Friday news…..

Good Friday morning everyone. As we all get adjusted to life under the new Washington state stay-at-home order, we do have some news for you on this Friday.

It’s from football. A Mount Si High School football freshman finds himself considered one of the top players nationally this morning according to one national recruiting website. yesterday released their top class of 2023 college football recruit list, and Wildcat frosh lineman Heath Ozaeta landed on the list, ranked 76th out of 100 prospects from around the country, and second-ranked in the entire state of Washington. He also is listed as the third-ranked defensive tackle in their rankings. Ozaeta, on Twitter last night, thanked the website for naming him to the list, and had this message for them and for Mount Si fans. “I will work my way up the list!,” he wrote.

We told you last weekend Ozaeta had been invited to a prestigious lineman camp at Duke University in North Carolina in June; the new ranking is likely to result in additional camp invitations for the Mount Si player. If we get wind of any we’ll of course advise. We offer Heath and his family congrats on this, and continued success.

Elsewhere from MSHS football:

Pair of rising sophomores get camp invites: Wildcat sophomore teammates Andy Cole and Jacob Shaffer also were on Twitter last night with equally good announcements to Ozaeta’s. Both sophomores announced they had been invited to attend together Montana Tech’s upcoming high school elite football camp. It is slated to be held June 19 pending a normal resumption of activities with respect to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and will be held at Montana Tech’s campus in Butte, MT. The camp is expected to provide both Cole and Shaffer high-level instruction that hopefully will help them succeed this fall with Mount Si, but it will also provide them exposure to a small-college football program, of which Montana Tech’s is in the NAIA’s Frontier Conference. So a good opportunity awaits these two, and it’s hoped they’ll be able to participate in that later this spring.

Other news now.

Memorial fund for Snoqualmie’s Smith family grows past original goal
We have a great update to share with you this morning concerning the GoFundMe account that has been set up to help support the family of Snoqualmie resident and well-known youth sports contributor Mike Smith, who passed away this past weekend as we have been telling you here after a long illness.

Organizers of the GoFundMe fundraiser have cleared its original $10,000 fundraising goal, doing so yesterday, and are now shooting for $15,000, all of the proceeds set to help Mike’s wife Shannon and children Lauren, Kami and Tyler handle funeral and other related expenses from Mike’s passing. The Smith family have, as we also have been telling you, been very visible figures in recent years in local youth sports, most notably with lacrosse and volleyball, and it was Mike’s hard work which helped fuel the growth of Mount Si High School’s youth and high school lacrosse program into one of the fastest-growing programs for the sport at the youth level here in the Puget Sound area.

The fundraiser is ongoing and you can still donate if you would like. Over 100 people – including your editor – have donated thus far, and we would hope you will be able to do the same despite the tough economic challenges we all face right now due to the current shutdowns of businesses and resulting job losses due to measures aimed to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Funeral plans have not been announced yet, and are not expected to be announced until after the statewide stay-at-home order and subsequent ban on large gatherings, part of the host of measures addressing the virus outbreak, have been lifted.

You can donate here at the GoFundMe page.

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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