Local athlete becomes pro rugby player, plus news from volleyball as we get set for the weekend

Good Friday morning. First thing first and that is we’ll have more on this later for you hopefully but Mount Si High School’s gymnastics team posted a nice win last night to open their season, defeating Issaquah. Scores and stats soon here at the SVSJ. We’ll also work to get you some wrestling results from both Mount Si and Cedarcrest for you as well.

However, we do have some news.

Mount Si grad becomes rugby pro
The Seattle area is home to many professional sports teams – football, baseball and soccer among them. But did you know that the Puget Sound area next year will be home to a professional rugby team? Well, this region will be, and a Valleyite will be part of it.

2011 Mount Si High School grad Aladdin Schirmer, a former Wildcat football player who found success in the sport of rugby at Central Washington University, where he just recently finished his college career, has signed a contract to play for the Seattle Seawolves. The Seawolves are the Puget Sound area’s entry into the newly formed Major League Rugby, which begins play next spring.

In a statement posted on the team’s website, the Valleyite is thrilled to be part of the inaugural first season of this new pro team. “The Seawolves and the MLR are a great opportunity for not only players like myself looking to improve their game but also rugby as a whole,” said Schirmer. “To be a part of great players and coaches across the nation competing on the highest level of rugby available domestically while bringing it into the public eye is a dream come true. To be able to say that I am a part of bringing that dream to fruition here in my hometown is everything to me. I am grateful for the opportunity the Seawolves organization has extended to me and look forward to taking on this season with the boys. Up Seattle!”

Schirmer is a veteran of both the USA men’s national sevens and 15’s rugby squads, so his addition could prove valuable for Seattle as it seeks the first title in this seven-team league next season. In addition to Seattle, teams will be based in Phoenix, San Diego, Houston, New Orleans, Austin, TX, and Salt Lake City. Games will take place between late April and late June, with national television coverage of select games – no word on if any Seattle games will be part of this – on the CBS Sports Network. Seawolves home games are set to be played at the Starfire complex down in Tukwila, where the Seattle Sounders soccer team is headquartered.

Schirmer’s high school football coach, Mount Si’s Charlie Kinnune, is also pleased with the news. “Congratulations to Aladdin Schirmer for this outstanding accomplishment. Aladdin continues with his desire to compete at the highest levels. Always nice to see former Wildcats do so well,” Kinnune said by email to the SVSJ.

Schirmer becomes the latest Mount Si grad to achieve a professional sports opportunity. Five former Wildcat baseball players, including pitchers Reece Karalus and Trevor Lane, have played in minor league baseball in recent seasons, and two former Mount Si soccer players, Nikki Stanton and Gibson Bardsley, have also played their sport at the professional level in recent years.

Good stuff for sure and we wish Schirmer and his team good luck in the upcoming season.

Also this morning:

Volleyball
Northwest U. ladies finish tournament on winning note: The Northwest University squad finished out pool play at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, IA, last night posting a hard-fought five-set win over Ottawa University of Kansas, 25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 16-25, 15-12. Despite the victory, Northwest did not make it into the playoff round so their season came to an end. Freshman Courteney Carr, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, saw limited action for Northwest in the contest. The Eagles finished the season 24-10.

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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