Community notebook: Local hockey players fall short in championship

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



The team with players from Southwest Washington came up just short — twice — of winning the first Winterhawks Varsity Hockey championship.

Team South beat Team North twice to capture the league championship, winning the title in a shootout on Sunday at the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton.

Both teams will represent the first-year league in the four-team Oregon High School Hockey state tournament. The state tournament will be played on Saturday and Sunday at the Winterhawks Skating Center.

Team North came within seconds of clinching the championship on Wednesday. Team South scored the tying goal with 10 seconds left and then won in a shootout that sent the league playoffs to a deciding game on Sunday.

Again, it came down to a shootout after the teams played to a 7-7 tie through three periods and a five-minute overtime. Again, Team South prevailed.

Columbia River High School’s Logan Anderson had four goals and two assists in Sunday’s deciding game. Union’s Alex Stoneham had a goal and two assists.Jake Morgan of Skyview and Tristian Swanson from Kelso also scored goals for Team North. Adding assists were Jimmy Scott of Union, Caleb Collins of Washougal and Justin Bernstein of Columbia River.

VGSA registration ends Saturday

The Vancouver Girls Softball Association will hold its final player registration for the 2013 season on Saturday.

Girls ages 5-15 can sign up for fastpitch softball at the VGSA Salmon Creek Sports Complex, 800 N.E. 117th St.

Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the spring and summer season.

Cost is $65 for ages 8 and younger, $95 for ages 9 and older. A copy of the player’s birth certificate is required to register.

VGSA was formed in 1963. In addition to playing league games, its teams can participate in Amateur Softball Association tournaments, including regional and national championships.

For more information, call 360-573-9183 or visit

The VGSA complex entrance is a quarter-mile west of the entrance to Salmon Creek Park (Klineline Pond).

Champion horse visits Ridgefield

A champion dressage horse and rider will perform in Ridgefield on Friday as part of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society’s annual meeting.

Brenin Cardi, a national champion Welsh Cob Stallion, and rider Jessica Wisdom will perform their winning dance as part of a sport pony and horse clinic at 9 a.m. Friday at Rockin’ B Farms in Ridgefield.

To learn more and to reserve a seat at this event, call Cindy Miller at 541-746-4760.

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