Gig Harbor boys cross country team wins regional meet

Prep roundup: Tides football, Peninsula soccer both fall in first-round state tourney matchups

of the GatewayNovember 20, 2013 

The Gig Harbor Tides’ boys cross country won the Nike Cross Country Regional meet last weekend in Boise, Idaho, and qualified for next month’s Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore.

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The Gig Harbor Tides boys cross country team won the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest race last weekend in Boise, Idaho, earning them a trip to Nike Cross Nationals on Dec. 7 in Portland, Ore.

Gig Harbor, ranked by dyestat.com as the No. 1 team in the country, competed against other teams from the region, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii.

The Tides’ Nike Cross Nationals qualifiers are Mahmoud Moussa, Michael Hammer, Wolfgang Beck, Tristan Peloquin, Jordan Oldenburg, Jack Shields and Logan Carroll.

Carroll won the individual Class 4A state title earlier this month in Pasco.

FOOTBALL: WENATCHEE 33, GIG HARBOR 31

Gig Harbor was intercepted three times in the second quarter, and the Wenatchee Panthers capitalized to advance to this weekend’s state quarterfinals.

The Tides scored a touchdown with about a minute left in the game and set up a potential game-tying two-point conversion. Gig Harbor drew up a play-action pass, and but quarterback Connor Scanlan’s pass was incomplete as he tried to find Noah Samsen.

“As a play caller, of course I’m going to question that last call,” Gig Harbor head coach Aaron Chantler said. “But our whole team knows what play we’re running in that situation. For two years, that’s been the call our kids know and trust.”

The Tides missed an extra point early in the game, and it forced them into several situations where Chantler opted to go for two. They were unable to convert.

Gig Harbor finished 8-2, and Chantler said he is proud of the progress the team made following last year’s 3-7 record.

“I told the kids I loved them,” Chantler said. “We just kind of talked about how hard we’ve worked. I told them how far we’ve come in one year. The last time Gig Harbor has been to a state playoff game was 10 to 12 years ago. This year, we had one of the most dynamic offenses Gig Harbor has seen.”

Chantler said the main message he wanted to convey was about family and the culture he’s trying to build at Gig Harbor High.

“No matter what happens, this family is never going to go anywhere, just remember that,” he said about his comments to the players. “We’re Tides forever, no matter what happens.”

GIRLS SOCCER: KAMIAKIN 3, PENINSULA 0

Kamiakin eliminated Peninsula from the Class 3A state tournament on Nov. 12, ending a season that saw the Seahawks reach the round 16 after they went on a run through district play.

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