WIAA fall sports announcement and update on Boise State baseball/swim program efforts to keep teams alive

Good Wednesday morning.

We’ve got some news for you regarding high school sports for the fall season this fall. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced last night that their Executive Board, made up of athletic directors and administrators from high schools across Washington, had voted in their meeting at the organization’s offices in Renton to officiall delay the start of the season. The season for football is now expected to start with first practices on September 5, with other sports – soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, cross country and swimming, set to start two days later on September 7. First games then wouldn’t take place for at least 10 days following the start of the practices.

The move is in response to the renewed increase in cases of COVID-19 statewide, an increase in cases that has forced a pause in the state’s current reopening efforts. It is feared the outbreak may not subside in enough time for a normal fall restart, forcing the WIAA to make this move in an effort to buy some time in order to save the fall season.

The organization added that they would continue to monitor things then make additional comment on the matter following its next meeting at the end of this month.

The WIAA, as it did in the spring, appears likely to make every effort to preserve fall sports, but school re-openings and other factors will make the final determination. Athletes and families concerned about continued uncertainty with the schedule should continue to consider potential options for transfer to schools in states that are open.

Update on Boise State baseball and swim programs’ efforts to raise money to keep teams alive
The efforts continue in Idaho to save the Boise State University baseball program and their counterparts with the swimming and diving team. As you know, last week in a shocking decision, Boise State administrators announced that they had cut the teams in an effort to save money due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, efforts have been organized by both teams in an effort to keep the two programs alive, but by means of private fundraising.

The GoFundMe page – see here – that has been set up to get donations to keep the baseball program alive has cleared $50,000 of it’s stated $100,000 goal, but we have also heard word that there has been additional money raised separately. The swim program has its own fundraiser and they, too, have raised a significant amount of money as well from what we have heard from over there.

The organizer of the baseball fundraiser, Amaia Van Tol, the daughter of Bronco coach Gary Van Tol, has now established a mechanism for folks who would be interested and able to provide regular donations to the effort, and you can see that here. Amaia Van Tol put together the GoFundMe page over this past weekend after an earlier effort by Boise State pitcher Gavin Gorrell, from North Bend and a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, wasn’t able to get off the ground following the announcement last Thursday. Gorrell has been a focal element of the efforts, having done a couple of interviews with Boise television stations about all this, the most recent of these being Monday by KBOI-TV, the region’s CBS affiliate and a sister station to both KOMO-TV and KIRO-TV in Seattle. You can see that here.

As for the school, administrators have previously said the decisions were final; this is why Gorrell’s initial fundraiser didn’t get off the ground last week. It is unclear if that stance has changed.

We’ll continue to monitor developments for you on this effort.

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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