Sports Roundup - Lady Ray makes run, falls short/Fastpitchers out thanks to Cougars/Several tracksters make it to state

Lady Ray makes run, falls short

PORT ORCHARD – For the second straight year, Anne Scott was named to the All-State first team and was named state MVP.

And she’d give it all back if it meant getting a state title in return.

The senior, who had two goals, two steals and three assists in the 13-3 win over Kentridge on Friday night and 12 goals, six steals and a assist in the 14-8 win over Shorewood Saturday, could only score four goals in a 10-6 loss to Mercer Island Sunday in the finals of the state water polo tournament at South Kitsap High School.

It’s the second straight year that Lady Ray has lost to the Islanders in the title game.

“We played the best we could,” she said. “We worked all year for it (the title).”

Ray had a great start in the first period, as Chelsea Croxford put one in the corner of the goal off an assist from Diane Lubovich, while Scott scored off an assist from Katie Hallett.

Scott scored twice more in the second period while goalie Emily Lewis made some big saves, including one after Scott was ejected on a major foul.

But in the second half, the game took a 180 degree turn.

Georgia Gier started it off with a steal, then eventually got the ball back to score.

After another Islander steal and another Scott ejection, Christina Weed put one in to tie the game.

Gier, Katie Stadius and Dani Welch all scored as well for Mercer Island in the quarter to put them up for good.

Defensively, the Islanders became more aggressive, denying Scott and everyone else any decent looks at the goal.

“We were playing well, and then we just let them have a couple of big goals,” head coach Jeff Clark said. “That number eight (Gier) made a couple of great shots. She put them in the upper corner (of the goal) every time. There’s no goalie that’s going to get those shots.”

And it was enough for Mercer to pull away. Heather Schuler scored early in the fourth period, but Weed and Stadius scored insurance goals to squelch any idea of a comeback.

Scott scored her last goal of the game and her prep career with 10 seconds left on a penalty shot.

“They did a really good job of bottling up Anne,” Clark said. “The person guarding Anne, a lot of times they would sit and wait back, and as soon as anything was going to happen, she (the defender) was waiting for Anne as soon as she got down there.”

While Scott was disappointed in the loss, she was gracious in defeat as well.

“Against Mercer, I would have it no other way than to have one of the islands take the state title,” she said. “I’m OK with it.”

Scott was also named the Lewis Division MVP and defensive MVP and named to the division’s first team, along with Lewis.

Croxford and Christie Russell were named All-Division second team.

Lewis, Croxford and Russell were also named to the all-state third team as well.

Fastpitchers out thanks to Cougars

The Holy Names Cougars have been a pain in the side of the Bainbridge fastpitch team all season long.

And no amount of aspirin could help during Friday’s game against the private school, as the Spartans fell 6-1 in a loser-out consolation game in the 3A Sea-King District 2 fastpitch tournament at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

But unlike the previous games where the Spartans committed too many errors against the Cougars, there was only one in this game.

Pitcher Lindsay Willmann went the entire seven innings of the contest for the loss. She gave up 10 hits, including a home run and walked three.

Head coach Liz McCloskey said they were beaten by a better team.

“They hit the ball really well,” she said. “Lindsay’s pitches weren’t working really well. They weren’t breaking like they usually do, and unfortunately, that hurt us.”

Bainbridge scored first when Cara Thompson doubled, then Willman singled to drive her in.

But Holy Names came back and scored two runs in the first and three more in the second.

In the fourth inning, the Spartans threatened as they worked the bases loaded with one out, but Cougar pitcher Farleigh Winters struck out Meika Monroe and got Chelsea Hansen to ground out.

“We played well,” McCloskey said. “We just didn’t produce runs. You can’t win on one run.”

Even though the Spartan’s season ended short of the state tournament, McCloskey said the experience her younger players earned at the Metro and district tournament can benefit them in the future.

The squad will lose just three seniors in Hansen, Anna Lyons and Marci Morford and will have only four next year.

“(The) Liberty (game) was a good lesson to learn,” McCloskey said. “Now the girls have to learn how to be mentally prepared.

“We had a winning record this year and we finished strong,” she continued. “We did some things that weren’t expected and next year we’ll come back and be even better.”

Bainbridge finished with a record of 15-11.

Several tracksters make it to state

SOUTHWEST COMPLEX, WEST SEATTLE – With many of the Bainbridge track team just missing out on making it to state, the girls 4x400 relay team weren’t going to let it happen to them – and nearly set a school record in the process.

The team of Lizzie Brackett, Zena Hemmen, Lindsey Mynatt and Alana MacWhorter ran their fastest time of the season, scoring a time of 4:00.95 at the 3A Sea-King District 2 track meet Friday at the Southwest Complex in West Seattle.

The foursome finished second to Issaquah’s relay team of Lauren Baba, Jana Suttmeier Mary Wuest and Gail Richert, who ran a time of 3:59.56.

Head coach Andy Grimm has been impressed with the team all season long.

“It’s been a solid group all year,” he said of the quartet and Hillary Pritchett and Madeline Sheldon, who have ran as alternates this year. “They’ve worked hard all year and we kept them on the radar that they’ve been in the top (tier) in the state.”

Emily Pierce made it back to State thanks to her throw of 110 feet, 8 inches in the discus, which placed her second behind Emily Jacobs of Sammamish.

She missed qualifying in the shotput, however, finishing in fifth place with a throw of 34 feet, 5 inches.

Bevan Taylor is moving on to the big meet as well, as he finished third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:21.93, behind Seattle Prep’s Max O‘Donohugh-McDonald and Nathan Hale’s Abdi Hassan.

He was also the anchor in the boys 4x400 relay team that finished sixth in the finals.

Zach Cram just missed qualifying in the discus, as he placed fifth with a throw of 136 feet, 5 inches – a foot less than Bellevue’s Peyton Johnson’s throw of 137 feet, 10 inches.

Austin Hallett was sixth in the boys’ 800, while Pritchett was eighth in the girls’ 800, ending a seven year streak of Spartan girl runners qualifying for state in that event.

The top four in each event make it to state.

Star Track is this weekend at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

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