North Kitsap, Olympic softball both lose at state tourney in Selah; Klahowya boys 4x100 third at state track

The Olympic Trojans girls tennis team completed its best finish at the 2A state tournament when the Trojans took third place at the Nordstrom Tennis Center over the weekend in Seattle.

Olympic’s Marissa Nemeth won her opening match before losing to Faith Graham of Columbia River in the quarterfinals. Nemeth won two loser-out matches and then defeated Mary-Frances Ballew of Selah in the fourth/seventh-place match 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. Karli Rojos of North Kitsap also won her first match to secure a state placement that put her into the semifinals. Rojos faced Ana Rios of Foster with Rios winning 6-4, 6-1. Rojos lost to Luciana Sobrino of Liberty in the third/sixth-place match, 6-1, 6-0.

North Mason’s Makinna Skonsby finished eighth, having survived three loser-out matches to earn a medal.

In doubles Emry Bohlmann and Sydney Troy of Olympic placed xx. Bohlmann and Troy, as well as Geneva Newell and Noey Barreith of North Kitsap, lost their opening matches to set up a meeting between the two Olympic League teams. Troy and Bohlmann won, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the loser-out match. The Trojan duo then lost to Paige Wilson and Beyonce Bea of Washougal 6-3, 6-1. Jessica Dietzman and Kalli Wiker of Sequim won the state title over Nina Vongsaly and Katrina Kuntz of Sammamish 6-7, 7-2, 7-1.

In the 2A boys tournament, Garrett Lawson of Bremerton won his opener, 6-4, 6-3, over Ryan Mack of Centralia. Lawson then facedLuke Rutz of Anacortes with Rutz winning 7-5, 6-4. Lawson then lost to Jared Zaugg of White River in a loser-out match 6-1, 6-3. In doubles play, North Kitsap’s Jared Reister and Logan Chmielewski won their first match, 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 over Xavier Garza and Aaron Gonzale of Wapato before before taking on Liberty’s Calvin Vuong and Colby Vuong, 6-1, 6-3. 

The Viking pair needed to win their match against Bellingham’s Ben Grabau and Noah Giese but lost 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

In the 3A girls tournament in Kennewick, Central Kitsap’s Madison Scruggs and Candice McKee won their first match 7-6(5), 7-6(7) over Kiera Gale and Sydney Tran of Southridge before losing to Interlake’s Sylvia Eklund and Charlize Yey 6-0, 6-0 to drop into an elimination match. Scruggs and McKee lost to Sophie Ivens and Bella Saunders of Shorecrest 6-1, 6-2.

STATE SOFTBALL: North, Olympic seasons end short of trophy round

North Kitsap and Olympic both fell on the first day of the 2A state softball tournament in Selah at Carson Park last Saturday.

North Kitsap opened with a 5-3 loss to East Valley of Yakima. North and East Valley were tied at 2-2 in the second inning before EV added a run in the top fo the third and two more in the sixth to lead 5-2. The Vikings added a run in the bottom of the seventh but the comeback attempt failed. The loss forced another matchup against Olympic League foe Port Angeles, a 19-2 loser to WF West. Port Angeles won 6-0 in the loser-out game.

The Trojans of Olympic lost their opener to Lynden 16-6. The Trojans had started to make a comeback, having trailed 7-0. Olympic’s Molly Gates hit a three-run homer, erasing the deficit to 7-5, and Vanisa Ivie hit a solo homer but it wasn’t enough.  

Olympic faced Eatonville in a loser-out game, and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh, but the Cruisers scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to win, 3-2.

STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Klahowya third in 4×100 boys relay

The Klahowya Eagles boys 4×100 relay placed third at the 1A/2B/1B state track and field championships at Eastern Washington University in Cheney over the weekend.

The Eagles team of Connor Swaney, Dylan Jackson, Nikolai Jensen and Mason Haws finished in 44.37 seconds. Klahowya’s 4×400 relay of Haws, Wyatt Vertefeuille, Jackson and Alex Outhout finished eighth in 3:35.46.

Klahowya’s Jackson, the district champion in the 100-meter dash, finished in sixth place in a time of 11.48 seconds. 

Klahowya’s Aleah Schultz finished sixth in the high jump (5-2). Sam Cook placed eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 36-3.5. 

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