By Amylynn Richards
The Lady Braves played three games last week. The first game was an at home win over Concrete, 13-3 on Tuesday, March 22. The game was 9-0 until the fourth inning, when Concrete earned its first run. The game was won by mercy rule in six innings.
Taysha James was 3 for 4, with 2 doubles; Galena Graham was 2 for 3, with 1 double and 8 put outs at first base; Lauren McClung was 2 for 5 with a triple; Kelly McClung was 2 for 4, 1 RBI; Siomi Bobb was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI; and Sierra Brown was 1 for 3 with 3RBI and 3 assists. Sammie Miller struck out 8 opponents.
Meridian came to Brave territory on Thursday, March 24. 1 A league Meridian won 7-4 in seven innings. The Braves got 9 hits to Meridian’s 5 overall. Alissa McCoy 2 for 4 and a double; Samie Miller was 3 for 4 and a double; and Galena Graham, 1 for 4, and a double.
The final game of the week was an away game at University Prep on Friday, March 25. The Braves won 8-0 over the 1 A league team in seven innings.
Pitcher Samie Miller was 1 for 3, a double and 1RBI. In addition, Miller allowed only one hit the entire game; as of Friday, she averages 8 strikeouts a game. Coach Peg Seeling says that during 5 of the 7 innings, Miller pitched three up, three down.
Alissa McCoy stole three bases, and was 1 for 3; Sierra Brown was 2 for 3 with a triple and 2 RBI; Kaitlyn Summers was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI.
The Braves aren’t resting on their winning record; the team is striving to become a better team each day out on the field. Coach Seeling sees progress. “The Team is starting to see the ball better, with better contact. We had 10 extra-base hits in the three games” she said.
The Braves are 3-0 in league 3-2 overall.
The boys also played three games this week. The Braves travelled to play the 1A Lynden Christian Lyncs on Monday, March 21. The Lyncs won the game 10-5, in 5 innings. Coach Jeremiah LeSourd reports, “The Braves had a tough day against the Lyncs. The Braves offense was never able to get going.” Tyler Howlett got the one hit for the Braves.
The Braves bounced back the next day, Tuesday, March 22, taking on the Concrete Lions. The Braves won 10-1. The game didn’t start out strong; the Lions scored early on in the first inning, and kept that lead until the third inning, when the Braves got 2 runs on the board. Tyler Howlett stepped up to the plate with bases loaded, walloped the ball to the outfield and brought home 3RBI’s, bringing the score 5-1. The Braves never looked back, scoring 3 more runs in the fourth inning and 2 more in the sixth. Pitcher Garrett Wilbur “was in control on the mound,” LeSourd said.
Leading hitters: Wil James 2 for 4, 2B and 3 RBI; Tyler Howlett 2 for 3, 2 2B 3 RBI; Garrett Wilbur 2 for 3, and 2 RBI.
On Thursday, March 24, the boys beat University Prep 14-2 in an away game. The Braves scored in each of the three innings, but the Braves were red hot in the fourth inning, brining home 8 runs. Tyler Howlett pitched four shutout innings. Leading hitters: Kyle McKnight 3 for 3, 2B HR and 5 RBI; Tyler Howlett 2 for 3, 2B and 2 RBI and Garrett Wilbur 2 for 4, 2 2B 2 RBI.
The Braves are 4-3 overall, and are 2-0 in league play.
The cheer squad awards banquet was Monday, March 28. The Jamie Joe Cheer Leadership Award is bestowed on a graduating senior who has been on the squad her sophomore, junior and senior year. Cheer coach Theresa James says the award is given in recognition of what the late Jamie Francine Joe said a cheerleader should be, “Someone who is dedicated to his or her squad, education, and school spirit. I’m proud to give this award to Katherine Jensen.”
Haley York was awarded the Star Award, for going above and beyond the call of duty as a cheerleader; Most Spirited fall quarter, Maggie Benetti; Most Spirited winter, Dianne Quintasket; Most Improved fall, Amanda Hanstad; Most Improved winter, Kaylee Dykes.
“This year’s squads were great and I'm glad to have gotten to work with all the girls, they are all stars in my book,” Coach James said.
The Braves joined Grace Academy, Lopez, Mount Vernon Christian, Shoreline Christian, Cedar Park Christian and Concrete on Thursday, March 24 for a league meet in Concrete.
Senior Sten Mejlaender took first place in the 39” 110 meter hurdles with at time of 16.03 and first place in the 36” 300 meter hurdles, in 41.22 seconds. Mejlaender beat his personal best in both events by 0.40 in the 39” hurdles by a very large margin of 1.5 seconds; he has competed in this event each of his four years on the track team.
Junior Nathan Sybrandy took first place in the 800 meter race in 55.80 seconds, beating his previous personal best by 0.04 of a second. Sybrandy took second in the 1600 meter race, in 4:59, again setting a new personal best by 0.87 of a second.
Senior Brandon Drye won the 1.6kg discus with a distance of 111’06”.
Junior Todd Hoagland took second in the 400 meter race, beating his personal best by 3.04 seconds with a time of 54.64c.
Sophomore Sam Traylor took second in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:20.35, beating his personal best by 0.51 of a second and third in the 1600 meters in 5:05.
Sophomore Jamal James took second in the 39” 110 hurdles in 16.88, 0.9 faster than his previous personal record and also won second with a distance of 18’10.50” in the long jump, beating his previous record by an astounding 10.5”. James took third in the triple jump with a distance of 29’10.00.
Junior Nathan Parker took third in shot put with a distance of 37’04”.
Senior Conner Anderson took third in the 200 meter race with a time of 24.32.
The Braves took first in the 4x400 relay in 3:43.34 thanks to Nathan Sybrandy, Conner Anderson, Sten Mejlaender and Todd Hoagland. The Braves also won second in the 4x100 relay in 47.78 seconds. The 4x100 relay team was Wylie Thulen, Jamal James, Todd Hoagland and Conner Anderson.
Junior Priscilla Ponce-Venegas won first place in the 600g javelin toss with a distance of 90’02”, 10” farther than her previous record; Ponce Venegas also won second in the 30” 300 meter hurdles in 50.31.
Junior Emily Anderson won first in the 33” 100m hurdles with a time of 19.28 and second in the high jump, leaping 4’04.” Sophomore Lydia Lenning won first place in the 1600 meters with a time of 6:24. Sophomore Sammie Mesman won first place in the 400 meters race in 1:14.38. Freshman Madi Cavanaugh won first place in the 800 meters in 3.00.
Sophomore Kelsie Crawford won second in the 100 meters in 13.57 and second in the long jump with a distance of 13’5.00. Katie McKnight took second in the triple jump with 25’11” and third in the 600g javelin with a distance of 80’01”.
The 4x100 meter relay team of Kelsie Crawford, Katie McKnight; Emily Anderson and Priscilla Ponce-Venegas won first place in 1:42.72. The same four girls also took first place in the 4x200 meter race in 1:55.88.
The boys won a close match against Orcas Island 240 to 262. Brendan McLeod was the medalist with a score of 41. There were not enough girls to fledge a team.