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Runners

get first taste

of competition

Several members of the Mount Si High School cross country team got their first taste of competition for the season, running in the Tahoma Coed Relays. Teams from all over the area ran the three kilometer race that literally went through a portion of the lake. Max McDevitt, Zac Pearlstein, Richard Carmichael, Bett Duncan, Ben Houldridge, Landon Storrud, Julie Censullo, Wendy Hecker, Katie Jensen, Kendall Maddux, Megan Past, Katie Rylands and Alex Rudd all competed.

Cross country opens regular season in league jamboree

The Mount Si cross-country team opened their regular season with a meet at Lake Sammamish State Park last week, competing against eight other Kingco teams. Juniors Alex Rudd and Max McDevitt finished third and seventh respectively. Other top finishers included Kendall Maddux, Richard Carmichael, Dannah Parsons, Michael Blackman, Wendy Hecker and Joe Raley.

Wildcat tennis opens first week of season

By Rhett Workman

Contributing Writer

What was supposed to be a difficult first week for the Mount Si High School boys’ tennis team started out tough, but ended surprisingly well.

The Wildcats started off the 2008 season with a non-conference loss to the Newport Knights Tuesday, Sept. 9 in Bellevue. Newport, who won the 3A Kingco and state titles last season, took all nine matches.

Ryan Oswald gave his best efforts for Mount Si, falling 3-6, 5-7 to Kevin Kayahara of the Knights. Oswald’s match took the longest to play, said Wildcat coach Jim Gibowski.

“He can sometimes give his opponents fits with his spin shots,” Gibowski said. “He served a bunch of aces, too. He’s a battler out there.”

Scott Paophavihanh battled Newport’s Clyde Shavers to a 3-6, 2-6 loss. The Mount Si senior also teamed up with junior Tyler Ostby against Knights Jonathan Newman and Garrett Lee in a doubles match. The Wildcat pair fell 0-6, 4-6. Ostby dropped his singles match to Newport’s Eddie Lin, 0-6, 2-6.

Mount Si’s Brian Johnson fell to Zachary Chen 1-6, 0-6 and fellow Wildcat Stephen Salmon was topped by Clayton Yan 1-6, 1-6. Johnson and Salmon teamed up for a doubles match but were shut out by Chen and Shavers, 0-6, 0-6.

Another Wildcat, Alex Bolves, also was shut out, this in singles, dropping a 0-6, 0-6 match to Newman. In the final doubles match of the day, Mount Si’s Steve Eytel and Cody Oberlander fell to Dong Seo and Allen Kim of the Knights, 2-6, 0-6.

“Newport always has a great lineup,” Gibowski said. “My guys did everything you could ask of them. They played hard no matter what the score was.”

Mount Si was expected to have an equally difficult time with defending Kingco 4A champ Garfield last Thursday, Sept. 11, but there was one small problem: Garfield failed to show for the contest. That was good news for the Wildcats, who recorded a victory by forfeit.

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