MONTESANO — Host Montesano showcased its front-of-the-pack power in the girls cross country meet, while Elma’s boys took care of business when it was their turn to shine during the Montesano Invitational on Sept. 26 at Lake Sylvia State Park.
The Bulldogs swept the top-three spots in the girls race, led by Gabrielle Rudolph, and needed their depth to overcome a challenge from Ocosta to win the girls title, 32-37.
The Eagles, led by race winner Wesley Allen, put four runners into the top-seven spots to fly past the field with 37 points for the win. Aberdeen, North Beach and North River also competed in both races.
Rudolph was not alone in the girls race. Teammates Andrea Ostwald and Sydney Potter were 2-3 behind her, with Ocosta’s Kathryn Anderson and Sararose Gallo rounding out the top-five spots.
Eagles 192, Bulldogs 194
ELMA — Nolan Walker picked up medalist honors for Montesano, but Elma carded three sub-50 rounds to edge out its East County rival in this Southwest Washington 1A match at Oaksridge Golf Course on Sept. 26.
Austin Cristelli and Bryson Burrows led Elma with dueling 46s. Walker grabbed medalist honors with a 44, followed by a 48 by Eric Blanchard.
Bulldogs win in three
FORKS — Madi Studer served seven aces in the third set to help Montesano put away Forks, 25-15, 25-20, 25-11, in an Evergreen 1A League match Thursday at Forks.
The favored Bulldogs (3-0, 5-0) were forced to come from behind in all three sets.
Studer also brought up nine digs. Myranda Floch delivered eight kills, one more than Hannah Jensen. Megan Choate had 17 assists.
The Bulldog JVs prevailed in three sets.
Elma falls in five
ELMA — Two points away from victory in the fourth set, Elma dropped a 13-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10 decision to Rainier in an Evergreen 1A League match on Sept. 26 at Elma.
Eagle setter Brenna Miller, who connected on 100 percent of her serves, also had 30 assists. Bethany Lipska delivered 11 kills and Jordaan Hall added six for the Eagles (0-3, 0-4).
Rainier also won the JV match, 25-21, 25-21.
Eagles 5, Pirates 1
ELMA — Patiently waiting and plucking passes away from Adna’s passing attack, Elma controlled this Evergreen 1A/2B girls soccer match at Davis Field in Elma on Sept. 24.
Sydney Smythe and Brooke Goldsmith notched two goals each, with Natalie Grant starting the scoring in the 19th minute for Elma (4-1).