Stories by Dan Trujillo

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September 21, 2010
Ellie Boon aims for the net Thursday, at Fishback Stadium. The Washougal High School sophomore scored three goals against Hockinson and four goals against R.A. Long.

Back in time

Ellie Boon had a good excuse for missing the first round of the Washougal High School girls soccer practices. She was kicking the ball around with the best of the nation in the Olympic Development Program. That did not excuse the 2009 2A Greater St. Helen's League Offensive Player of the Year from getting in the mandatory amount of practices to become eligible for the Panthers. Boon did not expect anything less. She wanted to be ready in time for Washougal to face league rival Hockinson Thursday, in front of her hometown at Fishback Stadium.

September 21, 2010
Julia Sanders makes waves for Camas-North County in the pool, Thursday.

Camas goes swimming in the rain

Rainy skies and an outdoor swimming pool did not bode well for the spectators, but the participants barely noticed. The Camas and North County girls swimmers from Battle Ground, Hockinson and Prairie were too busy racing Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View and Union. Before the first event began under dark clouds, Camas and North County head coach had just a few words of advice.

September 21, 2010

Trappers tame ferocious Panthers at Fishback Stadium

A rowdy crowd at Fishback Stadium went wild Friday, when Colton Sullivan and Sam O'Hara hooked up for another Washougal touchdown two minutes into the third quarter. Up by two, the young and ferocious Panthers galloped to the goal line again. It appeared nothing would stop Washougal from scoring again, except for a yellow flag and a holding penalty.

September 15, 2010
Zack Marshall zips to the end zone for Camas on a 35-yard touchdown run, at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

Marshall, Camas football mashes Mountain View

The Camas High School football players were the first to admit they were coasting Friday, even if the "Zack Attack" was in full affect. Zack Marshall galloped for 129 yards and three touchdowns to help the Papermakers defeat the Mountain View Thunder 27-14, at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver. "It was just fun seeing the open field, hitting the holes hard, running and helping the team put points on the board," Marshall said. "The O-line was on all night. Everything was just clicking."

September 14, 2010
Eyan Cagle flicks the tennis ball over the net for the Panthers. Cagle and Patrick McCarthy defeated their opponets from Camas in straight sets Friday, on the Washougal High School tennis courts.

Seeing ORANGE and RED

Nothing gets Camas and Washougal high school athletes, coaches and fans more riled up than seeing orange on one side and red on the other. On a sunny Friday in Washougal, the Papermaker boys tennis team defeated the Panthers 4-2. The teams split the first four matches, but the final two were the most contested. Jake Hsu of Camas topped Washougal's Loring Moore 6-0, 6-3. The second set became more of a battle of wits, but Hsu rose to the challenge.

September 7, 2010
Sam O'Hara roars loudly after catching the touchdown pass that led the Panthers to a 10-7 victory over Hudson's Bay High School.

ROAR of the Panthers

The roar of the Panthers could be heard all around Clark County, and echoed in Longview. Here comes Washougal. "This is just the start of new Panther football," said junior running back Sam O'Hara. "We want to win. We want to change the culture of our school and our program." Knocked down to his knees in the end zone, O'Hara still had the tenacity to stretch out and grasp a sizzling hot potato from Colton Sullivan to lead the Washougal High School football team to a 10-7 victory over Hudson's Bay Friday, at Kiggin's Bowl in downtown Vancouver.

September 7, 2010
Zach Marshall blasts through the Timberline wall of defense to score the second of his three touchdowns for Camas Saturday, at Qwest Field in Seattle.

Living by a paper mill to playing football at Qwest Field

There is nothing like football in Camas, even when it is played 177 miles away. Qwest Field is supposed to be Seahawks' territory. On Saturday, it sounded a lot like Doc Harris Stadium. You could hear the Camas High School marching band playing "Papermakers go rolling along" after every touchdown, and you could join the cheerleaders in a rendition of the "Hand Jive" before the fourth quarter.

August 31, 2010
The Papermaker football players are pumped to play their first game in 2010 at Qwest Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks. Kick off is at 3 p.m., Saturday.

A Qwest for Camas

Logan Grindy knows what it feels like to slide into home plate at Safeco Field, and score the winning run. On Saturday, the Camas High School senior quarterback crosses the street for an opportunity to throw the football around inside Qwest Field. "To go to places like that by yourself is a lot of fun," Grindy said. "To be able to go and play with all your friends is pretty awesome."