COVID update, and two Lower Valley high school alums start up sports-based podcast…

Good Saturday morning. News on a Saturday morning and it concerns efforts here in Washington, aided by Mount Si High School football player Cole Norah, to bring back football and other fall high school sports this fall as the state’s fight against the COVID-19 virus continues.

The meeting the Student Athletes of Washington, the group formed by high school student athletes including Norah, demanded of various state and local government, health and education leaders, took place yesterday via Zoom. The meeting was demanded by SAW following their rally September 4, and Tracy Ford, the head of Ford Sports Performance, the Bellevue youth sports training facility that has been assisting SAW in their efforts, reported on Twitter things went well, proclaiming, “Stay tuned for the CHANGE!”, implying that perhaps the right people may have been swayed to act. However, Ford also indicated that if nothing happens, the group will go to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, our state’s high school sports governing body, and once again demand fall football and other sports. That is expected next week.

If that does occur, look for that discussion to potentially be contentious, after the WIAA did not participate in yesterday’s session and the organization’s Executive Director Mick Hoffman angered SAW supporters by telling student-athletes during his weekly Twitter update Thursday that Washington “was in a different environment” than in other states, a contention that SAW and its allies argue is not borne out by the data on COVID-19 spread among high school students in Washington and the relative success being seen in states such as Idaho and Utah, states which currently are open for fall high school sports.

But, no one has ever said fall sports in those two states was going to go off scot-free, and that has been the case in both states, with some games canceled and teams quarantined as well as a result of positive COVID tests. The latest of those was reported yesterday afternoon, with the football team at Soda Springs High School in Idaho having to shut down operations and self-isolate following a player’s positive test. According to the Idaho State Journal, the school’s game last night was canceled, and this all follows Soda Springs’ girls’ volleyball team also being shut down for the same reason – a player’s positive test. Soda Springs is located in eastern Idaho, a couple of hours drive from Pocatello. So with that, those issues as they develop could cause continued concern here in Washington about a potential restart of sports in January.

Cedarcrest grads develop sports-based podcast
If you are a Lower Valley sports fan, primarily of baseball, there is a podcast now up that provides news and discussion about the sport offered up by a pair of guys who themselves are from the lower Valley.

2015 Cedarcrest High School alums – and twin brothers – Hunter and Duncan Robertson have put together the podcast called “Climb the Ladder.” The podcast, which is powered by Buzzsprout and the Washed Up Network and available here – and at right in our news links – provides listeners with discussion and interviews regarding sports, again mostly focusing on baseball. Both Robertson’s were athletes at Cedarcrest, with both playing for the Red Wolve baseball team under current head coach Scott Goldsberry. Duncan also is a former CHS football player.

The weekly episodes have been taking place since June, and they most recently featured an interview with fellow CHS baseball alum Andrew Willmon, who, while with Northern Colorado University this spring, played Boise State University in baseball, so they went into a discussion about that experience. Willmon incidentally has told us he’s transferred again, this time to NAIA Georgia Gwinnett, so the college journeyman will be towing the pitching rubber (he is a pitcher) for his fourth college during his career.

The Robertsons release new episodes each Wednesday and you can download those as well onto Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and other platforms.

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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