Union baseball captures league

By Paul Valencia May 1, 2015 11:51 p.m.

The Union baseball team clinched a trip the Class 4A state tournament after clinching the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League baseball title Friday afternoon.

Prep highlights: Union beats Battle Ground 2-1 in softball

By Paul Valencia April 29, 2015 11:44 p.m.

Alexis, Anna, and Alexis all earned A's on the softball field Wednesday for the Union Titans, and now there is a three-way tie in the loss column in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League.

One of those days for Prairie softball

By Paul Valencia April 28, 2015 11:11 p.m.

The Prairie softball team fell behind early. Let's just say it was a rough day on the field for the Falcons.

Camas softball coach put on administrative leave

By Susan Parrish and Paul Valencia April 23, 2015 7:07 p.m.

A science teacher and varsity softball coach at Camas High School was placed on administrative leave Wednesday while Camas School District officials conduct an investigation.

Morrison home run promotes Battle Ground in GSHL softball standings

By Paul Valencia April 22, 2015 9:05 p.m.

CAMAS — Alexis Morrison could probably get used to this whole varsity thing.

Union tops Skyview in wild, 31-run softball game

By Paul Valencia April 20, 2015 11:15 p.m.

Union slugger Mo Spieth said she had never been a part of such a game at this level.

Prep roundup: Jasinsky caps prep career as Northwest Shootout MVP

By Paul Valencia April 18, 2015 10:16 p.m.

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Trevor Jasinsky just wanted to contribute in the Merritt Truax Memorial Northwest Shootout.

River baseball's goals unchanged after loss to Kelso

By Paul Valencia April 18, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Kelso got its first hit of the game Saturday in the sixth inning, then scored four runs in the frame and ended up beating Columbia River 5-3 in a Class 3A Greater St. Helens League game.

Camas' Schroeder makes up for lost time

By Paul Valencia April 18, 2015 12:06 a.m.

Katie Schroeder struck out 11 batters Friday as Camas shut out Skyview 8-0 to improve to 3-0 in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League. The Papermakers are 9-1 overall, 9-0 when Schroeder starts.

Union baseball team springs back into action

By Paul Valencia April 15, 2015 10:36 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND — It had been two weeks since the Union baseball team won a game. Of course, the Titans did not play for two weeks.

Lehner gives home fans reason to cheer in Camas' 1-0 soccer win over Union

By Paul Valencia April 14, 2015 11:07 p.m.

CAMAS — Bennett Lehner ended a long night of soccer Tuesday with an overtime goal to give the home crowd one more reason to scream.

Super score for super golfers from Union

By Paul Valencia April 14, 2015 6 a.m.

The Union Titans know it is the best score in school history, but is it possible it is the best team score in Clark County history?

Seton brings in Ephraim to lead football program

By Paul Valencia April 13, 2015 5:19 p.m.

Seton Catholic High School has made its first coaching change in the football program's short history.

Paul Valencia: In post-game interviews, if you can't say something nice ...

By Paul Valencia April 7, 2015 11:27 p.m.

The two most successful high school coaches I have covered had a lot in common.

Columbia River softball star Teaghan Cowles strives for her best in all she does

By Paul Valencia March 31, 2015 10:05 p.m.

It is impossible to play perfect softball, but that is what makes softball the perfect sport for Columbia River junior Teaghan Cowles.

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.