Community notebook: High school lacrosse sets boundaries for players

Three area teams signing up players

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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Growing interest in the sport means change for high school boys lacrosse in Clark County.

The Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association has decided that players who attend Camas High School must play on the Camas team, and players who attend schools in Evergreen Public Schools must play for the Union Lacrosse team.

All other high school players in who attend Clark County schools will play for King's Way Christian High School.

For five seasons, King's Way was the only Clark County team in the league. The Knights started playing varsity lacrosse in the spring of 2008, and two seasons ago moved to the top division.

King's Way will continue to compete with the top established programs from the Puget Sound area. Camas and Union will play this spring in Division II.

The teams will begin practicing in late February, but are currently signing up players.

King's Way will hold registration and a meeting for parents at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the King's Way High School cafeteria. Registration is also available through the program's website, http://www.kingswaylacrosse.org. For more information, contact Terri Littlefield at 360-355-5284 or by email at tll.ccm@gmail.com.

For information about Camas High School Lacrosse send email to Jeff Menor at jj.menor@comcast.net or call 503-519-6281.

Union High School Lacrosse registration information is available at http://www.unionlax.com. For more information, contact Steve Roehr at 517-285-5906 or s.roehr@sbcglobal.net.

The King's Way youth lacrosse program remains open to players from anywhere. Register for that program or learn more at www.kingswaylacrosse.org.

Taylor, Tibbits claim titles at winter golf tournament

Mountain View High senior Taylor Smith shot a 2-over-par 74 Monday to win the Oregon Junior Golf Winter Classic Series Tournament at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Ore.

Spencer Tibbits of Vancouver won the Intermediate Boys division (ages 12-13) with a 1-over 73.

Local curlers win regional

The Evergreen Curling Club made it two for two.

A team captained by club co-founder Doug Schaak won the 18-team Mountain Pacific Region men's club playdowns and earned a trip to the club nationals.

Three of the four members of the team are from Clark County. Schaak and Jeff Tomlinson are from Vancouver. Jim Smoltz is from Portland and Steve Liske is from Brush Prairie.

The USA Curling Club Nationals for women and men take place March 2-9 at Exmoor Curling Club in Highland Park, Ill. An Evergreen Curling Club team with three members from Clark County won the women's regional one week earlier.

Both of the MoPac region playdowns were hosted by the Evergreen Curling Club at its new facility in Beaverton. For details, visit www.evergreencurling.com.

Tennis player honored at tourney

Andrew Newell of Vancouver won the sportsmanship award for his division at the at the United States Tennis Association Winter Nationals.

Playing in the boys 14-and-younger division, Newell won three of the five singles matches he played during the tournament that concluded on Jan. 1 in Tucson, Ariz. In doubles, Newell and partner Jason Lui of Bellevue won twice before losing in the quarterfinals.

Newell earned the sportsmanship honor among the 128 boys from around the United States who entered the boys 14 age division at the tournament.

Newell is a freshman at Jesuit High School in Beaverton and is coached by Pat Dreves at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

Baseball umpires sought

The Evergreen Baseball Umpires Association is recruiting umpires for the 2013 baseball season. The association umpires all the local high school games as well as Babe Ruth leagues and other youth baseball in Clark County.

Anyone 16 or older interested in becoming a baseball umpire is invited to attend the EBUA training sessions, which begin on Jan. 23.

The association meets each Wednesday between Jan. 23 and March 27 at Mountain View High School, room 303. Sessions run 6-7:30 p.m.

For more information contact Gary Loucks at 360-771-8611 or by e-mail at gsloucks@comcast.net.

Baseball signups continue

Many area youth baseball organizations are holding sign ups for the spring 2013 season.

Among them are the three Babe Ruth Baseball organizations that serve Clark County.

Camas Babe Ruth (http://www.cwbaberuth.com) and KWRL Babe Ruth (http://www.leaguelineup.com/kwrlbaberuth) have registration details online. Hazel Dell Metro will (http://www.hazeldellmetro.com) hold in-person registration at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 at Columbia River High School.

The Vancouver Girls Softball Association has a signup scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the VGSA complex.

For a list of area Little League registration, see the Community Sports Scoreboard.

Community Sports news is published each Tuesday. To submit items, send email to paul.danzer@columbian.com, or call 360-735-4521.