Other news on this Saturday……

In other news this morning:

Seven MSHS senior athletes to announce college decisions this coming week
The annual signing day for high school seniors to sign letters of intent to play sports at the college level is coming up this coming Wednesday, and seven Mount Si High School seniors will be making their decisions.

The school has scheduled a ceremony for Wednesday morning prior to the start of school at 7:00 am in which the seven seniors will formally sign their national scholarship letters. Football player Parker Dumas, who will officially sign with the University of Wyoming, and baseball player Alden Huschle, who will ink with Seattle University, lead the group.

Also expected to sign are football players Colton Swain and Caleb Mitchell. Swain is set to sign a letter of intent to play at Eastern Washington University, joining his ex-Mount Si teammate Chris Schlicting, who redshirted this past fall, on the Eagles, members of the Big Sky Conference of NCAA Division I’s Football Championship Subdivision. Mitchell has yet to make a decision, but will sign with either Azusa Pacific University or Dixie State University.

If Mitchell chooses Azusa Pacific, located in California, he’ll join a program which includes former MSHS defensive standout Hunter Malberg, who will be a senior this fall, while at Dixie, if Mitchell signs there, he’ll reunite with his older brother – and 2014 Wildcat alum – Nick, the quarterback who just transferred to the Utah school from Oregon State University. Dixie State is located in Utah.

Two soccer players also are expected to officially decide their college paths: boys’ player Jimmy Jacobson is set to sign with Cal-Poly Pomona, while girls’ athlete Camryn Buck is expected to ink with Hawaii Pacific University, becoming the third Valley athlete to compete for that school (joining baseball player Tanner Marty from Duvall and softball player Britney Stevens from Snoqualmie).

And a little history is set to be made as well, as the school will have a student signing a letter of intent to compete in equestrian competition collegiately. New Mexico State University has a women’s equestrian program, and MSHS’ Tova Barden has decided to attend that university and compete for the Aggies in that sport. She has already signed with the school – she did so last month, so this coming week’s proceedings will be more ceremonial for Barden.

According to a NMSU news release, Barden is actively involved in equestrian activities locally, as the vice president of the Northwest Reined Cowhorse Association and was a finalist two years ago at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association’s World Championships in the Working Cowhorse discipline. The school, in its statement, indicated she’d be competing in the reining discipline for the Aggies, who are part of NCAA Division I and are located in Las Cruces, NM. The sport at the college level is a fall and winter sport, with their current season still ongoing. They have been off since November and will resume action February 19.

We’ll check with Cedarcrest HS and see if they have anyone signing this coming week, and if they do, we’ll let you know.

Cedarcrest football team staying in Cascade Conference
We mentioned recently here the news of possible changes for Cedarcrest High School’s football team as a result of high school sports reclassification and realignment. Well, those expected changes will not happen after all.

The Everett Herald reports Cascade Conference principals voted down the proposal to merge the conference’s 1A and 2A schools in football with their companion schools in the Northwest Conference, meaning the Red Wolves will continue to play all Cascade schools in football regardless of classification. Story here. According to the Herald, citing comments from Granite Falls High School athletic director Joey Johnson, the decision appears to have been based on two key factors – one of them being this proposed league’s impact on GF. The school attempted to opt out of 2A, where they had been classified, down to 1A, due to reported declining enrollment trends at the school, but had that attempt rebuffed by the WIAA earlier this week, and there was concern the Tiger football team, because of lower numbers, would not be competitive in a league with strong schools such as Archbishop Murphy and Lynden as part of it.

There was also a desire to preserve the existing league schedule, according to the Granite Falls AD in his comments to the paper, meaning travel – and its potential impacts on academics – was also a likely concern of the principals. Road trips for CHS under this plan would likely have included at minimum one, more likely two, per season to Whatcom County, a good two hours or more each direction on Friday nights, meaning CHS players for those trips would likely have left right after school and not gotten back to the Valley until around midnight.

The Herald reports plans involving 3A schools will continue. 4A is not affected by this.

College track: Lower Valley athlete competes in front of friends, family
Eastern Washington University women’s track and field athlete Marissa Keefe, from Duvall and a CHS alum, competed last night close to home – in Seattle at the University of Washington’s indoor meet, which started yesterday.

Keefe competed in the women’s weight throw event, and finished 11th in her flight, with a toss of 40 feet, 9 ¾ inches. The result was good for 38th overall out of 40 athletes who competed in the event.

She is slated to be the only local competitor this weekend at the meet, but if there are others, we’ll let you know.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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