Friday afternoon update from the diamond, the pitch and the boardroom……

It’s been foggy all day around the Puget Sound area, but down in southern California, it’s sunny and warm, and several Valley high school softball players and their club teams have made their way down south to the warmth and sunshine for a major fall tournament.

The Surf City Early Thanksgiving Showcase down in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, is a big national event on the fall calendar, and games have gotten underway already for a couple of the teams with local players. Scores and highlights from the early action on this Friday from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Midwest Speed 10, Absolute Blast Miller 16U 0: The Woodinville-based Blast were blown out this morning in their tournament opener by the Minnesota-based team. Mount Si High School’s Jackalyn Gates is on the Blast, and she went 0-1.

KB Fastpitch 16U 5, Jersey Intensity 1: Kenmore-based KB got a lift from Gates’ Wildcat teammate Vera Harrison, who was 1-2 with two RBI’s as KB took down the New Jersey-based team.

Iowa Premier 3, Absolute Blast Miller 16U 0: Miller was blanked in their second game of the day this morning, falling to the Iowa team. Gates went 0-2.

Two other teams – the Snohomish-based Washington Shock 16U and the Redmond-based Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke, both of which feature players from both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools, also are competing in this weekend’s event, along with a number of other 14U, 16U and 18U teams from western Washington. They are competing against a national field of entrants in this tournament, which has attracted college coaches from around the country from schools both in the NCAA and NAIA. The Northwest is represnted by two schools – Lewis & Clark College in Portland and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

We’ll continue to follow the weekend’s activities for you here.

Also on this Friday:

Western ladies advance in NCAA tourney: Western Washington University’s women’s soccer team overcame tough defense from opposing Cal State Stanislaus to score a 1-0 win in the first round of the NCAA Division II women’s national tournament down in Rohnert Park, CA, this morning. 2015 Mount Si HS grad Karli White started for Western and logged 63 minutes, recording three shots, all on goal with no goals scored. The win advances Western into a subregional final game Sunday against either Cal State Los Angeles or host Sonoma State.

Could Mount Si have a private school league rival in the future?: Well, that may be possible. The Kingco Conference’s athletic directors were informed at their meeting Monday, according to their minutes available on the league’s website and which were reviewed earlier today by the SVSJ, that a Seattle private school, Seattle Academy, has filed paperwork applying for membership into the conference.

The school is currently a 1A school in the Emerald City League and, according to the minutes, has asked to present its case for membership at the AD’s next meeting in December. Both the league’s athletic directors and school principals, including Mount Si AD Darren Brown and principal John Belcher, would have to approve the proposed move, which if it is would go into effect next school year. It is not known whether they’re seeking admission to join Kingco’s 2A/3A division or their 4A one. That said, the league in the past has not had a strong interest in allowing private schools to join it, as evidenced by multiple rejections in the past of Eastside Catholic bids to join Kingco. That past history could make this bid for the academy more challenging.

As we noted previously, other schools have also contacted the league about membership, and with final classification numbers expected to be announced toward the end of the year, this bid by the private school may not be the only one the league’s administrators will have to entertain.

It should be noted as well that Seattle Academy’s current league is set to go through a major change as well in time for the 2020-21 school year; it was reported last week on a Coupeville-based blog the North Sound Conference, which formed out of the dissolution of Cedarcrest High School’s former league, the Cascade Conference, two years ago, is set to merge with the ECL. This potential merger will end any possibility for CHS to perhaps go to the North Sound and rejoin their former Cascade rivals, leaving the lower Valley’s high school either remaining in the Wesco Conference, which is expected, or perhaps joining Kingco themselves. We’ll keep you posted.

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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