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Columbia River volunteer coach Rick Sloan instructs freshman Logan DeJong, his eldest granddaughter, during a 2A Greater St. Helens League meet at Woodland High School. Sloan, 74, was a participant at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, placing seventh in the decathlon. He went on to have a 41-year coaching career at Washington State.

Track legend lending his expertise as volunteer coach at Columbia River

Columbia River volunteer coach Rick Sloan instructs freshman Logan DeJong, his eldest granddaughter, during a 2A Greater St. Helens League meet at Woodland High School. Sloan, 74, was a participant at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, placing seventh in the decathlon. He went on to have a 41-year coaching career at Washington State.

April 30, 2021, 6:05am Prep Sports

When scores of track and field athletes, coaches and fans converge at Ridgefield High School for Friday’s 2A sub-district meet, many won’t realize there’s a track and field legend walking among them. Read story

Battle Ground'is Kaden Perry (20) is surrounded by Camas defenders on Friday, April 23, 2021 (Ken Nowaczyk/For The Columbian)

Camas holds off Perry, Battle Ground, 78-77

Battle Ground'is Kaden Perry (20) is surrounded by Camas defenders on Friday, April 23, 2021 (Ken Nowaczyk/For The Columbian)

April 23, 2021, 10:45pm Prep Sports

BATTLE GROUND — Mitch Taylor watched the best basketball players of Southwest Washington compete in his 15 years as Battle Ground High School’s PA announcer. None were quite like Tigers senior Kaden Perry. Read story

La Center's Angel Merino (10) dribbles past Seton Catholic's Dennis Babiy (14) during a Trico League matchup last week. Merino, an exchange student from Madrid, Spain, is receiving a truly American experience through high school sports.

La Center exchange student Angel Merino making memories through sports

La Center's Angel Merino (10) dribbles past Seton Catholic's Dennis Babiy (14) during a Trico League matchup last week. Merino, an exchange student from Madrid, Spain, is receiving a truly American experience through high school sports.

April 17, 2021, 10:30pm Newsletter

La Center’s soccer team has given Angel Merino the American experience he craved when he journeyed from Spain last August as an exchange student. Read story

Skyview's Addie MacPherson is a standout basketball and softball player.

Simultaneous winter-spring seasons create a dual-sport dilemma

Skyview's Addie MacPherson is a standout basketball and softball player.

April 12, 2021, 8:05pm Newsletter

Skyview senior Addie MacPherson missed her sophomore basketball season with an ACL injury. Her junior softball season was canceled due to COVID-19. This year, MacPherson again met difficult news when the 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League announced earlier this year that seasons 2 and 3 would merge. Read story

New Hockinson football coach LeCount has standards of Steele

April 3, 2021, 7:32pm Prep Sports

When longtime Hockinson football coach Rick Steele announced his retirement last month, Clint LeCount immediately knew he wanted the job. On Friday afternoon, Hockinson principal Andy Schoonover announced on social media that LeCount was picked as the next head coach of the Hawks’ football team. The hire is pending school… Read story

Mountain View running back Kevin Chen, left, is congratulated by teammate Zach Gable, right, after a win against Heritage Friday afternoon at McKenzie Stadium.

Mountain View seniors get ‘sense of closure’ with win over Heritage

Mountain View running back Kevin Chen, left, is congratulated by teammate Zach Gable, right, after a win against Heritage Friday afternoon at McKenzie Stadium.

April 2, 2021, 7:09pm Prep Sports

Mountain VIew senior Kevin Chen took a knee on the sideline as his Thunder put the finishing touches on a 49-7 win over Heritage on Friday afternoon at McKenzie Stadium. The victory sealed the 3A Greater St. Helens League title for Mountain View, but a reflective Chen wasn’t thinking about… Read story

Ridgefield senior Aidan Hundt swings during batting practice. Hundt sustained a broken leg his sophomore year playing football, but is back on the diamond and ready to lead the Spudders.

Ridgefield baseball’s Aidan Hundt again standing strong

Ridgefield senior Aidan Hundt swings during batting practice. Hundt sustained a broken leg his sophomore year playing football, but is back on the diamond and ready to lead the Spudders.

March 30, 2021, 7:46pm Newsletter

RIDGEFIELD — When the helmet of a Hockinson player connected with Aidan Hundt’s leg during a Ridgefield football game, Hundt knew something was wrong. Read story

Skyview quarterback Clark Coleman (17) threw touchdowns of 51, 15, 14 and 26 yards to four different receivers and ran for an 8-yard score on Saturday, March 27, 2021, against Mountain View.

Skyview QB scores 5 TDs in Storm’s 42-14 win over Mountain View

Skyview quarterback Clark Coleman (17) threw touchdowns of 51, 15, 14 and 26 yards to four different receivers and ran for an 8-yard score on Saturday, March 27, 2021, against Mountain View.

March 27, 2021, 8:13pm Prep Sports

Skyview’s Clark Coleman waited four years for an opportunity to be the Storm’s starting quarterback. Read story

Camas sophomore Bella Burns fights through Union defenders Ashley Elcock, left, and Isabella Barrett in a 4A Greater St. Helens League girls soccer match on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Doc Harris Stadium. Camas won 2-0 to improve to 10-0 on the season.

Camas girls soccer sheds masks, beats Union 2-0

Camas sophomore Bella Burns fights through Union defenders Ashley Elcock, left, and Isabella Barrett in a 4A Greater St. Helens League girls soccer match on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Doc Harris Stadium. Camas won 2-0 to improve to 10-0 on the season.

March 26, 2021, 10:45pm Prep Sports

CAMAS — It was impossible to understand the year the Camas girls soccer team has gone through from watching the Papermakers’ 2-0 win over Union on Friday. Read story

Hockinson senior Kendall McGraw, bottom, lifts the district championship trophy in the air as her team swarms her after the 2A Southwest District Championship on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at District Stadium in Battle Ground. Hockinson won 2-0 to complete a perfect 11-0 season.

Hockinson girls soccer finishes off a year of zeroes with a district title trophy

Hockinson senior Kendall McGraw, bottom, lifts the district championship trophy in the air as her team swarms her after the 2A Southwest District Championship on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at District Stadium in Battle Ground. Hockinson won 2-0 to complete a perfect 11-0 season.

March 20, 2021, 7:50pm Prep Sports

Some teams can claim perfect seasons. Even fewer can say they had flawless years. Hockinson girls soccer did just that over the past five weeks, going 11-0 and outscoring opponents 55-0. Read story