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Montesano girls beat Willapa Valley in season opener

Montesano girls beat Valley in opener

Tough defense and a well-balanced offensive performance powered Montesano to a convincing girls basketball victory over Willapa Valley on Nov. 3.

Freshman Jordan Spradlin dominated down low and junior Megan Choate controlled the perimeter to lead the Bulldogs to a 58-31 win over the Vikings.

Spradlin scored all of her points either in the paint or from the free throw line. Even when she was not scoring, Spradlin’s presence on the floor helped make the Bulldogs’ offense effective.

“Jordan did a great job (in the paint) in the first half,” coach Julie Graves said. “I think that definitely opened up the outside. Jordan is smart enough that if she feels a double team, she’ll kick it out to one of her teammates and let them take an open shot. I thought we played together. It wasn’t just one person doing everything. Everyone had looks and made some shots. I put lots of different kids in to see what they could do, and I thought they all had some bright spots.”

Fourteen of Spradlin’s game-high 20 points came in the first half. The freshman drew double-teams more frequently as the game wore on, which resulted in open looks for other Bulldogs.

Montesano responded by knocking down seven shots from beyond the arc, six of which came in the second and third quarter. Spradlin, 9-of-13 from the field, also contributed nine rebounds and four steals.

Choate hit her first bucket, a 3-pointer, about midway through the second quarter and finished with 16 points and five assists. The junior guard knocked down a team-high three 3-pointers in the game.

Montesano will host Rainier on Friday.

Three East County squads advance in Rec Cup soccer

Five Twin Harbors teams advanced to the semifinals of the Recreational Cup youth soccer tournament with quarterfinal victories last weekend.

Three East County girls teams scored a clean sweep of quarterfinal matches Saturday at Aberdeen’s Stewart Field.

The Montesano Wildcats nipped the Union Hill Vipers, 1-0, in a U-12 contest. Abigail Parkin scored off an assist from Zoee Lisherness for the match’s lone goal.

The Elma/McCleary Dynamite downed the Kickin’ Kangaroos, 4-1, in the U-13 girls age group and the Montesano Renegades trounced the Port Angeles Intensity, 6-0, in girls U-14 play. Samantha Stanfield scored twice (the first on a penalty kick) for the Renegades, with Lindsey Hutchings, Mikayla Jacklin, Kayleigh Sutherby and Noelle Tingey adding the other goals.

The Harbor Sounders topped Silver Lake Rosso, 2-1, in a boys U-15 quarterfinal at Everett. The Willapa Harbor Health Pros Northwest U-17 team also advanced with a 4-0 win over the Tsunami on Sunday at Stewart Field.

All winners advance to semifinals this weekend at the Starfire Soccer Complex at Tukwila.

The semifinal pairings:

Saturday

U-12 Girls: 9 a.m. — Montesano Wildcats vs. FME Yellow Jackers (winner to play for championship at 2 p.m.).

U-13 Girls: 10:30 a.m. — Elma/McCleary Dynamite vs. Tracyton Havoc (winner to play for championship at 3 p.m.).

U-14 Girls: Noon — Montesano Renegades vs. Vancouver West Dynamite (winner to play for championship at 4 p.m).

Sunday

Boys U-15: 9 a.m. — Harbor Sounders vs. J’98 FC Screaming Thunder (winner to play for championship at 1:30 p.m.)

Boys U-17: 9 a.m. — Willapa Harbor Health Pros Northwest vs. Fall City Rovers (winner to play for championship at 3:15 p.m.).

Montesano fall

athletes honored

Jacob Sampair, Kenny Roy, Megan Choate, Alyx Miller, Nolan Walker, Gabrielle Rudolph and Gabe Spearin won the major awards at Montesano High School fall sports awards dinners recently.

Major awards:

Football: Offensive MVP — Jacob Sampair. Defensive MVP — Kenny Roy. Outstanding Lineman — Evan Bialkowsky. Captain — Tristan Darst. Most Improved — Logan Truax. Inspirational — Tristan Darst. Coaches Award — Jordan Bussard. Outstanding JV Player — Kyle Englund. Freshman Offensive MVP — Sawyer Rhoden. Freshman Defensive MVP — Tyler Reninger. Freshman Inspirational — Sawyer Rhoden. Freshman Most Improved — Kenny Moua. Freshman Coaches Award — Ben Lopez.

Boys Golf: Medalist — Nolan Walker. Most Improved — Maguire Cavanaugh. Bulldog Award — Nate Chapman. Coaches Award — Eric Blanchard.

Cross Country: Most Valuable Runner — Gabrielle Rudolph, Gabe Spearin. Most Improved Runner — Emir Turarov, Baylee Roble. Coaches Award — Amanda Graham.

Girls Soccer: MVP — Alyx Miller. Offensive MVP — Taylor Birdsall, LeeAnn Rhoden. Defensive MVP — Jennifer Johnson. Most Improved — Hannah Quinn. Coaches Award — Rayna Ashlock. JV Offensive MVP — Daelin Malizia. JV Defensive MVP — Sydney Hamilton. JV Most Improved — Melissa Banks. JV Coaches Award — Sydney Hamilton.

Volleyball: MVP — Megan Choate. Inspirational — Megan Choate. Most Improved — Jordan Spradlin. JV MVP — Josie Talley. JV Most Improved — Kailey Jones. JV Inspirational — Hannah Manley, Hailee Dierks. C Squad MVP — Ashley Black. JV Inspirational — Paulina Wendlandt. JV Most Improved — Paulina Wendlandt.

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