COVID throws wrench into Mount Si hoops season, and other news on a Saturday…..

Good Saturday morning. We start with some basketball and once again, COVID-19 has reared its ugly head affecting the high school basketball season.

Mount Si High School’s boys and girls’ games last night with Newport and tonight with Skyline – last night on the road and tonight at home in Snoqualmie – were postponed following a Kingco Conference decision to scrap the games until a later date amidst increased testing requirements for basketball and other winter sports athletes in the wake of the news from earlier this week about a rise in cases tied to several south Sound wrestling tournaments December 4, one of which was attended by Mount Si athletes.

The new requirements issued by the Washington Department of Health call for testing of all athletes, coaches, trainers and support personnel – referees, on-site game supervisors, etc., – three times a week regardless of vaccination status or whether they are showing symptoms. The logistics of putting this together on short notice, especially since many schools have their test samples assessed by off-site medical labs, made it likely impossible for the league to continue with the games this weekend.

As things stand right now, the upcoming Mount Si boys’ trip to California is still on, but that could change. As for the games postponed, those could be made up later in the season depending on if that is ultimately allowed to continue.

Now to the games.

Cedarcrest girls rally to beat Shorewood: A balanced effort led by 10-point performances from Kat Townley and Holly Williams helped Cedarcrest’s girls bounce back from early trouble to beat Shorewood at home in Duvall 49-36 last night. “We had a bit of a slow start, but had a great second half,” CHS coach Brad Knowles tells us. “Our shooting was better tonight, especially from three-point land.” The Red Wolves hit seven of those on the contest, fueling their solid performance. Madelyn Davidson and Bella Rose both had nine points pacing CHS. They are home this afternoon taking on Sedro-Woolley. Tip is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. depending on if the Red Wolves test clear, as they will get their first tests under the new protocols this morning.

St. Mary’s men fall in the desert: St. Mary’s College of California’s men held their own with San Diego State University but dropped a 63-53 decision last night to the Aztecs in Phoenix at the Jerry Colangelo Classic. Sophomore Jabe Mullins scored five points in limited action for the Gaels; he is from Snoqualmie and a 2020 Mount Si High School grad. St. Mary’s plays once more before Christmas, next Wednesday at home against Missouri State.

Another Mount Si fall sports coach exits
Another high-profile fall sport at Mount Si High School will have a coaching opening next fall, as Wildcat girls’ soccer coach Sophie Rockow has announced her resignation. Rockow advised us of her decision last night. While she did not give a reason for her departure, she is a teacher at the school so it can be presumed increased responsibility there may have been a factor in the decision. Rockow was with the program for the past five seasons and guided the team to a 10-7-2 record this fall, getting to within one win of making the state playoffs. There is no immediate word on a successor as of yet for the program. Rockow will remain a member of the Mount Si track and field coaching staff in the spring. 

Rockow’s departure follows that of longtime Wildcat volleyball coach Bonnie Foote, who announced her retirement from coaching at the high school level after over 20 seasons following Mount Si’s eighth-place finish at the WIAA 4A state tournament in Yakima last month.

Author: Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is a 20-year veteran of covering Snoqualmie Valley sports and their many athletes and families. Workman first started his career with the Snoqualmie Valley Record, but in 2011, went independent with the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal, and has continued to cover local sports since. Workman's statewide profile has increased in recent years with the advent of him being very active on Twitter providing news and discussion sports and non-sports related. His coverage has earned the respect of athletes, coaches and parents in this community, and he looks forward to your continued support of his efforts to provide the community quality local sports coverage.

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