Odds and ends on a Monday……

A couple of other items this morning.

Soccer: Valley foursome competes in regional tournament
The US Youth Soccer’s Far West Regional Championships are underway as of this writing down in Boise this morning and this year, a foursome from the Snoqualmie Valley is there competing for teams from Preston-based Eastside FC. The club organization’s 15U and 16U teams are there, with their two boys’ teams featuring Mount Si High School’s Joey Salem (15U) and Sullivan Smith (16U) and the two girls’ teams featuring Cedarcrest High School’s Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson (15U) and Grace McKenzie (16U). The two 15U entries are both being coached this week by Tom Bialek, a former Mount Si boys’ soccer head coach.

The older-age teams are underway now with the younger teams starting play later today. Pool play, against teams from all over the western United States, continues through Wednesday with playoffs if EFC qualifies starting on Friday. The tournament is being held at the Simplot Complex on the east side of Boise, a venue which has hosted this tournament several times in the past. We’ll have full coverage for you this week on the activities down there.

Also of note, college coaches are in attendance this week, so all four of these players have a chance to see and be seen; among the schools represented, according to US Youth Soccer, are Seattle Pacfiic University, Seattle University, Whitman College in Walla Walla, St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Eastern Washington University in Cheney, and both Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities from Spokane.

Rugby: Another pro title for Mount Si grad
Mount Si High School alum Aladdin Schirmer is once again part of a professional championship team.

The North Bend resident and his teammates with the Seattle Seawolves of Major League Rugby succesfully defended their title from last season yesterday, repeating as champs after a last-second 26-23 win over the San Diego Legion down in San Diego which came as the result of a hard-fought “try”, akin to a touchdown in football, which came on the final play of regulation. No stats are available, but Schirmer did play in the contest yesterday and has been a starting player all season for Seattle. He, after graduating from Mount Si several years ago, went on to have success as a collegian in rugby with Central Washington University, and has also seen plenty of time internationally with the U.S. men’s national team program.

A congrats to Aladdin and the Seawolves from us here at the SVSJ!

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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