Community notebook: Covington claims middle school wrestling champonship

Liberty has five of tournament's 19 individual champs

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Covington had only one champion during Saturday’s the middle school wrestling championships at Union High School.

But that didn’t keep the Colts from claiming the team trophy at the annual tournament for middle schools in the Evergreen and Camas school districts. Covington edged Pacific by one point in a tightly-contested team race. Covington used its depth to pile up 281 team points to Pacific’s 280.

Liberty, which finished fourth among the eight schools in team points, had five of the 19 champions. Cascade had four champions and Pacific and Shahala three apiece.

Neithan Stanley won the 90-pound weight class for Covington’s lone individual title.

Liberty’s champions were Michael Strickland, Dustin Hubbard, Rylan Thompson, Joshua Leiferman, and Luke Pipkin.

Cascade’s champions were Damon Thomas, Khristian Thomas, Paul Ciupei and Dre Griggs.

Pacific’s champions were Vitaliy Manolov, Kevin Nishi and Thomas Chenevert.

Shahala’s champions were Aaron Avery, Quentin Krogstad and Tommy Strassenberg.

Frontier champions were Ammon Garrison and Tyler Green.

Skyridge had one champion, Dylan Graham.

See the Community Sports Scoreboard for results of the 19 championship matches and a list of the top six wrestlers in each weight division.

Girls soccer team wins regional title

A Vancouver Timbers girls soccer team is the first from Southwest Washington to win a Northwest Champions League title.

The Vancouver Timbers 99 Reds won the under-13 division of the Northwest Champions League, claiming the crown on Dec. 2 in Portland.

The Timbers 99 Reds were undefeated in seven pool-play games. They followed an overtime 2-1 win over Washington Premier FC in the semifinals on Dec. 1 with a 2-0 win over Crossfire of Seattle in the finals.

The Northwest Champions League tournament pits the top teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia in a round-robin format to crown the top teams in multiple age divisions for girls and boys.

This championship earns the Timbers 99 Reds entrance into the prestigious San Diego Surf Cup tournament next August.

Players for the Timbers 99 Reds are: Perri Belzer, Chloe Brusseau, Nika Chick, Katie Colson, Courtney Cutter, Moira Chaney, Anna Foster, Angelina Krawczyk, Jessica McDonald, Laurel Mickel, Isabelle Morales, Ellie Postma, Elise Schey, Whitney Watson, Emily Wilson and MaKayla Woods. Guest players were Jessica Allen and Julianne Hutley. The team is coached by Peter Picket and Feike Postma.

Boxing show on Saturday

Amateur fighters from around Washington and Oregon are scheduled to participate in a boxing show on Dec. 15 at JRT Boxing in Vancouver.

The card is expected to feature 10-12 bouts, with the skill level ranging from novice to Golden Gloves champions. Featured bouts will include Lorenzo Caldera, 19, of JRT Boxing against Jerrell Barbour of Tacoma in a match of top lightweights in the region.

Connor Morales of JRT Boxing — who recently won an Oregon state Silver Gloves boxing championship — will battle Kevin Torres of Seattle in a welterweight bout.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first bout is scheduled for 6 p.m. Admission costs $10, $8 for students in high school and younger.

JRT Boxing is at 5000 E. Fourth Plain, Ste B-103.

Clark basketball clinic

A basketball clinic to benefit Clark College women’s basketball is scheduled for Dec. 26-27. The Holiday Skills Camp will feature sessions for players in grades 3-5 ($50) and for players in grades 6-9 ($80).

Coaches will include Clark women’s basketball coach Al Aldridge and former Oregon City High School girls basketball coach Brad Smith.

To register or to learn more, call Clark College athletics at 360-992-2691, or send an e-mail to

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