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Panther runners push for the lead

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.”

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Carving out a victory

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.”

Ho passes test at districts

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.

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Camas girls’ reign continues

Alexa Efraimson and the Camas girls cross country team became district champions for the third year in a row Wednesday, at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Efraimson finished the 5,000-meter course in first place with a time of 17 minutes, 52 seconds. Alissa Pudlitzke snagged third place (19:21), Marley LeFore followed in fourth place (19:37), Mckenzie Good grabbed seventh place (20:27), Meghan Finley earned ninth place (20:45), Alexa Jones notched 12th place (21:27) and Lauren Johnston took 13th place (21:37). “I feel like this was a breakthrough race for the girls. We just continue to get stronger and get better,” Efraimson said. “We’re not trying to peak right now. This just gives us all something to build on.”

On the sidelines: Camas treats fans to 62-0 homecoming victory

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 because of blocks in the back, holding, illegal formations and other violations. At one point, head coach Jon Eagle pulled the first string off the field. It seemed to be the wake up call the Papermakers needed.

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Camas smears Union

With relentless defense and smash mouth offense, the Papermakers won the biggest football game in Camas with a 44-6 victory against Union Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium. “We knew it would be a fight coming out of the gate,” said offensive and defensive lineman Matt Walser. “This was a really good test for us. They exposed our flaws and showed us ways we can get better.” Union was the first team to hang with Camas long enough to prevent a running clock. Papermakers Matt Danis, Adam Dawson, Michael DiGenova, Jason Vailea and Walser made life difficult for the Titans all night long.

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Camas volleyball team digs for a cure and defeats Skyview

On the night of Cassie Bailie’s “Dig For A Cure” senior project, the Camas High School volleyball team delivered a 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 victory against Skyview. It was sweet revenge for the Papermakers after they got swept by the Storm Oct. 1. “We did it with a lot of heart,” Bailie said. “We had a set plan the last time, but we didn’t execute on that plan. This time, we actually put all the pieces together and we had a lot of heart, hustle and determination.”

Washougal will not be denied at home

The Bobcats couldn’t keep the Panthers down Friday. “These kids just continue to fight in the face of adversity. We didn’t take the lead until the final four minutes of the game. That’s how long we had to battle to make it happen,” said head coach Bob Jacobs. “As long as we continue to compete and work hard, we can achieve things we never thought we could achieve.” A 16-0 scoring barrage in the fourth quarter helped Washougal beat Aberdeen 28-21. The Panthers remain undefeated on their new home turf at Fishback Stadium. “Playing at home has been a good thing for us,” Jacobs said. “The support we get from the community is huge. It motivates our kids to play beyond their expectations.”

Entering the stretch run

Brothers Riley and Zach Hein made their last race at Round Lake a memorable one. The Camas High School seniors were the first two runners to cross the finish line Oct. 15. Riley completed the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 37 seconds. Zach followed in 17:47. “It was really cool to be able to look back and see that my brother was right behind me. I could feel him pushing me the whole time,” Riley said. “We didn’t say much during the race, but we both knew what we were going for.”

On the sidelines: Camas and Washougal win the day

The Papermakers won the biggest football game in Camas with a 44-6 victory against Union Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium. Washougal utilized a safety and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat Aberdeen 28-21.

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Biggest football game in Camas returns to Doc Harris

Opportunity wound up in the hands of Zach Eagle and Michael DiGenova, and they delivered for the Papermakers. The Camas football team turned five defensive touchdowns into a 62-15 victory against Evergreen Friday, at McKenzie Stadium. “We knew our defense was pretty darn good, but I had never seen anything like that before,” said head coach Jon Eagle. “I just love their style of play. It’s aggressive, fast and physical. They play sideline to sideline with clean, hard hits.”

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A happy homecoming

There’s no place like Fishback Stadium for the Washougal High School football team. After losing at Rainier, Ore., and at R.A. Long, in Longview, the Panthers returned to a festive homecoming atmosphere and defeated Ridgefield 36-18 Friday. Washougal is 3-0 on the new turf. “It’s an inspiring environment to play in front of that large crowd,” said head coach Bob Jacobs. “These kids will always play hard for this community and this town.”

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Camas swimmers earn first place at Kelso Invitational

After taking care of business against Skyview and Fort Vancouver Wednesday, the Camas girls swimmers rose above 15 other schools to win the Kelso Invitational Saturday. “We had a great effort,” said head coach Mike Bemis. “Our mid-level girls really came through for us, and I was proud of that.”

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Humphreys strikes at district golf

Lightning flashes delayed the inevitable for Brian Humphreys. The reigning 4A state title holder was about to become a district champion for the first time in his young high school career at Camas Oct. 8, on the Tri-Mountain golf course in Ridgefield. The wind and the rain hadn’t shaken his confidence. He stepped over the standing water on the greens without worry until those crackling sounds off in the distance sent the marshal out in a hurry. Humphreys’ ball marker rested comfortably on the 18th green, but he was forced to leave it there and walk away for who knew how long. “It was more annoying than anything,” said the sophomore.

On the sidelines: Panthers deliver homecoming victory

There’s no place like Fishback Stadium for the Washougal High School football team. The Panthers defeated Ridgefield 36-18 Friday, on the eve of their homecoming dance. Bobby Jacobs grilled the Spudders with four touchdown runs. Jacobs and Will Peterson recovered fumbles caused by Tristan Roseff and Brandon Casteel. Peterson returned his fumble to the 1-yard line, and then Jacobs jumped over the line of defenders to score a touchdown. He also ran in the 2-point conversion for good measure.

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Normandeau chooses a different path

Thomas Normandeau has found his calling as a long distance runner. The Washougal High School senior joined the cross country team last season to get in better shape for soccer. Back on the trails for the Panthers this fall, Normandeau said he is considering going out for track in the spring. “Running seems to be opening more doors for me,” he said. “I like the environment. Every single athlete’s parents, and even more people, come to the meets. It feels good to have so many people cheering for you.”

Indoor tennis facility approved in Camas

Caryn and Clark Vitek’s Evergreen Tennis Facility is coming to Camas. Four indoor courts will be constructed on 2.28 acres of land at 20320 S.E. 20th St. These courts will come with a translucent ceiling to capture natural light.

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Papermaker golfers get team title one

The league championship is in the golf bag for the Camas boys. Today, they are aiming for the flag sticks at the district tournament on Tri-Mountain. “This is only my second league title. The last time we won it was when I was a sophomore,” said senior Braeden Campbell. “We won districts back when I was a freshman. I want to end off on a good note and double up with the league and district titles.” Campbell is rolling after tying the school record with a round of 31 strokes Oct. 1, at Camas Meadows.

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CHS football team beats Skyview at Kiggins Bowl for the first time

Kiggins Bowl wasn’t ready for all this Papermaking, and neither was Skyview. The lights shut off at the stadium with about five minutes left in the third quarter. By then, the Camas football team had already sucked the juice out of the Storm. The game resumed after about a 20-minute delay, and the Papermakers put the finishing touches on a 47-12 league opening victory. “I will remember this game forever because of that,” said running back Cole Zarcone. “It was just like the Super Bowl.”

On the sidelines: Camas turns the lights out on Skyview

Kiggins Bowl was not ready for this much Papermaking, and neither was Skyview. The lights went out at the stadium Friday with the Camas football team leading 47-0. By then, the Papermakers had already sucked the juice out of the Storm. After a 20-minute blackout, Camas went on to win 47-12.

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Soccer rivals fight to a draw

The Camas girls soccer team did everything it could to defeat the 3A state champions. Columbia River put tons of pressure on the Papermakers, but the defensive dam never broke. The result was a 0-0 draw Thursday, at Kiggins Bowl. “I liked how well we played, I just wished we would have gotten one in the net,” said Camas junior midfielder Riley Allison. “This is going to light a flame under us, for sure.”

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Camas evaporates Lakes

The Papermaker football typhoon swallowed Lakes 49-0 Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium. The Lancers defeated the Camas football team in overtime during the 2010 state quarterfinals at the same location. This town had not forgotten about that day, and neither did the seniors in the Papermaker pads. They had a job to do. “I remember looking into the eyes of those seniors and not wanting to feel how they felt,” said quarterback Reilly Hennessey. “Lakes is the only team we had lost to at the new Doc Harris Stadium. Without a doubt, we wanted to win this game for those guys who put Camas on the map and for our town.” Hennessey had a night to remember. He threw for 279 yards and completed three touchdown passes to Michael DiGenova, James Price and Zach Eagle. Hennessey also ran in a touchdown for good measure. “They make my life so easy,” he said of his receivers. “I’m not half of what I accomplish without them and the O-line. It takes 11 guys on the field to do what we accomplish.”

Camas runners catch a glimpse of the future

You have to love running in order to perform under the windy and rainy conditions witnessed Saturday, and the Camas High School cross country competitors do. “Every single one of these kids gave it their all,” said head coach Laurie Porter. “You could see it on their faces and in their form by the end of the races — they had nothing left.” Alexa Efraimson, Alissa Pudlitzke, Marley LeFore, Maddie Woodson and Meghan Finley led the Papermaker varsity girls team to fourth place in the Danner Championship Nike Pre-Nationals race, at Portland Meadows. Efraimson earned first place after she completed the 5,000-meter slushy obstacle course in 17 minutes, 59 seconds. She said it was not as muddy as during the Nike Cross Nationals, but it was still difficult to navigate. “It wasn’t just the rain that affected me, it was the wind. It was equivalent to going up a hill,” Efraimson said. “It just shows the dedication that this team has. This was the first big race of the season and I thought we did well.”

On the sidelines: Camas evaporates Lakes

It had almost been three years since Lakes eliminated Camas in the 2010 state quarterfinals at Doc Harris Stadium. This town had not forgotten about that day, and neither did those seniors in the Papermaker football pads. They had a job to do. "I remember looking into the eyes of those seniors after that game and not wanting to feel how they felt," said quarterback Reilly Hennessey. "Lakes is the only team we have lost to at the new Doc Harris Stadium. Without a doubt, we wanted to win this game for those guys who put Camas on the map and for our town." Camas evaporated Lakes 49-0 Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium.

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Springing the trap

The Washougal Panthers eluded the Fort Vancouver Trappers and reached the end zone five times in a 35-0 victory Friday, at Kiggins Bowl. Senior Bobby Jacobs ran for 149 yards in the first half and scored three touchdowns. He rushed for a grand total of 229 yards in the game. “I got to give it up to our up front linemen. They play with a lot of heart. We wouldn’t be able to do anything without them,” Jacobs said. “It’s not a one-man thing scoring a touchdown. It takes a whole team.”

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Papermaker golfers end Union’s run

The bees were stinging the greens Thursday, at Camas Meadows. Brian Humphreys shot an even-par round of 36 strokes. He came within a few feet of chipping in an eagle on the ninth hole, but had no problem settling for a birdie. Braeden Campbell was 3-over after the first three holes, before sinking a clutch par putt on the fourth hole. He went 1-under the rest of the round, dropped in a birdie putt on the seventh hole and finished with a 38. Brett Ball battled an illness that sapped his energy, but he still managed to shoot a 38. But on this day, Levi Holscher had the defining performance for the Camas High School boys golf team. He shot a 37 for the Papermakers while golfing in the same group as Union’s Eddie Abellar, who shot a 34, and Ben Gruher, who shot a 41. Abellar and Humphreys were the only two who had a better day than Holscher.

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State champions are no match for Camas volleyball

The Camas volleyball team blew the reining 3A state champions out of their own building Sept. 17, at Prairie High School. “This is never an easy place to play,” said head coach Julie Nidick. “There’s a Camas-Prairie rivalry that goes beyond league. This team has a lot of heart.” The Papermakers took the first set 25-21, and rallied back to tie the second set and force overtime. A questionable out-of-bounds call was ruled in favor of the Falcons and they were awarded the second set 27-25. “That game kind of lit our fire and made us want the win even more than before,” said senior Lauren Harris. “Each point is a new point. We just put the past behind us and we better the ball on every touch.”

Camas soccer stings Enumclaw

After riding in a bus for three hours just to get to the field, the Enumclaw Hornets stung the visiting Camas girls soccer team with a goal in three minutes. The numbing feeling in their veins proved to make the Papermakers angry. It only took them five minutes to find antidote. Once Anyssa DeVera delivered a through ball and Amanda Shi fired it into the net, the game was tied. Camas broke the Hornet’s nest one more time in the 48th minute. Savanna Joyce tackled the ball away from a defender and passed it to Rachel Wildeson as she was cutting through the honeycomb. Wildeson slotted the ball past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net to give the Papermakers a 2-1 victory. “They were a big, good team,” said Camas head coach Roland Minder. “I praised our players for their mental toughness on a come-from-behind win.”

On the sidelines: On the road again

Both the Camas and Washougal high school football teams won big on the road Thursday and Friday.

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Washougal football team gets payback

Four different Panthers found the end zone to help the Washougal High School football team defeat Tenino 28-7 Friday, at Fishback Stadium. “This is one of those games where we knew we had to fight,” said senior lineman Christian Edmonson. “It feels great to be able to defend our new turf. This is the stuff we prepared for in camp.” Edmonson dedicated the victory to his father Rick, who is in the hospital with liver failure. He saw the word “DAD” written on his taped wrists every time he got down to block at the line of scrimmage. “I get to go back to the hospital and tell my dad we won,” Edmonson said. “We just put our heart out on the field. I think it helped the whole team to have something to fight for.”

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Panthers welcome their new facilities

The Washougal girls soccer and volleyball teams tasted victory on their new playing surfaces. An excited crowd inside the Joe Brown Gymnasium anxiously waited for the first volleyball match to begin on the new hardwood floor. Brown’s wife, Jane Dally, and son, Jeff, held up the orange ribbon for the Washougal volleyball players to run through. “I like the big Panther in the middle,” said senior volleyball player Emily Field. “It looks sweet.”

National Gymnastics Day in Camas

Backed by a $1,000 grant from Right To Play, the Camas based Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy hosts an open gym and a Cartwheel-A-Thon Saturday. The goal of this grant program is to increase the exposure and accessibility to gymnastics to a diverse population of children, and to use the sport to educate and empower those facing adversity. All proceeds from the event will go back to Right To Play. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity for us to give back to the community that has continued to support us all these years,” said founding coach and co-owner Randy Fox. “We are just a conduit for getting everybody involved in helping children. If we can turn this into a huge amount of money to give back, that’s what will make this rewarding.”

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On the sidelines: Panthers get payback on Tenino

Four different Panthers found the end zone to help the Washougal High School football team defeat Tenino 28-7 Friday, at Fishback Stadium. The Panthers ran the ball six times for a total of 53 yards during the game's opening drive. Bobby Jacobs broke away for a huge chunk of yards on his first carry of the season. Brandon Casteel slithered over the defender and stretched his arms across the goal line for a touchdown.

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A win for the Washougal football community

As the Washougal High School football team broke through the ticker tape to their new turf field Friday, John Fishback Jr. had one request. “Win one for the old Gipper,” said the son of John Fishback, the former Washougal School District superintendent for whom the stadium is named. “My dad would have appreciated it and the support from the community for it,” he said. “I think he considered this to be one of his best achievements.” The Panthers made the Fishback family and the Washougal community proud by beating Hudson’s Bay 35-0.

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Brown has a golden boot for Vikings

Eryn Brown has a golden boot for the Portland State University women’s soccer team. The junior midfielder from Camas fired three goals into the net and assisted on two others to help the Vikings beat New Mexcio State 7-0 Sept. 1, during the UNLV Tournament at Peter Johann Field, in Las Vegas. “Getting a hat trick and two assists was close to the best result I could have asked for,” Brown said. “I felt extremely happy that I could perform individually with the help of my amazing teammates as well as contribute to their individual successes. The entire match was focused, creative, composed and a ton of fun.”

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A bundle of dynamite

The Camas High School football team exploded on the scene like a bundle of dynamite Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium. As the Jesuit Crusaders came crashing back down to earth, The Papermakers celebrated a 47-14 victory. Despite the hype surrounding this showdown between the number-one ranked teams in the largest classifications of Washington and Oregon, the boys in black lived up to their school’s legacy. The Papermakers kept rolling along.

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On the sidelines: Camas lights up new scoreboard

The Camas High School football team lit up their new scoreboard Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium. The Washington 4A number-one ranked Papermakers defeated the Oregon 6A number-one ranked Jesuit Crusaders 47-14

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On the sidelines: Defending the home turf

The Washougal High School football team broke the ticker tape on their new field turf Friday, at Fishback Stadium. "Win one for the old gipper," John Fishback Jr. said before the game. The Panthers made Fishback proud by beating the Hudson's Bay Eagles 35-0.

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New scoreboard will light up Doc Harris Stadium Friday

As the hours count down to the Camas High School football season opening kick off, a new scoreboard at Doc Harris Stadium has risen. “It will be terrific to have it. I think it will be a great addition to the stadium,” said Helen Charneski, project manager of capital programs for the Camas School District. The 32-foot long scoreboard stands 31 feet, 6 inches tall. The $151,000 project was funded by the Capital Projects Bond passed by voters in 2007. The new scoreboard is the final piece to the Doc Harris Stadium renovation project that began in 2009. Football fans can see it in action for the first time when the Papermakers play Jesuit Friday, at 7:30 p.m.

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Washougal wrestler sees another part of the world

The next time Tanner Baldwin is down on a wrestling mat, he is going to remember the people who helped him raise $4,200 to make it to New Zealand and Australia this summer. “I want to thank the Washougal community and all the businesses that helped out. It really meant a lot to me,” Baldwin said. “I did a lot of training, a lot of fund raising and a lot of plane travel, but it was definitely worth it in the end. I got to see a lot of cool places and meet a lot of cool people.” The Washougal High School junior helped lead Team USA Red to fourth place at the Down Under Duals in Auckland, New Zealand. He teamed up with wrestlers from Arizona, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana and other U.S. states. Baldwin also won a match in the single’s tournament that took place before the team duals. And finally, he wrestled on the beach in Brisbane, Australia. “You didn’t have much traction on the sand, but it was fun and the weather was beautiful,” Baldwin said. “We also stayed in a penthouse on the 56th floor. The view from up there was incredible.”

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Washougal community welcomes new turf field and gym floor

The Washougal Panthers are back to school today with a little spring in their step, thanks to having a new synthetic turf field and a new wooden gym floor to play on. “I’m excited to see the reactions from the students and the community,” said Washougal School District Facilities Director Joe Steinbrenner. “It was a push this summer. We started the day after school got out and we’re working all the way up to the first day of school. “Will it be worth it? Absolutely,” he added. “The new and improved facilities help reinforce the pride the community already feels for their schools.”

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Defining a hero

Drew Clarkson is the definition of a hero in the eyes of his Camas High School teammates and coaches. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 275-pound left tackle had surgery in March to remove a tumor in his right testicle. He also endured four rounds of chemotherapy to remove the stage 2 cancer that was later discovered so he could get back on the football field in time for his senior year. Clarkson was already receiving offers from several colleges, including a few schools in the Pacific-12 Conference. Suddenly, he found himself fighting for his life at the age of 17. “I was just starting to do track and I was in the middle of rugby season,” Clarkson said. “It all started to go downhill from there. I had to stop everything.”

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Washougal football team breaks in new turf

There’s new turf in town, at it belongs to the Washougal Panthers. As the football players began their first practice of the season Wednesday, head coach Bob Jacobs gave them a little advice. “As you guys step foot on that field for the first time, I want you to think about how grateful you are to be able to play this game. There are plenty of people who would love to trade places with you,” he told them. “Don’t be satisfied with just wearing that uniform. Wear it with pride by giving your maximum effort every time.” The Panthers remembered their coach’s words as they marched out on that new playing surface at Fishback Stadium as one family. They growled with excitement. One of them sretched out like he was creating a snow angel. After a few sprints, and agility and balance drills, it was time to throw the football around and have some fun. “This makes the old turf seem like cement,” said senior quarterback Chase Duey. “Normally after the first practice, everybody has sore feet. Nobody’s complaining right now.”

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Porter shares her passion for running

New Camas High School cross country coach Laurie Porter aspires to share her knowledge of running with current and future Papermakers. “If you want to continue to run for a long time, you have to enjoy it,” Porter said. “I still enjoy running all the time at the age of 51. I want these kids to develop a lifelong passion for this like I have.” Porter takes over for Mike Hickey, who is now the head cross country and track and field coach at Clark College. She is stepping into a program with a girls team that won its second straight state championship and a boys team that cracked into the top 10 at state in 2012. “The girls are primed to win state again. I really want to see the boys move up to the next level,” she said. “I know that they can. I see a lot of dedication and motivation in them, and I know they will succeed.”

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More than 230 kids attended three Macaya Soccer Camps this summer

Dan Macaya ushered in the 10th anniversary of his soccer camp by juggling three of them this summer. Enthusiastic kids, feedback from parents, use of the Camas School District’s fields, donations by local sponsors and time given by fellow coaches are the lifeblood of his camp. As long as that heart beats strong, Macaya said there will always be a soccer camp to run. “Over 230 kids attended a soccer camp this summer,” he said. “It’s really crazy when I see all of these kids running around with a soccer ball. I don’t think it could happen in any other community. “Soccer is the mecca in Camas,” Macaya added. “We had so many great sponsors this year. Without them, we wouldn’t have the fields, the coaches or the prizes.”

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Humphreys ties for fifth at Hogan Cup

The birdies didn’t fall into the holes for Brian Humphreys during the Hogan Cup, but the 15-year-old from Washougal kept his cool and shot even par. “My ability to recover and make par on hole after hole was nice,” Humphreys said. “Perseverance is key to playing consistently well. You can’t blow up if you have one bad hole. It’s going to happen.” Humphreys shot a 72 Saturday and Sunday for a combined total of 144 strokes, at the Riverside Golf and Country Club course in Portland, Ore. He finished tied for fifth place out of 48 golfers from Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii and British Columbia, Canada. Humphreys dropped 14 strokes off his final tally from playing in his first Hogan Cup a year ago. “I definitely learned a lot from playing here last year,” he said. “I really like this golf course. It’s cool to have such a big regional tournament close to home.”

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No guts, no glory

Thousands of Spartans earned their medals after crossing the finish line Saturday and Sunday, at Washougal Motocross Park. Mud covered their bodies from head to toe, but you could still see the smiles on their faces. Waves of athletes entered the course every 15 minutes. No matter how many times Master of Ceremonies Anthony Carson repeated his opening monologue, the passion in his voice never skipped a beat. “A Spartan Sprint captures a lot of first timers. I love seeing the looks on their faces before they enter the battlefield,” Carson said. “I want to let them know they are not in this alone. There’s a Spartan on your left and a Spartan on your right. That should lessen the fear factor. There are strengths in numbers.”

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Outlaws capture Midget American state championship

After winning the Milwaukie Invitational, the Banks Invitational and the Tri-County district championship, there was only one trophy left for the Camas Outlaws to obtain. The team of 9- and 10-year-old baseball players from Camas and Washougal put the finishing touches on a perfect season when they defeated Sweet Home, Ore., 18-7 for the Junior Baseball Organization’s Midget American state championship July 14, in Corvallis, Ore. “It’s surreal for us to be 31-0. One of the parents said it was like catching lightning in a bottle. Everything went our way,” said head coach Tad Mairs. “The kids were ecstatic. There were high-fives and big hugs all around. Some of us even had tears in our eyes. It was a very special moment.” The Outlaws beat Oregon City in the opening round by the score of 14-4. They also defeated Liberty 7-5 and Keizer 12-11. Camas then rallied from five runs down in the first inning to beat Selwood 6-5 in the semifinals.

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Efraimson embodies American spirit

As the American flag draped across her shoulders, Alexa Efraimson beamed with joy.She couldn’t catch two Ethiopians in the 1,500-meter race July 13, but the 16-year-old from Camas beat athletes from Great Britain, Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Japan, Denmark and China to capture a bronze medal for Team USA at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine. “I’m so tired right now, but this is a really proud moment,” Efraimson said. “This is what I had been training for all year long. For it to all pay off in that moment was really special.” Dan Efraimson flew from Portland to New York to Moscow to Donetsk to see his daughter compete. Watching her run around the track with other world class athletes sent shivers down his spine. “You realize these are going to be the next Olympians. They are doing things that you don’t get to see on a regular basis. It’s amazing just to experience that and to realize Alexa is a part of that,” Dan Efraimson said. “This was not just Camas and not just the Evergreen Storm; this was representing your entire country. For her to travel to the other side of the world and find the strength to compete on an international level will always be impressive to me.”

Humphreys tees off in Hawaii today

Brian Humphreys works hard at golf every day, and the game rewards him in more ways than he could imagine. “It’s summer. I should be hanging out with friends or chilling out by the pool,” he said. “This is what I love to do. Golf is my friend.” Humphreys, a 15-year-old who lives in Washougal and attends Camas High School, captured the state championship trophy as a freshman May 22, at Camas Meadows. On June 9, Humphreys shot a personal best round of 65 strokes, at the Centennial Golf Club, in Medford, Ore. On July 9, Humphreys lowered his best score to 63 strokes, at the Albany Golf & Events Center, in Woodburn, Ore. “After that eagle, birdie, par, eagle, it went from just a good round to an ‘oh my god’ round,” Humphreys said. “Everything just clicked. When you’re playing that well, the fairways are huge and holes seem like buckets. “The funny thing is, I got second place in both of those tournaments,” he added. “It’s kind of ironic, but when you’re playing that well and somebody beats you, there’s nothing you can do about it.”