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The beat goes on for Camas football

The beat goes on for the Camas football team, to the tune of 77-21. Battle Ground scored a touchdown within the first three minutes of Thursday’s game at District Stadium. After that, it was all Papermakers.

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Golf buddies battle for district title

It had been a long time since Ben Gruher and Brian Humphreys went one-on-one on the golf course, but that's what the 4A district tournament boiled down to Tuesday.

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First slowpitch softball season a success

The Papermakers left everything on the diamond during the slowpitch softball district championship game Monday, at Heritage High School. Kamryn Schroeder, Tori O’Neill and Emma Jimenez led off the top of the seventh inning with back-to-back-to-back hits to load the bases. Rio Smith added an RBI single, Katie Schroeder delivered a 3-run double and McKinley Johnson knocked in a run on a ground out. Abbi Wong and Kennedy Ferguson kept the rally alive with 2-out base hits, but the next Papermaker grounded out to end the game. Skyview held on for a 12-10 victory.

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Camas surge smashes Skyview

Propelled by a 35-point wave, the Camas football team methodically dismantled Skyview 56-24 Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium.

Washougal unable to cool off sizzling Woodland football team

No football team has been able to stop Woodland so far.

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Camas wins round one of soccer rivalry

With throbbing legs and thumping hearts, the Camas High School girls soccer players remained bound and determined until the final whistle.

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Love for volleyball grows

Playing in front of a packed warehouse at Camas High School propelled the Papermakers to a five-set victory against Battle Ground Sept. 30.

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Camas pride endures

Evergreen got under Camas’ skin, but then the Papermakers showed their resolve.

Camas football team finds more success on the road

A long bus ride to Puyallup didn’t keep the Camas High School football team from firing on all cylinders Saturday.

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Panthers peel Spudders

With memories of his grandmother pumping his beating heart, Brandon Casteel tore the Ridgefield Spudders to shreds Friday at Fishback Stadium.

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Victories to savor in Washougal

The members of the Washougal High School girls soccer team couldn’t have imagined a better start to the season.

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Tough night in Panther town

White Salmon spoiled Washougal’s return to Fishback Stadium by scoring the winning touchdown in the final minutes of the fourth quarter Friday.

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Slow pitch softball catches on

The softball gets pitched slower in this game, but the Papermakers are still hitting it, catching it, throwing it and enjoying every moment of it.

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Camas girls get ahead

Improved possession, direction and distribution of the ball led to a fury of goals for the Camas girls soccer team Saturday, at Doc Harris Stadium.

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Golfers pass their first test

Seven birdies propelled Brian Humphreys to first place in the Jeff Hudson Invitational Sept. 9, on the Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield.

New eager leader for Camas sports

When Rory Oster graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1997, Camas wasn’t on his radar.

Washougal wears down Stevenson

Motivated by a calm and steady attack, the Washougal High School football team earned a hard fought 18-6 victory at Stevenson Friday.

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What a finish

Nine long months of frustration is over in Camas. Ever since Chiawana beat the Papermakers 27-26 on a last second touchdown and an extra-point kick in the state championship game, the countdown to this season has been on.

Wourms earns trip to Ironman World Championships

Lisa Wourms never thought her passion for swimming, biking and running would take her around the world.

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Stand, paddle and discover

Professional and recreational paddleboarders from around the globe conquered the Columbia River with smiles on their faces Sunday.

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CrossFit for armed forces

Athletes in Camas and Washougal are turning the concept of CrossFit on its head by pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits while being submerged in water.

Wise survives tough tour of Lake Stevens

Digging deeper than she ever had before in life, Alisa Wise crossed the finish line at the end of her first half Ironman Aug. 17, in Lake Stevens.

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Where it all begins, again

Helmets and pads are where it all begins. By next Friday, Camas and Washougal will be playing football games again.

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Healing a hero

Doug Murray dedicated 31 years of his life to fighting fires for the City of Vancouver.

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Camas track and field athletes reach Junior Olympic nationals

Haleigh Sudbeck loves launching her favorite toy into space like a comet.

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Fellowship of the Spartans

Thousands of Spartans from all over the globe gathered at Washougal Motocross Park Saturday to conquer Horsepower Hill on their hands and knees, plunge down a 50-foot water slide, slither under barbed wire, throw a spear, scale up walls, jump over fire and cross the finish line in one piece.

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Lacamas Lake Half Marathon fills streets with smiling faces

Jerry Kotsovos could hold the unofficial crown as “Mister Lacamas Lake Half Marathon.” The 68-year-old from Camas has crossed the finish line at this 11-year-old event 11 times. “Unfortunately, my times keep getting slower,” Kotsovos said. “It’s a beautiful course. The fact that I’ve run it every year, I know it so well. I know every turn.”

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Dungey runs this town

No rider or obstacle could keep Ryan Dungey from winning his sixth Washougal National in the last seven years Saturday.

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Baseball teams reach regionals

With a championship opportunity no longer in the cards, the Camas-Washougal Granite Construction Senior Babe Ruth baseball team walked off the field as winners at the Pacific Northwest regional tournament Thursday.

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First pickleball mixer brings hundreds to Hathaway Park

Six new courts welcomed 96 players, family members and friends to Hathaway Park for the first Washougal Pickleball Mixer Saturday and Sunday. As the 48 teams in this double elimination tournament paddled a plastic ball back and forth, Columbia River Pickleball President Mike Wolfe stood in the background and watched his dream come to life. It was impossible to wipe the smile off his face.

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Youth ball clubs honor hometown

Louis Bloch Park provided a perfect setting for the Southwest Washington 13-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament. Fans enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and five days of baseball under the sun in Camas. After an 11-1 loss to Longview Wednesday, Camas-Washougal defeated Chehalis-Centralia 11-0 Thursday, Richland 11-0 Friday and Kennewick 6-0 Saturday to reach the semifinals Sunday.

A fire station for everybody to see

Fire destroys homes in minutes. Smoke intoxicates victims if they don’t have an escape plan. East County Fire and Rescue volunteer firefighter Paula Knapp and Chief Scott Koehler invite community members and visitors to attend the Station 91 open house Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 600 N.E. 267th Ave., next to the Grove Field Airport, in Camas.

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Half marathon finds a home downtown

The 11th Lacamas Lake Half Marathon and 5K return to downtown Camas Sunday with more fanfare. This time, the start and finish line is right out in front of the historic Liberty Theatre. Across Fourth Avenue, Mill City Brew Werks will be running a beer garden for members of the crowd and participants after they cross the finish line.

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Finishing a chapter in football

Bobby Jacobs turned and burned with a football in his hands for the last time. The Washougal High School graduate scored two touchdowns, added a 2-point conversion and earned Offensive MVP honors to help the American all-stars defeat the Nationals 40-18 in the 2014 Southwest Washington Shriner’s Freedom Bowl Classic Saturday, at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

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Home is where the baseball is

The Camas-Washougal Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars will be playing baseball against the best teams in the state in their own backyard. Games begin Wednesday at Louis Bloch Park, located along Joy Street and East First Avenue in Camas. The top three teams from four days of pool play advance to the championship bracket. The state title game starts at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Play day with Seahawks

More than 3,000 fans helped the Seattle Seahawks raise the 12th Man Flag at Doc Harris Stadium Saturday, in Camas. “I don’t know if you heard, but we won this thing called the Super Bowl,” said Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, delivering a roaring response from the crowd. “How could you not be energized for the next season? We gotta get another one of these rings and another one of these trophies.”

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Seahawks land in Camas Saturday

Tickets are sold out for Saturday’s Play 60 Fan Fest with the Seattle Seahawks at Doc Harris Stadium, in Camas. This event allows friends and family to share their passion for football with the pros. Fans will also get to see the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy. Gates open at 11 a.m. All guests must have a pre-registered ticket to enter. No more tickets are available. The event lasts until 1 p.m.

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Camas all-stars win district title at Forest Home Park

Caden Wengler delivered a sacrifice fly and Kolby Broadbent hit a baseball out of Forest Home Park and on to Sixth Street. This was all Camas needed to beat Evergreen 2-0 for the district championship Monday. Pitchers Michael Quintana and Josh Mansur combined for a two-hitter. Quintana racked up 10 strikeouts in five innings and Mansur struck out the side in the sixth.

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Horn of discovery

One step at a time, the Cape Horn Trail is changing. “When hikers see us working on the trail, they are always so appreciative,” said Cape Horn Conservancy President Teresa Robbins. “People tell us this is their favorite hike in the Gorge. That’s our goal. We want to be number-one.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Standing tall through physical therapy

Guy LaRue stands tall today, thankful for the ability to move on his own two feet. The Washougal football player was riding a quad in the sand when he rolled it and broke his back at the age of 14. He had four vertebrates fused, and two rods and eight screws placed into his spine.

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Spanning the Columbia River on foot

An iconic landmark in the Columbia River Gorge is the centerpiece for the Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon and 10K Sunday, Aug. 10. Up to 1,000 runners and walkers will cross the 1,858-foot steel masterpiece from Washington into Oregon and work their way to the finish line at Thunder Island, in Cascade Locks. The grated road along the bridge allows participants to see the Columbia River flowing beneath their feet.

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Escape with paddleboarding

Terry Click escapes life’s hustle and bustle with a board and a paddle. “There is great calmness as I am gliding across the water,” he said. “I usually am mesmerized by the water peeling off the nose of the board, how quiet it is, how elegant. I appreciate all the nature around me and feel at one with it.”

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.