The sixth annual St. Patty’s Day Run is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15, on Snoqualmie Ridge. The chip-timed five-kilometer run and one-kilometer children’s race take place on the streets and paved trails of the Ridge. Registration is online at www.runsnoqualmie.com. Runners and walkers are welcome.
Cedarcrest wrestler Ely Malametz holds a state title in wrestling. Wrestling in the 2A 160-pound class at Tacoma’s Mat Classic, the senior pinned Zach Braun of W.F. West in four minutes, 41 seconds in the first round, then beat Colville’s Ryley Smith on points, 2-0. He won a 6-2 decision over Sumner’s Jed Schliesman, and took down Elijah Camacho of River Ridge in a 9-1 decision to take gold.
As King County's 40-year police contract with North Bend comes to an end, the substation at 1550 Boalch Avenue will open to the community for the last time Feb. 27. Community members are invited to an open house, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 to send off the officers, share memories and look ahead. Many current and former deputies will be there.
Mount Si boys basketball team ended their season last Saturday, Feb. 15, on the road against Bainbridge Island, falling 62-47 to the Spartans. The Wildcats came into the match from a win over Liberty two days prior, but fell to a Bainbridge team that dominated on rebounds in the first round of the SeaKing Districts.
Moments after practicing her floor routine, Jenn Rogers did it again, for a special audience—the much younger athletes at Mount Si Gymnastics Academy. "They wanted to watch, so the kids can see my energy," said the junior, who has worked here for the past two years, coaching 6- and 7-year-olds. "It's awesome to be able to pass my passion on to the little kids," Rogers says. They in turn watch her at high school meets.
The van was packed up and the wrestlers were assembled for the trip to Tacoma when squeals from the stadium interrupted. The makeshift parade of parents, siblings and kids from Ryley Absher's mom's preschool, Imagination Station, surprised the Mount Si wrestling delegation before they left for state. Mount Si wrestling has consistently sent groups to the Mat Classic at Tacoma over the years. This season, the Wildcats sent one regional champ, Eli Clure, fellow senior Abscher, and a sophomore, Andrew Harris, with senior Tanner Stahl accompanying as an alternate.
Mount Si gymnasts took the podium as district champions in competition last weekend in their home gym. The squad now advances to the state championships this weekend in Tacoma. Hosting the SeaKing district qualifiers, the Wildcats dominated on all events, with junior Jenn Rogers claiming the top all-around score.
It’s not how the Cedarcrest Red Wolves girls basketball team wanted to end their season. Coming into districts as the number-one seed, they faced a sure-handed Bellingham team in a rousing home game. But Cedarcrest’s energy fired up too late Friday. Coupled with another loss Monday to Lake Washington, their season has ended. On Friday, Feb. 14, the girls struggled to come back from behind after Bellingham pushed to a lead, 38-25 at the half. A concerted charge against the Red Raiders had the home crowd on its feet, but the clock gave out, with the Red Wolves down by two, losing 65-63.
Mount Si linemen Brad Christensen and Jack Nordby have played football together since their elementary-school days. The duo get a rare chance to continue that tradition, as they head to Monmouth, Ore., this fall to play for the Western Oregon Wolves. Nordby and Christensen were both key parts of the Wildcat’s hard-hitting and award-winning line this season. Christensen, in particular, a third-generation Valley football player, picked up first-team Kingco honors for his role on the offensive line, second-team for defensive line, and an all-state nomination. Nordby was right there with him.
Mount Si is sending 12 wrestlers to compete in this weekend's regional tournament at Skyline High School Mount Si had a big group advance from the 3A Kingco/Seamount Wrestling Championships, held this past weekend, Feb. 8, at Interlake.
Mount Si gymnasts claimed the KingCo championships as a team, competing at the league tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mercer Island. Mount Si led in all events but floor, in which it was narrowly edged out by second-place Lake Washington. Junior Jenn Rogers was second in all-around scores, placing first on floor, second on beam, fourth on bars. Senior Carissa Castagno was fifth overall, placing fourth on beam, sixth on floor. Hailey Johnson tied for second on vault. Mackenzie Brown was seventh on bars. Castagno tied for ninth.
The Cedarcrest varsity boys basketball team continues their march into the postseason, beating Falls at home Tuesday, 69-58. The Red Wolves rushed to a big lead in the first half, 19-11 in the first quarter, 16-6 in the second. Falls outscored Cedarcrest in the second half, 23-20 in quarter three, 18-13 in the fourth, but not enough to retake the Red Wolves lead.
The Mount Si boys basketball team looks to be peaking at the right time, as they approach some crucial postseason battles. The team is playing with confidence and absorbing some key lessons, as is shown in the Wildcat’s home win, 56-40 against Juanita on Saturday, Feb. 8. Strong play by seniors Tyler McCreadie, Jack Nelson and Beau Shain anchored a very athletic performance.
Against Liberty for Senior Night Thursday, Jan. 30, Mount Si won, 43 points to 18. Mount Si’s Eli Clure, in the 126-pound weight class, pinned Liberty’s Kyle Armstrong. Gunnar Harrison, at 132, pinned Zach Toombs. Mason Marenco, at 138, won a 4-1 decision over Tyler Lee. Ryley Absher, at 145, pinned Juan Flores. Justin Edens, at 152, pinned Nathan Sjoholm. Tye Rodne, at 160, pinned Jimmy Andrus. Cameron McLain, at 195, pinned Will Nguyen. Andrew Harris, at 220, pinned Zach Arthur.
The Mount Si girls got so very close to their long-sought conference win Wednesday, Jan. 29. Facing Interlake at their final home game, the Wildcats fell behind, but never by more than a few buckets, to a Saints team blessed with some strong outside shooters. “We wanted to win,” said Camryn Buck, a quiet player who brought her high intensity into battles for the ball.
The Mount Si wrestlers fell as a team, 30-37, against the Mercer Island squad, but several Mount Si wrestlers overcame their Islander opponents. Ryley Absher, at 145, pinned Kenji Walker.
Mount Si High School football coach Charlie Kinnune picked up the WIAA District 2 Coach of the Year award for the 2013 season. He received the honor while attending the Washington State Coaches Association Awards Dinner, Friday, Jan. 24, in Everett, accompanied by Mount Si Athletic Director Greg Hart.
The score was lopsided, but the Mount Si girls never gave up. The Wildcat varsity team skews young, yet has a lot of heart even in a season that has seen few wins. But the score didn’t make a difference in the team’s attitude last Wednesday, Jan. 22, when, down in a road game, the girls scrapped for balls with a physical Mercer Island team down to the last buzzer.
The Cedarcrest boys basketball team beat Coupeville, 72-39, in play Tuesday, Jan. 21, at home. Senior guard Jordan Corpus led scoring with 16 points and five assists. Sophomore Robert Cha has 13 points, including two three-point shots. and three assists. Junior forward Chase Cardon added 10 points, including two long bombs, and had three steals
This is Andrew Harris’s time to learn. A sophomore, Harris is holding down Mount Si’s heavyweight class, often against older, more experienced and physically bulkier opponents. In the ring against Bellevue on Thursday, Jan. 16, he was neck and neck for points, before finally succumbing to a pin in the final seconds.