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Another Division I scholarship for a member of Mount Si’s Class of 2011

Mount Si Class of 2011 grad Dustin Breshears, seen here from a Wildcat baseball game this spring against Juanita, Tuesday night signed with Gonzaga University to play baseball next spring for the Division I Bulldogs. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)


              Another key piece of the 2011 Mount Si baseball state champion team has signed a Division I college scholarship.

                Wildcat class of 2011 grad Dustin Breshears, who was the team’s second baseman this past spring and helped lead Mount Si to its first baseball state title, Tuesday night inked on the dotted line with Spokane’s Gonzaga University. Breshears, who hit .301 this spring with two homers and 18 RBI’s, joins fellow recent grad Tim Proudfoot in signing a baseball Division I scholarship. Proudfoot, as we reported to you several weeks ago, signed with Texas Tech.

                Breshears’ signing with the Zags, members of the West Coast Conference, makes him the ninth of nearly 30 Mount Si Class of 2011 grads to sign a Division I college sports scholarship, which is by far a school record.


Written by Rhett Workman

August 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

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Mitchell makes his college choice official


Mount Si football lineman Josh Mitchell (left) is seen here with Oregon State football coach Mike Riley (right). Mitchell has announced his verbal commitment to play football for OSU starting in 2012. (Courtesy photo)


                   It’s not even the start of fall sports yet but we have learned of another high-profile verbal college commitment from a Mount Si Class of 2012 athlete.

                The SVSJ was informed by Mount Si’s football booster club that tackle Josh Mitchell, seen as a likely D-I college prospect by a number of the major recruiting services, has verbally committed to Oregon State. Mitchell had been on the radar apparently of several other schools, but as we told you here back in June, OSU had made a scholarship offer to the Wildcat lineman. At that time, we were told that Mitchell was going to explore his options further before making a decision, which it appears he now has.

                Mitchell is also a top high school wrestler; it is not known if he will be continuing in that sport as well in college. We’ll be working to get an interview with him and we’ll ask him about that.

                Mitchell’s commitment follows earlier verbal commitments this summer from boys’ soccer star Davis Karaica (SPU) and girls’ softball player Maura Murphy (George Washington University).

Written by Rhett Workman

August 15, 2011 at 7:38 am

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Valley women take on large field in major triathlon event

A decent-sized number of Valley women braved the elements yesterday, racing in the Danskin Triathlon in Seattle. Participants competed in swimming, biking and running events during the course of the triathlon, and over 2,000 women from all over the country competed in the event.

Of that large field, over 20 of them came from the Valley, and the local group was led by the solid efforts of Duvall’s Malya Howada. Howada, one of two Duvall residents who competed in the race, clocked a time of 1 hour, 28 minutes, earning her a 97th place finish overall in the race. North Bend’s Robby Moore came in in a time of 1:34:48, second-best among all Valleyites in the race and tops among the six North Bend residents in the event. The finish earned Moore 258th overall in the race.

Six Snoqualmie women also participated, and that group was led by a strong showing from Jocelyn Reed, who finished the event in 1:40:30 (436th). Fall City’s Heidi McDade finished the race just seconds ahead of Reed, clocking a time of 1:40:14 (426th) to lead the threesome from there. Carnation’s top finisher was Sanya Jenkins, who finished in a time of 1:44:06 (578th).

Many of the Valley competitors had good performances, with most finishing the race in under two hours. Carnation also had a team in the event in addition to the individual competitors – the “Team Farm” clocked a time of 1:44:20, which was just a few seconds behind Jenkins’ time.

                The triathlon was one of several that Danskin will be putting on during the course of the year – the next one is this weekend in Wisconsin.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 15, 2011 at 7:17 am

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Volleyball high school All-American watch list released, with a few names that you will know if you are a Wildcat or Red Wolve fan

The Wildcat and Red Wolve volleyball seasons are right around the corner, and we got an interesting piece of news this week that will certainly be worth a little water cooler chatter if you are either a Mount Si or Cedarcrest volleyball fan.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday released its “watch list” for their All-American teams which they will select following the season. Several of the players they named to the list are from Washington, and some of their names will be familiar to local volleyball fans.

The list is led by a player who has been a very difficult one for Mount Si in recent SeaKing district tournaments. Seattle Prep’s middle blocker Olivia Magill was one of seven total Washingtonians who made this list, and if you are a Wildcat fan, you know why. Magill has been a tremendous force for the Panthers the last three seasons, and her efforts helped SP win the state title last season. Another player from the Metro who made the list, and one who could give Mount Si problems this fall at districts if the Wildcats face them is Eastside Catholic’s Kameron McLain. Both of these players are middle blockers.

Former Wildcat C-team coach Callie Wesson, now running the show at Skyline, will be coaching another member of this group – outside hitter Maddie Magee. And Cedarcrest fans will probably know the name McKenzie Daniels. The libero from the Red Wolves’ Cascade Conference rival King’s of Seattle was also selected. Sarah O’Connor of Kingco 4A’s Roosevelt in Seattle, and players from North Kitsap and Spokane’s North Central were also named to this list from Washington.

All of the players from the western side of the Cascades played for either of two Washington Volleyball Academy U-17 club teams this past season, certainly showing that program to be possibly the top one in the region among club teams right now. WVBA’s 18s team this past club season featured two graduated Mount Si players – Zoe Gogan and Aubrey Larion. Gogan signed to play with WSU this fall, while Larion is expected to play as well this fall, but is not currently listed on any college roster as far as we know.


Written by Rhett Workman

August 11, 2011 at 4:50 am

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Tuesday news and notes

Mount Si football gets a big donation 
The Mount Si football program was the beneficiary of a significant monetary donation last week from the Snoqualmie Tribe.

The tribe donated $10,000 to the Wildcat football booster club, money which will be used to help fund the program this fall and in the future. RaeAnn Wahsise, a parent of an incoming freshman on the Wildcats team this fall and a Snoqualmie tribal member, was surprised when she first heard about it. “I was absolutely blown away,” Wahsise said.

The tribe made an official presentation of the donation last Friday to football coach Charlie Kinnune at the tribal offices in Snoqualmie.

Wahsise told the SVSJ that as far as she knew, it was possibly the first time, and at least the biggest one to date, that the tribe has donated money to help support Mount Si sports, and she added that the tribe may make future donations to other area schools and sports programs.

CHS alum to take on top club golf pros from around the nation
A Cedarcrest High School grad who has become one of the top men’s golf professionals in Washington yesterday punched a berth to a prestigious national tournament for golf club professionals.

Derek Berg, who graduated from CHS several years ago and went on to have a stellar career at the UW, fired rounds of 69 and 70 to total out at 139 and win the Callaway Golf Professional Golf Association (PGA) Assistant Championship regional tournament down in suburban Portland. Berg, who was representing Bellevue’s Glendale Country Club, beat fellow club pro Josh Immordino, representing Kent’s Riverbend Golf Course, by one stroke, and took home $1,100 for his efforts. Berg and Immordino also picked up the two regional berths from this tournament to the Callaway Golf PGA Assistant National Championship tournament, to be held in November down at the PGA’s headquarters course in Florida.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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Somewhat tough day on the water for two Valley hydroplane drivers

                The Seafair hydroplane races on Lake Washington yesterday saw some mixed results for two North Bend hydroplane drivers.

                We start by talking about Kayleigh Perkins, who drives the UL-72 Foster Care/Change a Lifetime boat in the Unlimited Lights series. Thanks to a strong showing Saturday, she was seen as a favorite to win the Graham Trucking Cup in yesterday’s UL final. However, many of you probably saw what ended up happening during that final race – she, in a furious effort to recover from a slow start, hit some bumpy water, got some air underneath her hydroplane, and the boat flipped in the north end of the course, stopping the race. She suffered some very minor injuries as a result of the incident and was knocked out of the race when it restarted later; the race was ultimately won by Perkins’ main Lights rival, Paul Becker, who was in the lead in the initial race when Perkins’ incident occurred.

                The Seattle Times has more on what Perkins thinks contributed to the accident, plus a couple of photos. KIRO-TV has video of the flip, see that here

                The incident yesterday was the second major incident for Perkins and her boat on Lake Washington this season; back in the spring, during a preseason testing session on the lake, the UL-72 caught fire and exploded, heavily damaging the boat. Perkins also escaped injury in that incident.

                As for her brother Brian, he rebounded from a tough start Saturday to take third in one heat and win a second heat race to make the Unlimited Albert Lee Cup finals race. However, he and his boat, the U-21 Miss Albert Lee, did not finish the race, won by veteran driver Steve David in the Oh Boy! Oberto.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

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Some news on this Sunday, 8-7-11

 A North Bend teen will be competing in the finals today of the World Junior Rowing Championships after a nice rebound over the past two days.

Class of 2011 Mount Si grad Austen Bolves, who has signed with the UW for college rowing this fall, and teammate Michael Evans of Portland won their second-chance “repechage” junior’s men’s pairs race Friday to advance into the semis yesterday. Team USA clocked a time of 6:54.94 to win that race and make it into the race yesterday, where they finished fifth and will race in a consolation final today. They clocked 6:55.46 to finish about nine seconds behind the winning boat from Romania.

Bolves was one of nearly 30 Mount Si seniors to sign college letters of intent this past school year.

-It was a mixed day on the water yesterday locally for two North Bend hydroplane drivers at the Seafair races on Lake Washington.

In the unlimited lights events, Kayleigh Perkins scored two heat wins piloting her UL-72 Foster Care-Change a Lifetime boat, and sits in a first-place tie for points going into today’s final heats. Meanwhile, in the H-1 Albert Lee Cup, brother Brian and his U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance boat were disqualified from their heat race, so they will be looking to rebound today. The boat qualified fourth best on Friday, clocking a speed of around 148.5 mph, so the chances of Perkins and his team doing well today look good. By the way, if you aren’t headed out to Lake Washington and are in the Seattle area, KIRO will once again be bringing you full coverage of the activities starting at 9:00 this morning.

-One last small item and that is from the letter of intent file. Another Cedarcrest athlete from the recently graduated class of 2011 has signed on the dotted line.

Baseball player Mark Bishop joined several other CHS seniors in inking a college sports future, putting his “John Hancock” on a scholarship to attend Shoreline CC and play baseball for the school next spring. This year’s signing list was led, of course, by football player Jared Klingenberg, who signed with Division I Idaho becoming the first CHS/Tolt football player to sign a D-I scholarship and we have some news on him as well.

Kilngenberg is listed on the Idaho roster as a tight end, and if he doesn’t redshirt this fall, CHS fans who have a satellite dish will be in luck. Idaho’s season-opening game September 1 against Bowling Green over in Moscow, ID, has been picked up by the Denver-based Altitude sports cable network and is set for a 6:00 pm kickoff. Several of the Idaho games are being televised regionally over in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, but if you have Dish or DirecTV, Altitude may be a good bet for at least a couple of additional games this fall.

Speaking of satellite dishes, Mount Si fans who have one and want to see Joe Farmer’s first college game provided he, too, doesn’t redshirt, are also going to be in luck. Illinois State’s first game this fall, against Eastern Illinois on September 1, has also been picked up for television. That game will be broadcast by CSN-Chicago and kick at 4:30 Pacific time. Both Altitude and CSN Chicago are part of the satellite services’ sports packs, so if you want to see these guys in action, you may want to give the dish folks a call and sign up for their service.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 7, 2011 at 6:45 am

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