News on a Saturday……

Good Saturday morning. Some football news for you on a Saturday. Three members of Mount Si High School’s football program are making news this morning.

First, let’s talk about linebacker Cameron Set-Chan. The Wildcat junior got a chance to hit the gridiron last night, playing for the Heir Football Academy team in a game against a club team in Arizona. Heir, a locally-based academy, put together this team, consisting of top Puget Sound-area high school football players, giving them a chance to compete during Washington State’s high school and youth sports shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not have information for you on how Set-Chan did in the game, but suffice it to say, the opportunity for him to put the pads on and play was certainly welcome for him and his family. If we get word on how he did, we’ll let you know.

Also, two other players – Set-Chan’s junior classmates Carson Clay and Sam West – both received invites to a national combine event being run by the Polynesian Bowl organization, to be held in Las Vegas December 12 and 13. Both players made the announcements on Twitter yesterday, with both looking forward to the opportunity to see and be seen.

Good stuff for sure from Mount Si’s squad, as players stay as busy as possible despite the current shutdowns.

Now, let’s shift out of state. A pair of teams we featured in a recent preview of top out-of-state teams you should follow during the high school football playoffs around the western United States both took home hardware yesterday.

It all started in the afternoon in Utah, as Corner Canyon High School, from the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, blasted rival Lone Peak, from near Provo, 45-7, to win their third straight Utah state big-school “6A” classification high school football title, and their 40th straight game. Corner’s offense and defense dominated the early portion of play, were able to get a 31-0 halftime lead then cruise to the win led by top players Jaxson Dart, Noah Kjar, Jett Meine and others.

The win closed out a successful, yet challenging season for the Chargers, as they dealt with a number of distractions along the way, namely their school being thrust from in-person to remote learning for a time back in September and October due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising case counts on the 3,000-plus student campus and having one of their teachers, Charri Jensen, hospitalized after serious complications from the virus.

A congrats to the Corner Canyon program, players, their parents, friends and fans on this achievement.

From there, we head to Billings, MT, where last night, Missoula’s Sentinel High School, aided by a former Washington high school player, picked up their first Montana state big-school “AA” high school football title in nearly 50 years, winning a road test against fellow unbeaten Billings West High School, 24-15, to finish the season 10-0.

Aiding in the efforts was Camden Sirmon. The senior QB is a former Wenatchee High School athlete, having transferred from there over this summer to Sentinel due to Washington’s shutdown, one of several high school football players from our state to make that move during the course of the summer and fall. Sirmon threw for over 100 yards passing and a touchdown as he teamed with fellow QB Dayton Bay to get the job done for the Spartans, who won the title playing in their first title game in over 35 years, so a pair of long droughts were broken last night for the Missoula program.

Tremendous accomplishment for those boys, and we offer our congrats to Sirmon and teammates on their accomplishment as well. We’d guess Wenatchee and all of Chelan County is proud of you, Camden, and frankly, all of Washington as well. Good luck next fall, wherever that takes you.

Also, from the diamond:

Puyallup team with Kingco athletes dominates on day one in Texas: Puyallup’s AI Bandits Breer 16U squad made waves down at a tournament in Houston yesterday, outscoring foes by a combined count of 34-3 in going 3-0 on the event’s opening day.

Breer beat teams from California, Colorado and Texas in the first day of the Triple Crown Sports-sponsored City of Lights tournament, featuring teams from all over the country including a couple of others from Washington.

Lake Washington’s Lily Bean had a hit and two RBI’s, and Inglemoor’s Gabi Toney also had a hit, scored two runs and drove in another in the Bandits’ signature win yesterday, a 17-1 blowout of the Arkansas Valley Bandits from La Junta, CO, in the southeast part of the state. The win featured a no-hitter from Breer pitchers Tess Bumiller, from Redmond’s Bear Creek School, and Yanina Sherwood, from Mill Creek’s Jackson High School. Bean also homered in AI’s nightcap win, an 8-1 result over El Paso’s Texas Boom Elite.

The event continues through this weekend.

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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