Here’s a roundup of local sports news from a busy weekend filled with district and state postseason events.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
Raymond girls take district title
The Raymond Seagulls girls track and field team took the top spot at the 2B District 1/4 Championship meet on Friday at WF West High School in Chehalis.
Led by senior Kyra Gardner’s four district championship victories (100 hurdles, 15.96 PR; high jump, 5-6; long jump, 16-02; triple jump, 35-02.5) the Seagulls girls team scored 91 points to easily outpace La Conner (61) and third-place Stevenson (59).
Karsyn Freeman won the girls discus with a personal best 117 feet, 11 inches throw to help the Seagulls’ cause.
The victory was the first team district title for the Raymond girls team in school history.
Other local district champions in the girls competition were North Beach’s Isabella Faris (800, 2:35.75) and South Bend’s Hannah Jewell (115-08 PR).
In the boys competition, a strong Ocosta team scored 74 points to place second behind Rainier (85) while Raymond took fourth with 55 points.
Ocosta’s William Idso won the 100 meter sprint title with a time of 11.22 while twin brother Matthew won both the 400 (50.45 PR) and 800 (2:07.12), the latter by a mere 0.02 seconds over Coupeville’s Aidan Wilson.
Raymond had a pair of district champions, with Morgan Anderson taking the 110-meter hurdles crown (15.78 PR) and Tre’ Seydel winning the 300 hurdles (41.76 PR).
The 2B State Championship meet will begin on Thursday at at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
For full meet results, visit athletic.net.
Aberdeen wins boys district title
The Aberdeen Bobcats boys track and field team had a banner day at the 2A District 4 Track & Field Championships on Friday in Shelton, cruising to a victory in the boys team title.
Aberdeen scored a whopping 105 points, easily outpacing WF West (55) and Tumwater (53), which placed second and third, respectively.
Led by two district championship victories by Andrew Troeh (high jump, 6-02; triple jump, 41-05.75), the Bobcats had five total athletes win titles, with Henry Nelson (800, 2:00.21), Julian Campos (1600, 4:18.73 PR), Collin Babineau (110 hurdles, 15.80) and Tyler Bates (discus, 142-10).
The 2A State Championship meet will begin on Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
For full meet results, visit athletic.net.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
Highland 3, Elma 0
The Elma Eagles season came to an abrupt end with a 2-1 loss to Highland in the quarterfinal round of the 1A State Boys Soccer Tournament on Saturday at Toppenish High School in Toppenish.
On the backs of senior forward Manny Hernandez’s goal in the 24th minute, Elma (16-2-2 overall) took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
But Highland (17-3) responded in the second half, getting a goal by Miguel Romero in the 47th minute to tie the game and taking the lead on a Yahir Castro score in the 59th minute.
Elma, a team that averaged nearly seven goals per game this season, struggled to get scoring chances against the defensive-minded Scotties, which only allowed 16 goals coming into the contest.
Elma goal keeper Andy Salvatierra recorded six saves, many in the second half to keep Elma in the contest.
The loss ends the season for Elma, which won the 1A Evergreen League title with an undefeated league record and advanced to the 1A District 4 championship game for one of the most memorable seasons in the program’s history.
Elma 1 0 — 1
Highland 0 2 — 2
First half — 1, Elma, Manny Hernandez, 24th minute.
Second half — 2, Highland, Miguel Romero, 47th minute. 3, Highland, Yahir Castro (Rudy Silva), 59th minute.
Saves — Jesus Gonzalez, Highline, 2; Andy Salvatierra, Elma, 6.
Rochester 10, Aberdeen 4
Aberdeen’s chances at a spot in the state tournament went by the wayside in a 10-4 season-ending loss to Rochester in the 2A District 4 Tournament on Friday at Recreation Park in Chehalis.
The Bobcats (13-10 overall) had a rough start as the first five Warriors hitters reached base to take a 3-0 lead before Aberdeen starter Lilly Camp got the first out of the inning with a strikeouts of Layna Demers.
But two more Warriors hits in the frame drove in three more runs, putting Aberdeen down 6-0 early.
In the bottom of the fourth, Aberdeen’s defense committed four straight errors as Rochester (14-8) took a commanding 9-0 lead to put the Bobcats on the brink of elimination.
In the top of the sixth, Aberdeen got on the scoreboard with three straight singles from Hailey Wilson, Maddi Gore and Laynie Yakovich to open the frame followed by RBI groundouts by Emma Siano and Merryn Bruner.
Another Aberdeen error led to a Rochester run in the bottom half of the inning and a 10-2 Warriors lead.
Aberdeen did not go quietly, scoring with two outs in the seventh when Yakovich lined a single to center field to score Aili Scott and Wilson, making it a 10-4 final.
Gore led Aberdeen, going 3-for-3 with Yakovich belting two hits and driving in two runs.
Camp took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in six innings pitched.
Aberdeen’s defense committed six costly errors in the game, leading to six unearned runs.
With the loss, Aberdeen is eliminated from the postseason.
Aberdeen 000 002 2 — 4 8 6
Rochester 600 301 x — 10 8 2
Aberdeen — Gore (3-3, R), Yakovich (2-4, 2RBI), Scott (1-4, R), Wilson (1-4, 2R), Lecomte (1-3). LP – Camp (6 IP, 10R, 4ER, 8H, 3K, 3BB).
Rochester — Vassar (2-4, 2B, R), Justice (2-3, R), Stull (1-4, 2B, 2RBI), Byrd (1-4, 3R, 2RBI), Lenzi (1-4, R, RBI), Fluetsch (1-4, 2R). WP – Escott (3 IP, 0R, 0H, BB).
Castle Rock 6, Montesano 2
There will be a glaring absence at the 1A State Softball Tournament this season as for the first time in 16 years, the Montesano Bulldogs will not be in attendance.
Montesano struggled offensively against Castle Rock ace Payton Kessler in suffering a 6-2 loss in the elimination semifinals of the 1A District 4 Tournament on Saturday in Centralia, ending a long state-tournament appearance streak that dates back to the 2007 season.
The Bulldogs (10-14) managed just three hits in the game — all coming off the bat of outfielder Liv Robinson — in the season-ending loss.
Trailing 6-0 in the seventh, Robinson spoiled the shutout with a double to left that scored Paige Lisherness and Reghann Fairbairn.
Riley Timmons took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and five walks.
The loss snapped a streak of 15 consecutive seasons that Montesano had appeared in the state tournament.
Montesano 000 000 2 — 2 3 2
Castle Rock 201 201 x — 6 6 2
Montesano — Robinson (3-3, 2B, 2RBI), Lisherness (0-2, R, BB), R. Fairbairn (0-3, R). LP – Timmons (6 IP, 6R, 5ER, 6H, 5K, 5BB).
Castle Rock — Lee (2-4, HR, 2R, 2RBI), Squibb (2-3, 2B, 2R), Lee (1-4, 3RBI), Kessler (1-4). WP – Kessler (7 IP, 2R, 0ER, 3H, 11K, BB).
Columbia-White Salmon 13, Elma 8
Elma’s season came to an end in the 1A District 4 elimination semifinals, falling to Columbia-White Salmon 13-8 on Saturday in Centralia.
Elma (7-11) scored five runs in the second inning highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Callie Galligan. to take a 5-2 lead after one inning.
But CWS (18-4) rallied for six runs in the second, including a bases-clearing three-run double by Sophia Acosta, to regain the lead at 8-5.
Elma climbed to within a run at 8-7 with back-to-back RBI singles by Carly Gay and Galligan.
In the top of the fifth, the Bruins scored five runs on a two-run error, an Ella Reed double, a fielder’s choice by McKynzi Guinn and an RBI single by Maggie Bryan.
Elma scored a run in the seventh when Hannah Warren doubled home Brooklyne Swarts for the 13-8 final.
Galligan (2-2, HR, R, 4RBI), Chloe Clark (2-4, R), Emmie Spencer (2-4, 2B, R), Warren (2-4, RBI) and Gay (2-4, R, RBI) all had multi-hit games for Elma.
Delayne Hanson took the loss for the Eagles, allowing eight runs — two earned — on five hits with a strikeout in three innings pitched.
Elma’s defense recorded five errors in the contest, leading to 11 unearned runs for CWS.
CWS 260 050 0 — 13 7 1
Elma 520 000 1 — 8 13 5
CWS — Bryan (2-5, HR, 2R, 3RBI), Aman (1-3, 2B, 3RBI), Kōck (1-4, 2B, 2R), Acosta (1-2, 2B, R, 3RBI), Reed (1-4, R, RBI), Dickey (1-1, R). WP – Dickey (1.1 IP, 7R, 7ER, 9H, K, BB).
Elma — Galligan (2-2, HR, R, 4RBI), Clark (2-4, R), Spencer (2-4, 2B, R), Warren (2-4, RBI), Gay (2-4, R, RBI), Sample (1-4, R, RBI), Swarts (1-3, 2B, 2R). LP – Hanson (3 IP, 8R, 2ER, 5H, K).
Bellevue Christian 6, Elma 0
Elma’s state tournament run ended earlier than the Eagles had hoped with a 6-0 loss to No. 2 Bellevue Christian on Saturday at Daniels Fields in Anacortes.
The Vikings (22-0) scored a run in the bottom half of the first on an RBI single by pitcher Taylor Franklin.
Bellevue Christian took a 5-0 lead after scoring four runs in the fourth — highlighted by a Franklin three-run double — and added a run in the fifth when Cash Erdman scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles (9-12) had their chances to score against Franklin, getting two runners on in both the first and third innings and had at least one runner on base in all but two innings of the game.
But the Eagles failed to string hits together or get a clutch knock with runners in scoring position against Franklin, leaving eight runners on base over the course of seven innings.
Eastin Wright (2-4) and JT Tiffany (2-3) had multi-hit games for the Eagles.
Of Elma’s seven hits in the game, only one — a one-out double by Jack Alexander in the sixth inning — was for extra bases.
Andrew Sanders took the loss for Elma, allowing six runs — five earned — on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 3 2/3 innings pitched.
Ethan Camus pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the Eagles, allowing an unearned run on five hits with three strikeouts.
The loss ended the Eagles season, one which saw them battle from third-place in the 1A Evergreen League to a spot in the district-championship game.
Elma 000 000 0 — 0 7 1
Bellevue Christian 100 410 x — 6 11 0
Elma — Wright (2-4), Tiffany (2-3), Cain (1-3), Alexander (1-3, 2B). LP – Sanders (3.2 IP, 6R, 5ER, 6H, 2K, 2BB).
BC — Franklin (3-4, 2B, 4RBI), Schroeder (3-3, R), Bell (2-3, R), Gatchalian (2-3), Erdman (1-4, R). WP – Franklin (7 IP, 0R, 7H, 9K, BB).