NW Christian's Bulger claims 2B javelin title, 11 errors doom Olympia fastpitch, 2A, 1A semifinal baseball postponed

May 24, 2013 

CHENEY – Karen Bulger is used to breaking meet records in the girls javelin, and did so once more at the first day of the 1A/2B/1B state track and field championships at Roos Field at Eastern Washington University.

Bulger not only claimed her first state title in the Class 2B girls javelin Friday throwing 154 feet, 4 inches, but she broke the meet record of 146-4, set in 2003 by South Bend’s Kristina Reed.

Bulger won the event by 27 feet ahead of runner-up Sami Robinson of Pe Ell (127-0), the defending state champion. Bulger led throughout the entire competition and uncorked the meet-record throw on her third throw of the day to set a meet record. She also set meet records at a handful of meets this year, including the Kent-Meridian, Shelton and Shaner invitationals.

“I wanted to do well and have fun, but still do what I needed to do,” Bulger said

Bulger, who also had a personal-best throw in the discus to place fourth, can double up on a state title Saturday in the shot put, where she’s seeded first by almost four feet to the second-place competitor (43-1.245).

4A state fastpitch Bears go 0-2: Olympia didn’t have its best defensive showing at its first Class 4A state appearance in nine seasons, committing 11 errors in two games – both losses to Central Valley, 8-5 and Lake Stevens, 6-4, to end its season at 20-8 overall.

“We definitely didn’t bring it,” Bears coach Matt Loes said. “Sometimes, we make a few errors and sometimes we’re errorless. It just wasn’t our day.”

The Bears trialed 7-0 before making a late-game comeback against Central Valley, but five errors in one inning set the Bears back.

“If we had a few hits, we could’ve tied it if not taken the lead,” Loes said. 2A, 1A baseball
Semifinals rained-out: Rain postponed Friday’s Class 2A and 1A state baseball semifinals at Yakima County Stadium, pushing all semifinal games to Saturday and the third/fourth-place and championship games to Sunday.

Games times will remain the same for Saturday's semifinals. In 1A, Tenino and Montesano will play at 10 a.m., followed by the second 1A semifinal – Cashmere and Cascade of Leavenworth at 1 p.m. In 2A, Tumwater and Archbishop Murphy, the defending state champion, will play at 4 p.m., followed by the second semifinal – W.F. West vs. Clarkston – at 7 p.m. State tennis
Capital advances all players to semifinals: Capital is well-represented in the state semifinals on the boys and girls side as singles players Lauren McCann and Ty Gentry swept their opponents in straight sets and boys doubles players Mathias Burlingame and Doug Doenges won their first match in three sets, then topped West Valley of Yakima’s Gabe Valley and Brian Ridd, 6-2, 6-2, in straight sets at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.

On Saturday, McCann faces West Valley of Yakima’s Chloe Goyette while Gentry takes on Lindbergh’s Kwiatkowski. Burlingame and Doegnes face Washington’s Daniel Yu and Josh Rasmus. The winner of this morning’s semifinals in singles and doubles advance to the titles matches later on Saturday

Tumwater’s Zach Drake remains alive in the consolation bracket after his 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Klahowya’s Drew Fagan and a win Saturday against Washington’s Jonathan Yu sends him to the fifth/eight-place match. Teammates Ryan Gudbrandson and Ryan Padgett, in doubles, lost both their matches, including 7-5, 6-4 loss to Bellingham’s EJ Troutman and Auden Schilder. Black Hills’ Jimmy Do battled with Clarkton’s Ryan Adams, but fell 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 in his loser-out consolation match.

In 3A at the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, North Thurston’s three girls singles players – Sidney Smith, Shanelle Enlow and Ainsley Winterrowd – loss their opening-round and consolation matches to bow out of the tournament. On the boys side, North Thurston’s Scott Vannerson and Jooneil Ahn played in three matches, including a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tyler Sparling and Marcus Kwon of Mountain View, but fell to Hanford’s Shane Sandlin and Kevin Sands in a loser-out consolation match.

In 4A at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland, Olympia senior John Stormans, the two-time defending state champion in doubles, will play for fourth place Saturday against 4A Narrows League foe Calan Peterson of Stadium after dropping a 5-7 7-6 (7), 6-0 quarterfinal match to Gonzaga Prep’s Alex Marcinkowski.