Sports briefs — June 26, 2019

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:30am
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Ritter gets second ace

Grant Ritter of Sequim got his second lifetime hole-in-one on June 24 at The Cedars at Dungeness.

Ritter used an 8-iron to drive the 137-yard hole No. 4 at The Cedars.

Brian Anderson and Tom Flack of Sequim witnessed the feat.

Wolves named to All-Peninsula softball team

Five Sequim players earned postseason kudos for their play, named to the 2019 All-Peninsula Softball MVP as selected by area coaches and the sports staff of the Peninsula Daily News.

Earning spots on the team were freshman pitcher LeeAnn Raney, senior first baseman Latisha Robideau, senior second baseman Isabelle Dennis, freshman third baseman Christy Grubb and sophomore outfielder Jayla Julmist.

Raney, a second-team All-Olympic League selection as an outfielder, had a strong season on the mound as well. She won three district games on the mound, including a complete-game four-hitter against top-seeded Eatonville. Dennis was an All-Olympic League first team infielder while Grubb, Julmist and Robideau were selected all-league second-teamers.

All-Peninsula Softball honorable mentions also went to Sequim’s Lily Fili, Kiana Robideau and Bobbi Sparks.

Forks junior Rian Peters was named All-Peninsula MVP.

Stars on the pitch

A one-season standout for the state-bound Wolves’ boys soccer squad, Belgian exchange student Mathys Tanche led a host of Wolves on the 2019 All-Peninsula Boys Soccer Team, as selected by area coaches and the sports staff of the Peninsula Daily News.

Tanche, who led the Wolves with 18 goals and 10 assists netted first-team All-Olympic League status.

Joining him on the squad are senior midfielder Sean Weber, junior forward Ryan Tolberd, junior midfielder Adrian Funston, senior defenseman Rudy Franco and sophomore defenseman Eli Gish.

Weber was a first-team All-Olympic League pick scored four goals with five assists. Tolberd, a second-team All-Olympic League pick after tallying 16 goals and nine assists, is on pace to break Liam Harris’ all-time scoring and assist school records. Funston was a first-team All-Olympic League pick with five goals and seven assists. Franco had a goal and two assists while leading the stout SHS defense, while Gish notched three goals and three assists to earn second-team All-Olympic League honors.

An honorable mention also went to Sequim junior Mike McAleer.

SHS’s Dave Brasher shared Coach of the Year honors with Forks’ Joe Morton (a Sequim High grad) and Port Angeles’ Chris Saari. Brasher led the Sequim team to an undefeated regular season record and 2A state tourney appearance.

SHS diamond stars

Joining MVP Johnnie Young on the 2019 All-Peninsula Baseball Team — as selected by area coaches and the sports staff of the Peninsula Daily News — are a trio of Sequim players: Joey Oliver, Silas Thomas and Michael Grubb.

Oliver, a senior third baseman, hit .340 with a .453 on-base percentage, 18 hits, 18 runs and six RBIs. Wolves coach Dave Ditlefsen said Oliver is the “best defensive third baseman I’ve ever coached.” Thomas, a junior outfielder, was a second-team All-Olympic League player who hit .333 with 18 RBIs and 16 runs. Grubb, a sophomore second baseman, hit cleanup for Sequim and batted .279 with 16 runs and 11 RBIs.

Links standouts

Joining co-MVPs Paul Jacobsen and Blake Wiker on the 2019 All-Peninsula Boys Golf Team are Sequim teammates Ben Sweet and Liam Payne, selected by area coaches and the sports staff of the Peninsula Daily News.

Sweet, a freshman, played his best golf of the season in the postseason for Sequim, shooting a round of 80 at the Olympic League final and a 79 in the first round at the state 2A tourney. He tied for 21st at state and averaged 42.36 strokes per nine holes in league play. Payne, a senior, averaged 43.85 shots per nine holes, qualified for state tournament and closed out his prep golf career with a 39 on the back nine at state.

Sequim coach Bill Shea took home the Coach of the Year honor, leading the Wolves to a 9-0 league mark to earn SHS’s fourth consecutive Olympic League title — and second consecutive second place finish at the state 2A tournament.

Bingham takes MVP

Recently graduated Sequim High student Murray Bingham, fresh off a state championship in the 800-meter run at the state 2A track and field finals, was selected as the Peninsula Daily News’ All-Peninsula Boys Track and Field MVP.

For Bingham, a key piece in the Wolves’ first track state championship (and first boys team title in any sport), it was his second All-Peninsula MVP award of the season; he was also selected as the boys’ cross-country MVP in the fall.

He won 28 races during the season and broke the school mark in the 800 at districts before helping score 22 of Sequim’s 61 points at state.

“I wanted to be the best I could be. I’m pretty sure I did that,” Bingham said.

Other Sequim boys named to the All-Peninsula team include Riley Cowan (javelin, shot put), Alec Shingleton (middle distances, relays), Riley Martin (110 hurdles), Darren Salazar (sprints, relays) and Fischer Jensen (hurdles).

Early-bird pricing for Oyster races

The deadline for early bird discount rates for the Quilcene Oyster Races ends at midnight, June 30.

The event — set for Sunday, Sept. 15 — featured three distances for runners and walkers: a half-marathon, a 10k and a 5k.

Early-bird pricing is $55 for the half-marathon, $35 for the 10k and $25 for the 5k; costs jump $5 after the deadline.

The races include a free concert with the Jack Dwyer Band.

T-shirts can be purchased by pre-order only, and must be ordered by Aug. 22.

Proceeds benefit Quilcene-Brinnon Dollars for Scholars and Count Me In for Quilcene.

For a race day schedule, see To register, go to

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