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The afternoon update from Atlanta and Denver for you, 6-30-11

Here’s the afternoon update:

-First, a quick volleyball wrap from Atlanta. U-15 action is done at the USAV JOVC girls’ national championships, with NVVA Selects (future Mount Si’er Lindsay Carr) taking 33rd after closing out the tournament on a strong note. In addition to the win over Rockwood from St. Louis we told you about this morning, NVVA took care of the Amarillo Aces 25-21, 25-16, avenging a pool play loss to the Texas team Monday night. In that game, the Aces won in two sets.

The U-17 action continues, with KJ, and Wildcat senior-to-be Sarah McDonald, falling to SCVC of Los Angeles 25-18, 25-21. They are underway right now with the West Allis Lightning out of suburban Milwaukee, WI.

The U-18 competition has started out well for ITVC Asics Black, with Mount Si senior-to-be Krista Galloway. The Mercer Island-based team won its first two matches of the tournament, taking care of the Lafayette Volleyball Academy 18s Blue from Indiana 25-19, 25-17, then following that win up with another nice win, this over the Long Beach, CA-based Cal Juniors 18s club 25-20, 25-22. ITVC is underway in their nightcap with the Premier Gold team out of Omaha, NE. We’ll have a full wrap on the evening action tomorrow for you here.

-Softball in Denver with some good results today for the Washington Phoenix Gold, with former Wildcat players Alex Johnson, Anisa Wingsness and Carly Weidenbach. The U-18 team posted a 5-3 win over the Colorado Wildcats, a local team from Denver, then closed out pool play with a 3-3 draw against the Sudden Impact out of Ontario, CA. WAP took fifth in their pool with a 1-2-1 record and advances to playoff action tomorrow.

Meanwhile, action also continues in Boulder, with the Washington Ladyhawks Miller U-18s, with Mount Si senior-to-be Maura Murphy in the tournament there. Their contests are underway right now, and we’ll have a full wrap on that tomorrow for you here.



Written by Rhett Workman

June 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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O’Brien U-16 baseball update

We have some recent results for you from the O’Brien Autogroup’s U-16 baseball team.

They have been a busy bunch the past couple of weeks. Over Father’s Day weekend, the team, with Valley players Griffin McClain, Gunnar Buhner, Carson Breshears and Connor Swift, traveled to the Tri-Cities for the Father’s Day Slugfest. The team went 2-1 in the event. In one game June 18, the O’Brien team defeated the ESC Tigers 7-1 at Chiawana High School. Swift pitched a complete-game two-hitter and got the win on the mound, striking out 10. Breshears  went 1-2 with two runs, Buhner went 1-1 and McClain went 0-2.

In their playoff game June 19, O’Brien fell to the Puyallup Knights 4-0. Swift had one of the team’s five hits to lead the Valley contingent. Swift, McClain and Breshears all are part of Mount Si’s program, while Buhner, a Fall City resident, plays for Eastside Catholic.

They came back and resumed Seattle Elite League play with a 6-2 win June 20 over Narrows Baseball in a game in Gig Harbor. Swift went 1-3 with a run and RBI, while Breshears went 1-2 with two runs. June 22, O’Brien won 4-1 over Baden at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Breshears went 0-3, but did drive in a run to lead the local group.

One more game, and it was last night, as they fell to the Seattle Stars 4-3. Swift and Breshears each had a hit a piece in the contest.

O’Brien plays tomorrow night at 6:00 at Mount Si High School against the Kirkland Merchants.


Written by Rhett Workman

June 30, 2011 at 7:41 am

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Thursday news and notes….

A lot of stuff this morning.

-First, golf. The Washington Junior Golf Association held two straight days of sub-district tournaments earlier this week, and three Valley golfers punched tickets to the district tournament next month at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie.

Two of the three are in the girls’ 12-13 age group. Duvall’s Sarah Lawrence fired a pair of 82’s in the two events, Monday in Seattle and Tuesday in Sammamish. The Monday round, at Jefferson Park Golf Course, qualified her for the district event, while the Tuesday round, at the Plateau Golf and Country Club, helped her win the age group in that tournament. Snoqualmie’s Caitlin Maralack, also competing in the 12-13 girls’ division, fired an 88 on Tuesday at Plateau to qualify to districts. That score was good for a tie for second in the age group. Maralack on Monday fired a round of 87 which did not make the cut for districts.

The third is Mount Si boys’ varsity golfer Sean Ballsmith of Snoqualmie, in the 16-17 age group. Ballsmith carded a round of 77 on Monday to punch his ticket to districts. He struggled a bit on Tuesday on the Plateau, firing an 87.

Several other Valley golfers competed in the events. Boys Zach Frederick and Sam Young from North Bend, Mac Smith and Derek Looper from Snoqualmie, and Dawson Cairns from Carnation also participated, with Smith and Looper trying their best in both tournaments; none of these kids, however, qualified for districts. The good news for all of them is there will be two other tournaments for them to make it in to the district event; the next one is next Wednesday up at Echo Falls GC near Woodinville. We wish all of these golfers good luck in their next tournament.

-Now to volleyball, and today is the busiest day for our coverage of the USAV JOVC girls’ nationals down in Atlanta. U-15 action wraps up today, with U-17 and U-18 action also going on.

First, the U-15s, and their playoffs are underway right now. Northern Virginia Volleyball Academy, with soon-to-be Mount Si-er Lindsay Carr, won their first playoff game early this morning. NVVA, in a rematch of a pool game Monday against Rockwood Thunder 152, beat the St. Louis team in three, 18-25, 25-19 and 16-14, to move on to the bracket final. That is underway right now, and it’s another rematch of a pool match from Monday, this time against the Amarillo, TX, Aces, who NVVA fell to Monday.

U-17 and U-18 action happens later this afternoon. The U-17 action features KJ 17s, with Wildcat senior-to-be Sarah McDonald, who fell in their nightcap last night to the Absolute 17s Black out of suburban San Francisco, 26-28, 25-19, 15-7. They are playing a team from southern California this afternoon followed by a Milwaukee-area team tonight. The U-18’s feature the Island Thunder Black, and fellow Mount Si senior-to-be Krista Galloway. They open this afternoon with a match against the Lafayette Volleyball Academy out of Indiana, then ITVC will meet teams from California and Nebraska tonight.

-Today will be a busy day for softball as well. First, a final from Tuesday:

The 2011 Little League District 9 Majors Softball Champions (11-12 age group) are the combined team from Kirkland American and Kirkland National. The Kirkland crew used its vaunted offense once again to score a decisive 17-0 five-inning win over Falls LL Tuesday night at Torguson Park in North Bend. Kirkland advances to state, and they look to be a dangerous team. In the three district tournament games, Kirkland outscored their opponents, Falls and a combined team from Bellevue, 54-2. Not a misprint, folks. The Kirkland team has a very good offense, and they also have the pitching to back it up, it appears. Kingco fans may hear a lot more about these girls when they reach the high school level. They appear to be good from the numbers we have seen.

Now to Denver, and action continues today in both the Colorado Sparkler and the nearby Boulder tournament. The Sparkler tournament today features Washington Phoenix U-18 Gold, with former Mount Si players Alex Johnson, Anisa Wingsness and Carly Weidenbach, while the nearby Boulder event features Washington Ladyhawks Miller, with Mount Si senior-to-be Maura Murphy. When we get some scores, we’ll bring them to you.

We have a full baseball wrap right around the corner.

Written by Rhett Workman

June 30, 2011 at 7:21 am

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Afternoon update, 6-29-11

Here’s our afternoon update:

-First, volleyball in Atlanta. U-17 action started this afternoon, and U-15 play continued at the USAV JOVC girls’ nationals, being held down in the heart of Georgia.

In the U-17 bracket, KJ, with Mount Si senior-to-be Sarah McDonald, opened play this afternoon splitting their first two matches. KJ fell to the Austin Performance 17s out of Austin, TX, 25-20, 25-12, before rallying for a hard-fought 26-24, 25-21 win over the Southwind 17s Red out of suburban Kansas City. The KJ ladies are playing their nightcap now against the Absolute Black out of the northern San Francisco suburbs.

The U-15 action was pretty lively for the NVVA Selects out of northern Virginia, with their soon-to-be sophomore and future Mount Si’er Lindsay Carr. NVVA played a pair of three-setters today, beating Vision 15s Blue out of San Jose 22-25, 25-23, 16-14, then falling to the Memphis Metro 15s out of Tennessee 23-25, 25-16, 15-11. They finished pool play 2-5 and await the playoff rounds tomorrow.

-Now to Denver and the softball.

First, we roll up US 36 to Boulder for their first day of action at the Independence Day tournament there, and Washington Ladyhawks Miller, with Mount Si senior-to-be Maura Murphy, played a pair of 5-5 draws, first against the Illinois Chill out of suburban Chicago, then against the Orange County Batbusters, a really good team out of the Anaheim area.

Back down the highway to Denver, and it was a different day for Ladyhawks Hawkins and recently graduated Mount Si’er Danielle Massengill. After opening tournament play in the U-18 Power Pool at the Colorado Sparkler yesterday with three wins, they got a big reality check today with two losses. First, they fell to the Connecticut Charmers Gold out of Shelton, CT, 2-1, then got blown out 11-5 by the Power Surge Gold out of suburban San Diego. Still, they finished second in the pool with a 3-2 record, but roll into the playoffs Friday on a bad note. Among the teams they could play in their first playoff game Friday according to the latest standings from down there is the Compuware team from Michigan, started up by Pete Karmanos, who now owns the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team.

In the U-18 Open bracket, Washington Phoenix Gold, with ex-Cats Alex Johnson, Anisa Wingsness and Carly Weidenbach, fell 5-3 to the SoCal Diamonds out of suburban Los Angeles in game one, then got creamed by the Oklahoma Sting out of Stillwater, OK, 11-1. They roll into play tomorrow looking to rebound.

-To wrap things up tonight, we have more for you on Texas Tech’s recent signing of Mount Si baseball grad Tim Proudfoot. We have a small item for you that we have linked from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the local paper down in Lubbock, TX, where the school is located. The article makes reference to our story last week about his signing, then goes into some detail about why Tech came all the way out here to the Valley to bring Proudfoot aboard. Good piece from their writer, George Watson, and we thank them for making a mention of our story about Proudfoot’s signing.

We’ll have golf and lots more for you in the morning.

Written by Rhett Workman

June 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

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Wednesday morning news items….6-29-11

Today’s news and notes:

The Pacific Coast Softball Conference, of which Idaho State University is a member, named Bengal P Kandis Clesson, from North Bend, as one of over 100 athletes on their honor roll for their efforts in the classroom. (Courtesy PCSC)

-Before we get to the action from last night, we lead it off by doing something that we like doing when we get the chance:  recognizing a local athlete for their efforts in the classroom.

The Pacific Coast Softball Conference this morning announced that Idaho State’s senior pitcher from North Bend, Kandis Clesson, was named as one of 114 PCSC student-athletes on the PCSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. To earn a slot on the honor roll, the student-athlete had to record a GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2010-11 academic year.

Clesson, who is currently wrapping up graduate school at ISU in athletic administration, earned a 3.906 GPA in her classroom studies this past school year, highest on the team. Several other ISU players also received honor roll designations; they included Clesson’s catcher, Terah Blackwell, who is majoring in biology and ended the school year with a 3.82 GPA, and fellow senior utility player Erin Olander, who graduated with a 3.87 GPA in nursing.

Great job, all of you, and especially you, Kandis.

-Now to the action.

We start on the softball diamond down in Denver, where Washington Ladyhawks Hawkins U-18’s girls’ softball team, which features recently graduated Mount Si C Danielle Massengill, scored another win last night in pool play at the Colorado Sparkler tournament. WLH Hawkins doubled up the Arizona Power from suburban Phoenix 6-3. WLH Hawkins, now 3-0 in pool play, plays the current last place team in the pool, the Connecticut Charmers Gold, later this morning. There is a good chance based on the current records of today’s opponents that the Hawks could sweep the pool and get a first-round bye into the playoff brackets starting Friday.

The other two U-18 teams we are following, the WA Phoenix Gold, with former Wildcats Carly Weidenbach, Alex Johnson and Anisa Wingsness, and WA Ladyhawks Miller, with Mount Si senior-to-be Maura Murphy, start play in their tournaments today. Phoenix is in the Sparkler, while WLH Miller is in nearby Boulder at a tournament there.

We go from the diamond to the volleyball floor now. There’s more volleyball for you today down in Atlanta at the USAV JOVC girls’ nationals, as the U-17 action starts up. Mount Si senior-to-be Sarah McDonald will be participating, as a member of the KJ 17s, who are looking to close out the season on a strong note. Meanwhile, the U-15 action continues, and it’s looking a bit gloomy right now for the NVVA team out of Virginia which has among its players one of McDonald’s future teammates, Lindsay Carr. The ladies from back east fell last night to the Southwest Juniors out of suburban Houston 25-17, 25-23 to drop their pool record to 1-4. The task gets no easier today – they start play later this afternoon against the Vision 15s Blue out of San Jose, among the tougher clubs in northern California.

 Back to the diamond, and on the baseball front last night there was a slugfest for the O’Brien Autogroup U-16s against the Northwest Bandits. Three Valleyites, all members of the Mount Si baseball program, pitched for the O’Brien team as they fell 8-7. Carson Breshears pitched 3 1/3 innings, taking the loss, giving up six earned runs on just five hits, striking out four. Walks did not help Breshears’ cause; he issued five of them in the contest. Connor Swift came in and pitched in relief for Breshears, and worked a solid inning and two-thirds, striking out two. Griffin McClain then finished up the game, going two innings, giving up two earned runs, but he struck out five Bandits.

Breshears at the plate was 0-3, but scored twice; Swfit was 0-2 and McClain walked in his lone at-bat and scored a run. The Bandits won despite five errors.

And this news as well from the RIPS U-18 Brewers team, with Mount Si senior-to-be Trevor Lane: they took home the title this past weekend at the Palouse Summer Series, being held at locations around Pullman, including Washington State University. Nice work gentlemen.

We have Little League softball, and golf, and more baseball and volleyball for you in later updates today. Keep checking back for that here at SVSJ.

Written by Rhett Workman

June 29, 2011 at 7:08 am

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Afternoon update, 6-28-11

From the SVSJ desk:

-Falls Little League’s Majors Softball All-Stars will be playing at 6:00 tonight in North Bend in the Little League District 9 Majors tournament championship game. Falls earned the right to meet Kirkland American/National for the title with an 11-6 win last night over a combined Bellevue East/Thunderbird/West team, eliminating them from the tournament. Falls must win tonight, then win again tomorrow against the same Kirkland squad to make the Little League’s state majors softball tournament. It will be a tall order, though: last Saturday, the Kirkland team beat Falls 11-1 and has outscored both Falls and Bellevue in their two tournament games by the combined count of 37-2. The game is at Torguson Park, which is off North Bend Way past Les Schwab on your left.  We wish the Falls team luck.

-Speaking of softball, good news out of Denver at this hour, as one of the three U-18 club teams with current or former Mount Si talent has started out on the right foot. Washington Ladyhawks Hawkins, based in Puyallup but which features recently graduated Wildcat catcher Danielle Massengill, opened play in the Colorado Sparkler today with a pair of wins. WLH won a slugfest with the Miami Valley Xpress out of Dayton, OH, 7-5, then blasted the USA Elite Gold out of Tracy, CA, 6-1. WLH is taking on the Arizona Power from suburban Phoenix right now.

-Volleyball from Atlanta to close out this afternoon. KJ U-14s, coached by Mount Si lead assistant coach Dave Bachman, took 34th at the USAV JOVC nationals in the U-14 American Division, after splitting a pair of matches today. KJ took care of the Iowa Rockets from Iowa City, IA 26-24, 25-20, then fell in their final match of the tournament to the Gainesville Athletic Club 14s Black out of Florida 23-25, 25-22, 15-10. KJ finished 5-5 in the tournament. Texas Image 14s, out of suburban Dallas, won the competition; KJ did not meet this team in the event.

In the U-15’s, future Mount Si player Lindsay Carr and her Northern Virginia Volleyball Academy squad fell in their opening match of the day to the OP2 15s out of suburban Oklahoma City 25-22, 25-17. NVVA is meeting Southwest Juniors 15s out of suburban Houston right now in the nightcap.

More tomorrow, including a golf wrap hopefully.

Written by Rhett Workman

June 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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Today’s news and notes…..

Good morning.

Here’s our news and notes for this morning.

-The U-14 action wraps up today down in Atlanta at the USAV JOVC girls’ volleyball championships. KJ 14s, coached by Mount Si assistant Dave Bachman, play an Iowa team in their first playoff match this afternoon after taking care of the ARVC team from Albuquerque last night. Scores were 27-25, 25-8 as KJ overcame a tough first set to close out in dominating fashion. The U-15 action also continues, with NVVA Selects out of Virginia, featuring future Mount Si player Lindsay Carr, taking on a team from Oklahoma City later today as pool play continues. In action last night, NVVA fell to the Amarillo, TX, Aces 25-15, 25-23.

-Baseball last night had a pair of wins for O’Brien Autogroup U-16s, and several Mount Si players had hands in the efforts.

In the first of the two, O’Brien outslugged the Buzz 8-7. Wildcat Carson Breshears went 3-4 with two runs and an RBI; Breshears doubled twice in the contest. Fellow Mount Si’er Connor Swift doubled for his only hit of the game, and Griffin McClain drove in two runs and scored one himself in a 1-2 effort.

The nightcap saw O’Brien double up Stars Gold 6-3. Breshears went 1-4, stole a base and scored a run, while Swift went 0-2. McClain pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of teammate Nick Brooks and struck out three Stars hitters to pick up his first save of the summer season.

-A big week of softball starts up this morning in Denver. Three U-18 teams with current and former Mount Si players are competing in a pair of tournaments in the Mile High City. Ladyhawks Hawkins, with recently graduated Wildcat catcher Danielle Massengill, opens play in the Colorado Sparkler event this morning. Another team, the Washington Phoenix Gold, with three ex-Cats (UT Carly Weidenbach, P Alex Johnson and P Anisa Wingsness) will start play in this tournament tomorrow. Ladyhawks Miller, with senior-to-be Maura Murphy, are competing in a tournament in nearby Boulder which also starts up tomorrow.

-The Washington Junior Golf Association holds its second subdistrict tournament of the summer this morning in Sammamish, after opening up their season yesterday. The two Valley teens who played yesterday, Snoqualmie residents Sean Ballsmith and Caitlin Maralack, are expected to tee it up once again this morning. Scores have not been posted yet for the round yesterday, which also served as a qualifier for the Junior World Golf state event down in Tumwater. As soon as we get those, we’ll have them for you here.

-Women’s pro soccer saw a 3-3 draw Sunday night for the Seattle Sounders women against the Pali Blues in W-League action at Starfire down in Tukwila.  D Jamie Coe, a Cedarcrest grad, saw limited action, just eight minutes worth, for the Sounders ladies, recording no stats of note. They play again tomorrow night at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps women.

More later.

Written by Rhett Workman

June 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

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