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Archive for August 2009

>Our water cooler on Monday….

>Good column out of Buffalo today concering parental meddling in high school sports programs.

Incidentally, we have more on this subject, locally within Kingco 4A, that we might discuss later, although it was OTR………


Written by Rhett Workman

August 31, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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>Sunday news and notes

>Good Sunday morning.

A few things on the plate, but a reminder that the Boeing Classic golf tournament wraps up today up at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The way it’s looking, it’s going to be another barnburner of a final round, so make your way up there or catch the coverage on the Golf Channel (Comcast Ch. 70) at 4:00pm today and see your community shine on national TV.

By the way, the Valley Record’s Dan Catchpole will be on hand today to keep an eye on things so look for him floating around the course if you will be up there. We’ll have photos and more this upcoming week in your local newspaper.

Also, hopefully you all saw the article today in the Times about local districts and how they are handling their high school sports in this tight economy. We’ve told you about other places around the country, now see what your friends and neighbors are dealing with here incase you haven’t seen the story.

The article notes that Snoqualmie Valley pay-to-play fees ($125 per season) are the fourth highest among districts which they surveyed, which includes most of the big districts in King and Snohomish Counties. It also mentions that transportation is being reduced, and we can explain it a bit more here since Mount Si boys’ tennis coach Jim Gibowski mentioned it this past week when the Valley Record interviewed him for the fall tennis preview.

Gibowski told the paper that for his team, and others as well, busses will only transport athletes/coaches to road contests, but not coming back. Instead, parents will be responsible for getting the athletes and coaches back to Mount Si, or home if they, along with their own, choose to transport kids who live in the same neighborhood, for example (ours, not coach Gibowski’s). In the past we have seen that parents for the most part are taking their kids home anyway from the games since the parents usually show up and watch those contests, but some kids nonetheless will be affected by this.

Gibowski told us that he has scheduled a meeting with parents for this upcoming week to discuss these issues.

These issues are coming to a head in the local area, just as they are around the country. The question long-term becomes: can schools continue to afford to provide athletics or other extracurricular activites, or in an era of tight budgets and low public/taxpayer support for athletics/extracurriculars at schools being paid for out of tax dollars, seeing schools scrap those activities, just as some schools, especially in Massachusetts, have done?

Discuss. Dave, this could be a good discussion topic among the boosters for football, you may want to mention this on the website.

Now, to the Saturday late scoreboard:

CSU Fullerton over Idaho in five, 23-25, 25-23, 14-25, 25-14, 16-14
Miranda Pratt (IDA/Fr/North Bend) DNP
Janelle Chow (IDA/Fr/Mercer Island) 5 digs, 1 a in three games

WSU over Portland 25-23, 25-23, 25-18 (sweep)
WSU wins Cougar Invite tournament
FHutcherson (WSU/Jr/Ames Lake) 3 games, no stats of note

Men’s Soccer
Sonoma State over Western Washington 2-1 in OT
Ben Langwith scores GWG for Sonoma in OT
GBardsley (WWU/Jr/Fall City): Played parts of second half, 1 shot early in half, went wide of net

Women’s Soccer
BYU-Hawaii over Westminster 2-1
Still no Kirsten Mills sightings (BYUH/North Bend)

Central Washington over Mesa State 10-0
Michael Nelson (CWU/Fr/Carnation) and Tyson Riley (CWU/Fr/North Bend): Both did not play, neither traveled to game

We have a busy week in college sports as things get cooking. Soccer dominates the discussion during the week, as virtually all of the college teams with local players have midweek action. The rest of the sports wait until next weekend (Thu-Sat) to resume action.

It’s good to get back to action, and school, isn’t it??

Written by Rhett Workman

August 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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>Vandals score another win in the Southland

>Idaho sweeps Lamar in three on the volleyball floor in Fullerton, CA. Scores 25-20, 25-15, 25-13 as Vandals turn up heat as match moves on. North Bend freshman Miranda Pratt did not play, but Mercer Island freshman Janelle Chow did, and she had eight digs. Chow is making her presence felt to be sure, which is what should be expected from a player who tore up Kingco 3A during her four years with the Islanders.

Vandals continue play tonight at Cal-State Fullerton tournament in Fullerton.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 29, 2009 at 11:29 pm

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>Hutcherson puts in a solid effort

>WSU junior volleyball player Faith Hutcherson, of Ames Lake and a 2007 Mount Si grad, put in a good effort this morning in the Cougars’ win over Montana State. Hutch had an ace and eight digs in two games played as WSU beat the Bobcats in four. Scores were 25-21, 21-25, 25-18, 25-12.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm

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>XC fall college schedule, and football nuggets….

>We’ll have the schedule for fall college cross country in a moment, but first, a couple nuggets.

Mount Si football is hosting its red-white scrimmage tonight at 6:00 at the high school, so if you want to get your first taste of Wildcat football for 2009, good place to go tonight. Should be fun.

Also, if you click on the Mount Si football link in our news links section to the right, on the home page of the football booster site, there are links to polls for KCPQ and KIRO’s Games of the Week, both stations have nominated Mount Si’s game next Friday at Eastlake as one of their possible games they will go cover. Head on over there click on the links and vote!! Also, you Cedarcresties should know that KCPQ has also nominated the Red Wolves’ game against River Ridge next Friday as well, so you guys go vote and help your school.

Now to the schedule: All except the last meet on this schedule are Saturdays

XC schedule
SPUW-Seattle Pacific women (Jane Larson/Sr/Fall City)
WSUM-WSU men (Drake da Ponte/RFr/North Bend)

9/5: SPUW @ Lake Padden Relays, Bellingham, 10am
WSUM @ Clash of the Inland Northwest, Mead

9/12: SPUW @ Apple Ridge Preview, Yakima, 11:30am

9/19: SPUW/WSUM @ Sundodger Invite, Seattle, 9:00am

9/26: WSUM @ Roy Griak Invite, Minneapolis
SPUW @ Stanford Invite, Paol Alto, CA, 11:30am*
SPUW @ Pete Steilberg Classic, Olympia, 10am
*Larson likely in this event

10/3: SPUW @ Charles Bowles Invite, Salem, 9:30am**
SPUW @ Emerald City Open, Seattle, 10:30am
WSUM @ Montana Invite, Missoula
**Larson likely in this event

10/10: SPUW @ WWU Invite, Bellingham, 10:30am

10/17: WSUM @ Indiana State Pre Nationals Invite, Terre Haute, IN
WSUM @ Idaho, Moscow, ID***
***da Ponte likely in this event

10/24: SPUW @ GNAC Championships, Yakima, 10am

10/31: SPUW Varsity Alumni Race, Seattle, 10am
WSUM @ Pac-10 Championships, Long Beach, CA

11/7: SPUW @ NCAA D-II West Regionals, San Francisco, 9:00am

11/14: WSUM @ NCAA D-I West Regionals, Eugene, OR

11/21: SPUW @ NCAA D-II Championships, Evanston, IN

11/23: WSUM @ NCAA D-I Championships, Terre Haute, IN

Written by Rhett Workman

August 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm

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>Good Saturday morning, here’s the news…..

>We have a lot on the plate today. First, game results from last night’s action involving local college athletes.

Women’s volleyball saw WSU, in the opening game of their tournament in Pullman, take care of UC Davis in four, 25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18. Junior Faith Hutcherson (WSU/Ames Lake), who graduated in 2007 from Mount Si, played three games and recorded one dig.

Idaho (Miranda Pratt/Fr/North Bend) also played last night, in their season opener at the Cal-State Fullerton tournament down in Fullerton, CA, and made quick work of Appalachian State from the town of Boone, NC, sweeping them in three 25-20, 25-19, 25-16. No Pratt last night, but fellow frosh Janelle Chow, from Mercer Island, aced three serves and had seven digs so a nice start to her college career.

Both of these teams, whose games last night also were season openers for them, play a pair of games today – WSU against Montana State and Portland, Idaho against Lamar and host Cal State Fullerton.

On the women’s soccer front, we have no report from Montana on Carroll College’s opener against St. Xavier. North Bend senior Jordan Tipton plays for Carroll.

But we do have one from back east, where Fairfield (Nikki Stanton/Fr/North Bend) was held to just one shot on goal in a 5-0 blowout loss at Boston College. Stanton as you already know is redshirting as a result of her summer knee injury, so chances are she didn’t travel to Boston to see that happen.

Today football gets started, as Central Washington plays Mesa State in Grand Junction, CO. CWU’s two Valley freshmen, Tyson Riley from North Bend and Michael Nelson from Carnation, according to their sports information office, did not travel with the team to tonight’s game, and will also not go to next week’s nationally televised roadie at Minnesota-Duluth, so they will not be in action tonight or next week.

Men’s soccer also gets underway with Western Washington (Gibson Bardsley/Jr/Fall City) opening at home tonight with Sonoma State in Bellingham.

Also, we continue to ask the question, “Where in the world is Kirsten Mills?” as the team the North Bender played for last year, BYU-Hawaii, plays today against Westminster College from Salt Lake City.

Now to the cooler.

The economy may be real bad in the state of Michigan, but there’s one industry that is growing: high school sports officiating. This story from the ABC station in Flint tells more.

Texas is increasing academic credit for athletes to take classes in their sports. More here.

And another case of a coach running afoul of the law.

We should have time to get up a cross-country schedule later for you Drake da Ponte and Jane Larson supporters.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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>Friday nuggets…..

>Good Friday morning.

First, a quick note but coming soon in the Valley Record will be our fall sports previews for all six Mount Si High School fall sports. And as you will see, many of the teams expect improvement this fall, and a few of them have a shot to go to state. A good time to be a young athlete in our community that’s for sure. Also we return our Athlete of the Week feature for fall sports. This year, a local gas station/convenience store will be sponsoring it, so we look forward to recognizing all the young men and women we will be honoring in our newspaper. So head on out and pick up a copy of the newspaper, or give us a call and subscribe. It should be a fun fall.

One other thing, and Dave Snead, make sure you let everyone know on the website, but we will be back next Friday with the return of our preview and pick for Mount Si football. We will be doing that every Friday, as we continue to carry on the tradition one Mr. George G. Grid started at our former parent newspaper, the King County Journal.

Now to the stories for today.

-First, Snoqualmie’s Bradley Harrelson continued to struggle yesterday in the final round of the AJGA tournament in Stockton, CA. Cards an 86 to finish at 250, 71st overall. He fired rounds of 81 and 83 in rounds one and two respectively after having to qualify for the event with a round of 76. A look at his card shows he struggled quite a bit, with a bunch of double and triple bogeys and one quadruple bogey. The ninth hole appeared to be his hardest hole of the tournament; two of the triples came there. The Reserve at Spanos Park course, which is where the event was held, has a lot of water hazards, so it would appear Harrelson probably took one too many shots into the drink, thus hurting his score.

Harrelson should be back today to open up his fall practice for the Mount Si golf team, and he will not miss a beat, so look for him to be at tip top shape when he gets to compete in September.

-BYU Hawaii women’s soccer won their opener over Upper Iowa 3-0 in Laie, HI yesterday. No Kirsten Mills for BYU-H in the game; infact it appears, at least to us, that she probably isn’t even playing for them this year. Even though their roster on their website suggests that to be the case, that roster appears to just be the 2008 roster which has been changed to a 2009 one since it still lists Mills, from North Bend, as a frosh. Further, a new team photo doesn’t show her in it, and someone else wore her #5 jersey in yesterday’s game. So we ask the question: Where in the world is Kirsten Mills??

We’ll keep an eye on this team until we know for sure she’s not playing.

-And an updated story from KMPH television in Fresno on the item we reported yesterday concerning the financial secretary at a Hanford, CA, high school who was booked into jail on a count of grand theft after being accused of embezzling money from the school’s sports fund. Maybe an editorial comment on this one later.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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