Wildcats 48, Eagles 14
LA CENTER — Despite a valiant effort, Elma fell to fifth-ranked La Center and ended the season in District IV Class 1A play on Friday at La Center.
The Eagles (4-6) were seeking ther first state berth since 2005, but fell behind with four turnovers in the first half. At least one turnover led immediately to a touchdown by the Wildcats (10-0).
La Center led 34-7 at halftime. The Wildcats racked up 492 yards of total offense to Elma’s 334.
Elma’s first score, in the second quarter, came on an 11-yard TD pass from Layne Sutten to Alex Carillo. Reynaldo Ayala kicked the PAT.
The Eagles scored again in the third quarter on a 20-yard TD pass from Sutten to Steven Persell, followed by an Ayala PAT.
Brian Maslen was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 15 carries for 79 yards. Carillo was the leading receiver with 10 catches for 130 yards. Todd Swinhart added six catches for 60 yards.
“Our whole defensive unit played well at times, but missed a few tackles,” said Eagle head coach Jim Hill. “We competed well and after the first half (with four turnovers and two fumbles), we did much better.”
Hill cited Austin Blake for fine play on defense.
Tigers 62, Hyaks 14
NAPAVINE — Napavine used a physical front line to eliminate North Beach from state contention in the District IV Class 2B crossover playoffs on Friday at Napavine.
The Tigers (7-3) will face Raymond at Stewart Field in Aberdeen on Nov. 10.
The Hyaks had two key players injured and had to rely on underclassmen to step up in those positions.
“They (the Tigers) ran the punt back to open the game and then the flood gates just opened up,” said Hyak head coach Todd Bridge.
Bridge gave tribute to the three seniors: Corwin Siverts, Stefan Dycus and Tyler Turner for fine performances throughout the season.
The Hyak season ends with a 4-6 record.
District 2A prelims
OLYMPIA — Two Aberdeen swimmers advanced to the championship finals following Friday’s preliminaries in the District IV Class 2A meet at The Evergreen State College pool.
Aberdeen’s Danielle Rowe qualified seventh in the 50-yard freestyle, while Linnea Davison was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle.
The top eight in each event qualified for today’s finals, with the next eight advancing to the consolation finals. The top four in each event, plus those who meet state-qualifying standards, earn trips to the state meet at Federal Way.
Diving prelims and finals will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the finalists completing all 11 dives at that time. Swimming finals begin at 2:30 p.m.
“The team had a great outing tonight, with nearly every swimmer achieving personal-best times,” Bobcat coach Jan Simons said.
Aberdeen coaches commended Davison, Hannah Bortel and Molly Rabung for personal-best swims in both events.
Hannah Mellon-Jackson, Hoquiam’s lone swimmer, had a 28-second time drop in the 500 freestyle prelim. She failed, however, to qualify for the finals.
200 freestyle — Linnea Davison, eighth. Megan West, 13th. 200 IM — Keola Holt, 11th. 50 free — Danielle Rowe, seventh; Shayna Wilson, ninth. 100 free — Holt, 11th; Davison, 12th. 500 free — West, 13th. 100 back — Hannah Bortel, 12th; Molly Rabung, 13th. 100 breast — Naomi Wolfenberger, 11th.