Local Roundup: Prep powerlifters win at Axe House Open

Also: Willapa Valley eliminates Pe Ell in 1B District 4 Boys Basketball Tournament

Local prep weightlifters competed in Shelton while Willapa Valley beats Pe Ell in boys basketball as we review local sports events in the Twin Harbors.


McElroy, Perry lead local lifters in Shelton

Several local weightlifters placed at the Axe House Open Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Shelton High School.

Leading the local contingent was a pair of weight-class winners.

Montesano High School’s Hailey McElroy placed first in the women’s 114-pound competition by lifting a total of 545 pounds.

In the men’s competition, Elma’s Quinton Perry placed first at 123, lifting a total of 775 pounds.

Monte’s Emily Stutesman placed second in the women’s 181 weight class.

Elma’s Kolby Rademacher (165 pounds) and Monte’s Cam Taylor (242) each placed second in their respective weight classes of the men’s competition.

Local results are as follows:

Women’s team results

1, Olympia 57 points. 2, Shelton 43. 3, White River (Buckley) 38. 4, Montesano 24.

Women’s results

105 pounds: 4, Jasmin Flores, Montesano.

114: 1, Hailey McElroy, Montesano, 545 total pounds lifted. 4, Miley Ballew, Montesano.

132: 7, Aubrey Chandler, Elma.

148: 4, Kristina Wallace, Montesano.

181: 2, Emily Stutesman, Montesano. 4, Leanda Woodward, Elma. 7, Carmen Bennefeld, Montesano.

Unlimited: 5, Madeline Wallman, Montesano. 6, Arya Tonseth, Elma.

Men’s team results

1, Olympia 41 points. 2, Shelton 38. 3, Yelm 26. 4, Quilcene 20.

Men’s results

123: 1, Quinton Perry, Elma, 775 total pounds lifted. 3, Lucas Norris, Elma.

165: 2, Kolby Rademacher, Elma. 4, Hayden Lang, Elma.

181: 5, Isac Hawkins, Montesano.

198: 3, Peyton Damasiewicz, Montesano.

220: 5, Ethan Martin, Montesano. 7, Gabe Bodwell, Montesano.

242: 2, Camden Taylor, Montesano.

Unlimited: 7, Mason Milbourn, Montesano.


Willapa Valley 54, Pe Ell 28

Willapa Valley got balanced scoring and used a big third quarter to defeat Pe Ell 54-28 in a 1B District 4 Tournament second-round game on Thursday in Menlo.

The Vikings (10-11 overall) and Trojans (7-13) started slow, with Valley leading 17-12 at halftime.

The game turned in the third quarter as Valley outscored Pe Ell 24-7 thanks in large part playing a higher-energy brand of basketball.

“We started out really slow in the first half. I thought we were playing tight, and were not executing our brand of basketball,” Valley head coach Derek Rask said. “The difference in the game was the third quarter. Offensively, we pushed the tempo and got good quality shots.”

Valley went 19 of 60 from the field (32%) and had nine players score in the game.

“We didn’t have anyone score in double figures as it was a balanced team effort,” Rask said.

Valley was led by sophomore guard Brody Ritzman with nine points and eight rebounds.

Junior forward Connor “Cheese” Keeton scored eight points while Nathan Fluke and Blane King had six rebounds apiece for Valley.

Pe Ell shot 9 of 49 from the floor (18%) against a stout Vikings defense.

“I thought our defense was really good all evening,” Rask said.

Valley advances to the district quarterfinals against Taholah at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Taholah High School.

Pe Ell was eliminated with the loss.

Willapa Valley 10 7 24 13 – 54

Pe Ell 5 8 7 8 – 28

Scoring: Willapa Valley – Ritzman 9, Keeton 8, Russell 7, Aust 7, Fluke 6, Swartz 6, King 5, Young 3, Blankenship 3.

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