Community notebook: Rugby teams competein state tournaments

Local programs are finding success in Oregon league



Lincoln defeated Camas 12-7 Saturday in the championship match for the second division of Oregon Youth Rugby.

It was the second time this season the team from southwest Portland defeated Camas (7-3). The match was part of championship weekend for Oregon Youth Rugby high school teams at Delta Park in north Portland.

Jesse Saulo scored the only try for Camas, and Nolan Valenter made the conversion kick. David Stevens won the National Guard Minuteman Award for Camas. Camas’ man of the match was Jason Vailea.

In Division 1, the Battle Ground Bulls claimed third place with a 37-15 win over North Clackamas. Bulls’ tries were scored by Grant Morrison, Daniel Monen and Trevor Ingram. Man of the match for Battle Ground was Mac Brandenburger.

In a boys Division 2 consolation match, the Battle Ground Bulls defeated Pendleton 45-0 to claim seventh place in the state tournament. Mike Towner, William Porter, Tim Escue, Brandon Walther, Jake Sachens and Tony Dierking scored tries, and Walther kicked five conversions. Battle Ground’s Division 2 squad finished the season 6-4. Jack Fletcher and Tyler Duncan have been selected to play for the Oregon under-17 all-star team.

In the Oregon Youth Rugby girls Division 1, Battle Ground claimed third place with a 22-10 win over Reynolds. Elaina Galaviz and Mixtley Simon scored two tries apiece, and Stephanie Thompson made one conversion.  Hanna Fallon and Simon both made the Oregon all-star team.

This was the first season in Division 1 for the Battle Ground girls team.

Rowers qualify for junior nationals

For the ninth time in its 11 seasons, Vancouver Lake Crew has qualified a boat for the U.S. Rowing Junior National Championships.

By placing second in their event during the Northwest regional regatta, Dorothy Tarnawski and Katie Hickey qualified for nationals in the women’s lightweight double. The junior nationals are scheduled for June 8-9 at Oakridge, Tenn.

The Northwest regionals were held Friday through Sunday on Vancouver Lake. More than 1,000 rowers from around the region participated in the annual championship meet.

Vancouver Lake Crew had 22 entries with 28 high school rowers competing and earned two gold medals. Meera Gregerson and Corinna Niebur won the women’s novice double scull race; Jake Yraceburu won the men’s junior varsity single race.

Only varsity racers were competing for nationals berths.

Lacrosse girls honored

Four members of the Evergreen Lacrosse Club received first-team All-Nisqually Conference honors from the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. They are the first all-conference awards in team history, and ELC had the most players chosen of any team in the conference.

Junior attack Lauren Hurst (Union High School) received the most votes in the coaches’ polling. Hurst paced ELC with 40 goals and 46 points for the season. She was joined in the attack by senior Jocelyn Cole (Heritage), who tallied 16 goals.

Freshman Madeline McKinnon (Union) was a first-team midfield selection. McKinnon had 22 goals and led the conference in draw controls (faceoffs).

Emily McCoy (Heritage) received first-team honors on defense. Playing in a two-way position, McCoy also registered 17 goals for the Black Cats.

Evergreen Lacrosse Club finished 5-6-1 in its second year of varsity play, earning the team’s first berth in the state playoffs.

Equestrian results listed

Results for area high school equestrian teams at the state meet are in the Community Sports Scoreboard.

The Washington High School Equestrian Teams state event was held May 11-13 at Lynden.

Running series begins Wednesday

The Clark County Running Club begins its series of midweek summer runs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at David Douglas Park, which is just north of Mill Plain at Garrison Road.

Participants should show up 30 minutes early to register. There is no cost to run for members of the CCRC. The entry fee is $2 for others.

The club hosts Wednesday evening runs each week through August. For details, visit

Summer camps organize

Summer sports camps are beginning to accept registrations. Among them are boys basketball camps at Union High School and a baseball camp in July for ages 7-12 hosted by Skyview High School.

To learn more about the basketball camps at Union, visit To learn more about the baseball camp, contact Eric Estes at

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