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Washougal sweeps King’s Way off court

A 12-0 start for the girls and a 25-13 finish by the boys led to a doubleheader basketball sweep for the Panthers Monday, at Washougal High School. Noah Prangley netted 11 of his team-leading 16 points in the fourth quarter 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. “We are a work in progress,” he added. “We took a step in the right direction tonight.” The King's Way girls had a grapefruit on the scoreboard until there was 18.1 seconds left on the clock in the first quarter. By then, Washougal built a 12-0 advantage. Alyssa Blankenship racked up 20 and Haley Briggs added 10 to lead Washougal to a 55-15 victory. Megan Sharp earned eight points and RaeAnn Allen had six. Sharp and Allen also served up some assists.

On the sidelines: Camas basketball teams sweep Washougal Friday

The Camas girls basketball team scored the first 16 points of the game and beat Washougal 68-28 Friday, at Camas High School. Over in Washougal, the Papermaker boys basketball team rebounded from their first loss of the season to beat the Panthers 55-43.

Thriving wrestling tradition

Erin Locke and Sara Sanchez picked up right where they left off last season. The two Washougal High School seniors earned championship medals to help the Panther girls wrestling team win the 22-school Warden, Wash., Invitational Saturday. Sanchez pinned all four of her opponents in the 137-pound bracket. Locke nailed three pin fall victories and a 15-0 technical fall at 145 pounds. Morgan Ratliff (130) snagged second place for the Panthers. Yaneli Martinez (100) and Emily Alder-Storm (112) took third place. Jessica Biron (155) and Katelyn Purkeypyle (235) finished in fourth place. Logan Sanchez (118) and Abby Lees (170) claimed fifth place. Baylee Wright (124) grabbed sixth place.

Camas wrestlers are building a brotherhood

After becoming a district and regional champion, Tye Lommasson earned the opportunity all wrestlers in the state of Washington dream about. He competed for a state championship medal. The match only lasted 21 seconds before Lommasson was pinned, but it was enough to make the Camas High School senior believe he could achieve his ultimate goal. “It just taught me to be humble. Be grateful for the opportunity,” Lommasson said. “I’m going to go twice as hard this year to get back there. Hopefully, I get another shot at it.”

Out of the bedroom, INTO THE POOL

The Camas High School boys swimmers have their alarm clocks set earlier this season. With no practice time available in the afternoon at LaCamas Swim & Sport’s Grass Valley Aquatics Center, every single Papermaker who wants to be on the team must be willing to take the plunge into the pool before school starts. “You have to show up ready to work. There is no set when you can slack off,” said junior Kasey Calwell. “You push through when you’re hurt, tired, or when it’s dark and cold outside and you just want to be in your own bed. We want the younger guys to know that it hurts for us too.”

Efraimson clinches national title

Just when Sarah Baxter and Elise Cranny thought they were the only ones fighting for the Nike Cross National Championship, Alexa Efraimson left them both out in the cold. The Camas High School junior beat the two frontrunners to the finish line, with a time of 16 minutes, 50.1 seconds, Saturday, at Portland Meadows. Cranny, of Niwot, Colo., followed in second place (16:53.8) and Baxter, of Simi Valley, Calif., took third place (16:57.8). A total of 198 high school girls from across the country competed in this 5,000-meter extravaganza. Efraimson added a national title to her state and regional accolades.

Joy turns to sorrow in seconds

Hearts were broken when the clock struck zero. The Camas High School football team lost its lead in the final seconds Saturday, at the Tacoma Dome. There would be no state championship celebration. No time to drive down the field for one last shot at redemption. The season was just simply and painfully over.

On the sidelines: Dream season turns sour

Chiawana stunned Camas with two touchdowns in the final 55 seconds to win the 4A state football championship game 27-26.

Efraimson's glory road ends with Nike Cross National title

Just when Sarah Baxter and Elise Cranny thought they were the only ones fighting for the Nike Cross National Championship, Alexa Efraimson left them both out in the cold. The Camas High School junior beat the two frontrunners to the finish line with a time of 16 minutes, 50.1 seconds. Efraimson added a national title to her state and regional accolades. “My goal was to max out, do my absolute best and have no regrets,” Efraimson said. “I have no regrets today. I’m really happy right now.”

Bound for glory

Winning at the Tacoma Dome is no longer impossible for the Camas High School football team. The Papermakers shattered that glass ceiling when they defeated Bellarmine Prep 49-21 Saturday, in the semifinal round of the state tournament. “Every year since I’ve been here, we’ve been breaking down barriers but we had never been able to get past this one,” said senior offensive lineman Matt Walser. “It’s such a great feeling to be able to smash through this road block and keep going. Right now, I feel like we can do anything.”