Grace Academy ousted from district playoffs

MOUNT VERNON — Neither team established itself as the favorite throughout the entire first half, then in the 63rd minute Mt. Vernon Christian launched a corner kick into a crowded bunch in front of the goal. Mark deVries was able to get his foot on the ball and send it into the goal, for the 2B/1B District 1 playoff game’s only score.

“It was a pretty even game. It should have gone to a shootout,” Grace Academy coach Mark Ruhlman said.

The loss ended the Eagles season, while the Hurricanes will advance to face Shoreline Christian at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kasch Park in Everett in a seeding game to the Bi-District tournament. Shoreline Christian defeated Lopez 1-0 (forfeit). La Conner plays North Sound Christian at 4 for the district championship.

At Mt. Vernon Christian H.S.

Goals—Mt. Vernon Christian: deVries. Assists: none. Goalkeepers: Mt. Vernon Christian: Livingston. Grace Academy: Weinberg. Records—Mt. Vernon Christian 8-7-1 overall. Grace Academy 4-9-2.


North Sound Christian 3, Cedar Park Christian-Everett 0: At Everett, the Eagles got off to a slow start and were never able to come back against the Lions, losing 25-15, 25-21, 25-12 in their final Northwest 1B League match. Elyse Bunger had nine kills for the Lions and teammate Tori Speck added five kills, four digs and four aces. Maylissa Chung had 11 assists, three kills and two aces in the victorious effort. North Sound Christian is the No. 2 seed in the 1B Bi-District tournament and faces No. 4 seed Lummi at Coupeville Saturday.

Highland Christian Prep 3 Lummi 0: At Lummi, The Falcons took the Blackhawks in three straight games on their way to the 1B Bi-District Tournament. Chelsea Graber had seven aces in the Falcons’ victory. Highland Christian Prep will take on Neah Bay this Saturday in Coupeville. Top-seeded Lopez, a 3-0 winner over Skykomish, has a first-round bye.

Puget Sound Adventist 3, Grace Academy 0: At Marysville, Puget Sound Christian (7-7 overall) posted a 25-6, 25-10, 25-15 non-league victory over Grace Academy (3-11), which plays its final Northwest 1B League match Thursday against Lummi.

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