Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula Daily News Forks’
                                Jake Jacoby (left) and Cole Baysinger (on floor) go for the steal against Montesano’s Trevor Ridgway. Forks defeated Montesano 49 to 46 in a thriller to take over first place in the Evergreen League.

Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula Daily News Forks’ Jake Jacoby (left) and Cole Baysinger (on floor) go for the steal against Montesano’s Trevor Ridgway. Forks defeated Montesano 49 to 46 in a thriller to take over first place in the Evergreen League.

PREP ROUNDUP: Forks boys top Montesano, grab hold of first

FORKS — Forks got a crucial league win, fending off Evergreen League foe Montesano for a 49-46 victory that puts the Spartans all alone in first place.

“It was a fun game, man,” said Forks coach Rick Gooding.

Seth Johnson led a balanced Spartans’ attack with 12 points. Six different players scored at least five for Forks, with Joseph Reaume and Cort Prose scoring nine apiece, Braton Armas and Austin Flores each scoring six and Cole Baysinger five.

Gooding said Johnson not only did a good job ball-handling for the Spartans, but he also was tasked with guarding the Bulldogs’ high-scoring L.J. Valley, holding him to just eight points.

“Reaume gave us a big spark, Baysinger hit a big free throw. It was a great game, I loved it,” said Gooding.

It was the Spartans’ fourth-straight win and 10th win out of 11 games. Forks (3-0, 11-2) next plays at Tenino at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Forks 49, Montesano 46

Montesano 12 15 5 14 — 46

Forks 12 14 15 8 — 49

Montesano (46) — Ridgway 21, Winter 6, Valley 8, Farmer 6, Dierkop 5.

Forks (49) — Johnson 12, Reaume 9, Prose 9, Armas 6, Flores 6, Baysinger 5, Archibald 2.

Port Townsend 61, Kingston 45

PORT TOWNSEND — The Redhawks handled the Buccaneers in their fourth win over a Class 2A opponent at Bruce Blevins Gymnasium on Friday nights this season.

“Kingston is pretty athletic, so I was kinda concerned that we would have trouble guarding them, but we did so well in man we ran it pretty much the entire game,” Port Townsend coach Tom Webster said.

“Everybody on the team scored. We outrebounded them 48-27, had 19 assists and 12 steals. Coming out in the third quarter we outscored them 19-6, and got to play a lot of guys.

Kaiden Parcher led the way with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Jackson Foster added 10 points, 19 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Jacob Boucher scored eight, including a 35-foot buzzer beater just before halftime, and had four assists. The shot pushed Port Townsend’s lead at the break from 29-24, to 32-24.

“We needed that going in,” Webster said.

Webster praised the play of Payton Lake, who scored four for the Redhawks.

“Payton Lake is one of our smartest, fundamentally sound players and I love to see him have success,” Webster said. “If you have guys like him on your team you can win championships.”

Port Townsend (4-1, 8-5) visits North Kitsap on Tuesday.

Port Townsend 61, Kingston 45

Kingston 13 11 6 15— 45

PT 10 22 19 10— 61

Kingston (45) — Callaway 7, Bradley 8, Hunt 6, McDaniel 10, Sipai 5, Hermanson 7

Port Townsend (61) — Parcher 16, Foster 10, Boucher 8, Watkins 7, Hammett 6, Lake 4, Montoya 4, Baabahar 4, Spencer 2.

Clallam Bay 42, Crescent 41

CLALLAM BAY — The Bruins, playing with just six kids on the squad, came from behind after a rough first quarter to win a home game over Crescent, getting two free throws from Ryan McCoy to give them a lead with just seven seconds left.

McCoy led the Bruins with a monster game of 23 points and 18 rebounds. The Loggers were led by KC Spencer with 18, while Noah Leonard scored 11 with seven boards. Crescent’s Eric Emery had nine boards.

The Loggers got up 16-6 after the first quarter. It might not have been a good thing for the Loggers, according to coach Chris Ferrier.

“I think we had a false sense of satisfaction after the first quarter and we let up the rest of the game. Games are 32 minutes long and we probably played a solid eight, 10 minutes. That’s not going to get it done,” said Loggers coach Chris Ferrier.

Ferrier also said Crescent’s free-throw shooting wasn’t good, just 9 for 20.

”It was really a tale of two halves. We were down 10 or 12 early but fought back,” said Bruins’ coach Kelly Gregory. “It was exciting. I figured it would be a barnburner.

“My boys needed that one,” Gregory said.

Ferrier said he was impressed with the Bruins’ McCoy.

“Actually all of the Bruins [impressed me]. They play so dang hard with six guys. McCoy really dominated the fourth quarter,” Ferrier said.

At the end of the game, the Bruins were down to just five kids as one of their players fouled out.

Crescent (0-3, 5-8) next plays at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Chief Kitsap. Clallam Bay (1-2, 2-9) plays at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Neah Bay.

Clallam Bay 42, Crescent 41

Crescent 16 8 9 8 — 41

Clallam Bay 6 10 11 15 — 42

Crescent (41) — Spencer 18, Leonard 11, Emery 5, Owens 4, Ward 1, Morris 1, Buchanan 1.

Clallam Bay (42) — Aldanan 3, Eastwood 2, McCoy 23, Smith 5, E. Strid 2, R. Strid 7.

Girls Basketball

Crescent 40, Chief Kitsap 38

JOYCE — The Loggers came from way down in the fourth quarter to win their first game of the year with a 40-38 victory over the Bears.

The Loggers outscored Chief Kitsap 19-8 to pull out the victory in Wednesday’s game.

Grace Baillargeon led the Loggers with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while Chloe Conat had 10 points and a whopping 23 rebounds, 20 of them offensive boards. Raine Westfall also had 12 rebounds.

“We started really slow in the first half, scoring only 2 points in the second quarter. I thought the girls were giving up; I was frustrated. We had an intense locker room session at the half. The girls game out and played an entirely different game, a game I knew they were capable of playing,” said coach Kelly Serrianne.

Serrianne said the Loggers were a different team in the fourth.

”The perseverance and fight they showed in the fourth quarter was admirable,” she said.

Crescent (1-2, 1-10) next plays at home at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday against Chief Kitsap.

Crescent 40, Chief Kitsap 38

Crescent 11 2 8 19 — 40

CK 10 8 12 8 — 38

Crescent (40) — Conat 12, Baillargeon 15, Lee 1, Westfall 8, Belford 2, Kazlauskas 2, Belvins, Mandeville.

Chief Kitsap (38) — Usman 2, Carion 4, Smith 11, Hill 11, Fritz 6, Bovie 4, Ledesma.

Quilcene 54, PJP II 12

QUILCENE — The Rangers clamped down on defense and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 54-12 league win over Pope John Paul II.

“It was a good game for the entire team. We had good energy and worked well together as a unit,” said coach Brianna Weller. “Defensively, we were able to mix things up and utilized full court man to man as well as zone defense.”

Quilcene’s defense tallied 19 steals, 22 deflections, four blocks and 24 defensive rebounds in Friday’s win.

Gina Brown led the Rangers with 20 points and 14 rebounds while her sister Sydney Brown had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Abby Weller scored six points and had four assists, four steals and four blocks in only three quarters.

Marissa Kieffer added seven points.

Despite some recent struggles, the Rangers (5-3, 6-7) are in second place in the SeaTac 1B West League. Quilcene next play at at home at 5:45 p.m. Monday against Seattle Lutheran.

Quilcene 54, PJP II 12

Quilcene 20 21 7 6 — 54

PJP II 4 4 2 2 — 12

Quilcene (54) — G. Brown 20, S. Brown 14, Weller 6, Kieffer 7, Scholz 2, Darron 2, Mjomba 3.

Klahowya 50, Chimacum 36

SILVERDALE — The Chimacum girls battled foul trouble all game in a frustrating 50-36 road loss against Klahowya.

“That is the worst foul trouble I’ve ever coached in. I had three starters on the bench in the first quarter,” said coach Trevor Huntingford. The problem just got worse as the game went on with all three starters picking up their third foul in the second quarter.

“It impacted us for sure. We have a style that we play and we got pulled out of it. It shook us up a little. It got in our heads,” Huntingford said.

Mia McNair, playing less than half the game, led the Cowboys with 13 points, while Jada Trafton had nine and Grace Yaley had seven.

Despite the loss, the Chimacum (3-2, 5-8) girls are still tied with Port Townsend for first in the Olympic League 1A Division. The Cowboys next play at home at 6 p.m. Friday against Coupeville.

Klahowya 50, Chimacum 36

Klahowya 15 13 12 10 — 50

Chimacum 8 11 8 9 — 36

Chimacum (36) — Yaley 7, Trafton 9, Harolson 2, Clark 3, Dowling 3, McNair 13.

Kingston 64, Port Townsend 30

KINGSTON — It was a nonleague loss for the Redhawks, but the loss of one of their players may end up being a bigger blow.

Port Townsend lost to 2A Kingston, but in the game, one of the Redhawks’ best players, Jaz Apker-Montoya went down hard and left the game with a concussion.

“We don’t mind losing to 2A schools, we do mind losing players to injury,” said coach Scott Wilson.

Apker-Montoya battled a back injury for part of last season, as well. That’s because she throws herself into the action, Wilson said.

“She’s just a warrior of a player,” he said. With a concussion, there’s no timetable for Apker-Montoya’s return. She may return this season, but only with doctor’s approval.

Against Kingston, Meek led the team with seven points, while Cici Nielsen and Izzy Hammett had five each.

Port Townsend plays 2A power North Kitsap at home at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Kingston 64, Port Townsend 30

PT 6 10 7 7 — 30

Kingston 16 21 14 13 — 64

Port Townsend (30) — Meek 7, Nielsen 5, Hammett 5, Lake 4, Apker-Montoya 2, Kellogg 2, Fountain 2, King 2, Johnston 1.

Montesano 65, Forks 31

FORKS — Forks went up against the top dog of the Evergreen 1A League, hanging tough with them halfway into the second quarter, but a 12-0 run by Montesano helped propel the Bulldogs to a 65-31 win.

“It was a three point game halfway through the second. They called a timeout and went on a 12-0 run,” said coach David Hurn.

Hurn said the Forks girls did some things well against Montesano that they can build on. For instance, earlier in the season, the Spartans struggled against a press from Elma, but against Montesano, Forks was able to get the Bulldogs out of that defense.

Jayden Olson led the Spartans with nine points, while Chloe Leverington had seven and Rian Peters six.

The Spartans (0-3, 8-6) next play at Tenino at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Montesano 65, Forks 31

Forks 5 12 9 5 — 31

Montesano 16 18 22 9 — 65

Forks (31) — Olson 9, Leverington 7, Peters 6, Kratzer 4, Rowley 4, Garcia-Vasquez 1.

Wrestling

Port Townsend 60, Bellevue Christian 18

PORT TOWNSEND — The Redhawks moved to 3-0 in Olympic/Nisqually League 1A with a 60-18 dual win over Bellevue Christian in Port Townsend’s final home meet of the year.

The Redhawks will wrestle for the league Nisqually League title Jan. 25 at Cascade Christian.

Winning at their weight divisions in Thursday’s dual were Jesus Duran at 132 pounds, Odin Smith at 152, Gabe Petrick at 160, Dylan Tracer at 170 and Ryan Caldwell at 220.

“Jesus Duran and Gabe Petrick, Both wrestlers matched up with BC’s best wrestlers. It was a match up of two of our best versus their best two. Not only did we win, we won big. Pinning both opponents in the second round,” said coach Steve Grimm.

“I was so proud of our wrestlers tonight. They are such a smart and determined team. They wrestled aggressive and fast, like we been known to do and Port Townsend had another great crowd on hand to witness it. I don’t think I have ever coached a team that put up 60 points in a dual,” Grimm said.

Winning exhibition matches were Wes Blue at 182 and Kyle Caldwell at 195. Winning by forfeit were Ally Bradley at 113, Carter Swartout at 120 and Tucker Booth at 285.

It was the final home meet for Port Townsend’s six seniors — Bradley, Duran, Hill, Ryan Caldwell, Booth and Berlynn Wells.

“Port Townsend is having a tremendous year due to the leadership of these seniors. They are a great group and will be missed,” Grimm said.

Port Townsend next wrestles at the Battle of the Ax in Port Angeles at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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