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.
At the Seattle Seahawks’ home game Sunday, Dec. 14, the Cedarcrest High School marching band will perform for the halftime show.
Physicality and hard work will be the keys for success for the Mount Si girls basketball team this winter. The team has three seniors, an experienced bench and a new head coach. First, newcomer CeOna Duggins is a senior transfer from Garfield High School, bringing some solid fundamentals.
The Mount Si boys basketball team has a handful of varsity returners and a promising group of young players who will seek to step up this season. First up is senior Jonathan Hillel, who returns as guard, in which he saw some good varsity action last winter. Look for the tall, athletic Hillel to be a scoring force. The senior contingent includes Ryan Stewart and Ty Utley; juniors Colton Swain and Danny Tomson bring varsity experience, and Ryan Fischer has moved up from junior varsity last season.
Several members of the Mount Si varsity football team earned KingCo league honors this fall. Parker Dumas, a junior Mount Si wide receiver, was the sole Wildcat to get a nod on the first-team list. He had six touchdowns this season, leading the Wildcats in scoring. Senior quarterback Jonathan Hillel, senior offensive tackle Chris Schlicting and linebacker Cory Cotto were named to the KingCo second team.
Mount Si’s Anna McCreadie will play for the Santa Clara University Broncos next fall. McCreadie, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, played all four years on the varsity squad for head coach Bonnie Foote at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. She directed the Wildcats to a 12-6 record in 2014, their first at the 4A level, and earned KingCo 4A co-MVP honors.
It was a big, emotional night to close out the football season for Mount Si last Friday, Nov. 7. The Wildcats dominated Lynnwood, piling up seven touchdowns, imposing the mercy clock and giving the second string some experience. The Wildcats won, 47-13, with touchdowns by Cory Cotto, JoJo Hillel, Sean Hyland, Parker Dumas, and three by Colton Swain. Kicker Jake Ethington contributed five extra points.
Mount Si boys tennis players gained experience and a handful of doubles and singles victories this season, their first in Kingco 4A. The Wildcats had a tough season among the bigger schools, failing to chalk a single team win, but individual players and doubles squads found success during the fall.
Last Saturday, Nov. 8, Cedarcrest High School’s boys squad competed at the 2A State Championships, held at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. “At the start of the season, we were not expecting to qualify a squad for state,” commented coach Bruce McDowell.
Mount Si sophomore Hannah Waskom was the sole runner to punch a ticket for state, finishing fifth in the 4A District 1 cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 1, at Whidbey Island. Waskom had a time of 18:37.37 on the challenging course at South Whidbey High School. As a team, Mount Si girls finished ninth. The boys finished 13th.
The Mount Si girls soccer team put the pressure on Newport to claim their latest home win, against Newport in the first round of the Kingco 4A league tournament. Wildcat players pumped shot after shot at the Knight goalie, with opportunities by Mackenzie Popp, KK Wallace, Karli White, Jane Livingston among the tally Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Mount Si was down by two sets and needed a third to stay alive—which they did last week in intense, nail-biting fashion. The volleyball team faced a real challenge last Tuesday, Oct. 28, against Skyline. Mount Si had bested them earlier in the season, and the Spartans, hosting, tall and athletic, were out for blood.
What looked like anybody’s game turned into a tough uphill slog under driving rain for the Mount Si varsity football team on Friday, Oct. 24. The Wildcats held the edge on the road against Newport for almost the entirety of the first half, but the second half was practically all the Knights, who, with running back Paul Wells’ fast legs, gradually claimed an insuperable lead.
Mount Si girls soccer team, with an 11-3-1 record, continues its battle for KingCo honors this week. Fresh off a win over Eastlake last night, the girls go into a playoff this Monday, Oct. 27, on the road versus Skyline for the right to face Issaquah in the KingCo Championship Nov. 3. On Thursday, Oct. 23, Mount Si beat Eastlake, 2-0, at Eastlake High.
The Mount Si girls swim team is steadily making changes this fall, posting more athletes into the postseason and swimming out of a new home pool. So far this year, Mount Si has had five athletes qualify for league meet, two for districts. Last year, just two made the post season. Heading into league are Jessica Brady, Julia Crumb, Anastasia Kalistratova, Daisey Hartman and Murial Ross. Crumb, a club-experienced freshman, and Kalistratova have both qualified for districts.