High school sports roundup: soccer, football scores


October 4, 2023

The La Conner High School boys’ soccer team defeated Grace Academy 3-1 Friday at home for the Braves’ second straight triumph, improving to 2-3 on the campaign going into a big match with NW2B/1B power Mount Vernon Christian Friday, Oct. 6.

Coach Galen McKnight’s charges will look to square their season ledger when they host the Hurricanes in a 4 p.m. start.

MVC sports a 6-2-1 mark entering this week’s play, having most recently tied St. Georges of Spokane 2-2, blanked Friday Harbor 1-0 and dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Orcas Island.

Hurricane senior Christian Kilvert paces the MVC attack with six goals in nine contests. Kilvert and his teammates edged the Braves 2-0 in September in Mount Vernon.

La Conner has stepped up its game since then, most impressively in a 5-0 win over Crosspoint Academy on Sept. 23. In that clash, Lane Tenborg scored two goals and assisted on three others. Corran Eisen, Sammy Williams and Kale Navarette Higgins each scored and goalkeeper Tyler Cicotte preserved the shutout for La Conner.

Girls Soccer

The Lady Braves’ soccer team (1-6-1) fell last week to MVC, 1A Sultan and 2B Forks last week. The 4-1 home setback to Forks was Saturday. The team came up short, 4-1 to Sultan, also at home, last Thursday.

Against MVC Sept. 26, goalkeeper Josi Straathof recorded a slew of saves.

“She came off the line and charged the opposing forwards time after time,” La Conner head coach Maddie Huscher told the Weekly News. “Her aggression won us back the ball and stopped many potential goals.”

Maddy Miller playing the entire game at midfield and center defender, also helped protect La Conner’s net, said Huscher.

La Conner travels today (Wednesday) to Forest Ridge of Bellevue, whom the Lady Braves defeated in September, for a 3:45 p.m. non-conference match.


The Braves football team (0-4) averted a shutout late at Bellingham on Friday when quarterback Ivory Damien tossed a touchdown pass to C.J. Edwards in the waning moments. Damien tacked on a two-point conversion run to make the final score 40-8.

It was the second time this season the team has squared off against a school with a student enrollment topping 1,000.

Bellingham quarterback Josh Leonard led the victors with four touchdown strikes, three to Arlo Vergillo. With the win, the Bayhawks improved to 2-3 at the campaign’s midway point.

La Conner continues non-league action this Saturday (2 p.m.) at Whittaker Field opposite Eastern shington 2B foe Mabton.


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