Westside Snow Report 1-22-17

Lessons are Started and People are Riding

By Greg Whittaker
Mountain to Sound Outfitters

As winter kicks into full gear, people are coming into the shop daily getting ready for their first mountain ski or snowboard session in 10 years. Not only has this year been great for snowpack in the NW, it is getting people out into the mountains which is one of the reasons we who work in the industry are involved. It's healthier than staying in the grey dreary lowlands.

The warm front which broke the freeze down here in town was pretty eventful in the mountains as well. A massive inversion led to freezing rain up high, strange deep groppel, and dense heavy snow down low. Mt Baker received 20 inches for Fridays opening. Layers of unstable snow may be observed and those of you headed into the backcountry need to proceed with knowledge on aspect and potential slide layers.

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Sportswatch 1-17-17

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
Boys basketball
West Seattle hosts Ballard for an 8:30 p.m. game Friday as Chief Sealth goes on the road -- and ferry -- to Bainbridge, then at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday the Seahawks go to Seattle Prep and the Wildcats to Roosevelt.
Kennedy Catholic goes to Kent-Meridian for a 7:15 p.m. game Friday as Mount Rainier travels to Hazen. The Lancers host Kentlake at the same time Tuesday as Mount Rainier goes to Tahoma.
Evergreen, meanwhile, goes to Mount Rainier for a 7 p.m. non-league game Wednesday and hosts Lindbergh at the same time Friday as Foster visits Foss,
Tuesday Foster is at Franklin Pierce and Evergreen at Fife, also at 7 p.m.
Tyee has a 7 p.m. home game against Steilacoom scheduled for Friday as Highline hits the road to River Ridge. Highline travels to Steilacoom on Tuesday and Tyee goes to Eatonville.
Seattle Christian gets a 7 p.m. visit from Bear Creek on Wednesday and Seattle Lutheran goes to Charles Wright at the same time Thursday. The Warriors visit Cascade Christian on Friday.

Girls basketball

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Keeping Track: Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

McPhee cruising for Cardinal

Mount Rainier High School graduate Brittany McPhee is enjoying a solid season as a junior with the Stanford University women's basketball team.
The 6-foot guard is average 13.3 points per game over her first 17 games for the Cardinal this year along with 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Jordan starring for SPU

Brittany McPhee's twin sister Jordan McPhee is also having a good season only with the Seattle Pacific University women's basketball team.
The 5-10 junior guard has a 10.9 scoring average per game and has hauled down an average of 5.1 rebounds. She also has 35 assists over her first 17 games.

Gandy a senior at Western

Yet another Mount Rainier graduate -- Kiana Gandy -- is enjoying a standout women's basketball season.
Gandy is a senior forward for Western Washington University, averaging 12.8 points per game and 4.1 rebounds. She also has 30 assists, 10 blocks and 13 steals, also over 17 games.

Collier contributing for UW

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