The Daily World Staff
With Gabrielle Rudolph and Andrea Ostwald leading the way, Montesano made a triumphant return to Hoquiam’s Grizzly Alumni Cross Country Invitational.
Rudolph and Ostwald finished one-two in the varsity girls portion of the Grizzly Alumni meet Saturday at Sea Breeze Oval.
After bypassing this meet the last few years, Montesano came close to capturing the girls team championship in this edition of the multi-classification event.
The Bulldogs had four girls place in the top 11, but Class 3A Shelton used its superior depth to take team honors with 65 points. Montesano tied South Kitsap for second with 69, but the Wolves officially earned the runner-up berth due to a higher finish by their sixth runner.
“The girls ran great, they’ve been running like that all year long,” Monte coach James Edwards told The Daily World. “(Future accomplishments) depend on our fifth runner, but I’m proud of them. They’ve been working hard.”
La Center nabbed the boys team title, with Shelton’s Cody Williamson capturing the individual title.
Rudolph, as is her custom, essentially went wire-to-wire in the girls race.
The Montesano senior established a 16-second lead when the runners exited John Gable Park about 800 meters from the start. She maintained close to that margin for the remainder of the 5,000-meter race, finishing in 19:66.4.
The surprise came from Ostwald. Running a fairly distant third behind Rudolph and South Kitsap’s Eva Knowles at the midway point, Ostwald overtook Knowles on the second trip down the fire lane behind the Hoquiam High School campus and wound up second in 20:03.71.
Montesano’s Sydney Potter placed fifth and Baylee Roble 11th.
Elma’s Daphne Peek finished eighth.
Montesano’s Brandon Lovell had a strong showing in the boys race. He was the lone Harborite in the top 10, placing sixth in 17:16.26.Elma’s Wesley Allen, bothered by a tight hamstring, barely missed the top 10 with an 11th-place finish.
Earlier in the week, Elma completed an unbeaten boys Evergreen 1A League season by sweeping a multi-school meet on Oct. 10.
Led by Wesley Allen’s individual victory, the Eagles finished with 44 points. Class 2B Mossyrock was second with 47. Rochester, also previously unbeaten in league competition, was third with 54.
Elma also won the girls meet with 28 points. Hoquiam was second with 43.
Monte girls win
TENINO — Sweeping the first four places, Montesano captured a multi-school girls meet Oct. 10 at Tenino.
Monte’s Gabrielle Rudolph won the girls race in 19:18. Teammates Andrea Ostwald and Sydney Potter ran second and third, respectively, while Bulldog freshman Baylee Roble outkicked Ocosta’s Kathryn Anderson for fourth.
The Bulldog girls scored 26 points, 21 ahead of Morton/White Pass. Ocosta was third with 49 points.
Montesano’s Brandon Lovell won the boys race in 16:51, but the Bulldogs were unable to field a complete team. Forks took team honors with 45 points. Ocosta was fourth with 87 points.
Bulldogs fall to Hoquiam, then win twice
MONTESANO — Rebounding from a five-set defeat to Hoquiam on Oct. 8, the Bulldogs took out their frustrations on Rainier, 25-4, 25-5, 25-14, in an Evergreen 1A League match on Oct. 9 at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.
Myranda Floch smacked 18 kills and her sister Shayla had 10. Freshman Jordan Spradlin also had 10 kills for the Bulldogs (6-1, 8-1). Megan Choate contributed 20 assists and nine digs, while going 16-of-16 in serving. Ambi Howell had 18 assists and Madi Studer 14 digs. April Easter came off the bench to serve nine straight points in the second set.
Montesano won the JV match, 25-12, 25-17..On the previous night, Hoquiam took the season’s first Evergreen 1A League volleyball showdown.
The Grizzlies used excellent defense to outlast the Bulldogs, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12, in a battle of unbeatens on Oct. 8 at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.
Finally, Montesano finished off Tenino, 25-20, 25-20, 29-27, in an Evergreen 1A League match Monday night at Tenino.
Myranda Floch had 14 kills, Ambi Howell 30 assists and Megan Choate contributed 27 assists, six kills and 10 for the Bulldogs (7-1, 9-1). Jordan Spradlin added eight kills and Cortney Miller 13 digs. Miller went 17-of-17 serving, while April Easter was also cited for serving.Montesano won the junior varsity and C squad matches in two sets apiece.The Bulldogs also captured the Napavine JV tournament Saturday. They did not lose a set in cruising to the title.
Montesano’s varsity will be idle until hosting Forks on Oct. 22.
Eagles win first; then lose in three
ROCHESTER — Rochester’s Warriors swept past Elma, 25-14, 25-17, 25-14, in an Evergreen 1A League match last Thursday at Rochester. The Eagles (1-6, 1-7) were unable to approach their performance from Oct. 8, when they outlasted Forks in five sets. Charging back from a two-set deficit, Elma notched its first victory by overcoming Forks, 10-25, 22-25, 25-9, 25-23, 15-10 at Forks.
The Eagles host Hoquiam on Thursday.
ELMA — Breaking open a tight contest with three goals in the final nine minutes, league-leading Elma topped Hoquiam, 4-0, in an Evergreen 1A League soccer match on Oct. 10 at Davis Field.
Elma’s Alicia Hook opened the scoring by hitting a 30-yard cross-field shot in the 11th minute.
Then the Eagles erupted for three goals in a four-minute span.
Brooke Goldsmith took a through ball, maneuvered through the Hoquiam defense and connected from 16 yards out in the 71st minute.
Sydney Smythe’s goal one minute later made it 3-0. Then Dallas Trusty rebounded a Goldsmith shot that had been blocked by the HHS goalkeeper and tapped it in from point-blank range in the 75th minute.
The Eagles (10-1) launched 27 shots.
The Eagles took the JV match, 5-1.
Bulldogs win twice
ROCHESTER — Taking the challenge to the Evergreen 1A/2B co-leader, Montesano scored three goals in the first half and kept possession long enough to prevent a rally from Rochester in a pivotal league matchup on Oct. 8.
Makenzi Howard started the scoring in the 19th minute, converting a Leeann Rhoden cross inside the penalty area. Rhoden helped make it a 2-0 lead when she fed Cheyann Bartlett for a goal in the 34th minute.
Three minutes later, a corner kick was sent back to the kicker, Alyx Miller, who found Tianna Schurr open just outside the left side of the penalty area. Schurr powered in a shot for a 3-0 halftime lead for Montesano (8-3).
Rochester (9-2) misfired on a penalty kick attempt in the 59th minute, but got a breakaway for a goal in the 62nd minute.
Bulldog Tianna Schurr dribbled around the defender in the fourth minute to drive the ball in from 18 yards out.
In the 11th minute, LeAnn Rhoden crossed the ball and passed to Makenzi Howard, who touched it in for the Bulldogs (9-3).
Jennifer Johnson knocked a 35-yard free kick off the back post. Taylor Birdsall headed in the rebound.
The score was 3-0 at halftime.
The Pirates scored in the 57th minute on a breakaway. Montesano gets a break due to a forfeit from Forks and a bye before hosting Ocosta on Oct. 22.
Bulldogs 181, Warriors 191
ELMA — Montesano recorded its finest round of the season in topping Rochester in a Southwest Washington 1A League match on Oct. 8 at Oaksridge Golf Course.
Rochester had initially been announced as a 180-181 winner but the Warrior coach subsequently disqualified one of his players, invalidating the fifth Warrior score.
Nolan Walker was low for Montesano with a 38. Rochester’s Deric Hawes was the medalist with a 36.
The Bulldogs, along with the Elma squad, are competing in the district 1A tournament this week at Tumwater Valley G.C.