SPORTS: Port Angeles girls, Port Townsend boys cross country teams earn state berths; Port Angeles volleyball earns No. 5 district seed

LAKEWOOD — The Port Angeles girls and Port Townsend boys earned state cross country berths along with several individuals from the North Olympic Peninsula at the Westside Classic on Saturday.

The top five teams and 25 individuals in the Class 2A and 1A races qualified for the state championships, set for Pasco this coming Saturday.

Districts at American Lake Golf Course were held on a 5-kilometer/3.1-mile course.

In the 2A girls division, the Roughriders finished fifth overall as a team to qualify for state as Alison Maxwell of Port Angeles finished sixth and Sequim’s Audrey Lichten took 10th.

Lichten’s Wolves did not move on as a team, however, after finishing 12th out of 12 teams.

In boys 2A, Sequim runner Alex Jenkins finished 17th while Port Angeles runner Travis Taylor finished 23rd overall for state berths.

The Rider boys finished 72 points back of qualifying as a team in eighth place.

Port Townsend’s boys captured fourth in 1A competition with the score of 155 to earn another trip to state.

Habtamu Rubio took second overall for Port Townsend while Olympic League champion Bereket Piatt placed third and Xavier Frank sixth.

Brittany Grant is the only girl moving on for Port Townsend, taking ninth overall.

Volleyball PA fifth at subdistricts

TACOMA — The Riders won both of their matches at the subdistrict championships Saturday to earn a No. 5 seed in the 2A West Central District tournament this coming weekend.

The Roughriders won their first match 3-1 against Lindbergh 22-25, 25-9, 25-19, 25-22.

“We hit the ball fairly well and played good defense,” Port Angeles coach Christine Halberg said.

Danielle Rutherford had 11 kills, six digs and four blocks while Emily Drake had 32 assists, three kills, three digs and four aces for the Riders.

Port Angeles beat archrival Sequim 3-1 in its second match by the scores 25-15, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23.

It marked the first time the Riders had beaten the Wolves in Halberg’s three years as coach.

“We played well all the way around,” Halberg said.

Darian Foley had nine kills, five aces, four digs and three blocks while Drake added 34 assists, six aces, four digs and three kills.

Drake totaled 66 assists for the day.

Port Angeles will play the No. 12 seed at 5 p.m. at the district tournament Saturday at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma.

The Riders only need to win two matches to move onto state.

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