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>Sunday news and notes….

>A lot to get to on this Sunday morning, so let’s get to it.

-First, we start with college women’s indoor track, and Seattle Pacific’s Jane Larson (Sr/Fall City), who finished fifth in the women’s mile at the UW indoor meet yesterday in Seattle. Larson clocked a time of 4:48.87.

-Now to college women’s basketball, and Humboldt State’s women, who won 69-52 over CSU-Los Angeles last night, giving ‘Jacks coach Joddie Gleason her 100th career win as coach. That is worth a quick shout-out of congrats from us here at the Valley Record and SnoValleySports. Even with that, the coach is keeping things in perspective. “I didn’t even know it was my 100th until I was told after the game,” Gleason said in a school news release. “I don’t really focus on those types of things. We are preparing for each game and trying to scratch out as many wins as we can.” Gleason’s local product, Snoqualmie freshman Caitie Richards, pitched a rebound in but no points.

Also, a replay of the come-from-behind HSU win over CSU San Diego is being shown on local TV down there, you can see that here.

-College women’s softball had Pima CC (Tucson, AZ, Melissa Webster/Fr/Ames Lake) winning two of three at their tournament yesterday in Las Vegas. PCC beat Chipola and Southern Nevada, but was creamed 11-3 by Salt Lake (UT) CC.

-To the local youth girls’ soccer scoreboard (teams with Mount Si players listed first):

Eastside FC U15 0-0 FWU Reign 94 Purple (Federal Way)
Cascade FC U15 0-6 Washington Rush 94 Nike (Everett)
ISC Arsenal U15 3-1 Shoreline Shock
Crossfire Premier 17 Thomas 1-2 FCV Justice

Eastside FC U15 (PDL)-Miranda Rawlings, MSHS fr.
Cascade FC U15-CU15-Courtney Cowan/Molly Sellers, MSHS fr.
ISC Arsenal U15-Alexis Greer, MSHS fr.
Crossfire Premier 17 Thomas-Jessica Hargett, MSHS jr.

-Now to the morning news from around the country:

*A number of stories today about concussions in high school sports. First one is from New York.

*This one, too, is from New York, but from the New York Times.

*One major issue that schools could confront as they implement tougher rules in this arena: the lack of high school athletic trainers and the lack of money to hire any new ones. This story from the Raleigh (NC) News-Observer talks about that.

*And we wrap up the injury stories with an update from the Boston Globe on two high school hockey players who suffered serious injuries in recent games.

*From the medical arena to another issue we have been discussing here and that is the idea of national championships in high school sports. We told you earlier this week that high school sports officials in Michigan said “no thanks”, now officials in North Carolina are expressing reservations about this idea as well, according to this from the Asheville Citizen-Times.

We will have our college sports schedule for you soon, since it’s pretty much set now with a couple of minor things still to wrap up.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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>Mount Si uses girls basketball game to get younger kids experience

>EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to lack of space, and the fact we’re tired of doing stories about Mount Si blowing out Sammamish in girls basketball since the Totems have been weak for too long now, we run here. And we have to bite our lip one more time…..rats. If you want us to tell you why we think Sammamish is this bad, and has been for this long, email us at snovalleysports@gmail.com and request that we run an editorial comment. Because you will be surprised with what we tell you.

Mount Si’s girls basketball team is back at .500 and in the process became a bit deeper as well.

The Wildcats blasted Sammamish 54-7 Wednesday night despite heavy substitutions, two varsity regulars – Jori Braun and Kassidy Maddux – sitting it out, and the use of five JV callups. Those five – Shelby Peerboom, Alex Welsh, Jordan Riley, Miranda Rawlings and Darian Michaud – all saw quality playing time, and infact they all played the last 3:30 or so of the game. Riley led this group with six points, but Welsh and Rawlings also scored points, those being their first ones in varsity.

Wildcat coach Megan Botulinski was pleased. “They were wonderful,” she said. She especially liked Welsh and Rawlings’ play. “You saw Alex and Miranda up there real close, played really tight defense. Miranda can’t help herself, she’s like a bulldog out there,” Botulinski said, and she was dead on about Rawlings. The freshman soccer star looks like she will excel on the basketball floor as well, as she was all over Sammamish offensive players on defense. She gave the Totems fits during her several minutes of action and forced several Totem turnovers, including three steals. And the nice thing is she doesn’t let up either. “One thing about Miranda is she doesn’t back down,” Botulinski said.

Hailey Eddings scored 14 to lead the Wildcats, whose defense limited Sammamish to just one second half point; that came on a third quarter free throw.

A benefit of playing a weak opponent such as Sammamish and bringing all those JVers up is it gives coaches a chance to evaulate those players for possible postseason opportunities with the varsity team. Rosters are allowed to be expanded for the postseason, something which previous coach Dirk Hansen utilized on a regular basis. Based on their play, what does the coach think about possible callups of these kids? “That’s a really tough question. I don’t think I could really answer right now because they have so many wonderful qualities and they’re all so intense that I would really have to sit down, think, talk with my coaches. I need some other input on that,” Botulinski said.

Mount Si shot close to 50% from the floor as they set themselves up well for a tough road trip next week; they go to Juanita next Wednesday and Interlake next Friday.

The game against the Rebels pits Mount Si against a Juanita team which beat Mount Si in Snoqualmie earlier this month despite a spirited Wildcat rally. Juanita, which will be holding its Senior Night, is coming off maybe their worst effort of the league season, a 41-29 loss to Bellevue last night.

Interlake on the other hand will be looking for a better performance afterMount Si blasted them in Snoqualmie earlier this month as well. The Saints still need that one additional league win outside of their game against Sammamish to qualify for postseason (within the West Central District 2A), and they have two solid offensive powers in Sarah Anderegg and Litia Nguamao. Anderegg and Nguamao were shut down nicely by Mount Si’s defense in that earlier matchup; the Wildcats will need to do the same this time around to get success. Mount Si needs wins in the worst way if they want a guaranteed trip to districts, which will happen if they finish third or better (top two automatics, third place the Sammamish factor).

Game time is 7:30 for Juanita on Wednesday, 6:30 on Friday for Interlake.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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>Saturday news and notes……

>Our Mount Si-Sammamish girls game report soon, but we have news and notes. BTW, if you are a hockey fan, CBC (Comcast ch. 99) is airing “Hockey Day in Canada” all day and night today, this is a must watch if you want to learn more about the cultural aspects of the game north of the border. Three good games as well, including the Canucks against the Leafs in Toronto at 4:00 this afternoon.

Now to the news and notes:

From the cooler, we have a few for you.

-This story from Massachusetts is talking about what that state is doing to address the concussion issues in high school sports.

-A district in Northern California, in the town of Woodland, is dealing with potential cuts to high school sports to address budget concerns.

-The Houston Chronicle has a good feature article today on the Houston Yates HS boys basketball team, top-ranked nationally and whose 170-35 win over a rival school earlier this season triggered a national firestorm of criticism.

-The Baton Rouge Advocate reports of two big changes for Louisiana high school sports – one, kids now have to have a C average to play, and two, home school students are now banned from participating in athletics at schools who are members of the LHSAA, the high school sports association in that state. Smell a lawsuit here on that one? Possibly, we’ll see. A couple of other major proposals passed at their annual meeting yesterday as well, those pertained to shortening sports seasons and changes in the state high school basketball tournaments.

Now to college action:

-Spring sports officially started yesterday. Yes, yesterday. Pima Community College’s softball team, from Tucson, AZ, opened its season in a tournament down in Las Vegas, and bagged a pair of wins, over North Idaho and Southern Idaho. Former Wildcat outfielder, and fan and coach favorite, Melissa Webster (Fr/Ames Lake) is playing for Pima this season. PCC will play a total of six games over this weekend in Nevada. Would expect her mom and dad, Jeff and Anita, are down in Nevada watching the proceedings, so if they are, we hope they are enjoying themselves.

-Meanwhile, basketball continues, and Humboldt State escaped another spirited upset attempt, this time by CSU Dominguez Hills. Humboldt (Caitie Richards/Fr/Snoqualmie) wins 74-69 and Richards scored three points.

Game report on tap.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

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>More news and notes, along with a weekend preview…..

>More items of note this Friday:

-Mount Si High School has announced winners for their “Students and Staff of the Quarter” for the second quarter of the 2009-10 school year for their efforts in the classroom, and once again, individuals with ties to Wildcat sports were honored.

Those award winners include senior Mackenzie Will. Will, a senior who recently became the first girl wrestler to compete for the Wildcats, was named top art student. Junior Stephanie Rehm, a volleyball player, received an award for her performance in world (foreign) languages. Wildcat soccer coach Darren Brown, who teaches P.E. at the school, was named best teacher of the quarter, and Mount Si athletics secretary Val Meyers was named best classified staffer of the quarter.

Kudos to all of these award winners, along with the athletic award winners of the quarter. Excellent job everyone.

-Now to our weekend preview. It’s a light weekend on the volleyball floor, but a heavy one on the pitch. It’s U14s this weekend only, as the two Ridge Valley teams start up play in the local Power League. Both of them, too, have to travel a ways: the RVVGreen squad will play games tomorrow in Bremerton, while the RVVBlack squad heads down to Evergreen State College in Olympia. Play lasts all day, then they go again on Sunday in various locations all over the Puget Sound area.

-The girls’ soccer scene is heating up this weekend, with a full slate of games involving all the teams with Mount Si players. Most of these games are on the road, but there are a couple of games scheduled for Mount Si HS: tomorrow, Cascade FC U17 plays Snohomish United Red at 1:30 pm, then on Sunday at the same time and same location, Cascade’s U15 team will be competing against Legacy G94 Wright from Snohomish County. Also, Eastside FC U17 will have a game Sunday morning in Preston, as they will be playing a Maple Valley side.

-News from the college front: Central Washington University softball has been picked to finish third in the GNAC this spring in a preseason poll released today. The Wildcats will have on their roster this season freshman Kyleen Sweepe, a 2008 graduate of Mount Si who redshirted last season.

Also, Fall City freshman Brandon Roddewig will be competing on Central’s track team this spring.

We’ll have plenty more tomorrow.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 30, 2010 at 1:19 am

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>Friday news and notes…..

>We have a lot on the plate this morning. Colleges start it off.

-First, Humboldt State’s women’s basketball team (Caitie Richards/Fr/Snoqualmie) has landed in the #7 spot in the first NCAA Division II West region poll for this season. This poll, put together by the same selection committee who will decide who makes it into the national Division II tournament, will be released weekly over the next several weeks and if HSU lands in the top 8 in this poll when it counts in March, they go play in the tournament. As for Richards, she is averaging around five points a contest – she has played in 11 thus far. HSU’s record currently is 12-4 and they next play tomorrow.

-To Newberg, Oregon, and news that George Fox’s baseball team (Derek Aldrich/Jr/North Bend) has been ranked in both D-III preseason polls. One picked them 18th, and the other listed them 19th best in the country going into this season. Look for Aldrich to get more playing time this season; his opportunities last year were very limited as he struggled for most of the 2009 campaign.

-We neglected to mention this earlier this week, but a ex-Wildcat football player is about to become part of something unique. Dexter Moetului, a redshirt sophomore from North Bend, plays on the defensive line for Eastern Washington’s football team, and it was announced this week that EWU, thanks to a $500,000 donation from ex-Eagle Michael Roos and his foundation, will convert its football field, Woodward Stadium, from grass to “red” astro turf, similar to the “blue” astro turf setup down at Boise State. Woodward has had grass since its opening over 40 years ago, according to a school news release. Roos now plays in the NFL, with the Tennessee Titans. The school says additional donations will be needed, but they hope to have the “red” turf in place in time for this fall.

-Now to our water cooler:

*If you wonder why the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) reclassifies schools just every two years, as opposed to four or more, a situation in Utah may become a good Exhibit “A”. According to the Deseret News, a suburban Salt Lake City high school, Midvale’s Hillcrest, has requested to be moved from 5A, the state’s highest classification, down to 4A, after only one year of being a 5A school. The News story says that rapid changes in student enrollment numbers have made this school one of the smallest in the classification, and there are also competitive balance and injury concerns being raised as supporting reasons for this request.

Utah realigns every four years, and there have been proposals here in our state to change to a four-year cycle from two, but those proposals have not gone anywhere. Perhaps those within the WIAA who support a four-year cycle should pay some attention to this situation, because that is almost guaranteed to happen here if a four-year cycle were to be put in place here for classification and realignment.

*Speaking of realignment, we have a EC update for you locally here within Kingco: The news today is that Kingco administrators yesterday took a tour of the Eastside Catholic facilities, and the results of that tour will speak volumes about whether the school will be admitted to the conference, as they have requested. League administrators will vote February 8 on whether to admit EC, and this review will be the basis for how people will likely vote on this request. So stay tuned.

*Two more stories about school sports facing possible budget cuts, one from Darien, CT, and the other from Cranston, RI, which has been on the youth sports map in recent years for it’s local Little League’s success in getting to the LLWS playoffs.

No Friday preview/pick this week for Wildcat hoops, as both boys and girls get some much needed rest with a bye tonight. The key league game for tonight is Bellevue @ Juanita girls. Both of these teams are currently ahead of the Wildcats in the standings, and Mount Si plays Juanita next Wednesday @ JHS. 6:00 game time tonight up at Juanita.

But we will have volleyball and soccer weekend previews coming up later. Along with a game wrap from Wednesday’s MS-Sammamish girls basketball.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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>From the water cooler…..

>Big item today, it’s making news all over South Carolina, and probably will hit the AP wire before too long.

According to upstatetoday.com, a girls and boys basketball double-dip tomorrow night between two rival high schools, Daniel (Central) and Seneca in the northwestern part of the state has been closed to the public due to security concerns. The story says that school officials of both schools jointly made the decision to restrict access to these games in light of recent incidents involving both schools. Access to the contests will only be permitted for those directly involved in the game (players/coaches/referees), game operations staff (administrators/law enforcement) and local media. In addition, JV games also scheduled between these two schools tomorrow have been canceled. There’s a news release on the school’s website.

Read the story and news release and here’s the discussion question: If such problems existed between Mount Si and a rival school, and they were about to meet in an athletic contest, would you support a similar decision being made here?

Discuss.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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>Thursday news and notes…..

>A lot on this Thursday.

-First, since we will not be featuring this game in print next week, we will have a game story later on last night’s snoozer between Mount Si and Sammamish in girls’ basketball. Needless to say, the Wildcats blasted the Totems 54-7 (not a misprint, folks, Sammamish did only score seven points) despite frequent subsitutions, Mount Si missing two veteran varsity players – Jori Braun and Kassidy Maddux – who both got the night off and the Wildcats using five JV players and all of them getting around five minutes each. Mount Si did everything to make this respectable and it still ended up bad. More later…..

-Another soccer score from last weekend, local team listed first:

Eastside FC Girls U15 2 -1 Sun City Strikers (Yakima)

This is a team that Wildcat freshman varsity girls’ soccer player Miranda Rawlings plays for, and this team, like the EFC U17 that Alexis Pearlstein competes with, is coached by Michelle French.
Speaking of Rawlings, based on how she played last night during the basketball game (she was one of the JV basketball callups for last night’s game), she is a player to watch the rest of the way, and may be one that could get a serious look come postseason callups. She played tough defense, and forced several Sammamish turnovers.

-Now to the water cooler discussion:

*State lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a bill that would toughen rules regarding high school athletes who suffer a concussion, according to the Hartford Courant. The basics of this bill as reported are right along the lines of the Washington state Lystedt law.

*Another story about a local school district, this time in Maryland, looking to cut sports to save money.

*From the Asbury Park, NJ, Press, we have a story for you about a school whose athletic programs don’t care about W’s and L’s, but instead focuses on making sure the kids have a good time and are participating.

Written by Rhett Workman

January 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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