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Archive for July 2010

>A couple of other items…..

>Two other items as well tonight for you.

-WJGA state boys’ golf tournament did not go too well for North Bend’s Jack Kelly, who missed the cut in the 16-17 division up in Everett. The Mount Si senior-to-be fired a round of 80 Wednesday, but improved yesterday with a score of 74. However, the 154 total missed the final round cut by four shots. Kelly was the only local competitor in the event, as several other Valley golfers who competed this summer in the WJGA tour did not make the tournament.

-We told you earlier this week about a new college coach for one ex-Mount Si softball star; today we have another one to report, and this one concerns former Wildcat infielder Kyleen Sweepe, set to be a sophomore this fall at Central Washington. The school today named former star player Mallory Holtman to the post, and she will have some big shoes to fill. Holtman, who was one of the key players for the Wildcats under her predecessor, Gary Frederick, will take over for her former coach, who retired earlier this summer. Holtman is most remembered for her role helping an opposing player finish her home run trot after she was injured rounding the bases during a game in 2007; this act of sportsmanship earned the Central program considerable national attention.

Holtman had been a graduate assistant coach for the softball team for the last two years under Frederick.

We find this to be a great choice, and wish Holtman and the program good luck.


Written by Rhett Workman

July 31, 2010 at 1:30 am

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>Snoqualmie Crush U-11 baseball dominates opposition and makes a little history


The Snoqualmie Crush U-11 baseball
team celebrates their title at a tournament
last weekend in Federal Way.

Pictured: Top Row L-R: Blake Brown, Ryan Stuit,
Gavin Gorrell, Jake Simmons
Middle Row L-R: Carson Corra, Kyle Hollabaugh,
Jason Schroeder, Justin Lutz
Bottom Row L-R: Will Knoppi, Jack Gillard,
Steven Watters, Jake Brady

Photo courtesy Greg Gillard

A local baseball program has found itself a lot of success as of late.

If you have seen the Valley Record, you know about the Snoqualmie Crush youth baseball program’s U-10 team having won a recent title; now you can add their U-11s. The Crush took their first ever title in their team’s history, taking a tournament in Federal Way last weekend. The Crush, an independent team which features a number of Falls Little League players looking for some additional experience following the Little League season, went 5-1 in this event, including three wins last Sunday to take the title. The title game was no contest, either, as the Crush literally did just that to their opponents, the Triple Play Killer Bees, by the score of 11-3. Players on the team include: Blake Brown, Ryan Stuit, Gavin Gorrell, Jake Simmons, Carson Corra, Kyle Hollabaugh, Jason Schroeder, Justin Lutz, Will Knoppi, Jack Gillard, Steven Watters and Jake Brady, and the team is coached by Brent Lutz, Charlie Watters & Brett Gorrell.

The Crush, according to Lutz, is a two-year old organization which now fields baseball teams in U-10 through U-12 and a U-12 softball team, all of which compete in regional tournaments. As noted, the purpose of this program is to give local players, mainly from the Little League program, extra playing experience following the conclusion of the Little League season. They will have a tournament next weekend that they will be hosting. More information on this organization can be found here.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 31, 2010 at 1:17 am

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>News from the WIAA which could affect Mount Si sports

>The WIAA completed its summer executive board meetings yesterday, and according to the association, their board made a couple of decisions.

-Most of the discussion centered around the new format for the state basketball tournaments. The board decided to allow basketball district tournaments to end on the Tuesday prior to the opening weekend, something which could be big for the SeaKing District, as their tournament runs for two weeks prior to the state event. This could allow the SeaKing timeframe to not change too drastically, although their board will have to make the final call on that this fall. As it stands now, it is expected to be a 8-4 Metro/Kingco split to districts once again for those tournaments as there will be 12 Metro teams and 7 Kingco teams within the 3A district for postseason purposes.

The board also decided to place two #1 seeds and two #2 seeds at each regional site, with the #1’s playing for an automatic berth to the eight-team tournament in Tacoma; the #2’s would play for a shot to play the loser #1 seed for a second berth. The regionals would be scheduled for Fri/Sat, February 25-26. The association will not make decisions on regional sites until later. The eight-team championship would be the next weekend, March 3-5.

-And another discussion item concerned baseball, which will have a new home for its state championships next spring. Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, according to the WIAA, has been selected to host after a schedule conflict forced Seattle’s Safeco Field to back out of hosting for next season. What this could mean for the other high school games they host there is anyone’s guess, although since those are part of a program run directly by the Mariners, those games, including the one Mount Si gets there next year after selling over 1,000 tickets to a June M’s game, should not be affected.

Cheney Stadium is scheduled to be significantly renovated this winter and those improvements are expected to be done by next spring. This renovation is the first major work of any kind to the venue aside from seating changes since the place opened 50 years ago.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

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>Other news and notes…..

>A couple of small items….

-First, Taylor Baseball (Frank Tassara, former Mount Si P) won the Seattle Premier League baseball title last Wednesday night, beating the Seattle Stars (Josh Kimborowicz, former Mount Si P) in the deciding third game of the best of three series. Kimbo pitched in the final game and went a couple of innings.

-And we have news concering former Mount Si softball pitcher Kandis Clesson, whose college team has a new head coach, its third in four seasons. Idaho State today announced the hiring of University of Wisconsin associate head coach Julie Wright to take over for Andrea Wilson, who was reassigned within the athletic department following last season. Wright, who is a former head coach of the University of Akron, has been a college coach for over 10 years now, and according to a school news release, has been part of seven 30-win teams during that span at several different colleges. We wish coach Wright luck in Pocatello, and hope for the best for her and the team going forward.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm

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>North Bend hydro racers fare well in Tri-Cities

>As we told you yesterday, two of the top drivers on the hydro circuit now call North Bend home, and yesterday was a fairly good day for both of them.

The brother-sister twosome of Brian and Kayleigh Perkins both found the winners’ circle in races at the Columbia Cup over in the Tri-Cities. Brian, driving the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, won a heat race to advance to the final, where he did not finish after his boat had problems during the race. That, however, factored into the finish of the event, which was won by veteran Steve David after rival Dave Villwock, whose boat crossed the line first in the final heat, was penalized for a lane infraction. Villwock, in comments on the unilimited hydros’ website, indicated that a dead boat was one of the factors he had to contend with on the final turn, which is where the infraction apparently occured. Perkins finished fourth overall in points with 880 and won one heat race and finished third in two others on top of the DNF in the final.

As for Kayleigh, she won the unlimited lights race there and in doing so successfully defended her title on the Columbia; she won that race in 2009. To get the title this year she had to fight off a challenge from one rival boat to win the B-Main heat, then won the final race after another rival boat had problems during the race and did not finish. The result was a great one for her and her UL-72 Foster Care/Vitamin Water team, who had to battle their own boat troubles throughout the weekend.

More info on the races can be found here and here. Next stop for both of them is Seattle in two weeks.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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>On the cooler…..

>Back after another long hiatus, but we just had to get the water cooler out for all of you this morning……

There’s a huge controversy which has erupted in an eastern Washington school district over the firing of a longtime popular cross-country coach.

According to this story from KXLY over in Spokane, the coach, who has coached the cross-country team at Riverside High School in northern Spokane County for the past 30 years, was shown the door after failing to attend what the story described as a “mandatory” coaches training seminar. According to the story, coaches were notified only three days in advance of this seminar, and the coach says he missed it due to foot surgery.

Read and discuss.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

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>Sunday news and notes…..

>A few news items for you….

-First, hydros, and the boats have made their way into the Tri-Cities for the annual tune-up for Seafair. Racing is underway today, and you can catch it live here, courtesy of KNDU in the Tri-Cities. North Bend’s Brian Perkins is racing in the unlimiteds, and goes into today’s action holding his own against the top drivers on the H-1 circuit. Perkins, driving the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, finished third in his opening heat race yesterday, with more racing today. Meanwhile, the unlimited lights are also racing over there, and it was a mixed bag for Brian’s sister, Kayleigh, who also lives in North Bend. According to the Unlimited Lights website, Kayleigh’s boat, the UL-72 Foster Care, ran one heat and finished third, but did not start the second, as they were dealing with some engine issues, mostly concerning fuel flow.

Again, the racing is on live, and you can click on the link above starting in a few minutes at 10 am, and this will run all day, just like it does here in Seattle every summer.
-Speaking of television, a couple of ex-Mount Si football players might find themselves playing on TV this fall. Tyson Riley (North Bend) and Michael Nelson (Carnation) are both redshirt freshmen for CWU and the school this past week announced a deal with the Spokane-based SWX sports channel to televise three Wildcat games this fall, with it starting up for the season opener August 28. SWX has also broadcast games involving other colleges with Mount Si grads, so its no wonder why we wish there was a way for this channel to be broadcast statewide as opposed to just in the Spokane and Yakima/Tri-Cities broadcast areas. Oh, well, one of these days…….

-And speaking of colleges, the first of what we expect will be several college decisions for Mount Si Class of 2011’s over the coming weeks and months as incoming senior athletes decide their college sports plans. It’s from volleyball, where for the second time in three years Mount Si has produced a D-I signee. This time, it’s Zoe Gogan, who on Friday, according to coach Bonnie Foote, chose Washington State over Idaho and Montana. This is the first Pac-10 commit from Wildcat volleyball that we can remember. However, Gogan will become the second ex-Cat to play for WSU, as another former Wildcat, Faith Hutcherson, walked on there as a freshman and has been there for four years – she will be a senior this fall.

We’re thinking that Aubrey Larion, another top senior who has also done very well in the club ranks, could also be a college target, so we shall see. And of course there’s the transfer Catie Fry, who has already verbaled to Central. So this may be the year for you fence-sitters to come out and watch some volleyball. When we get a full schedule, we’ll let you know.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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