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2013-2014 Prep Sports Recap

The high school sports season wrapped up on Saturday so let’s take a look at how everybody fared this season.

There was one team state titles this year, brought home by the Northwest Christian girls cross country team, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering they’ve won eight straight 2B titles.  A few teams took second place in state: Capital volleyball and boys soccer, Timberline girls bowling, Tumwater football and girls track and field.

For individuals, Brooke Feldmeier led the way with three state titles. The Ole Miss bound Tumwater senior won 2A titles in the 100 meter hurdles, the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash.

Four individuals won multiple state titles. Capital junior Ryan Chase won two 2A titles for long jump and triple jump, Northwest Christian senior Karen Bulger took 2B titles in javelin and shot put, River Ridge junior Dejuan Frye won the 400 meter dash and was part of the first place 4×100 meter relay team and Tumwater sophomore Peyton Russell took home titles in long jump and triple jump.

And area wrestlers didn’t fare too bad. Jake Grantham took home the 3A 220 pound weight class title for North Thurston, Rochester’s Lucas Eastman won a 1A title in the 152 pound class, Yelm’s Darren Harris won the 4A 120 pound class title and Tumwater’s Megan Johnson won the 155 pound girls title.

Below are all the league champions, teams that participated in state tournaments and individuals that placed 5th place or higher. State champions are in italics.


Black Hills

2A Evergreen Conference Champions: Girls Soccer, Girls Bowling

Girls Soccer: Round of 16
Track & Field:
Sarah McGee – Girls Pole Vault – 4th Place
Gerald Riley – Boys High Jump – 5th Place
Mitch Stone, Mark Melendres, Nick Knittle, Dawun Ray – Boys 4×100 Meter Relay – 5th Place
Katie Zeldenrust, Lauren Furu, Sydney Sauls, Ashley Robbins – Girls 4×100 Meter Relay – 5th Place


2A Evergreen Conference Champions: Volleyball (tie), Boys Golf, Boys Tennis, Boys Swimming, Boys Soccer, Girls Golf

Volleyball: 2nd Place
Girls Cross Country: Lauren Pierson – 5th Place
Girls Swimming:
Janessa Schulte, Jada Pearson, Madeline Hoffman, Jessica Eidenmuller – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Champions and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – 3rd Place
Jada Pearson – 50 Yard Freestyle – 4th Place
Madeline Hoffman – 100 Yard Butterfly – 4th Place
Boys Soccer: 2nd Place
Softball: Quarterfinals
Boys Tennis: Ty Gentry – Champion
Travis Miller and Doug Doenge – 4th Place
Track & Field:
Ryan Chase – Boys Long Jump and Boys Triple Jump – Champion
Payton McGuin – Girls 800 Meter – 5th Place
Ben Monk – Boys 3200 Meter – 5th Place
Lauren Pierson – Girls 3200 Meter – 3rd Place

North Thurston

3A Narrows League Champions: Girls Swimming, Boys Swimming and Dive, Baseball (regular season)

Wrestling: Jake Grantham – Boys 220 – Champion
Boys Diving:
Tanner Holmes – 1 Meter – 3rd Place
David Wolf – 1 Meter – 5th Place
Baseball: Round of 16
Track & Field: James Jasperson – Boys 800 Meter – 4th Place

Northwest Christian

2B Pacific League Champions: Volleyball

Boys Cross Country: Luke Schilter – 2nd Place
Girls Cross Country: Team – Champions
Kiersten Kimminau – 3rd Place
Anna Brooks – 4th Place
Track & Field: Girls Team – 2nd Place
Luke Schilter – Boys 1600 Meter – 3rd Place
Jonathon Davis – Boys 3200 Meter – 4th Place
Kiersten Kimminau – Girls 1600 Meter (5th Place) and 3200 Meter (4th Place)
Anna Brooks – Girls 3200 Meter – 3rd Place
Heidi Sowers – 300 Meter Hurdles – 2nd Place
Abby McSheffrey – 300 Meter Hurdles – 5th Place
Elizabeth Stottlemyre, Hannah Gabel, Heidi Sowers, Abby McSheffrey – Girls 4×400 Meter Relay – 4th Place
Karen Bulger – Girls Shot Put and Javelin – Champion
Elizabeth Stottlemyer – Girls Javelin – 5th Place


4A Narrows League Champions: Softball (regular season), Girls Tennis

Girls soccer: 3rd Place
Wrestling: Logan Pine – Boys 138 – 5th Place
Boys Tennis: Will Berghoff and Kyle Wooten – 5th Place


Track & Field: Peyton Dungan – Girls Shot Put – 5th Place

River Ridge

Daniel Montesa – Boys 132 – 5th Place
Elijah Camacho – Boys 160 – 2nd Place
Track & Field: Boys Team – 3rd Place
Sean Roberts – Boys Shot Put – 4th Place
Dejuan Frye – Boys 400 Meter (Champion), Boys 100 Meter (5th Place) and Boys 200 Meter (3rd Place)
Michael Key, Ika Morton, Chris Leiba, Dejuan Frye – Boys 4×100 Meter Relay – Champion


1A Evergreen Conference Champions: Baseball, Girls Soccer

Girls soccer: Round of 16
Wresting: Lucas Eastman – Boys 152 – Champion
Baseball: 3rd Place
Boys Golf: Deric Hawes – 5th Place
Track & Field:
Cody Triana – Boys 110 Meter Hurdles – Champion
Kendra Sanford – Girls 100 Meter Hurdles – 5th Place


3A Narrows League Champions: Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis

Baseball: Round of 16


1A Evergreen Conference Champions: Football

Football: Round of 16
Baseball: Round of 16


3A Narrows League Champions: Football, Volleyball, Baseball (tournament), Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Girls Soccer

Volleyball: 7th Place
Girls Bowling: 2nd Place
Baseball: Round of 16
Track & Field: Javon Watson – Boys Triple Jump – 3rd Place


2A Evergreen Champions: Football, Volleyball (tie), Baseball

Football: 2nd Place
Volleyball: 6th Place
Wrestling: Megan Johnson – Girls 155 – Champion
Baseball: 3rd Place
Softball: Round of 16
Boys Tennis: David Granero – 5th Place
Girls Golf: Kayla Monroe – 4th Place
Track & Field: Girls Team – 2nd Place
Lauren Ericks – Girls 1600 Meter – 4th Place
Peyton Russell – Girls Triple Jump and Long Jump – Champion
Brooke Feldmeier – Girls 100 Meter Hurdles, 200 Meter and 400 Meter – Champion
Emma Furth – Girls Long Jump – 4th Place


Shanelle Berry – Girls 235 – 2nd Place
Darren Harris – Boys 120 – Champion
Brandon Rochester – Boys 152 – 3rd Place
Track & Field: James Rodeman – Boys 110 Meter Hurdles – 4th Place

High School Soccer and Baseball Brackets

It’s time for some regional baseball and soccer action. Capital soccer and the Timberline, North Thurston and Tumwater baseball teams remain alive and if we expand to the surrounding communities we find Shelton, Tenino and Rochester still playing.

Here are the brackets and matchups for soccer and baseball. Soccer kicks off on Tuesday while baseball has to wait until Saturday to get underway.

Boys soccer


2A tournament – Tuesday, May 20th:

Capital vs. Anacortes – Oak Harbor HS – 7:30 PM



3A tournament – Saturday, May 24th:

North Thurston vs. O’Dea – Bannerwood Park, Bellevue – 10:00 AM
Timberline vs. Bainbridge Island – Wheeler Field, Centralia – 1:00 PM
Shelton vs. West Seattle – Dream Field, Mount Vernon – 10:00 AM


2A tournament – Saturday, May 24th:

Tumwater vs. White River – WF West HS – 10:00 AM


1A tournament – Saturday, May 24th:

Tenino vs. South Whidbey – Castle Rock HS – 10:00 AM
Rochester vs. Coupeville – Volunteer Park, Anacortes – 10:00 AM

Area High School Basketball Standings as of January 27

Here are the updated boys and girls high school basketball standings for all Thurston County (plus Shelton) teams through Sunday, January 27th.

Note: I cannot find or piece together the 1B Columbia Valley girls standings and the 1B Columbia Valley boys standings are semi-updated.

Full standings after the jump

WIAA Releases Final Reclassification Numbers: What it Means for Each Local School

WIAAlogoThe final reclassification numbers were released today by the WIAA and while there is still an appeals process that could change things for Capital, these should be finalized by January 27th.

Let’s take a look at what it means for each school in the Olympia area. Remember that nothing is set in stone yet and league membership could drastically change over the next couple of weeks. The numbers in parentheses after each school is the enrollment number for grades 9-11. Meg Wochnick took a look at the numbers yesterday and some of the information comes from her article here.

Black Hills (2A – 728 students):
Black Hills stays at 2A and is the smallest school in the remnants of the 2A Evergreen Conference as it currently stands. They are stuck following Tumwater and WF West wherever they go, whether the 2A EvCo remains as a five team league (if Capital moves down to 2A after an appeal) or to a merger with the GSHL (if there are only two 2A EvCo schools left).

Capital (3A – 990 students): Capital’s situation has yet to be determined, they may still appeal their enrollment number and could still end up in 2A. But as of right now, they are bound for 3A and will be the smallest school (that didn’t opt-up) in that classification. They will likely join the 3A Narrows, where they were before. For football, it is probably a better situation for the Cougars competitively but it could be a struggle for them in other sports.

North Thurston (3A – 1093 students): Nothing much changes for North Thurston, they will remain in the 3A Narrows. However, they will lose their closest rival, Timberline, to 4A again. Too bad, because they have played some memorable league games in volleyball, in particular, over the last couple years.

Northwest Christian (2B – 83 students): Northwest Christian has 1B numbers but decided to opt-up to 2B. Despite their loss of enrollment over the last few years, they still fit the profile and have been relatively competitive in the 2B Pacific League. Even though they are small, they don’t seem to be on the same level as Pope John Paul II, Mary M. Knight or Washington School of the Deaf – schools they would probably end up playing often if they stayed 1B.

Olympia (4A – 1287 students): The only big change for Olympia is that they will welcome a Lacey team to the mix and will lose a Silverdale team on the schedule. That’s a nice travel trade for the Bears.

Pope John Paul II (1B – 52 students): PJPII will continue at the 1B level with their new athletic programs. Despite the travel issues of a Lacey school having to go to Longview/Vancouver for every game, this is the only place for their new baseball, softball and girls basketball programs.

Rainier (2B – 198 students): Despite the step down, Rainier has to be considered one of the biggest winners in this reclassification period. They go from one of the smallest 1A schools in a league with some powerful opponents to a much better fit in either the 2B Central or Pacific Leagues.

River Ridge (2A – 818 students): River Ridge has applied to join the 2A SPSL, a move that makes a lot of sense for the Lacey school. The Hawks would join the other North Thurston schools in the West Central District and they would play against schools that better fit their profile – Fife, Steilacoom, Orting, White River, Clover Park, Washington, and Franklin Pierce. Let’s be completely honest, River Ridge is taking the opportunity to run away from Tumwater, WF West and Capital (if they remain 2A), and I can’t blame them one bit.

Rochester (2A – 480 students): Can anyone imagine a scenario where Rochester would be a good fit in a league with WF West, Tumwater, Centralia or Capital? I can’t. And I don’t think the Warriors can either. So they will likely join a 2A/1A hybrid league made up of 2A members Rochester and Aberdeen and the remaining 1A schools from the Evergreen and Eatonville. While I hate hybrid leagues, this makes sense and I can’t blame Rochester one bit. Rochester belongs with Tenino, Elma, Hoquiam and Montesano.

Shelton (3A – 1081 students): Nothing much changes for Shelton other than getting rid of Timberline and likely adding Capital with a road trip to Central Kitsap thrown in there. The Highclimbers will continue to struggle to be competitive until their enrollment can allow them to drop down to 2A.

Tenino (1A – 264 students): Tenino remains at 1A and will likely be part of a hybrid 2A/1A league that will lose Rainier but will add Aberdeen and Eatonville.

Timberline (4A – 1256 students): Timberline moves to 4A and lose their closest rival, North Thurston, as league mates. The jump to the 4A Narrows could be beneficial in some sports but it might be a tough move for the football team.

Tumwater (2A – 934 students): The T-Birds are still one of the largest 2A schools and will likely join a merged EvCo/GSHL league. The biggest change will be in travel for the T-Birds since they will be heading to Longview and Vancouver instead of making their longest trip to Chehalis. They will go from being in the middle geographically to being the northernmost school. The 2A EvCo is disintegrating mainly because of Tumwater football. Rochester, Aberdeen and River Ridge don’t want anything to do with them and if Capital ends up in 3A, there will only be four schools left forcing Tumwater southward.

Yelm (4A – 1266 students): Yelm stays at 4A and will remain in the 4A Narrows. Despite the size of the school, it will continue to be a tough road to hoe for the Tornadoes.

Revised Reclassification Numbers Confirm Changes for Oly Area Schools

New, revised reclassification numbers have been released by the WIAA and it confirms a couple of major changes for the 2014-2016 seasons.

Here’s how the Olympia area (Thurston County plus Shelton) break down…

4A: Olympia, Timberline, Yelm
3A: Capital, North Thurston, Shelton
2A: Tumwater, Black Hills, River Ridge, Rochester
1A: Tenino
2B: Rainier
1B: Northwest Christian, Pope John Paul II

Olympia, Timberline and Yelm will all be some of the smallest schools in 4A with Olympia the largest at 1287. The cutoff between 4A and 3A is Marysville-Getchell at 1252. Timberline is listed as “still working with WIAA on enrollment #’s” so there is still a chance that they could land in 3A.

Capital will be one of the smallest 3A schools that didn’t opt up from a lower division. Rochester will be one of the smallest 2A schools while Tumwater will be one of the largest.

Rainier is now solidly in 2B and I would expect them to stay there and not opt up. Northwest Christian falls to 1B, but it would not surprise me at all to see them opt up to 2B and finally have a short drive for an opponent in Rainier.

Schools have the option to opt up until the first week of January.

See the full spreadsheet of reclassification numbers here.

Reclassification Numbers: Timberline to 4A, Capital to 3A, Rochester to 2A

UPDATE: The WIAA released new numbers on December 13th. See story here.

Enrollment data for the upcoming reclassification of Washington State high schools has been released by the WIAA and there are some interesting possible movements in the Olympia area.

The Daily News has done the heavy lifting and broke down the numbers by expected classification considering teams have the option to opt up to higher classifications.

What it shows for Thurston County schools is that Timberline will move up to 4A, Capital will move up to 3A and Rochester will likely move up to 2A. Rainier sits on the very edge of 1A and could easily drop down to 2B if a school smaller than them decides to opt up to 1A.

So we will likely see local schools in these classifications for the 2014-2016 seasons…

4A: Olympia, Timberline, Yelm
3A: Capital, North Thurston, Shelton
2A: Tumwater, Black Hills, River Ridge, Rochester
1A: Tenino, Rainier (maybe)
2B: Northwest Christian, Rainier (maybe)
1B: Pope John Paul II

More on this soon.

All-Narrows League Football Teams: Becker Named 4A Offensive MVP

3A Offensive MVP Derrick Becker celebrates after beating South Kitsap

3A Offensive MVP Derrick Becker celebrates after beating South Kitsap

Earlier this week the Narrows League released their all-league football teams and Olympia QB Derrick Becker was named the 4A Offensive MVP. Becker, a transfer from Capital this season, led the Bears to a 7-3 record but just barely missed out on the playoffs.

MVP honors went to Gig Harbor’s running back Sterling Brown in 4A and Lincoln running back Rayshawn Miller in 3A.

The Olympian has the full teams, but here are the local players honored, broken down by school…

4A Narrows

Offensive MVP: Derrick Becker, Sr.

First team
WR: Mitch Fettig, Sr.
OL: JP Forbord, Sr.
DL: Alex Grant, Sr.
DB: Mitch Fettig, Sr.

Second team
RB: Cedar Frost, Sr.
TE: Braeden Neal, Sr.
OL: Jimmy Fish, Sr.
DB: David Woodward, So.

Honorable mention
WR: Collin Courter, Jr.
DL: Josh Newbill, Sr.
LB: Clay Markoff, So., Elijah dela Cruz, Sr.
DB: Cooper Murphy, Sr. Derek Buehler, Jr.


First team
DL: Collin Crown, Jr.
LB: Cody Burk, Sr.
K: Vernon Parker, So.

Second team
OL: Nathan Mix, Sr.

Honorable mention
OL: William Benbrook, Sr.
LB: Aaron Rivera, Sr.

3A Narrows

RamsNorth Thurston
First team
RB: Hayden Maliska, Sr.
FB: Josh Ramirez, Sr.
OL: Jake Grantham, Sr.
DL: Jake Grantham, Sr.
LB: Grant Williams, Sr.
DB: Malachai Hicks, Jr.
K: Matt Longnecker, Sr.

Second team
OL: Alex Rice, Sr.


First team
LB: Brian Nault, Jr.

Second team
LB: Gordon Henry, Sr.
K: Godon Henry, Sr.

Honorable mention
RB: Jake Henry, Jr.
WR: Michael Sobotka, Sr.
OL: Hunter Ostenson, Sr.
DB: Colton Hubble, Sr.


Coaching Staff of the Year

First team
RB: Andrew Paquin, Jr.
OL: Dylan Reinhold, Sr., Royce Christiansen, Sr.
DL: Chris Jones, Jr.
LB: Brennon Kaleiwahea, Sr.
DB: Jeff Winstead, Sr.
Long snapper: Dylan Reinhold, Sr.
Athlete: Jonathan Dowell, Jr.

Second team
FB: Jeff Winstead, Sr.
DL: Cole Stevens, Sr.
LB: David Harper, Sr.
DB: Stevie Cleveland, Jr.
Returner: Stevie Cleveland, Jr.

Honorable mention
QB: Gabe Gutierrez, Jr.
DL: Kyler Hawkins, Jr.
LB: Connor Crump, So.
DB: Garrett Reeser, Sr., Trent Gallagher, Sr., Javon Watson, Sr.

High School Football Power Rankings: T-Birds and Beavers Advance

The T-Birds retain their top power ranking.

T-Birds one of two teams left

And then there were two. Tumwater and Tenino both rolled in their district crossover games and advanced to the 2A and 1A state tournaments. Both teams will host games in the opening round of state.

Tumwater will have the easier road with 5-5 Sehome coming to town on Saturday night, though Sehome did take out undefeated Lakewood to get to state.

Meanwhile, Tenino will have to face 8-2 King’s in Centralia. King’s only two blemishes were a 14-6 opening day loss to then 2A #1 Lynden and a loss to another high ranked 2A team, previously undefeated Lakewood.

Timberline couldn’t overcome injuries, Rochester struggled against a really good team and Capital fought valiantly but all were eliminated after just one postseason game.


Still alive

1. Tumwater T-Birds (10-0)
Last week: #1 (No change)
Previous game: Tumwater 42, Aberdeen 12
First round state playoffs: vs. Sehome (5-5) – Tumwater Stadium – Saturday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Not a surprise, Tumwater rolled. Aberdeen had just three days of rest after winning a three way playoff on Tuesday and only scored their 12 points after the T-Birds had taken a 42 point lead. They now face Sehome who are just 5-5 this season but are 4-1 over the last half of the year and just completed a major upset when they convincingly took out undefeated Lakewood, 35-13. The winner will take on either Orting or White River on the road.

Tenino Beavers (6-4)
Last week: #3 (+1)
Previous game: Tenino 41, White Salmon 7
First round state playoffs: vs. King’s (8-2) – Tiger Stadium, Centralia – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Tenino only allowed a kick off return touchdown at the end of the first half to White Salmon and then put 27 points on the board in the second half to eliminate White Salmon. Zack Chamberlain rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns and Thomas Pier had over 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns and the Beavers suddenly look like an offensive juggernaut. They’ll need it this week when they take on King’s. The Shoreline school has just two losses, both close games to highly ranked 2A schools.

Eliminated from the playoffs in districts

3. Timberline Blazers (6-4)
Last week: #2 (-1)
Previous game: Meadowdale 28, Timberline 21

Capital Cougars (4-6)
Last week: #4 (No change)
Previous game: Mark Morris 13, Capital 10

Rochester Warriors (6-4)
Last week: #5 (No change)
Previous game: Woodland 47, Rochester 21

Missed the playoffs

6. Olympia Bears (7-3)
Last week: #6 (No change)
Previous game: Olympia 34, North Thurston 0

North Thurston (5-5)
Last week: #7 (No change)
Previous game: Olympia 34, North Thurston 0

Black Hills (4-5)
Last week: #8 (No change)

River Ridge (4-5)
Last week: #9 (No change)

Yelm Tornadoes (4-6)
Last week: #10 (No change)
Previous game:  Yelm 44, Mount Tahoma 8

Rainier Mountaineers (3-7)
Last week: #11 (No change)
Previous game: Rainer 50, Winlock 14

Shelton Highclimbers (2-8)
Last week: #12 (No change)
Previous game: Shelton 22, Stadium 20

Friday Scoreboard: Beavers Advance; Bears Split, Blazers to Semis; Geoducks Win Finale

High school football
District playoffs
Tenino 41, White Salmon 7 – Tenino advances to state
Mark Morris 13, Capital 10 – Capital eliminated
Woodland 47, Rochester 21 – Rochester eliminated

Week 10 non-playoffs
Shelton 22, Stadium 20 (OT) – Recap

High school volleyball

4A Bi-District Playoffs (double elimination)
Olympia 3, Auburn Riverside 1
Camas 3, Olympia 0

3A Bi-District Playoffs (double elimination)
Bonney Lake 3, North Thurston 1
Timberline 3, Enumclaw 1

College volleyball

Evergreen 3, Northwest 0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-23) – Recap

Men’s basketball

Hawaii Hilo 75, Saint Martin’s 65 – Recap
Utah 128, Evergreen 44 – Recap

Women’s basketball

Academy of Art 69, Saint Martin’s 55 – Recap

Highclimbers Wrap 2013 With 22-20 Overtime Win

Stadium BowlShelton quarterback Jake Beck scored on a one yard keeper in overtime and then found Kris Woods for the two point conversion and the Highclimbers stopped a Stadium two point conversion to win 22-20 in a week 10, non-playoff game at Stadium Bowl in Tacoma.

The Highclimbers struck early when Jake Henry capped off a 76 yard drive on the opening possession with a 22 yard scamper to give them a 7-0 lead.

On the next possession, Tanner Rhodes recovered a fumble at the 50 yard line and returned it to the 12 where Henry again punched it in to put Shelton up 14-0 at the 6:24 mark of the first quarter.

But Stadium responded in the second when Beck was hit as he threw and his floater was picked off by Loftin and returned 55 yards for the touchdown cutting the Highclimbers lead to 14-7

The second half got a little testy and Shelton fullback, linebacker and kicker Gordon Henry was ejected from the game for some extra-curricular activity in the third quarter. Though a big loss at the time, it turned out to be a fortuitous ejection.

Momentum was on Stadium’s side for most of the second half but the Tigers could not capitalize until Loftin scored his second touchdown of the game on a two yard run to tie the game up with 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. Neither team could produce points in the final four minutes and regulation ended tied at 14.

Stadium won the toss and elected to give the Highclimbers the ball first. Jake Henry jumped at the opportunity and rushed four times for 24 yards to get the Highclimbers to the one where Beck snuck it in to give Shelton the 20-14 lead.

Without their kicker Henry, Shelton was forced to go for two. Beck rolled left and found Woods in the back of the end zone to give them a 22-14 lead.

The Tigers answered quickly when QB Tre Scott found Devariej Criss running wide open in the end zone for an easy 19 yard strike to cut the Shelton lead to two points at 22-20.

Needing the two point conversion to keep their season alive, Loftin took the hand off and rushed up the middle but was stopped just a yard short by a host of Highclimber defenders to end the game and send Shelton to the offseason on a winning note.

Henry had his best game of the season. The junior rushed for 251 yards and two touchdowns and Shelton finished the 2013 season at 2-8.

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