Good Wednesday morning. Today is the first day of high school football practices around Washington, which means the Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School football teams have resumed their normal schedules after the COVID-19 pandemic. We will work to get information from both teams and maybe preview it in the coming days. However, we are awaiting information on pandemic protocols and how they impact our ability to get information for you, so things may still be a bit tricky, we’ll see.
Yesterday there was a meeting of the Kingco conference directors and athletic directors at Newport High School in Bellevue on potential league rules designed to deal with the current virus situation which will likely be affected by a one way or another by an announcement expected this afternoon from Washington Governor Jay Inslee and State Superintendent of Public Education Chris Reykdal regarding mask and vaccine requirements for the upcoming school year. As has been reported, Reykdal called for a vaccination mandate to be placed on teachers and other school staff – including coaches most likely as well – which could have an impact on high school sports across the country. ‘State. The announcement is likely tied to this demand, as the governor has the final say on whether this mandate can be imposed.
In addition, the directors and athletic directors of the Wesco conference, if they haven’t met already, will likely meet in the coming days to discuss these matters. Mount Si and Cedarcrest can be expected to make announcements to their school communities regarding athletic protocols once these are announced.
In the meantime, we have some baseball for you this morning.
The Yakima Valley Pippins won the opener of the West Coast League Summer College Championship 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 it right, scoring three runs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie for the win. The series takes a day of travel today and will resume tomorrow and if necessary Friday at Oregon State University’s Goss Stadium in Corvallis, OR. Marenco, a 2017 Mount Si HS graduate, 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: Hogan Warford of Mount Si High School missed his qualification for the match play portion of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Boys Regional Amateur Championship tournament. We told you yesterday that he must be in the top 64; we were wrong. It was actually the 32 best finishers in stroke play who advanced in this match play today and he finished tied for 45th after shooting a 77 yesterday to go with his 76 in the first round of the stroke play game. of the tournament that started Monday, all at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, a par 72 course that is home to the Washington State University golf program.
Yesterday’s round went a little differently from Monday’s; he had a few challenges on the first nine, but fared a bit better on his back. Still, he had a rough time in the round and it turned out to be costly in the end for the Snoqualmie resident, who will now be ready for back to school in a few weeks and the fall golf season.