Elks win in five
AMANDA PARK — Outstanding defense in the final two sets enabled Lake Quinault to remain unbeaten by outlasting Ocosta, 25-21, 18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10, in a non-league match Tuesday at Amanda Park.
Romey Begay had 11 kills and seven blocks to lead the Elks (6-0), while Mikaila Blackburn served five aces and had seven kills.
Alex Blackburn, who had five kills, was also credited with several diving saves. Hannah Allen and Haylee Erdman were also cited for back-row defense.
Defense was one of the keys to the outcome.
“We put the ball down and they kept digging it up,” Ocosta coach Barbara Rasmus said. “They were bringing up everything we were throwing at them.”
Quinault coach Heidi Heimbigner said her team had difficulty synchronizing its passing and hitting in the middle sets, but improved in all aspects in the final two sets.
“We regained our focus,” she said.
Ocosta’s Becke Shurtz, who had 49 hits, put down 16 kills. She also connected on 25-of-25 serving, with eight aces. Kami Strode had 12 kills for the Wildcats.
Emily Arndt had 30 assists and Emily Hurlburt and Alexa Sweeney 11 and nine digs, respectively, for Ocosta.
The Elks travel to Oakville tonight.Ocosta (2-4) returns to Pacific League play the same night at home against Naselle.
Bulldogs in three
MONTESANO — Freshman Jordan Spradlin delivered 12 kills as Montesano remained unbeaten with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-9 Evergreen 1A League victory over Rochester on Tuesday night at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.
Shayla Floch added five kills for the Bulldogs (4-0, 6-0). Ambi Howell dished out 11 assists, while Megan Choate had eight digs and eight assists.
Cortney Miller, who served four aces, also had seven digs.
“I thought we passed better and I think we hit the ball more, especially in the third game,” Monte coach Debbie Gibson said. “We basically just kept Rochester on defense.”
Montesano also won the junior varsity match, 25-19, 25-8, with Hannah Manley cited for all-around play.
The Bulldogs visit Elma tonight in the annual Cancer Awareness Match.
Grizzlies win in three
RAINIER — Unbeaten Hoquiam shook off a slow start to down Rainier, 25-22, 25-17, 25-15, in an Evergreen 1A League match Tuesday at Rainier.
“We started really slow but came together at the end and I’m proud of the girls for fighting through that,” HHS coach Heather Bozich said. “We didn’t take care of the ball on our side of the net, but I’ve got to credit Rainier. They were extremely scrappy and dug up everything.”
Mikaila Johnson and Emma Estes shared Hoquiam hitting honors with 12 kills apiece. Setter Megan Gibson dished out 28 assists, while Brandi Creviston had 15 digs.
The Grizzlies won the JV match, 25-5, 25-9.
Hoquiam (4-0, 6-0) hosts Tenino tonight.
Bobcats lose in three
CENTRALIA — Centralia’s Tigers outhit Aberdeen, 25-18, 25-10, 25-15, in an Evergreen 2A Conference match Tuesday at Centralia.
The Bobcats (0-4, 0-6) were unable to find a rhythm.
“We were just flat-footed and slow to react,” Aberdeen coach Wilma Weber said. “We usually play good defense and pass well. We didn’t do either tonight.”
Lily Walsh had six kills for the Bobcats. Malica Golis, an exchange student from Montenegro, came off the bench to deliver four kills and two aces.
Centralia won the JV match, 25-22, 25-14. The Bobcat C squad prevailed, 25-19, 13-25, 15-7.
The Bobcats are at home tonight against Capital.
Elma falls in four
TENINO — Overcoming strong serving by Elma’s Brenna Miller, Tenino turned back the Eagles, 25-18, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, in an Evergreen 1A League match Tuesday at Tenino.
Miller smacked 15 aces, while Bethany Lipska had 10 kills and Savannah Horton six kills for the Eagles (0-4, 0-5).
“We need to be more consistent and continue to play as a team as opposed to separately,” Elma coach Renee Volz said.
Tenino’s junior varsity also prevailed, 25-11, 25-6.
The Eagles will host Montesano tonight in the East County schools’ fourth annual Cancer Awareness Night. Both teams will wear pink uniforms and proceeds will be donated to two East County cancer patients.
Tribe wins in three
OYEHUT — Operating at peak efficiency, South Bend rolled past North Beach, 25-16, 25-6, 25-12, in a Pacific League match Tuesday at Oyehut.
The well-balanced Indians (3-1, 4-2) received seven kills apiece from Tessa Wilson and Katlyn Sawyer. Makenzie Russell had six kills and four blocks for the Tribe.
“I thought it was a great team effort by all 10 players,” South Bend coach Jackie Sanchez said. “I thought everyone had a fantastic game. We had a high percentage of hits inbounds, which kept us going on the offensive end.”
South Bend’s Maddie Klus was cited for back-row play and Emily Sanchez and Alison Funkhouser for setting.
It was an emotional night for North Beach (2-3, 2-4). A sign honoring the late North Beach teacher and coach Bob Sutter was dedicated during pre-game ceremonies.
“Our passing just really let us down,” said Hyak coach Angi Schreiber, Sutter’s daughter.
South Bend also took the JV match, 25-21, 25-18. The C squads split two sets, with South Bend taking the opening set, 25-21, and North Beach the second, 25-13.
The Indians host Willapa Valley tonight. The Hyak varsity will be idle until entertaining Ocosta on Tuesday.
Gulls win in five
RAYMOND — Charging back from two sets down, Raymond recorded its first victory by outlasting Naselle, 19-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17, 15-12, in a Pacific League match Tuesday at Raymond.
The contest contained two dramatic momentum shifts. Down 18-11 in the opening set, Naselle won 14 of the next 15 points and went on to take the second set as well. But the Gulls turned things around in the third set.
“We struggled with serve-receive early on, but (we) picked it up and started passing better,” Raymond coach Bob Swogger said. “They had some service trouble as well. Overall, we started attacking the ball more.”
Hannah Dykes paced the Seagulls (1-3, 1-5) with 11 kills and four blocks. Aiysha Garcia added eight kills and three blocks.
Emily Collins (18-of-19 serving), served five aces and dealt out 11 assists.
Swogger cited Aubree Gardner and Hailee Smith for passing. Gardner was credited with 14 digs.
Raymond won the JV match in two sets.
The Gulls take to the road to challenge league-leading Northwest Christian tonight.
Vikings fall in three
MENLO — Northwest Christian captured two tightly contested sets and went on to beat Willapa Valley, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17, in a battle of Pacific League unbeatens Tuesday at Tenoski Gym.
Willapa Valley coach Lori Snodgrass said her team played well in every department except hitting.
“In the first two sets, we passed the ball really well,” she said. “We served better than we usually do and we dug the ball up. We just couldn’t put the ball away.”
The Vikings missed only two serves for the contest. Karli and Lauren Friese were cited for excellent passing and libero Allison Larew for defense.
Northwest Christian won the JV match in two sets.
The Vikings (3-1, 4-1) take on another league favorite tonight when they make the short trip to South Bend.
Chitwhins in three
MONTESANO — Winning quick points through strong serving, Taholah’s varsity trounced the Montesano C squad, 25-17, 25-21, 15-9, in a non-league match Tuesday at Montesano.
Taholah’s Breawn Northup and Marquel Waugh were commended for serving.
The Chitwhins (4-1) will take on North Beach’s junior varsity tonight at Oyehut.
Acorns in four
WISHKAH — Oakville fended off a Wishkah challenge to edge the Loggerettes, 25-10, 25-17, 11-25, 25-23, in a non-league match Tuesday at Brian Eager Memorial Gym.
Freshman Megan Hill served four consecutive aces to help Wishkah win the third set. Senior Eliza Kinnaman went 20-of-20 from the service line for the Loggerettes (0-7).
“We served better tonight than we have all season,” Wishkah coach Darci McMaster said.
The Loggerettes will host their annual Dig Pink Tournament for breast cancer awareness on Saturday. Lake Quinault and Oakville will also participate in the event.
LACEY — Ocosta and Aberdeen runners produced modest cracks in Northwest Christian’s domination of the Bill Kehoe Invitational at Saint Martin’s University on Tuesday.
Aberdeen freshman Kyle Hurd broke up a Navigator sweep of the top five individual places in the boys race by placing fourth. His time of 17:14 represented a 30-second drop in his previous best time at 5,000 meters.
“We had him go out faster and I think it helped him in the long run, because he didn’t get stuck in the pack,” Bobcat coach Sherrie Green said.
Northwest Christian’s Luke Schilter won the boys race in 16:34.
Led by Luke Anderson’s 13th-place finish, Ocosta’s boys were third in the team standings.
“The boys team just ran extremely well,” Wildcat coach Aaron Anderson said.
Ocosta ran a distant second to Northwest Christian in the girls team standings With 24 points, the Navigators finished 28 points ahead of the Wildcats.
Northwest Christian’s Anna Brooks took the girls title in 19:28. Ocosta freshman Kathryn Anderson placed fifth in 20:56, breaking 21 minutes for the first time.
1. Luke Schilter (NWC) 16:34. 2. Levi Schilter (NWC) 16:54. 3. Brandon Stickney (NWC) 17:05. 4. Kyle Hurd (Aberdeen) 17:14. 5. Davis Jonathan (NWC) 17:19.
Other Harborites in top 50:
13. Luke Anderson (Oco) 18:13. 18. Aaron Martinez (Aber) 18:39. 22. Viely Chum (Oco) 19:04. 26. Griffin Wright (Oco) 19:13. 29. Drake Mitby (Oco) 19:25. 42. Luis Charres (Aber) 20:12. 46. Sam Quinby (Oco) 20:28. 47. Jaran Paris (Aber) 20:35.
Northwest Christian 24, Ocosta 52.
1. Anna Brooks (NWC) 19:28. 2. Kiersten Kimminau (NWC) 19:37. 3. Alicia Herrera (Mossyrock) 20:04. 4. Bernadette Hayden (Onalaska) 20:29. 5. Kathryn Anderson (Ocosta) 20:56.
Other Harborites in top 35:
9. Sararose Gallo (Oco) 21:19. 12. Kelsey Gundersen (Oco) 22:12. 14. Kiana Ballo (Oco) 22:39. 17. Kasey Hearn (North Beach) 22:50. 18. Jessica Cook (Willapa Valley). 19. Dominique Kudasek (Willapa Valley). 24. Rebekah Saul (Oco) 23:53. 28. Olivia Nicholson (Aber) 24:12. 30. McKenzie Ballo (Oco) 24:29. 31. Savannah Stolen (Aber) 24:33. 32. Chelsea Griffin (Oco) 24:34. 35. Savannah Burbank (South Bend) 25:16.
Beavers 6, Wildcats 0
TENINO — Two goals in the opening eight minutes ignited Tenino past Ocosta in an Evergreen 1A League match Tuesday at Tenino.
Up 2-0 at the half, the Beavers broke it open by scoring four times in a 13-minute span early in the second half.
Ocosta’s Lexie Schmeling was inserted as a goalkeeper for the first time in her career. She blanked the Beavers over the final minutes while making seven saves — two of the diving variety.
“She’s got herself a new position for the rest of the year,” Wildcat coach Mike King.
Ocosta midfielder Adriana Huerta was commended for aggressive play.
The Wildcats (2-6) entertain Elma tonight.
Wildcats 176, Bulldogs 187
RIDGEFIELD — Montesano’s Nolan Walker and LaCenter’s Michael Yurecko shared medalist honors, but the host Wildcats edged out a surging Bulldogs squad in this Southwest Washington 1A match at Tri-Mountain Golf Course on Tuesday.
Walker shot a career-low 40 to share medalist honors with Yurecko, giving him two medalist honors in a row this season and praise from head coach Lloyd Aldrich.
“He’s really firing on all cylinders,” Aldrich said. “Even through we ended up on the losing end of this one, we were still able to tie our season-low score as a team. So, I feel good about that.”
Today, Montesano stays on the road to face Rochester.
Montesano (187) — Nolan Walker 40, Maguire Cavanaugh 63, Kyler Landry 48, Jacob Hliboki 49, Nate Chapman 56, Sean Connell 50.
LaCenter (176) — Keaton Wilbanks 48, Dustin Ell 45, Michael Yurecko 40, Sam Yates 50, Chase Davidson 45, Alex McAllister 46.
Knights 193, Grizzlies 201
VANCOUVER — King’s Way Christian enjoyed slightly greater depth in beating Hoquiam in a Southwest Washington 1A League match Tuesday at the Green Mountain Country Club.
Hoquiam’s John Sand and King’s Way Christian’s Clayton Rajewich shared medalist honors with 38s, but the Grizzlies were off their customary form.
“We had a considerable amount of problems with the narrow fairways and the trees,” Hoquiam coach Larry Dublanko said. “None of our players were very happy with their play. It was a nice day. Weather was not the issue. We could not keep the ball in play.”
The Grizzlies face Ilwaco today at Highland Golf Course.
Hoquiam (201) — John Sand 38, Josh Bishop 56, Zach Emerson 55, Kolby Crowell 52, Dylan Kaczmarczyk 58, Parker McCormick 60.
King’s Way (193) — Clayton Rajewich 38, Karter Graves 58, Mikey Johnson 48, Nick Pulicella 54, Evan Schnnep 63, Jacob Zeman 53.