The Camas High School gymnasts misplaced their equipment, uniforms and music, but that didn’t stop them from winning the first session of the Winterfest Invitational Saturday, at the Naydenov Gymnastics Center in Vancouver. “This was one of the funniest meets because it was like we forgot everything,” said freshman Alexis Sabatini. “But most importantly, we remembered to have a good time. That’s the only way we can win is to have fun.”
The Camas High School basketball teams dominated their Hoops for Pink games Friday, inside the Camas warehouse. A 22-8 scoring barrage in the first quarter helped the Papermaker boys beat Heritage 55-28. It was their first league victory of the season after falling behind early in their previous league games and not being able to catch up. The Camas shared the basketball. Jordan Anderson and Trevor Jasinsky each netted nine points, James Price added eight, and Jordan Lenard and Nick Lopes both had six points. The Papermaker girls pummeled the Timberwolves 62-20. Camas outscored Heritage 12-7 in the first quarter, 20-7 in the second quarter, 16-4 in the third quarter and 14-2 in the fourth quarter. On the receiving end of passes from Brenna Khaw, Rachel Rice and Meghan Finley, Nikki Corbett delivered 16 of her team-leading 22 points in the first half. She scored 10 of those points in the second quarter. Khaw netted 13 points. Brenna Vargo and Teague Schroeder sparked the Papermakers off the bench. Vargo earned eight points and Schroeder added six.
Break out the pink uniforms and shoelaces. It’s time for the Papermaker girls basketball players to play for victims of breast cancer Friday, at Camas High School. The Camas boys and girls basketball teams host Heritage for the event. The varsity boys play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity girls. General admission is $5. Hoops for Pink T-shirts will be on sale for $10. A silent auction will be held through the night. Winners will be announced after the third quarter of the girls game. All donations will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
The son becomes the father, and the father becomes the son. Robert and Marisa Harvey signed their son Brandon and daughter Tianna up for Riverside Martial Arts classes through Washougal Community Education in March of 2009. Eight months later, Robert joined his children in this family quest for fun. “It just got too tough sitting on the bench,” Robert said. “I think it’s a decision he made on his own,” Brandon said. “The class itself encouraged him to join.”
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.
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.
Carol Willson helped many of these Camas High School gymnastics find their footing in this sport. After taking some years off to adopt and raise a child, Willson was hired as the new head coach for the Papermakers just as these girls reconnected as sophomores and freshmen in high school. “It’s like a family reunion,” Willson said. “I met all of these girls when they were first-graders. It’s fun to see them now as young ladies.”
The Evergreen Storm Track Club had an exceptional day at the Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships Dec. 14, on the National Shooting Range in San Antonio, Texas.
Washougal fought back to within four points going into the fourth quarter Friday at Camas High School, before the Papermakers pulled away for a 74-54 victory. “I love the support we got from both communities. It made the game a lot of fun,” said Camas head coach Skyler Gillispie. “Both teams came out and played extremely hard.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Chiawana stunned Camas with two touchdowns in the final 55 seconds to win the 4A state football championship game 27-26.
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.”
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.”
The Washougal boys basketball team might be younger, but that doesn’t mean these Panthers aren’t dreaming about making it to the state tournament. Washougal finished in fourth place at the district tournament during the past two winters, but that’s one victory shy of state. Returning varsity players Austin Tran, Patrick Jones and Yorro Bah are determined to make that dream a reality. “Our goal is to silence the doubters and make it further than we have the past two years,” Bah said.
The Tacoma Dome is no longer unbeatable territory for the Camas High School football team. The Papermakers shattered that glass ceiling when they defeated Bellarmine Prep 49-21 Saturday. Zach Eagle caught three touchdown passes from Reilly Hennessey. Jason Vailea delivered two touchdowns at the goal line. Nate Beasley and Cole Zarcone also ran for touchdowns.
Lauren Rood’s love for soccer has kept her away from home for 127 days in 2013. “And the year is not over yet,” said the 16-year-old from Camas. “I still have some traveling to do.” Rood’s odyssey began by attending national camps and tournaments in Texas, England and Florida. She was determined to earn a spot on the U-17 U.S. women’s soccer team. “I got back from England two days before school started, and then I went to the Florida camp two weeks later,” said the CHS sophomore. “That was probably one of the craziest months of my life.”
After a four quarter throttle Saturday in Sammamish, the Camas High School football team defeated Eastlake 47-28 to get back to the Tacoma Dome for the third year in a row. The Papermakers play Bellarmine Prep in the semifinals of the state tournament Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Camas wants to smash through that glass ceiling and win at the Tacoma Dome for the first time. “We’re on our final countdown,” said senior quarterback Reilly Hennessey. “We only have two weeks left in our high school career. How do we want to be remembered? “There’s just 14 days left,” he added. “We better make sure we get better every single one of those days.”
Twenty-one bowlers are crashing the pins for the Papermakers. Head coach Doug Huegli said that’s almost twice as many Camas girls as the team had last year. “The first goal has been obtained. We have a large program,” he said. “Our next goal is to hone their skills so we can have a large and strong program.”
After a four quarter throttle Saturday in Sammamish, the Camas High School football team defeated Eastlake 47-28 to get back to the Tacoma Dome for the third year in a row.
For the 30 high school seniors who grew up playing football together in Camas, Saturday was their last chance to do something special for the hometown at Doc Harris Stadium. Nate Beasley rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Reilly Hennessey. This all came in the first half of a 63-28 victory for the Papermakers against Cascade, of Everett, in the first round of the state tournament. “Greatness from the line, as always,” Beasley said of his blockers Drew Clarkson, Matt Danis, Chris Durrett, Peyton Rusu and Matt Walser. “The line can only do their job for so long. I got to be able to out run those guys.”
The Camas volleyball team couldn’t solve Emerald Ridge in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, but the Papermakers just continued to fight and wound up in sixth place. “We were able to bring some hardware back to Camas. That was the goal,” said senior outside hitter Cassie Bailie. “We’re a good team, and we put a lot of heart into it. We don’t give up on anything.” That’s how the Papermakers were able to push Kentwood to five sets during the medal match Saturday, at St. Martin’s University, in Lacey. Kentwood won the first two games, but Camas fought back 25-23 and 25-19 in the next two sets. Kentwood needed 16 points in the final set to beat the Papermakers by two. “This team is notorious for getting down by a significant amount and battling back,” said Camas head coach Julie Nidick. “They just never give up. They don’t care what the score is.”
Nate Beasley eclipsed the 200-yard mark and scored five touchdowns. Zach Eagle caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for six more points. It was a special night for these two Camas football players, and an emotional one for all of the Papermakers. In the last game these seniors will ever play at Doc Harris Stadium, they led Camas to a 63-28 victory against Cascade Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.
A day for revenge ended in disappointment after the Camas volleyball team lost to Emerald Ridge in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament Friday, at St. Martin's University, in Lacey. The Papermakers snipped at the Jaguars' heels several times during the three sets, but they could never get over the hump against the team that defeated them for third place in the bi-district tournament.
The Papermakers delivered four goals in the final 21 minutes of the first half to defeat Wentachee 4-0 in the first round of the 4A state girls soccer tournament Wednesday, at Doc Harris Stadium.
The top of the podium belonged to Bellermine Prep, but the Camas girls cross country runners looked each other in the eye and didn’t see an inch of regret. “We all raced as hard as we could,” said Alexa Efraimson. “It was a lot more competitive this year than last year.” The Papermakers finished in second place out of the top 16 schools in the state Saturday, at the Sun Willows Golf Course, in Pasco. Bellermine Prep won the title by 13 points. This is the third state trophy for the Camas girls, after they won championships in 2011 and 2012. “It was fun to have a second chance to go out and do it again,” said Alexa Jones. “You never know what the outcome is going to be. You just have to trust yourself and know your teammates are going to work as hard as you do.”
The Camas volleyball team had a smashing good time sweeping Union off the warehouse floor in the district championship match. “Beating Union in three builds great pride for Camas,” said Carly Banks, who delivered nine kills and two blocks. “It feels so great to shut them out and claim our zip code and our colors,” said Lauren Harris, after she racked up 14 kills, 14 digs and three blocks.
Dedication and determination paid off for the Papermaker girls swimmers when they became district champions Saturday, at Kelso High School. Camas racked up 376 points to defeat league champion Union by 39 points. “We have definitely worked for it,” said sophomore Corinne Bintz. “There is no question that everybody did everything they could today and every morning at practice at 5:15 a.m.” Bintz, Anna Panebianco, Juliann Reed and Sierra Colletto propelled the Papermakers to first place in the 200-meter medley relay. They broke the pool record with a time of 1 minute, 53.08 seconds. “To be able to do that in the first race of the day just set the tone for all of the girls,” Reed said. “We will win, whatever it takes.”
It didn’t take long for the Camas football team to catch playoff fever. Monroe pulled a fast one by recovering a short opening kick off to begin the game. It turned out to be the shot in the arm the Papermakers needed. Michael DiGenova intercepted a pass on the next play to turn the tables for Camas. The Papermakers scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions and buried the Bearcats 55-20 Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium. “It’s always great to start with a play like that in a big game like this one,” DiGenova said. “As long as we keep putting points on the board, and the defense keeps playing like they play, good things will come.”
The Camas High School volleyball, soccer, football, cross country and swimming teams are out in full force this week chasing state and regional championships.
Fourteen Camas High School football players traveled back into time Saturday. Nate Beasley, Drew Clarkson, Matt Danis, Michael DiGenova, Chris Durrett, Zach Eagle, Caleb Eldred, Reilly Hennessey, Dustin Krecklow, Jorden Payne, Brendan Unger, Dylan White, Dalton Wunderlich and Ethan Young watched the Camas Cardinals fourth- and fifth-grade Clark County Youth Football team beat the Hawks 20-19 in double overtime at Fishback Stadium. “You see a little guy running exactly like you did at that age, and it makes you wonder what our program is going to look like when these kids get to high school,” said Beasley, a senior running back. “These are the younger brothers and sisters of the players on the team today. It shows how close knit our community is, and how our legacy continues.”
Washougal, Hockinson and Aberdeen will play sudden death football starting at 7 p.m. today, at Kelso High School. The three teams will face each other in a round robin format. One team starts with the football on the 25-yard line, while the other plays defense. The objective is to score a touchdown or kick a field goal in four downs. The rounds continue until one team prevents the other from tying the score, or takes the lead after making a stop. The Panthers fell into this predicament after Hockinson defeated them 27-14 Friday, at Fishback Stadium. Abderdeen beat Ridgefield on the same night to force a three-way tie for third place in the 2A Greater St. Helens League. Only one of these teams will earn a trip to Tumwater Saturday.
After locking up the league title, the Camas volleyball team will host the district championship match Wednesday. “It’s a good accomplishment for the girls, but they’re always looking ahead,” said head coach Julie Nidick. “Ultimately, their goal is to get back to state. But you can never overlook and opponent or a step in the process. That’s when an upset can happen.” The Papermakers are going to the bi-district tournament Friday and Saturday, at Kentwood High School, but they want that number-one seed. That takes a win Wednesday.
The Papermakers are the queens of soccer in Camas. They have two victories against their city rivals to prove it. “Being in the program for as many years as we have, it feels good to see all the hard work pay off,” said junior defender Sarah Tennyson. “We are finally the league and district champions.” Tennyson headed in a perfectly placed corner kick by Maddy Belzer in the 30th minute of a 1-0 victory for the Papermakers against the Union Titans Saturday, at Doc Harris Stadium. “Without the team effort, it doesn’t happen,” Belzer said. “Nothing matters unless we work as a team.”
Welcome to sudden death football. Washougal, Aberdeen and Hockinson will fight for the 2A Greater St. Helens League’s final playoff spot Tuesday night, in Kelso. The three teams will face each other in a round robin format. One team starts with the football on the 25-yard line, while the other plays defense. Touchdowns or field goals are the name of the game. The rounds continue until one team prevents the other from tying the score, or takes the lead after making a stop.
Courtney Owens, Hannah Wright, Karina Miller and Meredith Collins crossed the finish line in order to help the Washougal girls cross country team win the league championship race Thursday, at Hockinson Meadows. Owens finished the 5,000-meter course in fourth place with a time of 21 minutes, 36.5 seconds. Wright followed her in fifth place (21:53.5), Miller claimed sixth place (21:55.6) and Collins snagged seventh place (21:59.6). “We were all in a line. We didn’t really plan that, it just happened, which is good,” Owens said. “It made me really proud of everyone. We all worked so hard for this.”
A 62-0 victory in their homecoming football game sounds like a perfect night for the Camas Papermakers. But not when the field gets littered with yellow flags. Camas had drives disrupted and touchdowns taken away against Heritage because of blocks in the back, holding, illegal formations and other violations. “When there’s penalties, we always try to focus on the next play,” said senior offensive and defensive lineman Matt Danis. “You can’t get caught up on the last play, and whether we think the call was right or wrong. Just go on to the next play.”
Through bloody knuckles and three sets, Camas High School junior Jonathan Ho defeated Tanner Blake of Union for the district championship again Saturday, at the Vancouver Tennis Center. “By now, we have each other pretty much figured out,” Ho said. “It’s a battle of wills. No more secrets.” Ho gained the early advantage with a 6-1 victory in the first set. He started off well in the second set before scraping up his hand. Head coach Jonathan Burton said Ho seemed to lose focus after the injury time out and Blake won the set 6-3 to tie the match.