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And They’re Off

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 9, 2006 at 11:53 pm with No Comments »
September 9, 2006 11:53 pm

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Plenty of prep sports stuff happened over the weekend, as athletes in the South Sound competed on the football field, on the volleyball court, and on the running paths.

Cross-Country kicked off its season over the weekend with several events across the state.

In our area, Capital High School hosted the Capital Invitational in Olympia, where this photo above by Lui Kit Wong was taken. And in Tacoma, Bellarmine Prep hosted the Bellarmine Invitational.

Charlie Williams of Gig Harbor won the boys senior race with a time of 11:41.13, and Sequim’s Stephanie Marcy won the girls senior race with a time of 13:36.59.

Judging from her performance Saturday morning, Bellarmine Prep junior Nicole Cochran is ready for the cross-country season. She took first in the girls portion of the Bellarmine Invite with a time of 11 minutes, 3 seconds, breaking former teammate Brie Felnagle’s record set on the 2-mile course in 2004.

Cochran placed fifth in state last year.

Snohomish won the team title for the girls, while Bellarmine place third.

Blanchet’s Jeremy Swenson won the boys event with a time of 9:48.08, helping the Braves win the team title.

There also were several volleyball tournaments around the South Sound, as schools gear up for the regular season.

Auburn Mountainview hosted a 28-team tournament, won by Ferris of Spokane. Ferris defeated Ingelmoor in the final two games to one (28-26,21-25,15-10). Burlington-Edison beat R.A. Long two games to none in the third place game (25-16, 25-23).

The final three Touchdown Time games were played in the Tacoma Dome. South Bend blew past Chief Leschi 44-12, and Lincoln handed Stadium a 55-6 loss.

Roman Pula rebounded from a subpar performance against Kennedy by rolling up 149 yards on 15 carries and five touchdown for Lincoln.

In the final game, Cascade Christian rebounded from a 20-7 deficit in the first quarter to defeat a game Eatonville squad, 28-20. Junior running back Charlie Velling finished with 178 yards on 21 carries, and three touchdowns

We’ll begin our prep sports previews on Thursday’s prep page, with a story on teams and players to watch for locally in volleyball. That story will be followed by a girls soccer preview the following week.

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