Local Roundup: Montesano beats Hoquiam in regular-season finalé

Also: Aberdeen girls tennis team wraps up season; Local powerlifters compete in state championships

The Montesano girls golf team beat Hoquiam and Aberdeen’s tennis team wrapped up its season as we review Thursday’s Twin Harbors sports news.


Montesano 196, Hoquiam 209

Montesano closed out its regular season with a 196-209 victory over Hoquiam on Thursday at the Highland Golf Course in Cosmopolis.

The Bulldogs were led by senior standout Hailey Blancas, who shot a sub-40 score of 37 over nine holes to earn Medalist of the Match honors.

Jessie LaLonde added a 49 for Monte with Kolie Broten and Lucy Scott rounding out Monte’s team score with identical rounds of 55.

Hoquiam was led by Eva Jump, who had a sub-50 round of 48 followed by Grizzlies teammates Molly Gunderson (52), Cora Bisher (52) and Emma Zalewski (57).

Both Montesano and Hoquiam will begin the postseason at the 1A District 4 Golf Championships on Monday and Tuesday at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

Montesano (196) – Hailey Blancas 37, Jessie LaLonde 49, Kolie Broten 55, Lucy Scott 55.

Hoquiam (209) – Eva Jump 48, Molly Gunderson 52, Cora Bisher 52, Emma Zalewski 57.


Aberdeen’s Knutson placed fifth at sub-districts

Aberdeen top singles player Kallie Knutson placed fifth overall at the 2A Evergreen Conference sub-district meet on Tuesday and Wednesday at Black Hills High School in Tumwater.

Senior captain Knutson entered the tournament as the league’s No. 3 seed and dispatched Shelton’s Evelyn Allen 6-1, 6-2 in a first-round match followed by a grueling 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over W.F. West’s Viviana Ibanez in Round 2.

In the sub-district semifinal, Knutson was ousted by Tumwater’s Kendall Gjurasic 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.

Knutson faced W.F. West’s Alayna Leal in the consolation semifinal and was upset 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

“Kallie Knutson, played her heart out over the last two days. She had long, grueling matches that pushed her to the very end. Our team was lucky to have her leadership and example this season, and I am so proud of her entire tennis career at Aberdeen,” Bobcats head coach Ashley Kohlmeier said. “She was a fighter to the last point. While I know she’s not satisfied with a fifth-place finish, her coaches, family and teammates are incredibly proud of her and everything she gave our program over four years.”

Aberdeen’s Madi Ritter was ousted in the first round by Leal 6-3, 6-1 while No. 3 singles player Sophie Knutson fell to Gjurasic 6-1, 6-0 in an opening-round match.

The Bobcats doubles teams all lost their opening-round matches, winning just two games in total.

Kensie Ervin and Annika Natwick fell to W.F. West’s Lilly Huefed and Katelyn Wood 6-0, 6-0.

The Cats pairing of Hadley Durr and Maritza Guzman Lopez lost to Tumwater’s Kayla Pope and Adela Schmiedeberg 6-1, 6-0.

“While our season is ending a bit earlier than we had hoped, I am proud of the team overall and really impressed with our crop of freshmen who came in brand new to tennis,” Kohlmeier said. “The growth and improvement over the last 11 weeks gives me a lot of excitement about seasons to come.”


GHC’s Tamker, Wesson cousins qualify for NWAC Championships

Grays Harbor College men’s golfers Rasmus Tamker, Cole Wasson and Brett Wasson qualified for the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships on May 19-20 at the Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima.

The Twin Harbors trio was three of just six conference golfers to qualify as individuals.


McElroy, Rademacher win state titles at powerlifting championships

Montesano’s Hailey McElroy and Elma’s Kody Rademacher were crowned state champions after winning their respective weight classes at the Washington State High School Powerlifting Championships on Saturday, May 4 at Northwest Christian High School in Lacey.

McElroy won the girls 114-pound weight class by lifting 520 total pounds, highlighted by breaking her own state-deadlift record by five pounds with a 280-pound lift.

Rademacher placed first in the boys 165-pound class, lifting a total of 1,115 pounds to claim a state title.

Another local highlight of the tournament was the performance of Monte’s Emily Stutesman, who broke the state-bench press record in the 181-pound weight class with a lift of 145 pounds.

The meet featured 186 competitors from 16 different state high schools across all classifications.

Local results are as follows:


Team standings: 1, Yelm 47. 2, Olympia 34. 3, Shelton 26.

114: 3, Colin Chandler, Elma.

123: 2, Quinton Perry, Elma. 6, Lucas Norris, Elma.

165: 1, Kolby Rademacher, Elma (1,115 total pounds lifted). 3, Hayden Lang, Elma.

198: 5, Peyton Damasiewicz, Montesano.

220: 6, Ethan Martin, Montesano.


Team standings: 1, Olympia 58 points. 2, Shelton 47. 3, Montesano 20.

105 pounds: 4, Hailey Kuntz, Montesano. 5, Jasmin Flores, Montesano.

114: 1, Hailey McElroy, Montesano (520 total pounds lifted). 5, Miley Ballew, Montesano. 6, Kailynn Brown, Elma.

181: 2, Emily Stutesman, Montesano. 6, Mayah Stewart, Montesano.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Montesano’s Kolie Broten hits from the fairway during a match against Hoquiam on Thursday in Cosmopolis.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Montesano’s Kolie Broten hits from the fairway during a match against Hoquiam on Thursday in Cosmopolis.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Montesano powerlifting team poses for a photo after competing at a state-championship meet on Saturday, May 4 in Lacey.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Montesano powerlifting team poses for a photo after competing at a state-championship meet on Saturday, May 4 in Lacey.