September 28, 2010

Panther tennis tames Longview schools

Since joining the 2A Greater St. Helen's League four years ago, the Washougal High School boys tennis team has been chasing Mark Morris and R.A. Long. Last week, the Panthers beat both rivals for the first time. It is a feeling of satisfaction for seniors Erik Ackerman, Eyan Cagle, Jacob Eagle, Patrick McCarthy, Chris Norton, Brian Price, Peter Quinanola and Nico Severich, and coaches Eric and Linda Balholm. "We had opportunities to beat them last year, but we always seemed to tie and lose by sets," said Eric Balholm. "We've come so close, and now we're finally doing it."

September 25, 2010

On the sidelines: A night to remember

Camas clubs Skyview 28-12 in a scuffle of Greater St. Helen's League powerhouses. Washougal gets back on track with a 24-8 victory over Clatskanie. The floor is yours, Camas and Washougal football fans. Tell us what you think about the 4-0 Papermakers and the 3-1 Panthers. Did the Camas, Skyview game live up to the hype? Is Washougal for real?

September 21, 2010
Defense delivered thunderous hits for the Papermakers all night long, at the brand new Doc Harris Stadium. Here, Odin Coe (bottom) wraps up a Columbia River ball handler with the help of Erik Clay, Ikaika Gunderson and Alex Hows (left to right).

Destination: Doc Harris … again

The opening kickoff at the brand new Doc Harris Stadium was just as the Papermakers dreamed it would be, with thousands of fans screaming at the top of their lungs and sheets of rain falling from the sky. "I'm going to look back at this night when I'm 80," said senior lineman Eric Clay. "This is something I'm going to love and cherish forever." There was not an empty seat on the Camas side Friday, as the Papermakers thumped league rival Columbia River 42-6. Senior quarterback Logan Grindy ignited the offense with three touchdowns. Junior running back Zack Marshall scored twice on a 96-yard kick return and a 47-yard touchdown run.

September 21, 2010
Ellie Boon aims for the net Thursday, at Fishback Stadium. The Washougal High School sophomore scored three goals against Hockinson and four goals against R.A. Long.

Back in time

Ellie Boon had a good excuse for missing the first round of the Washougal High School girls soccer practices. She was kicking the ball around with the best of the nation in the Olympic Development Program. That did not excuse the 2009 2A Greater St. Helen's League Offensive Player of the Year from getting in the mandatory amount of practices to become eligible for the Panthers. Boon did not expect anything less. She wanted to be ready in time for Washougal to face league rival Hockinson Thursday, in front of her hometown at Fishback Stadium.

September 21, 2010
Julia Sanders makes waves for Camas-North County in the pool, Thursday.

Camas goes swimming in the rain

Rainy skies and an outdoor swimming pool did not bode well for the spectators, but the participants barely noticed. The Camas and North County girls swimmers from Battle Ground, Hockinson and Prairie were too busy racing Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View and Union. Before the first event began under dark clouds, Camas and North County head coach had just a few words of advice.

September 21, 2010

Trappers tame ferocious Panthers at Fishback Stadium

A rowdy crowd at Fishback Stadium went wild Friday, when Colton Sullivan and Sam O'Hara hooked up for another Washougal touchdown two minutes into the third quarter. Up by two, the young and ferocious Panthers galloped to the goal line again. It appeared nothing would stop Washougal from scoring again, except for a yellow flag and a holding penalty.

September 15, 2010
Zack Marshall zips to the end zone for Camas on a 35-yard touchdown run, at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

Marshall, Camas football mashes Mountain View

The Camas High School football players were the first to admit they were coasting Friday, even if the "Zack Attack" was in full affect. Zack Marshall galloped for 129 yards and three touchdowns to help the Papermakers defeat the Mountain View Thunder 27-14, at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver. "It was just fun seeing the open field, hitting the holes hard, running and helping the team put points on the board," Marshall said. "The O-line was on all night. Everything was just clicking."

September 14, 2010

Football is getting fun again in Washougal

Friday nights are getting fun again for Washougal High School football players. After beating Hudson's Bay on a game-winning touchdown with 28 seconds to go, the Panthers broke out of their shells for a 42-7 smashing of White Salmon. This Friday, Washougal (2-0) hosts Fort Vancouver (1-1) in the first game of the season at Fishback Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. "We are Washougal, and we can play some football. It's nice to see some pride back in this building," said head coach Bob Jacobs. "This place should be rocking on Friday. A lot of people will be here. I hope our kids play well, and I hope they play hard."

September 14, 2010
Eyan Cagle flicks the tennis ball over the net for the Panthers. Cagle and Patrick McCarthy defeated their opponets from Camas in straight sets Friday, on the Washougal High School tennis courts.

Seeing ORANGE and RED

Nothing gets Camas and Washougal high school athletes, coaches and fans more riled up than seeing orange on one side and red on the other. On a sunny Friday in Washougal, the Papermaker boys tennis team defeated the Panthers 4-2. The teams split the first four matches, but the final two were the most contested. Jake Hsu of Camas topped Washougal's Loring Moore 6-0, 6-3. The second set became more of a battle of wits, but Hsu rose to the challenge.