Woodway tonight.

MOUNT SI GIRLS: To the pool. Junior Theodora McCabe picked up a pair of event wins this past Tuesday in the Wildcats’ meet with Skyline in Sammamish. McCabe won both the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke, with times in both races that met qualifying standards for the 4A SeaKing District meet, so she’s off to the postseason to rep the Wildcats, that’s for sure. Mount Si is off until the 24th, when they are scheduled to wrap up the season with Mercer Island. There is a pizza fundraiser on Thursday, though, for the team up at MOD Pizza in Snoqualmie.

HONORABLE MENTION: College football and we take you down to the desert of southern Arizona, Tucson to be exact, where Mount Si High football alum Jack Westover did something special on Saturday night. He scored his first college touchdown for the University of Washington helping the Huskies beat the University of Arizona in a nationally-televised game. We found a video clip of this yesterday on Twitter and that is up on our Twitter feed this morning. Essentially, what happened was early in the third quarter, the Husky redshirt freshman tight end got himself wide open to catch a pass from his quarterback, Jacob Eason, and catch a short one did Westover, who then promptly walked into the end zone for what was the first touchdown for the UW by a Mount Si grad since Brandon Yakaboski accomplished the feat during a game in September 2008. Sadly, that TD by Yakaboski ended up being the only one he’d ever score at the college level thanks to injuries. Hopefully Westover, from North Bend, won’t have the same fate and will continue to establish himself as a solid option for the Husky offense in the coming years. Another thing about the score that we liked as well – it caught the national TV announcers off guard. If you listen to the clip closely, Fox Sports play-by-play announcer Tim Brando, calling the game for the Fox-owned FS1 cable network, initially mis-identified Westover as one of his teammates (Cade Otton, another tight end) then immediately attempts to correct himself, taking a couple moments to do just that. Brando’s been a solid announcer for years (with CBS and now Fox), but this one certainly threw him for a loop. Oh well, though, in any event it was a great moment for Westover and his family and friends back home in the Valley celebrated, that’s for sure.

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The old Cascade Golf Course in North Bend could become a major player in high school cross country, plus Mount Si XC news…..

The start area at last Wednesday’s Mount Si High School home cross country meet at the old Cascade Golf Course in North Bend. MSHS coach Sean Sundwall is hoping to bring larger meets to this new venue, including the Kingco Championships. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

This past week, as we told you on Thursday, was a historic one for Mount Si High School’s cross country program, as it hosted a meet for the first time on a course that perhaps will become their long-term home going forward.

The old Cascade Golf Course in North Bend hosted the meet last Wednesday, and the setting couldn’t have been more spectacular for a first go-round at this. Head coach Sean Sundwall was thrilled to be able to host this meet at the course.

“Mount Si has had many home courses over the years,” Sundwall said. “Since I joined the team I have spent a lot time looking around the area to find a course. The Mount Si Golf Course (in Snoqualmie) was a great venue for the past two years. But since they are a very popular and active golf course it made it difficult for us to practice on our home course. With the passage of the Si View Parks levy (last) November, that organization (Si View Metro Parks) was able to purchase the old golf course and preserve it as open space. The old Cascade Golf Course is a stunning setting and perfectly meets the constraints that we have for a cross country course.”

Participants in the race, from five Kingco 4A high schools including Mount Si (others were Bothell, Issaquah, North Creek and Woodinville) ran a 5k course which consisted of two loops around the old golf course facility. The start and finish areas were located behind the Riverbend Cafe and the general store, and there was plenty of space for spectators to move about, and they did a lot of that during the course of the meet. The way the course was set up, it allowed for plenty of movement of spectators to catch the action.

Parking was a bit of a challenge for this first go-round; cars were parked at two locations – in front of the Riverbend Cafe in the old golf course’s main parking lot, and at a secondary parking lot off of SE 142nd St. at the west end of the property. But Sundwall thinks the venue is capable of hosting bigger events than just regular season meets. “What the new course also does is allows us to host bigger meets. My dream is to host the KingCo Championships in 2020 and beyond,” Sundwall told us. “I also think there is an opportunity to host a very large invitational. 1,500 cars can be parked on site and there is ample open space to allow for a very large event. But hosting KingCo is my first goal.” And a goal that is clearly attainable.

This is a venue that, as we suggested on Thursday in our story about the meet, has the potential to become one of the higher-profile ones in the region. First, there’s easy access to the venue for visiting schools – it’s right off I-90 at Exit 32 – so schools will be able to get in and out relatively quickly. Secondly, the cafe and general store are both still in operation, and those establishments stand to potentially do a lot of business during these type of events as spectators look to have a bite to eat or grab a quick drink. Third, there were plenty of portable restrooms on site for the meet, and that can be expected again for future meets, so that’s also a plus.

The finishing area at last Wednesday’s Mount Si High School cross country meet at Cascade. Sundwall believes the venue can hold a large number of spectators, making it potentially a viable one regionally for high school cross country. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Hosting the KingCo Championship meet at CGC would see the venue replace venerable Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, a venue that has been used for many years but now has the challenge of requiring the purchase of the Discover Pass for spectators to park and use the facility, essentially imposing an additional fee on Kingco cross country families on top of school participation fees, as all Kingco teams will race at least once or twice a season there. Parking at the Cascade facility is free, and since the parkland is locally managed as opposed to state-managed, the Discover Pass is not required.

Traffic impacts, if you went past it on Thursday, were there but not too big a deal for most people. The old course is near two large neighborhoods – Cedar Village and Riverbend – and is along a road – Cedar Falls Road – that is very busy with it being the primary route to get to Wilderness Rim and surrounding areas, including the Cedar Falls garbage/recycling transfer station and Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area.

With all this in mind, the main issue moving forward for Mount Si and Si View Metro Parks likely will be parking and traffic getting in and out of there with as many people as the venue potentially could hold – 1,500 cars could potentially bring with it upwards of several thousand athletes and spectators for the big invitational and postseason meets – so if Si View, the school and Sundwall can work those issues out with neighbors and the King County Sheriff’s Office (who would be responsible for traffic control in that area if they’re needed for that purpose), this is a venue that perhaps over the next three-five years could become a crown jewel in our community, helping bring visitors and potential economic impact to the upper Valley.

While the future is very much bright for Mount Si and local cross country, there is the issue of the present, and there is some news on that front as well.

Mount Si heads to Hole in Wall invite
The Wildcats yesterday traveled up to Arlington for the Hole in the Wall invitational meet at Lakewood High School, and had solid results.

The Mount Si boys were led by Paul Talens and Austin Gappa. Talens took 43rd in the main boys’ varsity race clocking the 5k course on the Lakewood campus in 16:07.7, while Gappa was right behind in 46th with a time of 16:09.5. The Wildcat girls were led by Ravenna Vaden, who finished well back in the main girls’ varsity clocking 20:13.2 and finishing 146th out of 316 entrants, so right in the middle of the pack.

The races drew a large regional field, from as far away as Alaska and California. Mount Si wraps up its regular season on Wednesday meeting Skyline at a location to be determined; we’ll check on it for you, and the postseason begins on November 2 with the district meet at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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From the diamond and the pitch……

Also this morning, Valley high school softball players and their club teams, with their local fall schedule wrapped up, are now in the out-of-town portion of fall and winter play, and that opened up yesterday with several of the local girls competing in a tournament over in the Tri-Cities sponsored by USA Preps. College coaches are in attendance, and among the teams playing with locals – the ladies from KB Fastpitch. Highlights of their games from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. Action in the event wraps up today.

KB Fastpitch 16U 15, Snohomish County Express 3: Kenmore-based KB scored nine runs in the first and rolled to a win over their Everett-based rivals. Mount Si’s Vera Harrison impressed the scouts, going 1-2 with two runs scored pacing KB. However, one of Harrison’s fellow Kingco 4A’ers did one better. North Creek’s Katie Ingersoll blasted a homer for KB and drove in two runs.

KB Fastpitch 16U 13, Oregon Titans 7: KB opened the event yesterday beating the Oregon team. Harrison went 0-2 in this one for KB.

KB Fastpitch 16U 12, Rampage Fastpitch 5: A 10-run fourth enabled KB to cruise again. Harrison was 2-3 with a triple, run scored and RBI, while a second Jaguar, Carli Zanassi, homered and drove in two runs. A good day for the KB bats that’s for sure in front of the right people. Among the colleges there watching the talent – St. Martin’s from Lacey, the University of Puget Sound from Tacoma, Willamette and Pacific Universities from Oregon, and several NWAACC community colleges, including Columbia Basin, Big Bend and Clackamas.

Other Valleyites getting a look: Two other teams with local players are also there at the event. The Washington Acers Plumb 18U from Auburn, with MSHS senior Hope Bostick, and the Washington Shock 16U from Snohomish, the former Snohomish Shock Oylear team featuring Bostick’s Wildcat teammate Willow Westbrook along with Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith, competed as well yesterday. Plumb went 3-0 while the Shock went 1-2 against a field of teams from around the Northwest and western Canada. Teams have come in for this event from as far away as Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Other action:

ExploSwing sweeps pair from Decatur High School fall squad: Bellevue-based ExploSwing Northwest’s 17U select team took both ends of a doubleheader yesterday down in Federal Way over Decatur High School’s fall baseball squad. XSN won the opener 8-2 and took the nightcap 3-2. Mount Si HS’s Jack Phillips played for ExploSwing in the two games, going 0-1 with two walks and an RBI in the opener, then went 0-3 in the nightcap.

Western Washington women 5, Western Oregon 0: North Bend’s Karli White had a goal and two assissts pacing the Vikings, who blanked the Wolves down in Monmouth, OR. White, the Western senior forward and 2015 Mount Si HS grad, started and played 63 minutes, recording two shots, the one goal being on the lone shot on goal. That goal closed out the scoring in the 86th minute, and she assisted on goals by teammate Jenna Kilman in the second minute which turned out to be the game-winner and also on a goal in the 14th minute by teammate Grace Eversaul as WWU blew out to a quick 3-0 lead and cruised from there. The Vikings are unbeaten in Great Northwest Athletic Conference (NCAA Division II) play at 5-0-0.

Montana State Billings 1, Seattle Pacific men 0: The lone goal of the game in Seattle last night came on a 79th-minute penalty kick conversion as the Yellowjackets stunned the Falcons at Interbay Stadium. SPU’s Duvall duo of Nik Reierson and Alden Massey logged plenty of minutes for the Falcons in this one; junior Reierson started on defense and worked the full 90 with no stats of note, while sophomore Massey came into the game midway in the first half and proceeded to play the rest of the way – a total of 63 minutes with three shots recorded, one on goal with no goals scored. Both players are Cedarcrest HS grads.

Pacific Lutheran women 1, Linfield women 0: PLU’s ladies took care of the visiting Wildcats yesterday at home in Tacoma, earning them their ninth straight win – which is the longest for the Lutes as a member of NCAA Division III and also the longest they’ve had in over 25 years. Snoqualmie’s Calie Rose didn’t play for PLU in the game, but Duvall’s Sydney Kuehn did for Linfield. The senior, a 2015 Cedarcrest HS grad, started and played 81 minutes; she recorded one shot, not on goal, with no goals scored. Rose, a sophomore, is a 2018 MSHS grad.

Hawaii Pacific women 3, Chaminade 2: The Sharks took care of Honolulu city rival Chaminade in PacWest Conference (NCAA Division II) action on the island of Oahu yesterday. Senior Camryn Buck, she of Ames Lake and a 2016 MSHS’er, started on defense and worked the full 90 for HPU with no stats of note; the win moves the Sharks to 2-1 in conference play, 5-3-1 overall.

Northwest U. women 7, Multnomah 0: The Eagles are smoking hot right now, winning their 11th straight game beating the Lions last night down in Portland. In their past five games, they’ve outscored foes 19-1, so the ladies are on a tear, that’s for sure, that’s propelling them to be one of the top teams this fall nationally in the NAIA. Snoqualmie’s Maggie Gunning repped the Valley last night for NWU, starting on defense and logging the full 90 with no stats of note. She is a sophomore and 2018 MSHS grad. Fellow Valleyite Sarah Hommas, the freshman from Duvall and 2019 CHS’er, got the night off in this one for the Eagles and did not play.

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Saturday scores from volleyball and the gridiron featuring local athletes…..

Good Sunday morning. Busy morning. We start our look at last night’s college action for Valleyites with some football.

Eastern Washington 54, Northern Colorado 21: The Eagles exploded in the second quarter and went into halftime up 40-0 on the visitors from Greeley, CO, then cruised to a win on Homecoming at home on the red turf in Cheney yesterday over the Bears. Manning the offensive line as always for Eastern in this one was senior Chris Schlicting, from North Bend and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad. Could the Valley continue to have a presence, though, on the Eagles after Schlicting graduates? It’s possible. Current MSHS football senior Gale Kamp took a visit over to Eastern yesterday and tweeted out a photo of him at the game, which we have for you on our Twitter feed. He’s being recruited by a number of schools, so another good program for him to look at, that’s for sure.

Washington 51, Arizona 27: Yes, Jack Westover only caught two passes for seven yards in this one. But one of those passes, a three-yard catch from QB Jacob Eason in the third quarter, became the 2018 Mount Si HS grad’s first college touchdown, helping the Huskies spark a second-half surge to down the Arizona ‘Cats on their turf down in Tucson, AZ, last night. Westover is from North Bend. We’ll try to find some video of this for you and have it up later. Good stuff.

Central Washington 44, Azusa Pacific 6: It was a good night for senior Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel last night as he helped Central’s Cats take Homecoming over the visiting Cougars in front of almost 6,000 over in Ellensburg last night. Hillel, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, caught four passes for 51 yards, and also threw a pass in the game 23 yards for a CWU touchdown in the third quarter to teammate James Marsh. Good stuff for Central’s fifth-year jack of all trades Mr. Hillel.

George Fox 37, Pacific Lutheran 14: The Bruins rolled at home over the visiting Lutes down in Newberg, OR, yesterday. Junior Alex Rendon, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, caught six passes for 65 yards pacing PLU’s receiving attack.

Lake Erie 38, Alderson Broaddus 24: The Storm picked up their first win of the season, beating the winless AB squad on their turf in Philippi, WV. Junior Eric Daniels caught one pass for 10 yards for LEC; he is a 2017 MSHS’er from North Bend.

Springfield 20, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 14: The boys from Massachusetts held off the host USCGA squad in New London, CT, yesterday. Freshman Brennan Dalgleish saw action with no stats reported for USCGA; he is from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS’er.

Dartmouth 42, Yale 10: In a battle of unbeatens in the Ivy League yesterday at Hanover, NH, the Big Green rolled to the win on Homecoming, giving their coach, Buddy Teevens, his 100th win at the school. Aiding in the efforts was one Jonny Barrett; the freshman from Snoqualmie and 2019 MSHS grad saw action in the game for Dartmouth with no stats of note reported.

Pomona-Pitzer 49, LaVerne 14: The Sagehens rolled to an easy win at home last night over their Southern California Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III) rivals in Pomona, CA. Lineman Michael Collins, from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS’er, saw action in the game for Pomona with no stats of note reported.

Utah 52, Oregon State 7: The Utes went into Corvallis, OR, last night and hammered the host Beavers. Sophomore Jesiah Irish, he of North Bend and a 2018 MSHS’er, saw action in the game for OSU with no stats of note reported.

Gustavus Adolphus 35, Concordia-MN 28: Visiting G-A stunned the host Cobbers in Moorhead, MN, yesterday, connecting on a 78-yard hail mary with 14 seconds left to steal victory from the jaws of near-defeat. Concordia took the lead shortly before that big play with a touchdown of their own, only to see the visitors storm back and get the “W”. Sophomore Collin Fleisch, from Fall City and a 2017 MSHS’er, saw action in the game for Concordia with no stats of note reported.

Also some volleyball:

Northwest U. def. Warner Pacific 25-10, 25-13, 25-14: The Eagles made quick work of the struggling Knights at home in Kirkland last night. Junior Courteney Carr, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, had 15 assists and four digs pacing NU.

George Fox def. Whitman 26-24, 22-25, 25-10, 25-14: Whitman could not maintain the energy off their win Friday night, falling at home in Walla Walla last night to the visiting Bruins. North Bend’s Emma Anderson had 27 assists, four kills and nine digs pacing the Blues. She is a 2018 Mount Si HS grad.

BYU def. Santa Clara 25-16, 25-12, 25-10: The Cougars at home in Provo, UT, dominated in a sweep of the visiting Broncos. Senior Anna McCreadie, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, had one kill in limited action for SC in this one.

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