Her last name comes with certain expectations to those who follow wrestling statewide.
But, Sierra Belleville wants to make her own legacy on the mats at Black Hills High School, and she couldn’t be more proud of herself for achieving something she’s wanted to do since sixth grade – wrestle.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve probably had to do, but it’s the most rewarding,” Belleville said. “Being the only girl in the wrestling room can be difficult, but surviving it is really an accomplishment.”
Belleville, a sophomore, is the younger sister of Jimmy Belleville, a four-time state champion at Black Hills (2006-09), one of seven wrestlers in state history to win four state titles. He now wrestles at the University of Wyoming.
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Unlike her older brother, the younger Belleville is relatively new to the sport, but her passion for it is strong. She’s been around wrestling her entire life, but didn’t wrestle last year as a freshman; instead, she was the team manager. She began freestyle wrestling last February, helping her learn the fundamentals she needed.
That, she says, gave her more confidence and experience when she took to the mats in mid-November for her first season of high school wrestling.
“Without it, I couldn’t have made it this far in the season,” Belleville said. “It laid out all the ground work.”
She wrestles at 135 pounds, and her record is 4-6, including two victories by pins at the Jump On In tournament in Yelm last month.
“She’s a hard worker,” Black Hills coach Chuck Hendrickson said.
Last weekend at the Kelso Hilander Girls Invitational that featured 205 wrestlers, Belleville injured her right shoulder competing against Kelso sophomore Colleen Reynolds, ranked seventh in the state at 135 pounds, when Reynolds put her in a Nelson hold. Belleville expects to be back wrestling next week.
“I held my own for a while,” Belleville said.
Expect Belleville to hold her own for quite some time.
SCHOENHERR ON TEAR
Rainier senior Kristen Schoenherr has been lighting up the scoreboard all basketball season with her electrifying scoring. The 5-foot-8 wing is the Mountaineers’ leading scorer, averaging 21.2 points per game, including at least 20 points in the team’s past five games. She had games of 36 and 33 points during the stretch. Rainier, ranked 10th in Class 1A, is on a 10-game winning streak going into tonight’s Southwest Washington 1A Evergreen game against Rochester.
Seven South Sound basketball teams were ranked in the first Associated Press state rankings, released Wednesday. River Ridge and Tumwater are second and third, respectively, in the Class 2A girls poll; undefeated Timberline debuted at No. 4 in 3A, and Rainier came in at 10th in 1A.
On the boys side, River Ridge and North Thurston are eighth and 10th in 2A, and Narrows League-leading Olympia is No. 10 in 4A. River Ridge and North Thurston square off at 7:30 tonight at River Ridge High School.
BLAZERS IN MLK SHOW
The Timberline girls will take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” matchup, a six-game, one-day showcase Monday at Foster High School in Tukwila. Timberline plays Port Angeles, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, at noon. Other games include Ingraham vs. Redmond at 9 a.m.; Foster vs. Franklin at 10:30 a.m.; Monroe vs. Newport at 1:30 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Holy Names at 3 p.m.; and Tyee vs. Rainier Beach at 5 p.m.
SOUTH SOUND RELAYS
An all-relays swimming invitational featuring Capital, Olympia, North Thurston, Shelton and River Ridge boys swim teams will start at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Evergreen State College.
Although this event is the first for South Sound boys swim teams, the idea of an all-relay swim meet came from Olympia coach Mel Smith and Capital girls coach Burke Anderson, and started in the fall with the girls programs.
Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theolympian.com/prepsportsblog