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>A correction….

>We mentioned tonight’s basketball game was going to start at 7:30 in our preview this morning; we were incorrect on that. Tonight’s game will tip at 7:00 p.m. We apologize to all of you and the Wildcat boys program for our mistake.


Written by Rhett Workman

November 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

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>Ex-Mount Si star once again looks for coaching history, but will anyone notice?

>After a week’s break, former Mount Si girls’ hoops star Rachel Mitchell (Travis) looks once again for her first varsity coaching win tonight as her Episcopal High of Jacksonville, FL, girls’ basketball team plays another game tonight, so we wish them luck on that. However, if there happen to be any local media at the game tonight, they likely won’t be there to hopefully catch a little history.

Seems as if the school has surfaced as a player in the middle of a controversy – read article from the Florida Times-Union here – concerning a state official down there who is alleged to have used a confidential driver’s license database to seek information on the father of a football player from a rival school; the Times-Union reports in their story that that school was sued – but the suit was later dropped – claiming that this man’s son and another player from this rival school were ineligible on residency grounds.

This official, according to the Times-Union, is an assistant coach with Episcopal’s football team.

Very interesting read, and one which will be the talk of Florida high school sports today, that’s for sure.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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>Preview and pick for Mount Si boys hoops against Kennedy…..

>More previews later on this week, as we lead into the winter sports season for Mount Si. Today, though, we announce the return of our basketball previews and picks, which we begin tonight as a special appetizer for you. We debut this in full on Friday for the first of six boys and girls doubleheaders featuring the Wildcats. Here’s the schedule:

Friday – Mount Si @ MI
Next Friday, 12/10 – Mount Si @ LW
January 7 – Mount Si vs Sammamish
January 14 – Mount Si vs. MI
January 21 – Mount Si vs. LW
January 28 – Mount Si @ Sammamish

So here’s tonight’s preview and pick.


This game was a late replacement on the schedule for a nonleague road game @ Tahoma which was scrapped, and that is a good thing for Mount Si boys hoops fans, who get a chance to see the team’s new coach, Steve Helm, in action, for the first time tonight.

Helm has assumed control of a program that is re-tooling a bit this season following a strong showing last season behind one of the region’s top players in Tanner Riley, who now plies his trade in college at the U of Portland. As we noted yesterday, and will do more next week in the Valley Record, Mount Si’s key weapon this season is Dallas Smith, returning as a senior. Smith, who has been a good outside shooter in the past, has added more elements to his game this winter, as he recognizes his role as the “go-to” player on offense. Smith has a lot of help inside as well, and rebounding, especially offensive boards, will be key for the Wildcats in every game this season because of the size, toughness, and potential depth in the post position, with seniors such as Joe Farmer and Alec Deichman and junior Anthony McLaughlin looking to get things done there.

One player to watch though, and he has created a bit of internal buzz in the program, is freshman Tyler McCreadie. McCreadie will get a chance to see how this level of play works tonight, and if he does well this season, people will begin to notice.

Seniors Austin Coby and Chris Grandberry lead Kennedy, a former Seamount League rival of the Wildcats, into this contest tonight.

With both teams opening their seasons tonight, whoever takes advantage of the other’s mistakes first should be in best contention to get the victory. Guess here is that it will be Mount Si, as that is part of the game plan under Helm, who will be stressing quality control with his players as a fundamental element of his program, doing the little things.


Written by Rhett Workman

November 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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>Mount Si boys hoops preview

>EDITOR’S NOTE: Today begins our look at the Mount Si winter sports teams, with boys hoops. We will feature an overall look of each team here, and offer a more in-depth look at specific players to watch in the December 8 issue of the Valley Record.

Mount Si’s basketball team begins a new era this season, as local basketball coaching veteran Steve Helm takes over for former coach Jeff D’Ambrosio, who resigned following a successful 16-8 season last year. Helm is ready, and is expecting a lot from kids. “Discpline. Our kids are going to do the small things, and they’re going to do the small things right, and I’m going to demand it,” Helm said.

The key theme Mount Si fans can look for this season is strong inside play, as they are very deep in that position. Leading this group is junior Anthony McLaughlin, and he has worked on improving his game. “I’ve been working on my jumper a little more and I’ve got a lot of post moves down,” he said. The thing, though, to watch with McLaughlin, who told the Valley Record he has received some interest from colleges about playing for them a couple years down the road, will be whether he can stay healthy. Injuries have been an issue for McLaughlin the past two seasons, hampering his development into one of the top players in Kingco 3A.

The depth in the post position, though, will be beneficial should McLaughlin get injured again; seniors Joe Farmer and Alec Deichman, both of whom starred on the Wildcats’ state playoff football team this fall, could bring toughness and size to the Mount Si inside game, something which could be important in a league expected to be dominated by the likes of Bellevue, Lake Washington, Mercer Island and Sammamish. “Those four are probably the elite teams in the league,” Helm said.

That all said, guard Dallas Smith is ready. Fans can expect a lot from the senior, the lone starter back from last season’s team. “They can look for good leadership. I’m going to try to be a good leader out there,” he said.

Helm is looking to focus on not only on-the-floor play, but making the kids better citizens off it. “And most of it’s off the floor,” Helm said. “It’s much more than basketball that we’re trying to teach here. Basketball is kind of a bonus.”

With the team expected to face a stiff challenge this season – look for at best a middle of the pack finish – fans will need to be patient. “It’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight, but the goal is to win the war, not the battle,” Helm said.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 30, 2010 at 12:59 am

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>Around the water cooler….

>Today’s news items from around the country:

-Big one working in Cincinnati right now, where, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a top area high school girls’ volleyball coach is facing a number of allegations from parents who accuse him of abusive behavior towards his players. The coach is scheduled to face a judge over some of these accusations later this week.

-News from North Dakota that high school sports participation by students is going down.

-A columnist in Massachusetts is advocating changes in football playoff scheduling and how home-field advantage is determined.

-Speaking of Massachusetts, Boston’s WBZ-TV and radio is doing a series of reports this week on the increasing costs of high school sports in that state, a state which has seen some communities reduce, or even eliminate, prep athletics due to budget problems. Here’s a sample of their coverage.

Previews aplenty starting tomorrow, and also, we apologize but no Athletes of the Week for this week, we’ll start them up next week. IWRC, we had told you that we would have them back for this week.Turns out no one started their seasons this past weekend.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

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>Saturday college scoreboard

>Just three games involing local collegians last night, here’s a wrap on all three.

-The headliner is in Arcata, CA, where Humboldt State’s women’s basketball team got a solid performance from a former Mount Si star, but it proved not to be enough in the end as the Jacks fell to Sonoma State 73-65. Sophomore Caitie Richards, from Snoqualmie, scored 14 points on a solid 5-7 shooting night from the floor; her outside shooting, a staple of her days as a Wildcat, was especially key, as she went 3-4 from beyond the arc. Richards added a pair of rebounds and three assists to the efforts.

-Pullman saw the end of the college fall sports calendar for this blog, and for one former Mount Si volleyball star, the end of her college career. WSU’s volleyball team fell to Oregon 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 last night in the final game as a Coug for senior Faith Hutcherson, a 2006 grad from Mount Si. Hutcherson played two sets and did not record any major stats of note. This volleyball contest marks the end of the regular fall sports schedule for us here, as we now roll into the winter sports calendar full time for local collegians.

-We finish in Portland, where the Pilots’ men’s basketball team took care of Cal-Santa Barbara 75-63 last night. UoP frosh Tanner Riley, former Mount Si boys’ hoops great from North Bend, played limited minutes in the contest and collected one rebound.

Coming up this week – we’re going to have previews aplenty for Mount Si winter sports, as we take a look at what to expect this season. Boys’ hoops Tuesday, gymnastics and wrestling Wednesday, and girls’ hoops on Thursday. Then we focus more on specific athletes to watch in December 8’s issue of the Valley Record.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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>Friday college scoreboard

>Fall sports are, with a couple exceptions, winding down this weekend for local athletes. Two volleyball matches of note last night:

-Washington State fell in five hard-fought sets to Oregon State last night in Pullman, 25-27, 29-27, 25-17, 22-25, 15-11. Cougar senior Faith Hutcherson, Mount Si grad, Class of ’06 from Ames Lake, had a couple of assists and three digs. Hutcherson and fellow senior Brittany Tillman, Lakes High grad from the Tacoma area, will play their final home game as collegians tonight as the Cougs host Oregon.

-San Diego State ended their season last night with a three-set loss in Albuquerque, NM, against the New Mexico Lobos, 25-17, 25-21, 25-21. Aztec freshman Summer Nash, from Seattle and a former Wildcat volleyballer, tallied three kills for SDSU in the contest.

Also, we should mention that the men’s soccer season is over for Chico State, as they fell last weekend to Midwestern State, TX, knocking Chico out of the playoffs. Sam Evans, Chico frosh and former Mount Si boys’ soccer star, gave up three goals in net in the 5-0 loss last Saturday.

Just one team that we know of is in the playoffs still, and that’s Eastern Washington football (Dexter Moetului/Jr/North Bend/MSHS). We’ll keep you updated on those games going forward.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

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