More on the impact of the coronavirus threat on high school spring sports….but there are games going on despite it, just ask Chaija Olsson!

Good Tuesday morning. We’ll have some sports news in a moment, but first, we want to again address our discussion from yesterday on coronavirus and its impact on local high school spring sports. Late yesterday, the Snoqualmie Valley School District announced it would be canceling spring sports games for Mount Si High School out through March 20, after discussing it with other Kingco Conference athletic officials at their meeting yesterday. Other Kingco districts and the Riverview School District have also canceled their games out through that date, with Cedarcrest High School’s Wesco Conference partner Edmonds School District (Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale High Schools) canceling through April 12.

As we noted yesterday, our coverage plans for spring sports are uncertain at this point as additional cancellations are likely to take place, especially if the threat of catching this very dangerous and deadly bug does not ease in the near term. We will be today sending out reminders to coaches about getting their preseason questionnaires back in, but do know that we may not be able to bring you as many team previews as we hoped we’d be able to. So if you are a parent of a Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School spring sports athlete, please let your child’s coach know to look in their email box for this reminder and fill their questionnaire out. We’ll try to get to these later in the week.

We again also invite you to vote on our poll on our Twitter feed @snovalleysports, where we are asking you whether you think the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, in response to the decision making of local districts and the potential challenges that may lie ahead in getting the season in, should cancel the entire season statewide. Again, it’s over 90% no, but the high school folks may not end up having much of a choice in this if this thing gets worse.

In the meantime, there’s games going on, involving local athletes. A Valleyite currently finds herself on one of the top college women’s lacrosse teams in the United States.

Mount Olive University women’s lacrosse on a roll to start 2020
The Trojans moved to 7-0 with another stellar performance last night. Mount Olive, at home in North Carolina, defeated Pennsyvlania’s Edinboro University 19-4 in a non-conference clash. Junior Chaija Olsson, she of Snoqualmie and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, is a defensive starter for MOU and she once again started last night working the full game, recording a ground ball and two forced turnovers on defense for the Trojans, who are part of NCAA Division II’s Conference Carolinas. The start has been a dominating one as Mount Olive has outscored foes during the seven-game win string to start the year by a total of 138-28. The Trojans are now on the road for the next two games, the first of which is on Saturday at Belmont Abbey in Belmont, NC.

Good stuff for sure and we wish Chaija and her teammates good luck the rest of the season!

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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