Camas athletes become Pacific Northwest Junior Olympic Champions

Alissa Pudlitzke finished her track season on top. The 17-year-old from Camas captured first place in the Pacific Northwest Junior Olympic Championship 1,500-meter run June 21, at Kent Meridian High School. She beat six other runners to the finish line with a time of 4 minutes, 51.04 seconds.

Timbers get ahead

High flying, head banging action brought 2,678 soccer fans to the edge of their seats Saturday, at Doc Harris Stadium. Forced to play the final 69 minutes of the match with 10 men after defender Matt Rose was red carded, the Portland Timbers U-23 Premier Development League men’s team rallied from a goal down to defeat the Kitsap Pumas 2-1.

Fast times in Camas

With each swipe of a paintbrush, Maria Grazia Repetto taps into her imagination of Camas past and present. “My mother is an artist. I remember sitting beside her when she was at an easel and painting,” Repetto said. “I had a desk at school. Instead of taking notes, I was always drawing on the desk. “I am an artist,” she added. “I’ve been an artist my whole life.”

Peak Motion athletes take physical challenge

Even at age 60, Roger Russell has no problem plowing through the mud. The Camas resident earned first place in the over 55 category at the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race May 31, at Portland International Raceway. He completed the 3-mile, 25-obstacle challenge in 43 minutes, 59.1 seconds.

Geiger bound for UI Athletic Hall of Fame

Pushed by four brothers growing up, Sherrie Geiger would always try to beat them in a race. “I remember those walks at night with my dad and my brothers. The last 10 blocks would always become a race,” she said. “I think from that, I’ve always enjoyed running, chasing after somebody and beating them.”

Scoring baskets for the community

Firefighters and police officers from Camas, Washougal and Vancouver played a friendly game of basketball Friday, at Camas High School, and donated 313 pounds of canned foods to the Inter-Faith Treasure House, in Washougal.

Swinging Saint

John Welborn didn’t skate away from his responsibilities as a Mt. Hood Saint. The 2011 Camas High School graduate served as an announcer during the college’s basketball and volleyball games. He also washed baseball uniforms, led the team with a .320 batting average, scored 22 runs, drove in 10 and became a Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s Southern Region First Team outfielder.

Fox gets the call from USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame

A call back to his coaching days in Louisiana and Florida allowed Randy Fox to take a walk down memory lane. The founder and co-owner of the Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy, in Camas, will be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Hall of Fame Saturday, in Tampa, Fla.

Oster hired as the new Camas athletic director

On June 9, the Camas School District board of directors hired Rory Oster as the new athletic director for the district. The Enumclaw native will replace Josh Gibson, who has taken a new position as a guidance counselor at Camas High School.

Lighting a match on the grand stage

As the youngest competitor in a field of world leaders and champions, Alexa Efraimson put all she had into each stride and loved every second of it. The 17-year-old from Camas earned 10th place in the Elite 1,500-meter race Saturday, at the Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meet, at Icahn Stadium, on Randall’s Island, in New York City. She finished with a personal best time of 4 minutes, 7.25 seconds. It is the second fastest time by a high school runner in the United States.