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Archive for November 2008

>Weekend wrap

>Again no games on this Sunday so here’s how local athletes fared.

Only three in action, here we go.

First, basketball. North Bend’s Rachel Mitchell had a tale of extremes this weekend as her Northwest women’s team played in a tournament in Walla Walla. Friday, she scored 21 points, a team-high, in a close 77-73 NWU loss to host Whitman College. Yesterday, she was held to just six points as NWU was blown out by Lewiston’s Lewis and Clark State College 90-60. Next game for them is this Friday at Concordia-Portland.

On the men’s side, North Bend’s Kyle Clearman saw minimal action for his PLU team over this weekend. Last night, he picked up a rebound in mopup duty in a Lutes 80-60 win over Wittenberg (OH). He did not see action Friday in a PLU 84-79 loss to Concordia (MN).

The last volleyball of the fall season saw Ames Lake’s Faith Hutcherson not see any action at all over this weekend for her WSU team, as the Cougs swept the weekend twinbill over Arizona and Arizona State. Friday WSU beat the Sun Devils 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20; Saturday the Cougs rallied to beat the Wildcats 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 21-215, 15-10.

Light week this week, with PLU’s men Tuesday night hosting Cascade College from Oregon in Parkland.


Written by Rhett Workman

November 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm

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>Your weekend preview, and a comment about the Bellevue football bus crash

>Again, a light schedule this weekend, so get out there and enjoy the turkey, pigskin, and shop til you drop.

WSU VB (Faith Hutcherson/Ames Lake) vs Arizona State, Pullman, 7:00pm
Northwest U WBB (Rachel (Travis) Mitchell/North Bend) @ Whitman, Walla Walla, 6:00 pm
PLU MBB (Kyle Clearman/North Bend) vs Concordia (MN), Parkland, 8:00pm

PLU MBB vs Wittenberg (OH), Parkland, 8:00pm
Northwest U WBB vs LCSC, Walla Walla, 4:00 pm
WSU VB vs Arizona, Pullman, 7:00pm

Also, a quick hope for a speedy recovery for the Bellevue Wolverines football players who were hurt when their bus crashed earlier today on I-5 south of Southcenter. The accident, according to reports citing police, appears to have been caused by a ladder which flew out of the back of another vehicle. Cops are looking for that driver now, and as per the Maria Federici Washington state law regarding unsecured loads, that driver is likely in trouble right now. Hopefully, the cops will get their man and bring him to justice. Their game was canceled, and pushed back to Monday.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 29, 2008 at 12:04 am

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>Scores, comments, prep water cooler talk……

>A lot to get to today.

First, one game of note last night for local collegians, North Bend’s Kyle Clearman (PLU men’s hoops) scored five points in limited duty as the Lutes rolled 111-76 over Walla Walla U, the same school Northwest U’s women’s team (Rachel Mitchell/North Bend) beat Monday night.

Now, to the prep water cooler.
First an update on the story we posted Monday, the judge hearing the lawsuit in northen California regarding the eligibility of that foster kid ruled in favor of him, and declared him eligible, meaning his team is now in the playoffs.

That’s done, now we move to the Hoosier State, for another high school sports in court story:
You may have heard about this story yesterday, we just haven’t had a chance to put this up yet. Anyway, a 14-year old girl and her family have filed a federal complaint against the Indiana state high school sports association, seeking permission to play baseball. She is currently not allowed to do so since her school has softball. This suit, according to the story, is being filed on the basis that the state rule in question barring this young lady from trying out for baseball violates both Title IX and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, so this thing could have national ramnifcations. Read and discuss.

One last thing: We won’t have any room to mention this for a couple of weeks in the paper, so I’ll just do it now, but the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association will have three teams, a Boys U-12, Girls U-14, and Boys U-16, representing them and their district at the upcoming state youth soccer tournament in Burlington. The Valley Record (yours truly) had the privilege to attend the district Girls U-14 championship game last night, thanks Christy Wright for tipping us off, and the two teams, from North Bend and Fall City, played one of the best soccer games I have ever seen in my seven-plus years of doing sports for this newspaper. North Bend won 2-0 BTW. If you are a Mount Si soccer fan, or a local youth soccer booster, you should be excited at the thought of having a strong local soccer scene for quite sometime, as evidenced by what your association’s teams are doing currently.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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>Northwest U women vs Walla Walla U, 11-24-08

>North Bend’s Rachel Mitchell was in action last night for her Northwest U women’s basketball team. She struggled, going 0-10 from the floor, but it didn’t matter, as Northwest ran their opponents, the little known Walla Walla University, off the floor, 82-26. Walla Walla U is located in Walla Walla, and according to Wikipedia is often confused for more well-known Whitman College and the local community college.

Tonight, PLU’s men (Kyle Clearman/North Bend) take on the Walla Walla men’s team.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm

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>Around the national prep water cooler this morning….

>……….comes this out of Northern California.

This story is out of the San Francisco Chronicle and it pertains to the regional high school football playoffs being placed on hold while a judge – yes, the courts – determines whether certain state association rules dealing with transfers are discriminatory to students who are in foster care and who are moved around repeatedly by the courts. The kid at the center of this case has been bouncing around in foster care, and was declared ineligible due to a clerical error by the school.

Read and discuss. Dave Snead, this is a good one to opine about.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 24, 2008 at 4:15 pm

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>Weekend wrapup

>No games on this Sunday, so we can wrapup the weekend right now, and the headliner is out of snowy Slippery Rock, PA, where the Seattle Pacific women’s cross county squad competed in the NCAA D-II national championships yesterday. Despite the difficult conditions, SPU finished fourth as a team, and Fall City’s Jane Larson finished 12th overall among all runners with a time of 22:02. Teammate Jessica Pixler, Eastlake HS grad, won the individual title. Hope our friends at our sister paper the Sammamish Reporter are made aware of this. Nice job you two.

In other action, North Bend’s Rachel Mitchell (the former Rachel Travis) scored eight points, but it was not enough last night as her Northwest U. women’s team fell 61-51 at PLU in Tacoma. On the football field, Eastern Washington’s two Valley participants, North Bend’s Alex Smart and Dexter Moetului, both saw action in the Eagles’ season finale, a win at Weber State 33-26 in Ogden, UT. Moetului recorded a tackle in the third quarter which prevented Weber’s runner from gaining yardage on the play. Smart did not have any stats.

Now the scores, both “Apple Cup” results from Pullman, but the locals were not part of the fun. Rats.

UW over WSU 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14
Faith Hutcherson (WSU/Ames Lake) DNP

FB WSU over UW 16-13 (OT)
Brandon Yakaboski (UW/Duvall/Mount Si ’06) DNP

Slow week this week, as basketball takes over. At some point this week, look for a wrapup of BCC fall sports and a check on if anyone is playing ball at the CC level this winter.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 23, 2008 at 5:09 pm

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>Your weekend college preview

>Light weekend.

Tonight: WSU VB (Faith Hutcherson/Ames Lake) vs UW, Pullman, 7:00pm
Tomorrow: EWU FB (Alex Smart and Dexter Moetului/North Bend) @ Weber State (Utah), 11:00am
UW FB (Brandon Yakaboski/Duvall/Mount Si ’06)@ WSU, Pullman, Apple Cup, 12n – Game on FSN television
CSM FB (Cary Purchase/Fall City) vs Bulldog Bowl, 1:00pm
NWU WBB (Rachel (Travis) Mitchell/North Bend) @ PLU, Parkland, 6:00 pm

Written by Rhett Workman

November 22, 2008 at 1:27 am

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