CLALLAM BAY — The Bruins beat Chief Kitsap 3-0 (25-7, 25-10, 25-10) in North Olympic 1B action Thursday. Coach Amanda Maines said setters Rainee Signor and Patience Swan led the team as the Bruins. Clallam Bay went to 3-2 in league play and 6-4 overall with the victory.
In other Thursday night volleyball action, Forks beat Port Townsend 3-1 in a nonleague match. The Spartans improved their record to 8-3 overall on the season.
North Mason 3, Port Angeles 1
PORT ANGELES — The Roughriders fell 25-21, 25-11, 23-25, 25-15 to the second-place Bulldogs in an Olympic League contest Thursday night.
Sophomore Kennedy Bruch led the team with four kills. Emi Halberg had 14 assists.
Freshman Lily Halberg totaled nine assists and 21 digs.
Junior Jaida Wood had three kills and senior McKenzie Musalek added two kills.
Port Angeles (5-4, 6-5) remains in third place in the Olympic League 2A Division. The Roughriders next play at first-place North Kitsap on Tuesday, but then finish up with home matches against Bremerton and Olympic, two of the weaker teams in the league, as the Riders look to finish the regular season with a winning record a year after only winning a single match in all of 2018.
Girls Soccer Port Angeles 3, North Mason 0
PORT ANGELES — Millie Long netted a hat trick and the Roughriders overpowered the visiting Bulldogs on Thursday night at Civic Field.
The win kept Port Angeles (8-1-0, 11-1-1) in first place in the Olympic League standings a game in front of second-place North Kitsap (7-1-0, 10-1-1).
Against North Mason, Port Angeles dominated all aspects of the game from the start, according to head coach Scott Moseley. That included shots on goal, which finished 15-2 in the Riders’ favor. Port Angeles goalkeeper Madi Roening was only called on to make two saves, which she handled comfortably.
“Although we have been scoring goals, an understated strength of this team is their defense. The play really solid, collective defense. Teams are having trouble getting shots on goal and scoring,” said Moseley.
It was the Riders’ seventh shutout of the year and the team is allowing a stingy average of 0.46 goals per game.
Port Angeles’s midfield, led by Bailee Larson, controlled the pace of the game all night. Larson was able to win most of the balls in the midfield, dribble at will and make the connecting passes.
“She played with a swagger like she owned the midfield,” said Moseley.
Said Larson after the game, “I just felt more comfortable with the ball, I have no clue where it came from but it was there tonight.”
That confident play included banging a 20-yard shot of the crossbar late in the game.
Port Angeles’s goals all came from leading scorer Long, who now has 24 for the season. In the sixth minute, she read the play and jumped all over a pass from a Bulldog defender, which left her one-on-one with the North Mason goalkeeper. Long calmly finished past a diving Morgan Mihelich.
A Bulldog foul on Larson after a strong run up the field in the 27th minute left Long with a 20-yard free kick, which she drove over the defensive wall and through the keepers’ hands.
The scoring finished off in the 75th minute off of a Delaney Wenzl assist. Wenzl brought the ball up through the midfield, found Long running past her defender, who again was able to place her shot beyond the goalie’s reach.
“I was really proud of how the girls dealt with a pretty decent North Mason team — they have been holding teams to only one or two goals, so to get three is a big deal. The confidence boost should pay off going forward.”
The Riders and Vikings will meet Tuesday in Poulsbo in a game with league-title ramifications.
North Kitsap 1, Sequim 0
POULSBO — Sequim played a tough defensive battle against North Kitsap, nearly knocking off the Olympic League 2A Division power, but in the end, they couldn’t find the back of the net in a 1-0 road loss.
“They split our back line and snuck one by our keeper,” said coach Derek Vandervelde. The Vikings’ goal came in the first half.
With the win, North Kitsap has a chance to tie for the league lead if the Vikings beat Port Angeles on Tuesday. Sequim, meanwhile, remains in good playoff position, tied for third with North Mason with 14 points in league play.
There weren’t a lot of shots, with North Kitsap leading the Wolves in shots 8-6.
“It was a midfield-type game,” Vandervelde said.
Vandervelde said Amare Sayer and Gabby Happe had good games defensively and Eden Johnson had a good game defensively and offensively. He also mentioned keeper Olivia Hare had some solid saves to keep the game close.
The Wolves (5-5-0 — 14 points, 6-5-1) next play a nonleague match at Port Townsend at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. They have a huge match at home Thursday against that North Mason (5-4-0 — 14 points, 5-5-0) team they are tied with. Right behind these two teams is Bremerton with 13 points.
“There’s nothing like having senior night for a huge match,” Vandervelde said. “The league is pretty strong, which is fun.”
Girls Swimming Port Angeles 108, Port Townsend 59
SEQUIM — The Roughriders won nine of 11 events to splash the Redhawks in an Olympic League swim meet Thursday at the Sequim YMCA.
Kenzie Johnson won two individual events for Port Angeles, the 100-yard back stroke with a time of 1 minute, 5.49 seconds and the 50 freestyle in 27.18.
Johnson teamed with Felicia Che, Mackenzie DuBois and Emma Murray to win the 200 medley relay (2:02.15) and the 200 free relay in 1:48.85.
Murray won the 500 freestyle in 6:13.97 and Che won the 200 freestyle (2:10.17).
Lydia Wallace won the 100 butterfly for the Riders in 1:28.58, while teammate Sage Hunter claimed the 200 individual medley in 2:37.74.
Port Townsend’s Veda Dosey won the 100 free in 1:04.33 and the 100 breast stroke (1:22.57), edging out Redhawks teammate Kaylee Barlow, who was second in 1:22.96.
Port Angeles (6-1, 6-2) and Port Townsend (2-5) swimmers will have one final shot to earn a district qualifying time at the Divisional Invitational at Olympic High School on Friday.
Sequim 103, Bremerton 64
BREMERTON — The Wolves outpaced the Knights in an Olympic League meet on Thursday.
Sequim swim coach Sarah Thorson passed along some highlights from the meet.
The Wolves’ Mia Coffman won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:08.41, missing out on a state qualifying time by just 2.41 seconds.
Coffman also won the 500 free in 5:47.6.
Morgan Cariou dropped one second in her 100 butterfly, to finish third in 1:23.5.
Lauren Sundin was second in that race in 1:19.58 for Sequim.
Sydney Swanson was second in the 500 free, earning a place at the district meet with a time of 6:30.95. Swanson also was second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:21.77.
Francesca Bargis cut a half-second off her 100 backstroke time and will swim at the district meet after posting a time of 1:14.7.
The Wolves’ 200 free relay team of Swanson, Coffman, Petra Bernsten and Eislynn Flood won in 2:03.6.
Sequim (5-2) swimmers will have one last shot to earn a district qualifying time at the Divisional Invitational at Olympic High School on Friday.