MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Duvall’s Sydney Kuehn was one of two Linfield College women’s soccer players to receive First-Team All-Northwest Conference honors.
Teammate Kristen Burke was the other player receiving the prestigious honor. Taylor Cole was named Second-Team All NWC. Michayla received honorable mention consideration.
"I'm super excited about out all-conference selections. It really means a lot when the other coaches in the conference view these players in this manner," said coach Steve Simmons. "Once again, Sydney, Taylor, Kristen and Michayla represent the team's progress this fall."
Sydney, a senior forward from Duvall, finished second in the NWC with nine goals and tied for second with five assists and 23 total points. She ends her Wildcat career ranking seventh all-time with 20 goals and ninth in program history with 49 points. Sydney was an All-NWC Honorable Mention in 2018.
“I coached Sydney during her final, senior year at Cedarcrest High School. I’m not surprised or shocked by her accomplishments at Linfield,” said Red Wolves coach Alex Hickox. “I remember telling her to just play and ignore the noise and boy, did she. Sydney didn’t have the multi-year athletic recognition list to her credit, but she had what one could argue, was the single biggest breakout season in school history.
“She logged the most minutes of any other teammate and she started every game. Sydney was voted team co-captain and used her leadership skills and determination to drive her team to the 2015 CC League Championship Title. More importantly, she was instrumental in mentoring the younger players and becoming the teammate everyone looked up to. I have been fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to be a part of Sydney’s maturation process.”
DUVALL — The Red Wolves were looking to rebound from a loss to Liberty in the District Championship match Nov. 9, but just couldn’t get the ball to roll in their favor, and dropped a 1-nil match to Hockinson in first-round State action at home last Friday.
The loss bounced Cedarcrest out of the playoffs and ended a successful 2019 season.
“We strategized with pressing their backline and felt that if we were able to force errors in their passing game, high up their third of the field, we could be in advantageous positions to quickly counter and finish opportunities,” coach Alex Hickox said. “Hockinson is a quality passing — possessing styled team and it showed. We didn’t do quite enough to possess the ball ourselves and when you chase the game, you just end up getting tired.”
The first half possession seemed fairly equal with neither team really able to penetrate the other’s defense. Hockinson did mount a scoring threat moments before intermission but a shot on frame was just wide of the left post as time expired.
Coach Hickox encouraged the team at the break to take advantage of every opportunity they could muster to test the Hockinson keeper.
“You only need the width of the ball, so let it go,” he said.
The Red Wolves had an excellent chance to put the first goal on the board to start second half play, as the ball appeared headed into the Hockinson net. But the Hawk goalie was somehow able to stretch out and corral the ball.
“I thought we might have had that dribbler — but their keeper was quick enough to get the ball before it rolled over the goal line,” Hickox said.
Hockinson owned the majority of possession in the second half, but it wasn’t until the 16:34 mark that the visitors recorded the lone score of the contest that caromed off the right post.
“The goal they scored is a 1 percenter — meaning, if that same shot happened 100 times, it only goes in once,” Hickox said. “It was unfortunate it happened but the game, the ball and the timing can be cruel at times.”
The Red Wolves had a chance to level it late, but a shot by sophomore Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson sailed over the crossbar.
“I’ll say this, the girls clearly did not give up and fought hard to the end,” Hickox said. "It was a nail-biter and we hope our fans were treated to an exciting game, despite the outcome.”
The team may be out of the running for championship hardware, but they will still be honored during intermission of the 2A Championship match.
“The girls are back-to-back Academic State Champions. Talk about a massive accomplishment especially since we graduated 10 seniors from last year’s varsity team,” Hickox said. “We pick up our State Championship plaque during half-time.
“Overall, I couldn’t be happier for these girls – they are a true testament of being a student-athlete — winning State and being beasts in the classroom and working their way into playing in the State tournament and being in the top 16 of the State, on the field.”
CARNATION —The Sno-Valley Senior Center recently celebrated the installation of a new emergency generator thanks to the generosity of the Snoqualmie Tribe and the Puget Sound Energy Foundation.
The purchase was made so the Sno-Valley Senior Center can serve as an emergency shelter for the Snoqualmie Valley, providing heat, light, food, and restrooms 24/7 in an emergency.
This generator will provide a warm, safe place for as many as 300 people to shelter in an emergency.
The community previously had nowhere else to go in a severe windstorm or earthquake or fire, and now the Sno-Valley Senior Center can provide a commercial kitchen, ADA building with restrooms, heat, A/C, and light for the whole community in an emergency.
The Senior Center is very grateful to our grant funders, Puget Sound Energy Foundation for a $15,000 grant and the Snoqualmie Tribe for a $20,000 grant to make the purchase of the generator possible!
The Senior Center also thanks to D2 Square Energy for working with our budget and donating some funds to help make it happen along with Zorko Electric.
These companies did all they could to keep costs down and made some in-kind donations to make it happen. We are also grateful to the City of Carnation and to King County for their support.
The generator ribbon cutting was held on Friday, Nov. 8 and was followed by refreshments and tours of the Senior Center.
“PSE Foundation believes preparing our communities is vitally important," Executive Director of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation Sandra Carson said. "That’s why we are very proud to support Sno-Valley Senior Center’s efforts to be an emergency shelter by providing funding for their generator.”
The Sno-Valley Senior Center is located at 4610 Stephens Street in Carnation.
CARNATION—The St. Pierre barn off of Hwy. 203 is sporting a new look thanks to Copenhagen-based artist Jacoba Niepoort.
Jacoba, 32, travels the globe creating 2D and 3D public-art masterpieces. She has painted 45 murals over a 15-year span in places like Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Argentina, Nova Scotia and the United States.
“We feel so lucky she had the opportunity to come and paint it for us,” Christa St. Pierre said. “We came to know Jacoba through my husband's childhood friend who married her mom. We saw Jacoba this Summer (in Denmark)—they were showing some of her work and I told her she just had to come and paint our barn.”
It didn’t take much convincing, Jacoba said, together to agree to come to Carnation.
“They told me they are working on a long-term project to open an herbal farm in the Snoqualmie Valley. Words like-existence, diversity and the interest in using the medicinal properties of a range of herbs and weeds were used to describe their vision, from which I was invited to create any muralI saw fitting.
“I found their plans beautiful; plans I would like to participate in. After agreeing to the project, I fought through the Valley’sOctober frost and rains for 10 days. The result is a figure, holding dirt, out of which grow multiple plants, all connected by a root system that weaves in and out of fore and background, representing a connection among all,” Jacoba said.
The plants in the mural are Anise hyssop, Echinacea, and Calendula.
“To me, this mural is about flow and diversity. It’s about showing the connection among all; humans, nature, plants—that which exists within us, and which connects us to the outside world.”
Traveling the world and leaving behind detailed paintings that add such richness to local culture, one would assume Jacobahad extensive technical art training. Not so.
“I have a minor in art, and have always painted as far back as I can remember, but I consider myself mostly self-taught.
“My background is international development with a focus on the social impact of artists who work with public visual art projects. I used to work for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs with art projects abroad—but I quit when it became clear I need to dedicate more time to my own murals.”
Jacoba’s murals vary in size. Her small murals are typically around 325 square feet. Her largest is a 36,000 square-foot mural she painted on the side of a building on Hollis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia just prior to painting the St.Pierre mural.
Christa said they lucked out that the timing would work for her.
“She told us she'd be close by—I guess that's a relative term to a world traveler when you're on the same continent.”
Jacoba paints both in and out of studio but says she prefers working in the open air.
“I paint outside because I believe that unrestricted art is for everyday people and the issue of ownership of public space is worth fighting for. It’s also rewarding and physically intense.”
Jacoba finished the St.Pierre mural last week. She has returned to Europe and is now painting another mural in Denmark.
“It’s my last outdoor one for the season," Jacoba said. “I will be working from a studio in Denmark and a residency in Finland and or the next two and a half months on small—normal size art-works for my upcoming solo exhibition in a gallery in Denmark in February."
Christa said she and her husband do have long-range plans to open a medicinal herb farm.
“We had a trial run this summer planting about 20 different varieties—medicinal and culinary. The idea is maybe next summer we'll have a small retail shop on the property to sell them.”
The St. Pierre mural is located just off the Fall City-Carnation Road at 32112 NE 8th Street. It is fully visible from the highway.