Don’t put away those jackets and umbrellas just yet, fans of Camas High School athletics. The fall preps season is not entirely finished.
Monday marks the start of the full-fledged winter sports season, and that means activities move indoors for the next four months or so.
But there still is some action in the great outdoors on the schedule.
Yes, the end of the WIAA-sanctioned high school fall season ended Saturday for Clark County athletes when Camas’ football team lost to top-ranked Skyline. And even that game was played under the roof of the Tacoma Dome, meaning the final outdoor fall WIAA prep event for Clark County was last week’s Camas football win over Federal Way.
But the Camas girls cross country team is still going strong, even though most cross country athletes in the state ended their seasons almost a month ago at the state meet in Pasco.
After claiming the Class 4A state team title in Pasco, the Papermakers earned a runner-up finish in the Nike Cross Nationals regional race in Boise, Idaho, on Nov. 10. Last week, several Camas runners participated in the Nike Borderclash race in Beaverton, Ore., helping the Washington boys and girls sweep their counterparts from Oregon. Camas sophomore Alexa Efraimson placed second in the girls race.
Next up for the Camas girls is the Nike Cross Nationals race Saturday at Portland Meadows race track.
Camas is one of 16 girls teams from across the country to earn automatic berths to nationals.
The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with the community race. Fans can join the fun and run the same course the prep stars will compete on. The girls championship race begins at 10:05 a.m.
Spectators can view the race from the 3,000-seat grandstand at Portland Meadows. Admission is free, although the forecast calls for showers and temperatures in the 40s. If you don’t want to brave the elements, you can watch a live webcast at www.nikecrossnationals.com.
Like the Camas football team, these Papermakers are a young bunch with just two seniors — Megan Napier and Camille Parsons — joining junior Mckenzie Good, sophomores Efraimson, Alissa Pudlitzke and freshmen Maddie Woodson and Alexa Jones.
The basketball season tips off in Clark County today with nine boys and girls games featuring Clark County teams, including a pair of doubleheaders. Evergreen will play at Columbia River at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in a girls/boys doubleheader, as will Mountain View at Heritage.
Skyview, the defending 4A girls state champion, will open its season Wednesday at Wilson of Tacoma. Prairie, the defending 3A state champ, will open at home the same day against Jesuit of Portland.
And the end of the week will feature a couple of intra-school district rivals playing girls/boys doubleheaders on Friday: Skyview at Columbia River and Mountain View at Evergreen.
Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor/prep coordinator for The Columbian. He can be contacted by phone at 360-735-4538, email at email@example.com or follow his Twitter handle @360TMart.