Sports in Brief 6/25


Twin Harborites perform

in all-state victory

Hoquiam’s Nolan Hoiness rushed for 40 yards on five carries and scored one touchdown to help the East trounce the West, 30-6, in the Earl Barden East-West All-State All-Star football game Saturday at Yakima.

Hoiness’ 3-yard scoring run gave the West a 14-0 lead after one quarter.

Hoquiam’s Ronnie Espedal played linebacker for the East and was credited with three unassisted and four assisted tackles. Raymond’s Andrew Hamilton also played well at linebacker for the East, according to Todd Hoiness, Nolan’s father and the Grays Harbor Bearcats coach.

“The East had too much speed,” Todd Hoiness reported. “They scored really quickly. The West had the ball for about two-thirds of the game.”

Baltazar breaks school record

Recent Aberdeen High School graduate Poli Baltazar broke one of Dave Barnett’s school records while competing in a pair of invitational track meets recently.

Baltazar broke Barnett’s 34-year-old school record for the 1,600 meters while competing in the 1-mile high school portion of the Portland Track Festival.

He was clocked in 4:16.47 for the mile, which converted into 4:14.98 for the 1,600. Baltazar placed 10th overall.

Since school was still in session at the time of the race, the mark is considered a school record, according to former Bobcat coach Steve Reed, who assists Baltazar with training.

Competing in hot, muggy conditions, Baltazar ran second in his heat in the 2-mile portion of the New Balance Nationals earlier this month in Greensboro, N.C. His mark of 9:09.54 fell about a second shy of Barnett’s school mark for the 3,200 meters. He was ninth overall in a field of 28.

Baltazar intends to continue his career at Central Arizona Community College.

Reed, who accompanied Baltazar to the national meet, expressed appreciation to students, faculty and staff at A.J. West Elementary for their fundraising efforts in sending both runner and coach to North Carolina. The Aberdeen Police Department also contributed to the fundraising.

Eagles fare well at passing camp

Elma made the semifinals of a football passing camp last week at the University of Washington.

Competing primarily against larger schools, the Eagles went 2-2 in round-robin contests and won their first elimination game before losing a tight semifinal contest to Eastlake of Bellevue.

Elma coach Jim Hill cited Ryan Collin, Todd Swinhart and Justin Spencer for their play offensively and Ricky Escalante, Jacob Stevens, Rashad Lorton and Steven Persell for defensive play.

Aberdeen’s Dublanko earns raves in camp

Aberdeen incoming sophomore Joel Dublanko was among the prospects receiving attention for his performance in the UCLA Elite Football Camp recently.

The 215-pound Dublanko, an incoming sophomore, was described by national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman as “one of the most intriguing prospects at the camp, given his youth.

“He ran a 4.69 in the 40 (yard dash), making him one of the faster linebacker prospects at the camp,” Huffman wrote. “He looked good during coverage drills and showed off nice athleticism during individual drills. As he gets bigger, it will be interesting to see how much of his athleticism he can retain. But right now, he’s a very good prospect.”

Sado wins disc golf tourney

Cory Sado won the Advanced Division of the YMCA of Grays Harbor’s disc golf tournament Saturday at Sam Benn Park in Aberdeen.

Sado shot 6 under par for 18 holes. Tim Cotton was second at 4 under and Dan Brown third at 3 under.

Joe Birch won the Consolation Division at even par. Brandon Keith was second at 1 over and Feodor Bukhitiyaron third at plus 2.