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Senior promise for Mount Si baseball; Longtime friends reload under new coach
On a rainy March afternoon, Elliott Cribby eyed the dozens of uniformed boys drilling on the Mount Si baseball field, knowing that some wouldn’t be back the next week.
“I owe it to them to give them a good turnout,” he said. “It’s going to be some tough cuts.”
Days later, the varsity team took shape. At its core: a group of tight-knit seniors who should give Cribby, the new Wildcats baseball head coach, the chance to fulfill some expectations.
Prior to the start of the season, Cribby saw promise as returners hit the speed camp and weight room.
With seniors Tim Proudfoot at shortstop and Dustin Breshears at second, “I think we’ve got the best infield in the state,” Cribby said. “I’ve been around baseball for years, I can confidently state that.”
Other veteran returners to watch include Shane Dixon, Cooper Helm and Ryan Atkinson. Senior Robb Lane will be a big attribute, Trevor Lane brings a big bat, and junior Reese Karalus will also be a major force behind the plate and on the mound.
Team cohesion goes back to elementary days.
“I’ve been playing with most of the core group since we were All-Stars, since we were 10, 11, 12,” said Breshears. “Our team chemistry is good. We all know each other. A lot of us have been playing varsity since freshman year.”
“We’ve got a lot of talent. We’re all working hard,” Proudfoot said. “We all have the same goals—to win state. We’re all feeding off each other and working as a team, instead of individuals.”
Proudfoot said the team has warmed to their new coach.
“It seems like we’re all on board with what he’s teaching us,” he said.
As far as Kingco opposition goes, Lake Washington, who dropped down from 4A, brings a strong tradition. Mercer Island went to state last year, and Liberty and Bellevue may also be tough.
“It’s a pretty good league, top to bottom,” Cribby said. “A few teams are working back up, but I’d say it’s strong.”
Mount Si assistant coaches include Craig Parthemer, Jeremy Faoro, Craig Webber, Pete Wilkinson and Ron Wold.
Cribby played one year of professional ball, then left after an injury to get a master’s degree. He now works for a steel company, in a job that gives him the flexibility to coach high school ball.
“Being a first-year head coach, I’ve focused a lot on the fundraising and community aspects,” Cribby said. “Now that I’m out here coaching, it’s a lot of fun.”
Cribby coaches for “the endless joy of helping kids go on to the next level... I’m a huge advocate of keeping those grades up, because that opens the door everywhere.”
Cribby said a half-dozen juniors and seniors have scholarships or draft picks ahead of them.
“That’s what we’re really trying to do,” he said. “Wins and losses are important to the program, but it’s even better to see those kids on the D-1 rosters.”
“You never know,” said Proudfoot, who is signed to play at Bellevue College. “Every day, there could be a scout looking.”