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District: Rider girls take third Football: Loss CONTINUED FROM B1 Joining them will be freshman Tristan Butler (48th, 18:30), senior Tony Dalgardno (55th, 18:47), sophomore Hunter Dempsey (74th, 19:17) and freshman Cody Anderson (80th, 19:33). “I’m so happy for my seniors; they’ve been working for four years to make it to state,� Durr said. “Tony [Dalgardno] and Evan [Herbert] provided the leadership, held that team together, helped everyone focus. “Everybody had the race they needed to qualify the team for state.� In the 1A race, Port Townsend’s Clarke contin- The Port Angeles boys team, from left, Cody Anderson, Tristan Butler, ued his standout season Simon Shindler, Peter Butler, Tony Dalgardno, Evan Herbert and Hunter with a fifth-place finish, Dempsey placed fourth at the 2A district meet. recording a Peninsula-best district time of 16:58.43.

Girls Race With 107 points, the Port Angeles girls finished third behind Lindbergh (61 points) and North Kitsap (107). “This was an extremely close race, and the PA girls still fought the terrible, blustery conditions and qualified for the state race,� Durr said. Sophomore Willow Suess led the Riders with an 11thplace finish in 21:01. Right behind her was senior Elizabeth Stevenson, who was 13th with a time of 21:11. Junior Annika Pederson was 21st at 21:38. These three girls qualified as individuals for the state meet based on the top 25 finish. Other Port Angeles runners: senior Taylor Young (34th, 22:20), junior Dove Lucas (41st, 22:39); sophomore Lily Morlan (42nd, 22:44) and senior Jolene Millsap (49th, 23:07).

Elizabeth Stevenson, left, Willow Suess, Jolene Millsap, Taylor Jones, Dove Lucas, Astrid Schick, Annika Pederson and Lily Morlan show off their third-place ribbons. This is the second year in a row for the Riders have qualified for state. “It’s one thing when an athlete qualifies for the state meet, quite another

when the entire team qualifies,� Durr said. “It’s a lot more fun when the kids can share this memorable event with their teammates and friends.

Everybody’s pretty excited to make the trip next week.� Sequim’s Erin Vig missed qualifying for state by 3.07 seconds, finishing 27th with a time of 21:53.16.

Redskins: PT will face Blaine CONTINUED FROM B1 also are coming off a big loss to Nooksack Valley (3-6). With the win, the Red“I’m trying to figure out skins are one win away if [Blaine] is missing some from reaching the state key personnel,� Snyder playoffs for the first time said. since 2004. The Borderites offense “Make it to the state is employing a different playoffs, that’s been our look than they have in goal all along,� Port Townsend coach Nick Sny- recent years. “They were an I-back, der said Sunday. smashmouth, off-tackle But first, the Redskins team, now they’re spreadmust beat Blaine (4-5) of ing it out and throwing the the Northwest Conference ball a little more,� Snyder at Civic Field in Bellingsaid. ham on Friday night. When Port Townsend Snyder had watched and Life Christian faced off film of the Borderites by on Oct. 19 in Tacoma, the Sunday afternoon. They’re a tough team to Redskins won 63-12. This time, the Eagles figure out. defense keyed on stopping “That’s a tough league Port Townsend’s counter up there,� Snyder said. “Blaine has played some plays and slowing its threeheaded rushing attack of real tough teams. They beat Meridian, and they’re quarterback Jacob King and running backs Matt a really good team.� However, the Borderites Cain and Tim Russell.

Enter fullback David Sua and an improved passing game. Sua ran 11 times for 85 yards. “Not bad for a rumbling, tumbling ex-quarterback,� Snyder said of the sophomore. “He’s getting better and better at being a northand-south runner.� King completed 5 of 8 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Four of those completions went to Skyler Coppenrath. The other was a 76-yard dime to Cain. “Matt Cain made a beautiful catch; Jacob put it right on the money,� Snyder said. King, Cain and Russell still had productive rushing numbers, despite the Eagles’ defensive efforts. King ran for 128 yards and a score. He now has

1,354 yards on the season, which is 322 yards shy of surpassing Rich Staph’s school record of 1,675. Russell had 10 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and Cain ran for 71 yards and a pair of scores. Russell now has 878 yards rushing this season and Cain has 831. On defense, Sua led Port Townsend by getting in on 10 tackles and recording one sack. Cain had nine tackles, and King picked of two passes. The Redskins (7-2) enter the postseason in good health. “We haven’t had any injuries, knock on wood,� Snyder said.

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CONTINUED FROM B1 scores to take a 44-0 lead after two quarters. The second half was “You can be young and be very experienced, as played to a 12-6 Lobos many teams have had their advantage, as both teams athletes come up through substituted heavily. Crescent freshman quarthe ranks of pee-wee and middle school football pro- terback Neil Peppard’s 30-yard strike to Quenton grams. “But our kids haven’t Wolfer finally put the Loghad those opportunities. So, gers on the board in the last we have a team of first- and minute of play. Peppard finished with second-year kids to the two completions for 61 sport.� Injuries have hampered yards. Along with his pass those Loggers who have to Wolfer, Peppard also football experience, and hooked up with promising Saturday was no difference. eighth-grader KC Spencer Zach Fletcher, who leads for a 31-yard gain. Freshman McCabe Story the team with over 1,200 all purpose yards on the sea- led Crescent with 40 yards son, went down with a rushing. Dane Kjerulf had nine backside rib injury early in tackles on defense. Quenton the second quarter. That medical situation Wolfer and Cody Wolfer extended for over 30 min- added eight apiece. The Loggers bid farewell utes, prompting the officials to call for an early halftime to their senior class of Wolfer, Ian break due to that extended Quenton Sowders, Dane Kjerulf, game delay and the blowing Quin’Tinn March and Kaleb rain. The game resumed some Dodson. Since Highland Chris40 minutes later after the tian dropped football before homecoming halftime ceremonies, with 11:05 still this season, Crescent (0-5, showing on the second- 0-9) doesn’t have a South Division team to play in a quarter game clock. The rest of the game was crossover game, so the Logplayed straight through gers’ season is done. with the regular quarter Lobos play Rangers breaks. “Losing Fletcher was Lopez finishes the regureally kind of the last straw lar season with a 7-2 record to the season,� Yount said. (3-2 in league play), with its “We had already lost only losses coming to peren[running back Travis] nial 1B powerhouses Neah Walker for the season after Bay and Lummi. game two, had seen our big Since the Lobos finished 300-pounder, [Ian] Sowders third in the Northwest go down with the knee Football League North Divithing three weeks ago. sion, they must make the “Fletcher had really trip from the San Juan amped up his game as he Islands to Anacortes to had assumed basically all Whidbey Island to Port the duties. Townsend and then Quil“Our offense didn’t just cene to face the Rangers, run through him, it was who finished second in the him. South Division behind “So, to see him go down Evergreen Lutheran. was a blow, and of course The Lobos handed Quilour main concern was for cene (2-1, 5-2) one of its two his health. losses this season with a “You just really hate to 68-30 win in September. see the injuries in any sense That game also was played but when the ambulance at Quilcene. shows up then football kind The Rangers and Lopez of goes out the window, and will play a half-game, the welfare of the athlete according to Quilcene coach and his family become par- Nic Dahl. amount.� The winner will advance When the game resumed, to play top-ranked Neah Lopez turned it up a notch, Bay (5-0, 8-0) later in the ripping off three straight week.

No. 3 Florida State gains ground in new AP poll BY RALPH D. RUSSO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

No. 3 Florida State gains ground on No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon in The Associated Press college football poll, earning four more first-place votes than it did last week. The Seminoles are coming off another easy victory against a previously unbeaten rival. Florida State beat Miami 41-14 on Saturday night and received six-first-place votes from the media panel Sunday.

Last month the Seminoles handed Clemson its first loss. Alabama remains No. 1 with 52 first-place votes, three less than last week. Oregon received two firstplace votes, a loss of one for the Ducks. Miami’s first loss drops it seven spot to 14th. Notre Dame moved back into the rankings at No. 24 and Michigan fell out after losing to Michigan State. The Spartans advance six spots to 18th.

Johnson takes Sprint Cup lead with dominating Texas win BY STEPHEN HAWKINS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jimmie Johnson led 255 of 334 laps for a dominating victory Sunday that put the five-time champion back in the Chase for the Sprint Cup lead with two races left in the season. Johnson and Matt Kenseth arrived at Texas Motor Speedway tied in points,

though Kenseth was the leader based on his seven wins. Johnson got his sixth victory this season, becoming only the second threetime Cup winner at Texas. The No. 48 Hendrick Chevrolet team takes a sevenpoint lead to Phoenix next week. “I’ve been watching a lot of MMA fighting lately, and you’ll fall into a rhythm and

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