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Mark Morris' Scarlett Moe swims her heat of the 200 yard freestyle at the ninth annual girls' Sprint Pentathalon at Dick Mealy Memorial Pool on Saturday. Moe finished with a time of 2 minutes, 57.22 seconds at the 14-team meet that included 201 swimmers. Please see full prep coverage on C4. 

Everything was clicking for the Comets on Saturday night.

Naselle triumphed with a 56-20 nonleague road win at Tacoma Baptist that included a 75-yard pick-6 from Fa’aoso Tutu’u and a 42-yard hook-and-ladder between Jacob Eaton and Antonio Nolan.

The Comets lead 24-6 at the half, and built on it, finishing the third quarter 36-6.

“We talked about all week about making a statement,” coach Jeff Eaton said. “We knew Tacoma Baptist played right with Lummi, and I challenged them all week at practice to make a statement, and I think we made a pretty good one.”

Cole Dorman threw for 248 yards on 18-of-30 passing with two touchdowns, also adding two rushing touchdowns on three carries totalling 40 yards.

Tutu’u scored two rushing touchdowns, toting the ball seven times for 108 yards, while Antonio Nolan had nine rushes for 77 yards and a score. Jimmy Stange also scored on the ground.

Ethan Lindstrom caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, Jacob Eaton had six receptions for 48 yards and Josh Townsend snagged four balls for 54 yards.

Defensively, Joey Strange recorded eight tackles with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, Jimmy Strange tallied 10 tackles, and Vince Fauver added nine more tackles.

Naselle now faces a short week before its 1B Northwest League home game against Darrington on Friday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Fort Steilacoom Invitational: R.A. Long’s Nicholas Sarysz had the second best time of the day in any race, clocking a 16 minutes, 22.60 seconds 5,000-meter at the 20th annual event. Evan Davidson (18:53) was 70th, Gavin Yates was 111th (19:20.2) and Ethan Kingston was 113th (19:20.8) in the 5,000-meter silver race.

Colten Jorgenson topped Kelso runners on Saturday (17:19), finishing 27th. Jimmy Peabody (17:46.20) finished 60th. On the girls’ side, Kelso’s Kahler Kirk finished 28th (21:03), while Kyla Shoddy was 76th (22:26) for the Lassies.

Leading R.A. Long’s girls were Kierrla Yates (21:58) in 10th in the 5,000-meter bronze race and Miranda Lomax (22:35) in 18th.

Toutle Lake’s Darla Kandoll (21:20) placed third in the freshman race while senior Maleah Kandoll (21:08) was fifth in the silver race. Henry Foultner (17:57) placed 22nd in the silver race as the Ducks’ sole male representative.

Molalla Invitational: Owen Linney finished 61st (19:27) and Elias Ceja (22:02.29) finished 154th in the varsity race Saturday to lead Woodland.

GIRLS SOCCER

Kalama 1, Ocosta 0: Melanie Martinez scored the game-winning goal in the second half of the Chinooks’ Central 2B League win at Ocosta on Saturday. Katie Sutherby provided the assist, while Mary Morrell had two saves.

Kelso 2, Battle Ground 0: Ashlee Bakunowicz scored in the 10th minute and Brianna McWain added one more on a free kick 63rd minute of the Lassies’ nonleague home win Saturday. Ally Harman notched three saves at goalkeeper and hasn’t allowed a goal this season.

“If you look closely at the last three games, I think we did a decent job,” coach Kemal Vejo said. “At the end of the game, a win is a win.”

Kelso (3-0-2) hosts R.A. Long on Tuesday.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Sprint Pentathlon: Mark Morris swimmers Alyssa Davis, Mariah Roseman and Maddy Schreier each set new district qualifying times in the 14-team, 201-swimmer meet at Dick Mealy Memorial Pool. La Center’s Bryanna Ungs and Hailey Grotte were the top individual swimmers. No team scores were kept at the ninth annual event.

Davis earned a qualifying time in the 50 free (28.76 seconds), and finished seventh in the 100 butterfly and 10th in the 25 individual medley. Roseman earned a qualifying mark in the 500 free (6:41.80) and Schreier in the 100 breaststroke (1:30.02). MM’s Sarah LaSarge finished sixth in the 25 freestyle. R.A. Long’s Kylie Hueth finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Lower Columbia 5, Grays Harbor 0: The Red Devils notched their first West Region win of the year as Sierra Thornock scored goals in the second and 47th minutes on Saturday. Kayla Willis scored in the 26th minute, Shelby Vermulen scored in the 66th minute and Hailey Starnes found the net in the 81st minute. Kennedy Werner notched on save as goalkeeper during the first 60 minutes before Erin Bentley finished the game and added one save.

Lower Columbia is now 3-3 overall, 1-2 in region, and travels to play Centralia on Wednesday.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Devils finish third: Lower Columbia went 3-1 on Saturday to finish the Red Devil Crossover at 6-1 and in third place. After going 3-0 on Friday, the Red Devils opened with a 3-2 win over Olympic on Saturday morning at Myklebust Gym in the crossover quarterfinals. They lost 3-1 to North Idaho in the semifinals, before rallying with 2-0 wins over Skagit Valley and Umpqua.

North Idaho defeated Pierce in the finals.

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