PREP SPORTS: Port Angeles sailors take seventh; other area reports
Skippers Grant Shogren, Ian Raphael, both of Port Angeles High School, and Klahowya’s Chris Suarez, from left, head back to the dock for a rotation following a successful team race on Lake Washington.
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The combined team qualified for the Gold Fleet and finished seventh out of 13 teams from throughout the state and Portland, Ore.
Strong winds on Saturday combined with short team race courses allowed for 105 races to be completed over the course of the two-day regatta.
Port Angeles captain Ian Raphael, a senior, was competing in his final high school regatta. This fall, Raphael will join the Dartmouth College sailing team.
Raphael, Shogren and Klahowya's Chris Suarez were the skippers, or drivers, of the boat, and Klahowya sailers made up the crews of the combined team's boats.
Portland team Catlin Gabel School beat out fellow Portland team Lincoln High School, Bellingham's Sehome High School and Bainbridge High School in the final four for the first-place finish.
Team racing pits two teams of three boats against each other, with the scores of all three boats added together to determine the low-scoring winner.
Different rules of sailing apply to team racing — teams are allowed to block boats at marks with mark traps and are also allowed to interfere with opponents' boats during the pre-start three-minute countdown.
The Team Racing Championship will be held at Dyes Inlet in Silverdale on May 3-4. The winner of that regatta will proceed to a nationwide regatta for the Baker Trophy, held this year in Seabrook, Texas.
Port Angeles did not qualify for the team championship because it does not meet the minimum number of sailors required.
The team hopes to build its program in order to meet the requirement next year.
For more information about youth Port Angeles sailing, contact Randy Volker, Commodore of the Port Angeles Yacht Club, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quilcene takes exciting doubleheader
QUILCENE — The Rangers opened their 1B Sea-Tac League season by sweeping a doubleheader against Rainier Christian, thanks to stellar pitching and clutch hitting.
Quilcene ace and reigning All-Peninsula Baseball MVP Jacob Pleines shut down the Mustangs in the first game, striking out 16 batters in a 2-1 win.
The Rangers bats had some pop in them, but the balls popped right into Rainier Christian's gloves.
“We couldn't hit,” Quilcene coach Forrest Thomson said of Friday's first game. “We kept popping it up. We had 13 pop-up outs.”
The Rangers' one big hit came from A.J. Prater, who hit a two-run single in the sixth inning.
The second game of the doubleheader was just as close, with Quilcene winning 5-4 in nine innings.
Sophomore Eli Harrison, using his improved fastball and a curve Thomson said is the best in the league, pitched into the eighth inning and also struck out 16 for the Rangers.
Rainier Christian held a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning until Quilcene's J.J. Smith stole home to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.
The Mustangs added three runs in the ninth to take a 4-1 lead.
The Rangers loaded the bases and walked in a run to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Pleines, after struggling at the plate all day, smacked a hit over the center fielder's head for a walk-off three-run triple.
“Josh King was on first base and he really motored around [for the winning run],” Thomson said.
Quilcene improves to 3-1 on the season.
“We were very fortunate,” Thomson said. “They were well-pitched games.
“The guys didn't give up and finally got it done. It was exhilarating.”
The Rangers play three games against Mount Rainier Lutheran this week — on the road today, at home Wednesday and back on the road Friday.
Port Angeles 5, Chimacum/Port Townsend 2
PORT ANGELES — The Roughriders defeated Chimacum/Port Townsend by taking two singles matches, one by forfeit, and three doubles matches.
Port Angles' Callie Peet beat Frances Sheldon-O'Neal 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles showdown.
In the No. 2 doubles match, Khaya Elliott and Emily Basden defeated Vy Nguyen and Casi Rowland 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
Madi Drew and Jessica Zhu took the No. 3 doubles match over Sophia Thirston and Sarah McEdwards 6-0, 6-1.
In No. 4 doubles, Carter Juskevich and Maria Soule beat Neenah Milton and McKenzie Ritchie 6-3, 6-4.
With the victory, Port Angeles improves to 1-1 in the Olympic League (2-2 overall), while Chimacum/Port Townsend falls to 1-1 (1-3 overall).
The Roughriders host Klahowya today, while Chimacum/Port Townsend is at home against North Mason.
Port Townsend team keeps winning
GIG HARBOR — Port Townsend's high school mountain bike team, the Olympic Mountain Bike Team, continued its winning ways at the Washington Student League's second mountain bike race hosted by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at 360 Park.
Olympic Mountain Bike Team, OMBT, had riders reach the podium in seven of eight categories Sunday with five wins overall.
The nearly exclusively single track 4.8-mile route created tactical challenges throughout the race, especially regarding passing.
During his pre-race talk, OMBT head coach Christian Young brought up this point, instructing his team to get out of the starting area quickly and jump in front before the single track began.
The team listened and started swiftly and stayed ahead throughout many of the races.
The Washington Student League has four high school divisions for both boys and girls, as well as a middle school boys and girls division. Racers ride one to four laps depending on category.
In just her second race and celebrating her 15th birthday, Odette Jennings won the Beginner Girls race by a sizeable margin. Teammate Annalise Rubida crushed the Intermediate field by over 11 minutes.
Camille Ottaway battled to second place in the three-lap JV division.
In the varsity girls race, which also went three laps, Cassie Ross continued her dominance beating the field by over 10 minutes, while Mazy Braden pedaled to a fourth-place finish.
The largest field, the Beginner Boys, saw Tate Braden placing fifth and teammates Isaac Steimle and Dashiel Morely placing 22nd and 26th, respectively.
OMBT's Calvin Leckenby improved on last month's second-place showing with a win in the Intermediate Boys race, followed by Tristan Fountain taking fourth place, Joel Mackey sixth, Jake Brady twelfth and Miguel Salguero sixteenth.
Andy Hull led the team in the JV Boys division with a fourth-place finish and Eli Biskup took sixth.
In the closest race of the day, Joseph Tweiten won the four-lap (nearly 20 miles) Boys Varsity race by less than five seconds, and teammate Luca Freier finished fourth.
“He passed me on the last hill, but I jumped in front just before the single track,” Tweiten told the race announcer after the game, hearkening back to the advice he received from he coach earlier in the day.
When later asked why OMBT was such a strong team, Tweiten gave a simple answer: “Well, we train really, really hard.”
OMBT has organized rides Wednesdays and Sundays and many members train on their own throughout the week.
Team director Doug Ross has put together a group of volunteer coaches that creates close to a 2-to-1 ratio of bikers to coaches.
The results from 360 earned OMBT a team score of 500 points, the maximum allowed, and a two-race team total of 991 points.
OMBT has come out on top twice with two more races left in the season: Battle at the Base at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Sunday, April 27 and the state championship at Washougal MX Challenge on May 18.
In lieu of a trophy, winning teams are presented with “The Gnome” which is meant to travel back with the team to be photographed in the team's hometown.
The gnome is then returned for the next race where it is presented to that race's winning team.
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