Bumps, bruises and weary legs turned into two hard fought victories for the Washougal High School girls basketball team. The Panthers kicked off league play by beating Ridgefield 58-43 Friday, in Washougal. RaeAnn Allen netted 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Alyssa Blankenship added 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Megan Sharp racked up 12 steals to go with eight points. “It was a commanding win for us. Our girls are starting to get back in the groove and confidence is on the rise,” said head coach Brian Oberg. “I still feel like the second and third seeds in our league are wide open. Getting an early win like this is very helpful in the big picture. We still need to keep working hard every day, but this was a great way to get league started.”
Seven months and seven games back from knee surgery, Brenna Khaw continues to gain confidence with each step. “If I get injured again, I get injured,” said the Camas High School junior after she tore her ACL during a game on May 16. “I can’t play scared. I just have to give my all and trust [my knee].” Nikki Corbett and the rest of the Papermakers are benefitting from Khaw’s presence on the court. Corbett delivered 21 points to help Camas beat Evergreen 54-29 Friday, at Camas High School. Rachel Rice netted nine points and Emma Jones earned eight. Khaw contributed four points and nine assists in the contest.
This will be an exciting week for the Camas and Washougal high school wrestling teams. The Panthers and Papermakers are competing in the Clark County Championships Friday and Saturday, at Mountain View High School, 1500 S.E. Blairmont Drive in Vancouver. The Washougal boys wrestling team captured first place against eight other schools Saturday, at the Grandview Invitational.
A 12-0 start for the girls and a 25-13 finish by the boys led to a doubleheader basketball sweep for the Panthers Dec. 30, at Washougal High School. Noah Prangley netted 11 of his team-leading 16 points in the fourth quarter to springboard the Washougal boys to a 57-42 victory against King’s Way Christian, of Vancouver. Austin Tran added 12 points in the game. Rick Stephens, Yorro Bah, Patrick Jones, David Wallace and Spencer Adams all made critical baskets and played ferocious defense. “This was our best game as a team so far this season, both offensively and defensively,” said head coach Malcolm Estes. “We need to continue to share the basketball, play hard on defense and improve on all fundamental aspects of the game.
Tanner Baldwin and Roger Polanco went down to the Washougal River and brought home championship medals. Polanco pinned Hockinson’s Nate Lazzaretto for the 132-pound title Saturday, at Washougal High School. Polanco also beat teammate Tony Maniscalco in the semifinals. Maniscalco finished in fourth place at 132 pounds. “This is my second time wearing the orange,” Polanco said. “I feel like I wrestled better with it on.”
Bryant Elliot, Tye Lommasson, and Talon Edmiston earned medals from the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday at Hudson’s Bay High School.
The Camas High School boys basketball players and coaches embraced the opportunity of a lifetime when they played a game at the home of the Portland Trail Blazers Friday. “This is a memory we will always share,” said senior Jordan Lenard. “We got to play in the Moda Center, walk through the same halls and be in the same locker room as NBA players.” Jordan Anderson, Trevor Jasinsky and Nick Lopes each netted 10 points. Lenard nailed a 3-pointer and finished with six points. Jasinsky stole the ball and dunked it through the hoop in one sequence. It would not be enough for Camas, as Columbia Christian of Portland won 76-50.
Tanner Baldwin and Roger Polanco went down to the Washougal River and brought home championship medals. Polanco pinned Hockinson’s Nate Lazzaretto for the 132-pound title Saturday, at Washougal High School. Polanco also beat teammate Tony Maniscalco in the semifinals. Maniscalco finished in fourth place at 132 pounds. Baldwin beat Skyview’s Cameron Hutchison 14-7 for the 152-pound title. Baldwin also pinned Wahuke’s Francisco Tapia and defeated Battle Ground’s Steven Evans 11-1 to get to the championship match.
The view of One Center Court from press row was incredible for this small town sports reporter. I can only imagine what it felt like to make a basket. So I asked Camas High School basketball players Jordan Anderson, Trevor Jasinksy and Jordan Lenard after their game against Columbia Christian Friday, at the Moda Center. “I got to play the game I love with my best friends on the biggest stage in basketball,” Jasinsky said. Anderson, Jasinsky and Nick Lopes each delivered 10 points for the Papermakers. Lenard nailed a 3-pointer and finished the game with six points. Jasinsky stole the ball and dunked it through the hoop in one sequence. It would not be enough for Camas, as Columbia Christian won 76-50.
Camas High School football players Drew Clarkson, Michael DiGenova, Zach Eagle and Reilly Hennessey are graciously accepting statewide awards, but it takes a village to make history. The Papermakers went 13-1 this season and became the school’s first football team to play in the state championship game, at the Tacoma Dome. The 27-26 loss to Chiawana, of Pasco, still stings weeks later. The pain might not completely go away, but this team will always be remembered for what it accomplished. “It’s humbling to know you’re getting recognition all around the state for all the blood, sweat and tears. We’ve opened people’s eyes and let them know what Camas football is all about,” Hennessey said. “These awards have our names on them, but they really are a reflection of all the people around us.”