Cats win relays
Capturing six of the 12 events, Aberdeen won the 2A portion of the Evergreen 2A Conference Girls Swimming Relays on Wednesday at the YMCA of Grays Harbor.
Class 3A North Thurston, no longer a member of the conference, actually compiled 134 points but was entered as a non-scoring participant. The Bobcats, with 114, outdistanced Class 2A runner-up Capital by 40 points.
Aberdeen’s Emily May, Taylor Jones, Keola Holt and Danielle Rowe won the 2A 800-yard freestyle relay. Megan West, Samantha Sampson, Kelsey Graham and Claire Hurd teamed up to take the 400 medley.
The foursome of Linnea and Amelia Davison, Bonnie Rowe and Hannah Mellon-Jackson (the latter a student at Hoquiam) combined to nab the 200 frosh-soph free relay, while Danielle Rowe, Linnea Davison, Holt and Jones formed the winning foursome in the 400 free relay. Jones, Holt, May and Danielle Rowe concluded the meet by taking the 200 free relay.
Jones, who grew up on the Harbor, transferred back to the area this year from Olympia. The Bobcats have also been bolstered by the addition of 10 freshmen.
Aberdeen fielded the only pair of divers (Amelia Davison and Mari Rabung) to register a legal score.
The Bobcats were second in the 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 200 medley relays.
Aberdeen coach Jan Simons commended Jones, May, Mari Rabung and Amelia Davison for fine performances. She also cited the leadership of Molly Rabung and Josey Butcher.
The Bobcats will open dual competition Wednesday at home against River Ridge.
Bobcats 5, Wolves 1
TUMWATER — Aberdeen had a bit more firepower in a matchup of short-handed teams in winning its Evergreen 2A Conference opener over Black Hills on Wednesday at Tumwater.
While the Bobcats currently have barely enough players to field a team, the Wolves were forced to forfeit the second and third singles matches.
Aberdeen’s Cole Edwards outlasted Cameron Johnson, 7-5, 6-4, in the No. 1 singles match. The top Bobcat doubles team of Jac Cooper and Ryan Solan also registered a straight-set victory.
“Cole Edwards was vintage Cole Edwards,” Bobcat coach Andy Duffy said. “He wore them down until he wore them out.”
The Bobcats (1-0) host Centralia on Friday.
Cole Edwards (A) def. Cameron Johnson, 7-5, 6-4; Warren Pratt (A) won forfeit; Christian Haerle (A) won forfeit; Jac Cooper-Ryan Solan (A) def. Noah Durette-Garrett Nelson, 6-3, 6-4; Thomas Saylar-Cory Groden (BH) def. John Solan-Connor Weber, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Levi Rose-Juan Venegas (A) def. Tyler Glenn-Matt Mitchell, 7-6, 6-3.
Chokers in four
PORTLAND — Heather Dublanko dished out 19 assists in an unfamiliar role as setter as Grays Harbor College downed Multnomah Bible College, 25-12, 25-14, 15-25, 25-12, in a non-conference match Wednesday in Portland.
The Chokers (2-0 in dual matches, 5-3 overall) experimented with different combinations, particularly in the third set. Their roster has undergone a slight makeover in the past week due to injuries and the addition of some new players.
Kendra Wheeler pounded 16 kills for GHC, while Dublanko also contributed five kills.
“The kids are playing pretty well,” Grays Harbor coach Christine Nelson said. “Kendra Wheeler had another great game for us and Heather did a good job setting. That’s not a position she normally plays, so I was pretty proud of her.”
The Chokers journey to Edmonds for another non-leaguer Friday.