News and notes this morning.
-First, from college hoops, where Humboldt State’s women’s basketball team may have seen their postseason run come to an end before it really had a chance to start. HSU fell in a close one last night 62-60 to Chico State in the first round of the CCAA conference tournament in Arcata, CA, and now their postseason dreams hinge on whether they will be ranked high enough in the Division II West Region rankings to earn an NCAA at-large bid into the D-II women’s tournament. The rankings come out today; the selections will be announced on Sunday.
Part of the reason why HSU fell in the game last night was due to the struggles of junior Caitie Richards. The 2009 Mount Si grad from Snoqualmie was held scoreless, and only got three shot attempts the entire game as Chico’s defense shut her down in a big way. HSU as a team only shot 38%.
Tough night for sure, but HSU’s record still is good, at 19-8.
-Some news for the water cooler this morning.
First, on the legislative front, a couple of items. Down in Olympia, the ESSB 6383, the bill regarding high school sports and WIAA enforcement procedures, appears on its way for floor consideration in the House as the bill has now been placed on second reading after being taken from the Rules Committee. The House Education Committee passed the measure last week and it had been sitting in the Rules Committee awaiting further review. A couple more amendments have been tacked on which would change some deadlines in the bill; one of those was proposed by Fall City Rep. Glenn Anderson, who was one of the Education Committee members who voted to pass it. See linked text for the amendment.
Again, if you want to call your representatives to discuss this, the number is (800) 562-6000, and the
lawmakers you will want to get your message to are as follows:
-45th (Carnation/Duvall), Reps. Roger Goodman and Larry Springer
-5th (Fall City/Snoqualmie/North Bend), Reps. Anderson and Jay Rodne
Now to Florida. The two bills we told you about earlier this month concerning high school sports transfer rules and other things in that state are moving through the legislature, and that has alarmed high school sports folks all over Florida. Among the folks alarmed is the national president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who wrote an op-ed that has been seen in a number of newspapers around the state, including the Naples Daily News, criticizing the two bills; see that column here.
One other water cooler item, and that is from Nevada, where state high school sports officials are looking at separate public and private school state playoffs, and according to the Las Vegas Sun, a private school in Las Vegas appears to be the reason why. More here.