News from the gridiron and the pitch….

Mount Si High School’s football program has announced its 2020 schedule.

There are some changes afoot this fall for the Wildcats as the Kingco 4A league alignment will be changing slightly. Mount Si no longer play Newport as that school opted down to 3A for football only. This has created a schedule which will have five league games, three non-league games and a cross-over contest against a team from the other division.

Mount Si will open the season at the end of August or early September against Federal Way, then the next week will play Lake Stevens at home in a rematch of last fall’s WIAA 4A state quarterfinal playoff game won by the Wildcats on the Vikings’ home field in Lake Stevens. Then after one last non-league game – at 2A Steilacoom in Pierce County, the Kingco schedule will open with a week four date against Skyline at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Homecoming will either be the week five date against Bothell or the week six date, both expected in October, against Issaquah, with Senior Night happening at the end of October at home with Redmond. Dates for all these games have yet to be announced, but most games are expected to be Friday night games with the home games beginning at 7:00 p.m. at MSHS’s campus in Snoqualmie.

Mount Si boys’ soccer alum finds professional opportunity
A third recent Mount Si High School soccer alum has found himself a professional soccer opportunity.

Defender Colton Oord has hooked up with the New Mexico Runners, who are a team in Major Arena Soccer League 2, an indoor league which is one step below the Major Arena Soccer League, which has a team in the Puget Sound area – the Tacoma Stars, which play their games in Kent at the Showare Center.

Oord, who is playing as a split midfielder-defender, has played in eight of the Runners’ games this season and has two goals and an assist to his credit, although in the team’s most recent game he had no goals or assists and only had one shot recorded.

The league primarily consists of teams in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, but has teams as far away as Michigan.

Oord, from North Bend, graduated from Sterling College in Kansas last fall following four years with that NAIA program, and is a 2014 Mount Si HS alum. He, in addition to playing for the Runners, currently works as a physical education teacher at a school in Albuquerque, where the team is based.

Oord joins former Mount Si’ers Ryan Herman and Nikki Stanton in finding professional opportunities following their college careers; Herman was drafted by Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas following his graduation from the University of Washington, but the 2011 Mount Si alum failed to hook on with that team and ended up with FC Miami of the North American Soccer League. After that league folded two years ago, Herman ended up leaving that team and hasn’t played professionally since. Stanton just signed with a team in Norway following a career in the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League that included stops with the league’s Chicago and New York-based teams. She is a 2008 MSHS alum who played collegiately with Fairfield University in Connecticut.

The Runners play through the end of March, with their home games in Santa Ana, NM, outside of Albuquerque.

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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