Cedarcrest cross country heads up to meet in north Sound, plus news from the links and the water to lead off your Sunday…..

Good Sunday morning. A lot on the plate this morning and we begin on the cross country course, where Cedarcrest High School’s cross country squad headed up to Marysville to compete in the Nike Twilight Invite.

Red Wolve coach Bruce McDowell was pleased with how things went. “Overall, we had ourselves a very good day,” he told us by email. How well did they go? Well, 28 of 32 runners who competed in the race had either a season-best or personal-best time, led by girls’ sophomore varsity runner Sonja Blycker, who clocked a personal-best 19:15.3 on the 5k course at Cedarcrest Golf Course (no relation) and finished third in the 1B-2A varsity girls’ race. Freshman Avery Zlateff finished 16th with a personal-best time as well, clocking 20:07.1.

All of the boys’ varsity runners ran PR’s or season-bests, led by senior John Meier, who finished 19th with a time of 16:38.1. Teammate Cade LaTurner was right behind in 26th, clocking 16:54.2.

The efforts last night could be a nice spark moving forward. “Definitely gives us a nice confidence boost as we head into our final couple meets before our Championship meets. Now the goal is to run improved times from today when we hit those last couple meets on potentially tougher courses,” he told us.

CHS is back in Wesco action on Thursday with their lone home meet of the season, hosting Jackson, Everett and Edmonds-Woodway at McCormick Park in Duvall. The park is located at 26200 NE Stephens St. in downtown Duvall, west of Highway 203. To get there, take 203 to Stephens St., which is the normal turnoff to go to CHS. Instead of heading east up Stephens to get to the school, however, turn left and go west about a block and the road will end in the park’s parking lot.

College news now.

Bowles Invite, Salem, OR: There was Valley representation in both the men’s and women’s races at this regional meet hosted by Willamette University yesterday morning in the Oregon state capitol. George Fox freshman Spencer Sprague, from North Bend and a 2019 MSHS’er, took 83rd in the men’s race, running the 8k course in 27 minutes, 6.8 seconds. The women ran a shorter 5k course, and PLU sophomore Alicia Krivanek, she of Carnation and a 2018 CHS’er, took 57th clocking 19:29.1.

Sundodger Invite, Tacoma: 2019 Mount Si High School alum Joe Waskom made his college debut for the Washington Husky men’s cross-country squad at this meet yesterday in Pierce County, and the debut was a smashing one, for sure. Waskom, competing unattached, finished the race in sixth, clocking 24:59 on the 8k at Chambers Bay Golf Club. He is from Snoqualmie.

Also this morning:

Canada West Championships, Kelowna, BC: The U. of Victoria’s Kat Hodgson fired a round of 82 yesterday and sits in the middle of the pack at 10 over par after the first round of the women’s tournament up in Canada’s Okanagan. Hodgson, a sophomore from North Bend and a 2018 MSHS’er, tees off later this morning on the par-72 Okanagan Golf Club Bear course looking to help Victoria get things done. She also played in a tournament a couple of weeks ago to open the season for UVic, taking 22nd in the Gail Moore tournament up in Bellingham after rounds of 86 and 79 in that two-round event.

George Fox tournament, Gearhart, OR: Pacific Lutheran’s men, with their Valley trio, are down on the Oregon Coast this weekend at a tournament hosted by George Fox University. Senior Alex Nelson fired a 74 and sits in a tie for seventh going into today’s final round at the event and he leading the threesome. Fellow Valleyites Jordan Lau (77, tie-14th) and Mitch Dover (78, 17th) also had solid rounds on the par-72 layout at Gearhart Golf Links. Nelson and Lau are from North Bend while Lau is from Redmond and all three are MSHS alums.

Gonzaga women vs. WSU women, Pullman: The Bulldogs and Cougars opened the 2019-20 season last weekend on the Snake River. North Bend’s Lauren McCallum was busy for GU, clocking 17:37 in a two-person boat with teammate Anise Potjes, then she piloted a four-person boat which included Potjes to a time of 15:17.1 in the time trial races. There were no results posted for WSU, which this year includes Valleyite Kendra Mutch. She is from Duvall.

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The Friday night football wrap: Kohlruss guides CHS to another win, while Mount Si falls to Eastlake in key Kingco showdown

Time for football, and times are looking bright these days for the Cedarcrest Red Wolves program. The squad went into last night’s game at Renton looking to maintain the positive momentum that came out of their great comeback win at Bellingham last weekend. And they did just that, spoiling the Indians’ homecoming party with a 28-7 win at Renton Stadium.

Another solid performance from QB Cameron Kohlruss led the way; he completed 13 of 23 passes for 207 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in this one as the Red Wolves moved to 4-1 this season in advance of a return trip to Civic Stadium in Bellingham next Friday night to meet Northwest 2A Lake Division foe Sehome.

Things started quickly for Cedarcrest. Kohlruss hooked up with Cody Hulse in the first quarter for a nine-yard touchdown, the first of two touchdown catches for Hulse in the contest. He caught a 33-yard pass to paydirt from Kohlruss in the second quarter and those two catches netted 42 total yards and two scores, very productive, that’s for sure. It was an overall balanced effort in the air, as seven different receivers caught passes, led by the three catches for 44 yards from Dawson Cairns.

Nathan Gerde also had three catches, for 37 yards, and a touchdown; Gerde’s was on a five-yard hookup with Kohlruss in the second quarter. Rounding out the scoring, also in the second quarter, was a Sean Shannon touchdown. Shannon usually does this on offense, but this time, he delivered the goods on defense, with the Red Wolve senior taking advantage of a Renton fumble and returning it 12 yards for the score.

The game went to half 28-0 and it was pretty much self-explanatory the rest of the way, although the Indians sent the fans home happy, with one of their players intercepting a CHS pass in the fourth and returning the thing 101 yards from end zone to end zone for a touchdown.

Jeremy McCarley led CHS on the ground, with a solid 16 carries for 82 yards. CHS’ defense shut down Renton QB Terrance Meneese, holding him to no pass completions on seven attempts in the contest. That left Renton having to do everything on the ground, and it was a two-headed attack there with Meneese leading the way, with 16 carries for 64 yards. Elijah Corney paced the Indians, with nine carries for 59 yards. The Red Wolves outgained the Indians in the game 337-117.

CHS is at Sehome next week with a win likely putting them on pace for a playoff spot. Game is at 7:00 next Friday at Civic Stadium, and it’s being broadcast live on KGMI-AM radio in Bellingham.

Mount Si falls to Eastlake: The Eastlake Wolves got to work right away, and scored a key Kingco home win last night, posting the 24-18 victory over Mount Si in the Kingco 4A Crest Division opener for both teams at Eastlake High School in Sammamish.

Montana State-bound Grady Robison got the ball rolling early for the Wolves, with the senior quarterback racing 37 yards to paydirt to open the scoring. Colby Ramsey put the Wildcats on the board with a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter, before Robison delivered again, this time on a sneak play from a couple yards out for six. Mount Si’s quarterback, Clay Millen, responded, with a 10-yard touchdown run of his own, and at the half, the Wolves were up 14-10.

Eastlake pulled away a bit in the second half. First, Ryan Curran kicked a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter, then Jalen Bright extended the Wolves lead to two touchdowns with a one-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter. Millen connected with Kevin Corder for a 65-yard big play to paydirt later in the frame to make things interesting, but Eastlake’s defense stood tall and finished the deal, moving the Wolves to a strong 4-1 on the season and into first place overall in the division with the win.

Mount Si is home next week taking on Issaquah. Guessing this will be Homecoming so this will be a big game in more ways than one for the Wildcats. Kick is at 7:00 next Friday. More information about the game, including a message from Athletic Director Darren Brown, is available at MSHS’ website, which is linked at right in our news links.

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Action from the water, the pitch and the volleyball floor, ladies style, on a Saturday…..

Good Saturday morning. We’ll have football shortly this morning, but we started off earlier with some golf and now we have some swimming for you.

Mount Si’s girls’ swim and dive squad fell Tuesday to Liberty at Boehm Pool in Issaquah, 130-53. The Wildcats did have a number of strong efforts, though.

Junior Theodora McCabe pocketed a pair of event wins. She won the 50 yard freestyle, clocking 26.39 seconds, and also took the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 1:06.66. Both times earned her qualification to the SeaKing District postseason meet. Also, Lindsey Moulton brought a win home for Mount Si; the freshman took the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:22.22 that earned her qualification to the Kingco 4A league meet. She also earned Kingco qualification in the 200 yard individual medley, taking third with a time of 2:40.71.

Rounding it out, Sydney Kuehner was on the short end of a sprint for second place in the 100 yard freestyle, clocking 1:07.66 and finishing just one-hundredth of a second behind the second-place finisher from Liberty. But that didn’t matter in the end as the time was good enough for Kingco meet qualification.

Mount Si meets Interlake on Tuesday at Boehm, then wraps up the season at Mercer Island on October 24.

College action from last night. Soccer and volleyball.

Notre Dame de Namur 2, Hawaii Pacific women 0: NDNU got a pair of goals from Susan Whitney to blank the Sharks on their home soil in Waipahu, HI. Senior Camryn Buck, she of Ames Lake and a 2016 MSHS’er, started and played the first 33 minutes of this one for HPU with no stats of note reported.

Northwest U. women 2, Corban 0: The Eagles took control of top spot in the Cascade Conference (NAIA) at home in Kirkland last night, remaining unbeaten in league play knocking off the visitors from Oregon and giving them their first conference loss of the season. Valleyites Maggie Gunning and Sarah Hommas both played for NU in this one, with the two starting and recording no stats of note. Gunning is a sophomore from Snoqualmie and 2018 MSHS’er while Hommas is from Duvall and graduated from CHS earlier this year.

Northern Colorado 3, Idaho State women 1: The Bengals fell on the road to the Bears in Greeley, CO. Junior defender Rachel Brownell, from Fall City and a 2017 MSHS’er, started and played all 90 minutes for ISU with no stats of note.

Northwest U. def. Oregon Tech 25-16, 25-17, 25-16: The Eagles at home in Kirkland last night cruised to a sweep of the visiting Owls. Junior Courteney Carr, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, had 18 assists, an ace and six digs for NU, who moved to .500 overall on the season at 8-8, 6-4 in Cascade Conference (NAIA) play.

Linfield def. Whitman 25-15, 18-25, 25-16, 28-26: A big game from Valleyite Emma Anderson was not enough for the Blues as they dropped one to the Wildcats in four down in McMinnville, OR, last night to remain winless at 0-11 on the season. Anderson, a sophomore from North Bend and 2017 MSHS’er, had 24 assists, 11 digs and five kills for Whitman.

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Wildcat boys golf on a roll….a title clash awaits…..

Mount Si High School’s boys’ golf team has been on a tear this fall. Haven’t had a chance to mention them yet this fall, but the golfers are getting it done, currently undefeated at 8-0 after three more wins this week.

The Wildcats Monday handled Newport 192-208 at the Golf Club at Newcastle in Bellevue, lower score wins. Senior Drew Warford fired a 35 to win the medalist honors for low round of the match. Cooper Neil, Buddy Dann and Hogan Warford all fired 39’s to pace Mount Si, who then took care of Eastlake Wednesday at a very tough Sahalee Golf Club in Sammamish.

Drew Warford again had a strong day, firing a 32 for another medalist honor as the Wildcats won 187-199. Neil and Hogan Warford both fired 37’s pacing Mount Si, while also getting a 40 from Nate Harris. The Wildcats on Thursday beat Redmond, with score and stats unavailable at this time.

Earlier in the season, the Wildcats took care of Woodinville, Inglemoor, North Creek, Bothell and Issaquah. The season opened September 9 with a medalist round of 34 for Hogan Warford in a 180-217 win over the Falcons at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie, then on September 16, Drew Warford fired a 34 for medalist honors in a 191-232 blowout of the Vikings also at home on the Mount Si layout. The team hit the road for the first time September 19 and beat North Creek at Mill Creek Country Club in Snohomish County. Drew Warford pocketed a round of 33 for a medalist trophy in this one as the Wildcats won 199-212.

Harris emerged with a season-best 35 for the Wildcats who beat the Eagles September 23, 185-202. Neil and Drew Warford both had 37’s in that match.

Mount Si beat Bothell September 25 192-208 with Neil earning medalist honors with a round of 32, also a season-best.

This Wildcat group, coached by Mike McCahon, in his first year as golf coach replacing Bob Bostwick, who stepped down following last season, is a very experienced, tournament-tested group which includes several players who have summer tour experience. In addition to the Warford’s, Neil and Dann, Noah Lange, Logan Garwood and Robbie Nielsen all have previous WJGA tournament experience.

Mount Si wraps up their regular season against fellow unbeaten Skyline Tuesday at Plateau Golf Club, with the winner securing the Kingco 4A title.

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Correction to our football item this morning…..

Quick correction to our football previews and picks this morning. It concerns the scholarship offer the University of Arizona made to Mount Si HS QB Clay Millen last night. Turns out that it was not the first one he’s gotten thus far.

We’ve been told that this is his second offer – the first actually came last year, from one of the schools we mentioned in the item this morning would likely offer, and that was the University of Oregon. This, as we mentioned this morning, is where his brother Cale is currently playing football, as a redshirt freshman. Cale graduated early from Mount Si as part of the 2019 class.

With that, apologies to Clay and the Millen family for the mistake this morning.

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