Sports briefs for May 23, 2019

Camas girls golf team wins bi-district tournament

Conditions at Golf Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton were windy and wet, but the Camas girls golf team came out on top with a nine-stroke win at a 4A bi-district tournament on May 14.

The rough conditions raised scores a bit as the Papermakers finished with a team score of 673. Nine-time defending 4A state champion Bellarmine Prep lost its top player to injury and did not finish in the top three. Camas has finished second to the Lions at the 4A state tournament in the past three seasons.

Papermakers senior Ashley Clark had the shot of the year on hole No. 5, holing out her long second shot on a par-5 for a double eagle, or albatross.

“It was a huge shot in the arm for us as we were struggling to get momentum,” Camas coach Bob Foster said.

The tournament had 120 girls from 19 teams competing for seven team entries to state and 16 individual spots. Camas put its depth on display, with Emma Cox and Clark tying 13th with two-day totals of 159.

Wenny Cai was 25th with a 176; Elizabeth Gillespie finished 39th with a 182; and Ashley Gillespie was 40th with a 184.

All five players will compete in the 4A state tournament at Hangman Hills Golf Course in Spokane on May 21-22.

Camas softball rallies to earn state tournament berth

It’s been an up and down season for the Camas softball team, but the ups are taking over in a big way now that the Papermakers are headed to the 4A state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.

The Papermakers finished the regular season with a 6-6 record in 4A Greater St. Helens League play behind Skyview and first-place Battle Ground. Camas just squeaked into the 4A District 3/4 tournament, but beat Kentridge 10-0 in its first postseason game on May 14, with Mary Pipkin firing a five-inning perfect game.

On Saturday, May 18, the Papermakers topped Federal Way 4-2, then lost to Puyallup 8-7. On Sunday, May 19, Camas beat Auburn Riverside and Kentwood to earn the districts’ sixth seed to the state tournament.

The Papermakers will open the tournament against defending state champion Jackson at noon on Friday.

Camas boys doubles team to compete at state

Camas’ Akash Prasad and Jake Gianan will compete at the 4A boys tennis state tournament, to be held Friday and Saturday in Richland.

The Papermakers’ doubles team will open state tournament play against Walter Crijanovschi and Benjamin Holmes of Newport. The Camas duo qualified for state by placing second in a bi-district tournament in October 2018.

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