White River 34, Eatonville 6: The Hornets nearly shut out the Cruisers and controlled most of the game to secure the SPSL’s No. 5 seed to the district playoffs.
“We controlled the lines of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” White River coach Jeff Zenisek said. “We just went at them rushing the ball. I think that was the biggest thing, we were full speed.”
Eatonville was playing its third game in eight days, after losing to Orting on Friday, then playing in a mini-playoff on Tuesday with a rematch half against Orting before advancing to face River Ridge in another half of play.
“They’re kind of beat up,” Zenisek said. “We’re really healthy and I think that was the key.”
Much of this came from a relentless running game with Luke Northam as well as Jack Ervien having a strong with Northam getting two touchdown runs and Jack getting a big 54-yard touchdown run.
Now White River gets River Ridge in the district playoffs next week in a winner-to-state, loser-out matchup. Eatonville will travel to face 8-0 North Kitsap, the 2A Olympic champion.
“(River Ridge) is definitely a really athletic team so we gotta work on tackling this week,” Zenisek said. “We gotta play smart. We had a lot of penalties tonight and we can’t have that against them.”
But after missing the playoffs last year, Zenisek, the former Central Washington University coach, has the Hornets back in postseason play and trying to make the state playoffs for the first time since 2013.
“That was our goal to get to the state playoffs all year. We’ve done really good taking it a game at a time and keeping focused,” Zenisek said. “It could come down to one or two plays. This’ll be a good test.”
4A West Central Girls Swim Meet
Curtis dominated its way to the West Central District girls swimming championships, scoring 288 points to second-place Sumner’s 244 points. And the Vikings even set a personal best in the 400 freestyle relay.
The team of Leigh Lopez-Silvers, Katie VanZonneveld, Molly Hickey and Emily VanZonneveld got a time of 3 minutes, 38.23 seconds. That was better than the state’s best time in that event entering the day, which was held by Newport of Bellevue (3:39.67), according to the Washington State Girls Swimming Coaches Association.
Curtis’ relays also took first in the 200 medley with Lopez Silvers, Gabriella Lawrence, Hickey, and Emily VanZonneveld getting a time of 1:51.16.
It was a great night for Lopez-Silvers who won those two relays and individually won in the 200 free in 1:55.36, which is also one of the state’s best times.
Emily VanZonneveld in addition to the two relay wins also won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.13.
Coming in second in the team scores was Sumner as they won the only other relay (the 200 free relay). The top eight finishers in each individual event will advance to state.
Puyallup’s Kacey Kiuchi won the 100 backstroke in 57.81 seconds. That is the second-best time in the state, based on WSGSC times entering Saturday, behind Mount Vernon’s Emma Carlton (54.99).
Auburn Riverside 3, Tahoma 2: It was a nailbiter, but the defending 4A state champion Ravens managed to secure a win over the Bears to clinch the top seed to next week’s 4A West Central District volleyball championships at Kentwood.
“It was a battle back and forth. We’re both very powerful teams,” Auburn Riverside coach Chris Leverenz said. “They have a lot of depth in their hitting.”
The win came as the game ended up going to five sets, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-8, and being about as close as you could make it.
“I would say at the end, especially in game five, I would say we had the edge on ball control,” Leverenz said. “They’re a good team, it was fun to be able to play that way.”
White River 3, Orting 0: The Hornets won in straight sets, 25-8, 25-12, 25-8, over the Cardinals as they look ahead to now being the top seed to the 2A West Central Championships where they plan to just keep doing what they’re doing.
“We’ll just do what we always do. I think we just keep doing what we always do,” White River coach Lina Randall said. “Just focusing on the serve and just being consistent.”
Keegan Strobeck led White River with 15 kills and seven digs, Hope Baldyga had 27 assists and Megan Vandegrift, a UW softball commit, had 19 digs.
Sarah Fohn led Orting, the 2A SPSL Sound champs, with 14 assists and seven digs.
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AROUND THE SOUND
White River 34, Eatonville 6
WR - Michael Pedieira 29 pass from TJ Strocshein (Pass failed)
E - Caden Jumper 1 run (Kick blocked)
WR - Jack Ervien 54 run (Run failed)
WR - Joel Seferian 3 run (Luke Northam run)
WR - Northam 8 run (Chris Dominguez kick)
WR - Northam 13 run (Dominguez kick)
West Central District Swimming Championships
1. Curtis 288 2. Sumner 244 3. Tahoma 231 4. Kentridge 206 5. Kennedy Catholic 187 6. Puyallup 186 7. Olympia 178 8. Mount Rainier 154 9. Emerald Ridge 122 10. Decatur 85 11. Federal Way 80 12. Enumclaw 67 13. Kentwood 57 14. Hazen 46 15. Rogers Rams 38 16. Kentlake 29 17. Kent Meridian Royals 28 18. South Kitsap 23 19. Thomas Jefferson 19 20. Todd Beamer 15 21. Auburn Riverside Ravens 13 22. Graham Kapowsin 4 23. Auburn Mountainview 2
200 medley: C (Leigh Lopez-Silvers, Gabriella Lawrence, Molly Hickey, Emily VanZonneveld) 1:51.16
200 free: Lopez-Silvers (C) 1:55.36
200 IM: Grace Felner (MR) 2:03.90
50 free: Makenna Hayes (ER) 25.08
Diving: Abbie Carlson (ENU) 341.00
100 fly: Shayla Markle (KC) 56.94
100 free: Felner (MR) 50.88
500 free: Mikaela Miele (S) 5:13.72
200 free relay: S (Oliva Castro, Emma Huynh, Haven Carroll, Miele) 1:42.98
100 back: Kacey Kiuchi (P) 57.81
100 breast: E. VanZonneveld (C) 1:08.13
400 free relay: C (Lopez-Slivers, Katie VanZonneveld, Hickey, E. VanZonneveld) 3:38.23
Emerald Ridge 3, Curtis 1
25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23
(ER) Jadyn Mullen 42 assists, 11 digs; Kava Durr 20 kills, 16 digs, 4 aces; Ella Litterell 14 kills; Tayler Templeman 7 kills, 3 blocks, 11 digs; Daizie Jones 9 digs; McKenna Mulligan 9 digs
Auburn Riverside 3, Tahoma 225-15, 23-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-8White River 3, Orting 0 25-8, 25-12, 25-8