Mount Si boys, girls hoops sweep Inglemoor

Good Monday morning. You editor was pretty much restricted to bed all weekend with a pretty bad cold hence nothing the past couple of days. We’ll get our Athlete of the Week shortly but we have a ton to catch up on. We’ll start with some hoops from this past Saturday night. Mount Si High School’s boys and girls basketball teams went up to Inglemoor High School in Kenmore to meet the Vikings.

Heide’s back: Senior Sela Heide’s much-anticipated return to action went well, as she scored a game-high 12 points helping propel Mount Si’s girls to a big 54-44 win over Inglemoor’s ladies avenging last season’s playoff loss to the Vikings. Heide had been out to this point recovering from offseason knee surgery but with her moving around well as of late, it seemed to be a matter of time before the doctors would clear her to return, and that was the case for this one. Freshman Makhayla Adams had another strong rebounding effort, leading the Wildcats with 11 boards. Mount Si had a total of 48 rebounds of which Adams and Heide had 20 between them. Lauren Glazier had nine points pacing the Wildcats, while Joelle Buck, Nitika Kumar and Grace Turley all had eight points each. Lucy Young led Inglemoor with 11 points.

Mount Si boys escape: The Wildcats got a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds from Jabe Mullins as they held off the Viking boys 55-46. The St. Mary’s-CA bound senior was 8-17 from the floor as the Wildcats maintained their unbeaten conference record with the win. Tyler Patterson added 12 points for Mount Si, while Brady Casto scored 20 to lead Inglemoor. Zach Shimek added 10 pacing the Vikings.

We’ll wrap up the Friday night action shortly.

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News nuggets concerning a pair of Valley pro athletes…..

Also on this Friday, we have some news from baseball.

It was another good game for Mount Si High School alum Max Brown, but his Auckland Tuatara fell on the road last night to the Sydney Blue Sox, 12-4, in Sydney, Australia.

Brown, from North Bend, had his second straight two-hit game, going 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s for the New Zealand-based Tuatara.

The two teams continue play tonight in Sydney in the Australian Baseball League.

Soccer: MSHS grad Stanton takes her talents overseas
Another former Mount Si High School soccer star will be headed overseas to pursue professional opportunities.

The National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars late yesterday announced North Bend’s Nikki Stanton, a 2008 MSHS grad who played the past two seasons in Chicago, has informed the organization she will be leaving to pursue a playing opportunity in Europe. Reportedly, that opportunity is in Norway but we have not confirmed that.

She played in most of the games this past summer for Chicago, as a defensive midfielder, recording no goals or assists. The move is not seen as much of a surprise as her longtime friend and teammate, the Australian superstar Sam Kerr, earlier this offseason also announced her departure from the Red Stars to pursue a similar overseas playing opportunity. Kerr is currently with London-based Chelsea FC’s women’s team in the English league.

With Stanton heading to Europe, she joins fellow MSHS alum Gibson Bardsley, who played for a few seasons on that continent, in Malta and Sweden, following a pro career in the United States-based United Soccer Leagues. Bardsley has since retired and still lives in Europe.

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Mount Si grapplers score two wins on road in Kingco action

Mount Si High School’s wrestling team posted a pair of wins last night on the road, beating both Inglemoor and Bothell at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore in a double dual.

Mount Si handled the Vikings 43-30 and routed the Cougars 53-15.

Of note in the Inglemoor match, Max Crowder (138) and Jaeden Durham (160) picked up wins for the Wildcats while Cullen Geahigan (132) took his match in the Bothell dual by a technical fall. Full results are below after the jump, from TrackWrestling.com. Continue reading

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An arctic blast and …. the white stuff … are around the corner, but we do have a Friday round of hardwood previews and picks for you as we all wait…..

Good Friday morning. We’ll try to get you some gymnastics and wrestling a little later but we have for you another round of our Friday hardwood previews and picks. We went 3-1 in our season opener December 20, so we look once again for another solid four-pack tonight. Mount Si’s boys and girls host Woodinville while Cedarcrest’s boys and girls play Oak Harbor, the boys at home in Duvall and the girls making the long trip up to Whidbey Island to meet the Wildcats. A note on all these games and they are weather permitting with the morning snow and the expected afternoon rain and wind that could bring with it power outages, especially up on the island that could impact those Cedarcrest-Oak Harbor games. If we get word on any changes, we’ll advise, but in the meantime, here’s the previews and picks. Girls lead it off.

GIRLS
Mount Si Wildcats vs. Woodinville Falcons, Mount Si HS, 6:30 – If you thought Issaquah was a difficult chore Wednesday for Mount Si’s girls, well, Woodinville is going to be an even bigger challenge tonight. They’re 11-0 on the season and are led by a two-headed force in junior Mia Hughes and sophomore Veronica Sheffey. Hughes is one of Kingco’s top offensive threats this season, averaging a little over 22 points a game, while Sheffey’s contributing a solid 16 points a game for the Falcons and providing perhaps the best secondary threat offensively for any team in the conference.

Mount Si fell 64-26 to Issy Wednesday in Issaquah as the Wildcat offense was held to just 10 points in the first half. Still no Sela Heide as the senior post awaits a final clearance from her doctor which we suspect is imminent to return to play following offseason knee surgery so sophomore post Lauren Glazier will continue to be the key to watch. She was held to just four points Wednesday in the loss so she’ll be looking to bounce back.

Freshman Makhayla Adams had a solid game on the boards Wednesday for Mount Si, with her first 10-rebound effort as a high-schooler. The plan with younger players such as Adams, freshman Grace Turley and sophomore Ellen Vincent, who led the Wildcats in scoring with six points Wednesday, is to allow them to learn by experience and building confidence; an effort such as the one Adams had Wednesday against one of the Crest Division’s top teams can help in those efforts. Look for the freshman to provide a solid secondary presence both on defense and in the paint this evening, especially as she’ll probably see a lot of both Hughes and Sheffey.

Still, though, you’re dealing with one of the top teams in the conference and frankly one of the top teams in the state tonight, and that itself will be no easy task. The hope will be to keep this thing competitive, but a slow start like Wednesday and the Falcons will run away with this. Woodinville 60, Mount Si 35

Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Oak Harbor Wildcats, Oak Harbor HS, 7:15 – CHS comes into this one off a win Monday at Mount Vernon and looks to build their conference resume with a victory on Whidbey Island. Ava Erhardt led the way Monday for the Red Wolves in a 42-32 win which came despite offensive struggles – the team was 7-20 from the free throw line and also had difficulty hitting shots. We asked coach Brad Knowles about it and he chalked it up basically to it being the first game back from the holiday break and kids re-adjusting to normal routine following two weeks off. So we’d look for a crisper effort tonight against a Wildcat team who’s winless in league but also has a solid record this season, at 6-4 (CHS is 7-2 overall).

Senior forward Jasmine Ford leads Oak Harbor, who we think has a good chance tonight to pick up that first conference win, but if Cedarcrest’s defense starts out well, the Red Wolves should be in good shape.

We look for this game to be about whether CHS’s offense wakes up and re-establishes itself a little quicker than it did Monday. If it does, look out. Cedarcrest 59, Oak Harbor 55

BOYS
Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Oak Harbor Wildcats, Cedarcrest HS, Duvall, 7:15 (Sound SportsNet, broadcast here)– The Red Wolves defense held Snohomish without any points in their first 12 possessions Wednesday night, enabling Cedarcrest to start the game on a 17-0 run and grab a win over the Panthers. Well, you might look for that again tonight against an Oak Harbor team which, to put it mildly, did not have a good first half of the season. They’re winless in Wesco and are 1-9 overall on the season.

For CHS, look for post Shawn Deming to lead the way, coming off a game-high 16 points in the win Wednesday over Snohomish. Also keep an eye on Chester Brackenbusch, who scored 13 points on Wednesday and dating back to the holiday tournament CHS played at over in Port Townsend has stepped up to fill in for some starters who are nursing injuries. Oak Harbor should be led by senior forwards Josh Pendleton and Jerome Dones, and senior guards Garrett Levell and Alaki Kitchens. Height-wise, the players range fairly from 6′ to 6’5″ so if CHS can overcome some possible disadvantages there, they’ll be in good shape. They are in the top half of the Wesco standings which serves them well in advance of the upcoming Northwest 2A computer rankings release; look for them to continue their strong start to the conference schedule tonight. Cedarcrest 65, Oak Harbor 45

Mount Si Wildcats vs. Woodinville Falcons, Mount Si HS, 8:10* (*Approximate start time; game will start 15-20 minutes following prior girls game) – Mount Si returns home for the first time following their holiday triumph down in southern California when they beat some top competition from the southwest United States to become just the third team in Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational history from outside California to win the thing.

The Wildcats come in off a win Tuesday over Issaquah. Jabe Mullins scored 18 points and collected six boards for Mount Si in their 53-39 win which was keyed by solid second half defense which enabled the Wildcats to pull away after going into halftime in a close one with the Eagles. Bennett “B” O’Connor added 11 in the victory while Tyler Patterson was limited to just eight points. The last time Patterson was held to single digit scoring – the loss in Rancho Mirage to Sacramento’s Capital Christian December 27 – the Montana State-bound player went off in the following game, scoring nearly 30 points. So perhaps we may be in for something similar tonight, we shall see.

Two-sporters Cage Schenck and Blake Glessner lead the 6-5 Falcon team, which would definitely love a win tonight to enrich their postseason position. You Mount Si fans know both gentlemen from their success with Woodinville football; the pair lead the Falcons in scoring, with Schenck averaging 17 points a game and Glessner 14. The challenge though for those two is they have to continue to lead the way while avoiding injuries which could cost them their college football opportunities in the near term. Both we believe have committed so those distractions being out of the way are good, but injuries for either or both could be serious news not only for the Falcons, but for their college football futures.

One thing’s for certain and that is Glessner and Schenck would love nothing more than to get one more win against Mount Si, and do it in front of a student section that’s likely going to feature a ton of football players including star QB Clay Millen. So the challenge for the Wildcats tonight is to prevent these two from doing just that. The approach defensively needs to be simple – shut these two down. If you do, you go home with a win. We like Mount Si’s chances, but look for this to be a competitive game. Mount Si 60, Woodinville 52

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CHS boys hoops defense sparks Wesco win, plus other news from the hardwood and the diamond this morning

Good Thursday morning. We hit the hardwood to start the news this morning and Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team came back from the break with a nice showing last night at home against Snohomish, as the defense sparked a strong win.

Shawn Deming led the way with 16 points and Cedarcrest held Snohomish off the board for their first 12 possessions, allowing the Red Wolves to pull away for a 57-42 win over the visiting Panthers. “We really set the tone at the start of the game tonight,” coach Joe Ayers told us by email. “The boys did a great job capitalizing on those stops to get us out of the gates with a 17-0 run to start the game.”

Snohomish responded with a solid second quarter, then Ayers made some adjustments with his team at halftime, which produced good results. “At the half we talked about needing to get control of the paint on the defensive end and force them to shoot the ball from the outside. We were able to do that in the 3rd quarter outscoring them 19-6,” he told us.

Chester Brackenbusch added 13 points and Carter “Deuce” Knowles pitched in 10. The efforts of those two and Deming were not lost on the coach. “We were a little short handed tonight with two starters out for the game and needed some guys to rise up. I want to spotlight Chester, Shawn, and Deuce for their impact on both ends of the floor as well as rebounding the basketball. It was a solid league win for us coming out of the break,” Ayers told us.

Deming was 7-7 from the free throw line and also had seven rebounds, while Knowles racked up six boards. Brackenbusch recorded three steals defensively and himself only committed one turnover, demonstrating excellent ball handling in this one. Kyle Hampton scored 12 to lead Snohomish.

CHS hosts Oak Harbor tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. Preview and pick tomorrow here.

Mount Si girls sputter offensively in loss: The Wildcat offense mustered only 10 points in the first half of their game last night with Issaquah, and could not recover from the very slow start out of the gate, as the Eagles rolled to the 64-26 victory at IHS over the visitors from the upper Valley. Ellen Vincent led Mount Si with six points, and Makaylah Adams recorded 10 rebounds in a game for the first time as a high-school player, but outside of those highlights, the game was all Issy. Keira Hanson had a game-high 18 for the Eagles while Lauren Frueh pitched in 10 points and seven rebounds. Mount Si hosts Woodinville tomorrow at 6:30 in the front end of a girls-boys doubleheader at MSHS. Preview and pick tomorrow.

Baseball
Mount Si alum Brown with big game for Auckland: It has been a struggle this season in the Australian Baseball League for Mount Si High School alum Max Brown, but his efforts last night hopefully will spark a strong finish to the season for the Valleyite.

Brown, who graduated from MSHS in 2011, was 2-4 with a triple, his first of the season, and a run scored aiding the New Zealand-based Auckland Tuatara to a 7-0 win last night over the Sydney Blue Sox in Sydney, Australia. Auckland, after a slow start to the season, is now 17-12 and in the lead in their division in the league but as noted, it’s been a struggle for Brown, who came into last night’s game hitting below .100 on the season and whose efforts only bumped his average up to .099. Still, though, it is hoped that the performance last night can help spark a late push for the outfielder which can help him end the season on a strong note.

Brown, from North Bend, is in his second season with Auckland, and among his teammates is pitcher – and fellow MSHS alumnus – Jimmy Boyce. He is expected to see action on the hill during this series, perhaps as a starter.

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