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On the college front, one game of note last night involving a Valley athlete. Cedarcrest HS grad Evan Fassler and his CSU Bakersfield men’s soccer teammates scored a come-from-behind win over the Master’s College in a non-conference contest last night.
CSU rallied from a 3-2 hole midway through the second half to post a 4-3 win over their foes from the San Francisco area. Fassler, a senior this season for CSUB, started and took five of the team’s 16 total shots on goal in the contest. He, however, did not score any goals – those were scored by teammates David Velasquez, Richard Menjivar, Justin Finch and Jesus Sanchez. Finch’s goal in the 73rd minute followed by Sanchez’s tally just a minute later propelled the Bakersfield comeback.
Three more soccer games of note today, all on the women’s side. Eastern Washington, with North Bend junior Brittany Conway, is playing right now against Robert Morris of Pennsylvania in a Florida tournament; later, Fairfield’s women, with another North Bend product, junior Nikki Stanton, opens their season with a tilt against Boston College in Boston, then this afternoon, Ball State’s women, with North Bend freshman Alexis “Lexi” Pearlstein, takes on Western Kentucky in Kentucky
The fourth annual Snoqualmie Days road race yesterday morning drew over 600 runners racing one of two courses, a 5k and 10k, and under stellar weather conditions, top racers from Washington state scored wins in the event.
In the men’s 10k, Teshome Kokebe overcame strong challenges from several other runners, including top Valley finisher Sean Sundwall, to post the victory, his first. Kokebe clocked a time of 31:15 on the course which ran on streets in and around Snoqualmie. Sundwall, the Snoqualmie resident and Mount Si assistant track coach who organizes a number of local running events including this one, finished just 31 seconds back in third place.
Olympia’s Claudia Copeland scored the win for the women in the 10k race, clocking a time of 34:31, beating her closest challenger, Lois Keller, by over a minute.
In the 5k run, Olympia’s Jesse Stevick took the win on the men’s side in a close one, timing out at 15:45 on a course which ran through streets around downtown Snoqualmie. Stevick finished just six seconds ahead of second place finisher Josiah Price. Ellensburg’s Amber Farthing came across the Cascades to take home the women’s title. She finished with a time of 18:40, nearly a minute ahead of her closest challenger, Jill Hasselbach.
Mount Si High School cross country followers will be pleased with this result. North Bend’s Richard Carmichael, set to lead the Wildcat boys’ XC team this fall as a senior, was the top Valley 5k finisher, scoring a time of 17:18, good for third overall on the men’s side. Carmichael was one of several Mount Si XC runners, who, along with their coach, Christine Kjenner, ran the 5k race, getting a good chance to get their legs ready to roll for another tough cross country season.
More information on yesterday’s race, and on other races which are coming up, can be found at www.runsnoqualmie.com.
Hope International’s women’s volleyball team continues to look for its first win. Two more losses yesterday at a tournament in Azusa, CA, despite the strong performance of a Valley product, left the California school at 0-4 to start the season.
HIU fell to Oklahoma Baptist 25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 25-16, then fell again in their nightcap to Kirkland’s Northwest University 25-21, 25-18, 25-19. Royals senior Sine Schirmer did her best to keep her team in both contests. The 2008 Mount Si grad dropped team highs in kills in both matches – 18 against OK Baptist and eight more against Northwest. In addition, she had an ace and seven digs against OKB, and she added an ace, assist, and four more digs against the team from Kirkland.
HIU looks for its first win today, we’ll keep you posted.
On the college pitch yesterday, Valley athletes and their teams had mixed results.
Eastern Washington women fall in opener
Eastern Washington University’s women’s soccer team fell 4-1 to host Florida Gulf Coast in the Eagles’ season opener at FLGC’s tournament down in Fort Myers, FL. Brittney Conway, a junior who graduated from Mount Si HS in 2009 and transferred this year to EWU after two years playing for Bellevue College, played about 29 minutes coming off the bench in the contest, her first action with the Eagles this season. Conway recorded no stats of note.
Evergreen men shut out in home debut
The Evergreen State College men’s team was blanked 2-0 in their season opener on home soil down in Olympia yesterday by Everett’s Trinity Lutheran. Sophomore Dyson Fowler, a North Bend product who graduated in 2010 from Mount Si, started and played 79 minutes without recording any significant stats. Teammate – and fellow sophomore – Sam Joselyn, also a 2010 Mount Si grad, did not see any action in the contest. Joselyn also hails from North Bend.
Ball State women start out on the right foot
Ball State’s women’s team blanked Kentucky’s Murray State University 3-0 in the Cardinals’ opener at a tournament in Kentucky. BSU, out of Muncie, IN, has on its roster this fall freshman Alexis “Lexi” Pearlstein, a 2011 Mount Si grad from North Bend. She did not play in yesterday’s contest.
Tonight, one game, and it’s our first look at a Cedarcrest grad in action. Senior Evan Fassler, from Duvall, leads his CSU Bakersfield team into a battle against the Master’s College in a nonleague contest.
Fall practice is right around the corner, and another incoming Mount Si senior has announced her college intentions.
Volleyball player Krista Galloway has announced her commitment to OIT, better known as Oregon Tech, to play volleyball for them starting next year, according to Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote. Oregon Tech is a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, which includes Kirkland’s Northwest University.
Several Wildcat grads compete in sports at CCC schools, including Northwest women’s soccer players Jordyn Wilson and Jessica Oliver, Evergreen men’s soccer players Dyson Fowler and Sam Joselyn, and Southern Oregon women’s cross country and track athlete Alex Rudd.
Galloway played club ball this spring with Island Thunder 18s, a Mercer Island-based team which was among the top teams in the Puget Sound area throughout the season. Her college commitment is now the fourth from the Class of 2012; football player Josh Mitchell (Oregon State), softball player Maura Murphy (George Washington) and boys’ soccer player Davis Karaica (Seattle Pacific) have already made their decisions.
Hope International volleyball opens season with two losses despite strong showing from Mount Si grad
Hope International University opened its women’s volleyball season yesterday, and a Mount Si grad had a big hand in their efforts. However, the performance of this former Wildcat turned out not to be enough as HIU fell twice.
The Royals started things off in their season-opening tournament at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, taking on Concordia University of Portland. HIU senior Sine Schirmer, a 2008 grad of MSHS, had a team-high 12 kills in the match, but the Royals fell 25-17, 25-10 and 25-21. Schirmer also had eight digs to pace the HIU efforts in that category.
HIU in their nightcap yesterday in the tournament took on Rocky Mountain College out of Billings, MT. The Royals started out well, with a first set win, but RMC had the last laugh, winning the next three sets to take the match. Scores in favor of the ladies from Montana were 20-25, 25-10, 25-12, 25-15. Schirmer had another nice effort, with eight kills and nine digs.
HIU has two more games today. In game one this morning, they meet Oklahoma Baptist, then this afternoon, the Royals meet Kirkland’s Northwest University.