PREP ROUNDUP: Six area golfers join three already headed to state

Neah Bay, Clallam Bay and Crescent Tri-District track and field results and Forks softball

BREMERTON — Three Jefferson County golfers and three Clallam County players advanced to their respective state golf tournaments at the West Central District boys and girls golf tournaments at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

They join three Sequim boys golfers — Blake Wiker, Paul Jacobsen and Ben Sweet — who previously advanced to state at the Class 2A Olympic League Tournament earlier this month.

In the boys Class 1A competition, Port Townsend junior Jacob Madison qualified for his third state tournament with a round of 11-over-par 83 on the par-72 Olympic Course to finish in a tie for fifth.

Chimacum’s Logan Storm was off his game, according to coach Rachel Whittington, but persevered with a round of 91 to finish in a tie for 14th. The top 15 1A boys made the cut to the state tournament.

“Logan mananged to make the cut and make to state,” Whittington said. “He’s more than capable of shooting 80 or below, so he didn’t play particularly well. Whittington said players “had trouble with the greens, they were fairly fast.”

On the girls side, Port Townsend’s Mackenzie Lake also qualified for her third straight 1A state tournament with a round of 17-over-par 88 on the par-71 Cascade Course.

Private schools got the best of the public schools on the day with the top four 1A boys and four of the top five 1A girls scores coming from private school players.

Charles Wright’s Jahan Baines shot 2-over-par to win the 1A boys event and Charles Wright’s Emily Chen shot 3-over-par to claim the girls 1A tournament.

The 1A boys state tournament will be held at Olympia Country & Golf Club and the girls 1A tournament is set for Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Both events will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.

Class 2A boys and girls

Sequim’s Brittney Gale picked a fine time to shoot her career-best round, posting a 94 on the Cascade Course to finish second amongst 2A golfers and reach the state tournament.

The 94 was 11 shots better than her previous 18-hole record.

“It was by far the best I’ve ever seen her play,” Wolves coach Garrett Smithson said. “She was composed and never had a blow-up hole. She had one goal and that was to get to Spokane.”

Yana Hoesel finished in a tie for seventh for the Wolves with a round of 104. She is the district’s first alternate to state.

“Yana had a really rough finishing hole or else she would have easily qualified,” Smithson said. “That’s golf and that’s why we play all 18. I was super impressed with Yana’s round throughout the day. She made two birdies with one of them made by dropping. a 60-foot putt.” The girls 2A tournament will be held at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake near Spokane on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sequim’s Liam Payne will join three previously qualified Wolves’ teammates at the boys 2A tournament.

Payne finished fifth with a round of 94 on the Olympic Course. Sequim’s Blake Wiker, Paul Jacobsen and Ben Sweet previously qualified for state during the Olympic League Tournament earlier this month.

Port Angeles also will be represented at state as Cameron Fouts shot a 96.

“Cameron played some great golf today and his score reflects just a couple of tough holes,” Roughriders coach Gil Stockton said. “He showed his determination and grit by making birdie on the 18th hole. He is getting more consistent each week.”

Port Angeles’ Derek Sparks shot 100 and will be the district’s first alternate at state.

The 2A boys tournament will be held at Liberty Lake Golf Course on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Softball Forks still alive

CENTRALIA — Forks is alive and kicking at the rain-delayed Class 1A Southwest District 4 Tournament at Fort Borst Park in Centralia.

The Spartans lost a 2-1 pitchers’ duel to Trico League champ Castle Rock (15-5) on Wednesday and were up 6-0 on King’s Way Christian after four full innings when rain forced the game to be resumed at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Used to playing in much heavier weather, the Forks players were willing to play through the light shower.

“We didn’t think nothing of it,” Spartans coach Dennis Dean said of the weather. “The girls’ reactions were, ‘It’s not raining very hard, what are they stopping it for?’.”

Dean said he felt confident Forks would stay alive and advance.

“I’m feeling pretty good about that one,” Dean said. “[King’s Way] has struck out eight times in four innings and haven’t hit anything out of the infield so far.”

Britney Dean is pitching in that game for Forks.

Chloe Leverington did well in the circle in the loss to Castle Rock.

“It was probably the best game I’ve ever seen Chloe Leverington pitch,” Dean said.

“She only threw 71 pitches — 55 strikes and 16 balls. She walked one, struck out 10 and gave up five hits.

The Rockets doubled home the eventual winning run in the sixth.

“They had a good pitcher too,” Dean said. “We only had four hits and Natalie Lausche hit a solo home run.”

Castle Rock went on to beat Elma to clinch a state berth.

“We’ll go back and start up again Saturday [against King’s Way] with the top of the order [up to bat],” Dean said. “Hopefully we can go back and score four quick runs and end it.”

If Forks (9-9) wins, the Spartans will face La Center (8-14) in a loser-out, winner-to-state game at noon Saturday.

Track and Field Class 1B Tri-District meet

LACEY — The Neah Bay boys 4×100-meter relay team sprinted to victory, Clallam Bay’s Hannah Olson won the girls shot put and Neah Bay’s Shilaily Woodruff leaped to the triple jump crown at the Class 1B Tri-District meet at Saint Martin’s University on Wednesday.

The Red Devils’ Keith Johnson, Toby Croy, Josey Tyree and Robert Richardson blazed to the Tri-District title in the 4×100 relay in 46.86 seconds to push Neah Bay to a fourth-place finish as a team with 54 points.

Richardson also qualified for state in two other sprints as the sophomore set personal records in both the 200 (fourth in 24.65) and 400 ( third in 54.59).

The Red Devils’ Jay Brunk was second in the javelin (129 feet, 1 inch) and teammate Ramon Tinoco also will throw the javelin at the 1B state meet after setting a personal best with a distance of 122-10.

Brunk also qualified for state in two jumps. He finished fourth in the triple jump (39-07) and fifth in the long jump (18-11.5). Teammate Sean Bitegeko will jump at state after finishing fourth in the long jump (19-01.5) and sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 38-06.

Mount Vernon Christian swept the boys (131) and girls (84) team titles.

The Bruins’ boys and girls each finished sixth overall.

The top six boys qualified for the state meet which will be held at Eastern Washington University on Thursday through Saturday.

Clallam Bay’s Ryan Strid made state in the 100 (second in 11.78) and 200 (third in 24.42). Strid and teammates Mike Maines, Michael Littleton and Ryan Bykerk finished second in the 4×100 relay in 47.65 to head to state.

Maines will compete in the long jump at state after clearing 5-04 to place sixth in the high jump.

Crescent will send two boys to the state meet. Freshman Malachi Treadway set a personal record of 45 seconds to wind up second in the 300 hurdles and was third in the 110 hurdles (18.01).

Sophomore Brendan Bergstrom placed sixth in the discus for the Loggers (100-03).

The top seven girls advanced to the state meet.

Olson and teammate Miriam Wonderly fared well for the Bruin girls.

Olson won the shot put with a throw of 30-10 and finished second in the javelin (91-02) and long jump (14-09.5). She’ll also run in the 100 meters at state after finishing sixth with a time of 13.94.

Wonderly was second in the high jump, clearing 4-04, and made state in three other events. She was fifth in the 100 (13.84), fourth in the 200 (28.69) and sixth in the 400 with a personal record time of 51.76.

Clallam Bay’s 4×100 relay team of Venessa Jimmicum, Miranda Tyree, Lexi Campbell and Shyann Littleon also made state with a seventh-place finish in 1:02.01.

Littleton qualified in the triple jump with a leap of 29-08 to finish fifth.

Woodruff set a personal record with a leap of 31-03.25 to win the triple jump for Neah Bay.

All three Red Devils’ girls relay teams qualified for state.

The 4×100 team of Grace Buzzell, Grace Wilson, Ruth Greene and Navaja Johnson were sixth in 1:00.36.

Laila Greene and Woodruff joined Buzzell and Wilson to finish fourth in the 4×200 (2:00.31) and seventh in the 4×400 (4:44.69).

Wilson also made state in the triple jump (28-01.5).

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Compiled from team reports. Email scores to [email protected] or phone 360-417-3525.

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