Saturday’s Sports Roundup: Taholah holds off Evergreen Lutheran


FOOTBALL

Chitwhins 56, Eagles 46

PARKLAND — Keanu Curleybear registered touchdowns running, passing and receiving as Taholah struck late to beat Evergreen Lutheran in a non-league game Saturday night at Franklin Pierce High School.

Curleybear scored on runs of 85 and 21 yards and threw scoring passes of 6 and 60 yards to Jimmy Smith-Kramer and 22 yards to Wade Purdy. He also took a 11-yard scoring pass from Smith-Kramer, who had taken a direct snap in a wildcat formation.

Smith-Kramer also broke a 39-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Curleybear completed 17 of 28 passes for 160 yards.

The Chitwhins (2-1) trailed 22-14 early in the third quarter but moved ahead to stay on Curleybear’s 60-yard scoring strike to Smith-Kramer. They put it away with a 30-point fourth quarter.

“We came out with a new offensive package,” Taholah coach Donald Waugh said. “After half, we made some adjustments on what were running and it worked out.

“(Evergreen Lutheran) is a real fundamental group of guys. We ran some tricky screen plays and they were right on it,” he added. “We had to dig deep into the playbook to get downfield on these guys. They were a well-coached team.”

Purdy finished with 11 tackles. Waugh also cited the play of newcomers Tynell Bryan, Oshumus Hall and Pedro Sanchez in the offensive line and Robert Harris and Dustin Capoeman on defense.

The Chitwhins host Rosalia on Friday night.

C.C. VOLLEYBALL

Chokers drop pair

BREMERTON — Grays Harbor College dropped a pair of matches in a non-league volleyball double dual against Olympic College and New Hope Christian on Saturday at Bremerton.

New Hope outlasted the Chokers, 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 28-30, 15-9. Olympic, the NWAACC’s second-ranked team, beat GHC, 25-15, 25-15, 25-23.

Grays Harbor coach Christine Nelson believed her club (8-13) played well in both matches.

“The whole we are stressing is to get better and we are better,” Nelson said. “It’s not translating to wins, but I don’t think we’re playing horribly.”

Tiffani Dhooghe had 14 kills, Heather Dublanko 12 and Kendra Weiler 11 kills for the Chokers in their marathon loss to New Hope. Alahna Weber was credited with 37 assists and 12 digs, while Kendell Kelnhofer brought up 17 digs.

Weber, cited for fine performances in both matches, came up with seven kills and five assists against Olympic. Courtney Hagain delivered eight assists, while Mallory Maneman and Paulette Robles were cited for fine play.

“We did not play poorly in that game,” Nelson stressed. “They have a lot of firepower.”

The Chokers return to Western Division play at home Wednesday against Centralia.