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Mount Si High School SPORTS Fresh and fast

Mount Si Cross Country

Mount Si Cross Country team reloads with big young crowd “Finally, someone to run with!” says Bailey Scott. This senior leader on the Mount Si cross country team is stoked about the young group of runners around her. Slowed by a health issue during track season last spring, she’s pushing for a major comeback this fall. “I know I can do a big PR (personal record),” says Scott, who’s been a varsity performer for this team since at least sophomore year. Improved times and state are her goals. “I’m ready, mentally,” she says. “I’m prepared to go out there and do my best. I have these freshmen to push me... They look really strong. I think our team can go really far this year,” she said. Watch for her and Abbey Bottemiller to lead the team with help from fast sophomore Elizabeth Johanson and junior Ariana Moreno. For the boys, senior Spencer Ricks, Jonny Gendro, a sophomore, freshman Grant Baker, and Tanner Sundwall should be making tracks. Ricks did the Ragnar Relay in Snohomish County with a slate of Wildcat running alums, and had a good experience.

Jonny Gendro, Grant Baker, Bailey Scott, Elizabeth Johanson, Ariana Moreno Looking around, Ricks is struck by the biggest Wildcat cross-country team he’s ever seen. “I’m hoping to get personal records and improve a lot,” he said.

Lone wolves and doubles ‘rocks’

Mount Si boys tennis Tuesday, Sept. 10 • Mount Si at Juanita, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 • Mount Si hosts Eastlake, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 • Mount Si hosts Interlake, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 • Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 • Mount Si at Liberty (Tibbets Park), 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 • Mount Si at Bellevue, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 • Mount Si at jamboree vs. Bellevue, Interlake, Juanita, Lake Washington, Liberty, Mercer Island and Sammamish, at Lake Sammamish State Park, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 • Mount Si vs. Bellevue and Lake Washington at Marymoor Park, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 • Mount Si hosts Juanita and Sammamish, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 2 • Mount Si vs. Interlake at Marymoor Park, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 • Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, Sammamish, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 • Mount Si vs. Mercer Island and Liberty at Luther Burbank Park. Thursday, Oct. 24 • KingCo Championships at Lake Sammamish State Park, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 • Districts at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 • State finals at Sun Willows Golf Course, Pasco.

Mount Si tennis vets, newcomers start a fast fall run

Monday, Sept. 23 • Mount Si at Juanita, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 • Mount Si at Lake Washington, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 • Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 3:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 • Mount Si at Sammamish, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 • Mount Si hosts Liberty, 3:45 p.m.

Drew Hadaller, Logan Cochran

“Tennis is my life!’ proclaims Drew Hadaller, with just a trace of humor, as he and doubles partner Logan Cochran grab water before their next match. “I had to come back for Logan,” the senior added. Ditto for his partner: “Drew is my rock!” All goofing aside, these two will compete for the top doubles spot on a reloaded Mount Si tennis team that brings a good bit of solid returning talent. Cochrane and Hadaller hit the courts and the ball machines at Robinswood, Sammamish Club and Pine Lake this past summer, and are ready to play. As are singles leaders Matthew Griffin and Kevin McLaughlin. They describe themselves as more like lone wolves. Expect them to hold down the number-one and -two spots for singles. They play “because tennis is awesome,” says Griffin. It takes a while to become dangerous, says McLaughlin. But this team has been practicing often, and is loaded with a number of returners and some promising freshmen. This is a fast, super-short season, wrapping October 1. Practice time is essential—there are only 11 practices from now to the league tourney. The trio of senior Max Isen, sophomore Ryan Fischer and senior Swedish exchange student Rickard Frykaard will battle for three- and four-position at singles and a spot at two-doubles with John Day. A good singles player might dominate a single opponent, but fall when paired up to a talented duo: “Doubles and singles are completely different games,” says head coach Jim Gibowski.

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Mount Si FALL SPORTS PREVIEW Air raid sirens

Mount Si football team to bring deep line, aerial attack

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Mount Si soccer reloads with surprises For Sophia Rouches, Mount Si co-captain, soccer is great for a reason. It’s individual skill and team focus, together. “You can work on your foot skills and make yourself a better player, and it’ll benefit the whole team. It makes them better players, by you playing hard,” she says. Rouches will be one of the attacking midfielder powersources on a stacked-up team this year. Seven of the varsity 18 are seniors. One is a transfer and a bit of a coup for Mount Si from Cedarcrest, senior Karli White—the top player from the Red Wolves, she’s slated to attend the University of Arkansas on a full soccer ride. On defense, returners Camryn Buck and Kristen Kasel are augmented by new freshman Natalie Wiedenbach, who was on a national-champion Eastside FC U-14 girls team this summer. Yet, KingCo will offer strong competition, too, with Interlake and Liberty looking like teams to beat. Nellie Joselyn is a sophomore pulled up from junior varsity to hold down the goal. Expect her to grow over the next several years. Extra leadership on the field will come from two more co-captains, senior midfielders Kelsey Lindor and Leah Corra.

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Friday, Sept. 13 • Mount Si at Issaquah, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 • Mount Si at Juanita, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 • Mount Si hosts Interlake, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 • Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 • Mount Si at Lake Washington, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 • Mount Si at Bellevue, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 • Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 • Mount Si hosts Liberty, 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, Sept. 10 • Mt Si hosts Cedarcrest, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 • Mount Si at Juanita, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 • Mount Si hosts Interlake, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 • Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 • Mount Si at Lake Washington, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 • Mount Si at Bellevue, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 • Mount Si at Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 3 • Mount Si at Liberty, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 • Mount Si hosts Juanita, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 • Mount Si at Interlake, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 • Mount Si at Sammamish, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 • Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 • Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 • Mt Si hosts Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 • Mount Si hosts Liberty, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 • KingCo championships

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“Air Raid” is the name of Mount Si football team’s game this season, if the official posters that Wildcats are autographing for local kids is anything to go on. That’s because, with long-armed quarterback Nick Mitchell back for a senior season, looking to connect with a two-dozen waiting hands from the likes of wide receivers Wyatt Baker-Jagla, Trevor Daniels, Parker Dumas, Jake Smith, Jack Nelson, tight end Beau Shain and back Bailey Takacs, Mount Si can be expected to deploy a potent flight attack. “We need to utilize the players we have,” said Mitchell, who trained hard in the weight room and attended a lot of football camps this summer. At the end of the preseason scrimmage, the Scarlet and Gray game, Mitchell absorbed some important lessons. The biggest one: Don’t get frustrated. Now, Mitchell focuses on heading back to the Tacoma Dome with this team. Throws may be a big part of the recipe, says head coach Charlie Kinnune, but “we’ll still be running the football.” Kinnune likes what he sees on the offensive and defensive lines. First-teamer Brad Christensen is back in action, as is vet Chris Schlicting. Cameron Davis and Jack Nordby is playing, as are centers David Bluher and Ryan Bolen. “We’re all impressed with what we saw tonight,” said lineman Evan Johnson, following the August 30 scrimmage. “Guys are stepping up.”

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2013 Fall sports Preview Strong as a team

Mount Si volleyball

Mount Si volleyball reloads with powerful hitters

Wednesday, Sept. 18 • Mount Si with Bellevue, Liberty and Sammamish at Bellevue Muncicipal, 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 • Mount Si at Juanita, Wayne Golf Course, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 • Mount Si hosts Interlake, 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 • Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 3 p.m.

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Outside hitters Lindsay Carr and Anna McCreadie are bringing the power to the Mount Si volleyball court this fall. Carr, in particular, is set for a strong senior season. Committed to Division-1 Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on a scholarship, she has also committed to becoming one of the physically strongest players in the nation. Lifting weights for two years, she can squat 405 pounds, hang-clean at 185, and does pull-ups wearing a 20-pound vest. Her attack jump is 10 feet and an inch. All this power helps Carr as the team’s number-one outside hitter, followed by McCreadie, who is a junior, at number two. They rotate around the court and balance each other’s strengths. Both girls started in this game in eighth grade. They both play for the Sudden Impact club of Bellevue. Both girls train together, along with other athletes on the Mount Si team. “We two are looked up to as leaders,” says Carr. “We both want to set an example for everyone else to follow—not only play, but off the court.” “We’re really good friends,” said McCreadie. “I’m glad I have her, because she’s someone I can look up to. At the same time, I can compete against her. I want to be better. That gives me motivation to work hard.” The two hitters have set goals to go to state and beat all foes, “especially, Mercer Island.” Looking around the squad, “we have a lot of potential,” says Carr. “If we work hard, we can do it.”

Wednesday, Oct. 2 • Mount Si hosts Liberty, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 • Mount Si hosts Juanita, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 • Mount Si at Intelake, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 • Mount Si at Sammamish, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 • Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 • Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 • Mount Si at Mercer Island, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 • Mount Si at Liberty, 7 p.m.


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Mount Si girls swimming

Swimming in the rain Mount Si’s first independent swim team dives in on Ridge By Seth Truscott Editor

The wind is brisk but the water is warm as Mount Si High School’s first independent swim team takes to the waters under gray skies. For some years, Mount Si has fielded a small team of swimmers who’ve practiced with Issaquah coaches and athletes at an Issaquah swimming pool. But this fall, a more-than-

doubled squad of swimmers are learning from their own coach, swimming at a Valley venue. It’s a new beginning, and the girls know it. “To be in the Valley is fantastic,” says junior Jessica Brady. “We’re going to be more involved with the school this way.”

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