Wednesday Prep Roundup: Montesano boys basketball beats Elma, creates 3-way tie atop 1A Evergreen League

Also: Aberdeen bowlers close regular season with win over Montesano

At the halfway point of the 1A Evergreen League schedule, we have a three-way tie.

Hoquiam, Montesano and Forks all sit at 3-1 after Wednesday night’s action, meaning the final two weeks of the regular season should be filled with intrigue, beginning Friday when Hoquiam travels to take on Montesano in a game with major league implications.

Here’s a look at recent action from around the Twin Harbors as the winter sports season hits the home stretch.


Montesano 71, Elma 47

Montesano’s balanced offense produced three scorers in double figures as the Bulldogs grounded the Elma Eagles, 71-47, on Wednesday in Montesano.

Senior forward Shaydon Farmer led the way for Monte (9-7 overall, 3-1 Evergreen 1A) with 12 points.

Juniors Carter Olson and Tanner Nicklas scored 11 and 10 points for Monte, respectively.

The Bulldogs shot 28-for-60 from the field (47 percent) and had built up a 14-point lead at the half (34-20).

Eagles senior co-captain Carter Jacobson scored a game-high 20 points to pace Elma (1-14, 0-4).

With the victory, Monte is tied atop the 1A Evergreen League with Hoquiam and Forks after the Grizzlies lost to the Spartans on Tuesday (see below).

Elma plays a non-league matchup against Klahowya on the road at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Monte will host Hoquiam at 7 p.m. Friday in the biggest game to this point of the season for both teams.

Elma 10 10 14 13 — 47

Montesano 15 19 19 18 — 71

Top Players: Montesano — Farmer (12 pts.), Olson (11 pts.), Nicklas (10 pts.); Elma — Jacobson (20 pts.), Cody Vollan (10 pts., 9 reb., 3 stl.).

Forks 62, Hoquiam 60

A last second shot at the buzzer and a missed timeout call sent Hoquiam to a 62-60 loss at Forks on Monday, snapping the Grizzlies’ five-game winning streak.

Tied at 60-60 after Hoquiam’s Rayyon Dayton’s offensive rebound and putback with 12 seconds left, Forks leading-scorer Cort Prose (15 points per game) dribbled to the wing and hit a cutting Braton Armas, who scored from in deep to put Forks (11-4, 3-1) on top, 62-60.

Hoquiam head coach Curtis Eccles and multiple Hoquiam players immediately called timeout with one second left on the clock, but the referees didn’t grant the stoppage and the final buzzer sounded.

“Forks got all the calls,” said Eccles, who also stated he wanted to get an explanation from the referees, but they left the gym as soon as the buzzer sounded. “It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it goes sometimes when you get that far away from home.”

Hoquiam (7-8, 3-1) was behind in the foul calls, 9-2 with approximately three minutes left in the third quarter and saw the Spartans shoot twice as many free throws (18-9).

When asked if Forks was attacking the basket to create more foul-shot opportunities, Eccles replied: “Both teams were attacking and drawing contact.”

Dayton filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, a game-high 19 rebounds, six assists, six blocks and three steals.

Cameron Bumstead led the Grizzlies with 19 points and had three steals but fouled out with 1:09 left to play.

Bumstead was praised for filling in a leadership role for Jackson Folkers, who had positive results from an MRI on his injured knee.

“It’s only a sprain,” Eccles described. “We’re hoping to get him back toward the end of the regular season.

“Cam has been a great floor leader and did a pretty good job of taking over that leadership role while Jackson is out.”

The loss is the first in league play for Hoquiam and is their first loss of 2019. The Grizzlies are tied at 3-1 with Montesano and Forks for first place in the 1A Evergreen League.

Hoquiam and Monte square off at 7 p.m. on Friday in Monte.

Top Players: Hoquiam — Bumstead (19 pts., 3 stl.), Dayton (15 pts., 19 reb., 6 asst., 6 blks., 3 stl.), Bryson Eccles (10 pts., 8 reb.); Forks — Armas (16 pts.), Seth Johnson (13 pts.), Prose (9 pts.).


Bobcats split double duel

Hosting District IV rivals Mark Morris and R.A. Long, Aberdeen held its own and gained some knowledge in a double duel split on Wednesday at the YMCA of Grays Harbor.

The Monarchs won all but two events to use their punch for a 105-69 win over the Bobcats. Aberdeen’s depth was more than enough against undermanned R.A. Long, 123-43.

“Mark Morris is one of the best programs in the district and it is always a good challenge to swim against it,” Aberdeen head coach Rob Burns said. “We held our own and we know where we stand in the final weeks of the regular season. The guys felt good about how well they swam and they should.”

Freshman Russell Bates won the 100 backstroke after coming off the 200 freestyle relay. Senior Kai Kawashima won the diving competition.

Coach Burns cited Brice Kola and Colton Burns for their performances and Foster Patterson, Jesus Farias and Jamieson Berney for time drops.

On Wednesday, Aberdeen will hit the road to take on North Thurston.

Aberdeen 123, RA Long 43

200 MR — 1:52.30 — Mark Morris, Aberdeen, Mark Morris. 200 Free — 2:03.94 — MacDonnell (MM), Bates (A), Soetamin (MM), Skare (MM), Anderson (A). 200 IM — 2:12.25 — Soetamin (MM), Blain (MM), Burns (A), Kola (A), Murray (RAL). 50 Free — 24.88 — Soetamin (MM), Gates (A), Mendez (MM), Sias (A), Courts (A). Diving — 151.65 — Kawashima (A), Cisneros-Cornelo (A). 100 Fly — 1:00.19 — Pospichal (MM), Gates (A), Hayes (RAL), Worel (RAL), Butler (MM).

Mark Morris 105, Aberdeen 69

100 Free — 56.28 — MacDonnell (MM), Burns (A), Schafer (MM), Sias (A), Mullin (A). 500 Free — 5:51.51 — Mendez (MM), Worel (RAL), Butler (MM), Kooiman (MM), Anderson (A). 200 FR — 1:40.25 — Mark Morris, Aberdeen, Aberdeen. 100 Back — 1:07.08 — Bates (A), Schafer (MM), Soetamin (MM), Sears (RAL), Hash (RAL). 100 Breast — 1:09.67 — Pospichal (MM), Butler (MM), Mullin (A), Hayes (RAL), Kawashima (A). 400 FR — 4:09.64 — Mark Morris, Aberdeen, RA Long.

— Rob Burns, For the Grays Harbor News Group


Aberdeen 15, Montesano 4

Aberdeen held serve on senior night, competing their first winning season in their short history with a 15-4 victory over Montesano on Wednesday at Rainier Lanes.

Aberdeen swept the first two games, 694-611 and 709-649, won both Baker games and its pin total of 1,665 was third best in program history.

Monte’s Annalynn Farley had the high game of the match, bowling a 181 in Game 2.

Aberdeen’s Illiana Mercado-George had the high series of the match with a 331.

Aberdeen JV bowler Mild Poompuang rolled the fourth best series score in Bobcats history with a 336 in the JV match.

Aberdeen will have a tune-up match at the Jills Tournament (Longview, time and date not available) before looking ahead to the district tournament on Jan. 25 at Triangle Bowl in Longview.

Aberdeen (15) — Mercado-George (163, 168, 331), Meghan Howell (146, 173, 319), Ambar Morales (147, 109, 256), Anabelle Micheau (136, 119, 255), Bryerlee Perry (102, 140, 242).

Montesano (4) — Annalynn Farley (136, 181, 317), Danika Peterson (152, 114, 266), Kaylee Lundgren (126, 113, 239), Cassidy Schoenbachler (101, 124, 225), Olivia Moore (96, 117, 213).