Aberdeen’s Madison Gore, right, dribbles the ball in the first half of a game against Black Hills Thursday in Tumwater. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

Aberdeen’s Madison Gore, right, dribbles the ball in the first half of a game against Black Hills Thursday in Tumwater. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

Thursday Prep Roundup: Aberdeen’s late rally comes up short in 2-1 loss to Black Hills

PREP SOCCER

Black Hills 2, Aberdeen 1

Aberdeen’s offense laid dormant for most of the night in a 2-1 loss to Black Hills in Tumwater on Thursday.

Aberdeen (5-4 overall, 2-2 Evergreen 2A) spent much of the first half in its own end of the field and struggled to connect on passes to its forwards.

Black Hills (6-3, 3-1) continued to apply pressure in the opening 40 minutes, attempting eight shots in the first half, resulting in four shots on frame.

Aberdeen goalkeeper Charlize Gutierrez was up to the task for the much of the contest, making 10 saves in the match.

Aberdeen goalkeeper Charlize Gutierrez knocks a shot off the crossbar late in the second half against Black Hills in Tumwater on Thursday. Gutierrez had 10 saves in Bobcat’s 2-1 loss to the Wolves. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

Aberdeen goalkeeper Charlize Gutierrez knocks a shot off the crossbar late in the second half against Black Hills in Tumwater on Thursday. Gutierrez had 10 saves in Bobcat’s 2-1 loss to the Wolves. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

The Wolves finally broke through in the 28th minute when Taylor Prante won a race to a loose ball and got her shot past Gutierrez as she dove at Prante’s feet. Naliyah Navarrete picked up an assist on the goal that gave Black Hills the 1-0 advantage.

Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said poor ball movement led to turnovers that created chances for the Wolves.

“In the first half, especially, we have to have a better touch. The other team’s first touch is way better and that has been our Achilles’ Heel all year,” he said. “When we get the ball, we’re either holding it too long or not showing for the ball quick enough and communicating early that you’re wide open.”

Aberdeen went into the halftime break down 1-0 with no shots on target and didn’t immediately see the offense kick into gear in the second half either.

The Bobcats didn’t have a shot on goal for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but picked up the game-tying goal in the 51st minute. ABerdeen’s Emmy Walsh dribbled past keeper Devin Herbert, who came out to meet her at the edge of the box, and shot the ball into a wide-open goal to put things level at a goal apiece.

The game was only briefly tied, however, as the Wolves picked up a goal from Madison Klinger in the 56th minuteto put Black Hills back on top, 2-1.

Aberdeen’s Dominique Trevino, left, steals the ball from Black Hills’ Aynsleigh Dragon in the second half in Tumwater on Thursday. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

Aberdeen’s Dominique Trevino, left, steals the ball from Black Hills’ Aynsleigh Dragon in the second half in Tumwater on Thursday. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

The Bobcats moved all but one of their midfielders up to the front in the final 20 minutes in search of another tying goal. Midfielder Brooklynn Lecomte nearly made the aggressive strategy pay off with a point-blank shot. But Herbert made a diving save to preserve Black Hills’ lead.

Walsh nearly scored another goal with a free kick in the 72nd minute, but had the shot attempt go just wide of the near post.

Fleming was encouraged by some of the late chances the Bobcats generated even if they didn’t result in goals.

“I thought we were passing better in the second half,” he said.” We can still do a lot better with possession, but just our forwards winning the ball and putting pressure on that high line. We ended up with the ball behind them a bunch.”

Aberdeen will try to get back in the win column against a winless Rochester squad at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Stewart Field.

Fleming thinks his team is headed and the right direction and can come out on top when Black Hills heads to Aberdeen for the last home game of the season.

“We matched up pretty well with that team. If we play a little better, I think we get them at home. Our effort was there, everybody is hustling and trying to do the right thing,” he said. “We created some great chances, it wasn’t always pretty, but at least we’re hustling.”

Black Hills 1 1 – 2

Aberdeen 0 1 – 1

Top Players: Black Hills – Prante (G, 28th minute); Clinger (G, 56th minute); Aberdeen – Walsh (G, 51st minute)

Elma 10, Forks 0

Elma’s offensive explosion was highlighted by a hat trick from Emily Newberry in the Eagles 10-0 drubbing of Forks at home at Davis Field on Thursday.

Newberry picked up unassisted goals in the fourth, 36th and 52nd minutes to help lift the Eagles (3-5-2, 2-2, Evergreen 1A) past the Spartans (0-7, 0-3) on a night where scoring was abundant.

Elma senior Jillian Bieker was also impressive with goals of her own in the fifth and 52nd minutes to go along with two assists she picked up on goals that Janessa Sample scored.

Elma head coach Evan Valentine said he wanted to see his team stick to its game plan and play disciplined against a Forks program that’s still developing.

“I wanted to keep the energy up today and I wanted to keep our ball-movement style,” he said. “I was happy we had so many goals from our midfielders.”

Elma will travel to Raymond to face Raymond-South Bend on Tuesday with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Elma 4 6 – 10

Forks 0 0 – 0

Top Players: Newberry (G, 4th, 36th and 52nd minutes), Sample (9th and 50th minutes), Chloe Clark (19th and 72nd minutes), Bieker (G, 5th and 52nd minutes)

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Willapa Valley’s Hallee Layman, background, smashes a kill attempt while Raymond’s Grace Busenius defends during the Vikings’ 3-1 victory over the Seagulls on Thursday at Raymond High School. (Photo by Larry Bale)

Willapa Valley’s Hallee Layman, background, smashes a kill attempt while Raymond’s Grace Busenius defends during the Vikings’ 3-1 victory over the Seagulls on Thursday at Raymond High School. (Photo by Larry Bale)

Willapa Valley 4, Raymond 1

Willapa Valley remained undefeated in the 2B Pacific League with a 3-1 victory over the Raymond Seagulls on Thursday at Raymond High School.

Willapa Valley (7-1, 3-0 Pacific 2B) dropped the first set to the Seagulls (4-4, 2-1) 25-23 before sweeping the next three games by scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-13.

Raymond was led by Tina Sypaphay’s 10 kills and two aces.

“Overall, we played inconsistent and had difficulty with serve receive at times,” Raymond head coach Bob Swogger said. “We also made some mistakes that shouldn’t have been made. As long as we keep working on trying to be consistent and play at a high level all of the time and not some of the time, we will be in good shape.”

Willapa Valley JV defeated Raymond JV 25-22 and 25-14.

Raymond’s C-Squad defeated the Vikings 26-24 and 25-18.

Willapa Valley 23 25 25 25 — 3

Raymond 25 12 23 13 — 1

Top Players: Raymond — Sypaphay (10 kills, 2 aces)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

Ocosta 3, Northwest Christian 0

The Ocosta Wildcats rebounded from a tough loss to Willapa Valley on Tuesday to win in straight sets over Northwest Christian on Thursday in Westport.

Ocosta (6-2, 2-1 Pacific 2B) kept pace in the league standings with a 25-21, 25-14 and 25-18 win over the Wolverines (2-2, 0-1).

The Wildcats got contributions from all over the court. Emily Snider had 17 assists, Layne Martin had nine kills and Evalyn Marsh led Ocosta with 11 digs.

Defensively, Hailey Jones and Kiana Morrow combined for nine blocks and eight kills up front for Ocosta, which plays at Ilwaco at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

NWC 21 14 18 — 3

Ocosta 25 25 25 — 0

Top Players: Ocosta — Martin (9 kills, 6 digs); Snider (17 assists); Marsh (11 digs); Jones (4 kills, 5 blocks); Morrow 4 kills, 5 blocks); Lillyan Barnum (17-17 service)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

Lake Quinault 3, Taholah 1

Lake Quinault moved to 8-1 on the season with a 3-1 victory over Taholah on Thursday at Taholah High School.

Kariana Fowler and Kiya Kalama had 11 kills apiece to lead Lake Quinault (8-1, 3-0 Coastal 1B), which won by scores of 25-15, 25-15, 22-25 and 25-14.

The Elks’ Nevaeh Richards went 16-for-17 in service while freshman Nichole Tiemeyer had three kills, 10 digs and went 18-for-21 in service.

“The team played well and (they) all hustled and worked as one tonight,” Lake Quinault head coach Jody Lines said.

Lake Quinault takes on Mary M. Knight at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Mary M. Knight High School.

Lake Quinault 25 25 22 25 — 3

Taholah 15 15 22 14 — 1

Top Players: Lake Quinault — Fowler (11 kills); Kalama (11 kills); Tiemeyer (3 kills, 10 digs)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

North Beach 3, Pe Ell 0

The North Beach Hyaks put it all together in a straight-set victory over the Pe Ell Trojans on Thursday at North Beach High School.

Led by a multitude of players, North Beach (5-3, 1-1) won 25-9, 25-21 and 25-12.

Lorin Cox led the Hyaks with seven of North Beach’s 13 kills.

Sophomore Mady Eang had 11 assists and junior Lety Carcaise served at 93% as the Hyaks scored 18 points on her 23 serves in the game.

“I’ve been waiting for all the girls’ hard work to come together,” North Beach head coach Jessica Preisinger said. “I’ve been seeing moments of it, but this was our first complete game we’ve played. We can only go up from here and I’m excited to see what these girls can accomplish.”

North Beach senior Skye Barrell was commended by Preisinger for her excellent service (93%) and solid defensive play.

“She kept the team focused and pumped in each match. She really stepped up and did her job as a senior captain.”

Pe Ell 9 21 12 — 0

North Beach 25 25 25 — 3

Top Players: North Beach — Cox (7 kills); Eang (11 assists)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

South Bend 3, Chief Leschi 2

South Bend picked up its first win of the season with a 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 22-25 and 17-15 win over Chief Leschi on Thursday at Chief Leschi High School.

The young Indians (1-7, 1-2) relaxed after winning the first two sets and outdueled the Warriors (2-5, 0-3) in a fifth and final set that needed extra points to determine the outcome.

“We came out pretty aggressive tonight and I was so happy to see that,” said South Bend head coach Kelsey Staats, who then said her team “got a little lazy” in the third and fourth sets.

“But I’m not going to pick apart this win,” she added. “Tonight’s match showed a lot of growth.”

Brittney Jones led South Bend with six kills and added two blocks while serving at a 94% clip.

“She was consistent and strong at the net all night,” Staats said of Jones.

Hannah Jewell and Raydynn Morley had 13 and 12 digs, respectivley.

South Bend will face first-place Willapa Valley at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Willapa Valley High School.

South Bend 25 25 17 22 17 — 3

Chief Leschi 20 23 25 25 15 — 2

Top Players: South Bend — Jones (6 kills, 2 blocks); Reece Williams (4 kills); Jewell (13 digs); Morley (12 digs)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

PREP FOOTBALL

WA School for the Deaf 66, Lake Quinault 12

Lake Quinault lost to WA School for the Deaf for the second time this season, falling by a score of 66-12 on Thursday in Vancouver.

The Elks (0-3), which lost to the Terriers 54-2 on Sept. 19, scored in the final moments of the game when quarterback Kalon Neeland competed a pass to receiver Jesus Mendoza, who then broke two tackles en route to a game-ending 15-yard touchdown.

“We played a lot of young players who got their chance to grow and learn as part of the team,” Elks assistant coach Preston Ham said.

Lake Quinault has a rematch against Clallam Bay at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at Clallam Bay High School.

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group