WARRENTON - The Warrenton Warriors took a break from Lewis & Clark League volleyball Thursday night, while the Ilwaco Fishermen would now like to take a break from the Warriors.
Warrenton - which will play at Ilwaco Saturday - cruised past the Fishermen in three sets Thursday, 25-11, 25-10, 25-15.
Ilwaco will no doubt be competitive in their league this year - the Warrenton Warriors just happen to be playing some very good volleyball right now.
"The more we play together, the better we get," said Warrenton senior Jordane Marxer.
Marxer had seven ace serves to lead Warrenton, which improves to 5-1 overall. Chelsea Smotherman added four aces, as Warrenton was 60-of-65 at the service line (92 percent).
Marxer has stepped into a senior leadership role for the Warriors, who were a little short on returning players this season, but long on talent.
"It's been fun," Marxer said. "I'm actually in a leadership role in school, so it's easier to make the transition on the court.
"I'm actually looking forward to basketball as well," she added. "We have a lot of athletes and it's real exciting.
"Rhavin Collier - she's really stepped it up from last year and improved," Marxer said, "and Chelsea Smotherman's a junior, and she's been hitting the ball hard; and the same with Brooklyn Campbell - she's just a powerhouse out there."
Off the bench, the Warriors have Madison Smotherman, who is "a freshman dominator," Marxer said. "She's awesome."
Roberta Kelley led Warrenton with six kills in Thursday's win, while Campbell was 9-of-13 hitting with five kills, and Collier added three kills.
The Warriors built huge leads in all three games, including a 19-7 advantage in the opener; 19-5 in Game 2; and 21-10 in the third game.
Marxer had long serving streaks in Games 1 and 2, while Collier and Kelley were tough at the net all night. Madison Smotherman had a block in the third game for the Warriors, who still have high goals, despite some key losses in their lineup.
"We want to go to state," Marxer said. "Three teams in our league get to go and we're definitely looking to be one of them."
Castle Rock def. AstoriaCASTLE ROCK, Wash. - Astoria rebounded from a tough loss in Game 1 to win Games 2 and 3, but Castle Rock came out on top in a Thursday nonleague volleyball match, 25-10, 23-25, 20-25, 25-10, 15-11.
"We could have easily hung our heads after that first game," said Astoria coach Eric Gohr, whose team wrapped up the nonleague portion of the schedule with a 4-2 record.
"But we came back and showed that we could play with a high-caliber team. They've got a great program. We've got nothing to hang our heads about."
The Fishermen trailed 8-2 in the fifth game before rallying to tie the contest at 11-11. Castle Rock took a timeout, and scored the next four points when play resumed.
Kelsie Houghtaling and Jordan Thoreson led Astoria with 13 kills apiece, while Thoreson was 17-of-18 serving with one ace. Emily Bunnell added three blocks for Astoria, which opens Cowapa League play Tuesday at home vs. Banks.
Seaside def. MolallaMOLALLA - The Seaside volleyball team improved to 4-1 overall Thursday night, with a four-game win at Molalla, 25-20, 25-20, 27-29, 25-9.
St. Paul def. JewellJEWELL - The Jewell Bluejays jumped out to a two games-to-one edge on St. Paul Thursday night, but the Buckaroos rallied in Games 4 and 5 to post a victory over the Jays, 25-23, 18-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-7.
It was Jewell's first loss of the season (4-1).
"I was impressed with our all-around tough play tonight," said Jays coach Melissa Drechsel. "We had a couple girls sick, but we still played well despite of that."
Adna def. NaselleNASELLE, Wash. - Visiting Adna posted a three-game sweep at Naselle Thursday night, 25-15, 25-14, 25-19.
Emily Green played a strong all-around game for the Comets, while Orianne Condon made a successful debut at the libero position.
Boys Soccer: Seaside 2, Sweet Home 0SWEET HOME - The Seaside boys soccer team made the long trip to Sweet Home Thursday, and returned home with a sweet 2-0 win over the Huskies in a nonleague contest.
The Gulls had all the goals they would need in the first 20 minutes, as Leo Luna took a through-ball from Ian Hawksford and scored from 18 yards out in the 10th minute.
Hawksford had another assist 10 minutes later, as he sent a ball into the penalty area to Henry Broderick, who trapped the ball, turned and fired into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Mark Ulbricht took over in goal for Seaside in the second half, and preserved the shutout.
The Gulls open Cowapa League play Tuesday at Tillamook.
Football: OSD 14, Jewell 6SALEM - The Jewell football team jumped into Casco League play Thursday afternoon, and fell short at Oregon School for the Deaf, as the Panthers posted a 14-6 win over the Jays.