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>From the colleges…..

>Good morning, hope you are all getting through what’s left of the snow out in the Valley this morning.

Some college news of note, after the jump.

-We’ll start with baseball, and a couple of seniors who are Mount Si alums came up big for their teams yesterday in doubleheader play. George Fox outfielder Derek Aldrich, from North Bend, ripped a fourth-inning single to score two runs and help lead the Bruins to a 9-3 win in the nightcap of a twinbill against Concordia of Portland in non-conference action. Aldrich went 2-4 overall in the contest with the 2 RBI’s, and also stole a base. GFU won game one of the doubleheader 7-0 with Aldrich picking up a sixth-inning single in that contest and went 1-4.

In Chanute, KS, Missouri Western won a slugfest against Nebraska-Kearney in the back end of a pair of games, 17-16. Griffon senior Ian Atkinson, from North Bend, was busy in this one. He went 2-3 and scored three runs. Atkinson scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings after reaching base following being hit by Nebraska-Kearney pitches. The ex-Wildcat then scored again in the seventh after reaching base on one of his two hits, both of which were singles. Missouri-Western fell in the opener to UNK 4-2; Atkinson in that game went 1-3 with a single.

-Women’s basketball saw a good night off the bench for a local product to help her team to victory. Sophomore Caitie Richards, Mount Si grad from Snoqualmie, was strong from outside (3-5 from beyond the arc), scoring 12 points to aid Humboldt State’s 73-63 win to close out the regular season over CSU-Los Angeles. Humboldt is seeded #5 in their conference tourney and opens the postseason with a road game Tuesday at CSU-San Bernardino. Based on their overall record, it is likely Humboldt will have to win the tournament to have a chance to play in the NCAA D-II tournament.

-Men’s hoops also is winding into the postseason, and for the Portland Pilots, it starts this weekend. They fell last night to St. Mary’s down in Moraga, CA, 83-69. Pilot freshman Tanner Riley, Wildcat grad from North Bend, played good minutes last night, but did not score any points. He, however, did have three steals. The Pilots are seeded #5 in their conference tourney and open against # 8 seed Loyola Marymount Friday in the first round in Las Vegas, NV. Their overall record suggests to us they will need to win a couple games in the tournament for NCAA consideration, but in any event, with 20 wins, the Pilots appear destined to play in someone’s postseason tournament.

-Softball saw a couple of tough losses for Idaho State against conference foes in a preseason event in Sacramento. The Bengals fell to CSU Bakersfield 5-3 then fell to St. Mary’s 6-3. Bengal senior pitcher Kandis Clesson, Mount Si grad from North Bend, pitched against the Gaels, and took the loss. Defense did not help matters, as the Bengals committed five errors in that contest (of the six runs Clesson allowed, those errors resulted in only one of the runs being earned). She walked three and struck out one in the complete game effort. Clesson did not pitch against CSU-Bakersfield.

-And we close in Pocatello, home base for Idaho State, where the Holt Arena is hosting the Big Sky indoor track and field championships this weekend. Valley product Drake da Ponte, Eastern Washington sophomore from North Bend, competed in a couple of events for the Eagles. He was part of the men’s distance medley relay team which finished sixth (10:28.91) in that race, then as an individual he ran the men’s mile and took eighth in that race (4:23.61).

More good efforts from local college athletes as the winter season winds down and the spring season gets rolling.


Written by Rhett Workman

February 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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>News and notes…

>Some news items:

-First, college hoops. Men’s action had Portland winning at San Diego last night 65-61. The win was the 20th this season for the Pilots and North Bend’s own Tanner Riley had a hand in it for Portland. The freshman scored five points off the bench to aid the Pilots’ efforts. On the women’s side, it was no contest for Humboldt State as they beat CSU Dominguez Hills 75-40. HSU sophomore Caitie Richards, from Snoqualmie, scored nine points on 3-5 shooting from outside three-point range. Good effort for the Mount Si grad who is coming off a hand unjury which kept her out twice this season.

-Some travel info for you Cedarcrest fans going up to the game tonight.

The game will be at Stanwood HS, 7400 272nd Street NW in Stanwood. The game time as noted in our preview is at 5:45 p.m., but games will be occurring prior to the contest, so this time is approximate based on the completion of the previous games. As of now, the WIAA has not announced any changes in plans due to the weather and road conditions, so expect the game will be there. Fans should allow about 90 minutes travel time to the venue.

To get to the school from Duvall, follow north as you did when you went to Mount Vernon last week (203 to Monroe, US 2 to Everett, I-5 north from there), but instead of going all the way to Mount Vernon, get off I-5 at exit 212. This is the exit for SR 532. Turn left at the end of the ramp and head west on 532. Follow this road to 72nd Avenue NW. Turn right there and head north on 72nd to 272nd St. NW and turn left. The school is on your left, and parking is available at the school, although it may be a bit limited, so if possible, carpool. We were asked about radio coverage of the game, and sadly, we don’t anticipate that happening, so the only way you’ll be able to catch the action is by attending it in person. Ticket price for adults is $10, $8 for students with an ASB. This is higher than normal Cascade Conference ticket prices, so be aware of this when you arrive at the door.

If you leave early with potential road conditions in mind, and subsquently get there early, at the intersection of 532 and 72nd, on the left is a big shopping area which includes, according to our Google Maps check, a McDonalds and Burger King among other establishments, and since we aren’t familiar with the concessions up there, it may be best to grab a bite before going into the game.

We hope you all can make it up there, and if you do, enjoy the game and GO RED WOLVES!!! The entire Valley will be cheering for you tonight.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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>Preview and pick for Cedarcrest boys’ basketball state tournament first round game vs. Franklin Pierce

>Valley sports history is on tap tonight, as the Cedarcrest Red Wolves make their first state boys’ basketball tournament appearance since 1956.


The Red Wolves’ boys punched their historic trip to state after a very exciting win in the Northwest District third-place game last Friday over Anacortes. A three-point play by sophomore Zach Taylor with seconds left sealed a two-point win over a Seahawk team which gave Cedarcrest all it could handle in that game. Now the Wolves’ reward is going into uncharted territory. This trip to state is only the second time a basketball team from the Lower Valley has made state (the only other one was that 1956 boys’ squad, which was playing for Tolt at the time; Cedarcrest HS replaced Tolt about 20 years ago).

The Wolves will face an opponent which some Valley fans may remember from a few years back: Franklin Pierce. The Cardinals, of the 2A SPSL, have a decent record this season (13-12, 9-5 league) and were last at state as a 3A squad last season. They haven’t won a game since the 2006 tournament, and in that ’06 event, the Cardinals and Mount Si found themselves in a dramatic battle which was won by the Wildcats during Mount Si’s dream run that season under former coach Garrick Phillips.

Taylor, Colton Rekers and Andrew Alness are the big three for the Wolves, and they will need to play well tonight for Cedarcrest to be successful. The main offensive weapon for the Cardinals appears to be Tre Benton (13.9 ppg/Seattle Times stats). Taylor and Co. will need to be ready for this player and defend well.
FP’s record, especially early in the season, was hurt by some road losses to weaker teams, and the Cardinals are also 2-4 against teams from their league who are in the 2A tournament (Clover Park, Fife and Sumner). So while their record is okay, this looks like a beatable opponent.

The main thing Cedarcrest will have to contend with is nerves. Remember, this is not a position that the Red Wolves have found themselves in at all pretty much, so for all these kids, it will be a new experience, a different look. How the Wolves respond to being on this big stage will ultimately be key. Mental focus will be a key factor in this one. Cedarcrest coach Micah Rieke will have his kids prepared; after all, he went to Cascade of Leavenworth, a school which has been a strong basketball school in recent years, with a number of state appearances for both the boys and girls.

That 1956 Cedarcrest team, according to WIAA historical data, went 0-2 in that tournament. So tonight, the Wolves will be shooting for their first-ever state tournament win, which if they get, will likely get them the distinction of being the best boys’ basketball team ever in the history of the Lower Valley’s high schools. Those of you who can brave the cold and snowy conditions tonight will not be disappointed. You will see history tonight. A win for the Red Wolves at state.


Written by Rhett Workman

February 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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>Game time, opponent announced for Cedarcrest first-round 2A boys’ state game

>The WIAA today announced the opponent and game time for Cedarcrest’s boys’ 2A state playoff game, the first such game for the boys’ team there since 1956, when the school was in Carnation and known as Tolt HS.

The Red Wolves will be facing Franklin Pierce, from Parkland and a member of the 2A South Puget Sound League, and the game will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. at Stanwood High School. We will have directions for you to the school later, but suffice it to say, students who will want to attend the game Friday will need to leave around 3:00 or so in order to get there on time, as fans and students should allow no less than 90 minutes travel time to get to Stanwood from Cedarcrest.

We have seen a Google map of the campus area and can tell you there’s a couple of restaurants near the school, including a Burger King, so fans who want to leave early will have something to do before they go in and attend the game.

As for the opponent, we will get some info for you and preview the matchup for you later in the week. Franklin Pierce’s mascot is known as the Cardinals, and they were Mount Si’s second round opponent in the 2006 3A tournament, a game won by the Wildcats in dramatic fashion, the second straight such game that the Wildcats won that way at Tacoma that year.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

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>Our final check on Sin City…..

>The Las Vegas Classic girls’ club volleyball tournament has now wrapped up, and for the teams with Mount Si competitors, it was a mixed bag of results.

Starting in the U-18 “Open” division, Washington Volleyball Academy’s team, with Wildcat seniors Zoe Gogan (also a WSU signee) and Aubrey Larion, finished in a tie for 57th after falling to the Texas Advantage “Rags Blue” team from Fort Worth, TX, in the opening game of the playoffs yesterday.

Island Thunder’s 18 Black squad, with Mount Si junior Krista Galloway,  finished play on a six-game win streak, but that was not enough to help them finish high in the event. ITVC, however, did finish a respectable tie for 65th in the event. The MI-based team closed out play yesterday with wins in their playoff bracket over teams from California and Colorado.

KJ’s 18’s, with Wildcat senior, and CWU signee, Catie Fry, struggled to a 101st place finish. They closed out play yesterday with a playoff loss to a team from California. KJ only won two out of the seven matches they played in the event.

The 18-Open division featured 120 teams, with most of them from California, although some clubs, as noted with the WVBA’s result, came from other places around the U.S., and KJ’s team on Sunday also played a couple of clubs from western Canada.

In the 17 “Open” division, it eas a tough go for the KJ 17’s team, with Mount Si junior Sarah McDonald. Like their KJ 18 counterparts, KJ 17 also struggled a bit, only winning two matches all weekend down there. One of those wins came yesterday, over a team from Oakland. KJ then fell in their next playoff match, and finished in a tie for 94th out of 100 teams entered.

Meanwhile, in the 17 “Club” division, Bellevue-based High Velocity, with Wildcat junior Danielle Warnke, finished the event tied for 83rd out of 120 teams entered in that tournament. They split a pair of matches to close out play yesterday, beating a team from northern Los Angeles County, CA, before falling to a club from near San Bernardino. HV, coached by former Cedarcrest assistant Desi Polejewksi, finished 4-4 in the event.

A number of other teams competed in a Northwest Juniors club-sponsored tournament here in the Puget Sound area over the weekend; we’ll get results for you and have those here as well soon.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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>Athletes of the Week for 2-23

>All right. It’s our final Athlete of the Week for the winter. Spring athletes of the week will start up we think sometime in mid-March.

Boys it is, and it’s wrestling for both.

MOUNT SI-Our athlete of the week is A.J. Brevick. The senior competed at 160 lbs., and along with previous AotW Josh Mitchell, were the only two representatives from the Wildcats who competed at this past weekend’s 3A Mat Classic. Brevick went two-and-out and did not place, but to get there after having competed in such a tough regional was in itself an accomplishment. A.J. is part of a strong athletic family; his older siblings all have had success in other athletic endeavors.

CEDARCREST-Cody Paxman takes the honor this week; the Red Wolves junior, competing at 152 lbs., took third at the 2A’s Mat Classic in Tacoma. Paxman dominated in his early round matches, then faced a tough opponent from Cheney in the semis. Despite losing to that competitor, Paxman continued to wrestle well and beat two more competitors to take the third place spot. It was a nice result for a Cedarcrest team who had been expected to do more, but saw its top two wrestlers, previous AotW’s Robby Macnair (285) and Martin Vakamoce (171) get knocked out of competition prior to regionals due to injuries.

Written by Rhett Workman

February 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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>Volleyball update…..

>We have another update from Vegas on the five local girls’ club volleyball teams with Mount Si athletes. Day two of the Las Vegas Classic saw some mixed results for the local representatives.

The big story was in the U18 Open division, where Island Thunder Volleyball Academy’s 18s Black, with Mount Si junior Krista Galloway, won all three of their pool matches yesterday to get themselves in contention for a good finish today. ITVC, based on Mercer Island, beat teams from Idaho, Arizona and Florida and now roll into today’s play with a 4-2 tournament record. Also at 4-2 on the tournament is the Washington Volleyball Academy’s 18s, but the team with Mount Si seniors Zoe Gogan (also a WSU signee) and Aubrey Larion fell in their last two matches yesterday after winning their opener against a club out of the Salt Lake City area.

Another team that is having some good success is in the U17 Club division. High Velocity Volleyball of Bellevue, with Mount Si junior Danielle Warnke, won two of three matches yesterday to get their overall tournament mark to 3-3. HVVC beat teams from suburban Phoenix and southern California before falling to a team from the San Francisco Bay area. This High Velocity team FYI is coached by a name that should be familiar to Cedarcrest volleyball fans: Desi Polejewski, who was an assistant with the Red Wolves several years ago and most recently was the head coach at Interlake.

Both KJ entries with local players, the 18s (Catie Fry, MSHS sr., and CWU signee) and 17s (Sarah McDonald (MSHS jr.) struggled yesterday, and will look to rebound today.

All teams will have playoff action starting up at 8:00 am this morning. We wish all of them luck.

Full board after the jump.

U18 Open

ITVC 18s Black (Krista Galloway, MSHS jr.)
Game 1-Def Club Idaho 18s Gold, Eagle, ID/Boise, 25-16, 25-14
Game 2-Def Aspire 18s Black, Tempe, AZ/Phoenix, 25-21, 25-17
Game 3-Def Ocala Power 18s ROX, Ocala, FL, 20-25,25-14, 15-11
Went 3-0 yesterday, current record in event 4-2
Today’s opponent: Pacific Juniors 18s, Upland, CA, 10am

KJ 18s (Catie Fry, MSHS sr./CWU signee)
Game 1-Def 250 Selects 18U, Victoria, BC, 25-20, 25-11
Game 2-Fell to Asics Athena Gold, Portland, 25-23, 25-18
Game 3-Fell to Dinos 18s, Calgary, 22-25, 25-18, 16-14
Went 1-2 yesterday, current record in event 2-4
Today’s opponent: Excel 18s, Mission Viejo, CA, 9am

WVBA 18s (Aubrey Larion/Zoe Gogan. MSHS srs.; Gogan WSU signee)
Game 1-Def Club V 18s Black, Bountiful, UT/Salt Lake City, 25-16, 28-26, 15-6
Game 2-Fell to Spiral 18s, Chandler, AZ/Phoenix, 26-24, 25-21
Game 3-Fell to Orange County 18s Roxy, Costa Mesa, CA, 25-16, 25-16
Went 1-2 yesterday, current record in event 4-2
Today’s opponent: Texas Advantage 18s Rags Blue, Fort Worth, TX, 11am

U17 Open
KJ 17s (Sarah McDonald, MSHS jr.)
Game 1-Fell to Delta Valley 17s, Lodi, CA/Sacramento, 25-27, 26-24, 15-10
Game 2-Fell to NorCal Black 17s, Pleasanton, CA/Oakland, 17-25, 25-19, 15-6
Game 3-Fell to TX Juniors 17s, San Antonio, 25-22, 27-25
0-3 yesterday, current record in event 1-5
Today’s opponent: Goldben Bear 17s, Belmont, CA/San Francisco, 8am

U17 Club
High Velocity 17s (Danielle Warnke, MSHS jr.)
Game 1-Def Club Red 17s Maroon, Scottsdale, AZ/Phoenix, 25-19, 25-11
Game 2-Def DSVC 17s Smack, Indian Wells, CA/Palm Springs, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12
Game 3-Fell to Peninsula Juniors 17s Gold, San Mateo, CA, 25-21, 25-15
2-1 yesterday, current record in event 3-3
Today’s opponent: Legacy 17s Blue, Newhall, CA/Los Angeles, 8am

Written by Rhett Workman

February 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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