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The Camas High School cross country teams reached the Greater St. Helens summit, but there are more mountains to climb.
Both the boys and the girls captured the 4A district championship Thursday, at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. The Papermakers clinched both titles for the second year in a row.
"It just shows our dominance," said senior Tucker Boyd. "Whether we're in 3A or 4A, we're going to compete with you."
Alexa Efraimson earned first place with a time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds. She beat Alexis Fuller of Union to the finish line by 37 seconds.
Efraimson loves this quote from Olympic runner and author Hal Higdon, "Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring and the specter of self doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside if you look closely enough."
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- by By Dan Trujillo Post-Record Staff
- October 23, 2012
The Camas football team felt at home again at McKenzie Stadium. The Papermakers finished off Heritage 55-21 Friday, a week after shutting out Union 22-0.
Step one is complete for the Camas High School cross country teams. The Papermaker boys and girls both captured the 4A district championship Thursday, at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Next up is the West Central District Championships Oct. 27, on the American Lake golf course in Tacoma.
Nothing was settled after 90 minutes of soccer between the two first place teams in the 4A Greater St. Helens League Oct. 9, at Doc Harris Stadium.
The Camas and Union girls game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Papermakers were the aggressor. Savanna Joyce, Courtney Loewen, Emily Ponce, Mika Norrish, Anyssa DeVera, Jamie Carter and Hailey Rose attacked the net, but had no luck. Carly Marshall, Amanda Kern, Rachel Gibson, DeVera and Rose held up on the back line, and goalkeeper Lauren Rood made five saves.
“We were the dominant team,” said Camas head coach Roland Minder. “We did everything we needed to do except put a ball in the back of the net.”
Washougal junior Thomas Normandeau beat Camas sophomore Taryk Boyd for first place out of a field of more than 500 junior varsity runners from 30 different teams at the Adidas Classic Saturday, at Fern Hill Park in Portland.
“I knew this was going to be a tough race because it had so many people from some pretty big schools,” Normandeau said. “Once I got ahead of the pack, I could see that the other guy was like 50 yards ahead of me, so I just decided to hold on to second.
“But slowly, I started to catch up to him. I just kept my pace going, and I kept getting closer and closer,” Normandeau added. “Once I passed him with about 300 meters to go, I really thought I could beat him. As I tired as I was, I just kept running as fast as I could.”
Brian Humphreys showed flashes of brilliance in his first high school district golf tournament on Oct. 8 and 9, but the Camas freshman became a spectator watching Union senior Ian Spicer conquer the Tri-Mountain golf course in Ridgefield.
Spicer nailed seven birdies and an eagle in the final round, and finished with a 5-under par score of 67 strokes. He almost double-eagled the 18th hole from around 250 yards away. The ball stopped rolling about 4 feet from the hole. Spicer tapped it in for an eagle and won the district championship. Humphreys finished in second place, five strokes ahead of his adversary.
“You can’t get mad at yourself when you play well and the other guy has the round of his life,” Humphreys said. “It was inspiring to watch. I want to be the district champion next year. That means I have to play whoever I’m up against, and match him shot-for-shot.”
The Union Titanic could not withstand the Camas typhoon.
The Papermakers earned a 22-0 victory against their cross town rivals Friday night, at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver. Camas became the first football team to shut out Union since the school opened in 2007.
“All 11 guys played to the ball on every play. I couldn’t ask for more from my teammates,” said senior linebacker Colton Dowd. “This win was for all those past alums who lost to Union. It was unlike any other game.”
For starters, the Papermakers and Titans had to adjust to the first rainfall of the season. Bad snaps and fumbles humbled both teams in the first quarter, but Camas broke through the dam when Zach Eagle snagged a pass from Reilly Hennessey out in the open and plunged into the end zone.
“It was a pretty wet night. I think they expected us to run, but we caught them off guard,” Eagle said. “Reilly got it to me and the O-line held their blocks. I had some open space and wanted to see what I could do with it.”
The Papermakers pounded the Union Titans into submission Friday night, at McKenzie Stadium. Camas became the first football team to shut out Union since the school opened in 2007.
The Camas High School girls swimming team creamed the competition at the Kelso Invitational Saturday. The Papermakers won the 15-team meet by 365 points.
Anna Panebianco, Allison Bourquin, Julieann Reed and Sierra Colletto finished in first place for the Papermakers in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 2 minutes, 3.7 seconds. Colletto, Reed, Panebianco and Brittany Worley grabbed first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.99). Panebianco captured first in the 200 individual medley (2:26.65) and the 500 freestyle (5:34.45). Reed earned first in the 100 backstroke (1:03.40) and second in the 50 free (25.84).
"Winning the meet gave us a lot of confidence. The girls swam well and got more district cuts," said head coach Mike Bemis. "Our depth is coming up. We might be one of the biggest teams at districts. How well we do is going to depend on our depth."
The Papermakers only have a few more meets before districts to make their marks. Camas faces Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View and Union Thursday, at Cascade Fitness Center. Events start at 4 p.m. Camas and Union are both undefeated going into this meet. The winner will be the league champion.
As if seeing a bear wasn’t an eye-opener, the Camas High School cross country runners gained valuable experience from the Stanford and Richland invitational meets.
"I never thought I would be going all the way down to Stanford just to run in an invite. It's kind of like being in a dream. I'm wondering when I’m going to wake up," said senior Andrew Duffy. "Then there's this other side of me that realizes we are this good. It comes from having great coaches and teammates you can trust. They bring out the best in you."
The Camas High School football team crushed the Evergreen Plainsmen 77-28 Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium. The Papermakers manufactured 63-7 advantage at halftime.
The Washougal High School football team left too much time on the clock Friday, at Fishback Stadium.
The Panthers saw their 17-point advantage evaporate in the fourth quarter on three touchdown runs by Jacob Yordy. Washougal still had the will to take the football down the field and score a touchdown for their hometown, but they couldn't keep Yordy from scoring his fourth touchdown in the final quarter. The Lumberjacks escaped the clutches of the Panthers with a 34-31 victory.
"The kids wanted to win the game for their town and their school. They left their hearts on that field," said head coach Bob Jacobs. "When we retook the lead on that last drive, that was a great character check for our kids. The place was electrified at that point. We just couldn't make that last stop."
The Camas girls soccer players had been waiting years to defeat Skyview and Battle Ground. They accomplished both feats last week.
Emily Ponce and Jamie Carter delivered the goals that helped the Papermakers trip up the Storm 2-1 Sept. 25, at Doc Harris Stadium. It was the first time the Camas girls beat Skyview since Sept. 16, 2008.
Freshman wing Anyssa DeVera mailed the perfect cross to Ponce in the middle. The senior blasted the ball past the opposing goalkeeper and into the back of the net for a goal in the 14th minute.
"I got the right touch on it and put it in the far post," Ponce said. "Against a tough team like Skyview, it definitely set the tone. It was great to watch the ball go off my foot and into the net, and then turn around and see everybody cheering."
There’s a new volleyball power on the block in the 4A Greater St. Helens League, and they call themselves Papermakers.
Camas introduced itself to the largest classification in the state last week by torching Skyview 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 and Union 25-16, 23-25, 25-14, 25-16.
"These were huge wins in terms of setting the bar high," said head coach Julie Nidick. "Our goal is to win league and push from there. Obviously, these girls want to get back to state. This was the first step."
There was nowhere for Skyview to hide Friday night. The Camas football community came to play.
More than 5,000 Papermakers, both young and old, filled the grandstand at Doc Harris Stadium to be a part of the first 4A Greater St. Helens League football game in Camas history.
The Papermakers rocked the Storm like a hurricane, to the tune of a 42-17 final score. Camas put the defending league champions away with 28-0 scoring drive in the second half.
"It's such a surreal moment to be out on that field in front of so many fans. I didn't realize how many people were there until they surrounded us during the Camas fight song. We were rubbing elbows with everybody in the community," said senior linebacker John Norcross. "There's nothing else like that. It was such an awesome feeling. I wish everyone could experience something like that."
The long bus ride to Tenino two weeks ago sapped the energy out of the Panthers before they even stepped on to the football field.
But it was a different story for Washougal Friday, in Clatskanie, Ore. After a scoreless first quarter for both teams, the Panthers erupted for 21 points in the second quarter and marched to a 42-26 victory.
Bobby Jacobs rushed for 266 yards and scored three touchdowns. Randy Gubser gained 64 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Matt Randall caught a touchdown pass from Guy LaRue. Jacobs completed three long trips into the end zone on runs of 65, 75 and 25 yards. Gubser added 4- and 21-yard rushing touchdowns.
"Our line stepped it up and made a lot of critical blocks," Jacobs said of Christian Edminson, Anthony Valdez, Luke Hiersche and the rest of the offensive line. "They led the way. In order to have a multitude of good running backs, you need a line to block. They are what makes everything possible."
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- by By Dan Trujillo Post-Record Staff
- September 25, 2012
Sean Eustis and Isaac Stinchfield were true captains Thursday.
Matching each other stride for stride, Eustis grabbed first place with a time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds, and Stinchfield snagged second place in 17:23. After an exhausting race around Round Lake in Camas, the two Washougal High School seniors backtracked the course and pushed their teammates to the finish line.
"Your lungs are on fire and your legs are like lead, but you got to keep kicking," Eustis said. "We've all been through pain. When it knocks you down, can you keep going?"
"It doesn't matter if we're one and two, it's those third, fourth and fifth places that matter the most," Stinchfield added. "The more we can get these guys to stick with us, the more points we can score as a team."
What a way to reinvigorate the Camas and Union high school sports rivalry.
Braeden Campbell and Brian Humphreys delivered back-to-back birdie putts for the Papermakers on the fifth hole Thursday at Camas Meadows, but the Titans walked off the golf course with the team victory in hand by one stroke.
"This would have been a good match to win," said Camas head coach Ed Givens. "We had it for awhile. We just let it slip away."
Campbell led Camas with an even par round of 36. Humphreys followed with a 37, and Brett Ball and David Wright both shot a 39. Eddie Abellar earned a 37 for Union, Ian Spicer added a 38 and Tyler Copp rolled in a 39. Will Kellogg, the sixth golfer on the team, tipped the scale in favor of the Titans by shooting a 36. The final score was Union 150, Camas 151.
Redemption received. Respect earned.
The Camas High School football players achieved both of those goals by defeating Lakes 53-14 Friday, at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood. The Papermakers dedicated their victory to the members of the 2010 team, who won the first state playoff game in school history before losing to Lakes in the quarterfinals.
"It was a special group because they took Camas further than it had ever gone before. We all looked up to them," said junior offensive lineman Drew Clarkson. "This was the toughest team we have gone up against this season, but we went out there and beat them for all those guys who had lost that playoff game."
Jon Eagle was at a loss for words during the post-game huddle. He said this was the best team performance he has seen in 30 years of coaching.
The Camas football team gains revenge on Lakes with a 53-14 victory Friday, in Lakewood. Washougal takes care of business with a 42-26 win at Clatskanie, Ore.
With the perfect spin on his approaches and putts, Brian Humphreys shot 5-under on the front nine holes at the Green Mountain golf course.
"I wasn't happy with how I hit the ball, but I made up for it with my chipping and putting," said the Camas High School freshman. "I wasn't expecting to birdie eight and nine. I just hit everything exactly how I wanted to, and it all came together at once."
Humphreys' score of 31, Alec Geenty's 37, Braeden Campbell's 38 and Brett Ball's 38 helped the Papermakers defeat Evergreen 144-180 Thursday. David Wright had a 38 and Eugene Hsu added a 41.
Plainsmen head coach George Konzek said Humphries' 5-under is the lowest 9-hole score he has seen in 23 years of golf. He wanted Humphreys to continue to the back nine to see if he could set a new course record.
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- by By Dan Trujillo Post-Record Staff
- September 20, 2012
On the day before she turned 17, Mika Norrish hit the soccer ball on the sweet spot and scored a goal.
The Camas High School junior said the passes from Rebecca Dallasta and Abby Engel on that sequence were the perfect gift. Norrish watched the ball leave her foot with authority. She looked up just in time to see it fly past the goalkeeper and land safely in the back of the net.
"Abby set me up with the perfect ball. It went right off the sweet spot of my foot," Norrish said. "I got the opportunity and I cranked it in. I am so proud of myself."
When Zach Eagle was little, he ran the footballs from the sidelines to the line of scrimmage.
"I just the loved the whole atmosphere," he said. "The game, the crowd and the band."
After watching his fair share of heartbreaking losses and come-from-behind victories, Eagle would go to sleep and dream about catching game-winning touchdowns for Camas.
Fast forward to the present. Eagle is a 17-year-old high school junior. He stands 5 feet, 9 inches and weighs 170 pounds. And every Friday night, he lines up with the Papermakers as a wide receiver and a defensive back.
"It's fun playing the game I love with my friends. I've been dreaming about this since I was a little kid. It's where I always wanted to be," Eagle said. "I think about all the hard work it took to make it out there. All the practices and the time lifting weights. It definitely pays off."
The Camas and Washougal high school football teams made their hometowns proud Friday night. The Panthers tore the Fort Vancouve Trappers to shreds 74-7 and the Papermakers mauled Auburn Mountainview 45-14.
The elevation was steep and rocky for JJ Jung after he lost the first set, but the Camas High School sophomore was up for the challenge.
"I just closed my eyes and relaxed," he said. "I was ready to climb the mountain. Just took things one step at a time."
After a 3 hour, 30 minute marathon of a tennis match under the hot sun Wednesday, Jung defeated Andrew Bastian of Washougal 0-6, 6-4, 6-2. The hard fought victory solidified a 6-0 sweep for the Papermakers over the Panthers in Washougal.
"It was quite exhilarating," Jung said. "A long match like that strengthens your mental state. Mentality is what separates the good players from the great players. It's not just about the brawn, but also the brain."
Defense fed the offense for the Camas High School football team Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium.
The Papermakers pounded the Canby Cougars 31-7. There were no fumble recoveries or interceptions. Just plenty of crash and burn when the Cougars tried to test the Papermakers.
"That just represents Camas defense," said senior linebacker John Norcross. "We can get beat on the block, but we're always going to give 100 percent and fight back. We just kept hitting them and stomping them. It was definitely a defensive game."
The Camas High School cross country athletes approached Friday’s Run-A-Ree as if it was a race for the unofficial Clark County championship.
"By the look in everybody's eyes, you could tell that we wanted to race and were excited to race," said Papermaker head coach Mike Hickey.
The Camas boys and girls bested 13 other Clark County schools in the freshman/sophomore, junior varsity and varsity levels, including their new league rivals Battle Ground, Skyview and Union. Alexa Efraimson finished first in the varsity girls race, and set a new course record time of 18 minutes. The previous record of 18:18 was held by Skyview's Priscilla Timmons.
"It was a good way to start the season, but I know that it's not going to be my best race," Efraimson said. "This just shows how serious we are and how dedicated we are this early in the season. It can only go up from here."
The Camas Papermaker football players steamroll Canby, Ore. 31-7 in front of a full house that Doc Harris built.
Washougal High School students, staff members and parents gathered around a fire Wednesday to welcome the return of the fall sports season.
After his four touchdown performance against Hudson’s Bay Friday at Kiggins Bowl, Stephen Camden cracks a smile when he thinks about what this football season could be like for Washougal.
Ground breaking performances by Nate Beasley, Zach Eagle and Reilly Hennessey propelled the Papermakers to a 63-20 victory Friday night, at Oregon City High School.
In their first starts on varsity, Beasley racked up five touchdowns and Hennessey threw for three. Two of those touchdown catches were made by Zach Eagle.
"This is the moment you have been dreaming about your whole life, to step out on that field and play football for your community," Hennessey said. "I feel like I'm still playing fifth-grade [Clark County Youth Football] with guys like Zach and Nate. It's good to have that kind of camaraderie."
The Camas and Washougal high school teams kick off the 2012 season tonight. The Panthers play Hudson's Bay at Kiggins Bowl and the Papermakers head across the river to Oregon City.
As the head trainer at SNAP Fitness in Camas, Diana Neimann sees the benefits to exercising every day.
Watching Mary McFarland walk through the doors with such energy and excitement makes her smile. Especially since it takes the 17-year-old Camas High School senior 40 minutes to walk to the gym from home. Sometimes, she even beats Neimann into work.
“Mary has more determination to come in, get stronger and have a healthier lifestyle than a lot of people who walk through those doors,” Neimann said. “She’s such an inspiration.”
McFarland was born with a mental disability that affected her growth and coordination. Her mother Lori said Mary’s right leg is about two inches shorter than her left. By the time she was 13, he had to have her hip replaced.
For more information on the training opportunities available at SNAP Fitness, call 844-5584 or visit www.snapfitness.com/camas. Neimann offers two free sessions to newcomers.
One of the toughest things Kyle Schlauch ever did in his life was step into the jungle and wrestle for the Washougal Panthers.
“I had a rough start as a freshman, but my coaches told me to never hang my head and never give up,” said the 2008 Washougal High School graduate. “I never encountered anything harder than I did in that wrestling room. It was all about pushing yourself farther than you thought you could go.”
Lessons the 22-year-old learned as a Washougal wrestler gave him the courage apply to the United States Military Academy, and leave family and friends for West Point, N.Y., after high school. It also invigorated him with tenacity and determination to overcome any obstacle that stood in his way.
“Never discount that anything is impossible,” Schlauch said. “I knew the odds of getting into West Point were slim, but I was going to try for it anyway. If so many people could do it, I could do it too. Never count yourself out.”
Several mentors kept Schlauch on the right path during his time at West Point. One of them was LTC Hector Morales, the head coach of the academy’s Judo team. Schlauch captured a gold medal in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2011 from the Collegiate National Judo Championships. He also helped West Point become three-time National Champions.
“Judo is so different than wrestling. The only same thing was the aggressiveness I always had,” Schlauch said. “In wrestling, you get more times to take the guy down. But in Judo, you only get one shot. It’s about patience.You have to wait a long time for that perfect shot. Once you see an opening, you have to hit the shot without hesitation.”
The surface of a soccer ball is 20 hexagonal and 12 pentagonal shapes stitched together.
The bonding of those shapes is as strong as the friendship between Eryn Brown, Brittney Oljar and Olivia Lovell from all the years of playing soccer together in Camas.
In 2009, these three Papermaker alums helped the Camas High School girls soccer team finish in third place at the state tournament. Brown and Oljar graduated from CHS in 2010, and Lovell followed in 2012.
New Camas High School Athletic Director Josh Gibson is already making the rounds.
The 35-year-old spent a few hours at football practice last week. On Monday, he visited with volleyball players, soccer athletes and golfers in the morning, before meeting cross country runners, swimmers and tennis players in the afternoon. This is his way of showing that every athlete and coach in Camas matters.
"Our kids and coaches do such a phenomenal job of representing our community," Gibson said. "It is such an honor for me to have the opportunity to be a part of all the great things they have accomplished, and what they are going to continue to do."
Gibson graduated from CHS in 1995. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Western Washington University in Bellingham, and a master’s degree in teaching from City University in Vancouver. He moved back to Camas in 2001, taught math at the high school for three years and was a guidance counselor for two years.
It was a sweltering 98 degrees when the Camas Papermakers started throwing the football around Friday, at Cardon Field.
"I think it's hotter than yesterday," said one of the players.
"That turf is at least 15 degrees warmer," responded head coach Jon Eagle.
It might be too early to do the math, but you didn't have to be a meteorologist to determine it was hot. Steam rose up from the gridiron and the Papermakers felt like they were running on hot coals. It stayed that way until the sun tucked behind the trees and the temperature in the shade became just a little bit more bearable.
Mel Locke and Frank Coones’ love for martial arts is universal.
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- by By Dan Trujillo Post-Record Staff
- August 14, 2012
Summer came early for Clint Coulter. The 19-year-old catcher from Camas never wants this season to end.
On June 4 in New York City, a week before he graduated from Union High School, Coulter became the 27th pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Two days later, he was back in Camas to attend his final classes at Union. And two days after that, he was in Milwaukee signing a contract for $1.675 million.
Six birdies and an eagle propelled Brian Humphreys to the Central Oregon Junior golf tournament championship, which took place July 23 and 24 at the Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, Ore.
The 14-year-old from Washougal fired a 6-under par 72 in the final round to reach the top of the leaderboard in the boys division. His rounds of 78 and 66 gave him a two-day total of 114 strokes.
"My thoughts after the [final] round were very confusing," Humphreys said. "First of all, I was very pleased that I had finally had a breakthrough round because my play in national and regional tournaments prior to Central Oregon had not met my expectations. But I was also trying not to be too satisfied with my play because I knew that if one of the leaders had a good day, I could be in a playoff or even lose the tournament."
The world’s fastest motorcycle riders were gaining altitude under blue skies during the 2012 AMA Washougal National Saturday, at Washougal Motocross Park.
With six professional races to watch in one day, the estimated 20,000-plus fans in attendance got their money's worth. Justin Barcia, Ryan Dungey and Ashley Fiolek sliced through the turns, climbed Washougal's famous "Horsepower Hill" and soared above the Evergreen trees en route to the checkered flag.
A total of 1,066 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at Cardon Field Sunday after circling Lacamas Lake, Round Lake and the Camas High School track at the Fit Right Northwest Half Marathon.
Trevor Palmer, a 28-year-old from Medford, Ore., captured first place out of 525 finishers with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Amelia Slagle, a 26-year-old from Portland, led all females with a time of 1:26:13.
Four Camas residents rounded out the women’s top 10. Samantha Andrews took third in 1:34:12, Katie Buxman clinched sixth in 1:38:55, Hillary McKinstry followed in seventh with a time of 1:40:27 and Kathy Mann was 10th in 1:41:06. Mann was also the third best female masters finisher, and Kari Hebble of Camas notched ninth with a time of 1:48:10.
Dungey, Barcia and Fiolek win big at AMA Washougal National Saturday.
The fastest motorcycle riders on the planet are ready to tear through the turns, conquer the hills and soar above the trees when the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series comes to Washougal Motocross Park Saturday.
Gates open Wednesday at 10 a.m., followed by amatuer racing on Thursday and Friday. More than 20,000 racing fans are expected for the Washougal National on Saturday. The women kick off the action at 12:15 p.m., followed by the 450 class at 1:10, the 250 class at 2:10, and then the final three motos at 3:20 (women), 4:05 (450) and 5:05 (250).
An estimated 1,200 runners and walkers will traverse Lacamas Lake and Round Lake Sunday in search of beauty, exercise and the thrill of crossing the finish line.
The ninth Fit Right Northwest Lacamas Lake Half Marathon and 4-Miler begins at 7:30 a.m. on the Cardon Field track behind Camas High School, 26900 S.E. 15th St. Race director Dave Sobolik said this event originally started as a launching pad for a new Fit Right store opening in east Vancouver.
"It has grown from just a run and walk to a half marathon and a community engaging event," he said. "We have a lot of local companies, vendors and volunteers involved, and we are going to donate the money we raise to local charities. It's just a real great way for all of us come back together and support each other."
With heart and hustle, Camas-Washougal Granite Construction is going to the Northwest Regional Babe Ruth Championship Tournament, for 16- to 18-year-olds, in Kent, Wash.
"I hope this means something because we are representing the community, and our hats say Camas and Washougal on them," said manager Scott Purkeypyle. "I just want these guys to make the plays they're supposed to make, and to never get out-hustled. That's the one side of the game we can always win."
Championship glory tasted sweet for Perri Belzer and several other local athletes who participated in the Clash at the Border soccer tournament this past weekend.
"What I'll remember most is being able to play with my team and winning," said Belzer of Camas. "Getting first place was just awesome for us. We were all happy we got the result we wanted"
Belzer and Elise Schney both scored goals to lead the Vancouver Timbers 99 Red to a 2-0 victory against the Camas-Washougal Soccer Alliance Valencia in the U-13 Platinum championship game Sunday. Five other Vancouver Timbers teams earned first-place trophies from their respective brackets, and nine more Timbers teams finished in second place.
An estimated 2,056 soccer fans filled Doc Harris Stadium in Camas to cheer the Portland Timbers U-23 Premier Development League team to a 1-0 victory against Washington Crossfire of Redmond Friday.
The Camas-Washougal Soccer Club hosted the game as a featured attraction for its Clash at the Border soccer tournament. The majority of the spectators were from the youth soccer teams playing in the weekend long festival.
"The club, town and the facility did itself very proud by hosting this game," said Timbers U-23 head coach Jim Rilatt. "It's a real kick for these guys to be able to play in front of so many kids. They love to stay after the games are over to sign autographs and talk to the kids about soccer. It's a summer they will never forget."
The East County Knights were serenaded as champions Wednesday, at George Schmid Memorial Park in Washougal.
The Knights slayed the East County Blue Claws in the championship game, by the final score of 14-10. The team of 9- and 10-year-olds finished the season with a record of 16-0-1.
On June 12 at Cardon Field, the Camas and Washougal high school football players and coaches welcomed the opportunity to play a game against each other for the first time in nearly four years.
"There's a connection with these kids through youth football," said Washougal head coach Bob Jacobs. "The rivalry goes back to like 1913. We don't want to lose that. We're just in a situation where we need to grow before we can get on a more even playing field."