Stories by Paul
Britni Atwell won nine state titles over four years
Britni Atwell had to find gym time wherever, whenever it was available.
Calwell shined at state for Camas High swim team
Kasey Calwell was born in Texas, went to elementary school in Michigan, attended middle school in Ohio, and now calls Southwest Washington home for his high school years.
Crockett won 4A state title with tourney record
Madison Crockett wanted to win, of course, but she was not consumed by winning. Not this year, anyway.
Penguins have won 13 of their past 16 games
There was a new coach with a new system, and one of the top players on the team was not eligible for the first nine games of the season.
They tried to call it state. But you know that whole thing about lipstick on a pig.
Kodiaks at 1B state for second time in three WIAA seasons
Columbia Adventist Academy, in just its third year as a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association program, is going to the Class 1B state basketball tournament for a second time.
Chieftains proud of effort against high-powered Abes
The Columbia River boys basketball team fell short of the ultimate destination Saturday night in the Class 3A regionals, falling to Lincoln 55-35.
For the first time since 1997, the Prairie Falcons will not be in the Tacoma Dome for the state girls basketball tournament.
IOC's decision can't dampen enthusiasm for sport of wrestling
Mat Classic begins with 1,200 athletes under one dome, with two days of competition in front of coaches, cheerleaders, parents, and friends.
Hawks thrive in playoff atmosphere against Washougal
In front of the biggest crowd they had played before, in the biggest game of the season, Alan Haagen and Jack Klodt played even bigger Tuesday night for the Hockinson Hawks.
Wilson overpowers defending 3A champions in bi-district title game
Wilson of Tacoma used its height advantage and aggressive defense to roll past Prairie 68-42 in the championship game of the Class 3A bi-district girls basketball tournament Monday afternoon at the ShoWare Center.
Titans to face Gonzaga Prep on Friday
The Union Titans fell to Yelm 52-51 Monday in the seeding game of the 4A bi-district girls basketball tournament.
The Mountain View Thunder still had the lead, even after going more than six minutes without scoring.
Defensive pressure helps Chieftains to 55-45 victory
The Columbia River boys basketball team got out to a big lead and the Chieftains held off Lakes 55-45 to make it to the regionals. Columbia River is among the final 16 teams in the classification.
Senior adds vault, floor titles to reach nine career state championships
When Britni Atwell walked out of the Tacoma Dome's Exhibition Hall on Saturday afternoon, she walked away from her high school career as the most decorated gymnast in Southwest Washington history.
Chieftains move up a spot from seeding
The Columbia River Chieftains saved their best performance for the best meet.
Storm holds off Gig Harbor for another shot at regional
Skyview sprinted out to a huge early lead and held off Gig Harbor in a loser-out game in the Class 4A bi-district girls basketball tournament Friday night, saving their season with a 55-41 victory.
Britni Atwell takes home crown at state meet
Heritage's Britni Atwell wins state all-around title at Class 4A gymnastics championship
Treadwell, Gonzalez, Duncan have stories to tell
Wil Treadwell appeared to be the happiest wrestler in the state last week after winning a Class 3A regional title.
Wildcats will advance to the Mount Vernon regional
The La Center boys basketball team shook off a rough third quarter, and then the Wildcats shook off years of frustration. For the first time since 2003, the Wildcats are going to the round of 16 in the state of Washington.
Johnson coached previously at Milwaukie High
Don Johnson Jr. said he could not pass up this chance to coach at one of the top high school football programs in the Northwest.
Commentary: Paul Valencia
Luke DuChesne has known his best friend his entire life. Emma DuChesne met her best friend about 66 seconds into her life.
Chatman scores 17 and crashes the boards for Titans
Union had an answer for every charge from Kentridge on Tuesday night, and now the Titans are one win away from the Class 4A girls basketball regionals.
Thunder capture first regional team title
It just keeps getting better for the Mountain View wrestling program, and the Prairie Falcons were as perfect as they could be Saturday night in the finals of the Class 3A Region III championships at Kelso High School
Chieftains fend off cold-shooting Mountain View
Earlier this season David Long pushed his team to do something a Columbia River boys basketball squad had not done before in his 20 years as the head coach.
Falcons win district title, won't play again until Friday
The Prairie girls basketball team cut down the nets and celebrated another district championship Friday night at Columbia River High School.
Thunder rally to beat Fort, reach district final
It did not matter that Mountain View only led for a minute of Thursday night's Class 3A District 4 boys basketball semifinal.
Thunder next play loser-out game at bi-district on Tuesday
Brianna Salberg's 3-pointer with just more than a minute remaining gave Kelso the lead for good.
Signing day not just for football as many others sports ink local athletes
The road from Clark County to the University of Washington for men's soccer continues to be heavily traveled.
Several players heading to Division I programs
Wednesday was a day for some high school athletes to show off their new colors.
Benefits, need for using recruiting services is a matter of debate
Skyview senior Jabari Marshall plans to sign his national letter of intent this morning to play football for Northern Arizona University.
Titans roll to 72-52 win over Evergreen for league crown
Idaho just might want to change that scholarship offer from football to basketball.
Titans claim six individual titles en rout to district wrestling team crown
Union continue its dominance in Southwest Washington wrestling.
Junior wins bowling crown by averaging 220 for the day
Skyview junior Madison Crockett knew she was the state champion before the awards ceremony Friday. Still, there is something about it becoming official.
Storm beat Union for 4A GSHL crown
The Skyview girls basketball team, which started this season 3-6, has reeled off 10 wins in a row and on Thursday clinched the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League title.
Paul Valencia: High School Sports
We promise, this is the last season Callie Crawford's name will appear in a King's Way Christian girls basketball box score.
Columbia River swimmer smashing school records
A swimmer who has already accomplished what he set out to do this season, David Snuffin is thinking ahead to what he wants to accomplish at the state championship.
Storm roll past Battle Ground for eighth win in a row
The Skyview girls basketball team is really starting to bug people.
Ford keys a surge in overtime in the Tigers' 48-40 win
Damien Ford said he's had his good days and his bad days for the Battle Ground Tigers.
Commentary: Paul Valencia
Today's Prairie Falcons cannot remember the last time the girls basketball program failed to win a league championship.
Fort Vancouver program broadcasts games live
Behind the scenes at Fort Sports, students work the cameras, the graphics, the replay machine. A student directs The Show.
Titans take down Evergreen to create tie for first in 4A GSHL
Seaver Whalen went on the attack as soon as the second half started Friday night. It led to two free throws for the Union Titans.
The Mountain View football program went back to its recent past, took in a little bit of its present, and is looking to the future with a very familiar name.
Hawthorne scores 15 points as River top Mountain View
Nathan Hawthorne said he was nervous.
Panthers' win is first in 41 meetings with Monarchs
This does not happen every year. This doesn't happen every decade. Heck, this had never happened before ... before now. This would be a Washougal victory over Mark Morris in boys basketball.
Mandy Lathim touched many lives inside -- and outside -- the local gymnastics community
Mandy Lathim gave so much of herself. To her sport. To her school. To everything, everyone, who was a part of her life.
For the wide receivers, there was a lot of hurry up and wait. But it was worth it.
Thunder prevail by denying Bay rally
The Mountain View Thunder got a big lead Friday night, and it turned out that they needed it.
Paul Valencia: Commentary
Here is a little bit of a look back 10 years ago because it's just the middle of the school year for me.
Year brought several teams, coaches and athletes onto center stage
In one day, in just a matter of hours, Clark County became the talk of the girls basketball community throughout the state of Washington. A champion was crowned. Then another.