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>Friday nuggets

>A few items on this Friday.

-Could there be a second major golf title coming for one Fall City teen?

Mike Rutledge, who as a senior at Mount Si helped the Wildcats win the state 3A boys’ championship this spring, is going into round three of the WJGA state boys’ tournament today at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue tied for the lead. Rutledge carded a 70 yesterday to go with his 72 Wednesday. He is at 142, tied for the top spot with Zach Wanderscheid from the Klickitat County community of Goldendale. Wanderscheid won the individual boys’ 1A state golf title in the Tri-Cities back in May, so a win for him would also be his second major title of the season.

Jack Kelly of North Bend also made it into the final day with another 75 to go with his 75 Wednesday. Snoqualmie’s Bradley Harrelson again was not listed on the leaderboard.

Rutledge goes out at 9:22 this morning and we should know something later on today. Kelly goes out about 45 minutes ahead of his ex-Wildcat teammate, so the North Bender should be able to see the final couple of holes of this thing after he wraps up his scorecard business following his round.

-Softball continues today as the Ladysharks Faist (Maura Murphy/Mount Si so.) continue play at the ASA 14A Western Nationals in Mount Vernon. They are scheduled to play today against a California team in a loser-out game at the tournament. LSF fell last night but did not go quietly against the So Cal Madness. Despite not having any reserves as we reported earlier this week, LSF fell by just two runs, 6-4. Good effort girls. Today they play one of two California teams in a game at 4:00, the opponent is to be determined. It appears to be a pretty difficult road ahead for the LSF team, and from our look, it doesn’t look as if they’ll make it out of today.

Meanwhile, we should also mention that a WA Phoenix team, a U16 team so we assume this is the one with Mount Si’ers Alex Johnson and Danielle Massengill, they are coming home after spending a few days in the desert at the 16A Western Nationals in Phoenix, AZ. WAP split a pair of pool games. They were blown out by a San Diego team in their first game, then turned around and themselves blew out a local team from the Phoenix area. WAP then fell to a pair of California teams in playoff action and were eliminated last night.

Weather looks better today, so enjoy.


Written by Rhett Workman

July 31, 2009 at 1:30 pm

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>Some notes this morning…..

>It’s hot out there. Be safe, everyone.

ASA 14A Western Nationals softball continue today in Mount Vernon, and as expected, Ladysharks Faist (Maura Murphy/Mount Si so.) made it out of their pool second to Team Smith from California. Faist plays today, a win they play tomorrow.

Also-WJGA State tournament in Bellevue. Good scores for at least two of the Big Three from Mount Si boys’ golf, as Fall City’s Mike Rutledge, who is a collegian this fall, fired a 72 in round one yesterday to put himself near the top of the leaderboard. North Bend’s Jack Kelly carded a 75 and is in the middle of the pack. And what about Snoqualmie’s Bradley Harrelson? Not sure. He had a tee time scheduled yesterday, he has one scheduled today, but no reported score from round one. We’ll check that out and let you know what we find out.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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>Monday update

>A couple of things of mention this afternoon:

-We got a note from Michael Murphy, dad of Ladysharks Faist softball player Maura, who told us that one of her teammates, and apparently a key to their success, is out this week with a broken finger, which leaves them down to the minimum of nine kids. Tough, yes, especially with the heat, but we will tell you here that these girls have faced a lot of difficult tests in recent weeks and they are well prepared for this one. We still think they’ll fare OK, but a few extra Gatorades will be in order to keep them in tip-top shape. May we suggest fruit punch red?

-A decision has been made on a permanent coach for Idaho State’s (Kandis Clesson/North Bend) women’s softball team, and how we missed this we have no clue – the announcement was made June 15th. The school, after a surprisingly exhaustive national search which they say turned up over 80 candidates, took the interim tag off of coach Andrea Wilson and made her the permanent coach. Guess that’s what happens when you lead your team through a lot of adversity known as the distractions surrounding the case of Idaho v. ex-coach Larry Stocking to a better-than-expected 20-21 mark. Good choice by Jeff Tingey, the school’s AD.

We have been told that Wilson especially likes Clesson, and the junior has delivered as a result. That said, after what took place with the case and everything, it made the most sense to retain her out of maintaining normalcy for a program which needed some considering all that happened and didn’t happen with Stocking’s case, thanks to Judge Dunn.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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>Good Monday morning…..

>Good morning everyone. A lot on the plate here so let’s get to it.

First, from our water cooler (and we mean this literally today, it’s going to be HOT outside for the whole week).

-Good feature item here from Florida about a local boys’ club soccer team in that area.

-Another Rhode Island school district is dealing with the issue of what to do about sports in light of budget issues.

-Big feature story in the L.A. Times about an L.A. high school’s boys volleyball team and their battles on and off the floor.

Now, time to talk softball.

Big final week for local youth softball 14A teams as many of them head to the Skagit Valley to play in the Western Nationals ASA tournament being held in Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley. Both Ladysharks teams that we have been paying attention to here the last several weeks or so are in the event.

Ladysharks Faist (Maura Murphy/Mount Si so.) is playing in a three-team pool against teams from Anaheim and Boise. LSF as you all know has had a stellar last few weeks, with the third place finish at the Fireworks (for which there will be a story in this week’s Valley Record about that so pick up a copy Wednesday) and first place finish at the Seattle regionals which happened the weekend before this past one. At Fireworks they played well against – and beat a couple of – teams from Arizona and Texas that maybe are the caliber of the Anaheim-based team, called Team Smith, so named, according to their website, because the club is run by a former U.S. Olympian, Julie Smith. With that in mind, we expect LSF’s opening game, against TS, to be the feature game of the three-team pool. Tomorrow @ 2:00 up at Mount Vernon’s Skagit Playfield for anyone who wants to enjoy a nice drive and go see some good softball.

Look for the winner of this game to be the winner of this pool, since we don’t anticipate the Idaho team making too much noise. They could in for a tough time with two very good teams in Smith and Faist.

As for Mako, they appear to be the overmatched one in their pool, as they are in a four-team group against a couple of California teams and one from Oregon. LSM (Mount Si fr. Lauren Smith) will look to give it their best, but this opposition could be the best they’ve faced at least since Fireworks, and as you all know, they struggled mightily down there.

But there is one wild card and that is the heat. Teams will need to be on top of that all week, as temperatures approach 90. Water, rest breaks and substitutions will be key for all teams as they deal with this heat. Most teams are acclimated to it, but remember, these girls are 13-15 years old, and they still need to be handled with the utmost care.

One last item and that is we are putting together the college sports schedules for all the fall athletes, and there are maybe two dozen or more that we will be watching this fall. Several schools have yet to release schedule or roster info for this fall, so we will be waiting for that stuff before we officially release that here. And by the way while we are on the subject any of you that know of any college sports athletes from North Bend, Snoqualmie or Fall City who will be playing this fall at a four-year institution that we may not know about, let us know by posting a comment or emailing us at Need name, school, sport, and grade. We know probably most of them now but if there are any JC transfers or late stragglers we don’t know about we sure would like to know.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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>Sunday nuggets

>Sunday brings a couple of news items for your consideration.

Out of Georgia comes this. There is debate in that state about whether to allow home school students to participate in public school sports. You will be surprised with some of what you read.

As for Washington, the WIAA allows home school (and some private school) students to play for their home public school teams with some restrictions (Rule 18-5 and subsections 5-1 through 5-3). You can see a copy of the rules for yourself by going to the WIAA website and under Quick Links, clicking on the 2008-09 WIAA Handbook. The book for the 09-10 school year should be available within the next several weeks. If you are a parent of a home schooled high-school student in the Valley and want to explore options for sports at the school level for your child, a call to Mount Si’s vice principal/AD, Greg Hart, and a look at the above link, would be good ways to get this process started.

In Wisconsin, there will be a change at the top of their high school sports association, as that organization’s top man is calling it quits after 23 years. You know, we’ll probably be seeing that here within the next few years, as WIAA’s top man, Mike Colbrese, is himself likely approaching retirement as well.

We have a preview for you later for the ASA 14A softball Western Nationals in Mount Vernon. Maybe one for boys hoops as well.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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>Saturday picnic table chatter

>As we get ready to deal with the peak of the summer heat, we have some news articles to spice up the discussion around the picnic table on this Saturday.

-Could interscholastic badminton competition be coming to a high school near you? Maybe Mount Si? This ESPN Rise article talks about the growth of this sport at the high school level. To tell you the truth, we don’t know how we would cover such games in print, but be sure that whatever sport it is you will see some coverage of it in the pages of the Valley Record or here on this blog.

-Story out of Rhode Island’s Providence Journal concerning a possible pay-to-play fee in one Rhode Island district, with one catch: Is it even legal in the state for a school to impose such a fee?

-This Pennsylvania newspaper reports a consolidation of girls’ soccer seasons in PA; some were doing it in the fall, others were doing it in the spring, now everyone will do it in the fall, and that is raising some questions about how it will affect field hockey.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

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>A new coach for local collegian

>Got a coaching change of note today that will affect a local college athlete. WSU today announced the hiring of Metro State (CO) XC/track coach Pete Julian to coach the XC and distance runners within the WSU track program, including one Mr. Drake da Ponte of North Bend, who will be a freshman this fall (he redshirted last season). Julian will replace Jason Drake, who is leaving the Cougars to join the UW program in an unannounced capacity. Geez, when’s the last time you saw a WSU coach leave and join the UW?

Julian spent the past few seasons at MSC, and guided those programs to top-20 finishes in the D-II men’s championships this past season.

As to how this could affect da Ponte, his mom tells us that she thinks that while he may be saddened to see coach Drake go, she thinks that he will do fine under coach Julian. It will be interesting for sure, but we expect nothing but the best for da Ponte as he adjusts to life with his new coach.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 23, 2009 at 11:26 pm

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