Olivia Grey twirled a no-hitter and struck out 16 batters to lift the Woodland Beavers to a 3-0 victory over W.F. West in the title game of the 2A State Softball Championships at Carlon Park on Saturday in Selah.
“It’s something we’ve all wanted so bad this season,” Grey said on a Twitter video. “Therre’s no other school I’d rather play for. I love this program so much, and I wish I could play another year.”
The victory gave Woodland its second straight state crown.
Woodland (25-1) outscored its four opponents 22-0 in the tournament, including a 5-0 win over Sehome in the semifinals. The Beavers shut out Eatonville 10-0 in the opening round at state, and stopped Lynden 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
The Beavers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run homer from Kaily Christensen, and stretched the advantage to 3-0 in the fourth on a solo blast from Kelly Sweyer.
“I knew it was a home run off the bat,” Sweyer said on a Twitter video. “I was so excited and hugged my teammates. It’s the best feeling ever, I can’t edxplain it.”
Montesano 5, Castle Rock 4: A rematch with the Bulldogs didn’t go Castle Rock’s way as it fell in the title game of the State 1A Championships at the Columbia Playfield on Saturday in Richland.
To reach the title game, Castle Rock beat Forks 4-3 in the state semifinals.
Earlier this season, the Rockets turned away Montesano 4-1 in the Southwest 1A District Championship game. On Saturday, the Rockets were playing catch-up from the first inning. Montesano scored twice in the top of the first inning, but the Rockets answered with a run. The Bulldogs added solo runs in the second, third and fourth innings, but CR answered with two runs in the fifth to trail 5-3.
Katey Montgomery opened the fifth with a solo home run, and two outs later Logann Golden slapped a double. Sadee Huckleberry followed with a walk, and Zoe Naugle slapped a base hit to center field which plated Golden. Huckleberry and Naugle were left stranded. Naugle added a solo homer in the seventh inning.
Naugle was 3-3 and had a double and three RBIs, and Montgomery was 2-3. Payton Kessler allowed five earned runs on 12 hits and four walks in the loss.
Chewelah 15, Toledo 1 (5 innings): Too many errors and not enough hits proved to be devastating for the Indians, who were eliminated from the 2B State Championships at the Gateway Sports Complex on Saturday in Yakima.
Toledo (14-14) had one hit and five errors. Haleigh Holmes had the Indians’ hit, Payson Hoiseck had an RBI, and Grace Madill scored the run. Kyleigh Holmes allowed three earned runs on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts through four innings, and Kendra Coverdell tossed an inning of three-hit relief, allowing two earned runs.
Comets go 1-2: Naselle won one of three games to finish tied for fifth place in the Class 1A State Softball Championships at the Gateway Sports Complex on Saturday in Yakima.
The Comets (15-6) opened with an 18-5 loss to Inchelium, but bounced back to dismantle Taholah 17-2. Naselle had its season end following an 11-2 loss to Pomeroy.
No additional game details were available.
Clatskanie 12, South Umpqua 2 (5 innings): Shelby Blodgett twirled a two-hitter with nine strikeouts, and helped herself at the plate with two hits including a home run and three RBIs as the Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the Oregon 3A State Championships on Friday at home.
Clatskanie (24-0) hosts South Umpqua in a state semifinal game at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Clatskanie.
The Tigers pounded out 13 hits. Kaity Sizemore was 3-3 with a double and an RBI, Olivia Sprague was 2-3 with a triple and scored three runs, and Jayden Makinson was 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Kami Harrison was 2-3 with an RBI, Alexis Smith had a double, an RBI and scored twice, and Maris Jackson had a hit and two RBIs.
Grey named GSHL MVP: Woodland pitcher Olivia Grey, who led the Beavers to the league, district and state titles, was named Most Valuable Player of the Greater St. Helens 2A League after a recent vote of league coaches.
Woodland’s Tom Christensen was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
Placing on the league’s first team were Woodland’s Kaily Christensen, Kelly Sweyer, and Cassidy Donaldson and McKinzie Todd of R.A. Long.
Second team selections included RAL’s Saige Kochis and Alexis Strahan, and Woodland’s Carleigh Risley, Payten Foster, and Gwen Elkinton. Placing on the honorable mention team were RAL’s Mckenzie Hamer, Karsyn Teigen and Stephanie Burns of Mark Morris, and Woodland’s Chloe Eddy.
Vashon Island 3, Toledo/Winlock United 1: United saw its 12-match winning streak come to an end in the title game of the State 1A Boys Soccer Championships at Sunset Chev Stadium on Saturday in Sumner.
Vashon took a 2-0 lead into the break after scoring goals in the 22nd and 31st minutes, and pushed its advantage to 3-0 midway through the second half. United broke through in the final two minutes when Andreas Malunat pushed in a long free kick from Isaac Garibay.
Malunat, Gustavo Barragan and Brandon Cruz all had shots either carom off the post or defelected by the Vashon goalkeeper.
United finished its season 15-1-4.
GSHL 2A All-League Team: Three players from Woodland, two from R.A. Long and one from Mark Morris were named to the Greater St. Helens 2A League team in boys’ soccer after a balloting of league coaches.
Placing on the first team were RAL forward Brady Anderson and midfielder Amilyonno Puc, Woodland midfielders Jackson Finn, Aidan Thrall, and defender Brooks Massey, and Mark Morris defender Ethan West.
Named to the league’s second team were Woodland midfielder Owen Terhorst and wing Gage Pilot, MM midfielder Tino Cemulini, and RAL defender Toby Chavez.
Columbia River’s Jake Connop was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, and Alex Ashmore was selected the Defensive Player of the Year.
2A State: The Mark Morris tandem of Ben Haukaas and Gabe Slind claimed their first state title with a resounding victory in the state championships held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday in Seattle.
“They played fantastic,” MM coach Tom Johnson said. “We had the toughest side of the bracket with the first, third and fourth place finishers in it. We had a very successful season.”
Haukaas-Slind, who were 8-0 in sets won throughout the tournament, manhandled Owen Morrison and Colm Schaefer of Bellingham in the title tilt 6-2, 6-2. In the semifinals, Haukaas-Slind turned away Liberty’s Calvin Vuong and Colby Vuong, 7-6, 6-2.
In the consolation doubles portion of the tournament, Ethan Chung and Brady Anderson of Mark Morris lost to Damon Little and Liam Payne of Sequim, 7-5, 6-1.
1A/2B/1B Girls State: Bailee Williams-Wallace of Three Rivers Christian won the final match of her high school career, finishing in fourth place at the State Championships which concluded Saturday at the Yakima Tennis Club.
Williams-Wallace defeated Sarah Simmerman 7-5, 6-3 in the match for fourth and seventh places.
MM places three on first-team: Mark Morris singles player Katie Troy, and the doubles tandem of Madison Pond and Chandra Lomax were named to the all-Greater St. Helens 2A League’s first team after a vote of league coaches.
Columbia River’s Faith Grisham was named the league’s Singles Player of the Year, and Washougal’s Paige Wilson and Beyonce Bea were selected the Doubles Players of the Year. Kevin Erickson of Columbia River was selected Coach of the Year.
GSHL 3A All-League Team: Kelso’s doubles team of Milee Weitman and Ashley McGhee was named to the league’s first team in doubles, and Dani Valencia placed on the second team in singles in the Greater St. Helens 3A League after a vote of league coaches.
2A/3A State: Woodland senior Tyler Flanagan claimed a state title at the 2A WIAA Track and Field Meet at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Flanagan won the boys 300 meter hurdles in 39.35, just .04 faster than Sir Carter of Black Hills. Flanagan had to dive across the finish line to barely beat Carter for the state crown. Flanagan also was fourth in the 110 hurdles, finishing in 15.29 for his second podium of the day.
Woodland had a good weekend as a team.
Alexzander Bishop was second in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches. Judeah Sanders tied for second in the pole vault after clearing 13 feet. Jason Bowman, a freshman, set a personal record in the shot put, tossing 48-11.15, but missed the podium by a spot to finish ninth.
Woodland got another state champ on the girls side when Nicole Guthrie took the high jump, clearing 5-04.
Nicholas Sarysz was R.A. Long’s only finalist, placing sixth in the 1600 meter run in 4:24.89.
In the 3A meet running concurrently, Kelso had a trio of finalists but no podiums.
Josiah Fisher was 10th in the shot put, tossing 46-07 to place 10th, and Drew Tack was 11th in the javelin with a best of 149-05. Natalie Fraley finishing 18th in the pole vault, clearing nine feet.
Woodland’s girls finished second in team points with 20, falling short of team title winner Ridgefield by just two points. Woodland’s boys also finished with 20 points, but that was only good for a tie for sixth. Champion Pullman claimed 50.
R. A. Long finished in a tie for 19th with six points, those claimed by Sarysz.
2B State: Alex Kaino of Ilwaco left Cheney with a fistful of hardware at the 2B WIAA Track and Field meet this weekend, claiming a title, finishing second in another event and a podium in a two more.
Kaino won the 300 meter hurdles, finishing in 39.28 seconds. He also anchored the Fishermen’s 4x400 meter relay team, behind Brandon Kuhn, Parker Kaech and Colton McNabb, to a second-place finish in 3:28.59, nearly three seconds behind champion Adna. Kaino finished fourth in the 200 meter dash, placing fourth with a time of 22.99 and narrowly made the podium in the 100 meter dash, finishing eighth with a time of 11.72.
Fishermen teammate Erika Glenn stepped on the podium twice herself, finishing fifth in the girls 400 meter dash (1:01.3) and seventh in the 200 (27.11). Elizabeth McMullen grabbed a couple podium spots, as well, finishing the 100 meter hurdles in 16.43 for a fifth-place finish. McMullen was also seventh in the long jump with a best of 16 feet, 3.75 inches.
Kalama had several podiums, though more spread out than Ilwaco.
The Chinooks’ 4x200 meter relay team of Ruby Jackson, Kailey Shipley, Melanie Martinez and Brooke Milohoy finished seventh in 1:52.32. All are underclassmen.
Martinez also reached the podium in the 100 meter dash, placing eighth in 13.37. Matti Olson reached the finals in the 3200 meter run, but failed to podium, finishing 16th in 13:39.32.
Richard Beverage was third in the boys 300 meter hurdles, finishing nearly two seconds behind the champion Kaino. Addison Smee was fifth in the boys 3200, finishing in 10:12.30.
Riley Kent finished second in the pole vault, clearing 13 feet even, just three inches below champion Brody Klein of Rainier. Rylan Green was 13th in the triple jump, besting at 37-7.5.
Riley Kent of Toutle Lake was third in the boys 800, finishing in 2:00.71 and the Ducks’ 4x400 relay team of Austen McMullen, Riley Kent, Chase Hadaller and Henry Foultner were seventh, finishing in 3:37.73.
Griffin Sauters narrowly missed the podium in the discus for Toutle Lake, placing ninth with a best of 124-11.
Ilwaco’s boys finished third with 34 points after 17 events, one behind Northwest Christian and 20 behind team champ Adna. The Fishermen girls were 10th with 27 points after 18 events.
Kalama’s boys were fifth with 30 points and the Chinooks girls were 26th with seven points.
MM, RAL, Woodland on GSHL first team: Woodland pitcher Wyatt Wooden and infielder Wyatt Autrey, Mark Morris infielder Noah Mejia, and R.A. Long’s Jadon Williamson all placed on the Greater St. Helens 2A League first team in baseball after a vote of league coaches.
Names to the league’s second team were RAL pitcher Elias Farland, infielder Mitch Bergquist and catcher Jacob Childers, MM infielder Dawson Fritz and outfielder Brayden Harris, and Woodland utility player Trace Logan.
Honorable mention picks included RAL’s Ryan Plampin and Tanner Allen, MM’s Keoni Makaiwi, and Woodland Brady Burns and Reid Hope.
Ridgefield’s Kellen Bringhurst was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, and Nick Alder of Columbia River was tabbed Pitcher of the Year. Columbia River’s Stephen Donohue was named Coach of the Year.
Nickerson, Escudero are first-teamers: R.A. Long’s Josie Nickerson and Clarissa Escudero of Mark Morris were placed on the all-Greater St. Helens 2A League first-team in girls’ golf after a vote of league coaches.
Named to the second-team were Woodland’s Rayleah Trice, Abby Bozarth and Erin Madsen, MM’s Grace Hedlund, and RAL’s Piper Nguyen.
Ridgefield’s Samantha Fenton was named the league’s Player of the Year, and Columbia River’s Dave Bennett was selected Coach of the Year.
Lower Columbia 2, Everett 1: The Red Devils ran themselves out of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning of the NWAC Championships on Friday at David Story Field.
Colin Floyd walked to open the bottom of the ninth, and was lifted for pinch runner Trenton King. Chase Matheny followed with a base hit, and Drew Barlow reached on a fielder’s choice which erased King at third. GJ Hurst followed with a strikeout, and Matheny ended the game when he was caught in a rundown between second and third.
Everett scored solo runs in the second and ninth innings. In the sixth, LCC tied the game at 1-1 when Floyd reached on a fielder’s choice which scored Trevor Paro.
LCC had seven hits, with Shane Jamison going 2-3. Justin Solt allowed two earned runs on three hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts through eight innings, and Kaden Vanderwerf tossed a hitless inning of relief with a strikeout.