News from the hardwood breaking on a Sunday, as a Mount Si girls’ hoops star announces her college future on a day someone she perhaps grew up watching play this sport professionally passes away

We have a couple of major breaking news stories this afternoon, and they are both from basketball.

First, the news involving our local high school athlete. Mount Si High School girls’ basketball senior Sela Heide has announced her verbal commitment to attend and play for the University of California-Berkeley this fall. Heide made that announcement on Twitter about 40 minutes ago. Heide and her family had been in Berkeley this weekend taking an official visit to the Cal campus, hence why the senior missed both last night’s Wildcat girls’ game with Bothell and their game Friday night at home with Skyline.

Several NCAA Division I schools had been competing to get Heide, but, as we mentioned yesterday, the decision to go to Cal brings with it several advantages for her. First, it is in the Pac-12, so her family and friends will have regular opportunities to see her play, both in Berkeley (a 90-minute direct flight south from Seattle) and here in Seattle when the Bears play the UW Huskies. Secondly, the school is a strong school academically, so if she has the academics to back her up strong skills on the basketball floor, she will be successful in the classroom down there. Third, the Berkeley campus is located not far from the St. Mary’s College campus in Moraga, which means she will have an opportunity next season if she is able – and vice versa – to go cheer on fellow Mount Si boys’ hoops senior Jabe Mullins with the Gaels. This could help ease her transition into adulthood.

In all, a great piece of news concerning Heide today, and it helps temper what, for many Mount Si and Cedarcrest athletes and fans, has turned into a very sad day. We have been retweeting many of their reactions for you on Twitter and invite you now to go to our Twitter @snovalleysports to offer your reactions to the news that pro basketball legend Kobe Bryant has passed away. Bryant has been confirmed by multiple national and local reports in Los Angeles as being among five individuals aboard a helicopter which crashed in the hills west of downtown Los Angeles this morning. There were no survivors. TMZ, the celebrity news and gossip website, was the first to break the news, then ESPN and others confirmed it soon after.

Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers and retired a few years ago as one of the great all-time scorers in the NBA. He was 41.

We’ll keep tabs on both stories for you and update if need be later.

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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