Prep Roundup: La Center volleyball into 1A district title match

Prairie football coach Baker resigns

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The La Center volleyball team won two matches Wednesday to advance to the Class 1A district title match.

The Wildcats will have a rematch with Castle Rock for the district title at noon Saturday for the district title.

“The girls came ready to play tonight,” La Center coach Cymany O’Brien said. “We had solid play from all of our hitters which made it easier on Amanda (Holm) to move the ball around. They were all finding the holes and keeping their defense guessing. It also helped that our serving and our defense were tough tonight too. Really proud of the team effort. And of course we are looking forward to Saturday.”

The loser of Saturday’s title match will need to win one more match later Saturday to secure one of the district’s two berths to the state tournament.

La Center opened with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-16 win over Montesano. Laynie Ericksoon had 15 digs and nine kills, Sydney Mairose also had nine kills and Holm ad 29 assists and 11 digs.

The Wildcats followed that up with a 25-23, 25-8, 25-19 win over Elma. Erickson had 11 kills, 15 digs and four blocks, Emma Shabazi had 10 kills and five digs, Katie Leslie had 11 digs and Holm had 35 assists and eight digs.

King’s Way Christian beate Hoquiam 25-16, 25-11, 25-12. Dana Snider had 10 kills, seven digs and four aces, Abby Cummins had 20 assists and six digs and Haley Hutchin added 15 digs.

The Knights fell to Castle Rock in the semifinals 25-20, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18. Snider had 17 kills and 18 digs, Cummins had 30 assists, and Hutchin had 21 digs.

King’s Way Christian will play Elma in a loser-out match Saturday with the winner advancing to play the Castle Rock-La Center loser for the second and final berth to the state tournaent.

Football

Prairie, White Salmon coaches resign — Two area football coaches have decided to step down after this season.

Kevin Baker resigned Wednesday after three seasons as Prairie’s head coach. John Hallead announced earlier this fall that this would be his final season as the head coach at Columbia-White Salmon.

Prairie was 8-19 in Baker’s three seasons. The Falcons were 3-6 this season and had their season end in Monday’s 3A Greater St. Helens League tiebreaker to Hudson’s Bay.

Columbia-White Salmon went 4-4 this season. The Bruins’ postseason hopes ended with a loss to rival Stevenson last week.

Girls soccer

Evergreen falls on PKs — Dolly Suarez scored on an assist from Leiah Keniston, but Evergreen fell on penalty kicks to Timberline after a 1-1 draw in the 3A bi-district tournament.

The loss ended Evergreen’s season. Timberline won the PK shootout 3-2.

Prairie will host Capital of Olympia on Saturday in a winner-to-state match, while Mountain View will host Lakes.