High School Sports

T-Birds dominate at 2A EvCo track championships

Tumwater’s depth in 18 girls track and field events was evident in Friday’s 2A Evergreen Conference championships at Chehalis. The Thunderbirds won 10 events, including five events with at least a top-two finisher, and cruised to the girls team title with 218 points to easily best runner-up W.F. West (95).

Leading the way for the T-Birds were multiple individual champions: Berhanie Knutzen (800 meters, 1,600 meters), Sharlee Fine (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Peyton Russell (long jump, triple jump).

Rochester (77 points) was led by Keeli Demers’ first-place finish in the discus (106 feet, 4 inches) and runner-up placing in the javelin (105-6). Black Hills’ Lauren Furu won the javelin (117-9) and the 100 meters (12.82 seconds) to help the Wolves finish fourth with 76 points.

Tumwater also took the boys team title, edging W.F. West, 126-121,which was led by Daniel Dickason’s two wins in the 300 hurdles (41.11) and shot put (43-7), and second-place finish in the 110 hurdles (15.78). Black Hills (106.5) points had four individual winners — Mark Melendres (100), Cameron Berndson (javelin), Gerald Riley (high jump) and Jason Underhill (400), as well as its 4x100 relay (44.44).

Centralia’s Aaron Pullin was a three-event winner, taking the 200 (22.92), 110 hurdles (14.94) and pole vault (13-6).

1A District IV baseball

Castle Rock 2, Tenino 1: The Beavers stranded the game-tying run at third base to end the game after Castle Rock scored two in the top half of the seventh to take the lead from Tenino in a winner-to-regional, loser-out district consolation game in Castle Rock. The loss ends the Beavers’ season at 12-9.