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Changes in store for Valley junior football players

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SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - Junior football has long been a tradition in the Snoqualmie Valley. From the early days when the Lions Club sponsored a Valley game to the more recent Sno-Valley Vikings Junior Football. But the purple uniforms and orange helmets have been replaced with a new look, the look of the Wildcats.

The league, which has supported as many as 185 kids ranging in ages from 7 to 14, is splitting into two leagues this season. The Lower Valley (Carnation and Duvall) will form a new league corresponding to the Cedarcrest High School Red Wolves. The Upper Valley (Fall City, Snoqualmie and North Bend) will form a new league corresponding to the Mount Si Wildcats.

Wildcat league president and former president of the Vikings, Gregg Meyers, said the decision to split was based on several factors.

"The amount of people not wanting to travel the distance for practices was one major reason," said Meyers. "And Cedarcrest finally had their own stadium and they want to utilize that."

Practices had been held at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City and players had to travel from North Bend to the far side of Duvall. The boundaries of the league correspond to the Snoqualmie and Riverview school district borders.

The Red Wolves will be playing at the new Cedarcrest football stadium on the field of synthetic turf. Synthetic turf can take a nearly unlimited amount of usage and does not degrade as rapidly as a natural grass field when wet.

Wildcat football teams will be practicing in the Snoqualmie area and will be playing their games on the new football field at the Tree Farm ball fields in Snoqualmie. The league has five levels of play with player's level based on a combination of age and weight. The reason for the age-weight combination is to assure a balance between ability and size.

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