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Ellensburg softball splits pair of games over weekend

The Ellensburg High School softball team’s bats were torrid in Friday’s 16-3 win over Port Angeles in five innings. Thirteen of those runs came in the third and fourth innings.

Lacey Buchholz was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Tess Polacek was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI. Jami Nelson was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Morgan Olin earned the win. She pitched three innings and surrendered three runs — one earned.

Against Yelm, Ellensburg fell 17-5 and recorded just two hits. The Bulldogs scored all five runs in the seventh inning.

Yelm jumped out to a 7-0 after three innings and later scored eight runs in the seventh.

Morgan Rodgers, Mackenzie Egan and Buchholz each tallied an RBI.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a double header versus West Valley (Yakima) Tuesday at home. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.

EHS boys soccer bounces back for loss with win Saturday

On Thursday, Othello got a goal in the first two minutes on a missed clearance but the Ellensburg High School boys soccer team held firm, keeping the score 1-0 until Othello found the net twice in the final 10 minutes to round out the scoring.

“Despite the 3-0 score, I was generally happy with the performance,” EHS head coach Mark Timko said. “We were able to possess and play system soccer which is one of our goals. Othello is a big and powerful team and we will have to do a better job against them when we see them in league play.”

On Saturday a goal by Freddy Contreras Chavez in the first half was the lone score of the match as the Bulldogs topped Quincy, 1-0.

“Freddy is a very athletic player and has been around the goal all year,” Timko said. “It was great to see him find the net for the first time this season.”

The Bulldogs dominated possession in the first half and played with great ball possession. Quincy found its stride and had the Bulldogs off balance for the first 20 minutes of the second half before EHS settled in and played within its system.

Sophomore Riley Timko filled in for his brother in goal who is nursing and injury.

“Riley was outstanding in goal against Quincy, he made a few big saves and played well with his feet,” Mark Timko said. “Our team is very unselfish and most players have had to play multiple positions throughout our preseason.”

The Bulldogs kick off their league season on Tuesday when they host Ephrata at 4 p.m.

“Ephrata will be a good test for us and an opportunity to play on our home field for the first time this year,” Mark Timko said. “We are looking forward to the challenge and playing in front of our home fans.”

Local stars shine SWX All-Star Classic basketball game

The SWX All-Star Classic contest took place on Sunday evening at Yakima Valley College and had three locals playing.

For the Yakima boys team, it saw Kittitas’ Brock Ravet and Ellensburg’s Steele Venters. For the girls, Ellensburg’s Brinley Hagemeier suited up.

On the boys side, Yakima defeated Tri-Cities, 104-96. Venters scored 18 and Ravet 10. The Yakima girls team lost 84-62. Hagemeier did not score.

CWU track results at Willamette Invite

Central Washington University’s Erykah Weems won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.03 at the Willamette Invite in Salem, Ore. Saturday. Weems also took second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.

Alexa Shindruk competed in the 1,500-meter race. Shindruk took fifth with a time of 4:36.84. The time was good enough for a new personal best for Shindruk.

Molly Mattson and Delaney Clem took on the 5,000-meter race. Mattson placed third with a time of 18:01.17 while Clem came in fifth with a time of 18:23.13.

Trevor Allen finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run. Allen ran the race in 15:02.16. Taryk Boyd took eighth in the 3,000-meter steeple chase with a time of 10:13.73.

Ethan Tonder took third in the shot put with a toss of 51-08.25. Tonder also took fourth in the hammer throw at 156-09.

The CWU track team is spread out next weekend. Part of the team travels to Stanford, California for the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Another group heads to San Francisco on Saturday for the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. The final group heads to Forrest Grove, Oregon for the Boxer Open on Saturday.

Sui A’au named an MA Sorensen Award Nominee

Suiluana Sooialo A’Au of the Central Washington University women’s rugby team has been nominated for the MA Sorsensen Award, FloRugby announced.

The award is named after groundbreaking William & Mary and USA prop MaryAnne Sorensen, who was a pioneer in the women’s game as a player and a coach, and remains a highly-respected doctor. Sorensen has been present at all three Sorensen Award presentations.

Sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, the Sorensen Award is selected each spring and officially presented during a gala event in June. This year the event, once again held at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, will be held June 8.

The nominees were selected by a panel of college coaches and administrators, overseen by FloRugby Senior Editor Alex Goff. One nominee was voted on by the fans, and the fans will have a heavy hand in deciding the finalists.

CWU baseball drops two against Concordia

The CWU baseball team (10-13-1, 7-9 GNAC) dropped both games to Concordia University (9-16, 7-9 GNAC) as it closed out a four-game series.

The Wildcats split the first two games on Saturday against Concordia.

CWU softball sweeps on Saturday, drops two on Sunday

CWU softball drubbed Western Oregon in Game 1, 10-2, and then followed with a 11-4 win in Game 2, on Saturday.

Concordia grabbed two wins against CWU on Sunday with scores of 7-2, and 6-4.

The Wildcats remain in first place in the GNAC with a 17-6 record, 10-2 in the GNAC. They have won their last 10 of 12 games.


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