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>Top 10 moments of 2010 high school sports in the Valley

>We’re doing something a little different for our year in review this time around. We’re going to offer up the top 10 sports moments from this year for local high school teams. So with that, here we go.

1. Mount Si Wildcats overtime football victory over Glacier Peak. Those who were there in Snohomish on November 5 – or who listened to the game live on the radio or the Internet as KRKO radio broadcast the contest – were witness to a great game played by both teams which came down to several  dramatic plays by the Wildcats which sent them to the state round of 16 for the third time in four years. Those plays included the season-saving interception by Connor Deutsch at the end of regulation which forced overtime; Mount Si’s special teams blocking Glacier Peak’s extra point attempt after the Grizzlies muffed the snap on that play; then Taylor Mitchell’s touchdown followed by Cameron Van Winkle’s extra point. The win in our view went down as one of the biggest of Charlie Kinnune’s nearly 20 years at the helm at Mount Si, and it is one we won’t soon forget. BTW, if you go to, you can get a DVD copy of this game for $25.

2. Mount Si boys’ soccer league title. The 2010 Wildcats made boys’ soccer history in the Valley, becoming the first Wildcat boys’ soccer squad to clinch a league title and make state in only their second-ever appearance. Mount Si beat Juanita 2-0 May 8 on Senior Night to take the league crown then they had over a week off before they faced Auburn Mountainview in round one, winning 4-1 over a Mountainview squad who lost their best player very early in the contest. Mount Si then played Glacier Peak in round two, but fell to the Grizzlies, who went on to stun the state boys’ soccer scene, winning the state crown. Mount Si looks to contend once again in 2011 for a league crown behind the top senior GK in the state, Ryan Herman.

3. Mount Si volleyball at state. The Wildcats made their fourth straight state tournament and were expected to be in the title discussion, and day one showed why, as they took care of Timberline then overcame the home-court advantage of their second-round opponent, Kennewick, sending them home in quick fashion. The Wildcats fell to Seattle Prep in the semis on day two (see below) then falling to West Valley of Yakima to end up sixth. A great season for the Wildcats, but one which fell just a bit short.

4. Mount Si-Seattle Prep Sea-King volleyball. This game gets ranked this high if for no other reason than it was a rare win for the Wildcats against an always good Panther team, and it came in dominating fashion, something that is not expected for Mount Si against SP. This was a match that was expected to go five sets, but the Wildcats went to work early, put on a clinic and took care of Prep in three to clinch their fourth straight state berth. The Panthers got the last laugh, though, at state, beating Mount Si in the rematch in five before beating Eastside Catholic to take the state crown.

5. Cedarcrest cross country takes trip to state after strong district showing. As you know, we, both here in the Valley Record and on SnoValley Sports, have been featuring Cedarcrest Red Wolves sports this fall and winter as part of expanded coverage of the Carnation area, and this is the lone Cedarcrest entry on this list, and it’s a good one, too. CHS’ girls took first among 2A teams at the North Country Invite to earn them a state berth, but the boys also did very well, too, taking second among 2A teams. They both went to state and took top ten finishes, led by senior girls’ runner Cara Strodel’s seventh place trophy.

6. Chase’s buzzer beater. We had the video proof for you here back when it happened in March; we bring it back now for an encore.

(Video courtesy Brooks Malberg)
Mount Si’s girls basketball team had an amazing second half to their season to get them to the postseason after they started out the season slow under first-year coach Megan Botulinski. But the Wildcats went to work and ran the table in the second half to get them to the league tournament. Their first-round game against Liberty was coming down to the wire, and it looked as if all that Mount Si had worked for to get to this point was going to go out the window, but Haley Chase, normally a post player, threw up a heave at the basket from half-court which went in and shocked everyone, including Chase. The shot sent Mount Si into the district tournament with a 42-40 win over the Patriots, and was the biggest buzzer-beater for the Wildcats since Kelly Stubbert’s 1996 buzzer-beater at state which helped Mount Si beat Aberdeen. Chase returned in 2010-11 as a senior starter, but she has already left her mark on history without question.

7. Mount Si baseball struggles at league tournament. This was not expected, but the Wildcats baseball team, who had been among the top teams all season, and infact went into the Kingco Tournament as the top seed, failed to win a game at the Kingco Tournament and had their dreams of returning to Safeco Field, where they had played earlier in the season, cut short. The team was well-constructed, with great pitching (Frank Tassara, Josh Kimborowicz, Cooper Helm among others) and great hitting (Tim Proudfoot, Dustin Breshears and Rossco Castagno among others). But, just like in 2005, when Mount Si was among the top teams in the state, Mount Si was not able to translate regular season success into the playoffs, and just like in 2005, this collapse ultimately led to the loss of the coach’s job, as Chaz Carr was let go this summer, replaced by former UW pitcher Elliott Cribby.

8. Mount Si boys’ basketball’s strong season, followed by coaching change. Mount Si finished the season 16-8, and senior Tanner Riley, now playing college ball at Portland, graduated as the greatest player in the history of the program. But they ran into trouble at the SeaKing District Tournament, and their dreams of making state were dashed with losses to both Franklin and O’Dea. Following the season, there was a coaching change, with longtime North Bend resident and veteran high school coach Steve Helm taking over for Jeff D’Ambrosio, who resigned, and last we heard, is now on Chris O’Connor’s staff at Bellevue. One of D’Ambrosio’s assistants from last season, Steve Haizlip, also found new work, as the head coach of his alma mater, Newport.

9. Mount Si’s girls’ soccer’s dramatic win to grab playoff spot on final night of regular season. Mount Si’s girls soccer team had high hopes coming into the fall, but struggles, especially on offense, hurt the Wildcats as they fell to near the bottom of the league standings. But they turned it on late, and hosted Mercer Island on Senior Night back in October. With everything on the line, the Wildcats found a way to get it done against another team who also had high hopes, beating the Islanders in a nip-and-tuck 3-2 cliffhanger which was not decided until the final whistle. Mount Si fell in the first round of the league tournament to see their season end, however.

10. Mount Si girls’ hoops eighth place showing at national tournament. The Wildcat girls’ basketball summer league team coming into the Midsummer Nights’ Madness event in July, held in the Seattle area and organized by Juanita coach Sam Lee, had had a tremendous summer schedule, with a number of strong showings at camps and other tournaments. But the competition they were set to face in this event was high-caliber. Top AAU select teams from all over the western United States flew into town for this event and Mount Si went to work and scored a number of big wins. They rolled through their All-Star division bracket before falling in the semis to a team from Colorado Springs.

2011 looks to be another great year, and we here at the Valley Record will be there to cover all the moments, both in the paper and online right here on this very blog.


Written by Rhett Workman

December 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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>Wildcat girls deliver, but lose a player in the process, maybe for the year, 12-30

>EDITOR’S NOTE: No print, we run here for you.

Mount Si’s girls basketball team completed a three-game sweep in the Kingco-Wesco Challenge tournament yesterday, rallying from behind courtesy of another stellar effort from their top senior to post the victory.

Senior Hailey Eddings had her second straight double-double, scoring a staggering 32 points while reeling in 10 rebounds as the Wildcats worked out of an early hole and beat Shorewood, 49-41. Eddings got a double-double Wednesday in the win over Lynnwood.

Mount Si was aided by eight points from Kassidy Maddux and 10 boards from Stevie Riley, but the other Riley on the team also made news during the game, and it wasn’t good. Jordan Riley, according to coach Megan Botulinski, injured her knee and did not return. Botulinski indicated that no MRI was done on the knee last night, so it is not clear what the extent of the injury is, but it is feared Jordan Riley may have torn a ligament in that knee, which if that is the case, likely knocks her out for the remainder of the season.

If the junior ends up being out, look for Maddux, Haley Chase and Shelby Peerboom, all of whom have done very well in the post this season, to log more time and have to work a little extra harder.

Mount Si rolls into the league schedule – and the second half of the season – with a 7-3 record, likely ensuring no worse than a .500 finish when the regular schedule ends in February. Next game is Wednesday at home against Bellevue.

Written by Rhett Workman

December 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm

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>Humboldt State women back in action, get a win

>News from the Bay Area is that the Humboldt State women’s basketball team (Caitie Richards/So/Snoqualmie/MSHS) posted a victory in their return from the holiday break, beating Cal State East Bay 64-48. Humboldt’s defense held CSUEB to just 18 second half points, nice work, ladies. Richards, however, sat this one out, likely still recovering from the broken hand she suffered in a game earlier this month, something which we mentioned for you here recently. But a good effort, still, by the ‘Jacks, and once Richards gets back, that could be huge for them, we shall see.

Written by Rhett Workman

December 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm

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>Wildcat boys close out their New England swing with another win

>Behind a strong effort from their top player, the Mount Si boys basketball team closed out their New England trip on a strong note today with a big win over a team from Providence, R.I.

Dallas Smith scored 30 points and added seven rebounds, two assists and four steals as the Wildcats beat Mount Pleasant of Providence 72-48 earlier this afternoon. Trent Riley added 11 points and Mason Bragg put in a good effort with six points and four assists.

The main thing which helped the team succeed today: ball control. “The key was we didn’t turn the ball over,” Helm said by phone from Boston, where he and the team were waiting to board their flight back to Seattle, which should arrive here later this evening.

Mount Si took two of three games on the New England trip, only losing their opener to Boston College High on Tuesday. Overall, Helm was pleased. “The trip was great,” he said.

Among the things the team did – aside from maneuver through all the snow which is still on the ground back there following last weekend’s blizzard – included watching the Boston University men’s basketball team’s game last night against Quinnipiac, won by Quinnipiac 82-81. They also got a chance to tour Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, something which we would hope they had their cameras for, because a certain Mount Si soccer coach (Darren Brown, well-known around Mount Si for his allegiance to the “Nation”, as the Red Sox fan base is called) will want to see the photos and video.

The Wildcats take the rest of the week off, then returns to play Tuesday night at Bellevue, at 7:30.

Written by Rhett Workman

December 31, 2010 at 2:28 am

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>A quick mention on Tanner Riley….

>The University of Portland’s men’s basketball team returned to action after the holidays Monday night and posted a 66-62 win over struggling Nevada. Pilot freshman Tanner Riley, from North Bend, played limited minutes and his only stat of note was one personal foul.

Written by Rhett Workman

December 30, 2010 at 12:45 am

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>Wildcat boys take win and grab third place trophy in holiday tournament, end losing string in process and

>EDITOR’S NOTE: No print room, we run here.

The Mount Si boys basketball team took home the third place trophy in the BAC Holiday Classic today after posting a come-from-behind win over a team from New Hampshire.

Dallas Smith scored 21 points, and his four-point play with about two minutes left in regulation (three-point shot followed by free throw as a result of being fouled on the shot attempt) was key to the comeback, as the Wildcats rallied from seven points down late to post the 72-69 victory over Bishop Guertin from Nashua. The win ended a four-game losing streak for Mount Si which dated bck to December 14 and their Kingco loss to Juanita.

Smith’s effort wasn’t the most noteworthy effort, though, as junior Mason Bragg picked a good time to have his coming out party. Bragg scored 17 points, but added five assists, seven steals and five boards to his effort to help Mount Si considerably. “He was awesome,” said coach Steve Helm by phone from Boston, where the tournament is being held.

Trent Riley added 20 points to pace the Wildcats, who stayed close with BGHS the entire game. Helm offered praise for his team. “Our kids played really well,” he said.

Connor Green scored 37 to lead the New Hampshire team.

Mount Si plays Mount Pleasant of Providence, R.I., tomorrow in Boston before getting on a flight bound back to Seattle.

Written by Rhett Workman

December 30, 2010 at 12:40 am

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>Mount Si girls back on winning track, 12-29-10

>Mount Si’s girls basketball team seems to have found the winning touch again, as they used the solid efforts of two top seniors to post a big win today against a ranked team, their second one this season.

Jori Braun scored 18 points and Hailey Eddings added a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds as the Wildcats played strong throughout in posting a 53-40 victory over the Wesco 3A’s Lynnwood Royals in the second day of the Kingco-Wesco Challenge tournament at Juanita High School in Kirkland. The Royals coming in were ranked #9 in the latest Reporter Newspapers (parent of the Valley Record) 3A state girls’ basketball poll.

Braun was pleased with her efforts. “My shooting I’ve really been struggling with, but I’ve been really focusing on getting those assists and getting the offense working, but today they weren’t guarding as good and I finally started looking for my shot and they were falling today,” Braun said.

Wildcat coach Megan Botulinski credits a change in approach with helping Mount Si get back on track after a rough stretch before Christmas in which they had lost three of four. “We’ve really been focusing on winning each quarter and just playing for that quarter instead of trying to think of the whole game,” Botulinski said. “I think that’s really helped us, just that change in psychology, because they’ve gone out there two days in a row now and played really hard.”

Mount Si was in control throughout much of the contest, using solid defense and clutch shooting to maintain their advantage. Wildcat defenders, including Haley Chase, did an excellent job shutting down Lynnwood’s star player, Mokun Fajemisin. Although the Royals junior did score 17 to lead her team, she, especially in the second half, was not a major factor. “I have to praise Haley Chase. Haley Chase had one heck of a game today,” Botulinski said. “Haley frustrated her,” the coach added.

The Wildcats held a 23-21 lead at halftime, then a Braun three set the second half in motion, and Mount Si did not relinquish the lead. Strong free throw shooting down the stretch closed out the game, and Eddings believes the change in approach is a good one for her team. “It helps because it makes us focus on what’s happening right now, not the long run, but right now, that second,” she said. Braun added, “Just got to take it quarter by quarter, because everything changes, every quarter, every play.”

The win, as noted, was Mount Si’s second against a ranked opponent this season; the Wildcats on opening night beat a then-ranked Mercer Island squad. Botulinski wants fans to look for strong play when league play resumes. “Four quarters of basketball,” the coach said.

Mount Si wraps up this tournament with a game tomorrow against Shorewood at 4:15 p.m. at Juanita High School.

Written by Rhett Workman

December 30, 2010 at 12:12 am

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