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>Sunday news and notes…

>Good morning everyone.

Baseball the big story today as two Mount Si graduates are swinging some good lumber, helping their teams out. On Friday, North Bend’s Ian Atkinson got his first home run for Missouri Western Friday in an 11-10 loss to Kansas’s Fort Hays State in game one of a twinbill. Atkinson homered in the seventh inning with a runner on off of FHSU reliever Garrett Morgan. The junior continued his tear in the nightcap of the day, a 12-8 loss by MOW to FHSU. Atkinson went 3-5 with an RBI.

Yesterday, it was fellow Wildcat Derek Aldrich’s day to swing the stick. In the first game of a twinbill with Menlo, Aldrich went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI in an 11-5 GFU win, then in the nightcap, the junior went 1-3 with 3 RBIs and two runs scored as GFU rolled to a 15-5 blowout.

Big days indeed for those two, and hopefully there’s more where that came from for both local athletes.

Here’s the full board of action past and present:
Game 1
Ft Hays State over MO Western 11-10
Ian Atkinson (MOW/Jr/North Bend) 1-3, HR, 2RBI
Top 7-Homer to right field off FHSU P Garrett Morgan scored Nate Jones
First HR with MOW

Game 2
Ft Hays State over MO Western 12-8
Atkinson: 3-5, RBI
Top 4-Single to left center scored Scott Groner, adv to second on Danny Conners walk, adv to third on Isaac Rome HBP
Top 6-Single to center, adv to second on Conners groundout P-1B
Top 8-Single to right, adv to second on Conners walk

Ft Hays State vs MO Western
Game 1
Ft Hays State over MO Western 3-2
Atkinson: 0-5

Game 2
Ft Hays State over MO Western 17-0
Atkinson 0-3

Atkinson: BA dropped from .400 to .261 with 0-8 effort Saturday

GFU vs Menlo
Game 1
George Fox over Menlo 11-5
Derek Aldrich (GFU/Jr/North Bend) 1-4, run, RBI
Bot 1-Reached first on fielder’s choice (runner out at 3B)
Bot 3-Double to center scored Brent Trask, scored on Eric Gantenbein grounder which resulted in two errors by SS

Game 2
George Fox over Menlo 15-5
Aldrich: 1-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI
Bot 1-HBP scored Dan Winterstein, adv to second on error by Menlo SS, adv to third on Nate Hickok walk, scored on Josh Burch sac fly
Bot 3-Single to left scored Michael Woo and Seth Anderson, reached second on error by LF, adv to third on Hickok walk, scored on Burch sac fly

Idaho Collegiate
Northwest U women’s distance relay wins race, 12:52.36
NWU: Chelsea Miller (Jr/Snoqualmie)
Comment from coach Mark Mandi to school website: “The biggest highlight of the meet was the women’s distance medley relay running a national qualifying time. These women are running well, right now, and it’ll be exciting to see what they can do in a few weeks.”

BCC Fall 2009 results
9/27-28 Skagit Tourney, Burlington
Mike Rutledge, Fall City, 77-78-155, third among BCC golfers, t-13th in tournament, BCC as team tied for second

North Idaho Invite, Hayden, ID
Rutledge 78-86-164, T-41st in tournament, BCC as team finished fifth

CWU Invite @ Suncadia GC, Roslyn
Rutledge 79-70-149, 2nd among BCC golfers, BCC as team took 3rd

Spring opener March 20


Written by Rhett Workman

February 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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>Saturday news and notes….

>Good Saturday morning. Hope you all enjoyed our video clip yesterday.

Anyway, here’s what’s on the plate this morning.

-College women’s hoops last night in San Diego saw UCSD rip Humboldt State 86-51 in the final regular season game for both teams. Caitie Richards (HSU/Fr/Snoqualmie) got to start, and she finished with three points. Humboldt opens the playoffs at home next week against CSU Monterey Bay.

-The cooler leads off with a sad, but very important, story that all of you parents must read. Warning: the story is graphic, and reader discretion is advised. The item, from the Orange County Register, talks about the sudden death of a star high school softball player, and what that has meant to her family and friends. This will be an interesting story to watch since this could also be a wakeup call for a lot of folks as well.

-More on that basketball brawl from South Carolina, as punishments were announced yesterday for that incident earlier this week, according to the Greenville News. Also, according to the News, both teams were summoned to meet with state high school sports officials at their offices, and as part of that, received a talking-to about sportsmanship from two former college football coaches and a local state lawmaker. First time we’ve heard of such a thing, but we think that was a good idea. Thoughts?

-Another night on the ice for North Bend native Zach Brooks, and we were there to see this by the way. Here’s the box score for the game in Everett which he officiated between the Silvertips and Tri-City Americans, won by the Americans in a shootout. 2-1 in that session, 4-3 the final score.

Great game by both teams, as Everett rallied with three in third to overcome early 2-0 hole. TC tied game with 30 seconds left, then game went to OT and shootout. Clayton Cumiskey of the Silvertips had 2 goals and an assist, and those of you who are NHL fans should know he is the younger brother of Colorado Avalanche player Kyle Cumiskey, who is having a solid season with that team.

Anyway, the highlight of the night was our discovery of a “Zach Brooks Fan Club.” And we have the sign here to prove it. A couple of Silvertips fans who occupy front-row seats along the rink put this together, for what reason we have no clue. The sign we have here says “Linesman Brooks Fan Club,” in reference to the fact Brooks works as a linesman in the Western Hockey League, which is the league both the Everett and Tri-City teams play in. One would think refs are the most disliked people in a sporting event, but this certainly changes that…. Good stuff.

Light weekend for club action, but we have some college stuff for you as the weekend goes on. So stay here and we’ll keep you updated.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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>Here it is, in living color. "The Shot."


What you see here, ladies and gentlemen, is what we have been promising you all week. This is the first time we have uploaded video to this blog, and this is certainly worthy of that history. This is “The Shot” by Mount Si girls’ basketball player Haley Chase which won the game at the buzzer against Liberty February 16. We thank Brooks Malberg, Mount Si videographer for this. With that, enjoy.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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>Around the lunch table…..

>This one is a good one for Mount Si administrators to chomp on and offer their thoughts, so if any of you are reading, please post your thoughts on this topic in the comments.

We told you yesterday about that brawl which happened following the playoff boys’ basketball game in Greenville, SC. Well, according to the Greenville News, high school basketball coaches in that part of the state could look at making a radical change in response to this: getting rid of the postgame handshake. Huh?


Written by Rhett Workman

February 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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>Random thoughts on this Friday…..

>A couple of short commentaries for you.

-First, thoughts on last night: Mount Si’s boys played a competitive game against a team that we had felt would be a very difficult challenge. Franklin showed why they are among the best in the state year in and year out with their strong second half effort which helped them beat the Wildcats. Mount Si appeared to have taken control at halftime, but the Quakers made adjustments and those changes paid off in the second half. And you can owe that to their coach, Jason Kerr. Kerr is one of the state’s top high school coaches, and he showed why last night. Franklin played strong defensively in the second half, especially in the back court, and they were able to translate that into a good offensive effort. Kerr has his team well-prepared, and this Quaker team will be a threat going forward. The Franklin-Rainier Beach semi next Tuesday will be something to see. We would anticipate a sold-out gym at BCC for that one next week.

As for the Wildcats, the feeling of dejection is understandable, but everyone knew going in that this would not be easy at all. Coming into this tournament, there were eight legitimate state contenders from this district, and six of those were Metro teams. The Metro League is the toughest league in the state, and they showed it again yesterday. Kingco, in addition to Mount Si’s loss, went 0-3 (both Bellevue and Juanita’s girls teams fell to Metro opponents as well).

We can argue all day about changing the system to make it easier for Kingco teams to compete and get to state in basketball, but as long as there are as few schools as there are in this conference compared to Metro, and as few schools in Kingco as there are that are good as some of these top Metro schools, this will continue to be an issue.

Wildcats play O’Dea at home Tuesday at 7:00 in a rematch of a January game which Mount Si lost by one point at home.

-Many of you have heard or seen by now the stories in the media about Mercer Island’s Northwest Yeshiva High School and their girls basketball team having made state, but being forced to forfeit their tournament run yesterday due to a school religious observance. Here’s our sister paper the Mercer Island Reporter’s story on them for those who don’t know the story.

Our thoughts would be that both sides are in the right. Northwest Yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish school – and the first school of their faith in the state to advance a team to a state tournament, according to several accounts – was fulfilling its religious responsibilities by observing a fast which took place yesterday; this fast prevented them from even drinking water, which the school rightly felt would put the athletes in jeopardy. The school tried to work a solution out with the WIAA, but to no avail, largely because the association was concerned, again rightly so, with the potential impacts to other teams in the event.

There was an easy workable solution to this, and that was to switch the times of the winner’s and loser’s bracket games. But again, the association’s concerns about impacts for other schools won out in the end, hence the forfeit.

So, what now? This, according to WIAA boss Mike Colbrese in an interview with Q13, was the first time this type of thing has been an issue. Should a policy be implemented in the future to deal with what we are calling specific needs for specific schools when it comes to tournament scheduling? We would say no, since we doubt this is an issue that will be coming up every year. But, we would suggest that if a policy needs to be implemented, we would suggest the following:

In this type of case, the WIAA and requesting school work to come up with a workable solution, but once such a solution is agreed upon, the WIAA must get the consent of other schools impacted by this change, which in this case would have been the seven other schools in that half of the girls’ draw. Schools’ coaches, athletic directors and principals must all sign off on the change, and if one of those people from a school says no, then the school as a whole would be saying no. All schools would have to sign off on the proposed solution in order for it to occur.

Such a policy in our view would shift the public criticism, and possible lawsuits, away from the association and into the laps of these schools, and you know these schools would have full incentive to say yes because if they say no, they would be likely in for a PR nightmare.

If the school and its lawyer, which Q13 reported the school has hired, want to see changes, we would support their efforts. Nothing, however, is likely to be discussed by the association until their next executive board meeting, next month. Including whether the school could be sanctioned for their forfeit yesterday, which is a different deal in itself.

As we just mentioned, if you look at the Q13 story, you’ll see that they reported Northwest Yeshiva has hired a lawyer, and we would guess this is to be ready to roll with the WIAA should the school be sanctioned by the association for yesterday’s decision. We hope the WIAA doesn’t make the mistake of sanctioning the school, and instead look to come up with a fair solution for all involved that covers future situations of this type. Sanctioning the school would in our view invite a needless legal headache for the association, one which we would expect they would not win. So just don’t go there, folks. Work with the school, not against them, and make things fair for everyone involved.

Thoughts? Discuss.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

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>Around the lunch table today…..

>We have this from the Greenville News in South Carolina, where high school athletic officials are looking into what happened following a playoff boys’ basketball game last night between Greenville Southside and Abbeville (S.C.) high schools. Southside won the game over Abbeville, who coming in had not lost this season, and after the game a brawl took place. There’s video of it, too, courtesy of WYFF, the NBC station down there.

Watch the video, and discuss. What kind of punishments should players from both teams face, and also fans of both schools as well?

Written by Rhett Workman

February 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

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>The rest of the bracket for the next two days as we see it….

>You’ve seen what we think about today’s Wildcats boys game, now let’s talk about the rest of the games.

O’Dea vs. Rainier Beach (8:15) – This will be the feature matchup of the next two days as these two perennial Metro rivals meet tonight to see who advances to the semis. O’Dea won a hard-fought game with Mercer Island Tuesday, so they already should be in playoff mode, which could make this game very interesting. Dustin Watts (15.0 ppg/Seattle Times) leads the Irish against a very good RB squad which has only lost three times all season, all to Oregon squads over the holidays. That team has been one of the best all season, and they beat O’Dea earlier this season. This will be a good game, so head down and watch. We think RB will get this one tonight.
Mount Si’s boys will be there scouting most likely, since their next opponent comes from either of these teams so whatever happens with them today, there’s no rest for the weary next time out.

Sammamish vs. Chief Sealth (4:45) – We have been watching Sealth with much concern as of late, because they are starting to become as good as they were in 2006, when Mount Si nearly lost to them at districts. The Seahawks have beaten most of the good Metro teams at least once this season, and we would assume are probably similar to that ’06 team, athletic, and able to make tough shots.

We were hoping Mount Si wouldn’t draw Sealth, because we were concerned about a repeat of that ’06 near-heartbreaker. But we are happy to see Sammamish get them, because we think of any of the Kingco teams in this event, the Totems match up the best with this Sealth team. Sammamish held on to beat Bainbridge Tuesday, and really, at this point, are playing their best basketball of the year, largely because no one expects them to make any statement in this event. Anthony Do and Danny Wruble lead this Sammamish squad, which will need to shut down Sealth’s Tomas Ogbaslassie (16.1 ppg/Seattle Times) for them to have a chance.

On our board we have Sealth, but here we will say this one is a toss-up. But Sealth has beaten more good teams thus far, so we would give the advantage to the Seahawks. But this one will be close, and could be an OT special.

Seattle Prep vs. Bellevue (8:15) – Everyone knows about Aaron Bright, the Stanford-bound star from Bellevue. But Prep has a two-pronged attack, led by DJ Fenner (18.7 ppg/Seattle Times) and Mitch Brewe (16.0 ppg). And this is a Panther team that might have a little chip on its shoulder after nearly being sent packing by a hungry Lakeside team Tuesday night. Bellevue can not get caught looking past their opponent in this one. Bright of course is the big name, but we also liked the play of Kendrick VanAckeren, who scored a dozen in the Kingco title victory over the Wildcats last Friday. And then there’s Nate Sikma, who was shut down (just five points) by Mount Si last Friday, who will be matched up against that Fenner/Brewe duo inside. If Sikma does the job we expect, we think the Wolverines will get it done. Bellevue in a close one tonight.

Cleveland vs. Bellevue (3:00) – Cleveland comes in off a win over Bishop Blanchet, and draws a Bellevue team who has had a week to prepare, and knowing how Wolverines coach Ron Tinnin likes to scout, should have a good idea of what to expect. The Eagles will be facing their toughest opponent since the nonleague schedule and their game with Oregon City, so experience will be key. Bellevue is led by seniors Alyssa Gilbert and Kelly Meggs, and they have been one of the tougher teams in Kingco this season. We would expect postseason experience to become the factor in what we think could be a close game, and Bellevue in our view has the advantage here, so we look for the Wolverines to move on.

Juanita vs Holy Names (4:45) – The Rebels take on a Holy Names team which has rolled to a 20-2 record, with many of their wins being of very convincing fashion. The Cougars’ two losses this year came against Kingco 4A teams, so that should give the Rebels a little bit of hope. They will need senior Kimberly Baba and sophomore Kate Cryderman once again to lead the way; those two were Juanita’s top scorers in the win Tuesday at Franklin. But if the Cougars shut them down, it will be a long night. Holy Names has a balanced offense led by Clare Conricode (14.1 ppg/Seattle Times stats), so Juanita’s defense will be in for a battle. We expect the Rebels to give Holy Names a good test anyhow, but we also think the Cougars simply have too many weapons on offense, and we favor HN in this one.

Nathan Hale vs. Seattle Prep (3:00) – These two teams met earlier this season, with Prep winning handidly. We would suspect the same as well, especially if their top scorer, Kari Luttinen (19.3 ppg/Seattle Times) has a good day. But another player to watch has a familiar last name to local hoop historians: McMillan. Yes, ex-Sonic great Nate’s daughter Brittany plays for Prep, and at just under 10 points a game is their second-leading scorer. But if Luttinen gets into trouble, we would expect B-Mac to step in and help out.

We were impressed with the play of Gabby Evans the other night for Hale in their win over the Wildcats, and while Kaylin Hudson was shut down for the most part thanks to foul issues, we would expect Hudson to be busy tonight for the Raiders. Hale as we told you the other night is well-coached, and their win against Mount Si, especially after surviving a tough second half, should give them some confidence going forward. But at the end of the day, head-to-head matters, and Prep has that one in its corner, so we take the Panthers.

Lakeside vs Mercer Island (6:30) – MI will be in for a challenge, as Lakeside comes in off a good win Tuesday against Bainbridge. The Lions fell to Mount Si earlier this season, but is a good team that is looking to peak at just the right time. The Islanders will need the scoring of Hailey Gullstad and the solid play of Jae Shin and Kate DaPron among others to have a chance to succeed, which we think they will. It will not be easy, but we expect an Islander win.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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