State championship roll call

Camas and Washougal athletes bring home medals

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Camas and Washougal high school athletes had a state championship weekend to remember in Richland, Spokane, Seattle and Tacoma.

Here are the highlights.

Daniel Maton captured two state championship track medals for the Papermakers. On Thursday, the sophomore won the 1,600-meter title with a school record time of 4 minute, 11.24 seconds. On Saturday, Maton kicked to first place at the finish line in the 800 with a time of 1:53.46. CHS senior Cade Greseth followed in fourth place with a time of 1:54.4.

Madison Peffers broke her school record with a high jump of 5 feet, 6 inches. She also secured the state championship with that leap, before closing out a “dream season” with three attempts at 5-8. Peffers is a junior, which gives her another year to soar even higher for the Papermakers.

In her final high school meet for Camas, Nkem Aduka notched seventh place in the discus with a toss of 119-2. Maggie Wells took 15th place in the shot put (33-4.5) and Ahmika Kluka settled for 16th place in the javelin (109-7).

Camas runner Emma Jenkins claimed ninth place in the 1,600 (5:06.97) and 10th place in the 3,200 (11:30.38).

Three Washougal track and field athletes brought home state medals.

Kenny Kanthak ran a personal best 300 hurdles time of 41.43 seconds to qualify for the finals, where he finished in eighth place (42.58). Tanner Lees leaped a personal best 13-6 on the pole vault to land in eighth place. Gabriel Dinnel grabbed seventh place in the 3,200 (9:47.14).

Amelia Pullen placed ninth in the 3,200 (11:35.26) and 15th in the 1,600 (5:29.2). Aiden Pullen notched 10th in the 1,600 with a personal best time of 4:26.18. Kiersten De La Rocha claimed 10th in the discus (99-9).

Tennis

Hannah Gianan put the finishing touches on an incredible Camas High School tennis career Saturday, in Richland.

She beat Eastmont’s Lily Waterhouse 6-0, 6-0; Olympia’s Ali Topp 7-5, 6-2; and Newport’s Teagan Mach 6-0, 6-3 to reach her fourth state finals match.

Gianan won the first two games against Sumner’s Jade Lancaster, who won the 3A championship in 2016 before her school moved up to 4A. Lancaster took the next 12 games to secure another title with a 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Gianan’s back-to-back second place finishes in singles pair up nicely with her state doubles championships as a sophomore and a freshman.

Over at the University of Washington, Washougal foreign exchange student Soeren Serve secured fifth place in the 2A singles state tournament. Serve won three matches in a row after losing in the first round. He beat Clarkston’s Ian Best 6-1, 6-4; Sedro Woolley’s Kyle Bause 7-5, 6-0; and East Valley Yakima’s Michael Manion 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Softball

The Camas softball team left it all on the diamond Saturday, in Spokane.

After losing to Woodinville in the quarterfinals, the Papermakers won three straight games to advance to the consolation finals of the state tournament and play for fourth place.

A 6-run sixth inning propelled the Papermakers to a 9-1 victory against Auburn Mountainview Friday.

Camas came back Saturday, and rallied to defeat Rogers 5-4. Alyssa Tomasini delivered a 2-run double in the sixth inning to tie the score, and then Abi Wong knocked in the go-ahead run.

Camas carried the momentum into the next game, and beat Inglemoor 8-2.

Monroe outlasted the Papermakers 8-5 in the consolation finals. Camas finished in fourth place at state for the second time in three years.

Kennedy Ferguson threw 255 pitches on Friday. Allie Hanock tossed five shut out innings against Auburn Mountainview. Ferguson pitched in three more games Saturday.

Callie Johnson hit a home run in the first game of the tournament to help the Papermakers beat Richland 9-7. Hancock and Kyli Obermiller both drove in two runs.

Tomasini picked up enough hits in these last six games to break the school season hits record.

All of these elements will come together and expand in Thursday’s print edition of the Post-Record.

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