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Archive for April 2011

BREAKING NEWS: The incredible streak for Wildcat baseball comes to an end

            The streak is over, but it was quite a ride.

            Mount Si’s baseball team saw their 15-game win streak come to an end this afternoon in their game at Safeco Field. The potent Wildcat bats were limited to just one hit by four Nathan Hale pitchers in a 3-1 loss to the Raiders.

            Mount Si’s lone run was scored in the second. Senior Max Brown opened the frame with a triple, the lone Wildcat hit, then scored on a Nate Sinner sacrifice fly. Nathan Hale opened with a pair in the first, then added another in the fourth in a game which took under 90 minutes to complete. Wildcat pitchers Hudson Luxich and Shane Dixon themselves combined to hold Hale to just three hits.

            Today’s game was the third straight season Mount Si has had a game at Safeco Field; the game is the result of Mount Si boosters selling 1,000 tickets to a selected Mariners game; they likely will be doing this again this spring, with the hope of doing this again next season.

            The Wildcats resume league play Monday night with a big game at Lee Johnson Field against Lake Washington. Game time is 7:00 p.m.


Written by Rhett Workman

April 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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Mount Si soccer falls to Interlake, 4-29-11

The Interlake Saints rode the foot of their top young stars to post a big upset of Mount Si on the soccer pitch last night, leaving the Wildcats reeling just one week before the postseason.

            Nick Roth scored early and late and led the Saints to a 3-1 win over Mount Si, who lost two of three games against teams which they had dominated earlier in the season.

            Roth’s first goal came seconds into the contest, and was the result of a rebound off a defensive misplay by the Wildcats. The sophomore then scored in the 23rd minute thanks again to another defensive miscue by Mount Si. The Wildcats were getting chances throughout the contest, but nothing was going in. That changed, though in the 63rd minute, when Izzak Sinclair ripped one home and made it 2-1, exciting the Wildcat fan section who had been fairly silent throughout the contest prior to the goal. But Mount Si couldn’t muster any more scoring, and Roth closed it out with his third goal, a “hat trick”, with seconds left in stoppage time, giving the Saints their big win.

            Mount Si is at Bellevue Tuesday and home next Friday against Mercer Island, with wins in both games now necessary to ensure solid playoff position. Where they go from there, though, will be anybody’s guess.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

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Preview and pick for the Mount Si-Nathan Hale baseball game at the “Safe”

We roll out a staple of our Friday nights during the fall and winter today for a special occasion. Mount Si’s baseball team for the third straight season is playing at Safeco Field.


Mount Si, winners of 15 straight games including yesterday’s regular-season title-clincher over Sammamish (more later on that) hosts the Metro Sound Division’s first place squad today in the game being held on the Mariners’  home field. Hale is 11-4 on the season, including a win yesterday over Cleveland. The Raiders certainly look formidable, but they did fall to Eastside Catholic, who has been ranked all season, earlier this week.

The Wildcat bats as you know are quite hot these days. Senior center fielder Max Brown leads the team with a .559 batting average, and he hit a homer in yesterday’s win to bring his total up to three. But what makes Brown, a likely college signee, so good is his speed. He stole two more bases yesterday to bring his total up to 22 on the season. Brown is not the only player who has made noise this year. Fellow senior Tim Proudfoot is hitting .373 with seven homers and 15 runs batted in, much of that coming during a string of games in which he hit a combined five round-trippers, including three in one game. Proudfoot also has displayed solid defense; the BCC signee is one of several players with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Pitchers, too, have been a big part of the effort. Junior Reece Karalus pitched a strong complete game effort yesterday to go to 3-1 on the season, giving up two early runs and striking out 10. Fellow junior Trevor Lane, who is likely to see action today on the mound (although since it is Senior Day, there is a possibility senior Shane Dixon may get the call instead) has been stellar as well, with a 4-0 record and a staggering 1.12 earned run average, making him one of the top pitchers in the league. Trevor’s brother, senior Robb, is back after being out with an injury suffered in the Bellevue game and went 2-4 in the win yesterday. Robb is one of the league’s top catchers and may be playing collegiately next year. And as we noted yesterday, he not only is a strong leader on the field, he is just as strong a leader in the classroom, as he was named “Student Leader of the Quarter” by the school in awards announced yesterday.

Even the bench is solid. Junior (yes, a junior – we had ID’d him in a recent game story as a senior; that is incorrect and we note that here and apologize to his parents for the error) Justin Henak is hitting .273 and did strike gold in the Wildcats’ 8-7 win over Mercer Island, getting the game winning hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. And seniors Derek Welsh, Daniel Besmer and Nate Sinner have also had very good seasons thus far.

The Wildcats’ coaching staff this season has gotten the most out of the players. Head coach Elliott Cribby has implemented an exciting brand of baseball which has helped to ignite what was already a fairly good offensive team. Much of that has been on the basepaths, where the team as a whole has stolen 67 bases this season and taken advantage of numerous opposition wild pitches and passed balls to advance bases and score runs. The Wildcats have scored 146 runs this season, and have only given up 53. This team is on fire, and is poised to make a state appearance for the first time since 1997.

This game has become the signature event on the Mount Si spring sports calendar, with the largest attendance for any Mount Si spring sports event. The Wildcats get the chance to play at Safeco thanks to the strong support of their booster club, who helps to sell 1,000 Mariner tickets in order to give the kids the chance to play on this most hallowed diamond. Without the efforts of parents such as Dean Proudfoot, Polly Breshears, Greg Taylor and others within the booster club, the opportunity for these guys to live out their dreams would not be possible. So, if you go – and we hope you do, it is FREE to get in (and they let you sit in the most expensive seats in the stadium), although you will need to pay for parking and concessions – not only come out and support the kids, but also take the time to thank the parents from this team as well for their efforts in putting this together.

We have said it before here and we will say it again. We challenge you, the community, if you have nothing going on today, and can afford to travel down to the stadium today, please come out and support these kids. These boys are having a season which may be unheard of now in recent Mount Si memory, and this includes the great teams from both 1997 and 2005. This game as we just noted draws a fairly large crowd, and has done so the last two seasons. We hope to see a bigger crowd today. The biggest yet. Mount Si fans traditionally travel well for games, as a community let’s show that today.


Written by Rhett Workman

April 30, 2011 at 7:32 am

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Soccer news…..

Two soccer items:

-Cedarcrest played Sultan last night and picked up a win. More info from the Everett Herald.

-A Valley soccer star made his pro debut last night. Fall City’s Gibson Bardsley, a former Mount Si boys’ soccer star who translated his high school success into a successful college career with Western Washington University, saw action for the first time for the United Soccer League’s Charlotte Eagles as they hosted their regional rival Charleston (SC) Battery in a game at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

Bardsley played 20 minutes and recorded no goals or assists, but did get his first card as a pro; refs assessed him a yellow towards the late stages of the contest, won by the Battery 2-1.

The United Soccer League is one division below Major League Soccer, and this is where the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers both played before moving up to join MLS. Full stats here.  The Eagles’ next games are on the road, and will be the closest opportunity Valley soccer fans will have to see Bardsley in person. Charlotte will be in Los Angeles for a pair of games May 12 and 14, then will return back to Charlotte to continue their home schedule May 20. The Eagles as previously reported here will have a pair of games on TV this summer, one in July and another in August, both of which will be available on the Fox Soccer Channel.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

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News and notes…..

News and notes to round out a busy day for you:

-The Baseball Jazz company run by local baseball instructor Steve Goucher has announced its schedule for summer baseball camps. These camps, which we have mentioned here for you in the past, feature instruction by Goucher, who is a former professional player who currently works as a scout for the MLB’s Atlanta Braves.

There are two sessions being offered, and the camps, four days each, will provide students instruction in fundamental elements of baseball, including hitting, pitching, throwing and fielding, helping those students better develop their skills as they prepare for higher levels of baseball. There will be some contests as well which will include prizes.

The camps cost $129, and are aimed at players ages 9-14. As noted, two sessions are being offered: one June 20-23 and the other is July 11-14, both from 10am-1pm at Si View Park’s baseball field in North Bend. The camps are being offered through Si View Metro Parks. To register, log on to or call (425)831-1900. To get more information about Baseball Jazz camps, email Goucher at or call him at (206)230-9011.

-College softball for you. Central Washington took two on the chin yesterday at MSU Billings, losing 3-1 in the first game on a Yellowjacket walk-off homer, and 9-8 in extras in the second game on a walk-off double. CWU sophomore Kyleen Sweepe, Mount Si grad from North Bend, saw pinch-hitting duty in both games, and went a combined 0-2 with a strikeout.

-Mount Si High School has announced third quarter “Students of the Quarter”, and a number of student-athletes were honored.

Senior three-sport competitor Zach Storm joined fellow student Danny Wood in picking up the award for excellence in math, while volleyball senior Stephanie Rehm shared the award for foreign language with fellow student Angie MacMillan-Major. Freshman wrestler Ryley Absher scored the honors for physical education and senior volleyball player Molly Hitch took the honors for career/technical education (business classes). Senior baseball player Robb Lane, who serves as an officer in Mount Si’s ASB, won the award for top student leader of the quarter, and senior basketball player Haley Chase was named the most outstanding student of the quarter.

The SVSJ congratulates all of these students for their honors. Further proof that not only Mount Si students are excelling on the court, they are excelling off it as well. Nice job, all of you.

Don’t forget, this is a busy weekend coming up. Mount Si baseball is home today at 4:30 against Sammamish, then tomorrow they play their game at Safeco Field at 12:30 against Nathan Hale. Mount Si soccer is home tonight against Interlake, and the track and field team as we have told you already is at the Shelton Invite tomorrow. Add to that the volleyball, soccer and softball that will be going on at the club level, and it is a huge weekend for action. We’ll get you as much info as we can about all this stuff for you here at SVSJ. Bringing you the most comprehensive local sports coverage in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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SMS track and field does their best against Islander MS, 4-27-11

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have something a little different here – middle school action. We have an item for you about Snoqualmie MS’s track and field meet this week against Islander MS. We thank longtime SMS educator Leisa Fowler, who helps coach the SMS track and field team, for providing us the results used in putting together this story. We also want to invite coaches from the Valley’s other two middle schools – Chief Kanim and Twin Falls – to send us results on their events as well. If you are a local middle school coach and want your team’s results featured here the rest of the season, send them to

            Snoqualmie Middle School’s track and field team braved the heavy rains and cold conditions to take on Islander Middle School’s team Wednesday on Mercer Island.

            Islander dominated the meet, but there were a number of excellent performances by SMS student-athletes. Eighth-grader Johanna Cranford led the Eagles in four events on the girls’ side. She tied for top spot in the long jump, leaping 13’5”, took second in the 200m (28.5 sec.), and finished third overall in the 100m (13.8) and the high jump (4’4”). Cranford won her grade level division in all four of these events.

            SMS’s seventh-grade boys medley relay team won their race, clocking a time of 2:10. Other strong performances came from seventh-grader Reid Lutz in the boys’ 75m hurdles, where he won his division with a run of 15.4 seconds, good for fifth overall in the event; eighth-grader Kennedy Stinson in the 1600m, where she clocked 6:05.6, again good for a division crown in that event and fifth overall. Mackenzie Hutchinson and Hannah Winfrey both did well in the girls’ 400m; seventh-grader Hutchinson clocked 1:08 to earn second overall, and eighth-grader Winfrey was right behind in third with a time of 1:11. Both young ladies won their age groups with their excellent efforts.

            Seventh-grader Jimmy Jacobson took fourth in the 800m, clocking 2:45, while eighth-graders Stinson and Javier Naya cleared 12’9” in the long jump, earning them a tie for third overall in that event. Naya’s leap gave him top spot in his age bracket. Rounding it out, seventh-grader Drew Melkonian did a nice job in the boys’ shot put, scoring a fourth overall in the shot put (32’2”) and a third in the discus (63’7”).

Written by Rhett Workman

April 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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Wildcat track scores win over Juanita, 4-29-11

            Mount Si’s track and field teams tuned up for a big meet tomorrow in Shelton with a pair of wins over Juanita yesterday. The boys won 88-57, while the girls scored an 82-63 triumph.

            The boys had a lot of excellent results. Winning their events included senior Shane Blankenburg in the 200m (23.48 sec.), sophomore Levi Botten in the 800m (2:05.64), sophomore Dominick Canady in the 1600m (4:50.7), junior Richard Carmichael in an all-Mount Si 3200m race (10:38.80), the Wildcat 4×400 relay unit of Blankenburg, sophomores Tyler Button and Jimbo Davis and senior Kaleb Huerta (3:54.81), senior Kolton Auxier in the shot put (49’1”), senior Doc Derwin in the discus (133’9”), sophomore Brad Stevens in the javelin (175’6”) and Davis and junior Jake Rouches in the pole vault (both cleared 10’6”).

            Botten used a good strategy to get the win in his race. “The plan going in was just follow him (Juanita’s James Bauman, who finished second) the first lap then try and cut in front of him at the last 200 meters, and so (with) about 75 meters to go I just gave it (my) all and ended up passing him in the last 20 meters,” Botten said.

            As for Carmichael, the friendly competition of his race being an all-Wildcat affair didn’t change his approach. ”You’ve got to go through the motions during warm-up, just get ready the same way every time,” he said. The other Wildcat entrants in the race on the boys side were juniors Landon Storrud (13:09.53, 2nd), Ben Houldridge (13:09.86, 3rd) and Conner Coleman (13:21.90, 4th).

            In other action, Huerta clocked 11.5 seconds to take second in the 100m, followed by Blankenburg; freshman Justin McLaughlin took fourth in the 400m (55.76); Stevens took fourth in the 110m hurdles (17.16) and Houldridge grabbed fourth in the 300m hurdles (47.84). Mount Si’s 4×100 crew of Huerta, Blankenburg, Button and Davis took second (44.83). Freshman Jon Proctor and junior Ryan Olson both cleared 5’4” in the high jump, earning the Mount Si pair a tie for second. Junior Elijah Mayfield scored a pair of solid finishes – a third in the long jump (16’1.5”) and a second in the triple jump (37’).

            On the girls’ side, winners included sophomore Christina Volken in the 800m (2:28.91), junior Kendall Maddux in the 3200m (13:08.81), Mount Si’s 4×100 relay crew of freshmen Jesse Guyer, Abbey Bottemiller and Kristen Kasel along with junior Sophie Rockow (52.24), the Wildcat 4×400 unit of Bottemiller, Volken, junior Lindsay Kirby and freshman Madeleine Hutchison (4:26.5), senior Leslie Stevens in both the javelin (108’11”) and triple jump (33’8”), sophomore Ashley Jackson in the long jump (14’8.25”) and junior Lexi Swanson in the pole vault (8’6”).

            Maddux was the lone girl in the 3200m race, and her efforts were aided by boys’ teammates Storrud, Houldridge and Coleman, who all ran right behind Maddux in an effort to help her maintain a strong pace. Maddux is happy to have the assist. “It gives me more confidence that I can do it knowing that they’re going to help me,” she said. The junior added she hit a personal best mark, but still needs to shave a few more seconds – 14 more to be exact – in order to qualify for the league meet. She knows what she has to do. “I’m going to be pacing a lot harder in practice next week,” she said.

            Rounding out the girls’ action, solid performances came as well from Guyer in the 100m (13 sec., 2nd), Rockow in the 200m (27.5, 2nd), Hutchison in the 400m (1:06.65, 2nd), freshman Kamira Nicolino in the 1600m (6:18.1, 2nd), Jackson in both the 100m and 300m hurdles (18.62/100m, 53.23/300m, both 3rd), the Wildcat 4×200 unit of Hutchison, Norris, Sydney Dore and Rachel Finnegan (1:58.88, 3rd), senior Madison Bardsley in the shot put (26’4”, 2nd), Stevens in the discus (85’2”, 2nd), and Swanson and freshman Madelyn Esteb in the high jump (both cleared 4’4”, t-2nd).

            Mount Si heads to Shelton tomorrow for the Shelton Invite. The Wildcats will be facing a solid field of teams from around western Washington, including Kingco 4A rival Redmond. The meet starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes all afternoon.

Written by Rhett Workman

April 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

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