Springfest 2003, a celebration of baseball, softball, golf, and track and field state championships, generates almost as much statistical information as it does fun and excitement for athletes and fans.
Ilwaco boys claimed 15th among 2A track and field squads on the strength of Nate Appel's 18 points from a record-setting 800 meter run and a second place in the 400. The winner was Pullman, sans the duo from Memphis, Peete and Payne, who dominated state basketball play.
Girls 2A state track champions were from Cascade and Woodland finished third, two points behind the winners. Baseball class B champs were from DeSales (yawn) for the 11th time in 12 years-they finished second in 1996. The Irish have great coaching (and excellent recruiters) who are able to dominate the small schools, winning 86 times at state against 9 losses over the years.
State baseball and softball tournaments have been crowning champions since 1973. Colfax and Ridgefield baseball teams both returned to the final games after winning in 2002. The 2A Spudders were one of two Trico League teams who swept the Fishermen this season and Colfax defeated Ilwaco in the first round of last season's 1A Regional play.
The Lady Spudders softball team outscored Trico-League opponents 137-2 this season and had pitched three shutouts at state, but lost 6-3 to rival Montesano in the championship game, leaving Ridgefield's record at 20-1.
Toledo also entered the championship game with a perfect 20-0 record and riding a streak of three shutouts at state into the class 1A softball finals. Toledo suffered a 6-1 loss to Cedar Park Christian to also place second. Morton won the class B softball tournament with a 1-0 victory after finishing second last season.
Cathlamet has earned a trip to the final four baseball tournament each of the past three seasons and the last two have lost to DeSales 10-0 and 8-0 in the semi's. Ridgefield's Cole Alfred finished third at golf state, the highest finisher the Fishermen have competed against this season.
The completion of Springfest can only mean graduation caps and gowns are next, summer vacation is on its way, and football and volleyball practice is just over a couple of months away.