Our Friday news……

Good Friday morning. We have college summer baseball to talk about, but some quick news this morning. As many of you may have heard, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board last night approved a draft plan for full remote learning for students this fall, with the plan to be finalized over the next couple of weeks. Snoqualmie Valley joins many other districts in the Kingco Conference, including Bellevue, Lake Washington and Northshore, in announcing full online instruction, and this means that sports at Mount Si High School will likely now not start until after the first of 2021 with the fall sports being shifted fully to that new spring season next March.

Other areas of the state also appear poised to do the same, so it is very likely most if not all of Washington’s high school sports calendar will be postponed until January of next year. As the COVID-19 fight continues in Washington, conditions on the ground as it pertains to the spread of the virus, getting a vaccine on the market and people vaccinated will likely be key in moving forward toward a full resumption of in-person school instruction, and as such, high school sports. So in the meantime, wash your hands and wear your masks when required to do so.

With that, time for some action. We start in the Northwoods League where the Willmar Stingers broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth scoring a run and held off the visiting Mankato MoonDogs 5-4 at home last night in Willmar, MN. North Bend’s Gavin Gorrell saw work on the mound last night for Willmar. The pitcher, seeking his third college program after his most recent one, Boise State, ceased operations earlier this month, worked an inning and it went well, allowing one hit but striking out one. The 2017 MSHS grad, who will be a junior this fall, received no decision.

Willmar with the win maintained a share of the lead in the league’s Minnesota-Iowa pod, at 16-8 on the season. The league has been divided into regional pods this season due to effects of the pandemic and restrictions around the region.

Willmar is in action tonight playing the St. Cloud Rox. First pitch is at 5:00 and if you have the Mixlr app on your phone or tablet, use it to search Willmar Stingers for the broadcast.

Continued struggles for Marenco as Pios fall: North Bend’s Spencer Marenco, as we told you yesterday, has found life a little challenging as of late offensively for the Western Nebraska Pioneers. Well, that continued last night, as he went 0-3 and the Pios took a loss, 5-2, at home to the Hastings Sodbusters in Expedition League play.

Marenco, a 2019 MSHS’er now playing for Yakima Valley CC, is now 3-24 in his last six games offensively and has seen his average drop from around .330 prior to this slump now down to .272. Still good, but if his slump continues that could be very troublesome for sure for the infielder. Western Nebraska, for its part, was held to just three hits, one of those by another member of the team’s Kingco delegation, Bothell High alum Josh Davis, who also scored a run.

The Pios are in transit this morning on a long trip up to North Dakota. Instead of going all the way up to Minot though, which they’ve done twice already this season to meet their league rival Souris Valley Sabre Dogs, this time it’s up to Dickinson, which is along I-94 in the western part of the state, for their first meeting of the summer with the Badlands Big Sticks. This squad features several players from eastern Washington. Should be a good one tonight and you can catch it at 5:30 with the TuneIn app on your phones or tablets. And there’s a bonus tonight – TuneIn will have access to both teams’ broadcasts. Search KOZY-FM for the Pios or KDXN-FM for the Big Sticks.

Pickles fall: In Wild West League action, the Portland Pickles held an early lead, but saw the West Linn Knights score four runs in the sixth, then cruise to a 5-2 victory over the Pickles last night at North Marion HS outside of Salem, OR. 2019 Cedarcrest HS alum Aaron Davenport did not pitch in the contest for Portland, but we mention the game anyway because a Kingco alum fared well in it for the Pickles. Eastlake HS grad Dalton Chandler went 2-4 with a double for Portland, normally a member of the West Coast League but after that league canceled their 2020 season due to the pandemic, that team was able to form a rag-tag league of squads around the Rose City to play against one another this summer.

They are busy this weekend with games tonight through Sunday, all 7:00 starts and you can find their games on YouTube. Davenport, from Duvall, is expected to start one of these games. He will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Hawaii.

Mount Si athlete featured in TV interview
Want to make a mention this morning as well of a television interview this week done by a Mount Si High School athlete.

Incoming senior football player Cole Norah was interviewed by KCPQ-TV’s Franque Thompson for a story she did on Wednesday regarding Bellevue-based Ford Sports Performance and how that training facility, which has become a primary destination for top youth athletes from the Kingco Conference, including Mount Si, for private training and other instruction, has handled the current COVID-19 outbreak and resulting restrictions to its operations imposed by state and local health officials to combat the virus’s spread.

Bellevue High School grad and former Wolverines football star Tracy Ford, who runs the facility, was also interviewed for the story.

We watched this yesterday and this was outstanding work by Thompson and her producers on this. See it here.

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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