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All road lead to state: Valley high school teams wrap up competition at the top level | Photos
Valley high school sports teams took their game to the state level this spring. While a top title wasn’t in the cards, local athletes did represent well.
Mount Si track and field teams
Competing in the state track and field tournament at the Tri-Cities, Mount Si’s girls squad finished tied for 13th, while the boys finished good for a tie for 25th.
The girls 4x400 relay team of Bailey Scott, Jesse Guyer, Karlie Hurley and Mackenzie Hutchison took silver with a time of 3:57.08. Hutchison took eighth in the 300 hurdles, with a time of 47.71 seconds.
Mount Si’s fleet freshman Hannah Waskom took fourth in the two-mile race with a time of 11:15.47. She also took fifth in the mile with a time of 5:07.92.
Karley Hurley was 13th at long jump with 15 feet, six inches.
Among the boys, Baly Botten took fourth at pole vault with 14 feet, three inches. Cameron Davis took seventh at shot with a put of 49 feet. Sam Hruska took eighth with a 166-foot, 11-inch javelin throw. Riley Ovall was ninth at javelin with a 114-foot, 11-inch throw.
Jack Nordby was 14th at discus with a 122-foot, 10-inch throw.
Senior Alex Nelson, practicing at Mount Si Golf Course, represented the fall boys team at state.
Mount Si golf
Mount Si sent one boy, senior Alex Nelson, and two girls, sophomore Caitlyn Maralack and senior Tabitha Dorn, to the state golf tournament, last Wednesday and Friday. The boys event was held at Tri-Mountain Golf Course at Ridgefield, Wash., while the 3A girls tournament was held at Woodland’s Lewis River Golf Course.
Maralack’s 85 score in Friday’s finals was good for seventh. She hit an 80 in Wednesday’s round one, fourth in the day’s rankings. Dorn just missed the cut to the finals with a 96—the cut was 94.
Nelson hit 76 on Wednesday to make his way to the finals, where he tied for 18th thanks to an 80.
Maralack was third at districts the week prior in Kent.
Mount Si seniors Aaron Baumgardner and Alex Dolewski; Photo by Calder Productions
Mount Si boys soccer
The Mount Si boys soccer team made it to the first round of the state tournament, where they went out Wednesday, May 21, in a hard-fought loss. Tied 1-1 against Kennedy after two halves, the Wildcats went into a penalty-kick shootout, in which the Lancers came out on top, 5-4.
“I really felt we outplayed our opponent, but someone needs to advance and someone needs to lose,” commented coach Darren Brown. The Mount Si boys, he said, went out swinging, and he couldn’t be prouder.
“It was a year of seconds,” commented Brown. “We were the second boys team in (our) history to reach the state playoffs. We finished second in KingCo. We were second all time in wins for a season at 13. This is quite an accomplishment.”
He praised seniors Alex Dolewski and Aaron Baumgardner, who, with the rest of the 2014 squad, “set the table for the future.”
Returning up to 12 juniors, four sophomores and a freshman, “We should be very strong next year,” said Brown.
Two of those juniors were named to the Kingco league’s first team, Connor Williams and Bruce Corrie, along with Baumgardner. Receiving second team honors was junior Colton Oord. Reid Howland, Cameron Dwight, Max Adamson and Evan Betz had honorable mentions. Mount Si ended their season with a 13-6-1 record.
Rose Vogt, playing at Woodlawn Park. She hit a home run at state.
Mount Si fastpitch
Going in as district champs, Mount Si’s fastpitch team went out in round 2 of the state 3A softball tournament, held at Lacey last Friday, May 29.
The team fell to Bonney Lake, 14-9. Mount Si’s Paige Wetherbee pitched, giving up 15 hits. She and Rose Vogt each hit a home run in the game. Wetherbee went 3-3 and brought home four runners, Vogt had three RBIs.
Mountain View High School then ended the girls’ run, 10-1, on Friday. Claire Lis and Bayley Barnett pitched. Wetherbee’s homer gave Mount Si their lone run. Kara Link and Rachael Picchena added hits.
Mount Si had a 19-8 record this season.
Carson Breshears, a Mount Si senior and shortstop, returns a catch. Photo by Calder Productions.
Mount Si baseball
Mount Si baseball’s 2014 season ended in the state finals at Centralia on May 24.
Shorewood High School’s Thunderbirds beat the Wildcats, 2-0, in round 1 of the WIAA regionals.
Zach Usselman pitched, giving up four hits and striking out eight.
Carson Breshears and Chris Solomon had two hits.
The Wildcats had a 15-8 season record. They won the Kingco league title on May 13 against the Juanita Rebels.
Cedarcrest podium placers Olivia Waterman, Logan Orndorf, and Bailey Parish.
Cedarcrest track and field
Cedarcrest track and field athletes competed over three days at Tacoma, putting multiple athletes on the podium.
On day one, Madi Shinn ran just a bit off her personal record in the mile at 5:24.12 to place 10th.
Logan Orndorf had second place in the mile with 4:17.46, a personal record by about one second. Colton Green finished 12th.
On day two, the highlight of the day was Tayla Weaver breaking the school record in the 200-meter race. She finished 15th in the 200-meter race with a time of 26.48 which breaks Lisa Cullimore’s 26.64 record.
Bailey Parish took eighth in the pole vault. She and the ninth-place finisher cleared the same height but Parish won the tiebreaker of fewer misses. Kathryn Smith took ninth in the javelin and 15th in the shot. Josh Zimmerman took 14th in the 400-meter race.
On Friday, Orndorf finished fourth in the two mile in 9:24.74, the third fastest time of his career.
In the girls 2A two mile race, Olivia Waterman finished fifth in 11:32.79.