JV splits games
The Mount Si JV softball team split their games recently against 4A schools, losing to Skyline 2 – 7 then winning a game against Bothell 15-9.
In the Skyline game Kelsey Walker and Traci Hall led off with base hits and scored in the first inning on a fielder’s choice and an error, but a very good pitcher shut them down the rest of the way.
Then the girls traveled to Bothell and soon found themselves down 4 – 8 with sloppy play. The team didn’t give up and rallied, scoring seven runs in the fifth to seal the win. Walker led the team with three hits and Lynnae McKiernan knocked in the winning runs with a nice single. Hall and Walker blasted doubles to get things going. Rachel Nyberg picked up her first win as a ‘Cat, allowing only one hit in the last four innings. It was a great team effort as nine different players crossed the plate and defensively, the girls jelled together in the late innings.
JV splits games again
The Wildcat JV softball team split their last two games, losing to Skyline 5 – 8, and then defeating Bellevue 13 – 1. Against Skyline, Cortney Tubbs pitched a complete game, striking out eight and notching two base hits. Kayla Stewart added two hits of her own. Jessica Paladini did an excellent job at catcher, holding the Spartans to only two stolen bases.
Bellevue didn’t have a chance as the ‘Cats pounded out nine hits in the five-inning game. Emilee Ruhland and Krystal Stewart had two hits apiece and Rachel Nyberg struck out eight in only three innings for the win. Tubbs blasted a two-run triple in the third. Five different Wildcat players scored two runs. The JV record is now 2 and 2.
Tennis team shines
By Rhett Workman
Mount Si girls’ tennis team continues to shine without their star player, Erika Strine, as they scored another win last Tuesday night. In a preseason match against KingCo 3A rival Issaquah, the Wildcats took home a 5-4 victory.
Strine has been out several days due to illness but that did not stop the Wildcats from getting it done on the court.
In singles action, Mount Si’s top two players, Britta Safstrom and Alina Plavsky, both took home victories. Safstrom rallied from a defeat in the first set to take the game 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2 over the Eagles’ Megan Burns. Plavsky fought off Issaquah’s Nana Hatori 6-3, 5-7 and 6-2. Kathryn McFarland put up a good fight early, but the Wildcat fell 6-7, 2-6 to the Eagles’ Aki Kida.
Mount Si swept the three doubles contests. Safstrom and Plavsky took care of Issaquah’s Ashley Hoyt and Casi Schwisow 7-6, 4-1; the second set was called early due to a default by injury. McFarland teamed up with Janelle Campbell to post a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Eagles’ Nicole Beck and Lindsey Thompson, and to cap off the overall match, Amber McCrory and Rosie Lockie of the Wildcats rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Elizabeth Seitz and Erica Ernst of Issaquah.
Last Thursday, the Wildcats wrapped up their preseason schedule and while they fell to Interlake for their first loss of the season, the players still worked hard in Strine’s absence.
In a fairly tight contest, the Saints won 5-4. Interlake and Mount Si split the singles matches. Plavsky led the Wildcat winners, beating the Saints’ Cheryl Evans 7-6, 6-2. Kelsey Wise routed Amanda Young of Interlake 6-1, 6-3 and Lockie continued her strong play, winning her singles match for Mount Si over the Saints’ Shreshta Ravi 6-1, 6-2. “Rosie played singles for the first time at No. 6. Just real consistent, she did a real nice job,” said coach Gallacher.
The Saints took two of three doubles contests to win the overall match. McCrory and Carly Nelson of the Wildcats prevented an Interlake doubles sweep, winning their No. 3 doubles match over the Saints’ Ny Heng and Jesse Waddell 6-0, 6-3. The contest, which decided the whole match, was the No. 1 doubles and that went to Interlake’s Anfisa Rovinsky and Dorine Rassaian, who beat Plavsky and Safstrom of Mount Si 6-2, 6-7 and 7-3 in a tiebreaker.
With Strine out for an undetermined period of time due to her illness, the other players, led by Safstrom, have to step up, which they are. “They’ve all stepped up and done a really nice job, so if or when we get Erika back, it’s just going to make us stronger,” Gallacher said.
JV team wins third
Winning their third straight match, the Mount Si girls’ JV tennis team defeated Issaquah last week, 8-6. Winning their singles matches were Dana Christenson, Sarah Swamey, Brittany Whims and Linnea Olson. Doubles match winners were the teams of Tana Thompson/Kendra Kinghorn, Rachel Ulrich/Lauren Kng, Rachel Brun/Ayana Hara and Tamara Hoerth/Amanda Nelson.
Another win for JV
The Wildcat JV girls tennis team notched another win last week, defeating Interlake 11-1. Singles winners were Dana Christenson, Vivian Yang, Brittany Whims, Mariana Zanella and Linnea Olson. Doubles winners were Tana Thompson/Kendra Kinghorn, Rachel Ulrich/Lauren King, Ayana Hara/Terra Miller, Meagan Welcom/Nicole Stanton, Heather Dalke/Amy Hamerly and Tamara Hoerth/Amanda Nelson.
Boys’ track team falls to Newport
The up-and-coming Wildcat boys’ track team took a thumping at the hands of the traditionally strong Newport Knights yesterday in their first away track meet of the season. The final score was 90-52. Despite the defeat, the young ‘Cats competed well and several notable performances deserve mention. Frank McLaughlin won the 200 meter and ran an excellent opening leg of the 4×400 meter relay. Drake da Ponte was a double winner in the 1600 and the 3200. Josh Davis won both the shot and the discus with a personal best throw of 133 feet, 5 inches, a top throw in the league so far.
Zach Sumner triumphed in the javelin once again and also won the pole vault with a personal best of 11 feet, 6 inches. Fellow vaulters Sean Bothell finished third with a clearance of 10 feet, 6 inches and Joe Taklo cleared ten feet, both season bests.
Taklo, competing in his first meet of the season ran a presonal best time of 55.3 in the 400 to finish second. Thomas Goble strode to a time of 2:06 in the 800 meter, an excellent early season time that earned him a second place finish.
In the jumping events, Dan Floyd took third in the triple jump while Keith Keller finished second in the high jump. Brad Wilbert ran a personal best time of 25.0 to finish third in the 200 meter.
Kyle Stanton-Wyman improved his 300 meter hurdles time by an incredible four seconds to take third place in a time of 47.8 seconds.
The 4×100 team of McLaughlin, Bothell, Floyd and Wilbert finished in a very solid season best time of 46.8 seconds. The 4×400 team of McLaughlin, Floyd, Taklo and Goble turned in an excellent time of 3:39 finishing only a few seconds behind a very strong Newport squad, serving notice that they will be a favorite in the event at the league meet in five weeks.
The boys take on the Bellevue Wolverines on Thursday, April 6, at 3:45 p.m. at Mount Si. Head out and see the new facilities and watch what promises to be an exciting competition at the best track facility in the area.
Girls’ track team defeats Newport
The Mount Si girls track team defeated Newport last week 78-72. Nicole Remish won the 200 meter in a time of 27.2 seconds, while teammate Madison Yakaboski won the 400 meter in a time of 51.7 seconds. Yakaboski also won the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 4 and 1 1/2 inches. Diane Keller won the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 17.5 seconds while Nicole Oliver won the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 49.6 seconds. The 4×100 relay team won that event in a time of 51.6 seconds and the 4×400 relay team won that event in a time of 1:52.0.
In the throwing events, Tephra Brune won the shot put for Mount Si with a distance of 28 feet, 1 inch. She also won the discus with a throw of 95 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Dianna Kellar won the high jump clearing 4 feet, 10 inches and teammate Symone Shaw won the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 11 inches.
Issaquah defeats Mount Si
In a nonleague