The state cross-country championships are Saturday, and the Times starts preparing you for it in today’s paper, where you can read a story on Mount Rainier’s Ryan Prentice, and another on three top runners from up North.
We’ll have a preview of the girls side on Friday, when we look at a duo of runners at Redmond who each have a chance at winning the whole thing. Yet as good as Sarah Lord and Devin McMahon have been — they were 1-2 at the KingCo championships and first and third at the district meet — another team from their conference has been even better than the Mustangs.
I’m talking about the Eastlake Wolves.
If you received an early version of the newspaper on Sunday, you might have read that Bothell won the Dictrict II/IV meet. That was a mistake. The winner was the team from Eastlake, which has now won the conference and district titles on its way to state, where the Wolves finished third a season ago. Led by Chelsea Orr, who finished fourth at the district meet, the Wolves have five runners who could have advanced to state as individuals.
But the Wolves are going as a team, one of the best in the state. Don’t be surprised if they come back from Pasco with the trophy.
So who are the teams and individuals you are looking forward to watching? And who should we being keeping an eye on in Pasco?
1. James Russell, Juanita, boys tennis. Beat Garfield’s Frankie Pavia 6-2, 6-4 to win KingCo 4A championship.
2. Kelsey Bias, Seattle Prep, girls soccer. Bias shut out Bishop Blanchet and allowed Rachelle Ollee’s goal in the 83rd minute to hold up for a 1-0 overtime victory.
3. Molley Freed, Chief Sealth, girls soccer. Scored a hat trick that helped Sealth beat Franklin 5-0.
Tonight’s top games
1. Redmond at Eastlake, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. KingCo championship game. Undefeated Eastlake could win its first title since 2003; for Redmond, it would be the first since 1994.
2. Bonney Lake vs. Lindbergh, football, 7 p.m. at Renton. Winner advances to the preliminary round of the Class 3A playoffs against second-ranked Skyline.
3. Archbishop Murphy vs. Bellingham, girls soccer, 5:30 p.m. at Bellingham. Murphy’s undefeated record goes on the line in district tournament.