Cale Piland resigns as Union's football coach and AD

By Paul Valencia April 23, 2014 4:36 p.m.

Cale Piland, who won a state championship as Evergreen’s football coach and then started the football program at Union, is leaving the coaching ranks.

Olstead, Union shut out Battle Ground

By Paul Valencia April 21, 2014 9:40 p.m.

The Titans on Monday got a two-hit shutout from pitcher Matt Olstead in a 9-0 victory against second-place Battle Ground, and they have now opened up a three-game lead with six to play.

Back at home, Skyview softball gets a win

By Paul Valencia April 18, 2014 8:17 p.m.

The Skyview Storm have not lost a true home softball game since 2011. Of course, they have only played one game on campus since 2011.

Blankenship signs on as Union girls basketball coach

By Paul Valencia April 17, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Former Evergreen boys basketball coach Kelly Blankenship is now the girls basketball coach at Union High School.

Prep girls golf: Golf is a tandem sport at Fort Vancouver

By Paul Valencia April 14, 2014 10:53 p.m.

Bridget Standard had three teammates last season with the Fort Vancouver golf program. Not a lot, but more than she has this season.

Prairie's tournament streak gets rein-'state'-d

By Paul Valencia April 1, 2014 11:24 p.m.

The coroner pronounced the streak dead.

Local hoop stars put on show at Roundball Shootout

By Paul Valencia March 30, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Union's T. Anderson helped lead her team to a 71-69 victory, and King's Way Christian's Parker Ickert helped his squad win the boys game 116-98 on Sunday.

Tiger Invitational faces several weather hurdles

By Paul Valencia March 29, 2014 7:40 p.m.

The Tiger Invitational is the first big meet of the year for Southwest Washington track and field meets. But Saturday's weather wasn't ideal for the event.

Fort Vancouver hires new basketball coach

By Paul Valencia March 28, 2014 11:56 p.m.

James Ensley was named the new boys basketball coach at Fort Vancouver earlier this month, taking over for Scott Thompson, who resigned after nine seasons with the Trappers.

Hudson's Bay searching for new football coach

By Paul Valencia March 27, 2014 10 p.m.

The Hudson’s Bay Eagles are looking for a new football coach. After two seasons on the job, Sylvester Green Jr. is no longer the team’s head coach.

Steele returns to coach Hockinson football

By Paul Valencia March 26, 2014 10:17 p.m.

Rick Steele started the Hockinson football program. After a year off, he is ready to get back to the Hockinson football program.

Fort Vancouver brings back Szueber to coach football

By Paul Valencia March 25, 2014 8:18 p.m.

The Fort Vancouver Trappers are excited about football again. Former Fort football coach Cal Szueber was introduced as the new Fort football coach Tuesday after school.

High school softball preview: Driven To Succeed

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

Three teams from the three Greater St. Helens Leagues and one from the Trico League were so close to a state title last season. Which means there are four teams who have been waiting a long time to try to make amends.

All-Region girls bowling: Faley not about to strike out

By Paul Valencia March 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Wylicia Faley, a senior, set the scoring record of 1,397 pins in six games to claim the individual title and also helped the Tigers win their third consecutive team title. For this, she is The Columbian's All-Region bowler of the year.

All-Region girls basketball: Aubrey Ward-El revels in Skyview's return to state

By Paul Valencia March 21, 2014 11:23 p.m.

Aubrey Ward-El has a lot of great memories from her final year in high school basketball.

All-Region gymnastics: Nicole Moss is still hanging around gymnastics

By Paul Valencia March 20, 2014 11:10 p.m.

Nicole Moss said she retired from her sport a few years ago.

Skyview baseball ringing in new year as state champions

By Paul Valencia March 17, 2014 11:08 p.m.

Just the other day, Brian Valentine sent a picture of Skyview's state championship ring via Twitter to Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

4A girls basketball: Skyview falls to Inglemoor, places 6th at state

By Paul Valencia March 8, 2014 4:01 p.m.

Skyview struggles on offense, falls to Inglemoor 39-36 to conclude girls basketball season

4A girls basketball: Skyview beats Kentwood to make it to trophy game

By Paul Valencia March 7, 2014 11:07 a.m.

Skyview's senior starters lead the way in consolation round victory at 4A girls state basketball tournament.

Skyview girls lose to Gonzaga Prep at state tournament

By Paul Valencia March 6, 2014 4:02 p.m.

The Skyview Storm lost to Gonzaga Prep in the opening round of the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament.

Skyview girls basketball team rallies to McDonagh's defense

By Paul Valencia March 5, 2014 11:09 p.m.

Two senior leaders answered immediately. Jocelyn Adams and Aubrey Ward-El, without hesitation, said Stephanie McDonagh is the best defensive player on the team.

Paul Valencia: Remembering the Storm of 2012

By Paul Valencia March 4, 2014 6 a.m.

We know where Aubrey Ward-El was two years ago this state championship week.

Girls basketball: Prairie gets out-Prairied in regional loss to Bishop Blanchet

By Paul Valencia March 1, 2014 10:37 p.m.

The Prairie girls basketball team got a feel for what it's like to face the Prairie girls basketball team.

Skyview girls beat Newport for spot in Elite Eight

By Paul Valencia March 1, 2014 4:52 p.m.

Skyview's Aubrey Ward-El, Stephanie McDonagh, and Jocelyn Adams all shined Saturday afternoon, leading Skyview to a 62-31 victory over Newport of Bellevue in a Class 4A girls regional basketball game at Mark Morris High School.

At Woodland, basketball teams are in it together

By Paul Valencia February 28, 2014 6 a.m.

The Woodland boys play a Class 1A regional game at 8 p.m. Friday vs. Cascade Christian of Puyallup at Mark Morris High School in Longview. On Saturday, the girls take on Blaine, also at Mark Morris, at 6 p.m. A win this weekend means a trip to the state tournament in Yakima.

Camas' Alexa Efraimson is Gatorade national girls cross country runner of the year

By Paul Valencia February 27, 2014 5:55 p.m.

Camas High School junior Alexa Efraimson was selected the national high school girls cross country runner of the year by Gatorade.

Hajek returns to Washougal football

By Paul Valencia February 24, 2014 6:02 p.m.

David Hajek, a longtime teacher and coach at Washougal High School, is returning for a third go-around as the school's head football coach.

Prairie girls beat Wilson to claim bi-district crown

By Paul Valencia February 22, 2014 10:59 p.m.

The Prairie Falcons used an overpowering second half to blow past Wilson of Tacoma 63-42 and win the 3A bi-district tournament at Pacific Lutheran University.

Moxley medals on beam for Columbia River

By Paul Valencia February 22, 2014 11:26 p.m.

Kenzie Moxley, a Columbia River gymnast, finished eighth in the Class 3A state finals on the balance beam Saturday afternoon.

Columbia River fifth at 3A state gymnastics

By Paul Valencia February 22, 2014 12:02 a.m.

Kenzie Moxley figured it was time to forget about what could go wrong and focus on all that can go right.

Boys basketball: Columbia River's season ends with narrow loss to Enumclaw

By Paul Valencia February 21, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Drake Rademacher scored 14 of his team's 15 fourth-quarter points, leading Enumclaw to a 56-54 victory over Columbia River in a 3A bi-district boys basketball consolation matchup at Washington High School.

Battle Ground makes some noise at bi-district tourney

By Paul Valencia February 20, 2014 11:05 p.m.

Devin Johnson scored 22 points, leading four Tigers in double figures Thursday night, as Battle Ground pulled away from Emerald Ridge of Puyallup for a 69-54 victory in a bi-district tournament game that qualified the Tigers for regionals.

State gymnastics: Columbia River making 17th consecutive appearance

By Paul Valencia February 20, 2014 8:41 p.m.

The biggest lock in Clark County high school sports is Columbia River at the state gymnastics meet.

Girls basketball: Prairie wakes up with big 2nd half, beats Lakes

By Paul Valencia February 19, 2014 11:20 p.m.

The Prairie Falcons have qualified for the state regionals in girls basketball.

Paul Valencia: Here's a salute to fans who hit road

By Paul Valencia February 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Road trips are supposed to be part of the experience of high school athletics.

King's Way Christian boys basketball team approaches the game in its own way

By Paul Valencia February 16, 2014 6 a.m.

The score of the game does not matter as much as the prayer before the game.

Boys basketball: Bellarmine steals win from Union

By Paul Valencia February 15, 2014 11:28 p.m.

The Union boys basketball team was this close to clinching a berth to regionals.

Boys basketball: Battle Ground remains alive, beats Gig Harbor

By Paul Valencia February 15, 2014 3:32 p.m.

Battle Ground kept its season alive with a 65-61 victory over Gig Harbor in the consolation bracket of the 4A bi-district boys basketball tournament.

Boys basketball: Columbia River claims 3A district title with win over Prairie

By Paul Valencia February 14, 2014 11:08 p.m.

Just about all associated with the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League figured the Columbia River boys basketball team could go undefeated in league and district play last year.

Girls basketball: Prairie girls beat Columbia River for 3A district title

By Paul Valencia February 14, 2014 10:23 p.m.

The Prairie Falcons are ready for the next challenge. Another undefeated league season. Another district championship. The next step is bi-district.

Skyview girls basketball thinking big after lopsided playoff win

By Paul Valencia February 13, 2014 11:21 p.m.

It was Skyview's last home game of the girls basketball season, but the Storm hope to have one more performance at their gym.

Boys basketball: Fort keeps season alive with win over Kelso

By Paul Valencia February 12, 2014 11:18 p.m.

They wanted at least a couple more games. For themselves. For their coach.

Evergreen's Franks looks back on his amazing shot (with video)

By Paul Valencia February 12, 2014 6:34 p.m.

A day later, Robert Franks stood on the Evergreen basketball court just feet from where he put up The Shot.

Boys basketball: Union earns a little revenge on Battle Ground

By Paul Valencia February 11, 2014 11:56 p.m.

The Union Titans wanted this matchup.

Union girls survive loser-out game, beat Battle Ground

By Paul Valencia February 11, 2014 11:07 p.m.

Tuileisu Anderson goes by T. Anderson for the Union girls basketball team.

Robinson sparks Union past Evergreen, to league title

By Paul Valencia February 5, 2014 11:12 p.m.

Isaiah Robinson is almost always dominant on defense. That's his specialty for the Union boys basketball team.

Oregon State lands two of area's standouts on signing day

By Paul Valencia February 5, 2014 7:11 p.m.

Football. Cross country. Track and field. Oregon State came looking to Clark County for the future in those sports.

Paul Valencia: Bagnall about to take flight

By Paul Valencia February 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Brody Bagnall is getting set to soar into his future.

Union wrestlers help shine a light on Sunday night

By Paul Valencia February 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Zach Berfanger was a little bit worried when Sunday Night Lights opened its doors.

Boys basketball: Evergreen holds off Battle Ground 60-59 in wild finish

By Paul Valencia February 3, 2014 10:32 p.m.

Robert Franks blocked a shot at the buzzer Monday night, and that might have only been the second-best defensive play of the final 10 seconds for the Evergreen Plainsmen.