Boys Soccer

Valley Catholic 3, Seaside 2BEAVERTON - Valley Catholic's Colin Corey scored his third and final goal with about four minutes remaining to give his team a 3-2 win over Seaside in a nonleague boys soccer game Thursday.

The Gulls held a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the contest, as Carn Wiese scored off an assist from Nate Pogue.

Corey scored in the 12th minute, and the teams were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Corey tallied his second goal in the 55th minute, but the Gulls tied it with five minutes left as Max Broderick scored following a scramble near the top of the penalty area.

But immediately after the ensuing kickoff, Corey beat the Seaside defense and scored, with his shot deflecting off the Gulls' sweeper.

Girls soccer

La Salle 3, Astoria 0MILWAUKIE - Astoria gave up an own-goal in the first half, and La Salle tacked on two more in the second half for a 3-0 win over the Fishermen Thursday in girls' soccer action.

Astoria had a solid effort defensively, with Kim Russell (first half) and Emily Kuske (second half) splitting action at keeper.

Maia Fastabend had a strong effort at sweeper for Astoria, which is missing Alisha Nieman because of an injury.

Astoria hosts a jamboree at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Volleyball

Loggers down MulesCATHLAMET, Wash. - Knappa opened the 2004 volleyball season with a 26-24, 25-21, 25-17 sweep at Wahkiakum Thursday night.

Katie Ho delivered 13 kills with five blocks and teammate Ali Gerttula added six kills and a block for the Loggers, who served at a 91 percent clip. Kasha Klauser had four aces.

Knappa takes part in the Catlin Gabel Tournament Saturday.

In other local action Thursday, Jewell opened the season with a 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 win over Heritage Christian.

Jamboree at TillamookTILLAMOOK - It's going to be a strange year in Cowapa League volleyball, as evidenced by Thursday night's scores at the Tillamook Jamboree.

Banks went 4-1 on the night to lead all teams, with its only loss coming to Seaside (25-16), which went 1-4.

Astoria was 3-2, defeating Tillamook (25-16), Seaside (25-17) and Rainier (25-18), before falling to Scappoose (21-24, time limit) and Banks (19-25).

Cross Country

Kennedy wins Tillamook InviteTILLAMOOK - The Seaside cross country teams opened the 2004 season on a positive note Thursday, placing fourth (girls) and fifth (boys) in the annual Tillamook Invitational.

Class 2A Kennedy won both team titles, running past several 4A schools competing.

The Seaside boys scored 288 points for fifth behind Kennedy (236), Yamhill-Carlton (241), Taft (252) and Valley Catholic (272), with Astoria (325) placing sixth. Tillamook (372) and Banks (397) also competed.

Thomas Robinson (20th, 17:32) was Seaside's top runner, followed by Joe Gardner (26th, 17:47), David Dougherty (75th, 19:40), Daniel Stowers (78th, 19:44), Eldon Wright (89th, 20:06) and Josh Zellner (90th, 20:07).

"We have usually have one or two running at the top, but we haven't had six guys run like that in 20 years," said Seaside coach Neil Branson. "They really got after it."

The girls' team scoring was: Kennedy (144), Valley Catholic (167), Banks (230) and Seaside (241). Astoria did not field a complete team, although Maia Donachy placed fourth overall.

Katie Dougherty (31st, 22:40) led the Gulls, along with Laura Sibley (35th, 23:27), Cela Sibley (53rd, 24:42), Zoe Ayres (54th, 24:42), Kaylyn Cooper (68th, 26:46) and Stephanie Hinsvark (76th, 32:46).

The Astoria boys were led by a 12th-place finish from Jonnie Dunne.

Knappa also had runners competing.

Curtis Olds (41st, 18:12) and Blake Gerttula (66th, 19:17) ran in the varsity race, while Brentin Salisbury (sixth, 11:44), Paul Isom (15th, 11:53), Ryan Isom (26th, 12:27) and Darren Clayton (74th, 14:01) ran in the junior varsity race.

For the girls, Knappa's Gretchen George was victorious in her prep debut, winning the JV race in 13:41, while teammate Amanda Nichols was ninth in 15:02. Brittany Dugan took 15th in 15:23.

Ilwaco wins at ElmaELMA, Wash. - The Ilwaco boys' and girls' cross country teams - both in search of big goals in 2004 - both scored team and individual victories Thursday at the Elma Invitational at Vance Creek County Park.

Ilwaco's John Hayes led a 1-3-5 finish for the Fishermen in the boys' race, winning in 15:06. Teammate Jordan Williams was third (15:28) and Shaun Peterson was fifth (15:47).

Also running for the Fishermen were Dylan Wirkkala (eighth, 15:55) and Scott Fagerland (ninth, 16:09).

Ilwaco ran away with the team title, scoring 26 points to Ridgefield's 46. Elma was third with 90. Kalama (113), Montesano (127), Forks (142) and Rochester (179) also fielded teams.

Only two schools had complete teams in the girls' race, won by Ilwaco with 23 points. Ridgefield (32) was second.

Ilwaco's Erin Knick was the individual winner, covering the course in 19:54 to edge a Ridgefield runner at the tape.

Meredith Jensen (seventh, 21:20), Katie Freese (10th, 21:40), Monica Milner (11th, 22:22) and Elaina Erola (13th, 22:37) rounded out the scoring for the Fishermen.

Ilwaco competes at Wahkiakum next Thursday.

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