Daily World sports staff
LONGVIEW — Faring well against upper-division competition, Montesano’s volleyball team tied for third in the R.A. Long Invitational on Saturday.
The Class 1A Bulldogs wound up second in their pool, downing Evergreen of Vancouver, 25-19, 25-23, and Washougal, 25-11, 25-10, while splitting with King’s Way Christian, 25-21, 17-25.
They opened single-elimination competition by beating Wahkiakum, 25-21, 25-20, but lost a thriller to Class 3A Kelso, 15-25, 25-22, 16-14, in the semifinals. There was no match to decide third and fourth places.
Bulldogs beat Eagles
ELMA — Unbeaten Montesano stayed composed and focused throughout to down Elma, 25-10, 25-23, 25-7, in Evergreen 1A League volleyball play last Thursday night at Elma.
Jordan Spradlin and Myranda Floch contributed 10 kills and seven kills, respectively, for the Bulldogs (5-0, 7-0). Ambi Howell added 14 assists. Megan Choate came up with nine assists and six digs.
In serving, Cortney Miller was 21-for-21 with eight aces. Madi Studer added four aces and 10 digs.
The Bulldogs won the JV match, 25-4, 23-25, 15-9.
Bulldogs in three
MONTESANO — Freshman Jordan Spradlin delivered 12 kills as Montesano took a 25-11, 25-17, 25-9 Evergreen 1A League victory over Rochester on Oct. 1 at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.
Shayla Floch added five kills for the Bulldogs (4-0, 6-0). Ambi Howell dished out 11 assists, while Megan Choate had eight digs and eight assists.
Cortney Miller, who served four aces, also had seven digs.
Montesano also won the junior varsity match, 25-19, 25-8.
Elma falls in four
TENINO — Overcoming strong serving by Elma’s Brenna Miller, Tenino turned back the Eagles, 25-18, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, in an Evergreen 1A League match Oct. 1 at Tenino.
Miller smacked 15 aces, while Bethany Lipska had 10 kills and Savannah Horton six kills for the Eagles (0-4, 0-5).
Wildcats 176, Bulldogs 187
RIDGEFIELD — Montesano’s Nolan Walker and LaCenter’s Michael Yurecko shared medalist honors, but the host Wildcats edged out a surging Bulldogs squad in this Southwest Washington 1A match at Tri-Mountain Golf Course on Oct. 1.
Walker shot a career-low 40 to share medalist honors with Yurecko, giving him two medalist honors in a row this season.
Montesano (187) — Nolan Walker 40, Maguire Cavanaugh 63, Kyler Landry 48, Jacob Hliboki 49, Nate Chapman 56, Sean Connell 50.
LaCenter (176) — Keaton Wilbanks 48, Dustin Ell 45, Michael Yurecko 40, Sam Yates 50, Chase Davidson 45, Alex McAllister 46.
Bulldog girls win
FORKS — Montesano dominated the top places in a multi-school meet last Thursday at Forks.
The Bulldogs had the top four finishers in the girls meet and fielded the only complete girls team.
Monte’s Brandon Lovell and Gabe Spearin went 1-2 in the boys meet, but Rochester used superior depth to nip the Bulldogs, 38-40.
Lovell led most of the way in winning the 5,000-meter race in 19:17. Spearin weaved his way through some 15 other runners to place second in 19:37.
Montesano’s Gabrielle Rudolph won the girls meet in 21:49.
Elma boys win
RAINIER — Wesley Allen and Lukas Starks went 1-2 to help Elma’s boys dominate a four-school meet hosted by Rainier on Thursday.
Elma’s boys finished with 23 points, 17 lower than runner-up Onalaska.
Although taking four of the top five places, Elma’s girls were unable to field a complete team. Onalaska was the only team that met that standard.
Allen completed the 3-mile course in 17:13.32. His sophomore classmate Skarks was 19 seconds back.
The Eagle girls swept second through fifth, with Daphne Peek taking the runner-up slot in 20:57.17.