Local swimmers have sights on qualifying for state finals

By Paul Valencia January 27, 2014 11:02 p.m.

CAMAS -- Being among the top 16 athletes in the state is a pretty cool accomplishment. No doubt. Even better? Being in the top eight.

Girls basketball: Skyview rolls past Camas 63-32

By Paul Valencia January 24, 2014 8:57 p.m.

The Skyview girls basketball team has enough individual talent that the Storm could probably win the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League with isolation, one-on-one plays.

Girls basketball: Prairie falls to second 2A team in past week

By Paul Valencia January 22, 2014 11:13 p.m.

Prairie girls basketball coach Brett Johnson said Wednesday's game against Mark Morris would be the fifth top-quality, non-league basketball opponent his Falcons have faced this season.

Boys basketball: Union beats Evergreen, surges ahead in standings

By Paul Valencia January 21, 2014 11:12 p.m.

That one-minute surge on the defensive side of the floor pretty much sealed the game for the Titans in a 59-48 win over Evergreen in a Class 4A Greater St. Helens League boys basketball game.

Paul Valencia: County wrestling tourney is special

By Paul Valencia January 21, 2014 6 a.m.

It seems to me that the Clark County Wrestling Championships used to be a bigger deal to the wrestlers than it is these days.

Godinho's rally keeps Union on top

By Paul Valencia January 18, 2014 10:11 p.m.

Junior Godinho rallied to tie, then he took down Columbia River's Larry Anderson with roughly 10 seconds left in the first overtime period to win the Clark County title 9-7.

Washougal family storms away with girls Clark County title

By Paul Valencia January 18, 2014 10:03 p.m.

All of the Washougal wrestlers train together. They are instructed by the same coaches. They share the wrestling room, at the same time.

Boys basketball: Battle Ground hustles its way past Evergreen

By Paul Valencia January 17, 2014 9:51 p.m.

Taylor Smith did not score a point Friday night, but he scored big-time "hustle points" for the Tigers. And it was that hustle, from all the Tigers, that earned them a 64-50 victory in a key Class 4A Greater St. Helens League boys basketball game.

Evergreen grad to coach Prairie softball

By Paul Valencia January 9, 2014 10:09 p.m.

One of the most successful softball programs in the region has a new coach, with a familiar name.

Paul Valencia: Far East comes near for wrestlers

By Paul Valencia January 8, 2014 4:16 p.m.

Later this month, high school wrestlers will compete in the Clark County Championships.

Union holds off Battle Ground in GSHL opener

By Paul Valencia January 7, 2014 9:05 p.m.

Skillful Davis stepped up to the free throw line and was true on his first attempt. Then he made another. And another. And another. And, true story, one more.

Camas gymnasts are just like family

By Paul Valencia January 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Hannah Marquis was 5 years old when she first started gymnastics. She has fond memories of her coach, Carol Willson, back in those early days.

Hudson's Bay dropping to 2A for next sports season

By Paul Valencia January 6, 2014 6:33 p.m.

Vancouver Public Schools officials confirmed Monday evening that the Hudson's Bay Eagles expect to compete in Class 2A next school year for Washington Interscholastic Activities Association sports.

Wrestling: Gromes, Goodpaster, Yamashita win at Pac Coast

By Paul Valencia January 4, 2014 8:13 p.m.

There were 32-man brackets in each weight class. There were 35 teams. Only seven squads from Clark County.

Vancouver players lead Columbia Christian

By Paul Valencia January 3, 2014 11:49 p.m.

Arkadiy Mkrtychyan and Luke Moody live a few minutes apart and would go to Prairie High School if they were public school students.

Camas boys basketball enjoys Moda Center experience

By Paul Valencia January 3, 2014 9 p.m.

The game got away from the Camas boys basketball team in the second half Friday night, but the Papermakers will keep the experience of playing on an NBA floor in an NBA arena for a lot longer than they will remember this game.

Wrestling: State-placing seniors lead the way at Mountain View

By Paul Valencia January 1, 2014 11:39 p.m.

Benjamin Dixon and Kenji Yamashita were there in the summer of 2012, the Washington Intensive Camp in Spokane, two wrestlers from Mountain View just trying to make themselves better.

2013 in review: Year for gridiron greatness

By Paul Danzer , Erik Gundersen , Greg Jayne , Allen Thomas and Paul Valencia December 29, 2013 6 a.m.

Camas quarterback Reilly Hennessey looked up at the scoreboard, saw the big lights, and it was all so real. The Papermakers were up by 13 points, late in the fourth quarter.

Camas senior gets ball rolling for school's bowling team

By Paul Valencia December 25, 2013 6:28 p.m.

Porsche Chartrand was in middle school when she walked into a bowling center and noticed high school teams in competition.

All-Region football: Reilly Hennessey, Camas

By Paul Valencia December 24, 2013 6:55 p.m.

Reilly Hennessey prefers to think of the season as a whole, not just one final game that went awry.

Hennessey voted 4A state player of year by media

By Paul Valencia December 19, 2013 11:02 p.m.

The Camas Papermakers continue to pick up post-season honors after their 13-1 season and a spot in the Class 4A state championship game.

Girls basketball preview: Winning attitude helps Heritage

By Paul Valencia December 17, 2013 11:17 p.m.

It was short-lived, but it was a winning streak. Two in a row. The Heritage girls basketball team.

All-Region boys cross country: Austin Blankenship

By Paul Valencia December 17, 2013 6 a.m.

Columbia River cross country runner Austin Blankenship won the Class 3A boys district championship and then the bi-district title this fall for the Chieftains. Interestingly, it was a race that he lost that really stands out.

Late three-point play lifts Prairie girls over Union

By Paul Valencia December 16, 2013 10:43 p.m.

Prairie senior Lindsay Asplund still had confidence, an important attribute for a basketball player in a shooting slump.

Reclassification process expected to jumble high school leagues

By Paul Valencia December 14, 2013 8:32 p.m.

While nothing is official until January, it is looking like the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League will have seven schools next school year, while the 3A GSHL will have five or perhaps four schools.

Another rally gives Battle Ground boys win over Prairie

By Paul Valencia December 13, 2013 10:47 p.m.

The Battle Ground boys basketball team has been behind in every game this season.

Camas' Eagle commits to Eastern Washington

By Paul Valencia December 11, 2013 10:26 p.m.

After the toughest loss of his career over the weekend, Zach Eagle gave himself some good news this week with a phone call to Eastern Washington University.

Paul Valencia: Camas-Chiawana ending still hard to believe

By Paul Valencia December 9, 2013 10:53 p.m.

A state championship was on the line, and a team had a 13-point lead and the ball with 1 minute and 10 seconds left in the game. And that team lost. Sounds like the beginning of a "30 for 30" ESPN documentary: What if I told you ...

One unforgettable ending for Camas football team

By Paul Valencia December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Win or lose, the Camas Papermakers knew they were going to remember the state championship game for the rest of their lives.

Camas loses state title game to Chiawana on game's final play

By Paul Valencia December 8, 2013 12:51 a.m.

Blake Bishop caught a 4-yard touchdown reception from Joey Zamora as time expired and the Chiawana of Pasco converted the PAT kick to stun Camas 27-26 in the Class 4A state title football game Saturday in Tacoma.

4A football championship: Catch Camas ... If You Can

By Paul Valencia December 7, 2013 12:30 a.m.

This will be a difficult Saturday for Skyview football coach Steve Kizer.

Boys basketball: Columbia River starts strong, beats Skyview

By Paul Valencia December 6, 2013 9:42 p.m.

It was a year in the making, and it felt really, really good for the Columbia River Chieftains.

Tactics, talent, trust bond Camas coaching staff

By Paul Valencia December 5, 2013 11:31 p.m.

Jon Eagle and Reilly Hennessey can talk football for hours.

Camas' Reilly Hennessey is Gatorade state player of the year

By Paul Valencia December 5, 2013 8:39 p.m.

Camas quarterback Reilly Hennessey was selected as the Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year on Thursday.

Rite of Camas: Pre-game Haka dance fires up Papermakers

By Paul Valencia December 4, 2013 6:26 p.m.

Jason Vailea stands before his teammates, before every game, and leads the Camas football team in The Haka, a war chant with roots that go back a couple hundred years.

Skyview prevails over Prairie in meeting of county powers

By Paul Valencia December 3, 2013 10:25 p.m.

The only two girls basketball programs from Clark County to win state championships this millenium renewed their rivalry Tuesday night to open their 2013-14 seasons.

Paul Valencia: Camas answers trash talk

By Paul Valencia December 3, 2013 9:04 p.m.

A history lesson. A poorly timed piece of trash talk. An effective answer to that yapping. It all happened so fast Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome.

Battle Ground enjoys season-opening win over Fort

By Paul Valencia December 2, 2013 10:21 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND -- Devin Johnson said he loves basketball practice. He could do it every day, just to get better.

Camas one step away from state title

By Paul Valencia December 1, 2013 11:46 p.m.

TACOMA — Camas senior defensive back Jorden Payne said it hit him with about two minutes left in the game Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome.

Camas routs Bellarmine Prep to reach 4A state title game

By Paul Valencia December 1, 2013 12:22 a.m.

Reilly Hennessey threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Papermakers to a 49-21 victory over Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma in a Class 4A state football semifinal game Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome.

Easily the top-scoring Beasley at Camas

By Paul Valencia November 29, 2013 9:42 p.m.

CAMAS -- Nate Beasley has scored 68 touchdowns in his three years on varsity for the Camas football team, 30 in each of the past two seasons as the starting running back.

Scouts' Honor: Camas players 'put ego aside,' fill vital role for state title contender

By Paul Valencia November 27, 2013 8:07 p.m.

CAMAS -- Aaron Deml and Dustin Krecklow go to practice every day, determined to make themselves better.

Paul Valencia: Trying to win the tug-of-war battle

By Paul Valencia November 26, 2013 6 a.m.

There is a tug of war in this high school sports media business, and it feels like I'm on both sides of the mud puddle. There I am pulling one way; there I am pulling the other.

Camas passes playoff test with victory over Eastlake

By Paul Valencia November 23, 2013 8:32 p.m.

The Camas Papermakers passed their first real test of the season Saturday, and they made some Clark County high school football history in the process.

O’Dea closes Thunder’s year

By Paul Valencia November 22, 2013 11:55 p.m.

Eddie Richardson needed less than five minutes after his team's season came to an end Friday night to sum up what it meant for him to play for Mountain View Thunder football.

Mountain View football gains upper hand with its four aces

By Paul Valencia November 21, 2013 11:03 p.m.

The leading rusher on the team comes off the football field during a break in action and gives the head coach a suggestion for a play.

Nice linebacker leads nasty Camas defense

By Paul Valencia November 20, 2013 10:15 p.m.

His teammates chuckle when they hear Michael DiGenova talk to opponents. It is not trash talk. It is more like clever conversation.

Paul Valencia: Eastlake familiar to Eagle family

By Paul Valencia November 19, 2013 6 a.m.

We know Jon Eagle is famous around these parts, at least in the football community.

4A football: Camas parade marches on with rout of Cascade

By Paul Valencia November 16, 2013 9:19 p.m.

Nate Beasley scored five first-half touchdowns Saturday afternoon, leading the Papermakers to a 63-28 victory over Cascade of Everett.

Eastlake turns out lights on Union's season

By Paul Valencia November 16, 2013 12:02 a.m.

Eastlake of Sammamish got the go-ahead touchdown with six minutes left, then held off the Titans for a 34-27 victory in the opening round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.