On to state; prep athletes throughout the area ready for biggest stage

Out of the three teams that went on to state baseball, only Sumner has made it to the top four. Enumclaw fastpitch defeated Sumner, and the Spartan soccer team also fell. Several dozen Bonney Lake and Sumner track athletes and golf players are also heading to state.

Bonney Lake ace Brooke Nelson delivers during the Panthers' Friday victory at the district fastball tournament.

TRACK AND FIELD

Area track and field teams spent two days last week at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner, with top performers advancing to this week’s state meets and all others seeing their prep seasons come to a close.

Sumner hosted district competition Friday and Saturday for both the 3A and 2A classifications.

The best local finish was turned in by the Enumclaw High girls and Bonney Lake boys, each placing second in the 3A team standings. Also in the girls 3A, Sumner placed fourth and Bonney Lake was 15th. On the boys side of the 3A ledger, Sumner was fifth and Enumclaw seventh.

Both the 3A and 2A competition will take place Thursday through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. The following athletes earned a berth in this week’s state meet.

Bonney Lake boys: Cody Miller, first, 110-meter hurdles, fifth, 300-meter hurdles; 4×400 relay, first (Mykel Fisher, William Glick, Eric Voellger, Bennett Hillier); Trent Hiner, second, 100 meters; Glick, second, 800 meters; Kyle Ashby, second, javelin; Austin Schweyen, second, pole vault; Hillier, third, 400 meters, fifth, 800 meters; Brock Frame, third, 3,200 meters; Caleb Davis, third, shot put, third, discus; Isaiah Brooks, fifth, 110-meter hurdles; 4×100 relay, sixth (Tristan Papcun, Miller, Joseph O’Reilly, Hiner).

Bonney Lake girls: Samantha Boudreau, first, shot put, second, discus; Dreakeanna Adair, fourth, shot put; Lauren Waters, tie fourth, pole vault.

Sumner boys: Josh Riley, first, 300-meter hurdles, tie fourth, high jump, fifth, long jump; Kolby Nikolaisen, third, pole vault; 4×400 relay, fourth (Dayne Raines, Nikolaisen, Riley, Michael Russell); Russell, fifth, 400 meters.

Sumner girls: Rhaven Dean, first, javelin, second shot put, third, discus; Jordan Thompson, first, 200 meters, first, 400 meters, fifth, 100 meters; Emma Sjolund, second, 800 meters, third, 1,600 meters; 4×400 relay, second (Emma Bakke, Hailey Gieser, Samantha Larberg, Makayla Schaneman); Lanayia Krehbeil-Richardson, fourth, 300-meter hurdles, fourth, discus, sixth, shot put; Kristen Immel, sixth, javelin.

BASEBALL

Three area baseball teams had landed in the state Class 3A Sweet 16, but only the Sumner Spartans prevailed, winning two games to find themselves in the coveted Final Four.

Opening-round games were initially slated for Saturday, May, 21, but Mother Nature had other plans. Constant rain washed away those contests, forcing two rounds of 3A contests to be played on Sunday.

Making the most of its opportunity was Sumner High, which advanced in the 3A state tourney with a 3-1, opening-round victory over Eastside Catholic at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.

With a tourney win tucked away, the Spartans faced another loser-out contest, this one against Columbia River. Sumner again proved tough, winning 5-2 to become one of just four team’s still scrapping for a state title.

The final four also includes Lake Washington, Southridge and Lakeside. The foursome will gather at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.

Sumner and Lakeside play at 1 p.m. Friday, following a 10 a.m. battle between Lake Washington and Southridge. Friday’s losers square off Saturday morning in the consolation round and Friday’s winners play at 4 p.m. for all the marbles.

Sumner’s Nathan Harrell went five innings on the mound to get the win over Columbia River. Offensively, Taurus Kukahiko drove in two runs.

In the loser-out opening round, Enumclaw High fell to Lake Washington by a 9-2 score and Bonney Lake went eight innings before being eliminated 4-3 by Kennewick. For the Panthers, Braydon Tressler drove home all three runs. Enumclaw’s Jordan Misensol and Drew Seabrands had two hits each, while Austin Hood smacked a home run.

FASTPITCH

Constant rain on Saturday, and more in the forecast for the following days, prompted officials to scrap the final rounds of both the Class 3A and Class 2A district tournaments.

As a result, both Enumclaw and White River are state bound.

In both classifications, teams winning twice on Friday – advancing to the semifinals – were sent directly to state. They were seeded according to a previously-crafted formula, making Enumclaw a No. 1 district seed into the 3A state tournament and White River a No. 3 seed into the 2A tourney.

Eight teams were left in the running for the 3A’s final berth to state, including the Bonney Lake Panthers. The eight hopefuls were to square off Monday at the Sprinker complex in Spanaway.

Enumclaw punched its ticket to state Friday by first defeating league rival Sumner 8-3 and then whipping Kelso 4-1.

The story against the Spartans was Madelyn Carlson. She went the distance to get the win, scattering eight hits over seven innings, and came up big at the plate as well. She had three hits, knocked in a pair of runs and scored once. Teammate Rechelle Dunn also had three hits.

For Sumner, Abi Proffitt went 3-for-4, including a double, scored once and drove in a run.

Enumclaw’s victory over Kelso was highlighted by the stellar pitching of Quinn Breidenbach. She fanned nine and allowed just five hits in seven innings of work.

At the plate, Breidenbach had three hits. Dunn added two more, including a homer, and Brittany Camp also had two hits and a home run.

Next, Enumclaw will appear in the Friday-Saturday 3A tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. For the Hornets, this marks the fifth year in a row for a state appearance and eight state trip in the past nine seasons.

Following their loss to Enumclaw, the Sumner Spartans fell 6-2 to Capital High, bringing the season to a close.

Bonney Lake won its opener 6-1 over North Thurston, thanks largely to the complete-game pitching of Brooke Nelson, then lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Columbia River.

White River earned its state trip first with an 8-5 triumph over Olympic High, followed by a 13-8 victory over Sammamish.

White River will head to Selah’s Carlon Park for the Friday-Saturday 2A state tournament. That’s the same park where the Hornets advanced to the championship game a year ago, finally falling and bringing a second-place trophy home to Buckley.

This is the sixth year in a row White River has advanced to the state tournament.

STATE 3A GOLF

Top Class 3A golfers headed for Spokane and the state tournament that kicked off yesterday, Tuesday, and wraps up today.

The boys competed at The Creek at Qualchan while the girls played the Indian Canyon course.

The 3A tournaments included golfers from Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools.

BOYS

Earning a state trip last fall from Bonney Lake was Kurtis Kolterman. His teammates, Connor Lees and Michael Korum, earned a trip to the Spring Qualifier, where Lees fired an 81 and moved along to the state tourney.

None from Sumner High had advanced to state from the Medalist Tournament, but Alec LaBarge had earned a trip to the Spring Qualifier. There, he shot a round of 84, making him the second alternate to state.

GIRLS

Guaranteeing themselves a trip to state during the fall’s Medalist Tournament were Enumclaw High’s Lexi Dechon and Bonney Lake’s Hayden Zumholf.

Earning trips to the Spring Qualifier were Enumclaw’s Rylie McCann and Taylor Anglin and Sumner’s Abby Burns and Clair Selmer.

Selmer was the only one to advance to state, shooting a 94 to place fifth in the qualifying tournament.

STATE 3A SOCCER

The Sumner High boys ran into something of a stone wall the evening of May 17, bringing their prep soccer season to a close.

The Spartans’ season ended with a 2-0 loss to Lakeside High at Interbay Stadium in Seattle.

The game was a first-round affair in the Class 3A state tournament, which includes only 16 squads from throughout the state.

Sumner High’s road to the state tournament included a two-game stop at the West Central/Southwest District tournament. There, the Spartans opened with a 4-0 whitewashing of North Thurston, followed by a 2-1 victory over Central Kitsap that was decided by penalty kicks. Those wins gave Sumner the district’s No. 5 seed into state.

The Spartans qualified for the postseason after going 10-4 during the South Puget Sound League 3A season. After a 1-3 start, Sumner won nine of 10 league contests and climbed to a third-place finish. The team concluded the season with an overall record of 13-5-1.

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