Starting today, there is a new name in local high school sports. Boys in Lake Quinault and Wishkah will now be playing under the banner and colors of the Twin Valley Wolfpack wearing black and gray.
Last night in Lake Quinault, residents and students from the schools met to choose from multiple options for the new team, including name and colors. Options included playing as Lake Quinault/Wishkah, North County, or Twin Valley; as well as choosing between Wolverines, Sasquatches, or Wolfpack. Also put up to a vote were the official colors of the new team, either a combination of both schools or a new color scheme altogether.
Citing low class size, the schools were forced to shed any former Coastal League rivalries and join together to maintain sports for their students. Lake Quinault Superintendant Rich Dubois said that this was the best option for both schools, adding that this merger will last until both schools have the ability once again to field their own teams.
Baseball practices will be split for the schools; 11 practices at Lake Quinault before switching to 11 practices as Wishkah. Games will also be split. Any rain days will be spent at their own schools for indoor practice.
Because of their combined size, the team will move into the 2B rankings. Both teams have already practiced with each other, but will officially play as a team at their first game on March 18th against Oakville at Wishkah.
The Wishkah and Lake Quinault boys teams will find out on Monday what they will be called, and what they will be wearing, for the coming years at a community meeting Monday.
Principal Keith Samplawski said that this will be the meeting that decides the near future of North County sports.
Following the announcement that the boys teams from each school would be merging following low enrollment for both schools, the decision was made to combine boys sports starting in March for baseball. Because of the merger, a new name, logo, and colors will be chosen for the combined teams.
Residents are invited to the Lake Quinault School Cafeteria at 6 pm on Monday, March 3 for a meeting to vote on the names submitted by students and community members. Each school has narrowed down the names to 3 choices to be voted on at the meeting.
Rainmakers? Sasquatch? Raiders? Hunters? Pioneers? All could be a future team in North County.
Starting with baseball, Wishkah and Lake Quinault are combining their boys sports.
Wishkah Principal Ray Yoder tells KXRO that in recent years, enrollment numbers have diminished the number of eligible players and Quinault has been facing the same issue.
Because of the combination, there will no longer be any high school boys with Loggers or Elks on their uniforms in the coming years.
The ASBs of both schools are currently running contests to pick the new logo, name, and colors of the combined teams. Beginning in March, there will be a new face for North County sports.
Lake Quinault School posted on their Facebook Page that they are accepting submissions until Friday for look of the combined team.
The Hoquiam Grizzlies and the Aberdeen Bobcats have their share of classic games and this one was no different.
The Grizzly boys hung on at the end to get the win 52 to 51 over the Bobcats in this non-league contest at Hoquiam Square Garden Friday night. Junior Evan Newton led Hoquiam with 17 points and propelled them to a second half come back with 14 points in the second half.
Newton’s most important point came with 6.5 seconds left in the game when he made a free throw on the front end of a one and one opportunity that made the score 52 to 48 in favor of the Grizzlies.
Newton missed the next free throw and Aberdeen’s Austin Floch, a Junior, drained a long range three pointer with what the referees decided was .3 seconds left to bring the Bobcats within one. Hoquiam would let the .3 flash off the clock without incident and take home the win and force a split of the series this year as Aberdeen won the previous match-up in Aberdeen.
Floch led all scorers with 19 points including 11 in the second half.
Hoquiam Scoring: Blake Kelly 2, Evan Newton 17, Devin Kelly 4, Jerod Steen 6, Jack Adams III 7, Jace Varner 8, Camden Anderson 2, and Joel Brydon 6.
Aberdeen Scoring: Payton Campbell 3, Cole Edwards 7, Addam Follett 12, Austin Floch 19, Jacob Black 4, Lorenzo Ontiveros 2, Aaron Taylor 2, and Chandler Craig 2. Played but did not score: Deon Schlesser and Veek Cheema.
Grays Harbor is going to have a new sports team in town next year. Grays Harbor College has been approved to have a Women’s Soccer Team.
Grays Harbor College Athletic Director Tyler Gaston says that they are looking for a coach right now and that they want to get the word out to local players.
Gaston also said they are hoping to hire a coach in early January to be ready for Letter of Intent day January 15th. Women’s Soccer is a Fall sport in the NWACC and the Chokers will be playing their home games at Aberdeen’s Stewart Field.
The Grays Harbor County Commissioners have ended their contract with Great Northwest Promotions for events at the Grays Harbor Raceway.
In a special meeting on Tuesday, the Commissioners said that the agency has a series of unpaid bills to the county, and that prompted the vote to separate.
According to the County, Great Northwest is behind in their payments going back to 2010, totaling over $7000, not only for the facility, but for the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office security at the raceway.
A breach of contract was cited, saying that , Great Northwest did not provide ticket sale information for World of Outlaws and ACS events, and did not pay the $1 per ticket fee that they agreed to.
Commissioner Cormier said that the decision has been a long time coming.
The contract termination is effective immediately. A letter has been sent to the company to discuss the change and have keys to the facility returned.
A delay in construction at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano will push the opening of the stadium back and keep it from opening for home games for the fall athletic teams which includes the defending state champion football team.
Montesano Superintendent Dan Winter says that the concrete risers that were made in Poulsbo and shipped to Montesano had bows in them. Winter says there were issues putting the risers into their steel brackets because they were not square as well as having other issues.
The risers were deemed not sufficient for use and will have to be remade. The stadium is now set to be finished sometime over the winter and Superintendent Winter says that is the most disappointing thing for the seniors because they will not be able to play on their home field.
Winter says the stadium should be done in time for spring sports.
This Saturday, Aberdeen resident Jeff Hatton will take a 7-3 professional MMA record to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma to meet Spokane’s Josh Rettinghouse (8-2) in the semi-main event of CageSport XXVI. Both fighters are coming off of recent setbacks to their MMA careers.
Training with Bad Company MMA in Aberdeen, Hatton started his professional MMA career with a 6-0 record before being given the opportunity to fight for the vacant CageSport bantamweight title in April of 2012 against, Brandon Hempleman. Hatton lost the fight via first round TKO. Hatton would go on to have three more fights around the world in 2012, including a fight in Chile, but only came away with one victory.
Rettinghouse recently lost in a CageSport title fight against current bantamweight champion, Cory Vombaur.
Out of the combined 15 victories between the two fighters, 12 have come via submission. 10 of those 12 submission victories have all come in the first round.
Tickets for Halquist Productions’ CageSport XXVI, set for Saturday, August 24th are still available and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino showroom and online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $35.
The 2013 Grayland Open Amateur Freeride Nationals is set for August 10th and 11th in Grayland.
Organizers say that this is the top, and the only, jet ski surf competition in Washington. Event promoter, Dan Lindgren is expecting over 40 riders to be in Grayland competing for custom trophies and other prizes provided by sponsors.
The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday the 10th and continues at 11 am on Sunday the 11th with the finals.
This event is free to the public.
Two Aberdeen Firefighters will be travelling to Ireland to compete in the World Police and Fire Games in August.
Aberdeen Firefighters Bill Mayne and Adam Catterlin will be traveling to Belfast, Ireland to compete in the games that take place every two years. The competition is expecting about 10 thousand competitors. This will be Catterlin’s first time competing and Mayne’s ninth time going to the games and Mayne has medaled in competitive pistol shooting events multiple years.
Catterlin will be competing in wrestling and Mayne will be in both individual and team pistol competitions.
If you would like more information on the World Police and Fire Games go to www.2013wpfg.com.