The Lewis and Clark Tigers and the Mead Panthers took different roads Saturday in 4A boys Eastern regional soccer action, but the final destination was the same. They’ll both be playing in the state tournament.
The Panthers (13-2-1) stayed home, scored a late goal and edged Davis of Yakima 2-1. The Tigers (11-4-0) traveled to Kennewick, rode the hot goalkeeping of Chris Hollman and shut out Kamiakin 1-0 to earn another trip to the Tri-Cities on Tuesday, where they’ll face Pasco. Mead will host the second seed from District 1.
In the regional, Mead scored first on Erik Hansen’s goal at the 15-minute mark. But the Pirates tied the score 4 minutes later. The match remained tied until the 65th minute, when the Panthers were awarded a free kick from near the corner. Chance Johnstone’s attempt led Jay Jansen into the box and Jansen headed the winner just inside the far post.
LC’s Nolan Smith made a run down the sideline near the end of the opening half and crossed the ball to Andreas Andersson, who converted for the goal. Hollman made five saves to make the lone goal stand up.
•District 7 2A: After a scoreless first half, the Cheney Blackhawks erupted for three-second half goals to defeat Medical Lake and win the district title at Gonzaga Prep. Austin Walker broke the scoreless tie right after intermission and then Jacob Mager assisted on Jose Ferreri’s goal before scoring the capper unassisted.
District 8 4A tournament: The University Titans, Greater Spokane League regular-season champions, battled through the losers’ bracket at Avista Stadium to earn District 8’s second seed to next week’s regionals with a 6-1 victory over Central Valley (17-6).
Senior catcher Craig Keeton gave batterymate Austin Peasley all the runs he would need with a two-run single – the first of his three hits – in the bottom of the first. But the Titans (20-3) kept adding on, with a single run in the second, two more in the fourth and a final one in the fifth.
The 6-foot-8 Peasley scattered four hits and took a shutout into the seventh. Senior Billy Moon was 2 for 4 with an RBI while junior Tony Tabish scored twice, both after being hit by a pitch and stealing second.
•3A Eastern Regional: The Rogers Pirates rallied from a seven-run, first-inning deficit to eliminate Mt. Spokane 16-11 in nine innings in their first game Saturday at Shadle Park High, but couldn’t overcome Hanford, losing 14-4 and seeing their 6-18 season end a game short of the state tournament. Jake Partridge pitched all nine innings in the opener, striking out 14.
•District 7 2A tournament: Pullman spotted league champion Cheney a four-run, first-inning lead but scored single runs in the last four innings to win 5-4 and earn the top seed to next week’s regionals. Pete Barner drove in the game-winner for Pullman (14-4). The Blackhawks (18-4) came back in the second game at Washington State to defeat Clarkston 10-8 and earn the No. 2 seed. The Bantams (16-7) defeated Colville 15-5 earlier.
•District 9 2B tournament: Asotin did something no one has done before, 10-running the DeSales Irish in a postseason game. The Panthers’ Matt Small drove in three and Creighton Alford tossed a three-hitter as Asotin qualified for Saturday’s first round of state at Shadle Park High with a 10-0, six-inning win. The Irish bounced back in the final game, defeating Dayton 10-0 in five innings to earn the second seed and a state berth at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla. Dayton, which defeated Waitsburg-Prescott 10-1 in its opener, also qualified for state.
•District 9 1B tournament: Both St. John-Endicott and Colton fell in their opening games, SJE’s Eagles losing to Touchet 8-2 and the Wildcats being one-hit by Tri-Cities Prep’s Will Hoppes 4-0. Hoppes struck out 12. Prep went on to defeat Touchet 10-4 to win the district title. Both earned berths in the first round of state next Saturday.
District 7 1A Championships: Chewelah’s Liz Cobb won four individual events at Newport, leading the Northeast 1A qualifiers into next week’s regional at Tonasket.
Cobb doubled in the sprints, winning the 100 in 13.03 seconds and the 200 in 26.69, edging teammate Samantha Beamer by .01. She also won the triple jump with a 35-foot, 9-inch effort and the long jump 17-11/2.
Freeman’s Luke Mathews posted a 1A best in the boys triple jump (44-6) as part of a four-victory day. He also took the long jump (20-71/4) and was part of the Scotties’ two winning relay teams. Teammate Isaac Hamilton won both sprints (the 100 in 11.55 and 200 in 23.55) and was part of the 400-meter relay team (52.15).
•Panorama League Championships: St. George’s swept the two titles at Colville, edging Columbia-Hunters 107-101 to win the boys and running away with the girls crown with 120 points.
The Dragons’ Nate Graham (110, 200) and Brandon Johnson (400, 800) were double winners on the track, along with Republic’s Nik Michel (1,600, 3,200) and Wellpinit’s Kennedy Seyler (110 and 300 hurdles). Hunters’ Steven Denison won the shot and discus. Alicia Burns (200, 400) and Kate Reidy (800, 1,600) won twice for the St. George’s girls, with Cusick’s Andrea Heinen (discus, shot) also a double winner. Hunters’ Lindsay Loe (high jump, long jump, triple jump) won three events.
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