We have a Red Wolve boys’ golf preview, and other news from soccer, football and colleges in general on this St. Patty’s Day Tuesday……

Good Tuesday morning. Well, we told you we were reducing our coverage yesterday here on the blog, but sure enough, we had enough news for you this morning to share with you. Know, though, that this will not be a daily occurrence. There may be times we may go a few days without something during this current shutdown of sports, so that is what we talk about when we talk about reduced coverage here. We likely won’t be doing daily things like normal simply because there’s nothing to report.

But this morning, we have plenty, and we start it with a team preview. We thank CHS head boys’ golf coach Dan Tachell for sending in his questionnaire yesterday and once again invite those of you at both Mount Si and Cedarcrest who have not sent theirs in to do so and we will run those to provide athletes recognition here in the blog. As of now, this includes both schools’ softball and track and field teams (although we have been told by CHS coaches they will send us something later if there is a season) and Mount Si’s boys lacrosse team. Also CHS’s boys’ soccer team as well. So with that, here’s the CHS boys’ golf preview.

SVSJ preview: Red Wolve boys golf, if there’s a season, expected to contend with experience in Wesco
Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ golf team, like their girls’ counterparts and everyone else playing spring sports at CHS and around the state right now is at home, their season suspended as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting school closures. But the hope is that they’ll be able to get some matches in soon, and if they do, an experienced group looks to put the Red Wolves in contention in the 2A/3A Wesco Conference.

Dan Tachell is back as coach this spring for CHS, his 15th season at the helm. Seniors Hayden Whetten, Nicolo Cammarano, Gabe Kiesow, Dawson Cairns and Ikiaka Ward all anchor this Red Wolve squad this season. Cairns is new this spring while the others are all returning. Juniors Carson Oliver and Zach Jenkins round out the list of top players to watch this spring.

Tachell’s hoping to get the season underway. “Try to get in a few matches and be ready for the post season,” he told us. If the season is allowed to resume following April 24, when the statewide mandated school closures are set to expire, it’s anticipated there should be enough room for a couple of matches before the postseason begins. Those would likely be against Wesco South teams, so look for Archbishop Murphy, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds-Woodway to be teams to watch in the division this spring.

It will not be known until later if CHS will play any home matches; if any are held those will be at Cedarcrest’s home course of Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation. This is at 1810 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. Northeast, and can be accessed from SR 203. You will need to take the highway to Tolt Hill Road just south of Carnation and head west on Tolt Hill Rd. over the river. The turnoff to the golf course will be on your left just after the bridge; follow south a short distance and the golf course will be on your left.

Time for some other news.

College: NAIA cancels spring season, impacting local athletes
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, representing small colleges all over the United States including Evergreen State College in Olympia and Northwest University in Kirkland, joined their counterparts at the NCAA yesterday announcing a full cancellation of all remaining spring sports competitions in the wake of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The CDC’s recommendation of no large gatherings of over 50 people followed by President Trump’s suggestion yesterday afternoon large gatherings be limited to just 10 prompted the association’s decision, and that will impact several Valley athletes.

“Pretty crazy stuff. I never thought I’d be a part of something like this,” Antelope Valley University pitcher Jake Jewell, from Carnation, told us via Twitter upon hearing the news. “I’d say it’s a much bigger impact on Cody (Banks) being a senior and all. As for me I’m pretty excited to get a year of eligibility back. I had shoulder surgery 2 years ago and it wasn’t until November of 2019 that my arm stopped hurting to throw. So with that in mind having two more fully healthy seasons is pretty huge for me. Just taking the positives in my health and families health and gonna grind until the chance to play ball again,” he told us.

In his comments, Jewell was referring to his fellow Cedarcrest HS grad – and former Red Wolve teammate – Cody Banks, whose team, at Bellevue University in Nebraska, was also affected by these cancellations. Banks is a senior this year, but he will be able to return next year as the NAIA, as part of the announcement, also extended an additional year of eligibility to all spring sports athletes. The NCAA as part of its cancellation announcement also gave its spring sports athletes that extra year. The NAIA’s decision will also affect Northwest Christian track and field freshman Jenae Usselman, a Mount Si HS grad. A second former Wildcat, Jamestown University (North Dakota) baseball player Trace Halvorson, was redshirting this spring as a freshman.

Banks is from Duvall and Jewell is from Carnation. Both are 2016 Cedarcrest HS alums.

Football: Another offer for Mount Si’s Edson, and this again is about the academics, folks
Even though schools are closed and Mount Si High School’s football offseason training has been shut down, there is still news from the Wildcats this morning. Another college offer to report for junior Andrew Edson and this one is all about the academics.

The Ivy League’s Yale University, yes Yale, in New Haven, CT, have offered Edson a scholarship; the Wildcat player announced such on Twitter last night. This joins a growing list of offers from NCAA Division I schools that Edson has received over the past couple of weeks, mostly from Mountain West Conference schools. But, Yale offering him is a clear reflection of his academic performance, and once again serves as a reminder for all Mount Si players – and students for that matter – of how important academic success is in opening up doors to prestigious college opportunities like this one. The high school saw this last winter as well in the recruitment of Edson’s former Wildcat football teammate Jonny Barrett, who signed with Yale’s Ivy League rival Dartmouth.

Offers are still able to be made despite a “dead period” in recruiting that the NCAA has imposed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. That “dead period” is expected to last until sometime in April.

Soccer: Mount Si alum Oord doing his part to help pro team succeed off the field
The Major Arena Soccer League 2 pro soccer league, like all other major pro, college, high school and youth sports action, saw its season cut short last week in response to the growing COVID-19 situation around North America. Well, the league, and its member team the New Mexico Runners, are, despite the shutdown, hard at work getting ready for next season already and they had help in that effort yesterday from a Valley athlete.

Runners defender Colton Oord made an appearance on local television in Albuquerque yesterday morning helping to promote the team’s 2020-2021 season. The team’s home games are played at an arena in the New Mexico city’s suburbs, and Oord, along with Runners owner Andres Trujillo and teammate Casey Gasson, appeared on the morning show on KRQE-TV, the FOX network affiliate in Albuquerque.

Oord just finished his first season with the team. He is a Mount Si HS grad and played his college soccer with Kansas’ Sterling College. Like many athletes in the league – and on his team for that matter – Oord also works for a living, as an educator in Albuquerque schools, which, like many schools around the country including all here in Washington state, are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

See the interview with Oord, his teammate and the team’s owner here.

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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