Prep notes: Johnson wins Thunder Invitational

Union beats Ilwaco, Hockinson for team trophy at golf event



Ridgefield’s Brett Johnson won the 13th annual Thunder Invitational golf tournament Tuesday, beating Union’s Alistair Docherty on the second playoff hole.

Johnson, the defending Class 1A state champion, and Docherty, the 2010 4A district champion, both shot 1-over-par 73 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield before the two-hole playoff.

While Docherty did not win the individual honors, he helped Union win the team title with a team score of 309. Ilwaco was second at 321, Hockinson third (323) and Camas was fourth (326).

Two freshmen golfers — Hockinson’s Diego De La Torre and Union’s Eddie Abellar — tied for third at 76. Skyview’s Garrett Kooistra and Woodland’s Trey Udy tied Ross Kukula of Ilwaco for fifth at 77.

Event directors announced after the tournament that the Thunder Invitational will undergo a name change for 2012.

The tournament will be renamed the Jeff Hudson Invitational for the former Mountain View golf coach who was the brainchild of the event and helped build it into one of the premier high school golf tournaments in the state.

Preps on TV

This fall, high school football returned to the radio, thans to KKOV 1550 AM. Now, thanks to Comcast Cable Channel 29, fans can watch selected prep events live on television.

Nick Voll, TV production supervisor for Vancouver Public Schools, said Comcast Channel 29 will air three Fort Vancouver football games live this season — Sept. 30 against Kelso, Oct. 14 against Columbia River, and Oct. 28 against Hudson’s Bay.

The Oct. 28 football game between Skyview and Union will also be aired live. Also, two Fort volleyball matches will be aired live — Sept. 20 vs. Mountain View and Oct. 18 vs. Kelso. On Oct. 27, the Fort volleyball match vs. Hudson’s Bay or the Fort soccer match against Camas will be aired.

All of these events will be replayed on the public access channel at a later date, including Tuesday’s volleyball match between Fort and Prairie.

Prairie golfs for funds

The Prairie Falcons girls basketball program will be on the links Sept. 24, hosting a golf tournament.

The 15th annual tournament will be held at Lakeview Par 3 course in Vancouver. Tee times are 9 and 11 a.m., a rain or shine event.

The two-person best-ball format costs $50 per person. That includes a lunch, snacks, sodas, as well as prizes for closest to the pin and long putts. There also will be a $500 hole-in-one prize on one of the holes.

For more information or to secure a tee time, contact Prairie coach Al Aldridge at 360-253-8690.

Honor for Becker

King’s Way Christian sophomore quarterback Jay Becker was selected as the WIAA/Seattle Times state player of the week for Class 1B for the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

Becker completed 12 of 19 passes for 22 yards and rushed for 294 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-0 win over Sunnyside Christian.

He also recorded 11 tackles.