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>Mount Si boys basketball holds successful fundraising golf tournament

>EDITOR’S NOTE: The following writeup is courtesy of Mount Si boys’ hoops coach Steve Helm, on their recent golf tournament, held August 13.

We had a wonderful day (August 13) at the 4th annual Boy’s Basketball Golf fund raiser. We SOLD out the tournament for the first time with 144 golfers. We were able to raise just over $10,000 for the Boy’s Basketball Program. We are hoping that this will help pay for some of our Boston Classic Christmas tournament, New Shooting shirts and practice gear for the entire program. We would also like to start a scholarship program for students in need going to college to further their education.

There were two highlights of the day besides the great community support. We had two of the former Mount SI Boy’s 1977 State Championship players attend and support the program, Joe Eddings and Robert Graham. It was a special moment for me to recognize all the alumni who came out to support the program in each generation all the way back into the 60’s. and then to recognize two men who lived and experienced the dream and goals that our new generation of young men are trying to accomplish, by winning the ultimate State Championship.

The other highlight was having Ken Sinner, Rudy Evan, Zach Habben, and Mike Morris win the tournament championship. Ken Sinner was the commissioner and CEO of the tournament and a very good friend of mine for many years and has done a great job with many others in planning the tournament. I would also like to thank Joe Gregg and Eric Riley who spent many hours of recruiting sponsors along with the rest of the booster club.

The booster club and the community are HUGE for this program to get where we want it. I think we have one of the top basketball booster clubs and community basketball knowledgeable members who knows basketball in the state. They are helping bring this program to the level it needs to be, to win consistently. Now it’s my job to make sure we win games, and help mold these young men.

I am truly humbled at this point in time with all the support. I can’t wait until December 7th, our first game vs. Interlake to roll out for the first time at home the team we are working so hard to put together. I hope it’s a packed house and the upper bleachers have to come out to fit our small valley and tight community that includes North Bend, Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Ridge, Fall City, and the Pass. What really excites me is to get the new Ridge development involved and feel a part of the long tradition that Mount Si has in Basketball. The Ridge is such an untapped new development that we want to welcome with open arms as part of the Wildcat Family.

I have heard the 3A King-co League will be as strong as it has been in the last 8 years. I am excited about the talent level in the league and to see how our young kids will compete in such a tough league. I can’t wait for November 15th!!

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Written by Rhett Workman

August 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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>A Mount Si girls’ player has an experience of a lifetime across the pond

>As you saw recently in the Valley Record, Mount Si’s boys and girls soccer teams went to England this summer to complete an exchange with Bishop Heber High School in Malpas, which is near Manchester.

The Mount Si and Bishop Heber groups
pose for this photo, taken at Old Trafford,
the home stadium for Manchester United,
in Manchester, England.
(Courtesy photo)

With folks being out of town on vacation and what not, we found it difficult to get folks to comment on the trip. One of those who did send us stuff back was varsity girls’ player Jennie Mills; however, due to deadlines we were unable to include anything from her, so out of fairness to her, we will mention some of her experiences here.
Mills was one of nearly 30 Mount Si players and coaches who were on the trip, and was happy she went. “Overall, I found England amazing! Even though the culture was a little different, I found it fun and would love to go back,” Mills told SnoValleySports by email. She tells us they were busy while there – they toured several areas, including the stadiums for Manchester United and Liverpool and they also visited London.
Mount Si varsity girls’ soccer player
Jennie Mills, who was on the recent
Mount Si soccer exchange trip to England,
is seen here with the English girl who
hosted her, named Gabby. (Courtesy photo)
Mills tells us the folks there take the game seriously. “I found the soccer facilities showed the support of the game. They were fantastic!,” she said.
One of the big stories to come out of this, as we mentioned in the story, was the success Mount Si teams had against the English opposition they faced. Mills herself was surprised by that. “I expected playing against English teams would be more challenging. They had decent ball skills, but the focus is on men’s soccer more then women’s soccer. When we finished the tournaments, our coaches gave awards to the best players. They received Manchester (United) jerseys,” she said.
Mount Si varsity girls’ soccer player Jennie
Mills is seen here in Old Trafford.
(Courtesy photo)
Her experience with her host family – the girls had their own host families while the boys stayed with the families of the kids they hosted here last year – was great. She stayed with the family of a girl named Gabby. “I loved my host family, it was a perfect match. They always make their meals from scratch. The whole family helps out. They enjoy having fun. Gabby and I got along so well. They made me feel right at home. I can’t wait until she comes out here,” Mills said.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 29, 2010 at 9:19 pm

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>Weekend wrap

>We have a lot to catch up on as we have not had much time to put anything up here due to our coverage of the fall previews, which you now will see September 15 in the Valley Record.

Anyway, we start with our weekend wrap, the first one of the fall college sports season, and it was a huge one for three former Mount Si volleyball players playing Division I volleyball.

First, we start in Pullman, where Idaho redshirt freshman Miranda Pratt, from North Bend and a 2009 Mount Si grad, made her college debut yesterday for the Vandals in a three-set loss to UC Irvine. She played two of the frames, scoring two kills, three digs and one block in the losing 25-10, 25-18, 25-23 result for Idaho in a game at the WSU preseason tournament.

Speaking of WSU, senior Faith Hutcherson, from Redmond and a 2006 Mount Si grad, was busy helping the Cougars to a 2-1 record in their event, with the only loss being to the Vandals. Hutch’s best effort was a two assist, two ace, seven dig performance yesterday in a four-set win over Weber State, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, and 25-13. Hutcherson played all three matches (Cougar wins over Weber State and Irvine, loss to Idaho) and had 22 digs combined in the three games.

Down to San Diego, where former Mount Si player Summer Nash, who played her last two years of high school ball for Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet before graduating this spring, made her college debut Friday night for the Aztecs in a win over Cal State Northridge. Nash did not disappoint, ripping five kills and one block in one set of action in a 25-21, 29-27, 30-28 SDSU nail-biter over CSU-N. Nash played in the Aztecs’ win over Northern Colorado yesterday, picking up nine kills and three blocks in a SDSU 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-16 victory over the Big Sky team from Greeley, CO.

Full board:

Friday

Women’s Soccer
Fairfield over Binghamton 2-0
Nikki Stanton (FAIR/RFr/North Bend) – Played, no stats

Men’s Soccer
Great Falls (MT) over Evergreen State 2-1
Dyson Fowler/Sam Joselyn (ESC/both Fr/both North Bend) both DNP

Volleyball
WSU over UC Irvine 25-23, 25-15, 25-19
Faith Hutcherson (WSU/Sr/Ames Lake) 8 digs

SDSU over CS Northridge 25-21, 29-27, 30-28
Summer Nash (SDSU/Fr/Seattle/former Mount Si player) College debut, played one set, 5 kills, one block

Idaho over Weber State 25-27, 25-16, 25-18, 25-22
Miranda Pratt (IDA/RFr/North Bend) DNP

Yesterday

Football
MN-Duluth over Central Washington 35-10
Michael Nelson (CWU/RFr/Carnation) Started at right tackle in contest
Tyson Riley (CWU/RFr/North Bend) DNP, is not listed on roster this fall

Volleyball
Idaho over WSU 25-22, 25-19, 25-21
Miranda Pratt (IDA/RFr/North Bend) DNP
Faith Hutcherson (WSU/Sr/Ames Lake) 7 digs

Idaho falls to UC Irvine 25-10, 25-18, 25-23
Pratt – college debut, played two games, 2 kills, 3 digs, one blk

WSU over Weber State 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-13
Hutcherson 2 assts, 2 aces, 7 digs

SDSU over Cincinnati 25-22, 25-23, 26-24
Summer Nash (SDSU/Fr/Seattle/former Mount Si player) DNP

SDSU over N Colorado 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-16
Nash 9 kills, 3 blks

Written by Rhett Workman

August 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm

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>Stanton’s debut more successful than we thought……

>Just got a note from Glen Stanton, dad of former Mount Si girls’ soccer star Nikki Stanton, who is playing as a redshirt freshman at Fairfield University in Connecticut, and confirmed this by looking at the updated game report on the school’s website, that Nikki, in her first college game last Sunday, which we had a report for you on here, scored an assist on the lone Stags goal in their 1-0 win over Bryant in the rain in Smithfield, RI. The assist was Stanton’s first college point.

Good stuff, and we thank Mr. Stanton for letting us know.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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>Fall sports begins tonight

>Tonight begins our fall sports coverage in earnest here on SnoValley Sports. A couple of things.

-First, for those of you who have not seen it, look at the lower right of this webpage and you’ll see a Twitter feed there. We have added Twitter to our coverage and may, and we stress the word may, utilize it for tonight’s Scarlet vs. Grey football game @ Mount Si. While we would suggest you come on out and watch, the game starts at 7:30 and is FREE to get into, if you for whatever reason are unable to get down there tonight, come here and we may have it for you here via Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, we welcome those of you who signed up for our feed yesterday, and this includes our colleagues Kevin Endejan at the Issaquah Reporter and Joel Willits at the Bellevue Reporter. Both of these writers do a great job with covering their local high school teams; catch a sample of that coverage by viewing their blogs which are in our news links section.

Also, another item, and this is an update from our Tuesday item – we have moved back the publication of our fall previews by a week to September 15. So all of the fall sports stuff until then will be here.

-Also, college sports get underway as well today, there’s several events we will be keeping an eye on for you here.

Again, as we noted, the Scarlet and Grey game is tonight @ Mount Si at 7:30. We hope to see you there.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

>Football reminders…..

>A couple of schedule reminders for you Mount Si football fans:

-This Friday night, August 27 is the annual Scarlet vs. Grey intrasquad game. It starts at 7:30.

-And since we will have our fall previews September 8, this will preclude us from making much mention in the paper of the team’s regular season opener, which is September 2, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell against the Woodinville Falcons.

More info on the schedule can be found by going to the Mount Si football website, which is linked here.

We should mention that we have finished our team preview and as we just mentioned, you will see that September 8 in your Valley Record.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm

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>Perkins struggles on Flathead Lake

>It was a tough weekend on Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana, near Kalispell, for North Bend’s Kayleigh Perkins and her UL-72 Foster Care hydroplane at the ULHRA race there. Perkins finished fourth overall after one second-place heat finish and a DNF in another; according to ULHRA.com, it appears the engine issues Perkins and her team have battled all season were a factor once again.

Competition only took place Saturday; the races yesterday were called due to high winds on the lake.

Perkins trails slightly for the overall points lead on the circuit; there is one race left and that is in San Diego September 17-19. In the meantime, there is an exhibition scheduled this weekend in Tacoma, so there maybe will be a chance for local fans to see the boat and driver.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm

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