MOUNT TAHOMA EARNS DISTRICT BERTH
After falling to Lincoln in five sets twice earlier this season, Mount Tahoma responded in their opener of the Narrows League 3A tournament. The Thunderbirds – playing in their home gym as hosts of the tournament – swept the Abes 25-23, 25-13, 25-17 on Nov. 2 to earn their first trip to the district playoffs since 1989.
“It means a lot,” said junior outside hitter Asalei Sokimi, who led Mount Tahoma with 13 kills. “This program really turned around this season. Our girls just have a lot of heart this season, and we haven’t had that in a long time.”
Trailing 20-15 in the first game, the Thunderbirds rattled off a 10-3 run to close it out, as sophomore Anjelysia Ramirez’s two late aces provided the difference.
After trailing 8-3 early in the second game, Sokimi helped start a 21-5 run with an ace, and junior libero Sacha Ausage had a brilliant hit from deep in the backcourt that dropped in the middle of the Abes’ court for a kill. Sophomore Alanna Bates-Carector had two kills and an ace during the run.
Sokimi then had three early kills in the third game, and with the game tied 8-8, her ace started a 12-3 run to help the Thunderbirds put the match away.
Aliyah Carector finished with 18 assists and Jessica Evans added 10 assists for Mount Tahoma, while Rejie Wright had five blocks and Bates-Carector had five aces. Senior Lyric Jones led Lincoln with six kills, while Iryss Fua had eight assists and freshman all-league libero Leaa Jones finished with 12 digs.
Mount Tahoma later fell in three sets to North Thurston to settle for the fourth seed to the 3A Bi-District Tournament. They were set to open against the No. 2 seed from the Greater Saint Helen’s League on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. at Auburn Mountainview High School. With a win, they would face Kennedy Catholic in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. If they lost they would play in a loser-out matchup on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m.
“We have to just to keep striving and pushing,” Sokimi said. “As long as we keep that heart, then we’ll make it to state. I have faith in us.”
Wilson fell to North Thurston in their 3A league tournament opener to be eliminated, while Stadium was topped by Olympia in 4A play to also be eliminated. Bellarmine Prep topped Gig Harbor in three sets in the 4A finals to take the top seed to district play.
For 3A or 4A bi-district bracket updates go to http://www.wiaadistrict3.com/index.php?district=3&league=0&page_name=sport_home&sport=10.
By Jeremy Helling
PEROS, PETERSON ADVANCE TO STATE
Mount Tahoma’s Janrick Peros earned the fourth seed to the 3A state tennis tournament, while Stadium’s Callan Peterson earned the fifth seed to the 4A state tournament as both advanced to the singles consolation finals in their respective bi-district tournaments on Nov. 1-2.
Peros topped Columbia River’s Dylan Koester in the quarterfinals at Sprinker Rec Center, winning the first set 6-2 before Koester retired in the second set. He fell to Highline’s Wyatt DeMulling in the semifinals, and was topped 6-1, 6-1 by Auburn Mountainview’s Colton Weeldryer in the consolation finals to settle for fourth.
Peterson topped Curtis’ Dane Anderson 6-1, 6-1 in his opener at the Capitol City Tennis Club in Olympia, but fell to Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Chan in the quarterfinals. He beat Bellarmine Prep’s Henry Wurst, Graham-Kapowsin’s Niko Convento and Olympia’s Ryan Adams in the consolation bracket to claim fifth place.
Meanwhile, the Bellarmine Prep duo of Elliot Gardner and Chris Wood earned the second seed to the 4A doubles state tournament, winning three straight matches in straight sets to advance to the finals.
The 3A and 4A state tennis tournaments will take place on May 30-31, 2014.
LADY LIONS WIN 4A WESTSIDE CLASSIC
Placing their top five runners within the top 20 overall finishers, the Bellarmine Prep girls cross country team edged out Camas for the 4A team title at the Westside Classic bi-district meet on Nov. 2 at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood.
Senior Hannah Derby took 10th place individually to lead the Lions, finishing in a time of 19:15.4. But Emily Thomas, Jordan Thurston and Miranda Ross placed 11th through 13th, respectively, with Ross finishing just over 11 seconds behind Derby. Junior Laura Staehali rounded out the Lions’ top five by finishing 18th.
Stadium freshman Anna Geffen earned a bid to the state meet after finishing 17th in a time of 19:41.9.
The Lions’ boys took third, as senior Quentin Purtzer led the way with a 10th-place finish in a time of 16:26.7, while Will Sherman placed 11th. Stadium junior Shay Glackin-Coley placed 28th individually to also advance to the state meet.
Charles Wright’s boys took second as a team at the 1A meet to advance to state, as senior Zach Hinz finished 10th in a time of 17:27.7 to lead the way.
The state cross country meets take place on Nov. 9 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The 1A boys race at noon, the 4A girls race at 1 p.m. and the 4A boys race at 2:30 p.m.
SIMPSON LEADS TIGERS AT 4A DISTRICTS
Stadium freshman Kaycee Simpson took fifth in the 200-yard individual medley at the 4A bi-district swim meet on Nov. 2 at Curtis High School to lead the Tigers’ participants.
Simpson – who finished the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:13.18 – will advance to the 4A state meet along with the Tigers’ 200-yard freestyle relay team, which took sixth place in a time of 1:44.92 to advance.
The 2A, 3A and 4A state swim meets take place on Nov. 15-16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The 3A bi-district meet was set for Nov. 8-9 at Hazen High School, with the prelims on Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. and the finals on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m.