Prep Notebook


Hoquiam’s Jonathan Molina has made himself a player to remember on the boys soccer pitch this season. The senior transfer from Yakima (via Lake Quinault) has 19 goals scored this season for the Grizzlies in four matches played entering today’s Aberdeen-Hoquiam match at Stewart Field.

Today’s Myrtle Street Fùtbol match will feature two big-name scoring threats — Molina and Aberdeen’s Juanito Lopez. Lopez led the Evergreen 2A in scoring last year and has netted nine goals so far this season. Both teams feature an attacking offensive style and both goalscorers should see plenty of chances to “dent the ole’ onion bag.”

But while Hoquiam and Aberdeen are facing off today, the southern portion of the district is living up to its billing as the strongest boys soccer leagues in Western Washington.

Seton Catholic, of Kelso, features another prolific scorer, Erik Powell, who has 16 goals so far this season in four matches, as of Wednesday. Powell’s scoring has accounted for all of the Cougars’ goals so far and has helped lift the squad to No. 1 in The Daily News of Longview’s area rankings.

Hockinson, along with R.A. Long and Ridgefield, go 2-3-4 in the rankings, with the Hawks owning wins over 3A and 4A teams so far this season.

Down in the Vancouver area, White Salmon-Columbia, the team that needed penalty kicks to knock Hoquiam out of the district tournament last year, leads the Trico League with an early 4-0 record. Seton Catholic is 3-1.

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One of Grays Harbor’s most unique track meets is being temporarily outsourced this year.

The Louise Rota Co-Ed Relays, a highlight of the Montesano track season., is scheduled for next Thursday at Rainier. The meet is named in honor of retired Monte teacher and long-time coach Louise Rota.

The absence of grandstands at Rottle Field destroyed by fire last September, prevented Montesano from hosting the meet this year.

“The track (also) has some damage that we need to have repaired,” Montesano athletic director Tim Trimble added.

The upshot is that the Bulldogs will not have a home meet this season. Athletic officials at Rainier, who are experienced at running big track meets (the school be the site of the district 1A meet this season) agreed to lend its facilities for the Rota Relays.

Trimble remains hopeful that construction of a new grandstand, delayed by insurance-related issues, will be completed by mid-September.

As a precautionary measure, Trimble has reserved Aberdeen’s Stewart Field as a back-up site for the reigning state 1A champion Bulldogs’ home opener against Cascade Christian on Sept. 13.

That would buy a couple of weeks time before Montesano’s second home game, on Sept. 27.

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Lake Quinault’s baseball team will be headed southeast for its annual road trip.

The Elks will fly into Nashville on March 27 and will make stops in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida during an eight-day sojourn. They will play Bell High School of Florida on March 30 and Seminole County, Ga., on April 1.

Other scheduled activities include visiting Civil War battle sites and other historical landmarks and Universal Studios in Orlando, attending a Mississippi-Florida baseball game and taking a charter fishing trip.

The Elks have traveled to California, Arizona and Louisiana on previous excursions, which are financed through various fund-raisers and donations.