Sports recap: Washougal MX National attracts huge crowd; Victory women win soccer crown

Ridgefield Raptors to return home Tuesday

The roar of the engines returned, and so did the roar of the crowd.

The Washougal MX National played out in front of a “massive crowd,” according to promotocross.com, and the 40th running of the event witnessed a new winner this year in the 450 class.

The start of a moto is always chaotic as riders compete for position at the Washougal MX National. The 40th running of the event attracted thousands of fans. Photo courtesy Align Media
The start of a moto is always chaotic as riders compete for position at the Washougal MX National. The 40th running of the event attracted thousands of fans. Photo courtesy Align Media

Chase Sexton of Illinois won his first moto of the 2021 season, then finished third in the second moto. His 1-3 finishes gave him enough points for the overall title, becoming the fourth different winner in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series this year.

Points leader Dylan Ferrandis struggled to a fifth-place finish in the first moto, but responded with taking the second moto. His 5-1 result put him in third overall at Washougal. 

Jeremy Martin of Minnesota was the 250 class with a 3-1 finish. It is his second overall title in as many weeks.

Chase Sexton of Illinois won the first moto Saturday at the Washougal MX National, then held on for a third-place finish in the second moto, giving him enough points for his first overall title of the 2021 season. Photo courtesy Align Media
Chase Sexton of Illinois won the first moto Saturday at the Washougal MX National, then held on for a third-place finish in the second moto, giving him enough points for his first overall title of the 2021 season. Photo courtesy Align Media

The Washougal MX National traditionally attracts more than 20,000 fans. It is the only stop for Motocross and Supercross in the Northwest this year. Supercross is on the schedule for Seattle in 2022. The Washougal MX National was the seventh stop in the 12-round outdoor championship series.

It was also the first Washougal MX National since the passing of track patriarch Ralph Huffman: https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/ralphs-rock-pays-tribute-to-late-owner-as-washougal-mx-national-roars-back-into-town/

Vancouver Victory Women claim title

Maddie Goss, a Union High School graduate, had a goal and two assists, and the Vancouver Victory women’s soccer club won the 2021 Northwest Premier League championship Saturday, recording a 4-0 victory over Blackhills FC.

Vancouver finished the season 5-1, and with goal differential was already pretty much a lock to win the league title going into Saturday’s match.

The Victory then put an exclamation mark on the season with the shutout.

This is the second league title in franchise history. Vancouver also won in 2017, when the club was called the Washington Timbers, according to the Northwest Premier League’s website. 

Goss ended up leading the team in goals scored for the season, with five.

Raptors set to return to the RORC

The Ridgefield Raptors could use a little home cooking in an effort to end a four-game losing streak.

The Raptors will play a non-league home game Tuesday against the Redmond Dudes and another non-league game Wednesday against the Highline Bears. Ridegefield will stay at home for a West Coast League three-game series against Walla Walla from Friday through Sunday.

Ridgefield is 7-5 in the second half of league play. 

All home games are at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. For tickets, go to https://ridgefieldraptors.com/

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