Community notebook: Battle Ground Bulls claim state high school rugby title



The Battle Ground Bulls won the Rugby Oregon Division 2 high school boys championship on Saturday, defeating Roosevelt of Portland 44-25 in the title match as Oregon Youth Rugby concluded its 2011 season with trophy matches at Delta Park.

The Camas Mean Machine came up short in the Division 3 championship match.

In the top division, the Beaverton Barbarians beat the Prairie Wolf Pack for third place, and the Vancouver Sharks earned fifth place with a win over West Linn.

Andrew Culver and Josh Marshall each scored two tries for Battle Ground in its victory in the Division 2 finals. Zach Dugan, Bryan Herrick, and Mat Beraldo also scored tries for the Bulls, and Riley Kerle kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Ben Wall was the man of the match for Battle Ground, according to coach Daniel Simental, who said Wall was forced to play out of position in the match.

Lincoln 34, Camas 24 — Portland’s westside team outscored Camas to claim the title for the third division.

Kyle Aguero, Ian Dea, Tanner Lupton and Jason Vailea scored one try apiece for the Mean Machine. Nolan Valenter made a pair of two-point conversion kicks.

Man of the match for Camas was Kyle Aguero, according to coach Aisea Vailea. Caleb Walz won the National Guard Minuteman Award for Camas. Jason Vailea and Nickolas Gadbaw made the Oregon Youth Rugby under-17 all-star roster.

“I am disappointed with the final score, but not the effort from Camas Mean Machine,” coach Aisea Vailea said.

Beaverton 35, Prairie 0 — The Barbarians were too strong for the shorthanded Prairie Wolf Pack in the match for third place in the top division. Prairie finishes in fourth place.

Prairie seniors Garrett Prestwich, Jode de Klerk, Logan Fallon, Tanner Maahs and Austin Slagle concluded their high school rugby careers. De Klerk and Fallon both made the Oregon state under-19 side.

Vancouver 22, West Linn 17 — The Sharks won their second consecutive match to claim the consolation bracket of Oregon Youth Rugby’s top division. Vancouver earned the victory with a late try by Sean Stanwood. Also scoring tries for the Sharks were Robert Ahloo, Eric Brown and Matt Morse. Brown also kicked one two-point conversion.

Battle Ground middle school champions — A team of middle school players from Battle Ground won the Oregon Youth Rugby middle school championship on Saturday. Middle school teams play a flag version of rugby that is an introduction to the sport.

VLC rowers qualify for junior nationals

Two Vancouver Lake Crew boats qualified for the U.S. Rowing Junior National Championships, and two others won regional titles over the weekend.

Vancouver Lake Crew collected 19 medals during three days of high school rowing competition during the U.S. Rowing Northwest District Junior Championships on Vancouver Lake. More than 1,100 athletes participated in the annual championships for the five-state region, and 60 events were raced between Friday and Sunday.

Kayla Yraceburu qualified to race at the junior nationals by finishing second in the women’s varsity single race, completing the 2,000-meter course in 9 minutes flat. A senior at Camas High School, Yraceburu is a first-year rower who accepted a scholarship offer to row in college for Oklahoma City University.

Also qualifying for junior nationals with a runner-up finish was the women’s lightweight doubles tandem of Sarah Wu and Sawyer Schultz. They finished in 8 minutes, 18.21 seconds.

All three plan to travel to Melton Hill Lake outside of Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships to be held June 10-12.

Schultz also won the women’s lightweight single race with a time of 9:05. That is not a national championship event.

The other win for a VLC crew came in the men’s second-varsity double. Oscar Goldberg and Aaron Bentson-Royal finished that race in 7:31.

King’s Way lacrosse season over

The season ended on Friday for the King’s Way boys lacrosse team.

Mercer Island beat the visiting Knights 15-2 in a quarterfinal playoff match. Matt Shields had five goals and an assist to lead Mercer Island.

Jack Beall scored both goals for King’s Way, and Max Zandstra made six saves.

Run series starts Wednesday

The Clark County Running Club’s series of Wednesday evening summer fun runs begins this week.

The 14-week schedule begins with a 5-kilometer run that starts and finishes at David Douglas Park, 1016 N. Garrison Rd. The run starts at 7 p.m. It is free for Clark County Running Club members to participate, $2 for non-members.

Participants should meet near the far western parking lot at David Douglas Park.

The summer series courses shift every two weeks throughout the summer. For details about the series of runs or about Clark County Running Club, go to

Walk set in Camas

All Weather Walkers, a Vancouver volkswalk club, is staging 3- and 6-mile walks on Saturday in Camas. It is free to participate. Walkers can start between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and must complete the course by 4 p.m.

Register and start the walk at Angelo’s Pizza, 3136 N.E. Third Ave. in Camas. To learn more about this event, or about All Weather Walkers, visit

Sports camps registration

Many area summer sports camps are in the process of registering students. For a list of some of the available camps and clinics, check out the Community Sports Calendar at Camps are listed by sport.

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