News on a Wednesday……

Good Wednesday morning. Today is the first day of high school football practices around Washington, meaning Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s football teams are back to their normal schedules following the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll work to get information from both teams and perhaps feature them in previews in the coming days. However, we are awaiting word on pandemic protocols and how that will impact our ability to get information for you, so things may still be a little challenging yet, we’ll see.

There was a meeting yesterday of Kingco Conference principals and athletic directors at Newport High School in Bellevue addressing potential league rules designed to deal with the current virus situation, rules which will likely be affected in some way by an announcement that is expected this afternoon from Washington Governor Jay Inslee and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal regarding mask and vaccine requirements for the upcoming school year. As has been reported, Reykdal has requested a vaccine mandate be imposed on teachers and other school staff – including coaches most likely as well – which could impact high school sports around the state. The announcement is likely tied to that request, as the governor has the final say on whether that mandate can be imposed.

Additionally, Wesco Conference principals and athletic directors, if they haven’t met already, are likely to meet in the coming days also to discuss these issues. Both Mount Si and Cedarcrest can be expected to make announcements to their school communities regarding sports protocols once those are announced.

In the meantime, we have some baseball for you this morning.

The Yakima Valley Pippins won the opening game of the West Coast League’s college summer league title series last night, beating the Corvallis Knights 4-1 at home in Yakima. North Bend’s Mason Marenco was 0-3 for YVP, but the Pippins got things done late, scoring three runs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and pick up that victory. The series takes a travel day today and will resume tomorrow and if necessary Friday down at Oregon State University’s Goss Stadium in Corvallis, OR. Marenco, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad, will be at Gonzaga University this fall. His brother, Spencer, also plays for the Pippins.

Also this morning:

Mount Si’s Warford sees regional youth golf championship hopes dashed: Mount Si High School’s Hogan Warford missed out on qualifying for the match play portion of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s junior boys’ amateur regional championship tournament. We told you yesterday he needed to be in the top 64; we were incorrect. It is actually the top 32 finishers from stroke play who advanced into that match play today and he finished tied for 45th after firing a 77 yesterday to go with his 76 in the opening round of the stroke play portion of the tournament which started Monday, all at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, a par-72 layout that is home to Washington State University’s golf program.

The round yesterday went a little different than his Monday round; he had some challenges on the front nine but fared a little better on the back. Still, though, he did have rough spots in the round and that proved costly in the end for the Snoqualmie resident, who now will get set for the start of school in a couple of weeks and the fall golf season.

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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