Prairie's Hyde to take over football program at Evergreen

By Paul Valencia March 27, 2015 7:30 p.m.

Terry Hyde, who has been the head coach the past nine seasons at Prairie High School, jumped at the chance to return to Evergreen.

Baseball preview: King's Way Christian fields its first varsity baseball team

By Paul Valencia March 23, 2015 7 p.m.

Liam Nabors plays on a tournament baseball team, but until this year had never been part of a school team.

Roundball Shootout Sunday at Clark College

By Paul Valencia March 21, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Many of the top senior boys and girls basketball players from Southwest Washington are scheduled to compete Sunday in the 20th annual Les Schwab Tires Roundball Shootout, powered by Shoot 360. The event begins at 4 p.m. at Clark College

All-Region Gymnastics: Nicole Moss, Heritage

By Paul Valencia March 17, 2015 10:49 p.m.

Nicole Moss, a gymnast from Heritage, stuck the toughest skill she ever attempted on the floor exercise in a high school meet and finished second at the Class 4A state championships last month.

Heritage hires new football head coach from Arizona

By Paul Valencia March 17, 2015 9:20 p.m.

Matt Gracey was a head coach in Port Angeles before heading south to take football jobs in California and Arizona.

All-Region girls basketball: Cherita Daugherty

By Paul Valencia March 16, 2015 11:05 p.m.

Cherita Daugherty got her first real taste of basketball in the fifth grade. Her life changed.

Olympian Misty May-Treanor visits with Vancouver students

By Paul Valencia March 13, 2015 4:23 p.m.

A legend from the volleyball world visited athletes from Evergreen High School and a couple of middle schools Friday, hoping to inspire girls to chase after their dreams and get an education.

Evergreen football coach Don Johnson Jr. resigns

By Paul Valencia March 13, 2015 3:26 p.m.

Evergreen football coach Don Johnson Jr., resigned Friday to accept a job in Portland.

All-Region girls bowling: Lauryn Heying, Fort Vancouver

By Paul Valencia March 12, 2015 10:42 p.m.

The game was OK, but Lauryn Heying was not going to get carried away with it.

4A boys basketball: Union beats Woodinville for third place at state  

By Paul Valencia March 7, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Union earned the third-place trophy at the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament, rolling past Woodinville 69-45 at the Tacoma Dome.

4A boys basketball: Union takes its best shot, falls short against Federal Way  

By Paul Valencia March 7, 2015 9:51 a.m.

Federal Way walked off the Tacoma Dome court with a 61-58 victory, advancing to the state championship game. But only after Union rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Paul Valencia: Planting seed for solution to state basketball tourneys

By Paul Valencia March 6, 2015 6 a.m.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association should change its logo to a piñata.

4A girls basketball: Bad second half dooms Skyview against Moses Lake

By Paul Valencia March 5, 2015 8:34 p.m.

Moses Lake held the Storm to 11 points in the second half, beating Skyview 47-36 in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome.

Nail-biting blowout has Union heading to Tacoma battle-tested

By Paul Valencia March 4, 2015 9:55 p.m.

Someone in the Twitter world counted up all of the regional basketball games, in all classifications, and counted the number of "blowouts" there were Friday and Saturday.

Trust carries Prairie girls to the Tacoma Dome

By Paul Valencia March 3, 2015 10:57 p.m.

The Prairie girls basketball team took the lead late in the first quarter and kept it last week in the Falcons' Class 3A state regional game against Juanita of Kirkland.

Skyview's Friauf says there was contact on controversial call  

By Paul Valencia March 3, 2015 10:54 p.m.

It was a controversial call, for sure. Skyview's Riley Friauf said she was fouled, that there was contact on the arm. But she is quick to point out that she did not think a call would be made.

Paul Valencia: Oakland Raider tells local students 'just persevere'

By Paul Valencia March 3, 2015 7:41 p.m.

T.J. Carrie, who just completed his rookie season with the Oakland Raiders, has been to Seton Catholic High School, Wy'East Middle School, and Prairie High School, sharing his story of perseverance.

4A girls basketball: Camas comes up short against Bellarmine Prep

By Paul Valencia February 28, 2015 8:52 p.m.

Camas girls basketball coach Chuck Knight had a simple explanation for his team's performance Saturday.

4A boys basketball: Camas falls just short against Kentwood

By Paul Valencia February 28, 2015 8:50 p.m.

Kentwood held off Camas 55-53 in a Class 4A state regional playoff at Puyallup High School to advance to the state quarterfinals in the dome. Camas' season came to an end with a record of 17-7 and one big accomplishment.

4A boys basketball: Titanic run sends Union boys to Dome (videos)

By Paul Valencia February 27, 2015 11:47 p.m.

The Union boys basketball team saved its season Friday night, rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Curtis 62-50 in a Class 4A state regional playoff game at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

Trio of girls basketball teams looking for return to Tacoma

By Paul Valencia February 25, 2015 11:34 p.m.

The girls basketball teams at Skyview, Prairie and Camas have a couple of things in common.

State memories still storm back to Skyview girls basketball team

By Paul Valencia February 25, 2015 11:30 p.m.

There is a picture of the 2012 Skyview girls basketball team at the school's gym, celebrating that squad's state championship.

Prairie girls basketball team seeks return to dome

By Paul Valencia February 25, 2015 11 p.m.

It must feel like it has been forever for the Prairie girls basketball team. Forever since the team played in the Tacoma Dome.

Journey back to state has been pain for Camas girls basketball team

By Paul Valencia February 25, 2015 10:58 p.m.

They have endured years of bad luck, yet here they are still standing, still playing basketball.

The finest nine of prep basketball: State tournament preview features

By Paul Valencia February 24, 2015 11:38 p.m.

This week, we celebrate the teams from Clark County that have made it to state basketball tournaments.

Top-ranked Union boys' strength found in its depth

By Paul Valencia February 24, 2015 11:25 p.m.

The starting five makes the Union Titans one of the best boys basketball teams in the region. It's the next five, though, that have made Union one of the best teams in the state.

Jasinsky helps lift Camas boys to state for first time since 1964

By Paul Valencia February 24, 2015 11:21 p.m.

CAMAS — They used to talk about going to the Tacoma Dome, to play for the state championship.

River returns to No. 1 option after leading scorer injured

By Paul Valencia February 24, 2015 11:16 p.m.

The Columbia River Chieftains are without their player of the year. Good thing for the Columbia River Chieftains that they have their player of last year.

Prairie girls basketball finishes third at 3A bi-district

By Paul Valencia February 21, 2015 8:54 p.m.

Grace Prom made three consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Jamie Phares scored all 13 of her points in the second half Saturday, leading Prairie to a 73-64 victory over Lincoln, claiming third place in the Class 3A bi-district girls basketball tournament.

Hockinson girls basketball season ends with loss to Black Hills

By Paul Valencia February 21, 2015 8:53 p.m.

Black Hills rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and eliminated the Hockinson girls basketball team from the postseason Saturday at Centralia High School.

Heritage's Moss, Skyview's Lea place high at gymnastics state meet

By Paul Valencia February 21, 2015 3:27 p.m.

Four Clark County athletes earned medals Saturday at the state gymnastics championships at the Tacoma Dome’s Exhibition Hall.

Camas girls seal spot to 4A state basketball regional

By Paul Valencia February 20, 2015 9:50 p.m.

The Camas Papermakers are going to the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament.

Boys basketball: Union's run still going strong

By Paul Valencia February 19, 2015 11:24 p.m.

The Union Titans did not even realize just how good they were Thursday night.

18th straight state trip didn't come easy for River gymnasts

By Paul Valencia February 19, 2015 6:54 p.m.

This one was a little extra special for the Columbia River gymnastics team.

Hot streak sends Camas girls into district final

By Paul Valencia February 18, 2015 11:31 p.m.

The Camas girls basketball team scored 13 points in a row in the second quarter to take command Wednesday, then strolled into the Class 4A District 4 championship game.

Camas boys beat Evergreen as a team

By Paul Valencia February 18, 2015 11:22 p.m.

CAMAS — Trevor Jasinsky played like a team leader all game, and Camas' sophomore starter got a double-double.

Berth to state just eludes Woodland boys in loss to Tumwater

By Paul Valencia February 17, 2015 11:05 p.m.

The Woodland boys basketball team will have to figure out a way to forget about Tuesday's loss if the Beavers are going to make it to the Class 2A state tournament.

Boys basketball: Aberdeen 48, Washougal 45

By Paul Valencia February 17, 2015 10:13 p.m.

The Washougal comeback never quite made it back Tuesday in the consolation semifinals of the Class 2A District 4 boys basketball tournament at Centralia High School. Instead, Washougal's season came to an end.

La Center, Castle Rock to play for 1A boys basketball district title

By Paul Valencia February 14, 2015 9:23 p.m.

The La Center Wildcats will play for a district championship and, more importantly, they have clinched a spot in the Class 1A state boys basketball tournament.

Columbia River boys qualify for 3A state basketball

By Paul Valencia February 14, 2015 5:43 p.m.

Spencer Long scored a career-high 22 points Saturday, and while it was a close game for most of the second half, Columbia River never trailed in a 63-50 victory over Auburn Riverside in the quarterfinals of the bi-district boys basketball tournament at Rogers High School.

Prairie locked in for trip to 3A state

By Paul Valencia February 13, 2015 11:13 p.m.

Lindsay Asplund talked about history. Natalie Whitesel focused more on the team. And Grace Prom, who had a career night as an individual, also shied away from any personal glory.

Paul Valencia: Basketball more than just a game to Fort's Kerr

By Paul Valencia February 12, 2015 11:09 p.m.

YiMei Kerr was 12 years old when she was adopted, when she moved from China to Vancouver.

Boys basketball: Tenino can't keep up with racing La Center in 1A districts

By Paul Valencia February 12, 2015 11:04 p.m.

LA CENTER — The La Center Wildcats put themselves in good shape in the District 4 Class 1A boys basketball tournament by being in really good shape.

Prairie girls fire up defense to advance in basketball playoffs

By Paul Valencia February 11, 2015 10:54 p.m.

It is a double-elimination tournament, but the Prairie girls basketball team wants to play with a different philosophy.

Skyview girls storm back to top of GSHL standings by beating Camas

By Paul Valencia February 10, 2015 11:13 p.m.

CAMAS — The champs wanted another championship, so they played like champions Tuesday night.

Camas volleyball program undergoes transition

By Paul Valencia February 9, 2015 6:54 p.m.

Camas High School announced last week the hiring of a new volleyball coach, and the former volleyball coach has gone public with her disappointment over her exit.

Battle Ground wins 4th bowling state title; Columbia River wins first

By Paul Valencia February 7, 2015 8:06 p.m.

Southwest Washington remains the home of bowling excellence.

Columbia River, Prairie wrestlers win district titles

By Paul Valencia February 7, 2015 8:03 p.m.

Kelso got the team prize, but Prairie and host Columbia River had the most champions Saturday at the Class 3A District 4 wrestling tournament.

Fort Vancouver's Heying bowls to 2nd place at state

By Paul Valencia February 6, 2015 8:30 p.m.

Lauryn Heying kept her focus on her main goal all day at the Class 3A/2A state bowling championships Friday.

Columbia River rolls past Kelso for 3A GSHL boys basketball championship

By Paul Valencia February 5, 2015 10:18 p.m.

Columbia River avenged its only league loss of the season and won their fourth consecutive Class 3A Greater St. Helens League boys basketball title Thursday night, getting defensive against Kelso.