Battle Ground football preview: Big man steps into spotlight

By Paul Valencia August 27, 2014 10:59 p.m.

A strong lineman must have the mentality that it will never happen to him. That is how Battle Ground junior Andrew Johnson prepares for every snap.

Mountain View football preview: RB Jones gets a free pass for Week 1

By Paul Valencia August 26, 2014 9:46 p.m.

A year ago as a sophomore, Preston Jones the football player rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the Mountain View football team, surpassing 100 yards in a game six times.

Camas football preview: Walker mean, but not that green

By Paul Valencia August 25, 2014 10:59 p.m.

Alex Walker might have been one of the best defensive linemen in the region last season, but he did not get a single start for the Camas defense.

Zac the Quarterback: Shomler came to Skyview determined to play QB

By Paul Valencia August 24, 2014 10:58 p.m.

They told him he was a defensive back, a safety. Zac Shomler said he was a quarterback. They said no.

Prep football 2014: Everything is new again

By Paul Valencia August 20, 2014 8:15 p.m.

Angel Bonilla looked ready to play, refreshed even.

Practice opens today for high school football

By Paul Valencia August 20, 2014 6 a.m.

A year ago, we knew this was the beginning of something special for at least one football team.

Dungey dominates at Washougal

By Paul Valencia July 26, 2014 11:13 p.m.

Ryan Dungey kicking some, er, dirt is just another constant at Washougal.

Sweep is sweet for Musquin

By Paul Valencia July 26, 2014 11:12 p.m.

Marvin Musquin was in position for his first overall title of the season in the 250 class of the Washougal MX National.

Track worker critically injured at Washougal motocross event

By Mark Bowder and Paul Valencia July 26, 2014 8:04 p.m.

A track worker was critically injured Saturday morning when he was struck by a motorcycle that had gone off the track at the Washougal Motocross Park.

Washington rider Weeck has warm spot for Washougal

By Paul Valencia July 25, 2014 9:36 p.m.

Tommy Weeck is from Bellevue, but as far as motocross goes, Washougal is home.

International flavor at Washougal MX National

By Paul Valencia July 25, 2014 9:32 p.m.

As a youngster, Dean Wilson watched American dirt-bike racing on his television, and he just knew he had to get there one day.

Wet weather doesn't wreck Washougal moto schedule

By Paul Valencia July 24, 2014 8:08 p.m.

Everything is "100 percent on schedule" for Saturday's Washougal MX National, according to track spokesman Brian Barnes.

La Center community rallies to build high school football stadium

By Paul Valencia July 22, 2014 5:40 p.m.

By the time Zac McRobert got to high school, he was told, there would be a new stadium, a new football field, on campus at La Center High School. Letdown after letdown was beginning to take its toll, though.

Washougal welcomes back MX National

By Paul Valencia July 22, 2014 6:01 a.m.

It's about to get loud in east Clark County.

For Lindsay Aho, golf's grab unbreakable

By Paul Valencia July 19, 2014 4:09 p.m.

Prairie grad holds LPGA dreams after stint on "Big Break" TV show

Heritage hires name from the past to coach football

By Paul Valencia July 17, 2014 9:17 p.m.

Chuck Hawthorne is back as a head football coach, some 25 years after his last head coaching job.

Reason for Freedom Bowl is right on field

By Paul Valencia July 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Caden Brown and Zach Paterson got late starts to their athletic careers.

Late surge makes it an All-American day at Freedom Bowl Classic

By Paul Valencia July 12, 2014 11:17 p.m.

Dylan King, though, used hit foot, then his hands, then his feet to give the American squad the momentum again.

One last time around for Smalley

By Paul Valencia July 11, 2014 11:39 p.m.

Justin Smalley is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, and he must be the fastest player on his football team.

Career comes first for Washougal's Jacobs

By Paul Valencia July 10, 2014 10:54 p.m.

Bobby Jacobs, who shined as a running back at Washougal, will be back in football pads Saturday night at the Freedom Bowl Classic, an all-star game for recent high school graduates from Southwest Washington.

King's Way football going 11 man

By Paul Valencia June 23, 2014 6:31 p.m.

King's Way Christian quarterback Dustin Johnson lined up behind center at the team's first spring practice earlier this month and that is when it really hit him.

All-Region girls athlete of the year: Nicole Goecke

By Paul Valencia June 21, 2014 11:10 p.m.

Had Nicole Goecke specialized in her favorite sport heading into high school, she would have earned a college scholarship in basketball.

A Pair at Prairie are All-Region athletes of the year

By Paul Valencia June 21, 2014 9:17 p.m.

He grew up playing a bunch of different sports. No reason to change that once he became a high school student.

All-Region baseball: Rayburn returned to the top for Columbia River

By Paul Valencia June 21, 2014 1:05 a.m.

Seth Rayburn was shut down for months. All he could do was watch and wait and wonder.

All-Region softball: Camas' Hubbard dialed in as player of the year

By Paul Valencia June 19, 2014 7:49 p.m.

There was a time when the Camas softball team was 10-0, looking like the squad that just missed a state championship the previous year, looking like the roster that was determined to make it back to the state tournament.

All-Region girls golf: Fort golfer prefers to go after a higher standard

By Paul Valencia June 14, 2014 11:03 p.m.

Bridget Standard knows she can do better, knows she will be better.

Heritage football coach abruptly resigns

By Paul Valencia June 12, 2014 9:31 p.m.

Heritage football coach Jack Hathaway stunned just about everyone associated with the program when he resigned this week.

And for dessert, Heinly gets a victory in Royal Oaks Invitational

By Paul Valencia June 8, 2014 10:34 p.m.

Jesse Heinly made his challenging par putt on the 18th green, shook hands with the rest of the players in his group, then walked off the course, thinking he had a good final round at the 58th Royal Oaks Invitational Tournament.

The Dan Plan leads novice golfer to 3-handicap

By Paul Valencia June 7, 2014 5:06 p.m.

Just a little more than three years into the project, and more than 5,000 hours of practice, Dan McLaughlin has gone from novice to a 3-handicap.

At 81, Myers still on his golf game

By Paul Valencia June 6, 2014 6:45 p.m.

Kent Myers, 81, is in Vancouver this weekend for the Royal Oaks Invitational Tournament. Myers won this event in 1977 and has been back almost every year.

Defending Royal Oaks champ Fery returns for another title shot

By Paul Valencia June 5, 2014 7:16 p.m.

Ryan Fery earned one of the biggest victories in his golfing career last June at the Royal Oaks Invitational Tournament.

Local baseball, softball all-stars show their skills

By Paul Valencia June 4, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Some of the top senior baseball and softball players in Southwest Washington played their all-star games just a block apart from one another Wednesday.

Evergreen's Utah recruit Murphy adding offseason muscle

By Paul Valencia June 3, 2014 8:34 p.m.

Justice Murphy, still a junior at Evergreen for a couple more weeks, took another step toward his ultimate goal — to play professional football — when he accepted a scholarship offer with the University of Utah. Signing day is not until February 2015, and he can change his mind, but he said Utah is where he belongs.

Skyview coach on paid administrative leave

By Susan Parrish and Paul Valencia June 3, 2014 7:05 p.m.

Eric Estes, Skyview High School’s baseball coach and a social studies teacher, has been on paid administrative leave since Friday.

Paul Valencia: There's heart in winning and losing

By Paul Valencia June 2, 2014 11:19 p.m.

That team has heart. That is the typical description when a team loses a first-round game in a tournament and then goes through the consolation bracket to earn a trophy.

Woodland comes up short in bid for baseball 1A state title

By Paul Valencia May 31, 2014 11:21 p.m.

The Woodland baseball team fell 7-1 to Naches Valley in the Class 1A state baseball championship game Saturday in Yakima.

4A softball: Battle Ground finds consolation in first win at state

By Paul Valencia May 30, 2014 10:12 p.m.

One Clark County team was thrilled just to make it to Spokane for the Class 4A state softball tournament.

3A boys golf: Fort's Tibbits holds off defending champ for 3A state title

By Paul Valencia May 29, 2014 5:08 p.m.

Fort Vancouver's Spencer Tibbits fired his second two-under-par 70 of the tournament Thursday to finish at 4-under with a 140 total and win the 3A state title by one shot over Juanita's Frank Garber.

3A boys golf: Pair of Spencers top leaderboard

By Paul Valencia May 28, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Spencer Tibbits, of Fort Vancouver, shot the round of the day, a 2-under-par 70, in the first group of the tournament Wednesday morning. Hours later, Columbia River’s Spencer Long posted a 71.

Defending 4A golf champion Humphreys returns to Camas Meadows

By Paul Valencia May 27, 2014 11:16 p.m.

The defending Class 4A state boys golf champion said he has been practicing at Camas Meadows quite a bit recently.

State golf: Another chance to shine

By Paul Valencia May 26, 2014 10:06 p.m.

It was one of the driest springs in recent memory, the spring of 2013.

Battle Ground claims first state softball berth

By Paul Valencia May 25, 2014 6:19 p.m.

The Battle Ground Tigers are going to the Class 4A state softball tournament for the first time in program history after surviving one elimination game Sunday morning, then clinching a berth with a victory in the afternoon at a bi-district tournament in Kent.

River keeps head high after loss to O'Dea

By Paul Valencia May 25, 2014 6 a.m.

The Columbia River baseball team took more than 30 minutes to say goodbye to its season Saturday evening, the players standing in a circle in right field, expressing their feelings for one another.

Columbia River baseball advances to quarterfinals

By Paul Valencia May 24, 2014 12:28 p.m.

Seth Rayburn throws shutout to lead Chieftains.

Paul Valencia: Dad's advice keeps helping

By Paul Valencia May 22, 2014 11:02 p.m.

After a successful inning, Ben Nikolas walks off the pitcher's mound and imagines his dad standing near the dugout, waiting to give an encouraging word.

Preuninger takes over boys basketball team at Heritage

By Paul Valencia May 20, 2014 8:59 p.m.

Heritage High School announced that Scott Preuninger is the new boys basketball coach.

Hudson's Bay hires football co-head coaches

By Paul Valencia May 19, 2014 8:22 p.m.

Hudson’s Bay has called an interesting audible in its search for a new football coach. The Eagles are going with two coaches: Andy Meyer and Rick Skinner.

Woodland wins title in laugher

By Paul Valencia May 17, 2014 11:17 p.m.

The Woodland Beavers talked a little trash Saturday afternoon during the Class 1A District 4 baseball championship game.

Tennis helps Fort Vancouver student make transition from Kazakhstan to America

By Paul Valencia May 16, 2014 11:34 p.m.

Tennis can break the ice. It can break down borders. It can overcome language barriers. In short, tennis can make the world a better place.

Another rally helps Prairie softball end up No. 1 in district

By Paul Valencia May 16, 2014 11:23 p.m.

KELSO — The Prairie softball team has gone from third place to the No. 1 seed.