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The Valentine’s Day holiday was once again the perfect occasion for the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association to host its annual Father Daughter Princess Ball Feb. 11 at Cascade View Elementary School. The event, which has sold out every time in its 11year history, attracted about 200 dressed-up dads and 220 daughters in gowns for an evening of dance, refreshments and portrait photos. At right, Ray Clavero and his daughter Natalie, 14, attend their third ball and share the joy of each other’s company as they dance on the ballroom floor. For more photos, see Pages 6-7. GREG FARRAR | gfarrar@

Middle Fork tree shapes artist’s sculpture BY STUART MILLER

After Weyerhaeuser granted John Grade free rein to explore all its timberland properties, the sculptor searched Washington’s forested coastal regions and traditional log-

ging areas like Aberdeen and Forks. He ultimately found inspiration just outside North Bend near Snoqualmie River’s Middle Fork. The Smithsonian Museum had tasked Grade with creating a piece for one its galleries — something people needed to

see in person to experience. Grade delivered a life-sized sculpture of a 140-year-old western hemlock tree, made from nearly one million small blocks of western red cedar. It was displayed at The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.,

in 2015-2016 and did a stint at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2017. As of Feb. 10, the sculpture — called “Middle Fork” — is currently suspended from the ceiling of the Seattle Art SEE TREE, PAGE 2

When Mary Corcoran began taking in foster kids six years ago, she committed herself to one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors of her life. With her two adult sons out of the house — and the passing of her ailing mother, who she was helping care for — Corcoran decided to get licensed as a foster parent. It was something she’d been thinking about since she was a child. “It was like a big void here,” Corcoran said. “I felt called to worked with teenagers.” Corcoran, a single parent, wasn’t just filling a void in her home. There are very few foster homes in the SnoqualmieNorth Bend area. Corcoran is linked to a network of valley foster parents, but she is aware of only two other foster homes in North Bend and Snoqualmie. Department of Social Heath Services officials said there are 13 foster kids among 22 licensed parents in North Bend and Snoqualmie. “We had many more foster homes in the past,” said Terry Pottmeyer, president and CEO of Friends of Youth, an organization that provides lifeimproving services to youths and their families. SEE FOSTER, PAGE 8

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Museum’s lobby. “I think this is the first time I’ve seen my work displayed and felt 100 percent good about it,” Grade said. “I’ve never had this kind of high. I think part of it is I’m affected by it being at home … with people who understand the context.” The western hemlock is Washington’s state tree. Grade said he considered other types of trees but decided he wanted a hemlock, which used to be considered a junk tree for its relatively soft wood. “It had been spared

from logging because no one wanted it 100 years ago,” Grade said. “It has a humble quality.” Based in Seattle, Grade said the tree’s location felt personal to him. He’s been visiting the area for 30 years. “It feels really reflective of a change in our region,” Grade said. “The history of logging and recovery of it becoming this wilderness area.” A few years ago, Grade and his team began climbing the hemlock and fixing a layer of protective thick tin foil to the tree. They then applied a plaster cast to the foil to make a mold of the tree’s features. The casts envel-


oped the trunk from the ground up — about 140 feet in all. Branches were plastered a little way out, but the final branch casts came from fallen limbs collected around the woods. Once the plaster casts were removed from the tree, work began in the MadArt Studio in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Hundreds of thousands of small cedar blocks — many about the size of a domino or Lego brick — were glued together into a framework around the casts. Grade put a sign outside the studio and opened it up to any passerby who wanted to volunteer.



Curious visitors to the Seattle Art Museum’s lobby crane their necks skyward as they gaze upon the ‘Middle Fork’ sculpture.

Some spent a few hours Opening up the project helping out, others came to the public brought back regularly to work on many unique techniques the project. and stylistic differences to “It was a little scary,” the sculpture. Grade said of letting com“It would look a lot plete strangers build the more homogenous if it sculpture. “What if somewas just us (the studio one starts coming in and team),” Grade said. “If I doing a terrible job?” did it myself it would be Grade put a branch in so uniform and just perthe corner just in case fect, it would be kind of that scenario played out. dead.” “I didn’t tell anyone this, While the bulk of the but I called it my branch sculpture hangs in Seattle of failure,” Grade said. Art Museum’s lobby, it is Hundreds of volunteers still growing in the studio. helped glue the sculpture People are still working together, and the branch on the remaining portion of failure was never of the 140-foot-long sculpemployed, Grade said. ture. ItPDF gets0203 longer LAURA F.noPROOF.SR.CMYK. LAMeach

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The sculpture ‘Middle Fork’ suspends from the ceiling of the Seattle Art Museum’s lobby. It is a replica of a western hemlock tree standing near North Bend.




On Further Review



Finding a distraction when the newspaper shuts down


hings are winding down here in the newsroom. Our reporters and editors are embarking on the final week of gathering story ideas, research and interviews for the last fishwrap we’ll publish here. My impending unemployment is becoming a reality instead of a distant thought. In the newsweekly business, at least in my short, procrastination-ridden experience, tunnel-vision focus on the coming week’s paper usually beats out any thoughts of the future. The last nine months have flown by — week by

week, paper by paper. There have been some close calls, but we’ve managed to deliver Stuart Miller the Star, for better or for worse, every week. Now that the end is in sight, I’m looking forward to taking a timeout from the continuous news cycle I’ve been in for three-quarters of a year. I’ve tried to adhere to Hemingway’s assertion that in the newspaper business, “it is such an important part of the ethics that you should never seem to be working.” I think I’ve managed to do that pretty well,

n Informing anyone who will listen to me that newspapers are a vital part of a thriving democracy n Reorganizing my newspaper piles n Crying n Watching spring training Now there’s a listical fit for BuzzFeed. Maybe they’ll hire me. Make sure to tune in next week for the series finale of Stu’s Valley View.

but in reality, it can be exhausting at times. I’ll save the depressing, fatalistic “government watchdog” speech for our last issue, and look on the brighter side today.

Things I’m looking forward to after we close: n Watching the Mariners’ spring training games n Having no excuse not to exercise

n Nursing my screendamaged eyeballs n A pathetic excuse for a vacation – road trip! n Watching my bank account dwindle to its natural state of $0

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Disclosing public records is a core duty of government, not a burden By the Editorial Board of The Seattle Times


ith citizens becoming more civically engaged and fearful of tyranny, public agencies should be increasing transparency. So it’s troubling that numerous bills proposed by Washington legislators this year would whittle away the state’s Public Records Act, putting more information offlimits and increasing the cost of obtaining records. They include new fees that would slightly increase agen-

cies’ revenue but reduce accessibility of records belonging to the public. Not a good trade off. Agencies have legitimate concerns about rising costs to duplicate and share records. The vast majority of record requests are simple. But agencies do receive some that are voluminous and occasionally malicious, such as requests for every document they possess. Still, lawmakers must avoid responding to anecdotes about anomalies with rules penalizing everyone. Disclosing records is a core duty, not a burden to be mitigated. Lawmakers should drop perminute charges for audio and


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The trend is statewide, and upper valley communities reflect that trend, Pottmeyer said. There are 1,000 too few homes for foster children in Washington. It’s unclear exactly what relationship the valley’s lack of foster homes has with the area’s rising teen homelessness, but Corcoran said she thinks the two issues are linked. “There’s just a waiting list every which way you look,” Corcoran said. “The shelters and group homes, they’re even releasing kids out of juvenile detention due to space. It’s a real crisis.” Teens running away and experiencing homelessness doesn’t necessarily qualify as abuse and neglect, or warrant an entry into the foster system. It is documented, however, that a disproportionate rate of foster kids will experience homelessness within four years of leaving the system, Pottmeyer said. One category of foster

kids experiences this phenomenon more than the rest. Behavioral Rehabilitative Services foster kids typically have been in at least six to 10 foster homes, and a lot have been in group homes or the juvenile court system, Corcoran said. BRS kids ages 13 to 18 are considered the hardest to place in foster homes, and foster parents willing to accept them are the hardest to recruit, Pottmeyer said. “It takes a really special foster parent to have those kids in their home and really be able to work with them,” Pottmeyer said. Corcoran decided to jump head-first into foster care. She works with BRS teens. “I’ve had little kiddos here with cigarette burn marks and whip marks. Just horrible, horrible stuff,” Corcoran said. “So that’s how I met Tim.” Tim Acena arrived at Corcoran’s house just before turning 16. He’d been in the foster care system since age 7. “My story is definitely



Mary Corcoran (left) was a foster parent to Tim Acena as a minor, and now rents a room to him.

no different from anybody else’s in the simple fact that somebody didn’t do their job right. And this is where we are,” Acena said. In his case, it was his

parents’ failure. The middle child of 10 siblings, Acena said he would sometimes go days without eating as a child. Once in the system, he

bounced around from multiple houses and facilities and was designated a BRS kid. While some houses genuinely cared about the foster kids’ well-

being, many were just there to make sure the kids stayed out of harm, Acena said. “More like a bed and breakfast than a parent,

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SNOVALLEY STAR basically,” Corcoran said. Acena said that sometimes when he felt like he was becoming part of a family, he’d pull away because of a lingering attachment to his biological family. “I was always playing tug of war with everything,” Acena said. More often than not, though, Acena felt that the foster homes did not seem to genuinely care for his full well-being. “I did a lot of running away in foster care,” Acena said. “I was on the run at least like two or three whole years being away from the foster homes.” Acena said he suffered various forms of abuse at some of the foster homes he was at, which led him to run away from them. He picked up a “survival” mentality in order to survive on the run and even in some foster homes. One foster home he stayed in served stale food that frequently hurt his stomach. The woman in charge would often chastise him for taking too long in the bathroom with his upset stomach. The house would eventually be shut down by the state, but it then reopened, Acena said. He ran away from the home twice before being placed elsewhere.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 “People like that shouldn’t be in foster care,” Acenda said. Oversight of foster homes and staff dedicated to working with kids has suffered from budget cuts made during the Great Recession. There is less money available to support agencies and foster parents, Pottmeyer said. Because of the stress on the system, social workers’ turnover rate is high. Acena went through case workers about every two weeks to two months. “I ended up going through case managers and social workers like a pair of socks,” Acena said. Corcoran said the two pre-teen foster kids she’s had for six months have been through five social workers and two case managers in that time. Social workers can have 70 kids on their caseloads, and often miss required monthly visits. “The turnover is unbelievable, it’s crazy,” Corcoran said. “The system is really broken.” Burdensome bureaucracy also jams up the system and makes it difficult for potential foster parents to get licensed. “We expect a degree of perfection from foster parents that makes it not as realistic,” Pottmeyer said. “We should be rigorous and have high standards, but it’s very

difficult to be a human being and a foster parent.” Despite the red tape, Corcoran received her license six years ago, and received Acena shortly after, when he was almost 16. He always had his hood on and didn’t talk to anybody, Corcoran said. It took a very long time to help him adjust, she said. “I never wanted to be seen or talked to. I just wanted to be nonexistent and live in a world where I did not have to worry about any more trials or tribulations,” Acena said. “It was tough. There was a lot of confusion, loneliness, anger, sadness, you know. A lot of emotions involved.” She’s had about 20 BRS teens in her home, for an average of about nine months each. “It’s an impossible adjustment for a lot of kids, unfortunately,” Corcoran said. “Something would happen somewhere. A lot of them ended up being taken out in handcuffs.” Acena lived with Corcoran from age 15 to 17, and though he eventually opened up and became more comfortable in Corcoran’s home, he was removed from the house months before turning 18 after losing his temper.

Leading up to his 18th birthday, Acena said he was experiencing a lot of pressure about transitioning into being a responsible adult. “At times I just couldn’t handle it,” Acena said. “I definitely did some immature things, and that’s kind of where things had led, to where it was too much for her to handle and I was just being way too inappropriate.” Corcoran said a lot of foster kids have problems leading up to “aging out” of the system. “They’re lost in the world. I think that’s why we see so much homelessness, for example, right after foster care.” After spending his last few months as a legal minor in a different home, Acena then went back to live with his biological mother when he turned 18. “I realized quickly it was not somewhere I could be,” Acena said. “It was like I was 7 years old again … so I got out.” About a month after turning 18, Acena called Corcoran from the Issaquah Highlands bus stop. “I just knew that the only one person I could actually trust was Mary,” Acena said. “She was the one person who knew what needed to be done. I’m not fully sure how, but



HOW TO LEARN MORE n Foster parent Mary Corcoran asks that anyone who is interested in foster care, has questions about it or needs help getting started, call her at (425) 503-1813. n Friends of Youth can also provide information and resources on foster care. Pottmeyer said they can arrange “respite care” opportunities — very-shortterm care for foster kids — if people would like to try it out. For more information, call (425) 869-6490.

she just did.” Now 21, Acena rents a room at Corcoran’s house. He’s certified in computer repair, has a business buying, fixing and reselling used laptops, and is thriving at his sales job at Best Buy. “I’m definitely not the same person that I was, and I can see that that’s constantly improving, constantly changing to where I’m better and becoming more responsible and more mature as every day goes on,” Acena said. “I’m still trying to figure out those certain things though, like how to be a good boyfriend. Stuff like that.” He said his life goal is to be the father he never had, when the time comes. Corcoran and her two biological sons have been fundamentally changed for the better by becoming involved with foster care, she said. Through the journey, her sons started to understand what incredible advan-

tages they had in life, Corcoran said, and gained a much deeper appreciation for the good things in their lives. Many people are generous with donations of clothes, money and other things, but that is not where the need is, Corcoran said. “The stuff is not the thing,” Corcoran said. “The relationships and having someone to help you step through life, that’s the thing.” BRS teens are the toughest category of foster kids to work with, but there are many other age groups and a variety of temperament levels in need of foster homes. Corcoran recently switched to helping 6- to 13-year-old BRS kids. “It’s just been a really major gift to my family to do foster care,” Corcoran said. “I just wish people would step forward and take a little bit of a risk and see if they could do it.”




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Sunday, Feb. 19 Brunch with the Poindexters, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, 831-3647 “An Evening of One Acts,” 2 p.m., Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, tickets are $14 for seniors/ students and $17.50 general admission and are available online at Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m.; Vox Outside the Box Vocal Jam, 7:30 p.m., Piccola Cellars, 112 S. Second St., North Bend,

Monday, Feb. 20 North Bend and Snoqualmie city offices are

closed for the President’s Day holiday

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Wednesday, Feb. 22 The Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee meeting has been canceled AARP Tax Assistance, for adults, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 888-0554 One-on-One Computer Help, for adults, 1-3 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 888-0554 Snoqualmie Finance and Administration meeting, 6-7 p.m., City Hall, 38624 SE River St. Future Jazz Heads, 6 p.m., Piccola Cellars, 112 S. Second St., North Bend, jazzcubsnw. org/northbend Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, 831-3647

Thursday, Feb. 23 Story Times: toddlers ages newborn to 3, 10-10:45 a.m.; preschool ages 3 and older, 11-11:45 a.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 8880554 Seniors Trip: Museum of Flight, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet at Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., $8 for members and non-members, 888-3434 SnoValley Book Club, for adults, 1-2 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. SE, 888-1223 North Bend Planning Commission meeting, 7-8 p.m., City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. “An Evening of One Acts,” 7:30 p.m., Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, tickets are $14 for seniors/ students and $17.50 general admission and are available online at Overton Berry & Bruce Phares, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Piccola Cellars, 112 S. Second St., North Bend, jazzcubsnw. org/northbend

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Vikings sinkWildcat’s season BY NEIL PIERSON

As his players slipped quietly into the locker room for the final time this season, Mount Si head coach Jason Griffith and his staff rehashed all the things they could’ve done differently. For a short while, at least, Griffith knew there wouldn’t be any words to console the Wildcats, who saw their season end Feb. 9 at the Class 4A KingCo Conference boys basketball tournament. Mount Si took a two-point lead to the fourth quarter, but the Inglemoor Vikings dominated the final eight minutes for a 58-49 victory in a first-round elimination game at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Inglemoor had 34 points through three quarters but caught fire to score 24 in the fourth. Mount Si looked a bit shell-shocked as four Vikings – Ryan Hamilton, Jalen Woodley, Jaxon Peay and Jack Weyer – did most of their damage near the end. “We felt like, physiGREG FARRAR | cally, we hit a wall,” said Mount Si senior forward LJ Linton (15) puts up two points in the third quarter as Griffith, who finished his Inglemoor senior forward Jalen Woodley defends Feb. 9 during the fourth quarter of first season at Mount Si their Class 4A KingCo Conference basketball tournament game. with a record of 8-13. “We were proud of our into the fourth. And I sessions of the fourth point, we just kind of hit kids to battle back and think (Inglemoor) scored quarter, so I felt like, SEE ENDED, PAGE 12 we were up two going on their first seven posfrom a physical stand-

Mount Si sends six gymnasts to state meet, including Holmes in all-around BY NEIL PIERSON

Mount Si senior Samantha Holmes led the Wildcats to a fourthplace finish at the District 2 gymnastics championships on Feb. 11, qualifying for the all-around competition at this weekend’s state meet. Holmes scored 35.075 points in the district allaround standings, good for seventh place. Early

in the season, she cited the beam as her most needed area for improvement, and she scored 8.7 points at the district meet, tying for 15th She earned 9.325 points for fifth on vault, 7.9 points to tie for 12th on uneven bars, and 9.15 points on floor exercise to share 11th place. Mount Si compiled 167.225 points in the team standings. Threetime defending Class 4A

champion Woodinville won the district title with 183 and Bothell grabbed the other team berth to state with 173.8. The Wildcats will send five other individuals to the 4A championships, which take place Feb. 16-18 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Center. On vault, Shelby Johnson qualified with an 11th-place score of 8.95. On beam, Tylor Zweiflhofer tied for 12th

at 8.9. Mount Si has four state-bound athletes on bars as Anna Steenvorde tied for 14th (7.8), Zweiflhofer tied for 17th (7.425), Morgan Lowell tied for 18th (7.3) and Sarah Christopherson shared 21st place (7.15). On floor, Christopherson tied for 17th (9.05) and Steenvorde was 21st (8.9) to earn state-qualifying marks.


Return journey for Dalgleish leads Mat Classic qualifiers BY NEIL PIERSON

There’s no doubt in Brennan Dalgleish’s mind – he’s a better wrestler this season than he was last year, when he qualified for the state tournament as a 195-pounder. “I’m not as tired anymore,” the Mount Si senior said. “Last year at state, at 195, I gassed out a lot. I’m 20 pounds heavier this year and way more athletic, way better in shape.” Wrestlers often try to make practice conditions more difficult than their matches and Dalgleish seems to have succeeded at that tactic. And, as a result, he’s returning to this weekend’s Class 4A state championships at the Tacoma Dome. Dalgleish claimed second place at 220 pounds during the Region II championships, Feb. 11 at Skyline High School in Sammamish. He didn’t win a state medal as a junior, but should do it as a senior. He was No. 4 in the latest Washington Wrestling Report rankings and opens Mat Classic XXIX on Feb. 17 against Enumclaw’s Austin Rewoldt. Dalgleish credits his work with Mount Si assistant coach David Moses for increasing his stamina. “I’m the heaviest guy on the team and he just pummels me every day,” he said of Moses. “He’s just a big dude. He does timber sports.” Teammate Mason Marenco, who is also headed back to state after placing second at 170 pounds, is another reason Dalgleish is a medal contender. “He’s way faster than me and as strong as me, but wrestling him every day live just makes me so much better, just way bet-

THIS WEEK Mat Classic XXIX state wrestling championships n Feb. 17-18, Tacoma Dome n First and second sessions, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17; third and fourth sessions, including championship bouts, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 18 n Tickets: $14 for adults, $11 for students and senior citizens for all sessions

ter,” Dalgleish said. “And I couldn’t have beat anyone at regionals without Mason.” Dalgleish opened the regional meet with a 5-0 decision against Solomon Campo of Kentridge. Needing a win over Kentlake’s Ilyas Anjaz to qualify for state, he got the initial takedown late in the first period and rode it to a 6-1 decision. He likes to be analytical at the start of matches and then simply looks to wear out opponents if he can’t pin them. “He was gassed,” Dalgleish said of Anjaz. “And he was strong, so it was hard to shove him sometimes, but after he gassed I was just able to go to town on him. I’m feeling good right now.” Tahoma senior Dagen Kramer pinned Dalgleish in 2 minutes, 35 seconds in the regional final. Kramer is a contender for the state title at 220 and, along with Collin Grosse of Mead and Josh Felder of Monroe, may be the Mount Si senior’s toughest opposition in Tacoma. Getting back to state has been a highly rewarding process, Dalgleish said. “I mean, hundreds of push-ups every day, miles of running every day, thousands of sit-ups, SEE QUALIFIES, PAGE 12




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this is what it all comes down to right here and state next week,” he said. Mount Si will have four Mat Classic participants after finishing fifth at regionals with 68 points. Tahoma (346 points) won the title easily, ahead of Kentwood, Kentlake and Skyline. Mason Marenco, a favorite for the title at 170, is headed back for the third time after pinning Kentlake’s Tony Heimann and Kentwood’s Jasmeet Khera. But he may have some motivation after losing the regional crown to Kentwood’s Blake Capperauld, who grabbed the upset with a 31-second pin. Marenco faces Moises Morales of Sunnyside in a first-round match at state. Duncan Harrison, a

two-time state alternate, will finally have a chance to compete at Mat Classic. He was third at 145, pinning Kevin Klein of Hazen and beating teammate Conor Holt with an 11-0 major decision. Harrison matches up with Enumclaw’s CJ Eckblad in his first state match. Mount Si’s fourth state qualifier came from the girls’ Region I tournament in SedroWoolley. Junior Kinsey Steskal will make her debut in Tacoma after pinning Blaine’s Josy Delgadillo and Everett’s Vanessa Ochoa. She drew Cameron Guerin of Davis at state. The Wildcats figured to have a sure-fire qualifier in Spencer Marenco, but the sophomore settled for an alternate’s spot with his fifth-place finish at 138. Holt finished sixth at 145, Henry Foster was sixth at 152 and Kaiden Barlow lost both of his matches at 152.

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Mount Si freshman guard Jabe Mullins has a shot rejected by Inglemoor senior forward Stephen Vaught (24) during the fourth quarter of their Class 4A KingCo Conference basketball tournament game Feb. 9. Mount Si senior forward LJ Linton fielded the ball and put it back for two points. GREG FARRAR | gfarrar@

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a wall and they got some good looks.” The fourth-seeded Vikings (10-11) advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament on Feb. 11, where they lost to No. 1 seed Bothell (16-5). The Cougars faced No. 2 seed Skyline in the KingCo tournament title game, Feb. 16 after press time. Fifth-seeded Mount Si, which beat Skyline and Woodinville in must-win situations to reach the playoffs, started slowly but had solid second and third quarters to put itself in contention. Senior point guard Gavin Gorrell led the charge and finished the night with a game-high

23 points. But Inglemoor stifled his supporting cast as freshmen starters Jabe Mullins and Tyler Patterson scored eight and six, respectively. Griffith indicated the Wildcats were outmuscled at times as the Vikings won the battle in the paint. And Mount Si has relative inexperience in big games. “They start five seniors. They’re all big, physical kids,” Griffith said of Inglemoor. “It’s an area that, as a program, we’ve got to better at. We’re not a physical team. “Our kids play hard, but when you grind in a 32-minute game like that, the physicality that they play with can wear you out. And I felt like, tonight, it caught up to us in the fourth quarter.” Inglemoor’s inside-

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outside ball movement was effective early as the Vikings led 18-8 after one quarter. Gorrell’s 12 points in the first half kept the Wildcats within striking distance at 27-21. “Gavin did a really good job of keeping us in the game, getting guys shots, attacking the rim,” Griffith said. “Those guys left everything on the floor but it just wasn’t enough tonight.” Mount Si tried to use its bench to keep fresh legs on the floor. Brett Williams, LJ Linton, Taylor Upton, Brendan Botten and Robbie Stevens platooned to provide productive minutes in the middle portions of the game. But Inglemoor took control with a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter. The Vikings’ balanced

attack proved too much as Hamilton scored 17, Woodley had 15, Peay had 12 and Weyer added 10. Mount Si loses Gorrell, Linton and Upton to graduation but has some potential pieces returning to build upon this season’s success. “We’ve got a lot of kids coming back,” Griffith said. “It’s not going to make it any easier going into that locker room right now, but hopefully those kids learn from it. “I felt like, again, physically, the game was tough for them. They got caught up on some screens they couldn’t get through. I felt like they missed some defensive rotations. But that’s why you have an offseason, to get better and get stronger, and improve together as a program.”


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