Snow to impact high school sports playoffs – how does it impact Valley schools? Also, news on Mount Si football college signee and Valley pro athlete’s interview with Aussie media…..

Also on this Friday morning, let’s talk about this weekend’s weather and its impact on the playoffs for both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools.

Mount Si boys’ hoops postponed to next week: The Mount Si boys’ basketball program announced last night on social media that their winner-to-state game, scheduled for tomorrow night against either Skyline or Mariner, had been postponed, as was the remainder of this weekend’s Wes-King 4A bi-district tournament action, due to the impending weather that is expected to hit around lunchtime. Snoqualmie Valley schools are slated to be released early today in advance of the snow, and all events and facility rentals scheduled at SVSD schools have been canceled, so the Wildcats are not expected to be able to get any practice time in either as a result of the weather. Mount Si has tentatively scheduled the makeup for this postponed game for next Tuesday. It will be at MSHS, making this now the final home game ever for the Wildcats boys. But with additional snow expected early next week, it’s not known if they’ll be able to get that in or not.

Wrestling regionals appear on, but likely to be scrubbed: Both WIAA wrestling regionals involving the Valley high schools – the 2A one in Washougal for Cedarcrest and the 4A event in Moses Lake for Mount Si – appear to still be on, but the weather, and travel issues for teams resulting from it, are likely going to result in the regionals being postponed later today.

Kingco 4A teams, including the Wildcats, are all expected to leave today for Moses Lake, but travel conditions going over, and especially coming back with what’s forecast, may make that trip potentially very dangerous for the wrestlers, their coaches and families, so a decision could happen this morning to postpone the event at Big Bend Community College. Mount Si, with just a small group of around nine wrestlers going, was likely going to carpool over there, but even that could be a bit challenging.

As for Cedarcrest, that regional appears also to be on, but they may have difficulty getting down there as well. We have been told they will be carpooling down there and not utilizing school transportation, but the weather on the trip back could be the issue for them as well. If we get word on cancellations from either team, we’ll let you know, here and on Twitter @snovalleysports.

Gymnastics likely off, too: The Wes-King district 4A meet involving Mount Si is also expected to be postponed due to the weather. That is scheduled for tomorrow up at North Creek High School in Bothell. We’ll check to see how that will be made up, as the meet was slated to be two back-to-back sessions starting at 1:00 p.m. and lasting well into the evening. We’ll let you know what we find out.

The weather as it is currently forecast calls perhaps for as much of a foot of snow in some Valley locations, with winds as well. If those winds, however, come from the east, that could cut the accumulation totals for upper Valley communities such as North Bend and Snoqualmie, but will make roads especially treacherous and perhaps impassable for most vehicles, hence one of the reasons why SVSD is getting kids home early. The snow is scheduled to hit sometime around noon or shortly thereafter, with most of the snow expected to happen after nightfall tonight. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for this storm, which some forecasters are saying could rival the famous post-Christmas storm in 1996, which dumped up to two feet of snow in some places, only to be followed by heavy rain which resulted in major damage to some structures as a result of roof collapses, including to the Bellevue Fred Meyer store.

Again, if we get any word on changes or cancellations, we’ll let you know.

Add Macko to the list of Mount Si senior athlete signees
Yesterday’s signing ceremony at Mount Si High School for senior athletes who signed national letters of intent Wednesday to play athletics collegiately this fall had one notable omission – Wildcat football player Slater Macko. Well, that quickly changed.

A couple of hours after the ceremony took place before school yesterday, Macko took to Twitter and announced his commitment to attend and play for the Western Oregon University football team this fall. WOU is an NCAA Division II school in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and he will be the latest Wildcat to don that uniform collegiately. Macko will join fellow MSHS grad – and ex-Wildcat teammate – David Sotelo on the roster down there; Sotelo will be a sophomore this fall for the Wolves. Additionally, former Wildcats Brad Christensen and Jack Nordby also played for Western Oregon in recent seasons.

WOU had only offered Macko a scholarship a few days ago, so their inclusion into the recruitment process came real late in the game, and perhaps turned out to be a game-changer for the lineman, who now will be part of a program that knows Mount Si’s program well, with Macko now the fourth ex-Wildcat, as noted, in recent seasons to decide to put on that Western uniform. The school is located in Monmouth, OR, near Portland, and is one of four schools in the conference, whose long-term future in football is in doubt due to the closure of Humboldt State’s program in California.

The GNAC schools have entered a scheduling arrangement with Texas-based schools for this season, but without that agreement in place, there’s a real good chance those schools either would have to join another conference for football. Regardless, it is expected that whatever happens with the league landscape, WOU will continue to offer the sport so both Sotelo and Macko should be able to get their four years in with the Wolves and get degrees from that school as well.

North Bend’s Stanton featured in Australian media
With the Perth Glory pro women’s soccer team set to start their push for an Australian W-League pro soccer title this weekend, their players are receiving additional media attention. Among them is North Bend’s Nikki Stanton.

Stanton, a 2008 Mount Si High School grad, was interviewed this week by the Aussie outlet “The Women’s Game” about this weekend’s game and about her time with the Glory, which she has been part of for the past few years. The W-League competes in the American pro offseason, allowing U.S.-based players such as Stanton to play year-round. Stanton and several of her Perth teammates, including star Sam Kerr, play for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League, during the American summer season, which is set to begin in just a couple of weeks.

The interview with the sports website/publication is here.

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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