Checking in on Montana and how a couple of former eastern Washington high school QB’s are doing……

Good Saturday morning. Nothing local of note this morning so we’ll talk a little football, Big Sky style this morning, as we check in on how two former Washington state high school QB’s did in key Montana league games last night.

-First, in Missoula, former Wenatchee High School signal-caller Camden Sirmon came up big last night for host Sentinel, of Missoula, in a 48-0 win over visiting Helena in a battle of two of the top three-ranked teams in Montana large-classification (2A) high school football. Sirmon had over 140 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, three through the air, as Sentinel positioned itself for a league title, which will be on the line next week. More from the Missoulian’s Jordan Hansen.

-Also, in Helena, it was a decent night for former Tri-Cities QB Dante Maiuri, but unlike Sentinel, Maiuri’s Hellgate squad, also from Missoula, was on the short end of the stick, falling 53-26 to Capital, from Helena, dropping to a woeful 1-6 on the season. They’ll have a playoff opportunity as well next week, but will need a win over Butte to get it. Maiuri, for his part, threw for just under 150 yards, three TD’s and a pair of interceptions. More from the Helena Independent-Record’s Chris Peterson.

Sirmon and Maiuri, both seniors this fall, for those unaware are among several players from Washington who transferred out of state over the summer to play football elsewhere this fall, a list which includes former West Valley-Yakima QB Isaac Madrigal and three others from Castle Rock, in the wake of the shutdown of high school football in Washington until next spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions.

Several basketball players also left Washington, among them former Eastlake star Haley Huard and her sister Macey. With the new youth sports restart protocols in place and basketball considered a high-risk sport, it is not clear whether a season will be able to take place this winter. It is expected to start after the first of the new year; however, case numbers have risen in a number of Washington counties making the likelihood of a season more challenging. If a season does not occur, it is expected additional players will leave the state to play elsewhere this winter, especially if players have not arranged outside opportunities with Amateur Athletic Union select programs.

We’ll continue to monitor these developments for you, especially if they end up impacting Mount Si or Cedarcrest.

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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