Camas girls bring down league champs from Skyview, earning a trip to state
The Papermakers (15-9) are heading to the regional round of the state tournament after beating 4A GSHL Champions Skyview 50-32 in a bi-district playoff game at Heritage High School on Feb. 18. Camas used pressure defense to force turnovers and junior Faith Bergstrom took control inside the paint, leading all scorers with 14. The Papermakers postseason started with a 58-38 loss to Rogers in its first 4A District 4 tournament game Feb. 13, but Camas responded by beating Tahoma (17-6) 54-46 at Foss High School on Feb. 15. Faith Bergstrom aqgain led the Papermakers with 17 points. Jenna Carlise had 14, 12 coming in the third quarter. Next up for Camas is Kentwood (18-6) on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Stadium High School in Tacoma.
Panthers qualify 10 boys for Mat Classic
Ten Washougal boys wrestlers qualfied for Mat Classic XXXII with their performances at the 2A Region 3 tournament, held Feb. 15 in Tumwater.
Three Panthers won regional championships — Cole Pass at 126 pounds, Scott Lees at 152 and Gus Shelley at 160.
Luke Golphenee (113) and Bryce Williams (220) finished third. Washougal’s fourth-place finishers included Henry Jones at 195, Korben Modoc at 182, Hayden Jones at 170, Aiden Kestner at 145 and Blake Mattern at 120.
Qualifying as alternates were Andrew Darr at 220, Conrad Jones at 170, Skylar Boothby at 160 and Stephen Warren at 132.
The Panthers finished second in the team standings behind W.F. West, which had eight more wrestlers than Washougal.
“We feel we outwrestled them,” said Panthers coach John Carver. “Now (W.F. West has) 11 to state and we have 10. The field has become more levelled as we go to the biggest stage at the Mat Classic.”
Mat Classic XXXII will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.
Four Camas boys heading to Mat Classic
The Camas boys wrestling team had four second-place finishers at the 4A Region 4 tournament, held in Spokane on Feb. 15.
Senior Colby Stoller (220 pounds), junior Jacques Badalato-Birdsell (195), senior Gideon Malychewski (160) and sophomore Porter Craig (106) will represent the Papermakers at Mat Classic XXXII, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.
Camas finished sixth in the team standings at the regional tournament.
Camas gymnasts prepare for a three-peat
The Camas gymnastics team completed an undefeated season and won the 4A District 4 meet with a score of 183.95 on Feb. 15 at Northpointe in Vancouver.
The Papermakers’ Shea McGee won the 4A all-around competition with a 38.45.
Camas will attempt to win its third straight 4A state meet on Feb. 21-22 at Sammamish High School.
Washougal gymnast makes history
Washougal senior Shaela Ausmus earned the top spot in the all-around competition at the 3A District 4 meet on Feb. 15 at Northpointe in Vancouver, becoming the first Panthers gymnast to accomplish the feat at a district meet.
Katie Stevens also qualified in three events for the 1A/2A/3A state meet, which will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20-21 at Sammamish High School.
Washougal’s gymnasts train side-by-side with Camas’ team members.
“Shaela hopes to reach the 3A all-around podium, making more history for WHS gymnastics,” said Carol Willson, who coaches both squads.