Washington high school spring sports – including games involving Mount Si and Cedarcrest – still on hold despite decision of Tri-Cities district to scrap their season outright

We have another item for you this morning, and it concerns the potential end of the high school spring sports season here in Washington.

KEPR-TV in the Tri-Cities reported last night that the Richland School District has made the decision to cancel the remainder of their high school spring sports seasons at both Hanford and Richland High Schools, the two high schools in that Tri-Cities area district. This decision, which was made independent of any guidance from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, would presumably make Richland the first school district to completely throw in the towel for high school spring sports, although Richland High School’s athletic director told the TV station that if school is allowed to resume at the end of April following the current six-week COVID-19 related school closure and the WIAA were to continue on schedule with spring state tournaments, then the district might reconsider.

As to whether Mount Si High School or the Kingco Conference may follow suit, Mount Si athletic director Darren Brown told us today, “The previous conference statement still stands. We are preparing to come back on April 25th and continue playing. There is a lot changing everyday with updates happening frequently.” The previous conference statement he refers to is one that was announced on March 11. In that, the conference announced that all league play is postponed until all member districts, those being Snoqualmie Valley, Bellevue, Lake Washington, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Northshore, clear their high schools to participate in athletic competitions.

Part of the reasoning it appears Richland schools announced their cancellation was the district was looking to prevent groups of athletes on their own from participating in unsupervised (no coaches present) workouts. Brown indicated to us that is also Mount Si’s current policy. “We are discouraging our athletes getting together to train and following the governor’s recommendation of social distancing. Kids are being encouraged to work out at home,” he told us by email. As things stand currently, because the schools are closed there are no official activities going on involving any of the spring sports teams at either Mount Si or Cedarcrest, meaning the potential for such unsupervised, athlete-led workouts has increased. These type of workouts, especially if a parent is not present to monitor for compliance with the current social-distancing mandates as set by local and state government officals to help combat the spread of the deadly virus, could run afoul of those mandates.

It should be stressed that Richland’s decision again was made independent of any guidance from the WIAA, and should not be considered a guide for what might end up happening to Mount Si or Cedarcrest spring sports activities. The resumption of the season for those two schools and everyone else in the state will rest on whether Governor Jay Inslee lifts the statewide school-closure order on April 24.

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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