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Will Steward’s hat trick couldn’t have been more timely for the Klahowya Eagles.

The Eagles beat Forks 5-1 in the first round of the 1A state boys soccer tournament Tuesday in Forks.

The Eagles led 2-0 at halftime thanks to two goals by Steward. Forks closed it to 2-1 before Logan Brunson added a goal to extend Klahowya’s lead to 3-1. Steward completed his hat trick with 13 minutes to go. Oscar Peterson added the final goal as the Eagles celebrated their win that advanced them to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2015. That team finished fourth.

Klahowya will take on the winner of the Hoquiam vs Overlake winner. Game day and time TBD.

SOFTBALL: Bainbridge down to final chance for state berth

The Bainbridge softball team is hoping to keep its consecutive state appearance streak alive with a win on Thursday.

The Spartans beat Eastside Catholic 6-0 in their opening game at the 3A SeaKing District tournament Monday. Tuesday Bainbridge lost to Lake Washington 2-0 before beating Bishop Blanchet 9-7 in a loser-out game.

The win advanced Bainbridge into fifth seed/loser-out game Thursday against either Roosevelt or Juanita at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Athletic Complex.

Bainbridge has played in the state tournament every year since 2001-02.

WIAA: Practice transfers for sports OK by executive assembly

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s executive assembly agreed to an amendment that will allow five practices to transfer from one sport to another.

The change will be allowed in the same season, however, the executive board exempted football due to safety concerns.

Also the assembly voted to allowed all schools to petition down one classification in football only. Currently only 1B and 2B schools were permitted to opt up or down. The newly-passed amendment now allows all classifications to seek permission from the executive board to opt down. The assembly cited the reason was for flexibility in scheduling as well as increased equity.

The assembly also approved a high school membership fee increase of $10 per activity and .25 cents per student. It also approved a middle school fee increase of $5 per activity and .10 cents per student.

The full list of amendments can be found here.

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