It is time for Mount Si’s spring football camp for next season’s sophomores, juniors and seniors. The camp includes several practices and scrimmages, a 7-on-7 event, and two team dinners. The varsity team will participate in one additional 7 on 7 tournament at UW on June 23
Runners of every age hit the streets of Snoqualmie and surroundings on May 4, stretching their legs in the Cinco de Mayo half marathon, 8K race and Kids Mile, hosted by Run Snoqualmie. Just above 500 runners took part in the half-marathon, going 13.1 miles. More women than men ran the race, 312 women to 195 men. Top men's finishers were Spencer Walsh, with a time of 1:10:44, followed by Thoma Khalsa and Pete Hanson.
They kept calling it a gem: Chase Kairis's pitching last Thursday night, in the playoff run-up to the Kingco Championship Friday, halted the opposing Mercer Island Islanders, 5-0, with help from the Mount Si defense's fast hands. Running off the physical effects of firing 93 pitches, 63 of them strikes, after the game, the humble Kairis stops to explain how he focused on getting the job done, and trying to stay cool in an exciting place: Bannerwood Park in the postseason. It felt great to be at Bannerwood, in Bellevue, one again, with the top calibre, the senior said. "You just get a great feeling and start going."
Mount Si senior shortstop Tamarra Crowe is the first Wildcat softballer of 2013 to sign for college play. She’s headed to Merrimack Liberal Arts College in North Andover, Mass., to join the Warriors. She expects to play second base with a chance to beat out the shortstop. A staffer saw her when Crowe, as a Ladyhawks club member, went to an exposure tournament in Texas last year. The coach liked how she played, and things steamrolled from there. She visited in December, and met most of the players. It felt like home.
Between breaths, Dom Canady sipped water and received the congratulations of his Bellevue opponents after his win in the two-mile race. Cheered as he made eight laps of the Mount Si track, he pulled ahead of Bellevue’s boys in the second and third spots on his second lap, then passed the Wolverine leader in lap three. “It felt like I needed to pick it up,” Canady said. “That’s what I tried to do, the rest of the race. Just keep the pace.”
Mount Si girls golf has had the best season in years. Going into the league tournament, the team holds a 6-1 record. Freshman Caitlyn Maralack and senior Danielle Burns and the number-two and three-ranked players in the league. Junior Tabitha Dorn is the number-six player in league. Burns has overcome injury to bring her scores down into the high 30s this season and nurture her hunger for delayed state glory. Maralack, the experienced young player, has consistently shot in the low 40s or upper 30s all season, and Dorn is busting into the lower 40s.
It’s pretty darn solid: 17-year-old Nick Mitchell will join his older brother Josh on the gridiron at Corvallis, Ore. Mitchell, Mount Si’s all-Kingco-ranked quarterback last fall, made a verbal commitment to play football with Oregon State University after high school graduation in 2014. OSU was the right fit, says Nick.
Mount Si baseball is battling hard for a shot at league glory, using a team dynamic of all-for-one. Fresh off pitching a shut-out last Monday against Sammamish, pitcher Connor Swift shared his thoughts on where this season is going. “To have a good team, everybody has to be equal,” Swift said. “Everyone has everyone’s back. We’ll pick up anyone who needs to be picked up.” Mount Si is closing out a regular season that saw a very strong start, but also a few speedbumps lately.
Mount Si Fish and Game Club’s 72nd annual Kids Fishing Derby is dawn to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Snoqualmie Police station ponds, off Douglas Avenue on Snoqualmie Ridge. Participation is free for youngsters ages 5 to 15. Children can catch fish and weigh them in, with the biggest catches netting prizes.
North Bend Theatre plays host to a Mount Si High School softball team benefit, "Dinner and a Movie," this Sunday, April 28. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. at the theater, with a showing of "A League of Their Own" starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks, at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children age 13 and younger.