Bryan Butler will never forget this birthday, and neither will his best friends on the Camas basketball team.
“I had the ball in my hand as time was running out, and I couldn’t stop smiling,” Butler said. “I couldn’t believe this was happening.”
On a night when Butler turned 18, 1,800 screaming fans stood on the bleachers and the track above Friday to watch the Papermaker boys beat Mountain View 60-37 for their first district championship in 49 years.
“I don’t know how to describe how I’m feeling right now. It was the perfect birthday present for me,” Butler said. “To win districts with these guys is amazing. This is something we’ve been dreaming about since fifth grade, and it’s been a great road.”
Marc Eppinger led the Camas assault with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Neff collected 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks.