Monday Prep Roundup: South Bend picks up first win of season

Also: Ocosta’s Hatton scores 32 points in win over Chief Leschi


South Bend 57, Pe Ell 51

Bolstered by a big game from Nathon Ashley, the South Bend Indians picked up their first win of the season, beating the Pe Ell Trojans 57-51 on Monday in Pe Ell.

The Indians (1-5 overall, Pacific 2B) found themselves down 28-22 at the half, but behind Ashley’s game-high 22 points, South Bend rallied to outscore Pe Ell by 24-13 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.

Ashley “played a complete game” according to Indians head coach Manuel Rangel. “He played a tremendous game from start to finish. … He was clutch.”

Ashley also grabbed 15 rebounds and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

The Indians had a terrific night on the boards, as seniors Drew Rose and Cody Jones recorded 15 and 16 rebounds, respectively.

“I told the kids, ‘If we get 30 or more rebounds as a team, pizza is on me,” Rangel said. “Looks like I’m going to have to pay up. … to have three kids with 45 rebounds, that’s incredible.”

South Bend’s pressure defense created 17 steals and was key to the Indians’ victory.

“We took a chance on going to our full-court press,” Rangel said. “They were diving after loose balls, getting rebounds and getting a deflection and trying to convert that into a steal. I think the kids worked their tails off and it’s a true test of their resiliency.”

South Bend hosts Ocosta at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

South Bend 16 6 11 24 — 57

Pe Ell 16 12 7 13 — 51

Top Players: South Bend — Ashley (22 pts., 15 reb.), Mayson Estle (9 pts.), Jones (16 reb.), Rose (15 reb.).

Ocosta 77, Chief Leschi 62

Cole Hatton was unstoppable in Monday’s home game against Chief Leschi.

Hatton hit five 3-pointers and scored 42 points to lead the Wildcats to a 77-62 victory as Ocosta scored the most points it’s had in a game this season.

Hatton hit on 9-of-13 field goals, went 5-for-9 from the 3-point line and hit on 9-of-10 free throws.

Kobe Beck scored 15 points and Alex Bailey and Richard Dueber added 13 points apiece for the Wildcats (4-4, 4-3 Pacific 2B).

Ocosta fell behind 10-0 in the first 1:30 of the game, but after a quick timeout to readjust, the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run to take the lead, which they held until the final buzzer.

“If you play at their tempo, they are going to outscore you,” said Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby, who added the Wildcats coaching staff emphasized getting back and setting up the half-court defense to slow the speedy Warriors.

Paul Bjornsgard had 11 rebounds for the Wildcats, an effort Quinby said was “doing the dirty work.”

Ocosta plays at South Bend High School at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Chief Leschi 15 12 15 20 — 62

Ocosta 18 19 18 22 —77

Top Players: Ocosta — Hatton (32 pts.), Beck (15 pts.), Dueber (13 pts., 7 stl.), Bailey (13 pts.), Bjornsgard (11 reb.).

Ilwaco 73, Raymond 26

The Raymond Seagulls struggled to get their offense on track in a 73-26 loss on the road against Ilwaco on Monday.

“They didn’t allow us to establish any type of rhythm offensively, and they controlled the pace of the game throughout,” Raymond head coach Derek Rask said. “They are very good in their gym and it was difficult for us to match up with them.”

Raymond fell behind 14-3 after one quarter and managed just 11 points in the first half against a smothering Fishermen defense.

Tre Seydel led Raymond with eight points.

The Seagulls (2-6, 2-5) will face Northwest Christian at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Lacey.

Raymond 3 8 7 8 — 26

Ilwaco 14 27 22 10 — 73

Top Players: Raymond —Seydel (8 pts.), McCartney Maden (5 pts.), Devine Souvannavanh (5 pts.); Life Christian — Joe Nisbet (14 pts.), Reese Tynkila (14 pts.).


Montesano 34, King’s Way Christian 33

Montesano center Zoe Hutchings scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a 34-33 win on Monday in Montesano.

Paige Lisherness grabbed 15 points and Lexi Lovell had seven points and five steals as Monte held on to a 7-point lead at the end of the third quarter to win by one.

Monte (5-3) shot 12-for-45 from the field and hit 9-of-17 free throws.

The Bulldogs will face Adna at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Adna High School.

King’s Way Christian 7 6 8 12 — 33

Montesano. 8 11 9 6 — 34

Top Players: Monte — Hutchings (19 pts., 12 reb.), Lovell (7 pts., 5 stl.), P. Lisherness (15 reb.), Katie Granstrom (4 pts., 4 stl.); KWC — Quinn (9 pts.), Schroeder (8 pts.).

Ocosta 63, Chief Leschi 36

Ocosta had three players score in double figures as the Wildcats downed Chief Leschi 63-36 on Monday in Westport.

Ocosta’s dynamic trio of guard Kjirstin Hopfer, forward Kaylee Barnum and center Kristi Raffelson combined to score 51 points as the Wildcats offense got going after being down 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Hopfer led Ocosta with 20 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds.

Raffelson had a double-double, scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds while Barnum totalled 15 points for Ocosta.

“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” said Ocosta head coach Jason Barnum, who added his team’s defense held the Warriors’ 3-point shooters in check. “We shut down their 3-point shooting. We used a 3-2 zone defense and I don’t think they’ve seen that yet this year. The key was to frustrate their shooters and win the rebounds.”

Ocosta (6-1 overall, 6-0 Pacific 2B) outrebounded Chief Leschi (2-4, 1-4) 32-23 and outscored the Warriors 32-12 in the second and third quarters.

Mylina Pluff led the Warriors with 12 points. Ramona Gallegos had eight points in the first half for Chief Leschi, but her night ended early as she fouled out of the game in the second quarter.

Ocosta hosts South Bend at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Chief Leschi 12 8 4 12 — 36

Ocosta 17 17 15 14 — 63

Top Players: Ocosta — Hopfer (20 pts., 5 reb., 5 asst.), Raffelson (16 pts., 14 reb.), K. Barnum (15 pts.); Chief Leschi — Pluff (12 pts.), Gallegos (8 pts.).

Wishkah Valley 41, Aberdeen JV 32

Wishkah Valley got a double-double from Erica Bomhoff en route to a 41-32 victory over Aberdeen’s junior varsity squad on Monday at Aberdeen High School.

Bomhoff had 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six assists in a complete-game performance for the Loggerettes.

Char Gutierrez and Mackenzie Robertson scored eight points each and Brooke Haskey scored seven points and 10 rebounds for Wishkah (2-0).

Wishkah will host Aberdeen JV at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Wishkah 12 8 9 12 — 41

Aberdeen JV 8 2 8 14 — 32

Top Players: Wishkah — Bomhoff (18 pts., 10 reb.), Gutierrez (8 pts.), Robertson (8 pts.), Haskey (7 pts., 10 reb.).


Jeremy Roberts named Outstanding Wrestler at Pat Alexander Invite

Jeremy Roberts had a big day for Aberdeen at the Pat Alexander Invite in Tumwater, winning Outstanding Wrestler at Saturday’s tournament.

Roberts looked dominant in the 120-pound division, beating two state placers on his way to winning his weight class.

Caleb Lock also looked strong, winning three matches by fall in the 113-pound division.

Joel Nelson was also solid and took second in the 106-pound weight class.

Aberdeen head coach Jimmy Martin said he is looking forward to the rest of the season after seeing his grapplers get off to a fast start.

“The team wrestled very well. I look forward to the future as young kids are developing much quicker than expected,” he said.

Aberdeen has a home meet on Wednesday with the AHS Alummni Wrestling Bash at 7 p.m.


Aberdeen takes top spot at Castle Rock Invitational

The Aberdeen girls wrestling team scored 208 points to win the overall team title at the Castle Rock Invitational on Saturday in Castle Rock.

Aberdeen was led by Alexie Darst, Tatum Heikkila and Tyara Straka, each of whom won individual titles in their respective weight classes.

Darst pinned Centralia’s Alexandria Hamilton at 5:58 to win the 120-pound division.

Heikkila won via fall over Centralia’s Marely Farfan at the 27-second mark to win the 190-pound weight class in quick fashion.

Straka won her class by pinning WF West’s Salma Gomez at the 28-second mark of the 235-pound championship match.

Aberdeen head coach Craig Yakovich had much praise for his title-winning wrestlers after the match.

“Alexie keeps a constant pressure on her opponents and they eventually break. Late in the third with match in hand she is still trying to get the finish and did. As a coach you have to love that kind of effort,” he said. “Tatum is on another level right now. She just doesn’t give her opponents any hope from the opening whistle. Tyara went to the mat on a mission to win her first individual title. She came out with power and aggression and controlled the outcome from the opening whistle.”

Aberdeen wrestlers Rylie Waltee (110 pounds), Ciera Skelly (140), Geneveve Sawyer (155) and Thalia Cook (170) all finished in second place in their respective weight classes.

Seven additional Aberdeen residents placed third in their respective weight classes.

“As a team, I thought we had a solid outing,” Yakovich said. “Our second team ended up fifth in team scoring, which shows we are continually improving as an entire group.”


Grays Harbor 81, Clark 76

Sandin Kidder and Charleea Armstrong could not be stopped as Grays Harbor pulled out the narrow victory 81-76 victory at Clark on Sunday.

The Chokers (5-3) came into the fourth quarter down 57-56 and outscored the Penguins 25-19 to edge Clark in the final frame.

Kidder posted 22 points and Armstrong added another 21 points in a game that came down to the wire. Grays Harbor’s offense relied on mid-range shots and points in the paint with the Chokers going 3-9 on 3-point attempts.

Clark’s record drops to 2-9 with the loss.

Grays Harbor will get a little more than a week off before they face Salt Lake Community College on the road on Dec. 27.

Clark 22 13 22 19 – 76

Grays Harbor 21 20 15 25 – 81

Top Players: Grays Harbor – Kidder (22 pts.), Armstrong (21 pts, 7 asst., 6 stl.), Armonnie Byrd (11 pts., 11 reb.); Clark – Payton Wangler (22 pts.), Marhysa Thomas (21 pts.)