North Thurston and Timberline, the top two teams in the 3A Narrows League during the regular season, will each play in 10 a.m. loser-out matches today after they both fell in winner-to-state matches Friday night at Auburn Mountainview High School during the first day of the 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict volleyball tournament.
After sweeping Peninsula in three sets, Timberline lost, 3-1, to Prairie, champions of the 3A Greater St. Helens League (19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 26-24).
Hunter Manke led the Blazers with 35 assists and 12 digs, and Riley Podowicz and Nicole Pittelkau combined for 32 kills. The Blazers, regular-season league champions, face Kennedy Catholic at 10 a.m. in a loser-out to advance to the fourth/sixth-place match for state seeding.
North Thurston lost its lone match of the day, a five-set thriller, to Columbia River. The Rams will face Enumclaw at 10 a.m. and must win to earn a state berth and possibly play Timberline in the fourth/sixth-place match for state seeding.
4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict: Olympia had its chance to earn a state berth after leading Camas, champions of the 4A Greater St. Helens League, two sets to none, but the Papermakers battled back and won three straight sets to down the Bears. Olympia, the defending 4A state champion, moves into the consolation bracket and will play Rogers at 10 a.m. in a winner-to-state, loser-out match. Should Olympia win, the Bears play at 2 p.m. in a state seeding match.
Woodland 28, Tenino 3: Despite the scoreboard being out of order all night, Woodland, the second-seeded team from the 1A Southwest Washington Trico Division, earned a spot at state and eliminated Tenino, which ended its season at 6-4.
Tenino took the lead early at 3-0 on Kendall Caldwell’s 23-yard field goal, but that was all the scoring for Tenino. Cy Whitmire scored two Woodland touchdowns – on a 54-yard run and a 28-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Huddleston.
La Center 48, Elma 14: The Wildcats (10-0) denied the Eagles their first state playoff berth since 2005 after rushing out to a quick 34-0 lead in the teams’ 1A District IV crossover game. Steven Persell and Alex Carrillo scored Elma’s second-half touchdowns. Elma ends its season at 5-5.
Mark Morris 35, W.F. West 14: The Bearcats closed to within a touchdown at 21-14 to begin the fourth quarter, but the host Monarchs scored 14 straight points – started by Brady Rukkila’s 9-yard touchdown run to open the fourth quarter – to pull away and earn the 2A District IV’s No. 2 playoff seed. W.F. West, which made the 2A state semifinals last season, ends its season at 6-4.