Team will build off solid foundation After great finish in 2007, can they repeat in ’08?

Last season, the Mount Si High School girls volleyball program enjoyed its finest hour in nearly 20 years.

Miranda Pratt helps lead a veteran squad this season with their eye on a second consecutive appearance at the state tournament. Pratt will play for the University of Idaho next year.

Last season, the Mount Si High School girls volleyball program enjoyed its finest hour in nearly 20 years.

The Wildcats rose from a middle-of-the-pack team into a state tournament placer, the result of a dream play-off run that saw many close games, many heartstopping moments, and many memories that will last forever for all of those who were part of it.

This season, the team hopes to repeat that unforgettable run.

“The kids came in this year focused,” said Mount Si coach Bonnie Foote, back for her eighth season after a 14-11 mark overall (5-3 league) in 2007. “They are excited. I know that some of the freshmen that have come in, you can kind of hear the buzz amongst them.”

Foote will be assisted once again this season by Dave Bachman, Callie Wesson, and former Wildcat player Amy Ayers.

The senior class that made up the core of last year’s team, including Alisha Larion, are college freshmen this fall, but in their place steps up an equally strong senior group, led by Miranda Pratt.

Pratt, who has already signed a letter of intent to play for Idaho next year, will be joined by fellow senior Mackenzie Peerboom, whose role with the Wildcats was quite important last season, and is likely to expand.

Other key returning players include senior Bethany Frieler, whose play was very solid last season, and junior Robyn Schirmer, who also played a strong role in 2007. With Schirmer’s return brings back her family rooting section, which proved invaluable during the playoff run in 2007. Other players to watch include sophomores Zoe Gogan and Aubrey Larion, and senior newcomer Cortney Tubbs.

The continued growth and success of this program under Foote has resulted in solid turnouts of girls, whose skill level improves every year.

“It’s weird. From the beginning when I first started here, you would have laughed if you had seen our tryouts, because it was like, ‘What’s volleyball?’” Foote said. “Now when you see kids come in, they know what volleyball is. A lot of it is the middle school program, a lot of it is the clubs out there, a lot of it is the camps that I have run in the past.” The program had 43 girls try out for the team this season.

Mount Si will benefit to some degree from the new Kingco 3A alignment. With Newport, Issaquah, and Skyline, all of whom made the district tournament last season, moving up to 4A, the Wildcats and Mercer Island are likely to dominate what is expected to be a very weak league. Interlake appears to be the only team that may contend, but since they will be in 2A postseason this fall, their finish will not affect the Wildcats’ postseason chances.

Even though the league looks weak, that doesn’t mean anything to Mount Si. The Wildcats will be ready to play every game.

“We try not to underestimate any of the teams we play, just because things can change from year to year,” Pratt said. “There’s transfer students, and kids just get better, so we always treat every opponent exactly the same and we just try to worry about ourselves as much as possible.”

However, with the advantages come the disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that Kingco will likely have one or two fewer district tournament berths, and the weakness of the league could prove costly against teams from Metro.

A return to state, once again this year in Kennewick, is not out of the question. However, the road there may be more difficult this time. Last year, it was pretty tough. Still, Schirmer feels at ease. “I’m very confident with our team this year, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be going all the way,” she said.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

A site plan for the Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center. Provided by the city of North Bend
Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center could be completed by February

Construction on the project is expected to begin on Sept. 14.

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

The Todd Beamer Titans football team in Federal Way during a 2019 summer practice. File photo
WIAA modifies prep sports calendar; football moved to spring

Washington’s high school athletics governing body announced its revised plans for the… Continue reading

WIAA delays start dates for fall sports

Football practices to begin Sept. 5, all other sports planned for Sept. 7.

No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

‘Those guys will stick with me my whole life’

Mount Si players display a baseball brotherhood.

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

With Duvall on board, Cats are set to break in new field

Fastpitch squad led by seniors Wilbourne and Bostick.

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Cats are kings of the court

Mount Si grabs 4A state boys basketball title.