The bitter taste in the mouths of the Camas High School boys basketball players has been sweetened by the beginning of a new season.
After the Papermakers beat league rival Union last January, they plateaued and saw their season come to an abrupt end in the first round of the district playoffs on a circus 3-pointer off the backboard by Hudson’s Bay. Those spoiling Eagles also nipped Union in the district finale, but the Titans rebounded at bi-districts and went on to win the state championship.
Union is now out of the 3A Greater St. Helens League, and Kelso and Mountain View are in. Columbia River, Fort Vancouver and Prairie remain a thorn in Camas’ side. And before league starts on Dec. 14, the Papermakers play Skyview, Evergreen, Union and Centennial.
“We’ve been right there in the mix the last few years, and that means we’ve got a target on our backs,” said Camas head coach Scott Preuninger. “A lot of coaches are picking us to be the team to beat. We’re the hunted, and we know we’re going to get every team’s best shot night in and night out. Hopefully, that makes us better.”
It all starts when the Papermakers face the Storm Wednesday at Skyview High School. Tip off is at 7 p.m.