Camas High names Athletes of the Year

Jake Blair, Shealyne McGee honored as standouts in Papermakers football, baseball, gymnastics, track and field

Contributed photo courtesy Camas High School Camas High School held a ceremony on Thursday, June 3, to honor 12 of its student-athletes that will continue their athletic careers in college. Top row, left to right: Jacques Badolato-Birdsell (University of Nevada-Reno football), Emily Langdale (Clark College soccer), Shealyne McGee (University of Montana track and field), Grace Curley (Whitworth University lacrosse) and Alison Snyder (Clark College softball). Bottom row, left to right: Jake Blair (Oregon State University football), Jack Harris (Concordia University-Irvine swimming), Sam Geiger (Gonzaga University cross country), Mitchell Hayward (Marian University cross country/track and field), Connor Hayward (Suffolk University cross country/track and field) and Jalena Carlisle (Seattle Pacific University basketball). Not pictured: Faith Bergstrom (California Polytechnic University basketball).

Jake Blair recovered from shoulder injury to lead the Camas High School football and baseball teams to successful seasons. Shealyne McGee performed at an elite level in two sports simultaneously.

For their efforts, Blair and McGee were named as the Papermakers’ 2020-21 male and female scholar-athletes of the year during a ceremony at the school on Thursday, June 3.

Blair registered 978 passing yards, eight passing touchdowns, 243 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns during the Papermakers’ five-game football season. He then moved to the baseball diamond, where he hit .275 with one home run, 10 walks and 13 runs scored in 16 games as Camas High’s starting shortstop.

McGee did double-duty for the Papermakers’ gymnastics and track and field teams, which both competed in the spring as part of the 4A Greater St. Helens League’s modified season schedule. She took first place in the all-around event at three of her five gymnastics meets and won the pole vault competition at the 4A/3A District 1 track and field meet with a leap of 11 feet, 6 inches. Her third sport, diving, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blair, who will play football for Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, and McGee, who will join the University of Montana’s track and field squad in Missoula, Montana, were two of 12 college-bound senior athletes who were recognized at the ceremony.

Also recognized were Jacques Badolato-Birdsell (football, University Nevada-Reno, Reno, Nevada); Faith Bergstrom (basketball, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California); Jalena Carlisle (basketball, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle); Grace Curley (lacrosse, Whitworth University, Spokane); Sam Geiger (cross country, Gonzaga University, Spokane); Jack Harris (swimming, Concordia University-Irvine, Irvine, California); Connor Hayward (cross country/track and field, Suffolk University, Boston); Mitchell Hayward (cross country/track and field, Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana); Emily Langdale (soccer, Clark College, Vancouver) and Alison Snyder (softball, Clark College, Vancouver).