South Sound sweeps
The South Sound All-Stars swept their Twin Harbors counterparts in the inaugural Grays Harbor Senior Basketball Showdown on Saturday at Aberdeen’s Sam Benn Gym.
The South Sound boys prevailed, 91-69, while the girls registered a 79-46 victory.
Sponsored by Grays Harbor College and organized by GHC athletic director Tyler Gaston, the all-star games matched some of the top senior high school players in Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston and Pierce counties.
Attendance was estimated at between 200 and 300.
“I’m really proud of Tyler and Jordan (GHC men’s basketball coach Jordan Altman) for doing this,” said Willapa Valley High School boys coach John Peterson.
Since WIAA rules prevent high school coaches from coaching their own players in such games, Peterson guided the South Sound team. Willapa Valley graduate Luke Salme, the head coach at Olympia High School, directed the Twin Harbors club.
Olympia’s Michael Naipo scored 16 points for the South Sound boys, who enjoyed a significant height advantage, and received the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
Hoquiam High teammates Ronnie Espedal and David Sandstrom topped the Twin Harbors with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Montesano’s Layne Bruner and Aberdeen’s Zack Ball added eight points apiece, while Raymond’s Carte Bisbee had seven points.
Gig Harbor’s Taylor Talen was the MVP in the girls contest. Scoring totals were unavailable, but Taholah’s Dramikha Skaar and North Beach’s Wakeena DeLaCruz were cited for fine performances.
Irish 6, Elks 1
WALLA WALLA — The DeSales junior varsity capitalized on Lake Quinault errors to knock off the Elks in a non-league baseball game on Saturday in Walla Walla in Eastern Washington.
The Elks (3-4) did not field a full team for the long weekend trip, but utilized reserve players in new positions.
Coach Keith Samplawski praised Jorge Ochoa for catching the entire game.
“We were short a lot of key positions, but saw a lot of positive things from those who did play,” said Samplawski. “We turned three double plays, which is unusual for us.”
Samplawski commended second baseman Jeffrey Diggle and shortstop Kobe Kalama for two of the three double plays.
The Elks will host Oakville on Tuesday.
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Da. Lines and J. Ochoa. Richards, Galloway (6) and Larson.
RBI: Lake Quinault — Kalama. DeSales — Candell.
Winning pitcher — Richards (walked two, struck out five). Losing pitcher — Da. Lines (walked five, struck out five).