Proficient free throw shooting down the stretch propelled the Eastlake Wolves to a thrilling victory against the Mount Si Wildcats Friday, Jan. 16, in Sammamish.
UK Petite Soccer, for ages 3 to 5, and UK Elite Feet Soccer, for ages 5 to 10, start at the Si View Community Center soon, with Tuesday and Friday classes.
The season opener billed as a showdown between the NFC’s top two teams turned out to be exactly that.
Over the weekend, the Mount Si Wildcats took 11 wrestlers to the Grandview Invitational for a 10-team tournament, Jan. 10. It was a close event for the wrestlers, who ended up with 154 points, 10 short of first-place Kiona-Benton City.
Run Snoqualmie's next Valley run is the Finaghty's St. Patty's Day 5K race, set for Saturday, March 14.
The Mount Si girls put on the 2015 Wildcat Classic basketball tournament, Jan. 17 to 19, for teams of girls in grades four through eight in the Cascade and Puget Sound Travel League and boys in grades four to eight in the Cascade League.
The Red Wolves girls needed a win, and they got one, delivering with strong defensive play and a rain of three-point buckets by senior Megan Ditore.
Next week, local prep sports teams return from winter break.
The Red Wolves girls needed a win, and they got one, delivering with strong defensive play and a rain of three-point buckets by senior Megan Ditore. Cedarcrest hosted Hazen on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 20. The girls won 57-23, to get their second win of the season. Ditore led the Red Wolves with 21 points, all three-pointers. Freshman point guard Haley Hill and the two Townley sisters, senior Luann and freshman Elaine, each had eight points.
Mount Si’s girls basketball team can bring good offense. And they can bring hot defense. Now, they just need to put it all together. The Wildcat girls nearly had the Issaquah Eagles last Wednesday, Dec. 17, before a cold third quarter slowed things. Issaquah finished, 62-47.
Mount Si wrestlers beat Issaquah, 36 to 30, in competition at home Tuesday, Dec. 16. At 220 pounds, junior Andrew Harris pinned his opponent, Terrance Zeragoza, in two minutes, 19 seconds.
After a rocky start on beam and vault, Jen Rogers upped her game on the beam and just plain rocked it on the floor in the Wildcats’ first home meet of the gymnastics season. Like other gymnasts, Rogers is starting to find her footing in 4A. Mount Si gymnasts competed against Redmond last Thursday, Dec. 11, in a three-way double dual with Interlake and Newport. The Wildcats had the second-highest team score of the match, 159.25 to Newport’s 165.65.
DMW Martial Arts in Snoqualmie held their black belt graduation on the weekend of November 15 and awarded Black Belts to 14 successful students. Third-degree black belts were awarded to Veronique and Elizabeth Bourgault. The two have been training at DMW for nine years and have been role models to the younger students, coaches said. Two second-degree black belts were awarded to Christopher Buyagwan and Kyle Bolin. First-degree black belts were awarded to Shawn Masters,Trajen Hockenbury, Princeton See, Donavan See, Rudy Herman, Cameron Myers, Alex Williams, J.D. Howard, Branson Corneil and Delanie Wilson.
At the Centralia Tiger Classic wrestling tournament, held Saturday, Dec. 13, Mount Si placed third in the boys varsity division. Of the nine wrestlers who entered, eight placed. Mark Mulligan was the champion in his 170-pound bracket. Gunnar Harrison was third at 138 pounds; and Mason Marenco was third at 152 pounds; senior Cameron McLain was fifth at 220 pounds; senior Justin Edens was fifth at 160 pounds; Duncan Harrison was fifth at 126 pounds; Tyler McConnell was fifth at 132 pounds; and Jack Hamerly was fifth at 145 pounds.
Playing football in front of 2,000 screaming Mount Si fans on a Friday night is a thrill. Playing football in front of 60,000-plus noisy Pac-12 college fans is a dream. Mount Si grads Josh Mitchell and Cameron Van Winkle played out that dream on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Husky Stadium. Former Wildcat Nick Mitchell hopes to be joining them next season.
Two seniors, an experienced sophomore, and some talented newcomers should make for a strong varsity eight for Mount Si gymnastics. Jenn Rogers and Hailey Johnson, the seniors, have started all four winters here. Rogers is a talented tumbler who is good in all events, and Johnson has been Mount Si’s go-to vaulter.
The 4A competition may be new. The schools may be bigger. So what? “I don’t think it matters, as long as we wrestle our hardest the whole time,” asserts Mount Si wrestler Justin Edens.
Cedarcrest wrestling is a core of varsity experience leading a big group of younger grapplers. New head coach Mark Ward is still seeing things shake down. “I have some guys that, by the end of the season, will be doing some stuff,” he promised.
“Compete” is the watchword for the Cedarcrest girls basketball team, to be led by three seniors, Megan Ditore, LuAnn Townley and Avery Rich. Ditore is the Red Wolves’ go-to shooter. Townley, who swung up her sophomore year, focused on defending (and getting Ditore the ball). Rich is at post. Like most Valley varsity returners, they are adjusting to being the leaders now—”It’s really weird to not have the seniors here,” Ditore said—yet they know what they need to do, and have been playing this game together since middle school. “We have each other,” Ditore said.
The love of the game. The connection with teammates. That is what Chase Cardon, Robert Cha and Kyle Walsh are here for. The three seniors, who have been part of Cedarcrest boys basketball through high school, were named leaders by their teammates. Cha was a scoring force last year, Walsh was a key starter, and Cardon also got significant minutes as a junior.