Wednesday news

Good Wednesday morning. Yep, we thought we would be reducing coverage, and yes, there is no weekly volleyball report today, that will be on hiatus pending the return to play in the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region, which is shut down at the moment due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and its effects. But there’s still news, and it’s an update to an item we had yesterday here. Just hours after receiving a prestigious scholarship offer to play football at an Ivy League university, a Mount Si High School junior football player received another offer – this one from a school much closer to home.

Tight end Andrew Edson last night hit Twitter again to announce that Eastern Washington University is the latest school to offer him a scholarship. EWU, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision school which, as you know, is located in Cheney, is no stranger to the Mount Si program, having signed just back in February soon-to-graduate Wildcat lineman Gale Kamp, who this fall will likely compete to fill the vacancy on the offensive line created with the graduation of another MSHS alum – Chris Schlicting. Additionally, some years back, the starting kicker for Eastern was Brett Bergstrom, also a former Wildcat.

The Eastern offer makes them the second Big Sky Conference school to offer a scholarship, joining Montana State. Yale, as we told you yesterday, is the Ivy League school, and three Mountain West Conference NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools (Wyoming, San Jose State and Nevada) have also made offers in the past few weeks to Edson.

So it would seem this budding star will have plenty to think about over the next few weeks while he is away from school. Speaking of which, as we discussed yesterday when we mentioned the Yale offer, NCAA schools are permitted to make such offers to prospective recruits at the moment despite a “dead” period on recruiting that has been imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak; that period is expected to last until sometime next month.

WIAA spring sports update
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association executive director Mick Hoffman recorded a short video on Vimeo yesterday regarding whether spring sports will take place this spring in high schools around the state, including at Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools.

You can see that here. The gist of it is it all centers on whether Washington Governor Jay Inslee lifts the school closures statewide on April 24, closures which, as you know, he imposed late last week to help combat the spread of this deadly bug. If the governor lifts the closures and allows students back to school, there will be a season, albeit a partial one, and state championships are scheduled to be held, with a cutoff of May 30. If the closures are extended, then it’s likely sports will be wiped out for this spring.

It should be noted as well that the WIAA has an Oregon member, Hermiston High School, which competes as a 3A against teams from the Tri-Cities; Hermiston joined the WIAA for this school year. The reason why this is of note here is that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown imposed her own six-week statewide school closure order down in Oregon last night, and theirs will expire on April 28, shortly after our statewide ban is set to be lifted if Gov. Inslee chooses to lift it. So athletes just need to hang tight and wait, and in the meantime, practice individually or with partners provided social distancing requirements are met. There is hope, but all athletes and their families will want to pay attention in the coming weeks to any Inslee news conferences on this subject as these issues will likely be discussed in most of them moving forward.

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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