Meg Wochnick writes The Olympianís South Sound Sports blog, covering the area high school and college sports scene, and community activities. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Capital High School quarterback Derrick Becker, who led the Cougars to the Class 2A state semifinals last fall as a junior, will transfer and enroll at Olympia High School for his senior year, his father, Aric, said Monday.
Aric Becker, a former assistant coach at Capital before his son became the starting quarterback in 2011, said the decision to transfer school was based on Derrick Beckers future in football.
It was in the best interest for him, Aric Becker said. His goal ever since he was little is to play college football and on the biggest stage possible. Olympia gives him the chance.
The annual Friends of Mia alumni soccer tournament, which benefits pediatric cancer research, is Saturday and Sunday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. Games begin at 9 a.m. both days.
A few basketball news and notes to pass along from the past few weeks:
Tri-MVPs: Brooke Goldsmith, Elma; Ellie Quercia, Hoquiam; and Megan Choate, Montesano
Eric Snelson, a former Black Hills High School assistant football coach, is Rochester's new head football coach. He replaces Chris Barnes, who resigned this spring after one season. Barnes also was an assistant at Black Hills before arriving at Rochester in 2012.
The Evergreen State College has named Tacoma Community College coach Angela Spoja its new womens volleyball coach.
MVP: Max Harvey, sr., F, Stadium
Coach of the year: Chris Floro, Central Kitsap and Adam Becker, Stadium
Pitching MVP: Ali Graham, soph., W.F. West and Mattie Boucher, jr., W.F. West Position MVP: Parker Pocklington, sr., SS, Centralia Coach of the year: Mike Keen, W.F. West
Pitching MVP: Ellie Jones, sr., Timberline
Position MVP: Kaysha Fox, sr., Wilson
Coach of the year: Pat Dahl, North Thurston and Charles Porche, Timberline
League MVPs: Jonathan Molina, sr., Hoquiam and Fernando Agular, sr., Rochester
Defensive MVP: Osiel Rivera, jr. Hoquiam
Coach of the year: Brian Ziese, Rochester
Event is June 2 at Columbia Hall in Lacey.
South Puget Sound Community College has named Aaron Landon as its new mens basketball coach, replacing Curtis Norwood, who resigned in March after three seasons.
League MVP: Leo Valenti, sr., SS, Olympia
Pitching MVP: Elliott Loague, sr., Olympia; Michael Wood, sr., South Kitsap
Coach of the year: Todd McDougall, Olympia
YAKIMA -- As the Tumwater High baseball team exited the visitors' clubhouse at Yakima County Stadium, the sting of the state championship loss fresh on their minds, the Thunderbirds were welcome with rousing applause and congratulatory hugs.
Reporter Meg Wochnick is in Yakima for today's 1 p.m. Class 2A baseball state title game between Tumwater (18-7) and W.F. West (23-3).
Tumwater High School will play for its first state baseball title at 1 p.m. Sunday after its 3-2 semifinal victory over Archbishop Murphy, the defending state champions, Saturday evening at Yakimas County Stadium.
The Meadowdale sophomore catcher was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before she stepped to the plate with two runners on, two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, with her Mavericks trailing by one to Enumclaw in Fridays 3A state quarterfinal game. Her confidence was shaken, but did her best to flush out her prior at-bats and focus on the scenario at stake.
\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.
When: Friday-Saturday, County Stadium, Yakima
Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for students/seniors (single-day); $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors (tournament pass)
As memorable as his fifth-place finish was at the Class 4A boys golf state tournament, Olympia Highs Brendan McCauley might cherish his shot from the 13th hole at Camas Meadows more.
State tennis championships
South Sound qualifiers
A look at Tuesday and Wednesday's state boys and girls golf championships.
SPANAWAY -- For 15 minutes, Olympia Highs fastpitch season hung in the balance. Were the Bears headed to state for the first time since 2004 or watch their season end at 20-5?
Offensive MVP: Juan Lopez, sr., Aberdeen
Defensive MVP: Daniel Pailthrope, jr., Capital
Coach of the year: Larry Fleming, Aberdeen
At Everett Memorial Stadium
4A regional: Olympia (18-7) v. Lake Stevens (14-9), 1 p.m.
Capital City Marathon officials say they’ve made a push to ensure safety for participants and spectators at Sunday’s event in light of the deadly bombings at last month’s Boston Marathon.
4A West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament
Friday-Saturday, Sprinker Recreation Center, Spanaway
-- Fridays first-round game
Olympia v. Kentridge, 10 a.m. (loser-out)
DuPONT Tumwater High School junior Kayla Monroe fired a 3-over-par 75 in her final round Tuesday to win the medalist honor at the 2A District IV girls golf championships at The Home Course.
MVP: Layne Bruner, sr., Montesano
Coach of the year: Mike Bruner, Montesano
MVP: Brady Calkins, sr., W.F. West
Coach of the year: Tommy Elder, W.F. West and Jamie Weeks, Tumwater
MVP: Alex Campos, P, sr., Ocosta
Coach of the year: Jason Quinby, Ocosta
Sportsmanship: North Beach
Because of a scheduling conflict at Highline Memorial Stadium, Capital's 2A first-round state playoff boys soccer game against Tyee will be played at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the stadium, Capital coach Kyle Jones said.
At Bannerwood Park, Bellevue
North Thurston v. Mt. Si, 1 p.m.
2A District IV
Capital v. Centralia, 7 p.m. at Ingersoll Stadium
Tumwater High School will hold its fourth hall of fame ceremony Saturday at the schools gymnasium, honoring two of its newest members -- longtime coach Pat Alexander and the 1989 state championship football team.