Thursday, June 17, 2021
June 17, 2021

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Prep Highlights: River soccer collectively beats R.A. Long 4-1


Columbia River’s run of five consecutive shutouts ended. But the Rapids’ perfect season is very much alive.

After surrendering a first-half goal, River pounded in three second-half goals to beat R.A. Long 4-1 in the second round of the 2A boys soccer district playoffs on Tuesday.

“They had a long throw-in into the box, and we were napping and they punched into the back of the net,” River coach Filly Afenegus said of R.A. Long’s goal that tied the match at 1-1. “I just told the guys (at halftime) … that we needed to stay patient and we would get our opportunities as long as we stuck to the game plan.”

Owen Kerr’s unassisted goal in the 67th gave River a 2-1 lead. Then Alex Harris punched in two more to seal the win.

“Every team is different, and we’ve had teams that have had 20-goal scorers,” Afenegus said. “But this year, everybody is chipping in, chipping in with assists, chipping in with goals. But more importantly, collectively everyone is putting in the effort. It’s a very special group, and we’re all sharing the load, which makes us hard to defend.”

Three different players scored goals Tuesday with Greer Snellman getting the Rapids on the board first. Snellman also added an assist, along with Alex Brown and Logan Simmons.

River (9-0) advances to host Aberdeen at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Stars of the day

  • Bri King, Mountain View softball, hit a two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh, then scored the winning run in a 5-4 win over Heritage. She was also the winning pitcher, allowing six hits over seven innings.
  • Candice Adams, Battle Ground softball, went 4 for 4 and scored two runs in a 6-5 win over Prairie.
  • Haily Jackson, Kelso softball, struck and 12, walked none and allowed six hits over seven innings in a 6-1 win over Evergreen.
  • Gabby Ventura, Columbia River softball, went 4 for 4 with a double, triple and five RBI in a 16-5 district quarterfinal win over Woodland.
  • Darby Peters, Hockinson softball, went 2 for 5 with a home run, two runs and two RBI in a 11-4 district consolation win over Mark Morris.
  • Jayden Rippelmeyer, Mountain View baseball, threw a six-inning no-hitter, striking out seven and walking one in a 10-0 win over Heritage.
  • Jeremy Weinberger, Battle Ground baseball, allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out seven over six innings in a 1-0 win over Prairie.
  • Kekai Schultz, Ridgefield softball, was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a two-run homer and four RBI as the Spudders beat R.A. Long 13-9 in the 2A district playoff game.
  • Keyontae Cage and Fernado Garcia, Fort Vancouver boys soccer, each had a goal and assist in a 4-1 district consolation win over Hudson’s Bay.
  • Carson Ness, Mark Morris baseball, hit a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a 2-1 district consolation win over Woodland.
  • Katie Peneueta, Heritage track and field, had personal bests in winning the shot put (36 feet, 1 inch), discus (116-6) and javelin (124-5) in the meet against Evergreen and Battle Ground.
  • Brinley Jackson, Union track and field, won the 100 (12.32) and 200 (26.03) in personal-best times and was on the winning 800 relay team.
  • Cason Shepard, Union track and field, ran the second-fastest time in the state this season in the 300 hurdles with personal-best of 39.15 seconds, and also won the 110 hurdles and anchored the winning 1,600 relay team.
  • Trenton Hamilton, Washougal baseball, went 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBI in a 6-3 district quarterfinal win over Hockinson.
  • Riley Suomi, Woodland boys soccer, scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Ridgefield in the district quarterfinals.
  • Mark Harimoto, Camas boys track and field, won the javelin with a personal-best toss of 160 feet, 6 inches in a dual meet with Skyview. He also won the long jump in 18-9.75.
  • Amara Harris, Camas girls track and field, the freshman won both the 100 and 200 meter races in a dual meet against Skyview. Both her 100 (13.41 seconds) and 200 (27.31 seconds) time were personal bests.