Mount Si lands new AD, along with big news from Wildcat girls’ hoops and a local athlete’s efforts to save his college’s baseball team

Good Thursday afternoon. We have news this afternoon for you. First, though, an update on our item this morning about the new Mount Si High School athletic director.

We can confirm for you officially now that the school has hired former Royal High School athletic director Chris Hill to run athletics at Mount Si effective this fall. The school informed us of the move this morning, adding that he has begun the transition process and has toured Mount Si’s athletic facilities on campus in Snoqualmie.

Royal is located in Royal City, over in central Washington’s Grant County, and is a 1A school at the high school sports level in Washington, much smaller in size than Mount Si. The school is known for its football program, but considering he will have far greater resources and athletes to deal with at Mount Si, a transition period could be a challenge for him. Fortunately, though, considering how well run things are now as we told you in the spring when we discussed the opening in a commentary, that transition should be a smooth one.

Hill replaces outgoing AD Darren Brown, who stepped aside at the end of this past school year to return to teaching, at Snoqualmie Middle School, so he can spend more time with his daughter.

A congrats to Mr. Hill on his appointment from us here at the Journal and we look forward to meeting him and working with him this coming school year.

To other news:

Mount Si’s Glazier lands first college offer, and it’s a doozy
The college recruiting watch has made a quick return to Mount Si this afternoon. After the Wildcat football program was busy on that front all spring, things were expected to have died down during the summer, but that will not be the case, especially for the school’s girls’ basketball program, whose soon-to-be junior post player landed herself a nice college offer today.

Lauren Glazier announced on Twitter that she received that scholarship offer from the University of Montana, an NCAA Division I school which is part of the Big Sky Conference and located in Missoula, MT. Glazier told us this is her first college offer, so a good one to start the process for her, a process which hopefully will improve once the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdowns to youth basketball and college recruiting subside in the coming months.

Glazier is happy to receive the offer. “Excited to hear from a program that believes and me and believes in my potential as a student athlete,” she told the Journal via Twitter message. “I’m beyond excited to keep growing in this game and seeing where it takes me.”

As we have discussed, the current NCAA recruiting shutdown, which prohibits in-person communication between athletes and prospective college coaches, remains in effect until the end of August and could be extended further depending on the status of the outbreak. So any in-person official visits to the Missoula campus will be on hold for the forseeable future for Glazier, who will continue to work out and train this offseason for Mount Si in accordance with the current COVID-19 regulations in King County and the state of Washington.

Glazier is not the only player that is receiving college interest; we have been told her fellow post player, senior-to-be Gwen Aasland, has also picked up a little bit of college interest as well and that should increase as the season gets closer and schools have a chance to see her in action following her return from a knee injury and resulting surgery which knocked her out of action for Mount Si during the middle of last season.

Mount Si alum makes effort to save his college baseball program, but it’s short-lived
In a move which stunned college baseball observers nationally and angered a lot of fans around the country, Boise State University this morning without warning announced the cut of its baseball program, a program which only had been restarted two years ago and was in the midst of its first season this spring in 40 years, only to have that cut short due to the cancellation of college baseball this season due to the pandemic. A Valley athlete on that team, though, made a last-ditch effort to save it, but it was to no avail.

Shortly after the announcement was made, North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell, a sophomore on the Broncos and 2017 Mount Si High School grad, put together a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise funds to help keep the program alive. However, 20 minutes after posting the page, Gorrell took to social media to announce a shutdown of the fundraiser after he was advised that the decision by school officials was final. Money that had been raised is now in the process of being refunded.

It is not known what will happen to players impacted by this decision, including Gorrell. Most are likely to transfer to other schools.

Baseball was not the only program cut by the school today; swimming and diving was also axed by the school, one of several in so-called mid-major “Group of 5” conferences which have cut sports programs in recent weeks to deal with budget losses caused by the pandemic and shutdowns of college sports. Among the others, according to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, include Appalachian State, Florida International, Central Michigan and East Carolina.

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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