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Mark Morris swimmer Kodee Soetamin qualified in two events and helped two relays to advance to state from the Southwest District 2A Boys Swimming Championships held at Dick Mealy Memorial Pool on Friday at Mark Morris.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the 2A State Championships during Feb. 15-16 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Columbia River won the team title ahead of six other teams with 348 points, followed by MM with 282. R.A. Long finished fourth with 118.

Soetamin won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.13 seconds, and was second in the 100 freestyle in 51.1. He teamed with Andrew MacDonnell, Samuel Sanchez and Ryan Pospichal to finish second in the 400 freestyle relay (3 minute, 36,64 seconds), and the 200 freestyle relay in 1:36.77.

Pospichal also won the 100 breat stroke in 1:06.81, and MacDonnell was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:28.04.

Possible wildcard entries into state will be announced Sunday evening.

Isaiah Ross of Washougal was named the Southwest District Swimmer of the Year, and Alyssa Manlow of Columbia River was tabbed the district’s Coach of the Year.

District 4/5 3A Championships: Kelso’s Grant Eastham set a school record in the 100-yard backstroke, and also qualified for state in another event from the meet held at Gaither Pool on Friday in Kelso.

The top two placers in each event move on to the 3A State Championships during Feb. 14-15 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Mountain View the seven-team meet with 291 points, followed by Kelso with 276.

Eastham won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 9.91 seconds, and completed the 100 backstroke in 57.5 to better a mark set in 1978. Kelso’s 200 freestyle relay of Sam Rosado, Caden Olson, Mason Montoya and Jacob Redmill was first in 1:36.56, and Redmill was second in the 100 butterfly in 57.58.


Rainier 63, Warrenton 60: The Columbians mounted a fierce comeback, scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter, to earn a Coastal Range 3A League road win Friday. Kenney Tripp scored 15 points during the final frame after being held scoreless for three quarters, including a go-ahead bucket followed by a Devion Godfrey steal and two converted shots from the line for Tripp. Godfrey led the team with 22 points, while Conner Rea and Joey Tripp scored 11 points each. Nelson couldn’t recall the Columbians scoring 35 points in a half this season, let alone one quarter.

Clatskanie 53, Willamina 39: The Tigers took home a Coastal Range 3A League win at Willamina on Friday, setting up their hosting of Rainier to decide the league title Monday. Jonathan Moravec led all scorers with 15 points, while Dawson Evenson scored 14 points and Cooper Blodgett added 10 points.

Mary M. Knight 60, Three Rivers Christian 40: Wyatt Richards had 12 points, and Ryan Ransom added 11 and dished five assists, but the Eagles fell in a Southwest 1B District Tournament matchup on Thursday in Matlock, Wash. “The kids fought hard through adversity, and I’m proud of them for their efforts,” TRC coach Dave Tuengel said. “We lose six seniors, but I like the young guys we have returning who will be counted on to make contributions next season.” Also for TRC (11-11), Jaden Moore had nine points and eight rebounds.


Clatskanie 59, Willamina 40: Shelby Blodgett had a huge double-double with 26 points and 22 rebounds as the Tigers coasted to a Coastal Range League victory in Willamina. “We had to work hard to score, and did well limiting transition points,” Clatskanie coach John Blodgett said. “It was an overall good team effort on the road against a solid team.” Also for Clatskanie (16-4, 11-0 league), Olivia Sprague had 14 points, three steals and three rebounds, Kaity Sizemore had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Cloee McLeod had four rebounds and four steals, and Anna Martin also grabbed four rebounds. Blodgett also had five steals and three assists.

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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