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Mount Si High School SPORTS Always a Wildcat
Mount Si volleyball team reloads with experience at the top
here’s excitement but also the bittersweet sense of a finale for Anna McCreadie, as the athletic outside hitter starts up her senior season as a Wildcat. Volleyball has long been her focus and her love. She spent the summer productively with club play, camps, and lifting weights to prepare for this season, which also pits the team against new 4A contenders.
Above, ANNA McCREADIE Left, JENN ROGERS
“If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. So you’ve got to keep playing,” McCreadie said. She was named co-captain with senior outside hitter and middle blocker Liz Larson. “You have to lead by example, and vocally from the court,” says McCreadie. “Volleyball is so much about talking and communication that you really have to step into both of those.” The team lost just two seniors last year, powerhouse Lindsay Carr and Sydney Young, so much talent is back. Fellow senior Sara Brevick, a middle blocker and outside hitter, is stoked about the new 4A challenge. “It’s going to be brand new competition, new teams. It’ll be really fun,” she said. “We have a solid team this year, so we’ll go far, predicted libero Jenn Rogers, also back for her senior season. You can follow the Mount Si volleyball team at mountsivolleyball.com.
Mount Si tennis’s Matthew Griffin strategizes the game
• Mount Si at Redmond, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 • Mount Si at Woodinville, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 • Mount Si at Bothell, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 • Mount Si hosts Inglemoor, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 • Mount Si at Issaquah, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 • Mount Si hosts Eastlake, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 • KingCo tournament, TBD at Skyline.
Singles leader Matthew Griffin is happy to be back in the hot seat. The four-year varsity player for Mount Si begins his senior season in the top solo spot for boys tennis, and will face some good competition. In tennis, “You have to plan your victories,” says Griffin. “You don’t just happen upon them. It’s a combination of patience, and knowing what the right time is to strike.” Griffin played doubles his freshman year. Doubles, he says, has a team sense. Tennis partners need to have chemistry. Singles tennis, though, its all about the competition. “With doubles, you feel like you can’t let your double partner down, and causes you to play more tentatively— at least it does for me,” Griffin said. But in singles, it’s all on you. The Mount Si boys tennis team is shaping up, with junior John Day at two singles, and at third, Ryan Cannelini, a sophomore, who moved up from junior varsity midway through last season. “He’s one of the surprises I saw last year,” said head coach Jim Gibowski. At four is Jake Holmes, another sophomore who moved up last year. In doubles, the veterans are pairs Royce Schwartzenberger and Brady Thomas, and George Corriveau and Jonah Kingery. Those groups will battle it out for the top spot. Now, in 4A, Mount Si has a lot more matches this year than in years past. That gives the team additional opportunities to learn and improve. Mount Si looks to be competitive against some teams, but 4A offers a new and equally challenging league. “All these teams have good number ones and twos, and we’re going to compete best from the bottom up,” Gibowski said. “We’ve been doing that for years.”
Thursday, Sept. 11 • Mount Si hosts Shorewood, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 • Mount Si at Everett, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 • Mount Si hosts Skyline, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 • Mount Si hosts Issaquah, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 • Mount Si at Woodinville, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 • Mount Si hosts Bothell, 7 p.m.
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Thursday, Oct. 9 • Mount Si hosts Inglemoor, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 • Mount Si hosts Issaquah, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 • Mount Si at Newport, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 • Mount Si hosts Redmond, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 • Mount Si at Eastlake, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 • Mount Si at Skyline, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 • Mount Si at Woodinville, 7 p.m.
Right time to strike
MOUNT SI BOYS TENNIS Wednesday, Sept. 10 • Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 • Mount Si at Sammamish, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 • Mount Si at Skyline, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 • Mount Si hosts Redmond, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 • Mount Si hosts Newport, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 • Mount Si hosts Liberty, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7
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Mount Si FALL SPORTS PREVIEW Taking new ground Mount Si football, familiar QB Hillel, ready for 4A One year ago, junior safety Jojo Hillel had the best seat in the house to learn the art of quarterbacking. Now, the transition is natural, and the tall, 180-pound senior will be at the center of action under Mount Si’s Friday night lights. “I have a little athleticism, so I might as well use it,” Hillel says. Hillel grew up playing football. For those who have watched him play, the years have gone fast. Safety for Nick Mitchell and holder for kicker Sean Lowney in 2013, he was the second-string quarterback in last fall’s team effort, which got to the playoffs. “I went from playing Junior Wildcats to now,” he said. With senior year and his new role upon him, “I’m anxious. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a great year.” This fall, he’ll be throwing to Parker Dumas, Colton Swain, Caleb Mitchell and Sean Hyland. Up in front, protecting him, is Montana-signed tackle (and one of Hillel’s best friends) Chris Schlicting at left tackle, Ryan McVay, likely centers Andrew Thompson and LaFonte Beverly, Cam Davis and Ryan Findley. “It’s good size,” says Hillel. “Everyone knows the plays.” His goal? “Go as far as we can... Now, we’re playing in a different league. Pop Keeney (stadium in Bothell) will be awesome.” At the 4A level, the Wildcats will not face perennial juggernaut Bellevue, but “now we’ve got Bothell, Skyline. Every game is going to be a dogfight. No more blowouts.” Follow the Wildcats at www.mtsihsfootball.com.
JONATHAN ‘JOJO’ HILLEL, MOUNT SI QB
MOUNT SI GIRLS SWIMMING Thursday, Sept. 11 • Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 • Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 • Mount Si hosts Issaquah, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 • Mount Si hosts Newport, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 • Mount Si at Skyline, Mary Wayte pool, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 • Mount Si vs. Liberty at Boehm Pool, Issaquah, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 • Mount Si vs, Interlake at Mary Wayte pool, 3:30 p.m.
MOUNT SI FOOTBALL Friday, Sept. 12 • Mount Si at Redmond, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 • Mount Si hosts Skyline, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 • Mount Si at Bothell, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 • Mount Si hosts Inglemoor, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 • Mount Si at Eastlake, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 • Mount Si hosts Issaquah, Homecoming, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 • Mount Si at Newport, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 • Mount Si at Liberty 7 p.m.
Swimming renaissance New leadership in pool year two
In 2013, the Mount Si’s girls swim team embarked on a trial run as a newly organized group swimming in a new, hometown pool. This fall, team captains expect the 25-girl squad to come into their own. Mount Si coach Patrick Stewart will rely on four senior captains to show the way: Maddie Hager, Jessica Brady, Hallie Lynn and Emma Gieske. “They’re the leaders,” Stewart said. “They started from day one.” “This year, we know what worked and what didn’t work,” Hager said. “We’re focused on integrating the team, bonding, and having everybody do their best.” This is Hager’s fourth year as a high school swimmer. “My goal is to have fun, get in shape and do the best I can,” she said.
Senior Hallie Lynn has been swimming competitively since age 9. Lynn’s personal goal is “always” to improve her 50 freestyle and sprint times. She’s got KingCo and districts in her sights, and sees promise ahead. “I am really glad we’re starting a swim team in the Valley,” Lynn said. “More people are swimming now, with the TPC Tigersharks,” a youth team. Teammates call Jessica Brady the Wildcats’ most serious swimmer. Her favored events are the 100 and 200-meter breast-
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2014 Fall sports Preview Core pioneers Most of the core is back for the Mount Si girls soccer team. Now, this group faces the challenge of a new league with bigger schools as competition. “We’re playing tougher teams,” said senior forward and co-captain Karli White. “We want to get a good record and start off strong.” The goal, for senior midfielder Zoe Virta, is “going out in 4A and making this pilot year something that can leave a good legacy.” White is in her second season as a Wildcat; She came up the Valley from Cedarcrest as a junior. She joins seniors KK Wallace and Claire Johnson as captains. Those three, with Virta and senior midfielder Karlie Hurley, will set the cultural tone for this team, according to coach Darren Brown. Defenders Johnson and junior Camryn Buck are the power players on the Wildcat backline, but Brown looks to deploy some secret weapons: sophomore Bella DiDomenico, junior Kelsey Willard and senior Malia Barrett. DiDomenico, Barrett, and Mackenzie Hutchison are three newcomers to varsity this season, but Brown expects major roles. “They are all fierce competitors and have really fit into our system nicely,” he said. “Kingco 4A is the toughest conference in the state,” says Brown. “It really is not even open to debate. Any team can win on any given night, and it really comes down to effort and team chemistry.”
MOUNT SI GIRLS SOCCER
ZOÉ VIRTA, KARLI WHITE He likes what he sees so far: “We are much farther along” now, compared to a year ago. “We had a lot of girls take this summer very seriously, so we are that much more ahead.” As forward, White scored in the double digits last year. Already signed to the University of Arkansas, she’s in the hunt to be Mount Si’s leading scorer, but she isn’t a selfish player: “If I have an opportunity, I’ll take it myself. But if there’s an open pass, I’ll pass. I’m going to do whatever’s going to benefit my team, because I want to win.” Asked what her strength is, “I think I work really hard,” she said. “My mentality is, when you’re tired, you work even harder. You leave it all out on the field.”
Thursday, Sept. 11 • Mount Si at Kamiak, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 • Mount Si at Juanita, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 • Mount Si hosts Glacier Peak, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 • Mount Si at Skyline, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 • Mount Si hosts Redmond, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 • Mount Si hosts Skyline, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 • Mount Si at Newport, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 • Mount Si hosts Redmond, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 • Mount Si at Woodinville, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 • Mount Si hosts Bothell, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 • Mount Si at Inglemoor, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 • Mount Si hosts Issaquah, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 • Mount Si at Eastlake, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 • KingCo championships begin, TBD.
MOUNT SI CROSS COUNTRY
Putting in work
Wednesday, Sept. 10 • Mount Si vs. Bothell, Eastlake, Inglemoor, Newport, Redmond and Woodinville at Lake Sammamish State Park, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 • Mount Si vs Issaquah and Newport at Issaquah High School, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 • Mount Si hosts Redmond and Woodinville, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 • Mount Si vs Inglemoor and Skyline at Klahanie Park, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 • Mount Si vs Bothell and Eastlake at Beaver Lake Cross Country Course, 4 p.m.
Hannah Waskom owned the distance records for the Mount Si girls cross country squad as a freshman. Now, she and the rest of the Wildcat running contingent look to improve in 2014. “The team this year is all about adjusting to 4A, getting used to harder competition, and rising to the challenges that 4A will bring us,” said the sophomore. The school record holder in the 1,600 and the 3,200 meter races in track, Waskom broke the girls school record for the 5K last November. This season, she’s seeking to cut time off her 19-minute 5K time last year. Like other teammates, she put in some good training time in the off-season. “We were building a base over the summer. Now we’re in the cross country season, we can work more on speed,” she said. After Waskom, look for veteran runner Lindsey Sydnor to make an impact for the girls team. Sophomore Grant Baker will be one of the faster boys this season. He ran an 18:30 5K last year, and is hoping to shave off a lot of that time this season. “I have to work at it,” he says of the sport. But Baker loves cross country. “You feel really accomplished, (with) the sense of achievement that you get,” he said. The boys team is deep, but young. “It’s definitely a building year,” Baker said. “We lost a lot of seniors last year. But by the time I’m a senior, we’re going to have a really good team, and be able to take on 4A. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll do well.”
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Mount Si High School SPORTS
Mount Si golf team reloads with top-end depth Earbuds playing country music, junior Alex Nelson winds up on the driving range at Mount Si Golf Course and lets fly. The junior was with his team, getting in some hits before hitting the road for their Sno Falls match with a group of arriving Issaquah golfers. Nelson, with his state tournament experience—he placed 18th last spring—looks to lead a fairly deep group of Mount Si boys on the autumn fairways. “We have a strong team this year,” Nelson said. “I’m excited.” “We’re as deep as any of the other teams in the league, said coach Brandon Proudfoot. This year, Mount Si will be stronger at the top end of its roster, and has a big freshman group to develop. A group of four to six strong players will revolve in the top spots. “This is what we’re looking for in a good golf squad,” Proudfoot said. “That leaves us better for postseason.” “The biggest struggle with 4A is we’re traveling to a whole new set of courses,” the coach added. Normally, only newcomers get the novel experience of learning a new course. Now, even the veterans get that experience. “This year, we’re going to a couple of courses no one’s ever seen before,” like the Plateau Club or Newcastle. Nelson and junior Jimmy Jacobsen are the two most tournament-experienced golfers, both playing in the offseason. Senior returner Joe Steenvorde also has a lot of play under his belt.
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Thursday, Sept. 11 • Mount Si vs. Skyline at the Plateau Club, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 • Mount Si hosts Woodinville, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 • Mount Si vs. Newport at Newcastle, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 • Mt Si hosts Juanita, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25 • Mount Si hosts Bothell, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 • Mount Si vs. Redmond at Bear Creek Golf and Country Club, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 • Mount Si hosts Eastlake, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 • Kingco 4A tournament, 8 a.m. at Snohomish Golf Course
There’s a couple of promising sophomores to watch, like Peter Yoshikawa. Gavin Gorrell, a sophomore, could end up being one of the spirited hearts of the squad. Junior Mitchell Dover is another one to watch. He went from rough to great in the few weeks before practice, and shot the lowest score in team play, a 37, the day before school began, in a downpour. “I double-bogeyed the first hole, and then just settled down, making some pars. I had some big putts,” he explained. “I play golf pretty much all the time, when it’s not baseball season,” Dover said. “Just try to play every varsity match, and letter,” are his goals. “I’m just trying to remember that it’s all a game,” says Nelson, who has been working with a swing coach, Gregg Rogers’ Golf Performance of Bellevue, on fundamentals and the mental side. Wing Chun Weapons Grappling Nelson embraces the energies of the game. He reminds himself that it’s good that the game can have an emotional impact. “It’s cool that I’m out here,” he says. “It helps me just have fun.” Beginners' classes in Fall City You can follow Mount Si golf at www.kingcogolf.com.
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