September 7, 2010
Sam O'Hara roars loudly after catching the touchdown pass that led the Panthers to a 10-7 victory over Hudson's Bay High School.

ROAR of the Panthers

The roar of the Panthers could be heard all around Clark County, and echoed in Longview. Here comes Washougal. "This is just the start of new Panther football," said junior running back Sam O'Hara. "We want to win. We want to change the culture of our school and our program." Knocked down to his knees in the end zone, O'Hara still had the tenacity to stretch out and grasp a sizzling hot potato from Colton Sullivan to lead the Washougal High School football team to a 10-7 victory over Hudson's Bay Friday, at Kiggin's Bowl in downtown Vancouver.

September 7, 2010
Zach Marshall blasts through the Timberline wall of defense to score the second of his three touchdowns for Camas Saturday, at Qwest Field in Seattle.

Living by a paper mill to playing football at Qwest Field

There is nothing like football in Camas, even when it is played 177 miles away. Qwest Field is supposed to be Seahawks' territory. On Saturday, it sounded a lot like Doc Harris Stadium. You could hear the Camas High School marching band playing "Papermakers go rolling along" after every touchdown, and you could join the cheerleaders in a rendition of the "Hand Jive" before the fourth quarter.

August 31, 2010
The Papermaker football players are pumped to play their first game in 2010 at Qwest Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks. Kick off is at 3 p.m., Saturday.

A Qwest for Camas

Logan Grindy knows what it feels like to slide into home plate at Safeco Field, and score the winning run. On Saturday, the Camas High School senior quarterback crosses the street for an opportunity to throw the football around inside Qwest Field. "To go to places like that by yourself is a lot of fun," Grindy said. "To be able to go and play with all your friends is pretty awesome."

August 31, 2010
D'Andre Aaron (left) delivers a hit on defense for the Washougal High School football team during practice.

First step for Panther football

With a new head coach preaching physicality and toughness, the Washougal High School football players take the first step to becoming a harder, better, faster and stronger team Friday. The Panthers pounce into the 2010 season against the Hudson's Bay Eagles. The game starts at 7 p.m., at Kiggin's Bowl in downtown Vancouver. New Washougal head coach Bob Jacobs grits his teeth with anticipation for the opening kick off. The first game at Fishback is Sept. 17, when Washougal takes on Fort Vancouver.

August 31, 2010
Stefani Sorensen puts the hammer down for the Papermaker volleyball team during practice.

Packing a Papermaker punch

Stefani Sorensen is one of several Camas High School volleyball players ready to rise. "I'm very excited about this year," she said. "It's my senior year, and I want to make it the best it can be." On Saturday, the Papermakers venture to the University of Washington to play in the Emerald City Volleyball Invitational. Doors open at noon, and admission is free. Camas faces Union at 1 p.m.; Christian Faith at 2 p.m.; Mount Si at 3 p.m.; Life Christian at 3:30 p.m.; Eastlake at 4 p.m. and Bellevue at 5 p.m.

August 24, 2010
Levi Kitchen, who says his favorite part of racing is "winning," was invited to join Kawasaki Team Green through Pro-Caliber in Vancouver. This photo was taken when Kitchen placed fifth at the World Mini's Grand National, in April.

Kitchen it up a notch

At first glace, Levi Kitchen seems like any other 9-year-old: Full of energy and a bit shy around adults. But give him a minute or two, and you'll soon see a different side. He's a bit of a motocross prodigy, having placed in the top percentage at several national races. He recently returned from a cross country trip with his family to compete at the Loretta Lynn National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Levi won an area qualifier in Richland, Wash., followed by a regional championship in Milford, Calif., to earn the opportunity to race against some of the best competitors in the nation during the week of Aug.2-7.

August 24, 2010

Local swimmers plan to cross the Columbia

Individuals who intend to participate in the "Roy Webster Columbia River Cross-Channel Swim" are reminded in the registration materials that the event is not a race. Instead, it's an opportunity to swim approximately 1.1 miles across the Columbia without any threat of an oncoming barge or other river traffic. The canal is temporarily closed on Labor Day for the early morning event. Swimmers are asked to arrive by 5:45 a.m., at the Hood River Visitor Center. The swimming begins after participants jump from a sternwheeler.

August 24, 2010
With the Interstate Bridge as the backdrop, the Hoops on the River three-on-three basketball tournament took place in Vancouver this past weekend.  Several local teams competed, including the Camas Heat, which took first place in the sixth-grade division by winning all six of its games.

Heat places first at Hoops on the River

The Camas Heat won six games over two days to capture the sixth grade division of "Hoops on the River." It was the third year in a row for the local team to win its division. After defeating Scan Basketball, of Portland, 11 to 8 in the semifinals, the Heat beat West Basketball, of Vancouver 10 to 7. "I love representing Camas at these tournaments," Tanner Fogle said after the championship game. "We wear the Camas red with pride.

August 24, 2010
The Washougal River Greenway Trail in Camas offers a 1.1 mile paved route that runs across a 370-foot pedestrian bridge.  Amenities also include picnic tables and bike racks. There are trail heads at Northeast Second Avenue and Yale Street, and at Baz Park along the Northeast Third Avenue Loop.

In the shade of the old oak trees

A celebration to mark the completion and opening of the Washougal River Greenway Trail will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. The event, open to the public, will include light refreshments under the natural canopies of the Oregon white oak trees that look out onto the Washougal River at Southeast Yale Street and Second Avenue in Camas. A variety of local, county and state officials and elected leaders have been invited to attend.