Grizzlies win in three
ROCHESTER — Unbeaten Hoquiam passed and attacked well to down Rochester, 25-11, 25-11, 25-8, in Evergreen 1A League play on Thursday at Rochester.
Hoquiam’s Bailee Bradley contributed 11 kills and Mikaila Johnson added eight kills. She was also 14-for-15 with eight aces.
“The back row was phenomenal,” said Grizzly coach Heather Bozich. “We had a lot of energy sustained throughout the game. I am proud of how well we passed and attacked the ball.”
Bozich praised Megan Gibson for her 20 assists.
Hoquiam won the JV match in three sets.
On Saturday, Hoquiam (2-0, 4-0) hits the road for the South Whidbey Tournament on Whidbey Island.
Wildcats in five
RAYMOND — Becke Shurtz served four consecutive aces in the fifth set to help Ocosta outlast Raymond, 25-15, 22-25, 27-29, 26-24, 15-13, in a Pacific League match Thursday at Raymond.
Down 2-1 in sets, the Wildcats (1-1, 2-1) withstood a Raymond rally from a 13-3 deficit to pull out the fourth set. They trailed 6-3 in the fifth before Shurtz’s aces sparked an 8-0 Ocosta run.
Josey Palmer also served four aces while leading Ocosta in kills with six. Alexa Sweeney had 14 digs.
“We’re really doing well on defense,” Ocosta coach Barbara Rasmus said. “We’re just not getting the sets (to set up the attack).”
Emily Hurlburt connected on 21 of 22 serves for the Wildcats.
Raymond freshman Hailee Smith was cited for all-around play.
“We put in two new players and a new offense. I have four freshmen playing at any time,” Raymond coach Bob Swogger noted. “They’re competitive and catching on. This was their first match with the new offense. In the first set, it didn’t click. After that, they started doing better.”
The Gulls took the JV (25-11, 25-17) and C squad (25-20, 25-23) matches.
Both teams are bound for tournaments Saturday. The Wildcats will compete in the North Beach Invitational, while the Gulls (0-1, 0-3) are entered in the Mossyrock Invitational.
Bobcats lose in three
TUMWATER — Tumwater’s depth and control of the net allowed the T-Birds to outhit Aberdeen in three games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-12, in Evergreen 2A Conference play on Thursday at Tumwater.
Lily Walsh executed fine net play for the Bobcats (0-2, 0-4).
“They’re deep all the way around and very intimidating,” Bobcat coach Wilma Weber said of the T-Birds.
Weber praised sophomore Rylee Riekkola for fine play in her first varsity appearance.
Tumwater took the junior varsity (25-14, 25-11) and the C squad (25-12, 25-12) contests.
On Saturday, Aberdeen hits the road for the North Beach Invitational.
Vikings win in three
NASELLE — In spite of some inconsistencies in the third set, unbeaten Willapa Valley controlled the contest to topple Naselle, 25-22, 25-12, 25-19, in Pacific League play on Thursday at Naselle.
Valley’s Karli Friese had eight digs in the back row. Emily Fluke had 100 percent serving while Brooke Spoor added seven blocks.
“It was a good night and everyone got good playing time in,” said Valley coach Lori Snodgrass. “We were a little inconsistent in the third set when we missed too many serves, but overall it was a good game.”
Snodgrass praised Itzia Ruelas and Baylee Layman for fine play off the bench.
The Valley junior varsity won, 25-21, 25-22.
Next Thursday, Willapa Valley (2-0, 3-0) hosts North Beach.
Owls win in three
MATLOCK — Mary M. Knight used strong serving to beat Wishkah, 25-13, 25-15, 25-7, in a non-league match Thursday at Matlock.
Wishkah coach Darci McMaster saw signs of improvement from a loss to Clallam Bay earlier in the week.
“Our communication improved from Tuesday,” McMaster said. “When we were able to get under the ball, we had some nice passes up to the setter. Mary M. Knight had some very good servers tonight. We did not make the adjustment to their serves as quickly as we would have liked.”
The Loggerettes (0-4) will compete in the North Beach Invitational on Saturday.
Chitwhins lose in four
TAHOLAH — Crescent seized the momentum following a first-set loss to beat Taholah, 20-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-16, in a non-league match Thursday at Taholah.
The visiting Loggers used power serving to reverse the momentum.
“Their serving was really on and our serving was a little off,” Taholah coach Jinny Marchand said. “We could get the ball over the net but we couldn’t win the points.”
Taholah’s Haiyle Markishtum was commended for serving and Trish Dunn for hustle.
The Chitwhins (1-1) travel to Oakville on Wednesday.
Hyaks fall in three
OYEHUT — Talented Northwest Christian had too much firepower for North Beach in recording a 25-11, 25-12, 25-16 victory in a Pacific League match Thursday at Oyehut.
North Beach coach Angi Schreiber said her team didn’t play badly, particularly in serving and defense.
“I can’t take anything away from Northwest Christian,” she said. “They’re a great ballclub and they have great hitters. We don’t have the size, you’ve got to get touches on the down balls.”
Schreiber cited her players for at least getting their hands on many of Northwest Christian’s kills.
The Hyaks will host their own invitational tournament Saturday.
Eagles 4, Tigers 1
ELMA — Brooke Goldsmith recorded a hat track as Elma turned back stubborn Napavine in an Evergreen 1A League match Thursday at Davis Field.
After dominating their first two contests this season, the Eagles spotted Napavine the game’s opening goal and still trailed midway through the first half.
Goldsmith’s first goal, in the 22nd minute off an assist from Natalie Grant, and Sydney Smythe’s unassisted marker gave the Eagles a 2-1 halftime advantage.
Weaving through four defenders, Goldsmith buried a 15-yard shot in the 42nd minute and converted a Tawni Heller cross to complete the hat trick with eight minutes remaining.
Elma coach Chris Schumacher credited Napavine with fine passing in the first half.
“We kind of settled in and put a mark on their central midfielder and pressured their forwards a lot more,” Schumacher said. “In the second half, we played a little looser, a little harder.”
Eagle midfielder Hannah Heelan was credited with a fine match.
The Eagles also won the junior varsity contest, 3-1.
Elma (3-0) travels to Rochester for a Saturday afternoon match.
Pirates 4, Wildcats 0
WESTPORT — Adna lofted three balls over the goalkeeper’s head in the second half and hit a breakaway shot to blank Ocosta in Evergreen 1A League play on Thursday at Westport.
Both teams played good defense in the first half. The Pirates made shots in the 25-30-yard range in the 48th, 60th and 71st minutes of the second half.
“Our defense played well in the first half,” said Wildcat coach Mike King. “We didn’t close out on their shooting in the second half.”
King cited Corrina Perry for her defensive play. No goals were made on her side of the field.
On Tuesday, the Wildcats (0-4) host Montesano.
OYEHUT — With four runners finishing in the top 10, Ocosta breezed to the girls title at the Harriers at the Beach hosted by North Beach High School on Thursday.
The Wildcats scored 15 points. Ilwaco, with 44, had the only other complete girls team. Rochester won the boys team title.
Ocosta freshman Kathryn Anderson took the girls title, completing the 5,000-meter course in 22:09. Avenging two previous losses, she finished 18 seconds ahead of Forks’ Tristin Williams.
Wildcats Sararose Gallo (third), Kiana Ballo (eighth) and Kelsey Gundersen (10th) also cracked the top 10.
Ilwaco’s Evan Sutherland won the boys race with a time of 18:06. North Beach’s Michael Beck was running second until injuring a hip in the late going. He was passed by Rochester’s Jameson Pasko and finished third.
Ocosta coach Aaron Anderson cited his daughter Kathryn and Drake Mitby for fine performances.
North Beach coach Wendy Leighty praised the performances of Kasey Hearn (fourth among the girls) and Chris Horn and Jeremy Holland among the boys.
1. Evan Sutherland (Ilwaco) 18:06. 2. Jameson Pasko (Rochester) 18:43. 3. Michael Beck (North Beach) 18:47.3. 4. Peter Holman (Rochester) 18:48. 5. Ryan Baxter (Rochester) 19:04.
Other Twin Harborites in top 30:
9. Luke Anderson (Ocosta). 13. Drake Mitby (Ocosta). 18. Chris Horn (North Beach). 19. Jeremy Holland (North Beach). 21. Griffin Wright (Ocosta). 25. Jose Bucio (South Bend).
1. Kathryn Anderson (Ocosta) 22:09. 2. Tristin Williams (Forks) 22:27. 3. Sararose Gallo (Ocosta) 22:38. 4. Kasey Hearn (North Beach) 23:10. 5. Kari Larson (Forks) 23:21.
Other Twin Harborites in top 20:
7. Jessica Cook (Willapa Valley). 8. Kiana Ballo (Ocosta) 9. Dominique Kudasek (Willapa Valley). 10. Kelsey Gundersen (Ocosta). 13. Chelsea Griffin (Ocosta). 16. Savannah Burbank (South Bend). 18. Diana Morales (South Bend). 19. Yessinia Perez (South Bend). 20. Sophia Anderson (Ocosta).
Eagles 186, Knights 199
ELMA — Three players shot in the 40s as Elma downed King’s Way Christian in a Southwest Washington 1A League match Thursday at Oaksridge Golf Course
King’s Way’s Clayton Rajewich took medalist honors with a 38. The Eagles, however, used their superior depth to prevail.
Austin Neary shot 43 and Austin Cristelli 45 for Elma.
“All in all, things are starting to come together for us,” Eagle coach Erik Lindley said.
The Eagles travel to Kalama on Tuesday.
King’s Way (199) — Clayton Rajewich 38, Karter Graves 55, Nick Pullicella 56, Evan Schrapp 60, Jacob Zeman 50, Mikey Johnson 60.
Elma (186) — Austin Neary 43, Mitch Helland 50, Austin Cristelli 45, Bryson Burrows 48, Wyatt Gray 56, Jayden Olson 57.