Sports briefs for Sept. 6, 2018

Washougal football beats Hudson’s Bay in season opener

The Washougal Panthers football team opened their season on the road at Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver, Friday, Aug. 31, beating Hudson’s Bay 16-13.

The Washougal defense hit the field focused and intense during a scoreless first half of play. Junior Brevan Bea was back on the field after breaking his leg last season and the linebacker/running back made key plays throughout the game. On the defensive side, Bea blocked a punt that led to the game’s first score, and it was Bea at running back who made the 29-yard touchdown run, breaking tackles along the way.

Wide receiver Jakob Davis caught five passes for 109 yards, including a touchdown. Hudson’s Bay threatened to score at the end, but the Washougal defense held on as the clock ran out. The Panthers play a home game against Prairie High Friday, Sept. 7.

Camas football loses season opener despite impressive comeback

The Camas Papermakers football team traveled to Tacoma to take on Lincoln High School, one of the best 3A teams in the state, Friday, Aug. 31, losing their season opener 31-29, despite an impressive comeback in the second half.

The Lincoln offense started out hot, building a 31-0 lead in the first half. Then, with just a few seconds before the break, sophomore Papermakers quarterback Jake Blair tossed a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Shane Jamison.

Everything changed in the second half, as the Papermakers’ offense came alive under the sophomore quarterback. Blair threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception.

On the game’s final drive, the Camas boys moved the ball 81 yards on seven plays, ending with a touchdown. A 2-point conversion would have tied the game, but Blair’s pass was picked off in the end zone by Lincoln’s touted sophomore player, Julien Simon.

The Camas team plays its first home game — against Hazen High of Renton, Washington — Friday, Sept. 7.

Washougal cross-country runners impress at Nike invitational

Washougal High senior cross-country runner Gabriel Dinnel set a course record at Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook, Oregon, at the Nike Ultimook Race Cross-Country Invitational Saturday, Sept. 1.

Other Panther runners also had impressive showings at the regional race. The Washougal boys won first place out of more than 100 teams at the annual event, which draws more than 1,000 runners from across the region. The girls team finished in fourth place, thanks to Amelia Pullen’s second place finish. Troy Prince-Butterfield finished in fifth place and Coy Chaston crossed the line in the 5,000-meter race in 10th position.

Washougal soccer beats Evergreen

The Washougal girls soccer team started the season with a 3-1 win at home over Evergreen High Saturday, Sept.1. It was the first game for new head coach Shane Jundt. Kayla Johnson and Aurora Espinoza-Chaney scored goals in the first half and Kiara “Ki Ki” Kallie scored a goal in the second half.

Camas High equestrian team seeks riders

The Camas High School equestrian team is seeking new members. The team’s first meeting of the year is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Camas Police Department, 2100 N.E. Third Ave., Camas. A member of the Washington High School Equestrian Teams (WAHSET), the Camas equestrian team is open to any student of high school age, in their freshman through senior year of school. The first practice will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, at Green Mountain Stables, 4505 N.E. 238th Ave., Vancouver. For more information, email the team’s coach at Mustang1727@yahoo.com or call 360-798-9754.