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Archive for April 2009

>A little something extra….

>As many of you know by reading our newspaper, each week we select an “Athlete of the Week” who deserves recognition for their efforts on the field the previous week. Well, for this we’re going to take from that and do an honorary “Coach of the Week” here on the blog because this coach certainly has earned it. And I hope he likes the kudos if he sees this.

If you have been following things all weekend, you know that we have been paying attention to the Fresno Force Classic girls’ club softball tournament, featuring Snoqualmie’s Maura Murphy and her 14-U LadySharks Faist team, coached by Chris Faist. We would have liked to do more coverage, but were not able to because even though their website said they’d keep things updated, that really was not the case. Even now they still do not have the final order of finish there, but we heard from the Murphy’s today that LSF finished 8th out of 56 teams entered in the event. Nice job. But do you all know the biggest reason why we think they did so well, aside from the fact the team is pretty good????

If you will all remember, we mentioned in our preview of the event last week that LSF locally had been playing teams older than them, 16Us. And we told you this preparation would serve them well, since these California teams they were playing likely have skills and experience levels which rival that of older teams locally. (After all, these CA teams play and practice OUTDOORS year round.) Well, it did. And we have to give credit where credit is due here, and that is to Coach Faist, for doing what it took to get his team prepared for this tournament.

Each coach should always make decisions on which teams they play based on what they have on their team. But coaches should take a lesson from what Faist has done to get his team prepared for this tournament and if the talent level allows, play up. Play older kids and give your team a good test.

So it is with that that we give Coach Faist our honorary “Coach of the Week” and a virtual pat on the back for a job well done over this weekend. Nice job, Coach and players.


Written by Rhett Workman

April 28, 2009 at 2:49 am

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>From the news desk…..

>We have a couple of articles talking about dollars in high school sports.

From the blog of the Birmingham News comes this item about Alabama high school sports and how money has taken over.

The San Jose Mercury News has an item this morning updating the San Jose school district that is on the verge of losing high school sports, we have been telling you about this one here.

Thoughts? Post in comments.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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>Sunday scoreboard

>Hi, everyone, and welcome to those of you baseball parents who got the message from Polly Breshears yesterday regarding my need for information for summer baseball. Please get that to me at any Mount Si home game the rest of the year or email that to me, so we can keep tabs on your teams this summer here and in print. I appreciate those of you who have already sent stuff in, and thanks for that.

Now to the scores from yesterday. Headliner is in baseball, where both George Fox (Derek Aldrich/North Bend) and PLU (Brandon Sales/Snoqualmie and Jake Handy/Fall City) finished tied for the Northwest Conference baseball title after both teams swept their doubleheaders yesterday. A tiebreaker game to determine top seed in the regionals is TBD. Nice job gentlemen.

Here’s the tally from yesterday.
PLU @ Puget Sound, doubleheader
Game 1-PLU 6-5
Katie Shaw (PLU/Tolt Hill) DNP
Game 2-UPS 5-4
Shaw 0-1, saw action in only five games this season, finished 0-2 with a walk and 2 K’s

Central takes three of four in weekend series vs W. Oregon
CWU-Kyleen Sweepe/North Bend (RS)

PLU vs Puget Sound, doubleheader
Game 1-PLU 5-0
Brandon Sales (PLU/Snoqualmie) 1-3, run
Bot 5-Double, scored on grand slam HR by Ben Shively

Game 2-PLU 11-10
Sales 0-3, run
Bot 2-Walked, scored on Geoff Gabler two-run HR
Jake Handy (PLU/Fall City) DNP either game

George Fox vs Linfield, doubleheader
Game 1-GFU 4-0
Game 2-GFU 5-3
Derek Aldrich (GFU/North Bend) DNP either game

George Fox and PLU share Northwest Conference baseball title, playoff game to decide home-field for NCAA D-3 playoffs TBD

Gonzaga women @ Charles River Challenge, Boston
Chelsie Eddings (GONZ/North Bend) DNP

Final placings for Reno tournament
18s-KJ (M. Pratt/S. Nash) t-5th
17s-Sudden Impact (S. Macaulay) 20th
16s-KJ (Au. Larion/B. Sinner/Z. Gogan) 23rd

This weekend was pretty much it for the spring sports. There are a few things this weekend, but we pretty much are into playoff mode in college action now, so posts will be a little bit rarer through May but if enough of you send stuff to me about summer teams, we’ll have plenty of coverage here.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

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>Reno Sunday update plus news on Drake da Ponte

>Our only update from Reno today, since all competition is done and most clubs are at Cannon (the airport there) now waiting to take off for home.

First, in the 18s, KJ’s (Miranda Pratt/Mount Si sr. and Summer Nash /Blanchet (ex-MSHS) jr.) failed in their quest to crash the championship party in their division this morning, as they fell in both of their matches, one to Vision Gold from the Bay Area, the other the team from Texas. They ended up battling a Colorado squad for fifth and sixth place, no score was reported.

In the 17s, Sudden Impact (Shelagh Macaulay/Mount Si jr.) ended up 20th in the event, after they beat a Portland team for the second time in the tournament, before falling in a nail-biter to a California squad.

The 16s was short and sweet for KJ (Aubrey Larion/Baylee Sinner/Zoe Gogan/Mount Si so’s.) as they fell in three to a team from Anaheim. KJ ended up 23rd.

Also a note about Drake da Ponte (WSU track/North Bend). Drake ran as an unattached runner in the men’s 1500m yesterday in the Duane Hartman Invite in Spokane and finished 3rd with a time of 4:02.16. His mom, Mount Si assistant track coach Suzanne, tells us this is a big deal for Drake since he beat a number of very good competitors, including Spokane Falls CC’s Dan Riek. She suspects this result will be another reason why Drake will be competing as a WSU guy next season as opposed to unattached.

Our Sunday scoreboard early tomorrow.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm

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>The Saturday scoreboard

>A lot of headliners to talk about this Sunday from yesterday’s collegiate action.

First, baseball, and two teams with Mount Si graduates are going into today’s action locked up in a battle for first place in their league. PLU swept a pair with Puget Sound, and George Fox split a pair with Linfield. In the first game for PLU over Puget Sound, Snoqualmie’s Brandon Sales drove in what turned out to be the game winning run for the Lutes in the bottom of the 8th. Other locals on the two teams include Fall City freshman Jake Handy for PLU, and North Bend soph. Derek Aldrich for Fox. Neither played in their team’s games yesterday.

Also, a couple of season-enders to mention. First, it was Senior Day at Charleston Southern; among the six being honored by the school was North Bend’s Amy Trenkamp. She went 2-3 with a double, but CSU fell to Radford 5-2. Also, it was history as Idaho State made it to the 20-win plateau for the first time since restarting the program three years ago. They got there by sweeping Utah Valley in a pair. North Bend’s Kandis Clesson was a busy young lady, pitching both games, and finishing both for the Bengals, picking up wins in each. Clesson finished the year having set 10 school season records in various categories, more on that in the board.

Also, a mention on Fresno and NW Lady Sharks Faist (Mount Si fr. Maura Murphy). They made the gold bracket finals in the 14U Fresno Force tournament today. No results available for yesterday’s action, but it’s safe to say they did well if they made it to the gold bracket. This blog wishes them luck.

Now to the board.

PLU men @ NWC Championships, Forest Grove, OR (Sat)
Colin Alexander (PLU/North Bend): Competed in 4X400 relay, team finished 4th, 3:24.07
Alexander: 21st in 800m, 1:58.88

Puget Sound vs PLU, doubleheader
Game 1-UPS 6-4
Game 2-PLU 5-4
Katie Shaw (PLU/Tolt Hill) DNP either game

Charleston Southern vs Radford
Senior Day, among CSU senior class is North Bend’s Amy Trenkamp
Radford wins game 5-2
Trenkamp goes 2-3 for Buccaneers
Single in 5th, double in 7th for CSU

Idaho State vs Utah Valley, doubleheader
Final games of season for ISU
Game 1-ISU 7-4
Kandis Clesson (ISU/North Bend) CG, 3ER, 4K
Game 2-ISU 9-8
Clesson CG, 6ER, 7K
Clesson finished with 16 wins, school record for wins in season
Also took school records this year for most appearances (35), most games started (27), most complete games (25), most innings pitched (211.2), most hits allowed (225), most earned runs (103), most walks (116), most K’s (146), most hit batters (22). All stats source-Idaho State University.

Puget Sound vs PLU, doubleheader
Game 1-PLU 5-4
BSales (PLU/Snoqualmie) 1-4, RBI
Bot 8-Single, scored Jaron Iwakami (turned out to be GW run), adv to second on Geoff Gabler single

Game 2-PLU 6-1
Sales 0-3, run
Bot 2-Reached first on E-3 (1b), adv to second on Gabler walk, adv to third on double play grounder by Sammy Davis (4-3 (2b/1b)), scored on Ben Shively double
JHandy (PLU/Fall City) DNP either game

George Fox vs Linfield
Game 1-GFU 5-4
Game 2-LIN 7-6
DAldrich (GFU/North Bend) DNP either game

-GFU and PLU tied for lead in Northwest Conference, teams play doubleheaders today

Gonzaga women @ Charles River Challenge, Boston
CEddings (GONZ/North Bend) Did not compete

UW Spring Game
BYakaboski (UW/Duvall/Mount Si ’07) DNP

Updates from Reno on the docket throughout today, and we may do them very frequently if KJ 18s make the finals and their match gets webcast.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm

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>Reno update

>Our final update on this Saturday out of Reno.

16s are done and KJ (Zoe Gogan/Aubrey Larion/Baylee Sinner, Mount Si so’s.) go 1-1, outlasting Surf City from Orange County, CA, before falling to Bay Area ALCiS. Play tomorrow is still TBD.

Going into tomorrow, it’s the 18s we will be watching very, very closely. KJ (Miranda Pratt, Mount Si sr./Summer Nash, ex-Mount Si jr.) is seeded #6 in tomorrow’s play, meaning they are in the championship bracket. They will have a rematch with Vision Gold from the Bay Area, and a meeting with a Dallas team. Should they win both, they will likely play for the tournament title, and that match will be webcast on the tournament website. We wish KJ luck as they go for this title.

The 17s will see SIVC (Shelagh Macaulay, Mount Si jr.) get a first-round bye, but will need a win to make the final in their bracket.

See you all in the morning.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 26, 2009 at 2:25 am

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>Track and volleyball scores

>First, Mount Si last Thursday was at Liberty competing against the Patriots and Garfield in track and field, here are the winners from the Wildcats in the meet:

Boys event winners
100m-Shelby Williams 11.5 sec
Shot Put-Ryan Ransavage 49’0″ (top three MS sweep)
Javelin-Kyle Stevens 187’8″
Pole Vault-Brandon Roddewig 14’0″

Girls event winners
800m-Lindsay Kirby, 2:31.5
1600m-Megan Past, 5:37.5
3200m-Alex Rudd, 11:56.5
100m Hurdles-Diana Keller, 15.4 sec
300m Hurdles-Hannah Hasburn, 49.0
4×100 Relay-Keller, Nikki Stanton, Ha. Hasbun, Helen Hasbun, 51.0
Shot Put-Molly Meyers, 35’5″
Discus-Corinna Linder, 107’5″
High Jump-Stephanie Burk/Wendy Hecker, 4’8″ (both tied for first)
Pole Vault-Georgia Reynolds/Kelly Besmer, 8’6″ (both tied for first)
Long Jump-He. Hasbun, 16’2″ (Top three Mount Si sweep here)

Full results:

Now to our first Saturday update from Reno, as the 17s and 18s have finished for now, there may be later action for them and if there is we’ll let you know.

Huge day for both teams that we are following for you here. First, with the 18s, KJ (Miranda Pratt, Mount Si sr., and Summer Nash, ex-Cat (now Blanchet) jr.) had a solid day in pool play against some very good teams. This morning, they opened with a two-game sweep of the local favorite Team Nevada Blue, then followed that up with a barnburner against the #1 seed NCVC team from Sacramento. KJ rallied after losing game one to win the second game and force a third game, which they took to the wire before falling 15-12 to the Californians. Despite the heart-breaking loss, KJ kept working, and found themselves in another tight one, this time with Vision Blue from the Bay Area. KJ opened with the game one win, only to see Vision win the second frame and force the deciding third stanza. KJ turned around and said “enough”, and promptly whacked Vision in the third game 15-5 to take the match and finish 2-1.

Sudden Impact 17s (Shelagh Macaulay, Mount Si jr.) also had a much better day. They battled hard in their first match, blowing out Delta Valley in the second game after the California team blew out SIVC in game one. DV in the end was too much in game three, winning it 15-10, giving them the match. Same kind of match in the second one of the day, this against Bonney Lake VB from Pierce County. BLVB took care of SIVC in game one, then SIVC did the same in game two. The third game was a tight one, which took extra points, but BLVB came out on top to take the match. SIVC was finally rewarded for their efforts with a match win to close out today’s early play, a two-game sweep of a team from Portland.

Both teams will play tomorrow. The 16s are yet to get underway and we’ll let you know how that goes later on.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 25, 2009 at 8:42 pm

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