The Mountain West loves a Valley kid….and some news from volleyball also impacting local kids

Good Friday morning. Yep, we have something to talk about this morning, too. Got to love it when the news keeps on coming, even though we have no games, and at the moment no clarity about the days ahead as all of us adjust to the new realities of life as we deal with COVID-19.

And that something comes from Mount Si High School, where many of the students are enjoying the time off doing their own thing, but for one junior, he’s been pretty busy this week, as colleges line up to offer him football scholarships.

We’d of course be talking about Andrew Edson, who announced his third scholarship offer of the week last night. The Wildcat football tight end went on Twitter to report that California’s Fresno State University, an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision school in the Mountain West Conference, had made that offer to the local athlete, making the Bulldogs, as they are nicknamed, the fourth Mountain West program to offer him a scholarship, joining Wyoming, San Jose State and Nevada. He’s also received offers this week from Eastern Washington and Yale, and also has one in hand from Montana State, all of whom are part of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

The list of options for Edson is growing for sure, but due to NCAA recruiting restrictions and the general situation around the country with the current outbreak, Edson will not be able to take official visits to many of these schools for quite some time. Fresno for certain as the state of California went into lockdown mode last night, by order of their governor, Gavin Newsom, extending the “shelter-in-place” order that had been in effect around San Francisco and taking that statewide. So how all of this impacts Edson’s recruitment is anyone’s guess at this point.

Volleyball: Local club season on hold for another three weeks at least
The aforementioned order issued by Gov. Newsom in California, and likely similar orders to be issued elsewhere in the coming days to help promote strong “social distancing” in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 bug, is putting a further freeze on youth sports activity nationally, and USA Volleyball is paying attention.

The national sanctioning body for volleyball here in the United States last night put a hold on sanctioned youth events and practices by member organizations, including those in the local Puget Sound Region, until at least April 15, adding in an statement that they are “monitoring the situation daily,” so this may change depending on conditions on the ground.

USAVB was among the first youth organizations in the country to announce a suspension of activities following a sharp rise in the number of cases nationally last week, including the high-profile one involving the pro basketball player from the Utah Jazz which ultimately led to pretty much a full shutdown of all college, pro and youth sports activity outside of horse racing, which did run albeit with no fans in the venues last weekend, and is expected to do the same this weekend.

Volleyball activities here in the region not only will be predicated on when USAVB allows a resumption of operations, but also when local and state governments will lift various restrictions, such as the school closures and large gathering bans that have been imposed here in Washington also in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. The school closure order is not expected to be lifted until the end of April, and the bans on large gatherings could be indefinite pending the overall number of cases going down to levels that will be manageable for local health care providers.

As for California’s order, that, too, is indefinite. With many of the top clubs and tournaments in the western United States being within the Northern and Southern California association regions of USAVB, the state’s edicts will have a huge impact on how quickly USAVB can get things back underway around the country.

There are a large number of Valley athletes playing club volleyball this spring, and many of them play for the Valley’s local club program, Valley View, which is based in Carnation and largely serves kids in the Riverview School District.

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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