Hoquiam’s Michael Jump earned his second straight district golf title and Montesano’s football team completed a undefeated season as we look at Friday’s prep sports on the Twin Harbors.
Hoquiam’s Jump wins district title
For the second consecutive season, Hoquiam’s Michael Jump stands alone as the best 1A golfer in the district.
Jump won his second straight 1A District 4 championship after shooting a two-day total of 145 at Oaksridge Golf Course on Friday.
The Hoquiam senior, who signed a Letter of Intent in November to play at Grays Harbor College next fall, shot a 75 over 18 holes on Thursday to lead Montesano’s Nate Johnson by four strokes heading into Friday’s final round.
On Friday Jump dominated the field, carding the lowest round of the tournament (70) to win the individual championship by 12 strokes over Johnson.
The team title went to King’s Way Christian with 68.5 points, led by Ty Mairs and Aiden Pisarczyk, who placed third and fourth, respectively.
Hoquiam placed second with Montesano finishing third in the team results.
Other local golfers placing in the top 10 were Elma’s Max Olson (5th, 167) and Hoquiam’s Noah Sudderth (10th, 179).
Hoquiam’s Michael Bozich finished just outside the top 10 with a score of 182 (T-11th).
Results (Top 10) — 1, Jump 75, 70, 145. 2, Johnson 79, 78, 157. 3, Mairs 79, 81, 160. 4, Pisarczyk 78, 88, 166. 5, Olson 87, 87, 167. 6, Nathan Lamberton (Seton Catholic) 89, 92, 174. T7, Hunter Davenport (KWC) 80, 96, 176. T7, Jack Saban (La Center) 88, 88, 176. 9, Dawson Nesbitt (KWC) 97, 87, 178. 10, Sudderth 96, 83, 179.
Montesano 42, Black Hills 14
Montesano completed an undefeated, albeit abbreviated, 2021 season with a 42-14 comeback win over Black Hills on Friday in Tumwater.
For the near entirety of the first half, Montesano’s unblemished record appeared in jeopardy as the Bulldogs trailed 14-0 with less than two minutes until halftime.
Monte (6-0 overall) managed to cut into the lead when senior receiver Christian Prall threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to running back Isaac Pierce with 1:17 left in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs converted the two-point conversion on a pass from senior quarterback Trace Ridgway to senior receiver Ty Ekerson to cut the Wolves’ lead to 14-8 at the half.
After allowing two first-half passing touchdowns and rushing for just 19 yards in the first quarter, Montesano head coach Terry Jensen and the Bulldogs coaching staff knew adjustments had to be made if the Bulldogs were to remain unbeaten.
“We probably played our worst quarter and half of the year,” said Jensen, noting that several Montesano penalties and turnovers hampered the Bulldogs in the first 18 minutes. “My fault, I didn’t have us ready to play. (But) then we played two and a half quarters of some of the best football of the season.”
Montesano re-calibrated its sights at the break, and as it turned out, they were on the mark.
The Bulldogs took control of the game in the third quarter, taking the lead on a 1-yard run by Ridgway at the 8:07 mark followed by a 15-yard Ridgway scoring run with 1:42 left in the frame to take a 22-14 lead into the final quarter.
Ridway scored his third touchdown run on a 1-yard run at 9:55 of the fourth quarter and Monte put down the Wolves for good on fourth quarter touchdowns by Isaac Pierce and Ayden Darst, with the latter being on a 43-yard run.
Montesano’s stellar defense held Black Hills (2-2) to four first downs and minus-20 rushing yards in the game. Wolves quarterbacks went a combined 8-for-18 for 67 yards, two touchdowns and an interception by Monte senior linebacker Cayleb Reninger.
When the dust settled, Monte had scored 42 unanswered points and completed a undefeated 6-0 season.
Ridgway had 17 carries for 139 of Monte’s 267 rushing yards. Isaiah Pierce had 11 carries for 87 yards with Darst running six times for 38 yards for the Bulldogs.
Ridgway hit on 7-of-11 of his passes for 107 yards.
Isaiah Pierce led Monte with three catches for 35 yards with senior receiver Connor Hollatz catching two passes for 38 yards.
Jensen provided his thoughts on a team led by a group of seniors that ended their prep football careers with an unbeaten season.
“Great group of players led by the senior leadership,” Jensen said. “They adapted and thrived through this COVID year. They literally got better every day. I really want to thank our coaching staff for the great job of adapting and coaching our players.”