Peter Gaynor's third place score of 147 in the state 2A golf tournament would have only been good enough for a tie for ninth place at the 1A level. Three of the top four 1A finishers were from private schools with Raymond's Mitch Runge placing fifth.
In girls track and field, the top three girls 1A teams and top two B teams in the state were private schools, and four of the top five 1A boys teams were from private schools. There are 50 class 2A schools in the state and 38 of them scored points at the state track meet. South Bend tied for the class B boys title.
The Ilwaco 4x400 boys relay team would have garnered sixth place at the 1A meet with their excellent time of 3:35.30 (they were 7th at 2A), but the girls team, who failed to qualify with the ninth-fastest prelim time, would have come in second with their 4:15.10 personal best.
The most prolific scorer at any level at this year's state track extravaganza was North Beach's Devin Timpson. The speedy junior won the 100, 200 and 400 and was "only" 4th in the triple jump to earn all 35 of the Hyak's points at state as he single-handedly gave his team sixth place. Woodland's girls from the Trico were 2A state track and field champs.
Ridgefield won the state softball 2A tournament after finishing second last year. Morton repeated as softball champs in class B. Lake Quinault, with a few displaced Taholah players on their roster, reached the finals only to be pummeled by DeSales 18-1 in B baseball.
DeSales won their 12th championship at the B level in 13 years, finishing second to Darrington the only year they weren't first. An amazing run, with the most amazing part being the WIAA allows them to stockpile talent year in and year out to dominate any other B baseball team, public or private.
The 3A and 4A baseball tournaments scheduled for Everett's minor league park for Friday and Saturday were moved to Yakima and played Sunday and Monday due to inclement weather.
Port Townsend, who had seven losses going into the tournament, defeated Lakewood for the 1A baseball title. There were 13 shutouts and 6 games decided by a score of 1-0 in the 2A softball tourney, emphasizing that pitching is still the name of the game in that sport.
As for Ilwaco's chances of state success at the 1A level next year, Gaynor should be among top golfers again, especially since he will be practicing all spring instead of three days as he did this past season. Track and field returns several top runners, with the boy's strength being in the distance races and the girls in the sprints.
Onalaska returns about half their starters and Kalama their best pitcher, but the Fishermen could contend for postseason play if all goes well on the diamond. The Lady Fishermen will have an uphill climb as Toledo won two games at state and White Pass and Onalaska both made it to the semi-finals before falling and all three return their top hurlers.
The good thing about high school athletics is that we can be like the Brooklyn Dodger fans from the 1950s that always had as their motto, "Wait 'til next year."