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Archive for July 2011

Sunday news and notes…..

-A North Bend hydroplane driver has a good chance to do well today in the final day of racing in the tune-up to next weekend’s big Seafair races in Seattle.

Brian Perkins, driving the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance boat, qualified for the Columbia Cup over in Kennewick in the middle of the pack, then yesterday, finished second in his first heat race, clocking a hair above 139 mph. Perkins will be racing this morning in his second heat, then  he will have possibly two more races later today, including the championship heat.

KNDU-TV over in the Tri-Cities has live coverage, you can click here to watch it on your computer.

-It was a tough ending for Eastside FC’s U-16 boys’ soccer team Friday at the US Youth Soccer Nationals down in Phoenix. Despite another win, they did not make it to the finals.

EFC, with Mount Si senior-to-be, and SPU verbal commit, Davis Karaica, beat California’s Albion White 1-0 in their final pool play game of the tournament, but thanks to a goal differential tiebreaker, did not advance to the title game despite finishing in a four-way tie for first at 2-1. Albion and the Concorde Fire Elite, who Eastside did not play in the pool round, advanced to the championship game today. Albion’s goal differential was +2 while Concorde’s was a staggering +5, buoyed by a 5-0 shellacking also on Friday of the Minnesota team which Eastside fell to on Thursday.

James Molyneux-Elliott, who scored Eastside’s only other goal of the tournament in their win last Wednesday, scored for Eastside in the Friday game.

-Things have turned a bit sour on the basketball floor for the ECBA U-17 Pioneers girls’ basketball team at a tournament in San Diego.

The Seattle-based team, with Mount Si junior-to-be Molly Sellers, fell once on Friday, then fell again yesterday, to knock them into a final game for placing later today against a team from Nevada. Emerald City had won two straight games to open the tournament.

-Don’t forget, today starts our coverage of softball this week here at the Journal. Opening ceremonies for both events, the PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA, and the ASA U-14 Nationals in Midland, TX, are today, with play starting tomorrow. Teams with Mount Si players are in both events: the Washington Ladyhawks Miller U-18 Gold (Maura Murphy) in Huntington Beach, and the NW Ladysharks Wetherbee (Celine Fowler/Nikki and Jenny Carroll/Rachael Picchena) down in Midland.

We’ll have full coverage for you throughout the week here.



Written by Rhett Workman

July 31, 2011 at 7:19 am

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News and notes on this Friday for you…..

A couple of items of interest this morning for you here.

-The Emerald City Basketball Academy’s U-17 Pioneers girls basketball team has gotten things off to a good start down at a tournament in southern California.

ECBA, a Seattle-based team which features Mount Si’s Molly Sellers, scored two wins yesterday to move into the semifinals of their pool at the Midsummer Nights’ Madness event down in San Diego. Emerald City defeated the FCA, a team from the Puget Sound area which consists of a number of athletes from Snohomish County and points north, and the ECBA’ers also took care of a team from Compton, CA. ECBA will play later today for a shot at the pool championship tomorrow.

-Sunday begins a solid week of softball for you here in the SVSJ. Two teams with Mount Si players will be playing in national championship tournaments.

The Ladysharks U-14 Wetherbee team, with Mount Si sophomores Celine Fowler, Nikki and Jenny Carroll and Rachael Picchena, roll into the Texas plains to compete in the ASA U-14 nationals down in Midland. Their first game is coming up Monday against a team from California.

Speaking of California, Huntington Beach will be hosting the PGF national championships, also starting up Sunday. Washington Ladyhawks Miller, with Mount Si senior-to-be, and GWU verbal commit Maura Murphy, will be in this tournament despite failing to qualify at either of two regional qualifiers they competed in earlier this season, in Denver and in Portland. Teams can be invited to the event regardless of whether they qualify in a regional event, so it appears that was the case for WLH Miller. And they certainly look ready to roll: in a local tournament last weekend here in the Seattle area, WLH went undefeated at 6-0 to take the tournament crown.

So we wish them, and the Ladysharks team, plenty of luck as they compete against the best in the country.

-And one final note: sometime next week, we will have a big announcement about this blog for you right here. Don’t worry folks, we aren’t going away, but it will be a change that will hopefully make it much easier for you and your fellow Valley sports fans to find us and get all the local sports news that other local media aren’t able to cover.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 29, 2011 at 7:08 am

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Tough day in the desert, and some hoops action…..

Despite having one more shot on goal than their opponents today in their second game at the US Youth Soccer Nationals in Phoenix, the Eastside FC Strom boys U-16 team suffered its first loss of the tournament.

Eastside, with Mount Si senior-to-be Davis Karaica, fell 1-0 to the Minnesota Thunder Academy out of Minneapolis. Getenet Wonku’s goal in the 32nd minute for MTA was all the boys from the Twin Cities needed to get it done, despite being outshot by EFC 7-6.

Eastside will need a win tomorrow against California’s Albion White for a chance to move on in the tournament.


-The Florida Knighthawks women’s semi-pro basketball team’s season is officially over, after a playoff loss this past weekend. The Jacksonville-based team, with Mount Si grad Rachel (Travis) Mitchell, fell to the host Miami Rain last Sunday 71-68, knocking the Knighthawks out of the playoffs. Mitchell played limited action and had no stats to report. Florida did win a game to make it to the contest last Sunday; the Knighthawks scored a come-from-behind 59-57 win over Tampa to make it to the game against the Rain. Mitchell scored three points.

For those who haven’t followed the blog regularly, Mitchell graduated from Mount Si several years ago and had a stellar career with Northwest University in Kirkland. She spent time on the coaching staff of former Wildcat girls’ hoops coach Dirk Hansen during her college career, then after graduating from NU, got married and moved with her husband to the Jacksonville area, where they currently reside. Mitchell just finished her first season this past winter as a varsity high school head coach, coaching the girls basketball team at Jacksonville’s Episcopal High School.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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Karaica and Co. score win in the desert at national tournament

It was a good opening day today for the Eastside FC U-16 boys’ soccer team at the US Youth Soccer Nationals down in Phoenix.

The Bellevue-based club, which includes Mount Si senior-to-be Davis Karaica, posted a 1-0 win over the Beading Soccer Club out of Pittsburgh. The game’s lone goal was scored in the 78th minute by James Molyneux-Elliot, a player from Skyline HS.

Tomorrow, EFC takes on the Minnesota Thunder Academy out of Minneapolis. A win and EFC will be in good shape in their pool play.



Written by Rhett Workman

July 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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Tuesday news and notes….

Good morning. News this morning:

The SVNLL nine and 10-year old girls softball All-Stars, seen here following their District 9 championship victory earlier this month in North Bend, won the state Little League 9/10 title last night, beating South Snohomish LL. (Courtesy photo)

-This time, it’s for real. The 2011 9/10 Washington Little League Softball Champions are the girls from Sno-Valley North. We told you here in yesterday’s brief (since removed) that they had won on Sunday to take the crown. Thanks to a couple of our readers from down in the Lower Valley who sent us comments and emails, we found out that was incorrect and posted a correction as soon as we got word of that. Our error was the result of an error in the scores on the tournament website; that error was also corrected so we fixed ours as well.

So last night, Sno-Valley North took on South Snohomish LL in a winner-take-all game for the title in Poulsbo, and it was a much closer contest than the one on Sunday, but one that was won by SVNLL, 2-1, giving them the title. SVNLL scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the fourth, and held on to make history for their community. As we had noted yesterday before removing the item, their 8-1 postseason run (their only loss being in that game Sunday) has to be among the best for SVNLL all-star teams, baseball or softball, in league history. Anyone who can clue us in on championship history for the league can email us at

A tremendous accomplishment, and we offer our congratulations to the coaches, players, and families of the girls from this all-star team, and also a congrats to the SVNLL on this tremendous accomplishment. Also, thanks to our eagle-eye readers who noticed our mistake yesterday and let us know so we could correct that.

-With that out of the way, we should mention the basketball is done in Las Vegas at the Adidas Super 64 tournament. The ECBA U-17 Pioneers girls (Mount Si’s Molly Sellers) fell in playoff action to a Houston-area team yesterday and were knocked out of the event. Both boys’ Pioneers entries, the U-17 (CHS’ Zach Taylor) and U-16 (Mount Si’s Levi Botten) had been previously eliminated with losses. The tournament appears to be a single-elimination event from what we can tell looking at their website information.

-Things are starting to heat up down in Phoenix at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Mount Si’s boys’ star Davis Karaica and his Eastside FC U-16 teammates are there, and today, the players will all convene for a luncheon at 11:30 this morning which will feature an unveiling of the national championship trophies and other events. All of this will be webstreamed live by going here. Games start tomorrow, and we’ll have the scores for you here at SVSJ.

More later.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 26, 2011 at 4:48 am

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A correction….

Looks like we, and the tournament’s info, were a bit off, about the SVNLL 9/10 softball state tournament title series. South Snohomish LL actually won the game 9-3 yesterday so there will be a winner take-all game tonight at 6:00 in Poulsbo for the whole thing. Good luck girls, and we apologize for the earlier mistake, and have removed that from here. We also thank the readers from down there who let us know.

Go SVNLL!!!!!!!!

Written by Rhett Workman

July 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

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News on this Monday…..

-Mixed results yesterday for ECBA basketball teams with Valley high school players at the Las Vegas adidas Super 64 tournament.

The boys U-17 Pioneers (CHS’ Zach Taylor) fell to a team from Compton, CA, in the first round of the playoffs, while the girls’ U-17 Pioneers (MSHS’ Molly Sellers) squad finished a sweep of their pool play with a win over a team from Arkansas. The boys’ U-16 Pioneers (Mount Si’s Levi Botten) suffered their second close loss of this tournament, falling by three to a team from Texas.

More action today in Sin City, we’ll keep you updated. It’s playoff time for the three teams, with the U-17 girls being the top seed out of their pool. The U-17 boys, despite their loss yesterday, were seeded #1 as well and the U-16 team was a #2 seed despite their tough losses in the pool competition.

Written by Rhett Workman

July 25, 2011 at 4:52 am

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