Community notebook: More than 700 finish Blooms to Brews

Seattle, Beaverton runners win half-marathon crowns

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter



A total of 712 runners and walkers reached the finish line during the Blooms to Brews races on April 13 in Woodland.

The event is staged by Get Bold Events, which announced that the 2015 Blooms to Brews will include a full marathon that will be a Boston Marathon qualifying race.

Ryan Solinsky of Seattle won the half marathon with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 8 seconds. He won by more than four minutes in a race that had 404 finishers, most of them women.

Diana Huey of Beaverton, Ore., finished the half marathon in 1:27:35. She was the first of 288 women to complete the 13.1-mile course.

In the 10-kilometer race, 238 of the 308 finishers were women. Devon Fliss of Battle Ground was the first woman across the finish line. Her time was 45:14. Michael Grimshaw of Vancouver was the overall winner of the 10-K with a time of 38:11 that was more than four minutes ahead of the runner up.

Rugby team continues to roll

The Clark County Warriors Red high school rugby club continued to dominate the Rugby Oregon Club Championship Division with a convincing win on Saturday.

Michael DiGenova scored four tries as Clark County Red beat the Eastside Tsunami 53-7 at Northgate Park in Portland.

Eastside, traditionally one of the more successful clubs, lost for the first time this season. At 6-0, Clark County Red is the only unbeaten team left in the division for teams that have players from multiple high schools.

Matt Walser and Justin Straup each scored two five-point tries for Clark County. Alex Walker scored one try, and Izaak Heredia made four conversion kicks.

Clark County Red is ranked No. 15 in the latest national high school club rankings.

With regular-season matches left on April 26 in Salem against Polk County and on May 3 against the Valley Rams at Delta Park, Clark County Red is closing in on the division title.

Columbia County 34, Clark County Black 26 — The Warriors second team nearly erased a 29-0 halftime deficit, but fell to 1-5. Jakob Saulo, Joey Brauer and James Shilling scored tries, and Brendan Geigenmiller made conversion kicks for the Warriors Black. The Black team plays Beaverton on Saturday at Northgate Park.

Union 46, Oregon City 10 — Eight different players scored tries, and Union pulled away in the second half to win comfortably on Saturday. The win improved the first-year program to 5-1 in the Oregon Rugby Varsity Premiership, the division for programs with players from one high school.

Coach David Curle said that improved discipline led to the big second half after Union led 17-10 at halftime. He noted that the team has only one player who played rugby prior to this season.

Union takes on Central Catholic at 9 a.m. on April 26 at Delta Park.

Prairie 20, Central Catholic 14 — Tyler Duncan scored twice and Jordan Marti and Austin Conroy had tries as the Wolf Pack beat visiting Central Catholic on Saturday. Jacob George was named match MVP for the Wolf Pack, which lost fly half Jack Fletcher to a season-ending shoulder injury. Prairie and Lakeridge (both 3-2-1) meet at noon on April 26 at Northgate Park.

Lakeridge 22, Battle Ground 15 — Battle Ground fell to 2-2-2 in the Varsity Premiership with the loss. No details were reported from the match. The Bulls host Canby at 11 a.m. April 26 at Laurin Middle School.

Evergreen girls lacrosse club finishes home slate

The Evergreen Lacrosse Club girls high school lacrosse team posted two wins last week as the Black Cats continued their drive to reach the state playoffs for the third year in a row.

On Thursday, sophomore midfielder Mehan had five goals and an assist, and Cassidy Morris had three goals and an assist in a 13-2 win over Bethel at McKenzie Stadium. The win moved ELC to 2-1 in Nisqually Conference play. Goalie Molly Johnson saved five of the seven shots she faced.

On April 15, Mehan scored a club-record 10 goals and added two assists in a 15-11 non-conference win over Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma.

Today, Evergreen plays its final home match of the season, hosting Tahoma at 6 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium. ELC closes out the regular season with four games on the road, including Saturday at Stadium (Tacoma) and next Monday at Puyallup.

Camas lacrosse gets road split

The Camas boys lacrosse team split two road games over the weekend, losing 11-7 on Friday at Southridge of Kennewick and winning 10-9 at Richland on Saturday. No details from the matches were available.

Camas hosts Southridge at 7:30 p.m. on April 25 at Cardon Field at Camas High School and hosts Newberg at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

In other action, King’s Way beat Union 12-6 on April 15 and Union beat Richland 15-7.

Clark County Vipers fall in Pacific Football League opener

The South Lane Buzzards beat the Clark County Vipers 24-7 on Saturday in a Pacific Football League game at Cottage Grove (Ore.) High School.

David Saylors gained 70 yards of 15 carries for the Vipers.

Three interceptions turned into 21 points for the Buzzards.

The Vipers take on the Portland Monarchs at 6 p.m. this Saturday at McKenzie Stadium.

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