MONTESANO — An upset in the boys team race prevented the Evergreen 1A League Cross Country Championships from turning into an all-East County show last Thursday.
Gabrielle Rudolph led a Montesano sweep of the top three places as the host Bulldogs ran away with the girls team title at Lake Sylvia State Park.
Elma’s Wesley Allen took individual honors, but Rochester capitalized on superior depth to upend the Eagles for the boys crown.
The Warriors finished with 54 points to wind up eight points ahead of Elma. The Eagle boys had gone unbeaten in league dual competition, topping Rochester in the process.
Monte’s girls totaled 28 points — 25 lower than runner-up Hoquiam.
Taking four of the top five places, the Bulldog girls are well-positioned for the District IV 1A meet Nov. 2 at Woodland.
“The girls have been working hard,” Monte coach James Edwards said. “I’m proud of them.”
Rudolph, as usual, led from the outset. Teammate Andrea Ostwald stayed within striking distance for about half of the 5,000-meter course, but Rudolph pulled away to prevail with a time of 19:52.5.
Ostwald was second in 20:11.4, while Monte sophomore Sydney Potter was third in 20:31.1.
Montesano’s Baylee Roble ran fifth, behind Forks’ Kari Larson.
Edwards was encouraged by the showing of fifth runner, Daria Iaschenko, who was a respectable 25th. Lack of consistency in the No. 5 slot has represented one of Monte’s few concerns this season.
Allen outdueled Montesano’s Brandon Lovell to take the boys title.
Plagued by a tight hamstring and a rugged training schedule, the Elma sophomore had finished behind Lovell in Hoquiam’s Grizzly Alumni Invitational meet 12 days earlier.
The East County duo ran virtually stride for stride for the early portion of the race, with Allen leading slightly entering the Chapin Collins Memorial Forest at about the 1 1/4-mile mark.
He widened the margin to three seconds exiting the forest and wound up winning by 10 seconds in 17:13.9.
Montesano’s Gabe Spearin ran fourth and Hoquiam’s Mario Joya turned in easily his best performance of the season by placing fifth in 18:09.1.
Rochester bunched all five of its point scorers between sixth (Jameson Pasko) and 21st to edge Elma. Eagle coach Dave Beeler, while praising Allen and No. 5 runner Brody Burbidge, was disappointed with his team’s depth.
“I just don’t think we were ready to come here and compete,” he said.
On the plus side, Beeler was happy with his girls’ showing. Daphne Peek and Luna Zang took sixth and seventh, respectively.
“Our goal is to get two teams to state and that’s what we’re shooting for,” the Eagle coach said.
Montesano seventh-grader Andy Fry won the junior high boys race in 9:35.8 for 1.6 miles. Centralia Christian’s Rachel Wilkerson won the girls run in 10:33.7, with Monte’s Mattilyn Ekerson second in 10:41.1.
Rochester 54, Elma 62, Forks 82, Montesano 88, Rainier 114, Hoquiam 117, Tenino 181
1. Wesley Allen (E) 17:13.9. 2. Brandon Lovell (Monte) 17:23.4. 3. Alan Ensastegui (Forks) 17:50.9. 4. Gabe Spearin (Monte) 17:51.5. 5. Mario Joya (Hoq) 18:09.1.
Other Harborites in top 35: 8. Dylan Bennett (E) 18:20.0. 12. Austin Drake (Hoq) 18:39.5. 13. Kyle Smith (E) 18:41.3. 15. Emir Turarov (Monte) 18:45.1. 17. Lukas Starks (E) 18:58.3. 20. Dakota Jefferson (Monte) 19:07.3. 23. Brody Burbidge (E) 19:19.4. 29. Luke Creviston (Hoq) 19:55.8. 33. Alex Valliere (Hoq) 19:58.6.
Montesano 28, Hoquiam 53, Elma 58, Rainier 79
1. Gabrielle Rudolph (Monte) 19:52.5. 2. Andrea Ostwald (Monte) 20:11.4. 3. Sydney Potter (Monte) 20:31.1. 4. Kari Larson (F) 21:13.5. 5. Baylee Roble (Monte) 21:29.0.
Other Harborites in top 20: 6. Daphne Peek (E) 21:41.5. 7. Luna Zang (E) 21:52.7. 10. Emma Skinner (Hoq) 23:04.6. 11. Alexis Franklin (Hoq) 23:08.2. 13. Savannah Smith (Hoq) 23:27.2. 14. Cynthia Alatorre (E) 23:47.3. 16. Cora Foss (Hoq) 24:24.1. 17. Tahni McGaughy (E) 24:45.5. 20. Piper Sandstrom (Hoq) 25:26.6.
ELMA — Elma’s offense struggled to get going early against Forks on Senior Night, but the defense was ready and able to pick up the slack.
The Eagle defense dominated the line of scrimmage for much of the game and forced five Spartan turnovers en route to a decisive 30-7 victory last Friday night at Davis Field.
The win moved Elma (4-1, 5-3) into a tie with Rochester and Tenino at the top of the Evergreen 1A League standings and secured the Eagles’ spot in the postseason.
Elma gained just 18 yards in its first three drives, all of which ended in punts.
However, the Eagle defense prevented Forks from scoring while the offense found its rhythm. Elma took over twice on downs, blocked a field goal and recovered a Spartan fumble in Forks’ first four offensive series.
Early in the second quarter, Ryan Collin snuck into the end zone for a 1-yard score, putting the first points on the board. The Eagles led 6-0 after the ensuing extra point attempt was blocked. Todd Swinhart rushed for 20 yards and caught a 31-yard pass from Collin on the drive to set up the score.
On the ensuing Forks drive, Kevin Farr picked off a Javier Contreras pass to put the ball back in the Elma’s hands.
The Eagles responded with a 12-play drive capped by a 28-yard field goal by Steven Persell.
On the Spartans’ next series, a Contreras fumble was scooped up by Tanner Sample — one of his two fumble recoveries on the night — who took it 25 yards into the end zone, only to have the touchdown wiped away by a holding penalty.
The Eagles got the ball at the Spartan 13-yard-line.
Two Swinhart runs later, the Eagles were celebrating another touchdown, this one a 7-yard scamper.
The extra point by Persell gave Elma a 16-0 lead, which they carried into the locker room at halftime.
Rashad Lorton scored both of the Eagles’ second-half touchdowns. The senior intercepted a Contreras pass early in the third quarter and ran it back 36 yards for a score.
He also caught a beautifully thrown, 25-yard, back-shoulder pass in the end zone from Collin in the fourth.
Elma’s defense allowed just 26 yards of total offense in the second and third quarters while the Eagles built their lead.
Forks’ only touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when the game was already well in hand, and some defensive substitutes had come in for Elma.
Contreras dashed in from 20 yards out on a designed quarterback run. Reece Moody added the extra point.
On Friday, the Eagles will host their East County rivals, the Montesano Bulldogs.
RAINIER — Pulling away with a 21-point fourth quarter, Montesano amassed 403 yards and rolled past Rainier in Evergreen 1A League play on Friday at Rainier.
Anthony Louthan led the rushing attack with 24 carries for 166 yards and a 27-yard touchdown to start out the fourth quarter.
He also kicked all of the PATs.
Jacob Sampair added 12 carries for the Bulldogs (3-2, 4-4) for 24 yards, including a 1-yard run to start off the scoring in the first quarter.
The Mountaineers (0-6, 1-7) scored first in the first quarter and their kick failed.
The Bulldogs, however, scored in every quarter after that.
Noah Ewing carried the ball for 31 yards and completed a 7-yard TD pass to Tristan Darst in the third quarter.
Darst had 78 yards receiving and added an interception for the Bulldogs.
Jordan Bussard also had an interception, in the fourth quarter, and ran the ball back for 21 yards for the TD.
Kyle England scored the last TD for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter with a 68-yard run.
Logan Truax added an interception and received for 25 yards. Kylar Prante contributed the fourth interception.
On Friday, Montesano will travel to Elma for the East County Civil War.
Monte beats Elma
in JV football
Montesano got the first win during the East County Civil War week with a 26-7 victory over Elma in junior varsity football on Monday.
Tanner Birdsall scored two touchdowns and Jake Herzog and Kyle England each had one touchdown for the Bulldogs. Cole Nelson also registered a safety as well.
Luke Peoples was cited for a late-game interception.
Bulldogs 2, Beavers 1
TENINO — Visiting Montesano scored twice to turn over Tenino’s early lead and give itself a chance to clinch a district berth next week with an Evergreen 1A win on Oct. 24.
Down 1-0 at halftime, Makenzi Howard tied the match with a 20-yard angled shot over the goalkeeper’s head in the 45th minute. LeeAnn Rhoden knocked home the game-winner in the 52nd minute when another angled shot was fed by Madi Besaw.
Rhoden, however, picked up two second-half yellow cards, resulting in a red-card ejection in the 72nd minute.
Bulldogs in three
MONTESANO — Montesano took control early and cruised to a 25-9, 25-12, 25-13 victory over Rochester in Evergreen 1A play on Oct. 23.
Jordan Spradlin led the Bulldogs (9-1, 11-1) with 11 kills and four solo blocks. Myranda Floch added 10 kills, Ambi Howell dished out 15 assists, five aces and 100 percent serving (20-for-20). Megan Choate added seven assists and eight digs and Madi Studer brought up 10 digs.
Montesano won the junior varsity match in three sets.
Eagles lose in three
ELMA — Tenino took advantage of its greater firepower to down Elma, 25-13, 25-7, 25-18, in Evergreen 1A League play last Thursday at Elma.
The Eagles (1-9, 1-10) were hampered by illness among the players.
The Tenino junior varsity won in three, 25-21, 17-25, 15-13.