The Andrew Edson recruiting watch continues, and news that will impact many Valley college athletes, all on a Tuesday……

Good Tuesday morning. Back after a couple of days off with no news to report – with actual news to report.

And it’s another installment of the Andrew Edson football recruiting watch, as the Mount Si High School junior tight end last night announced another college scholarship offer, this his 10th overall in the recruiting process. We can’t remember if anyone’s had 10 offers from Mount Si in the past, so we may be moving into some uncharted territory here for this program.

As has been the custom throughout his recruitment process, Edson made the latest announcement via his social media, and this one is, like at least one but perhaps most, as much about his academics as it is his athletics.

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, was announced by Edson as the college making this latest offer. Cornell, nicknamed the Big Red, is an Ivy League school, and they join fellow Ivy League rival Yale in making an offer to Edson. As Cornell is an Ivy League member, it would seem very much that his academic peformance is as much part of this as it is his athletic efforts, and having a look at their roster construction, it appears that, like with several of the Mountain West Conference schools making offers to the Wildcat player, there’s going to be a good chance for Edson to earn playing time perhaps out of the gate as a freshman with hard work.

In addition to Cornell and Yale, FBS Mountain West schools making offers include San Jose State, Nevada, Fresno State, Air Force and Wyoming, and the United States Military Academy and FCS Big Sky schools Eastern Washington and Montana State have also made offers.

Cornell finished 4-6 last season, and are coached by David Archer. The school has at least one past athletic association with the Valley – MSHS alum Ben Olson, from North Bend, competed for the Big Red’s men’s lightweight rowing team about 10 years ago.

NCAA provides eligibility relief for spring sports athletes, impacting many from Valley
As had been expected and hoped by many, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) late yesterday voted to grant an additional year of eligibility for spring sports athletes including in such sports as baseball, softball, golf, rowing, lacrosse and track and field at the Division I level. Spring sports as you know were wiped out as a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak which also canceled all of the NCAA’s winter sports championships. A proposal was also pushed forward to give winter athletes, primarily from basketball and gymnastics, similar eligibility relief but that was denied.

The decision will impact nearly two dozen local college athletes, some of whom are seniors and can now come back next season to compete. The list includes the following that we know of:

Cedarcrest High School grads – Aaron Davenport, baseball, University of Hawaii; Michaela Carter, softball, Fordham University (New York); Grant Van Valkenburg, track and field, U.S. Naval Academy, Mary Cate Babcock and Lauren Krause, both track and field, Gonzaga Universty, Blaine Wagner, baseball, Seattle University; Andrew Willmon, baseball, University of Northern Colorado; Maddie Nixon, softball, University of North Dakota; Kendra Mutch, rowing, Washington State University

Mount Si High School grads – Gavin Gorrell, baseball, Boise State University; Abby Gronewald, softball, Fairfield University (Connecticut); Mason Marenco, baseball, Gonzaga University; Hannah Waskom, track and field, University of Washington; Jacob Wachtendonk, track and field, University of Washington; Melissa Hruska, track and field, Washington State University; Caitlin Maralack, women’s golf, University of Hartford (Connecticut); Lauren McCallum, rowing, Gonzaga University; Hayley West, rowing, Oregon State University; Emily Sprigings, St. Mary’s-CA, rowing; Ellie Bruce, rowing, University of Washington; Tova Barden, equestrian, Southern Methodist University; Alden Huschle, baseball, Seattle University; Chloe Cosgrove, track and field, University of Montana

This list only includes athletes from Division I NCAA schools, as the rule adopted yesterday applies to just those schools. However, smaller schools, in Divisions II and III, have also been granted similar relief, impacting many more local athletes including:

Cedarcrest grads – Sophie Paradis and Ian Fay, track and field, Western Washington University (Division II), Elaine Townley, softball, Hillsdale (Michigan) (Division II), Alicia Krivanek, track and field, Pacific Lutheran University (Division III), Levi Knott, baseball, Crown College (Minnesota) (Division III), Maia Rezoski, lacrosse, Linfield (Oregon) (Division III)

Mount Si grads – Karlie Hurley, track and field, Concordia-Portland (OR) (Division II); Andrew Harris, track and field, Central Washington (Division II); Karlie Stewart and Spencer Sprague, track and field, George Fox University (Oregon) (Division III); Jessica Morris, lacrosse, Findlay University (Ohio) (Division II); Chaija Olsson, lacrosse, Mount Olive University (North Carolina) (Division II); Chris Haycock, lacrosse, Limestone College (South Carolina) (Division II); Collin Anderson, baseball, Whitman College; Mitchell Dover, Jordan Lau and Alex Nelson, golf, Pacific Lutheran (Division III); Isaac Mullins, baseball, Cal State-Dominguez Hills (Division II); Tessa Lewis, lacrosse, Southwestern University-Texas (Division III)

Others with Valley connections – Ryan Abdalla, track and field, Northwest Nazarene (Division II), from Duvall; Lauren Rich, softball, Trinity-Texas (Division III), former Cedarcrest HS player and Valley resident; Colleen Campbell, softball, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (NCAA Division III), from Snoqualmie

Financial aid for some of these athletes may be impacted by the decisions, those decisions will be made by individual schools. Additionally, Hurley, with the closure of Concordia at the end of the current spring quarter due to financial challenges not related to the COVID-19 situation, will have to compete for another university next year if she chooses to finish out her remaining track and field eligibility.

It is not known if the NAIA, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, will also grant this relief, but it is anticipated they will if they haven’t done so yet. Several additional local athletes will be impacted there as well, so these are decisions that will matter quite a bit to the futures for many of our local college athletes and as such are decisions to pay attention to.

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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