While the first day of COVID-era prep sports competition began 24 hours earlier, multiple Twin Harbors high school teams saw their first real action since March on Tuesday.
Hoquiam 4, Elma 1
For at least one player on Tuesday evening, there appeared to be no rust at all.
Hoquiam senior Sadie Carlyle showed no signs of a long layoff as she scored early and often in leading the Grizzlies to a 4-1 victory over Elma at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano.
Carlyle scored a hat trick in the game, netting goals in the 21st minute off a thru ball from Maci Winkelman, the 43rd minute off a pass from Ellie Winkelman, and on a breakaway pass by Maci Winkelman in the 57th minute.
Hoquiam (1-0 overall) opened the game with a goal in the third minute after a Carlyle shot was bobbled near the Elma goal. Ellie Winkelman put away the rebound to give Hoquiam the early lead before Carlyle began to take over.
Elma (0-1) was able to break the shutout when Chloe Clark scored on a play in front of the Grizzlies net to make it a 4-1 final score.
“Overall, it was just great to be back on the pitch,” Hoquiam head coach Drew Grannemann said. “We went into the match expecting to make mistakes, but we were able to minimize our mistakes and did a great job capitalizing off Elma’s mistakes.”
The two teams will face off again at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Tenino High School.
Montesano 3, Tenino 0
The Montesano Bulldogs opened their season with a straight set victory over Tenino on Tuesday in Montesano.
In what was the Bulldogs’ Senior Night — as the threat of COVID shutdowns still loom large — Montesano won 25-13, 25-13 and 25-8. Montesano also took the extra fourth and fifth sets by scores of 15-6 and 15-7 as 1A Evergreen League administrators decided to play five set matches to give the student-athletes more playing time and experience.
Montesano head coach Pat Pace utilized all 14 of his players and played different lineups for each of the five games. He credited much of his success to his five seniors — Myah Gallinger, McKenna Wecker, Madi Shiels, Hannah Tupper and Jessica Stanfield — in leading the Bulldogs to the season-opening victory.
“Those five showed great leadership tonight and outstanding play on the court,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to do something competitive for the first time since March of 2020.”
The rust of a long layoff began to fade as Monte (1-0 overall) became stronger as the match went on, a credit to the Bulldogs’ work during a short practice schedule.
“I’ve been very pleased with our practices,” Pace said. “We’ve been able to put those seven practices we had and make it look like two weeks. We are a little bit further along that I thought we would be.”
Montesano is scheduled to play at Tenino at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Elma 3, Hoquiam 0
The Elma Eagles defeated the Hoquiam Grizzlies in straight sets in a season-opening game for both teams on Tuesday in Hoquiam.
Elma’s Sarah Bridge had a game-high 10 kills to go along with five aces and four blocks to lead the Eagles to the 25-18, 26-24 and 25-13 victory.
Hoquiam won the two extra-play sets by scores of 25-21 and 15-12.
Ella Moore had a game-high 21 assists with 12 digs and nine kills while Kayla Aho had 15 digs for Elma (1-0).
Elma head coach Kendra Dunn saw some positives out of her team on Tuesday, though they’ve had very little practice time.
“With the few practices we had, I thought we did really well,” she said. “It was a positive night and we’re just going to keep working hard to improve.”
The two teams are scheduled to face each other once again at 7 p.m. Thursday in Elma.
WF West 3, Aberdeen 1
Though the final score may not reflect it, the Aberdeen Bobcats had much to be positive about after Tuesday’s season-opening loss to WF West in Aberdeen.
First off, the Bobcats (0-1 overall), which had won just three sets in non-tournament play last season — took the second set 25-11 after dropping the first set 25-17 to the Bearcats.
WF West (1-0) eventually took the final two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-9 to win the match, 3-1.
Another positive that may show that Aberdeen is proceeding toward becoming a competitive program was the attitude of its players, according to Bobcats first-year head coach Desiree Glanz.
“We have a lot of seniors and there was just a different feel to the team,” said Glanz, who was an assistant coach for 10 years before taking over the head coaching position in the offseason.
Senior middle hitter Nayseth Barragan led Aberdeen with eight kills while fellow senior Julizza Ambrocio-Felipe led the Bobcats defense with 14 digs.
Junior setter Merryn Bruner had 10 assists and served during an Aberdeen eight-point streak that led to the second-set victory.
“She’s kind of taken on a leadership role and she did great tonight,” Glanz said of Bruner before turning her attention to the way her team played on Tuesday. “This was definitely a positive for us tonight.”
The Bobcats take on Rochester at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Rochester.
South Bend 3, Ilwaco 1
South Bend opened its season with a 3-1 victory over Ilwaco on Tuesday in Ilwaco.
The Indians (1-0 overall) won 25-22, 16-25, 25-14 and 25-22.
Junior libero Hannah Jewell recorded 17 digs and went a perfect 16-of-16 in service to lead a South Bend team that had a 90% service percentage on the evening.
Senior opposite hitter Kimberley Conner went 17-for-18 in service while sophomore setter Clara Green was an impressive 24-of-26 from the line.
Freshman Kendall Harriman, junior Reece Williams and sophomore Raydynn Morley had six kills apiece to lead South Bend.
“Our serving game gave us the edge tonight,” South Bend head coach Kelsey Staats said. “I saw a lot of great things tonight and we’re definitely happy with a win.”
South Bend plays at Raymond at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Raymond 3, Ocosta 0
Raymond opened the season with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-14 straight-set victory over Ocosta on Tuesday at Raymond High School.
“Considering this was the first volleyball game any of these girls have played since October 2019, I thought we did really well,” Raymond head coach Robert Swogger said. “Plus, all but one athlete is in a different position compared to what they played the last time we took the floor.”
Kyra Gardner made the switch from the soccer pitch to the volleyball court this season and led Raymond with nine kills in her first competitive volleyball game in three years.
Sidney Swogger had six kills and six aces while Tegen Fleury added seven aces for Raymond, which ran it’s 6-2 formation offense through setters Izzy Silvernail and Kyndal Koski.
Ocosta (0-1) was led by Lillyan Barnum and Hailey Jones, who had four kills apiece.
Darci Perrette recorded seven assists for the Wildcats.
“We struggled to find our rhythm on offense,” said Ocosta head coach Erin Snider, who is in her first year at the helm of the Wildcats program after taking over for legendary coach Barbara Rasmus, who retired at the end of last season. “The team played with a lot of heart and we look forward to meeting Raymond again later in the season on our own court.”