Mount Si football kicker Ramsey earns spot in prestigious all-star game, and some sad news from Valley youth sports, as a leader in local lacrosse community passes

Good Tuesday morning. News this morning from Mount Si High School’s football program. No, not another Andrew Edson scholarship offer, but a fellow junior teammate of his just landed an opportunity for tremendous exposure to potential colleges.

Kicker Colby Ramsey announced via Twitter last night he had been selected to participate in the Hawaii Tiki Bowl. This is a high school senior all-star game that will feature Ramsey and other top class of 2021 high school players from around the country and will be held over the holiday break this winter, January 3, 2021 to be exact, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, the home field for NCAA Division I University of Hawaii’s football team in addition to a college bowl game.

With this taking place over winter break, Ramsey is not expected to miss any class time in his senior year, so this will be a valuable opportunity for him to perhaps be noticed by coaches if he at that point hasn’t committed to a school yet. As of now, we do not know of any colleges interested in him, but we’ll check on that for you. Coaches for this game will be college coaches, mostly from smaller NCAA Division III and NAIA colleges.

A congrats to Ramsey. Also this morning:

Valley youth sports leader passes away
The Valley has lost a true champion for local youth sports.

We learned late yesterday that Mike Smith, a Snoqualmie resident who helped spearhead the growth of Mount Si’s youth and high school lacrosse program as part of its board of directors for a number of years, passed away over the weekend after a long illness. Those of you around MSHS sports, particularly softball, volleyball and lacrosse, will remember Smith as being a tireless supporter of the programs.

Smith is survived by his wife Shannon, son Tyler and daughters Lauren and Kam. All three kids, who are all MSHS grads, as you know competed for the Wildcats while in high school (Tyler with lacrosse, Lauren with volleyball and softball and Kam with lacrosse and volleyball) and their dad was there every step of the way, not only providing positive support for his kids, but every single young athlete he came into contact with while doing his hard work helping support local youth athletics.

Our thoughts are with the Smith’s as they deal with their heartbreaking loss. He will be missed by many, including your editor. Funeral services are pending and are subject to the lifting of the current statewide “stay-at-home” order imposed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee last night to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Funerals are among the gatherings not being permitted by this order.

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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