The college hoops season starts this week, and three Mount Si grads could take the floor. Valley fans, here’s how you can help support these three this week…..

COVID-19 has, as you know, thrust college sports into a lot of flux this fall, with many football games, including this weekend’s Apple Cup, being canceled on account of positive cases involving college teams, and the remainder of the fall sports schedule in many conferences, including volleyball and soccer, being shifted to the spring. However, the college men’s basketball season is set to start this week despite all that, and with that will mark hopefully the college debuts for three 2020 Mount Si High School grads.

Former Wildcat stars Tyler Patterson, Jabe Mullins and Hayden Curtiss have all been working very hard, with the three freshmen slated perhaps to see an opportunity to play out of the gate in their inaugural college campaigns, Patterson with Montana State University, Mullins at St. Mary’s College in California and Curtiss at the University of Portland in Oregon.

Valley fans will have an opportunity to catch all three of these local athletes in action throughout the course of the season, and it all starts Wednesday. We will do our best to provide you a weekly schedule of the teams’ games, and how Valley fans will be able to catch them in action. Information for this will come from the colleges’ websites and also the schedule page at the website 506sports, which is a tremendous resource for you local sports fans to know what games are on TV in our area. A note though, and these schedules are subject to change due to COVID-19 concerns. If changes are made we will advise.

So with that, here we go.

Wednesday
St. Mary’s is scheduled to open its season in Sioux Falls, SD, at the Crossover Classic. The possible debut game for Mullins will come in the Gaels’ first game of the tournament on Wednesday, and you can see this in the afternoon – 1:30 p.m. – on ESPN. They will be playing the University of Memphis.

Patterson’s debut could also come Wednesday night, as Montana State opens its season with a non-conference game against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas. It is a 6:30 tip with no TV broadcast scheduled, although the TuneIn radio app will have an audio stream – search UNLV for that. It might be a pay stream so be advised of that in advance.

Thanksgiving Day
The Gaels are scheduled to continue play on Turkey Day in the Crossover event, either at 9:00 am on ESPN in the semifinals or at 3:30 pm on ESPN2 in a consolation game.

“Black Friday”
Portland is scheduled to open their season Friday afternoon at home against the University of Idaho, meaning the possible college debut for Curtiss. Like with MSU’s game Wednesday, Portland will not televise their season opener, set to tip off at 4:00 p.m., but the games are being broadcast on Portland radio station KMTT-AM, which is available on TuneIn, search KMTT.

St. Mary’s also could have a game in the Crossover Classic depending on the previous game results; that is to be determined.

This weekend
Portland’s season-opening tournament continues with games Saturday against Kirkland’s Northwest University (4:00 p.m. tip) and Sunday against California NAIA school William Jessup University (1:00 p.m.). Jessup several years ago, from 2012-15, had on its roster a Mount Si grad – Justin Downer, so this is a program that might be familiar to a few of you. Same broadcast availability for these two games as will be for the opener – KMTT-AM radio will have a broadcast, but there is no local TV.

Upcoming
During the course of the season, games for the three teams will be televised, with that information available for you here each week. A general synopsis of what to expect:

Montana State: Big Sky games for the Bobcats will be normally webstreamed, via Pluto TV, a free app that you can download to your phone, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV or Google Chromecast device. Games will be free to view. Additional TV games for Montana State will be determined at a later date.

St. Mary’s and Portland: West Coast Conference games for both schools will be seen a couple of different ways – via national TV on ESPN and also regionally via both TV and webstreaming. The regional TV package will consist of Saturday afternoon games and be seen on regional sports cable networks up and down the West Coast, including Root Sports in our area, and the WCC Network will handle the webstreaming through the Stadium app, also available on phones and over-the-top devices. Additionally, Portland has announced several games, including their upcoming game with Montana State, will be televised via NBC Sports Northwest, a Portland-based regional sports network which is available locally in the Valley on Comcast digital cable.

As noted, we will have weekly looks at the schedules for all three teams with TV and radio broadcast information for local fans wishing to hop on and support their local athletes!!

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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