Community notebook: Clark County Warriors rugby advances to state title match

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



The Clark County Warriors stormed into the state championship rugby match with a 45-10 win over Eastside/Central Catholic in a high school playoff match.

Saturday’s win advances the undefeated Warriors to a match against a one-loss North Clackamas team for the Oregon Youth Rugby Club Championship Division title.

The championship match is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Canby High School. Both teams have been nationally ranked this spring.

Scoring five-point tries for Clark County in the semifinal win were Darrin Curle (two), Brock Busch (80-yard scoring run), Jason Vailea, Michael DiGenova, Justin Straup, Jessie Kiesser and Nick Gadbaw. Curle added 10 points on conversion kicks.

In the Oregon Youth Rugby Varsity Premiership, teams from Battle Ground and Prairie suffered semifinal losses on Saturday. Those teams will face each other at 11 a.m. Saturday at Canby High School for third place in the division for teams that represent individual schools.

The Prairie Wolf Pack fell 45-14 to undefeated Lincoln. The score was 20-14 before Lincoln pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Ronnie Evenden was named man of the match.

In the other semifinal, defending state champion Reynolds topped Battle Ground 29-12.

Season ends for Evergreen girls lacrosse

Evergreen Lacrosse Club saw its season come to an end with a 14-10 defeat to Stadium of Tacoma in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association state playoffs last on May 7 at McKenzie Stadium. Madeline McKinnon and Emily McCoy had four goals each, while Dawn Lumen made 16 saves in the defeat.

Three members of the Evergreen Lacrosse Club have been named to the All-Nisqually Conference team. McKinnon, a sophomore midfielder from Union High School, was chosen for the second year in a row. Sophomore midfielder/defender Grace Davis (Union) and senior goalie Dawn Lumen (Heritage) were selected for the first time.

McKinnon led the conference in goals (56) and total points (60), tallying more than a third of her team’s scoring in helping Evergreen to its best regular season performance (8-3-1) in team history.

Despite playing primarily defensive positions, Davis was 11th in the conference in ground ball control, and was also fourth in the number of turnovers forced against opponents.

Lumen led the conference in save percentage (.586) and was second in goals-against average (8.7).

King’s Way lacrosse wins twice

King’s Way Christian got back to winning in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association with road victories on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Knights won 16-3 at Bellarmine Prep. Clayton Frank (four goals, four assists) and Jack Beall (three goals, four assists) and Evan Ramirez (five goals, one assist) led the King’s Way attack.

On Saturday, King’s Way beat Kamiak High 18-15. Connor Dyehouse had six goals and one assist. Frank scored four goals, and Beall had three goals and five assists. Goalie Conrad Littlefield made 18 saves.

King’s Way closes out its regular season with a 7 p.m. Saturday home match against Lake Washington.

King’s Way lacrosse draws players from around Clark County.

Junior rowing regional set for Vancouver Lake

The U.S. Rowing Northwest Junior District Championships will take place Friday through Sunday at Vancouver Lake.

Members of Vancouver Lake Crew are among the anticipated 2,000 high school rowers who will compete. Top finishers in varsity events will advance to the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships, which take place June 7-9 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Vancouver Lake Crew regularly has rowers who qualify for nationals.

Racing on Friday runs 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday races are scheduled 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s schedule has racing from 7 a.m. to noon.

The best place to watch the races over a 2,000-meter straight course is Vancouver Lake Park.

Local girls team wins state soccer title

A goal in the 15th minute by Julia Coombs lifted the Washington Timbers G98 Red team to victory over its sister squad in the Virginia Mason Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup finals for the girls under-14.

The Timbers Red beat the Timbers Blue 1-0 in the championship match played on May 5 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Timbers Red advances to represent Washington at the Region IV Presidents Cup, June 12-16 in Boise. They will compete against teams from Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Alaska, with the regional champions advancing to the Presidents Cup nationals in July at Auburndale, Fla.

The Challenge Cup is the mid-level state tournament for competitive clubs staged by Washington Youth Soccer.

Central midfielder Ellie Echevario assisted on the only goal of the championship game.

In the semifinals, Timbers Red defeated Blackhills FC 1-0 on a goal from Ally Bonnett in the fifth minute assisted by Taryn Ries. Timbers Blue won its semifinal over Harbor FC 3-2 on penalty kicks after those teams played to a scoreless draw.

Players for the Timbers Red champions were: Hannah Reynolds, Izzy Fazio, Alex Mann, Hanna Sawyer, Ashlyn Nelson, Tiana Scruggs, Ellie Walker, Breanna O’Neil, Iris Vasquez, Sabine Postma, Lauren Rath, Ries, Bailee McMahon, Ellie Echeverio, Julie Williams, Coombs, Emma Ware, Ashley Carter, Kendra Horvath, Bonnett and Violet Hill. The team is coached by Sam Buseck assisted by Feike Postma.

Playing for the Timbers Blue were Kayla Beard, Natalie Brown, Lani Chin, Madaline Craig, Amanda Creagan, Mackenna Davis, Tara Gilbert, Barbara Gulliford, Maggie Higgins, Lacey Jones, Taylor Ledesma, Maddison Maffeo, Elise Nebels, Karsyn Quade, Samantha Rosenkranz, Erin Sinclair, Kiley Taylor, Kelsey Whalen and Kailey Wooten. The team was coached by John Samwel assisted by Michael Samwel.

Mountain bike race slated for Saturday

The Evergreen Student League, a mountain bike racing league for high school and middle school students, will conclude its 2013 season on Sunday with races at the Washougal MX Park.

Girls races begin at 10 a.m., boys races at 11:45 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. The event is free for spectators.

Approximately 35 middle school and high school students from two Clark County teams are expected to race. Sunday’s races are the last of four weekend events on the schedule.

Among the points leaders after three events are Brady Stotts of the Camas/Washougal Lacamas team for middle school boys and Vanessa Brown of Vancouver Smashers for middle school girls.

To learn more about this third-year league, visit

Gymnasts place at Western Nationals

Celeste Klug and Emily Wilson of Northpointe Gymnastics in Vancouver finished in the top 25 all-around for their ages at the USA Gymnastics Level 9 Western Nationals, held in early May at Roseville, Calif.

Klug placed (36.575) 22nd all-around and tied for 12th on the vault. Wilson (36.525) tied for 23rd place in the Senior A age group.

Vipers football team remains winless

The Southern Oregon Renegades beat the Clark County Vipers 34-0 on Saturday in a Pacific Football League game at Kiggins Bowl.

The Vipers lost starting quarterback Will Kilday to injury early in the fourth quarter.

The Vipers (0-4) are back at Kiggins Bowl on Saturday for a 6 p.m. game against the 3-1 Seattle Stallions.

Local boxers win at Beaverton event

Several boxers from JRT Boxing in Vancouver placed at the recent Fred Enslow Boxing Tournament in Beaverton.

Jesus Lopez won the 165-pound weight division with a win over a more experienced opponent, improving to 2-0.

Jose Gonzalez improved to 6-1 by winning the 70-pound division with two decisions.

Ernesto Ramerize lost a close decision in his first fight to place second in the 120-pound division.

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