Prep Roundup: Aberdeen boys finish second, Poli Baltazar wins at Sunfair Invite


Cross country

Aberdeen at Sunfair

YAKIMA — Aberdeen used the difficult hilly course to post personal best times and results at the Sunfair Invitational in Yakima on Saturday.

The Bobcat boys, led by a first-place finish by senior Poli Baltazar in the Flight 7 race, finished second overall as a team. Eisenhower won the boys overall title.

Baltazar, in a field featuring nothing but No. 1 runners, outpaced the field to win. Frank Book, in Flight 6 that featured No. 2 runners, took third in that race.

AHS head coach Sherrie Green noted Baltazar’s strategy as a key to the victory.

“He ran a very smart race today,” Green said. “He paced himself in the first mile. By the second mile, he was making a lot of distance away from second place and ran off from there. This is a difficult course, because you go up a series of hills. All of our runners PR’d, even though it was such a difficult course.”

On Wednesday, Aberdeen will stay home at Makarenko Park to host Capital.

Sunfair Invite (Yakima)

Boys

(Aberdeen results only)

Team: 1. Eisenhower. 2. Aberdeen.

Flight 1 — 13. Brady Green, 20:12. Fight 2 — 9. Uriel Espino, 18:30. Flight 3 — 11. Aaron Martinez, 18:40. Flight 4 — 12. Sam Stipic, 18:30. Flight 5 — 8. Joseph Bowley, 17:19. Flight 6 — 3. Frank Book, 16:21. Flight 7 — 1. Poli Baltazar, 15:22.

Girls

Flight 1 — 9. Selena Alvarado, 25:02.

Bearcat Invitational

CHEHALIS — Elma’s boys ran with their own classes and ran away with the freshman-sophomore team title, while Elma’s Daphne Peek finished seventh overall in the girls varsity race at the Bearcat Invitational at Stan Hedwall Park on Saturday.

Peek was the top Twin Harbors runner of the day, finishing seventh overall in the girls varsity race at 21:02. Wesley Allen, a freshman who has been leading Elma’s varsity team this season, won the freshman-sophomore race at 17:41, with teammate Dylan Bennett second overall.

“The kids ran well today,” Elma head coach Dave Beeler said. “All of the girls ran PRs today, so I’m very happy with that.”

Willapa Valley’s Jessica Cook took 18th overall in the varsity girls race to lead the Vikings. Raymond’s Raymond Glover was the top Harbor boys runner in the varsity race, taking 39th overall.

“Last night was Homecoming, so my girls have been sore and injured; now, they’re tired,” Willapa Harbor head coach Brad Donovan said. “I was really happy with how the girls ran. The boys, they really stepped up. They finished down in the group, but all of their times improved.”

The top-50 Harbor finishers in their races:

Boys

Varsity — 39. Raymond Glover (Ray), 20:18. 43. Cohen Hansen (SB), 20:34. 47. Jeremy Bennett (WV) 20:48.

Frosh-Soph — 1. Wesley Allen (Elma) 17:41. 2. Dylan Bennett (Elma) 18:21.

Girls

Varsity — 7. Daphne Peek (Elma) 21:02. 18. Jessica Cook (WV) 22:26. 19. Luna Zang (Elma) 22:32. 31. Brianna Lusby (Elma) 23:34. 33. Tahni McGoughy (Elma) 23:46. 36. Dominque Kudasik (WV) 23:54. 47. Morgan Walker (WV) 25:18.

Hole In The Wall

ARLINGTON — Montesano mingled and ran with a large group of Class 4A and 3A schools on Saturday and ran well in the Hole In The Wall Invitational at Lakewood High School on Saturday.

Tyson Lovell ran a personal best PR to finish 31st in the Division I race at 16:43. Gabrielle Rudolph took 36th in the girls Division I race at 19:51 to lead Montesano.

Andrea Ostwald and Linnea Nixon, both running in the Division I girls race, also registered PR runs.

“Overall, it was a good experience to run against kids from the upper division schools,” Montesano head coach James Edwards said.

On Thursday, Montesano returns to dual meet action at Tenino.

Volleyball

Monte at RA Long Invite

LONGVIEW — Montesano had a long wait in the morning, but rebounded with an energetic finish in the afternoon to win the consolation bracket title at the R.A. Long Invitational on Saturday.

The Bulldogs showed up to the tournament at 8 a.m., but didn’t play any of their pool games until 11 a.m. Montesano was 1-5 in their pool sets and moved into the consolation bracket.

From there, the Bulldogs swept Napavine (25-15, 25-13), Onalaska (25-23, 25-19) and LaCenter (25-22, 30-28) to win the single-elimination consolation bracket.

“It was nice to come back and win after struggling in the morning,” Montesano head coach Debbie Gibson said. “We were sluggish in pool play, but we also played good teams. Especially in the LaCenter match, we did a nice job of placing the ball and getting timely hits. Serving into areas, we were spot-on.”

Montesano only brought seven players to the tournament and Gibson cited all of them for their play overall. The Bulldogs were also awarded the tournament’s Sportsmanship award.

“All in all, it was a good day,” Gibson added. “As a team, we all contributed throughout the day.”

On Wednesday, Montesano will host Tenino.

Girls soccer

Monarchs 8, Bobcats 1

LONGVIEW — Host Mark Morris didn’t waste time putting Aberdeen in a deep hole, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of the match and leading 5-1 at halftime before cruising to a non-league win on Saturday.

Aberdeen (4-7) got its lone goal in the 34th minute from freshman forward Jade Caskey. Caskey got a long ball from Emily Fisher, created enough space in the Mark Morris defense to hit a hard shot into the right side netting for the marker.

The goal was Caskey’s seventh in six varsity games this season.

Other than that, the Monarchs were in full control.

“They did a good job of finding their wings and distracting the play away from their back-door runs,” AHS head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “We didn’t give them any pressure in our defensive third (of the field). If we played with heart and dedication and motivation to play like a good team, we would have played better today. There wasn’t enough fight in us to give us an edge that we depend on.”

In the junior varsity match, Mark Morris won, 1-0.

On Tuesday, Aberdeen hosts Tumwater in an Evergreen 2A match.

Girls swimming

Aberdeen at Mukilteo Invite

FEDERAL WAY — Aberdeen’s girls swimming team accomplished its goals on Saturday afternoon after competing in the Mukilteo Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center.

Two AHS swimmers finished with district-qualifying times in the 100-yard butterfly — Claire Hurd and Darryl Craig. Hannah Bortel, Josey Butcher, Craig, Keola Holt and Megan West were cited for finishing with two personal-best swims on the day.

“Overall, it was a great outing for the girls,” AHS head coach Jan Simons said. “It was a tough meet, primarily 4A and 3A schools. The girls really swam well. It was our best meet, performance-wise, and there was a high percentage of improvement today.”

On Tuesday, Aberdeen hits the road to take on Capital.