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Woodland pressed, and pressed some more, until its lead was insurmountable.

The Beavers scored 46 first-half points, including 12 of Kaily Christensen’s 14 points in their 70-27 nonleague home victory over Evergreen on Wednesday.

The full court press, which lasted through the opening frame before backing off, helped Audrey Adams to seven steals, which her teammates converted. Kelly Sweyer led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Payten Foster grabbed five boards.

Coach Glen Flanagan noted that Sweyer’s scoring prowess sparked others on the team, and shots fell from around the floor.

The Beavers have done well in a limited sampling of 3A competition so far, having beat a touted Kelso team on Monday.

Next for Woodland is geographic rival La Center on Friday.

Toledo 54, Morton/White Pass 20: The Indians scored 33 first-half points in their Central 2B League home win Wednesday, led by Stacie Spahr’s 10 points and 16 rebounds. Haleigh Holmes and Marina Smith finished with four steals each, while Greenlee Clark added eight rebounds.

“We played really well defensively,” coach Brian Layton said. “We rotated well, communicated better, and just played a lot better defensively.”

Winlock 39, Kalama 33: Winlock won the rebounding and efficiency battle, and thus the Central 2B League game at home on Wednesday. The Cardinals out-rebounded Kalama 44-28 and hit 18-of-28 free throws while Addison Hall scored 26 points in the win.

Kalama was led by Akura Rocha, who scored 18 points with 10 rebounds.

Wahkiakum 69. Mossyrock 20: The Mules took home a Central 2B League win Wednesday, with Paige Pace, Macie Elliott and Jansi Merz finishing with seven steals apiece. Elliott also added seven assists, Kimberlee Watkins grabbed nine boards, while Merz and Elliott Leitz grabbed six rebounds.

Tumwater 55, Mark Morris 19: The Monarchs’ nonleague home opener didn’t go as planned Wednesday, though five buckets from beyond the arc were a bright spot. Mariah Bost led the team with nine points.


W.F. West 56, Castle Rock 10: The Rockets had a tough night with plenty of close finishes in their nonleague home match Wednesday. Peyton Watts (182) did earn a 13-0 major decision, though, and Wayne Baker (160) can take pride in his pin.


R.A. Long 1753, Kelso 1528: The Lumberjills earned a nonleague victory over Kelso at Triangle Bowl on Wednesday with Brooke Thill bowling a 337 and Kylee Newman with a 334. Zoie Rodman led Kelso with a 312, and Lassie Kaylee Price finished with a 273.


Kelso at Gaither Pool: Kelso’s Jacob Redmill finished first in the 100 yard butterfly (58.78) while teammate Mason Montoya paced the 100 yard backstroke (1:12.68) with Hilander Brenden Kazensky placing second (1:13.82) at Gaither Pool Wednesday.

All three times qualify for districts.

Jacob Bass also qualified in the 100 yard breaststroke, as did Jacob Lease, who also qualified in the 200 medley.

Grant Eastham qualified in the 200 yard medley and 100 yard fly, Kazensky qualified in the 200 freestyle, Mannix Montoya qualified in the 100 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke, Caden Olson qualified in the 50 yard freestyle and Spencer Thomas qualified in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Redmill also qualified in the 50 yard freestyle, along with Mason Montoya.

Mark Morris, R.A. Long meet: R.A. Long’s Zachary Hayes qualified in the 200 yard medley (2:28.10), 100 yard freestyle (1:00.03) and 50 yard freestyle (26.45) at Mark Morris on Wednesday.

Teammate Hunter Worel qualified in the 200 yard freestyle (2:11.39) and 500 yard freestyle (6:02.32).

Eight Mark Morris swimmers finished with district qualifying times, including Mason Blain’s 100 yard breastroke (1:18.02) and Rudi Soetamin’s 100 yard backstroke (1:06.08). Zachary Butler qualified in the 200 yard medley (2:25.19) and 100 yard backstroke (1:09.30).

Andrew McDonnell qualified in the 200 yard freestyle (2:00:39) as well as the 100 yard backstroke (1:05.42), while Sam Mendez qualified in the 100 yard butterfly (1:00.96), 500 yard freestyle (5:51.31) and the 50 yard freestyle (25.67).

Ryan Pospichal qualified in the 100 yard freestyle (53.74) and 100 yard breaststroke (1:10.45), Kaden Schafer qualified in the 200 yard medley (2:24.85) and 100 yard breaststroke (1:12.36), while Kodee Soetamin qualified in the 50 yard freestyle (23.15) and 100 yard butterfly (59.30).

Editor's note: Woodland's opponent was not identified in the original story. The Beavers played Evergreen. 

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Jason is a journeyman sports reporter who has covered the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A's, along with a heavy emphasis on the Oakland Raiders. He comes to Cowlitz County from Oakland, Calif. and is a loving father.

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