It was a tough day at the office for the Mount Si boys tennis squad last week. Some squads got wins, other just got experience at the hands of strong players from Hazen and Sammamish last Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10 and 11. The Wildcats narrowly fell to Sammamish at home Wednesday.
Hannah Waskom left all challengers behind, somewhere around the last mile of the wooded, sunny Lake Sammamish cross country course. The next person to cross the finish line was Lyndsey Sydnor, the fellow Mount Si High School runner who's been training with Waskom, current girls running record holder, all summer.
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Cedarcrest High School cross country squad competed at the conference preview meet at Lakewood High. All eight conference schools were in attendance, and the meet was a good chance for athletes to size each other up.
One year ago, junior safety Jojo Hillel had the best seat in the house to learn the art of quarterbacking. Now, the transition is natural, and the tall, 180-pound senior will be at the center of action under Mount Si’s Friday night lights.
Most of the core is back for the Mount Si girls soccer team. Now, this group faces the challenge of a new league with bigger schools as competition. “We’re playing tougher teams,” said senior forward and co-captain Karli White. “We want to get a good record and start off strong.”
Singles leader Matthew Griffin is happy to be back in the hot seat. The four-year varsity player for Mount Si begins his senior season in the top solo spot for boys tennis, and will face some good competition. In tennis, “You have to plan your victories,” says Griffin. “You don’t just happen upon them. It’s a combination of patience, and knowing what the right time is to strike.”
Hannah Waskom owned the distance records for the Mount Si girls cross country squad as a freshman. Now, she and the rest of the Wildcat running contingent look to improve in 2014. “The team this year is all about adjusting to 4A, getting used to harder competition, and rising to the challenges that 4A will bring us,” said the sophomore.
Earbuds playing country music, junior Alex Nelson winds up on the driving range at Mount Si Golf Course and lets fly. The junior was with his team, getting in some hits before hitting the road for their Sno Falls match with a group of arriving Issaquah golfers. Nelson, with his state tournament experience—he placed 18th last spring—looks to lead a fairly deep group of Mount Si boys on the autumn fairways.
There’s excitement but also the bittersweet sense of a finale for Anna McCreadie, as the athletic outside hitter starts up her senior season as a Wildcat. Volleyball has long been her focus and her love. She spent the summer productively with club play, camps, and lifting weights to prepare for this season, which also pits the team against new 4A contenders.
Stephen Stchur, in his own words, did not know what he was getting himself into.
Tee Off for Valley Health, the third annual golf tournament hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, is Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation.
The Mount Si football team’s Community Kick-off Carnival is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Mount Si High School stadium. Families and children can get dinner, enjoy games and activities, hear the Mount Si drum line and watch Mount Si cheerleaders. The annual Scarlet and Gray game follows at 7 p.m.
For the second consecutive year, the Boeing Classic produced a first-time Champions Tour winner. Scott Dunlap emerged victorious after making birdie on the first playoff hole. The playoff was necessitated when Mark Brooks made six birdies over the final seven holes, erasing Dunlap’s three-stroke advantage. The two players finished 54 holes at 200 (-16), two strokes ahead of Gene Sauers.
Budding Snoqualmie golfer Kasey Maralack is only 10 years old, and she is already finding success in the game. Last Tuesday, Aug. 19, she got a big lesson in thinking positive from one of the greats of the game. Maralack hit the green with golf pro Chip Beck for some pro tips at the Emirates Youth Clinic, one of several family-oriented activities that took place last week as part of the 10th annual Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
An 8 year-old Redmond girl set a new world record in the Railroad Days 10K fun run Saturday. Amber Debu placed first in the 14 and under age division, with a time of 46:49. World records are recorded by age, explained race organizer Sean Sundwall, and Debu's time the fastest recorded for an 8 year-old running a 10K race.
The North Bend Iron Horse Traverse, a multi-sport adventure race starting on Snoqualmie Pass and finishing at the Adventure Sports Festival in downtown North Bend, is set for Saturday, Sept. 6.
A sports experience like no other in the Valley, The Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (Tournament Players Club) turns 10 years old this year.
Aladdin Schirmer and Tino Paophavihanh, two Mount Si High School alumni and former football players from the class of 2011, were selected to USA Rugby’s Men’s Collegiate All Americans this summer.
The 2014 Snoqualmie Valley Special Olympics Golf team enjoyed a successful regional tournament on July 27 at Snohomish Golf Course.
The Mount Si football team’s Community Kick-off Carnival is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Mount Si High School stadium.