Weekend Roundup: Aberdeen girls wrestling dominant in claiming sixth straight league title

Also: Former Elma grad helps WSU rowing team to second place finish at NCAA Championships

The Aberdeen High School girls wrestling team retained its spot atop the 2A Evergreen Conference with a dominant performance to win its sixth straight league title in Chehalis on Saturday.

Aberdeen had nine wrestlers win league titles en route to scoring 245 overall points, nearly three times that of second-place WF West (85).

League-champions for Aberdeen included Austin Wakefield, Ashlyn Yakovich, Emmersyn Yakovich, Aili Scott, Hailey Wilson, Raegan Portmann, Katie Gakin, Justice Valenzuela and Tatum Heikkila.

Five Aberdeen grapplers placed second in league — Lillian Allen, Rylie Waltee, Char Gutierrez and Emma Marchese — as the Bobcats qualified 14 wrestlers for the 2A District 4 Regional Tournament, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday at Tumwater High School.

“The girls went out and absolutely dominated today. I couldn’t be any happier as a coach and a dad,” Aberdeen head coach Craig Yakovich said. “I got to watch the three seniors that competed and both of my daughters win league titles. It just doesn’t get much better than that.”

Shelton (59 points), Centralia (48), Black Hills (30) and Rochester (22) placed third through sixth, respectively.


Raymond 63, North Beach 52

Raymond picked up its second win of the season, defeating North Beach on Saturday in Raymond.

Raymond (2-7 overall, 2B Pacific) turned offense into defense to get a much-needed victory over the Hyaks (3-8, 3-7) and leapfrog two teams in the Pac League standings.

“This was a key win for us at home. I thought our guys were focused from the tip, and they executed our game plan well,” Raymond head coach Derek Rask said. “The key to the game was our defense. I thought we did a nice job of contesting every shot and we didn’t allow North Beach to feel comfortable offensively.”

The Seagulls were led by Adrian Quintana, who had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Deleak Hubbard led Raymond in scoring with 18 points to go along with four steals. Morgan Anderson added 17 points for the Seagulls, who now sit in sixth place in league.

Raymond 18 22 19 4 — 63

North Beach 13 14 6 19 — 52

Other scores

Black Hills 65, Montesano 26

Chief Leschi 65, South Bend 50


Montesano 53, Black Hills 26

The Montesano Bulldogs ended the regular season with a convincing victory over Black Hills in Tumwater.

Paige Lisherness, a front-runner for the 1A Evergreen League MVP award, led Monte (10-2 overall) with 18 points, 15 rebounds and four steals.

Zoee Lisherness had 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals and was credited by Bulldogs head coach Mark Mansfield with providing Monte a “spark in the second half.”

“She made a number of plays defensively and really got us some momentum,” he said. “I thought she played great tonight.”

Maia Young scored seven points and Mikayla Stanfield added five points and nine rebounds for Monte.

Playing for the third time in a week, the Bulldogs shot 20-for-75 (27%) from the field in what Mansfield said was a “sluggish start,” but used their defense to emerge victorious. Monte held the Wolves to just four points in the third quarter and 10 the entire second half.

“We did OK in the first half, we just couldn’t finish,” he said. “Our defense really picked it up, especially in third quarter. We did a nice job of not allowing them many good looks and didn’t give them many second chances.”

League-champion Montesano will host La Center at 6 p.m. Thursday in a 1A District 4 semifinal matchup.

Monte 10 17 13 13 — 53

Black Hills 7 9 4 6 — 26

Other scores

Ilwaco 59, North Beach 32


Former Elma High School graduate and Washington State fifth-year senior Isabella Cristelli helped the Cougars women’s varsity fours rowing team to a second-place finish at the NCAA College Rowing Championships on Sunday in Sarasota, Florida.

As part of a four-person crew racing in the Four Petite Final, Cristelli and her teammates passed three boats in the final 1,000 meters to finish second in the nation with a time of 7:23.997, just over two seconds behind national champion Rutgers University (7:21.861).