SPOKANE - For the first time in 10 years, the West 1A/B team got the upper hand in the annual East vs. West All-State Volleyball series. The West team for class 1A/B school athletes, which included Naselle High graduates Annie Herrold and Kelli Revis, won two of the three matches played in three different locations across the state, at Fife, Selah, and Mead High Schools.
In two other series of matches played between teams from the state's larger schools, the Eastside teams continued their domination of the annual event.
The two Naselle girls, Herrold and Revis, played for the West 1A/B team against their counterparts from the East. To qualify for the team, the players had to be seniors when chosen and a first team all-league selection, so they were playing in matches composed of some elite players.
The West 1A/B team won two of the three matches, winning at Fife and Selah by scores of 2 games to 1, and then losing by the same 2-1 margin at Mead when the East squeezed by in the third game of the match by a score of 26-24.
"It was an awesome experience," said Annie Herrold. "We clicked real well and played well as a team. We weren't too tall, and the East team was taller. Kelli (Revis) was probably the second tallest player on our team. We had girls of equal playing ability so everyone got to play an equal amount of time. Our coaches were Steve Hanson of Morton and Laurie Judd of White Pass and there was one player from each of those two schools on our team."
Two girls from South Bend had been scheduled to play on the team, but one of them wasn't able to participate, leaving Naselle as the only school with two players taking part.
Herrold is enrolled for the fall quarter at the University of Oregon where she plans to play club volleyball. "We will play against other club teams on the West Coast, mainly in Oregon," Herrold said. Revis will be enrolled at Washington State University for the fall quarter.
"I had a lot of fun and met a lot of cool girls. We enjoyed ourselves," Herrold said. And so did the supporters of Naselle athletics who have appreciated watching Herrold and Revis perform athletically for the last few years.
GRAYS RIVER - There is still time to register for the 4.5 mile run/walk which will be one of the featured events of the Grays River Covered Bridge Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 6. The run will open the festivities at 9 a.m. with a 4.5 mile loop race that finishes through the historic Grays River Covered Bridge.
The course is paved and mostly flat with four small hills. The top male and female overall finishers, for both walkers and runners, will receive medals. The first, second, and third place finishers for each age group will receive ribbons.
Race registration begins at 7 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m.
For info call Mike at (360) 465-2320, or Colleen Haley, (360) 465-2174.