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Drake da Ponte won the 1,600 meter in a time of 4:30 in last week’s meet against Liberty. -
Drake da Ponte won the 1,600 meter in a time of 4:30 in last week’s meet against Liberty.
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Golf team falls in close loss

The Mount Si High School girls golf team got its season underway Tuesday, March 18, with a close loss to Newport at Mount Si Golf Course.

Despite a round of 36 from Boise State-bound senior Katie Somers, Mount Si was unable to counteract a balanced Newport effort as the Wildcats fell 262-267 to the Knights.

Kelly Lee shot a 48 to lead Newport. Jen Sanford shot a round of 49 on the nine-hole, par 36 layout on the Snoqualmie course to pace the Wildcats. Nicole Lomax paced the Knights with a round of 50.

Last Monday, March 24, the Wildcats traveled to Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in northeast Bellevue to meet the Interlake Saints. Mount Si had a tough time on the links as they fell 279-294 to the Saints. Somers shot a 43 to take medalist honors for the Wildcats, while Sanford and Maggie Robinson fired 59s to pace Mount Si. McKenzie Ballod carded a round of 48 to lead Interlake, while teammate Jessica Parker finished one shot behind with a round of 49 to pace the Saints.

Last Thursday, March 27, Mount Si returned home and played host to Issaquah. The match was the final time Somers and her top league rival, Issaquah’s Brittany Tallman, would meet in high school play. Both of them left it all out on the course, leading their respective teams. Somers shot a 40, but Tallman fired a round of 36 to take medalist honors and lead Issaquah to a 260-279 victory.

Cori Burke carded a 53 to pace the Eagles, while Sanford pocketed a 55 to aid the Wildcat efforts.

Mount Si hosts Bellevue Thursday, April 3, at Mount Si Golf Course.

Wildcat boys track shines despite loss

The Wildcat boys track team was soundly defeated, 93-51, by the Liberty Patriots in frigid conditions last week. Despite the loss, a number of Mount Si boys shined.

Josh Davis was a double winner in the discus and the shot; his winning throw of 51 feet, nine inches in the shot was also a personal record. He notched a throw of 151 feet, six inches in the discus for the win. Teammate Jake Tweten took second in the shot with a throw of 44 feet, one inch and third in the discus with a throw of 129 feet, two inches. He also threw 142 feet, eight inches in the javelin to take third overall. Aaron Moeutului took second in the discus with a throw of 129 feet, seven inches. Rounding out the boys’ throwing events was Ryan Ransavage, who took third in the shot with a throw of 40 feet, one inch.

Brandon Roddewig continued his excellent season by winning the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, six inches, and also triumphing in the high jump, clearing five feet, 10 inches. Senior Drake da Ponte dominated the 1,600 meter to win in a time of 4:30. Strom cruised to a third-place finish in a time of 4:50.5. Strom went on to take second in the 3,200 meter in a time of 10:28.4. Frank McLaughlin won the 200 meter and placed second in the 400 with a personal best of 50.8 seconds. Teammate Colin Alexander placed third in the 400 with a time of 51.6 seconds. Shelby Williams took third in the 100 meter in a time of 11.8 seconds, a personal best, and in the 800 meter, Max McDevitt took second in a time of 2:14.9, followed by Zac Pearlstein, who took third in a time of 2:22.0. He also took third in the triple jump, clearing 33 feet, 4.5 inches.

In the 4X100 relay the team of Connor Hollis, Williams, Austin Rillos and McLaughlin took second with a time of 46.7 seconds. In the 4X400 relay, the team of Pearlstein, Stephen Eytel, Obie Rivitt and Dylan Woll took second with a time of 3:45.2.

Track teams

perform well at Randall Relays

The Mount Si High School track team traveled to the Randall Relays on Saturday, March 22, to compete against eight other teams from the west side of the Cascades.

Individually, there were a few standout performances. Frank McLaughlin took second in the 100 meter with a time of 11.2. In the 1,600 meter, Zac Pearlstein took eighth with a time of 5:04.9. The team of Robert Sharps, Shelby Williams, Austin Rillos and McLaughlin took sixth in the 4X100 relay with a time of 47.0.

In the 4X400 relay, the team of Colin Alexander, Drake da Ponte, Owen Strom and McLaughlin took first with a time of 3:33.2.

For the girls, Helen Hasbun took third with a time of 13.4 seconds in the 100 meter. In the 1,600 meter, Geena Baumgardner took sixth with a time of 6:32.7. The team of Kayla McLain, Helen Hasbun, Symone Shaw and Katie Woolsey took second in the 4X100 relay with a time of 52.8 seconds. In the 4X400 relay, the team of Marley Robbins, Taylor Robbins, Megan Past and Woolsey took second with a time of 4:17.9.

Girls track

crushes Liberty

The Mount Si High School girls track team demolished Liberty last week at a home meet, 114 to 35. Helen Hasbun started off the event, winning the 100 meter in a time of 13 seconds, followed by Katie Woolsey, who took second with a time of 13.2 seconds.

In the 200 meter, Woolsey won with a time of 28.2 seconds, followed by Kayla McLain, who took second in 28.3 seconds, and Natalie Opsvig, who took third with a time of 29 seconds flat.

In the 400 meter, the Wildcats’ Taylor Robbins took second with a time of 65 seconds and Dannah Parsons took third with a time of 67.1 seconds.

Megan Past won the 800 meter in a time of 2:36.4, and in the 1,600 meter, Alex Rudd took first with a time of 5:37.5, just edging out Megan Past, who had a time of 5:37.8. Katie Hogan ran a great time of 13:27.8 to take second in the 3,200 meter, followed by Brooke Moorhead, who took third with a time of 14:04.1.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Diane Keller took second for Mount Si with a time of 16.8, followed by Lauren Snead, who took second with a time of 17.7 seconds. Snead then went on to win the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.4 seconds.

The 4X100 relay tea of Hasbun, McLain, Symone Shaw and Woolsey took first with a time of 52.2 seconds, as did the 4X400 relay team of Woolsey, Past, Robbins and Parson with a time of 4:23.9.

In the throwing events, the trio of Alisha Larion, Katelyn Walker and Kelsey Tarp took one, two and three respectively in the shot. Larion had a distance of 32 feet, 3.5 inches, followed by Walker at 32 feet, 1.5 inches and tarp at 30 feet, 11.25 inches. In the discus, Tarp won the event with a throw of 86 feet, five inches, followed by Tori Howell, who took third with a throw of 81 feet, four inches. In the javelin, Molly Meyers took second with a distance of 91 feet, 11 inches, followed by Katelyn Walker, who took third with a throw of 88 feet, seven inches.

In the high jump, Mount Si dominated. Stephanie Burk cleared five feet even to win the event. Teammate Keller notched four feet, six inches for second place, and Wendy Hecker took third, clearing four feet six inches.

Robbins won the pole vault, clearing seven feet, six inches, followed by Kelly Besmer, who took third, also clearing seven feet, six inches.

Shaw dominated the long jump, clearing 16 feet, 2 1/2 inches, followed by Hasbun, who flew 15 feet, 3 1/2 inches and Keller who cleared 14 feet, six inches.

In the triple jump, Burk won with a distance of 29 feet, eight inches.

JV team defeats Interlake

The Mount Si High School girls JV tennis team defeated Interlake last week, 11-2. Winning their singles matches were Michelle Whims, Christina Finley, Kaitlyn Usselman, Shelby Thomas, Bethany Freeler and Anne Yang. Doubles winners were the teams of Summer Nikolasen/Jodie Magnuson, Alix Crandell/Linzi Gant, Bailey Barnard/Natalie Knoetgen, Linsey Masters/Kaitlyn McCauley and Finley/Usselman.

‘Cats fall to Saints

Despite a doubles team win by Kelsey Wise and Marianna Zanella, as well as a singles win by Linnea Olson, the Mount Si High School varsity tennis team lost to Interlake 7-2 last week.

Wildcat girls tennis

feeling growing pains

The Mount Si High School girls tennis team made a strong effort in their match against Interlake, but it was the Saints who came out on top, winning seven of nine matches.

The Wildcat winners were Linnea Olson in singles, who defeated Chelsea Bucklin of Interlake in straight sets 6-3, 6-3; and Kelsey Wise and Mariana Zanella in doubles, who took care of the Saints’ top doubles pair of Audrey Motto and Dorine Rassaian in straights as well, 6-4, 6-4. Wise had a solid singles effort against Motto, but fell 4-6, 4-6 in that contest to the Interlake player.

“Kelsey Wise had a really good match yesterday,” Wildcat coach Sue Gallacher told the Valley Record.

Interlake’s number-one Audrey Motto “is a very good player who did very well at the state tournament last year,” Gallacher said. “Kelsey stayed with her in singles in both sets, and she and Mariana had a great win in doubles.”

Zanella also had a good start in her singles contest against the Saints’ Alysha Dhnmi, but the Wildcat senior ran out of gas late and fell 4-6, 1-6. Victoria Falcon in singles and the doubles team of Georgia Reynolds and Vivian Yang also started out strong in their respective matches, but they, too, ran out of steam down the stretch and lost.

Match results for a scheduled match last Friday, March 28, against Skyline were not available by press time.

The Wildcats played Liberty on Wednesday, March 19, and while that contest was rained out before it could be completed, there were good efforts shown by Olson, Falcon and Kelcy Simpson in their matches with their Patriot opponents. More information on this match will be available in future issues of the Valley Record when the teams are able to complete the contest.

Track teams dominate Liberty invitational

Both the Mount Si High School girls and boys track teams traveled to the Liberty invitational last Saturday, March 29, and both walked away with wins.

The boys defeated six other schools with a total score of 136. Second-place Renton had a total score of 129. The girls scored a 140 to second-place Renton’s 124.

Frank McLaughlin was the star of the day for the boys, winning both the 100 meter in a time of 11.2 seconds and the 200 meter in a time of 22.6 seconds. He also anchored the 4X400 relay team to victory, to clinch the overall team title. For his outstanding performance, Frank was named the male athlete of the meet. Joining McLaughlin on the winning relay were Colin Alexander, Drake da Ponte and Owen Strom. Da Ponte also won the 1,600, dominating the field to win by 10 seconds with a time of 4:29.3. Teammate Zac Pearlstein took sixth with a time of 4:58.8

Connor Hollis also placed in the 200, taking eighth with a time of 25.1 seconds.

In the 3,200 meter, Owen Strom notched a second-place finish with a time of 19:25.4, and Max McDevitt took fourth with a time of 10:35.4. In the 800 meter, Colin Alexander placed second with a time of 2:02.

The other Wildcat winner Saturday was Josh Davis, who remains undefeated in the discus this year. He threw 148 feet, five inches. Jake Tweten took fifth with a distance of 129 feet, four inches and Aaron Moetului took seventh with a distance of 105 feet, five inches.

Davis also had a strong day in the shot with a throw of 53 feet, 6.5 inches, smashing his personal best by nearly two feet. Carter Howell took fifth in the shot with a distance of 43 feet, 3 1/4 inches and Tweten took sixth with a distance of 42 feet, 6 3/4 inches.

In the javelin, Kyle Stevens took second with a distance of 156 feet, seven inches, followed by Tweten, who took sixth with a distance of 128 feet, six inches.

Robert Sharps earned a respectable seventh place in the high jump, clearing five feet, and teammate Brandon Roddewig placed third in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 3 3/4 inches.

Roddewig went on to take second in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, six inches, with Colin Alexander taking third at 10 feet even.

Finally, in the triple jump, Zac Pearlstein took sixth with a distance of 33 feet, 11 inches, and K.C. Bailey took seventh with a distance of 32 feet, 11 inches.

The girls team had five champions on Saturday. Diane Keller started things off by winning the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.6 seconds. She also placed fourth in the high jump with a height of four feet, six inches, and fourth in the long jump, clearing 14 feet, 10 3/4 inches.

Alex Rudd won the 3,200 meter in a time of 12:04.3. Rudd also placed third in the 1,600 meter with a time of 5:35.0. Teammate Megan Past took second in the 1,600 meter with a time of 5:33.8. Past also placed third in the 800 meter with a time of 2:29.5.

Kelsey Tarp won the discus with a throw of 91 feet, two inches. She was followed by Tori Howell, who took third with a distance of 83 feet, nine inches, and Molly Meyers, who took sixth with a distance of 72 feet, 11 inches.

Symone Shaw won the long jump, clearing 16 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Alisha Larion won the shot with a throw of 33 feet, 3 3/4 inches. She was followed by Katelyn Walker who took third with a distance of 32 feet, nine inches, and Meyers who took fifth with a distance of 30 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Larion also took sixth in the javelin with a throw of 84 feet, one inch. Walker took fifth with a distance of 86 feet, seven inches, and Meyers who took seventh with a distance of 83 feet, eight inches.

Other placers include Kayla McLain, who took third in the 200 meter with a time of 27.7 seconds, Natalie Opsvig, who took third in the 200 meter with a time of 28.3 seconds, Brooke Moorhead, who took sixth in the 3,200 meter with a time of 14:00.4, Dannah Parsons who took fifth in the 800 meter with a time of 2:34.4, and Kelly Besmer, who took second in the pole vault, clearing seven feet, six inches.

The team of Keller, Opsvig, McLain and Shaw placed second in the 4X100 meter relay, and with Parsons instead of Keller, placed third in the 4X200 meter relay with a time of 1:56.2.

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