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Archive for January 2009

>Emsky’s taste of the bigtime

>Fall City’s Eric Emsky today got a taste of high-profile international cycle racing, and it was a fair result to say the least.

Emsky, in the junior men’s division of the 2009 UCI Cyclocross World Championships being held in Holland, finished 38th, with a time of 42:28, a little over two minutes behind the winner, from the host nation.

Emsky has been in that part of the world for the last month practicing and racing getting ready for this big opportunity. Despite the tough results, Emsky learned an awful lot about the sport and how it’s done over there, and also got to experience the culture and history of that part of the world, which is quite significant. That alone makes this experience very rewarding for the Mount Si High School student and brother of former Wildcat tennis player/current UW men’s rower Tyler Emsky.

Here’s hoping Eric has a good rest of his time over there, and will come back to a lot of support and pats on the back for a job well done not only representing the Valley, but his country as well.

We’ll have more on his experience coming down the road in a future issue of the Valley Record so watch for it.


Written by Rhett Workman

January 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm

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>Previews and predictions for tonight’s Mount Si basketball doubleheader @ Juanita

>Good Saturday morning everybody. Time now for a special edition of our previews of Mount Si basketball.

It is basketball night at Juanita High School in Kirkland, as the Wildcats travel there to face the Rebels in games originially scheduled for January 9, but were postponed thanks to the awful flooding which affected our community. Before we get to the previews, let’s take a moment to wish the best for all of those still cleaning up some three weeks after that destructive flood. Many in our community still need a lot of help, much of it financial, to get back on their feet.
It will take months to get past what happened for some, and for them, our thoughts and prayers are with them as they continue to recover.

Now to the games.

GIRLS @ 5:30
The next two games for Mount Si, as also noted below, are home-and-home against the Rebels, and they are the two biggest games down the stretch for the Wildcat girls and have been since it became fairly clear where they stood on the Kingco totem pole. Mount Si comes in off a rather humane, if you can say that about a blowout, 63-12 drubbing of hapless Sammamish, in which Mount Si took very few three point attempts and got everyone plenty of playing time. Juanita comes in off a loss to Bellevue last night, but have a couple of ladies in Olivia Marshall (10.6 ppg) and Tori Close (10.2 ppg) who could be trouble for the Wildcat defense.

Juanita on the season has shot around 40%, so once again a key will be how well Mount Si does offensively from the floor. If they struggle (under 30%) there could be problems.

The Wildcats will have fresher legs and that could be a plus, but they will have to work hard in the paint, since Close (4.7 rpg, 18 blks), Taylor Paddock (6 rpg, 14 blks) and Rachel Marshall (3.1 rpg, 12 blks) will be the big three on defense for the Rebels. Mount Si’s posts of Sarah McDonald, Traci Nelson and Aubrey Larion will need to put in a solid effort in order to get things done.

As mentioned before, this game and the one next Wednesday at home against this team are both very huge. Considering where both teams stand right now (tied for the 4th and final home first round playoff spot in the league tournament) and that sandwiched around these two games for the Rebels are games against Bellevue (as already noted a loss), and MI Monday night, if Mount Si sweeps out, they should be in good shape for that home berth.

Mount Si must see these games for what they are, basically playoff games. They have a slot in the tournament, yes, but their path gets decided in the next two games. Their play over the next 64 minutes of league action will help to decide their fate.


BOYS @ 7:05
The Wildcats come into this game off a big win over Sammamish Tuesday. The team shot a torrid 80% from the floor, a stat not seen often at this level. If they continue their hot hands tonight, watch out. The Rebels as of now do not have a single player averaging over 10 points a contest, and their top player, Ryon Cunnigan, is dropping in around nine points a contest. Juanita comes in off a 30-point loss to Bellevue last night, so conditioning will be a factor in this one, as the Wildcat legs will be fresh.

A theme the Wildcats want to follow down the stretch in league is they want to take care of beatable opponents quickly, which was the case against Sammamish.

Juanita is 5-12 this season, their league record is 3-5. They have lost, to among other teams, Ingraham and Interlake, and considering they have a new coach this year in ex-longtime Issaquah head man Jeff Patrick, are likely rebuilding. But Patrick, who changed coaching gigs due to the high gas prices last year (he lives near Juanita HS and is out-of-building, meaning he works during the day for a private company as opposed to the school) is a proven winner, so he should be able to get this program off the ground within a couple of years.

This is the first of a home-and-home series, so Mount Si will learn a lot quick.


Written by Rhett Workman

January 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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>WWU football update

>Looks as if all the work by the folks trying to save the WWU football program has paid off, as companion bills have been introduced in the Legislature calling for a review of the decision-making process behind this decision to get rid of the program. The House bill is HB 1884, the Senate bill is SB 5784. Several high-powered lawmakers have signed on as sponsors of these bills, including Reps. Dan Roach (R-Auburn) and Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish) and Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D-Seattle). As of now no Eastside lawmakers have signed on, but that could change especially with the arm-twisting that is expected Monday when the WWU supporters head to Olympia for their rally.

Again, if you are, as this blog is, concerned about what this decision means for local high school football players and their college options, give your lawmakers a call or send them an email.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 31, 2009 at 12:46 am

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>A couple of updates……

>Today offers a couple of updates on items we have been following here.

First, this on Drake da Ponte (WSU track/XC, North Bend). No Drake this weekend in the scheduled indoor meet in Pullman. His mom tells us that he told her yesterday by phone that he and his coaches had a lengthy discussion, in which it was decided he would remain a redshirt at WSU for now. Since this weekend’s meet is a scored meet as opposed to an “open” meet, he is unable to compete due to this redshirt. That said, he is looking to compete at a couple of upcoming meets that we have already noted here on the blog. And it should also be noted that the fact da Ponte and his coaches had a long chat before the decision was made at least IMO shows that the coaches at least took notice of his second place showing last weekend. Here’s hoping that if he gets another chance to show his stuff, he will wow them one more time.

Now to the WWU football matter. The group has raised over $500,000 to try to save the program, and now they are taking their road show to Olympia. There is a rally scheduled Monday on the Capitol steps designed to show lawmakers how much support there is to keep the program afloat using private donations. Local resident Dave Snead has been involved in this effort, and reports that he has heard a response from only one of the three rep’s from the 5th district, which represents the upper Valley. Which of course means that if you are concerned about what this decision means for high school football players in Washington post-graduation, you might want to give your legislator a call and give them your opinion on the matter.

Your lawmakers here in the 5th are:

House-Reps. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie) and Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City)
Senate-Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R-Maple Valley)

Email and phone numbers are at if you are interested in telling your representatives how you feel.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 30, 2009 at 12:35 am

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>Pacific (OR) men’s basketball 94, PLU 82

>PLU traveled down to Forest Grove, OR, last night to meet Pacific in a game being made up after being postponed due to weather earlier this month. The Lutes’ North Bend product, Kyle Clearman, played a couple minutes late in the first half of the contest, as noted in the headline a loss for PLU. Clearman recorded a couple of assists, and took one three-point shot but missed it.
Both the Lutes and Northwest U Eagles women (Rachel Mitchell/North Bend) will be back in action Friday and Saturday, and I think we have already mentioned this weekend’s schedule.

Coming up later this week, since we won’t have a basketball preview for you until Saturday for the two-fer @ Juanita, we’ll have a gymnastics postseason preview for you. If you are a Mount Si sports fan, you’ll want to stop by SnoValleySports and have a look later in the week, because you will be surprised by what their outlook is.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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>More news from around the country…..

>Seems as if there’s a news item everyday about high school sports and the economy, and what various states are looking at doing. Add another state to the list, and it’s right next door. – From the folks over at KBCI, the Fisher (KOMO) owned TV station in Boise, they did a story on the Idaho high school association’s discussions on how to reduce costs of high school sports in the Gem State. I would guess folks here in Washington will be paying close attention since our state will probably be looking at these issues as well. In fact, there is talk here of changing the format for state basketball tournaments and reducing the number of teams who can get into these events from 16 down to 8, and possibly adding a regional layer of games which could involve more teams. – A more detailed article from Maine on the state association votes yesterday on these issues.

Thoughts? Comment in the comments section.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm

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>As promised, the Colin Alexander results from the WSU meet on Saturday

>As we told you a while ago, we’d check to see on Colin Alexander and how he did in the 800m in Pullman on Saturday, and he did well thank you very much.

Alexander finished 11th as an unattached runner, he clocked a 2:04.75, just about seven seconds behind winner David Hickerson of WSU. We’ll look to see where he’s running and we’ll make sure to let you know. Nice work Colin!!!

Written by Rhett Workman

January 26, 2009 at 9:58 pm

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