Wildcats win in three

SOUTH BEND — Ocosta controlled the net in beating South Bend, 25-15, 25-18, 25-21, in a non-league contest Tuesday night at Koplitz Fieldhouse.

Alivia Marsh topped the Wildcats ( 5-1) with eight blocks and six kills. Layne Martin and Kaylee Barnum added six kills apiece, with Martin contributing seven assists and Barnum five blocks. Emily Snider brought up eight digs.

“We passed and covered well,” Ocosta coach Barbara Rasmus said. “We picked up some tips that we haven’t been picking up, so we did a really good job in coverage. We’ve been working on coverage quite a bit, trying to get there and stay low and anticipate.”

Jessica Sanchez collected 10 kills and two blocks and Karley Reidinger five kills and three blocks for South Bend (2-4). Kenzy Boothe was cited for all-around play.

“I thought we really struggled on serving and serve-receive and Ocosta served very well,” Tribe coach Jackie Sanchez commented. “I think we need to work on bringing a little bit more focus to the floor.”

South Bend’s junior varsity prevailed, 25-23, 25-23.

Pacific League play for both teams begin Thursday. Ocosta journeys to North Beach and South Bend visits Ilwaco.

Bobcats fall in three

TUMWATER — Traditional power Black Hills spoiled Aberdeen’s return to the Evergreen 2A Conference by beating the Bobcats, 25-16, 25-13, 25-12, on Tuesday at Tumwater.

“Black Hills is going to be a strong team in our league,” AHS coach Doug Basler said. “They had a powerful, quick offense and were moving the ball well.

“We had moments when we were playing very well and it came down to serve-receive passing,” he added. “In all three games, there was a stretch of seven or eight points where we just could not get a pass and they went on a run.”

Aberdeen’s Isabella Gill served three aces and was also praised for hitting. Adrianna Roberts had 14 assists, while Haley Farrer was commended for hitting and Jillian Swor for defense.

Black Hills also won the JV and C squad matches.

The Bobcats (0-1, 0-5) host Chehalis on Thursday.

Elks in four

MATLOCK — Lake Quinault rebounded from a slow start to beat Mary M. Knight in a Coastal League opener Tuesday at Matlock.

Alex Blackburn’s hitting and the serving of Espy Silva and Christian Saavedra sparked the turnaround for the Elks (1-0, 2-0).

“We just played smart after the (opening) jitters,” Lake Quinault coach Sue Kalama said.

The Elks return home Thursday to face Oakville.


Wildcats 5, Tigers 1

NAPAVINE — Responding emphatically to a Napavine goal, Ocosta scored the final five to win Tuesday’s Central League match at Napavine.

Although the Wildcats dominated time of possession, Napavine converted a breakaway in the 17th minute. Ocosta, however, kicked into gear with three goals in a 10-minute span late in the first half.

Ocosta’s Rebecca Holm scored after intercepting a goal kick. Katelynn Denny put in a crossing pass from Teal Mitby and Kjirstin Hopfer took a through ball from Adriana Huerta and knocked it home with one minute remaining in the half.

The Wildcats (2-3, 4-3) had failed to convert on their first 13 shots.

“Once they scored on us, it kind of woke us up and we improved our midfield play,” Ocosta coach Mike King explained.

Denny and Kennedy Merino added second-half goals for the Wildcats. Eighth-grader Electra Duus assisted on Merino’s goal.

Huerta and Denny were commended for midfield play.

Ocosta remains on the road at Winlock for a 7 p.m. match Thursday.

Wolves 6, Bobcats 1

Visiting Black Hills built a 4-0 halftime lead in downing Aberdeen in an Evergreen 2A Conference contest Tuesday night at Stewart Field.

Tayler Housden tallied the lone Bobcat goal late in the second half. Her shot from 20 yards out was deflected to teammate Abbie Bradt, who got it back to Housden. The senior forward then nailed an 18-yard attempt.

“Black Hills was a really good team, they have a lot of speed,” Aberdeen coach Ryan Housden said. “We had a hard time matching up, it was like players coming out of nowhere.”

The Bobcats (0-2, 1-6) lost a third player to a possible concussion when Nayeli Morris was sidelined in the second half.

Dani Buckman and Alex Wilson, shifted to midfield in this match, were cited for all-around play.

“The team held their heads up and played hard for 80 minutes,” Coach Housden said. “Regardless of the score, they never gave up and I’m proud of them for that.”

The Bobcats journey to Chehalis on Thursday.


Grizzlies 159, Chinooks 182

WOODLAND — Josh Burgher took medalist honors with a 37 as Hoquiam topped Kalama in a Southwest Washington 1A League contest Tuesday at the Lewis River Golf Course.

Burgher nosed out teammate John Sand by one stroke on the short, tight Lewis River links.

“What Josh did really well was putting,” HHS coach Larry Dublanko said. “The greens were trickly and slow, but he managed that part of the game very well.”

The Grizzlies return home Thursday to face King’s Way Christian.

Hoquiam (159) — John Sand 38, Parker McCormick 44, Ryan Cole 41, Tayte Witherbee 53, Josh Burgher 37, Braydon Dayton 43.

Kalama (182) — Hayden Johnson 40, Ethan Payne 52, Trevar Peterson 58, Austin Tucker 43, Austin Pratt 51, Colby Tucker 48.

Bulldogs 187, Eagles 197

ELMA — Three players scored in the 40s as Montesano downed rival Elma in a Southwest Washington 1A League match Tuesday at Oaksridge Golf Course.

Elma’s Kilian Acuff took medalist honors with a 42. But the Bulldogs had superior depth, with Austin Peterson carding a 44, Payson Parker a 45 and Noah Quinn a 47.

Eagle coach Rich Walker commended his team for an improved performance.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs visit La Center, while the Eagles host Kalama.

Montesano (187) — Matthew Plato 52, Noah Quinn 47, Matthew Johnson 61, Payson Parker 45, Ryan Nicholson 51, Austin Peterson 44.

Elma (197) — Trace Thompson 51, Kilian Acuff 42, Barrett Burbidge 54, Cody Williams 53, Russell Hensley 62, Zeke Mueller 51.