Mount Si QB makes long-awaited college decision, plus Friday diamond cuts from the Panhandle…..

Good Saturday morning. It was quite the special day yesterday for Mount Si High School, as they celebrated their class of 2020’s graduation with a parade on Snoqualmie Ridge which was well-received by those in attendance. But Wildcat Nation got itself a surprise second helping, as their star football quarterback made his long-awaited college announcement.

Soon-to-be senior QB Clay Millen has for the past several months been heavily recruited, by a large number of Pac-12 schools in addition to a couple of others back in the eastern United States. Millen yesterday chose one of those Pac-12’s, but it was not the one most people were expecting.

The quarterback selected the University of Arizona in an announcement which was made shortly after the parade was finished. Longtime 24/7 Sports national recruiting writer Brandon Huffman was the first to break the news. Millen chose UA over schools such as Colorado, which seemed to have the edge late in the process largely due to numerous family ties to the Denver area, where that campus is located, and surprisingly Oregon State.

This announcement completes a recruiting process which was expected to wrap up before the start of the fall football season, and follows teammate Andrew Edson’s recent commitment to Arizona’s Pac-12 rival Washington State.

Big piece of news for sure and we congratulate Millen on his selection. Arizona was one of the earliest schools to offer a scholarship to the player – they did so last fall.

Time for some baseball diamond cuts now. Action continued in a tournament over in northern Idaho yesterday featuring several Seattle-area teams with Mount Si High School athletes. Highlights and scores from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest Naturals 16U 12, Redmond Dudes 15U 1: The two Eastside teams probably wish they could have contested this battle closer to home, but the COVID-19 restrictions in Washington forced these teams to play last night over in suburban Coeur D’Alene, ID, with the Sammamish-based Nats winning behind efforts from two Mount Si players. Parker Norah was 1-2 with a run scored and Josh Freudenberg had a double, scored a run and drove in another. Their teammate Kai Drotz did most of the damage, hitting two homers – including a grand slam – driving in seven runs. Drotz’s work with the bat helped Norah, who got the win on the hill allowing a run on four hits in four innings striking out five. The Dudes’ Mount Si rep, Noah Prasad, did not play in the contest for Redmond.

Northwest Reign Black 5, Northwest Naturals 18U 4: Up the road in Rathdrum, ID, the Nats’ 18U entry fell in a close one in their season opener in the Gem State. Parker’s brother Cole, the star MSHS football player who also plays baseball, did himself well with a hit and RBI for NWN while fellow Wildcats Cam Ferreri (1-2, walk, RBI) and Dawson Schneider (1-1, walk, run) also contributed for the Sammamish side. Schneider also pitched for the Nats, allowing a run on three hits walking one and striking out three in two innings of relief work with no decision recorded.

Northwest Naturals 16U 9, First Responders 5: Also over in Idaho, the Nats held off the opposition despite just six hits; Parker Norah was 0-2 and Freudenberg was 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

Northwest Naturals 18U 6, Plateau Avengers 1: It was a long time coming, that’s for sure, but the Nats picked up a win behind a 1-2 effort from Schneider. Teammate Colin Curry’s homer powered NWN, who won despite just four hits. Ferreri went 0-3 and Cole Norah went 0-1.

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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