Prep Roundup: Aberdeen’s Baltazar sets course record


CROSS COUNTRY

AHS boys split

LACEY — Aberdeen’s Poli Baltazar set a course record in winning a three-school boys meet hosted by River Ridge High School on Wednesday.

Baltazar ran the 3.1-mile course in 15:46, beating Tumwater’s Brent Knutzen by nearly a minute. Aberdeen’s Frank Book and Joseph Bowley placed third and fourth, respectively.

With one runner injured and two others less than 100 percent due to injury and illness, the Bobcats settled for a split in the boys meet. They trounced River Ridge, 17-44, but were edged by Tumwater, 28-31.

“I was impressed and happy with the score being so close, with the injuries we had,” Bobcat coach Sherrie Green said.

River Ridge’s Ashley Ayers won the girls race in 20:41. Tumwater fielded the only complete girls team.

Green noted that both her girls, Lunden Lisherness and Selena Alvarado, improved their times.

The Bobcats will venture to Oregon for the Seaside Three-Course Classic on Saturday.

BOYS

1. Poli Baltazar (A) 15:46. 2. Brent Knutzen (T) 16:45. 3. Frank Book (A) 17:25. 4. Joseph Bowley (A) 17:26. 5. Stanley White (T) 17:28.

Other Aberdeen runners: 12. Sam Stipic 19:02. 18. Aaron Martinez 19:57.

GIRLS

1. Ashley Ayers (RR) 20:41. 2. Stephanie Knutzen (T) 21:02. 3. Alex Bonner (T) 21:03. 4. Emily Alexander (T) 23:13. 5. Shenmei Wees (T) 23:27.

Aberdeen runners: 9. Lunden Lisherness 24:34. 11. Selena Alvarado 24:46.

VOLLEYBALL

Vikings win in three

OYEHUT — Visiting Willapa Valley took control of this match with an all-around performance against North Beach, 25-17, 25-7, 25-20, in Pacific League play on Wednesday.

“Overall, I thought our team play and communication was much better tonight,” Valley head coach Lori Snodgrass said. “It was just a solid night. I was impressed with North Beach’s hustle tonight.”

“We didn’t give them anything,” North Beach head coach Angi Schrieber added. “They won the first and third games. Overall, with the new rotations and positions, I’m proud of them for stepping up and putting it out there tonight.”

Allison Larew and Montana Christian were cited for backrow play, Mackenzie Trotter was cited for net play and Karli Friese and Michaela Huber were cited for hitting for Valley (3-0, 3-1).

First-year player Quay Sotomish was cited by Schrieber for taking over at setter for starter Mariah Pope, who was out due to illness.

Valley won the JV (25-20, 25-19) and C Squad (25-12, 25-23) matches.

On Saturday, both Willapa Valley and North Beach (0-4) will be at the Raymond Invitational.

BOYS GOLF

Cougars 214, Bobcats 251

OLYMPIA — Aberdeen’s golfers had a bit of trouble at the back end of the lineup on a new golf course for them in an Evergreen 2A match loss to Capital at Olympia Country Club on Wednesday.

Capital’s Alex Willing took medalist honors at 37. Eric Hagen, who played with an ear infection and a head cold, led Aberdeen with a 45. Teammate Devin Daniels was one stroke behind him at 46.

“I’ll take a 45 with an ear infection,” AHS head coach Harley Revel said of Hagen’s performance. “Devin is coming around. In his last two matches, he had just one bad hole. Overall, we’re just a little inconsistent.”

On Monday, Aberdeen stays home to take on Black Hills.

Aberdeen (251) — Eric Hagen 45, Devin Daniels 46, Justin Cox 48, Kegan Bridges 56, Brad Farrar 56, Stuart Ball 56.

Capital (214) — Joel Christopher 53, Brit Chapin 43, Dustin Rudd 47, Alex Willing 37, Mika Makao 48, Keaton Sowers 39.