Photo by Amylynn Richards
La Conner Braves’ outfielder Christian Johnston gets under the ball during Friday’s home game against Coupeville. Braves won 14-13.
By Amylynn Richards
Golf hosts Orcas Island High School at Similk Bay at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May. 4. On Thursday, May 5, Track hosts the Northwest 1B/2B/1A League Championships at 3 p.m.
The Braves clinched first place in the 1A/2B League with their 12-1, six-inning win on Monday, May 2 at Concrete. The win gives them the number one seed in the upcoming Tri-District tournament, date and time to be determined.
The Braves came out and put pressure on Concrete from the start. The Braves scored 2 runs in the first inning, 3 in the 2nd inning and 4 in the third inning. Despite the poor weather conditions, Pitcher Tyler Howlett was able to remain in control of the game giving up just 4 hits, while striking out 5 batters.
Leading hitters: Kyle McKnight was 3 for 4 with an RBI; Tyler Howlett was 2 for 3with an RBI, Tanner Cyr was 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored, Garrett Wilbur was 2 for 4 with a double and 4 RBI; DJ Carr was 2 for 4 with 2 2B and 3 RBI and Wil James was 2 for 3.
The Braves will host the district semi-final on Tuesday, May 10th at 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 26, La Conner hosted Shoreline Christian for a double-header; the Braves won the first game 19-0 in five innings, and the second game 12-4.
In the first game, pitcher Kyle McKnight threw a no-hitter and struck out 8 batters. “The Braves bats were active throughout,” said Coach Jeremiah LeSourd. Leading Hitters: DJ Carr was 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI; and Dakota Hartley was 3 for 4.
In game two, Coach LeSourd reports that the Braves once again were strong at the plate, and pitchers Matt McCauley, Christian Johnston, Tyler Howlett and Dakota Hartley combined efforts to get the win.
The Braves hosted Seattle Prep on Thursday, April 28. Seattle Prep won 8-1. Matt McCauley earned the Braves’ run as a homerun. . Garrett Wilbur pitched for the Braves, holding the 3A Seattle Prep to 3 runs in the five innings Wilbur pitched. LeSourd said of the game, “although the Braves came up short, they got an opportunity to battle against a solid team.” Leading hitters were Matt McCauley, 1 for 3 with a solo homerun; and Tyler Howlett was 2 for 3.
On Friday, April 29, the Braves hosted Coupeville, beating Coupeville 14-13.The Braves scored 11 runs in the first inning. Coupeville worked their way back, tying the score at 13 in the 7th inning. In the bottom of the 7 inning, Garrett Wilbur singled with one out to right field to score Kyle McKnight to win the game. Leading Hitters: Kyle McKnight, 3 for 5 with a solo homerun; Dakota Hartley, 3 for 4 with a double and triple; and DJ Carr was 3 for 4 with a triple.
The boys team is undefeated this season. The girls do not have enough golfers to field a team.
The team played Lopez on Tuesday, April 26. Two Braves tied for top honors in the match; Spencer Novak and Brendan McCloud tied for medalist with 38. Hilary Edwards was the girls’ medalist with 58.
The Braves won both matches last week. The first was against Cedar Park on Thursday, Apr. 28. Jake Silva was the boys’ medalist, with 38; Hilary Edwards was the girls’ medalist with 57.
The girls’ team traveled to 2A League Lynden on Tuesday, April 26. Only nine Braves were able to make the game; Lynden won 13-3. The Braves had three hits and seven errors, “not one of our best showings this year,” said Coach Peg Seeling. Kelley McClung was 2 for 3; Samie Miller was 1 for 3 with a double, striking out 6 and allowing 7 hits while at bat.
On Friday, the girls hosted University Prep. The Braves won 20-3 in five innings. The Braves’ 20 runs came from 11 hits, and the team had no errors. University Prep had their three runs from 5 hits and had six errors.
Alissa McCoy was 1 for 2 and had a double, and had two base on balls; Samie Miller, as pitcher struck out 8 batters, 2 for 3, two doubles and 2 RBI; Kaitlyn Summers, 2 for 3, two doubles and 2 RBI; Kelley McClung, 2 for 4, two triples and 5 RBI; Lauren McClung was 2 for 4 with 5 RBI; Siomi Bobb was 1 for 1 with 2RBI and Galena Graham was 1 for 1, with 2 base on balls and 4 put-outs at first base.
The girls are 9-4 overall and 6-1 in league.
Seven boys’ teams and six girls’ competed on 105th Skagit County Championships. Preliminary races took place on Wednesday, Apr. 27 and Friday, April 29, was the main event. The event was at Burlington-Edison; all high schools in Skagit County are invited to compete, no matter the League classification determined by school size.
In boys’ track, Burlington Edison is the 105th annual Skagit County Champions, having scored 209 points by Friday, April 29. Mount Vernon was second, with 141 points, and La Conner came in third with 136. Also competing were Sedro-Wooley, 98 points; Anancortes, 81 points; Concrete, with 80 points; and Mount Vernon Christian with 27 points.
For the girls, Burlington-Edison won with 304; Sedro-Woolley, 222 points; Anacortes, 125 points; Mount Vernon, 107 points; Mount Vernon Christiann, 93 points and La Conner, 30 points. Concrete did not send a team.
Sten Mejlaender won first in the 36” 300 m. hurdles in both the preliminaries (42.25a) and finals (40.97a) his personal best by .14a; first in the 39” 110 m. hurdles (16:02a )in in the varsity finals and third (16.58a.) in that prelims. Landy James won first place in the 800 g.javelin finals with a distance of 155’05” and first in the high jump, with a height of 6’02”. Brandon Drye won third in the 1.6 k. discus with a throw of 121’.00”, throwing 2’5” farther than his previous personal best. Jamall James won second in the 39” 100 m. hurdles in the preliminaries (16.92a) and third in that final (16.67a); second in the triple jump, distancing 41’03.00” and beating his previous personal best by an astounding 2’10”; third in the long jump, with 18’07.00”, and third in the high jump, setting his personal best by 2”. Todd Hoagland won second in the 400 m. preliminaries (54.39a) and won third the 400 m. race (53.57a), both times personal bests. The finals set a new personal best by 1.36a and the prelims by 0.25a. Sam Traylor won third in the 3200 m. race with a time of 10:42.90a, beating his prior personal best by 15.90a. The Braves won second in the 4x400 m. relay race run by Nathan Sybrandy, Conner Anderson, Sten Mejlaender and Todd Hoagland. The four man team of Wylie Thulen, Conner Anderson, Todd Hoagland and Sten Mejlaender won third in the 4x100 m. relay.
Kelsie Crawford, Katie McKnight, Emily Anderson and Priscilla Ponce-Venegas won third place in the 4x100 m. relay.