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Umpire John Telyea, second from left, talks with Camas JV coach Liam Fitzpatrick, left, Skyview JV coach Trevor Mueller, second from right, and umpire Fritz Porter on April 23 at Camas High School. Telyea is one of a handful of baseball and softball high school umpires in Clark County wearing body cameras as part of a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association pilot program.

Body cameras go up to bat: Clark County umpires wear bodycams to curb bad behavior

Umpire John Telyea, second from left, talks with Camas JV coach Liam Fitzpatrick, left, Skyview JV coach Trevor Mueller, second from right, and umpire Fritz Porter on April 23 at Camas High School. Telyea is one of a handful of baseball and softball high school umpires in Clark County wearing body cameras as part of a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association pilot program.

May 14, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

John Telyea began umpiring baseball games at age 12 to stay involved in a sport he loved but didn’t play well himself. Read story

Columbia River junior Evan Roscoe (right) and Alexander Pont, shown here from an April 2024 win over R.A. Long, helped the Rapids earn a state berth Tuesday with an 8-0 district semifinal win over Tumwater.

Columbia River boys soccer cruises to state berth with 8-0 district semifinal win

Columbia River junior Evan Roscoe (right) and Alexander Pont, shown here from an April 2024 win over R.A. Long, helped the Rapids earn a state berth Tuesday with an 8-0 district semifinal win over Tumwater.

May 7, 2024, 9:15pm Prep Sports

The loudest cheers and biggest celebration from Columbia River’s boys soccer players in their 2A district semifinal win over Tumwater on Tuesday night came after senior Neil Potnis corralled a loose ball in the box, and found the back of the net.  It was the senior’s… Read story

Longtime Woodland High School girls basketball coach Glen Flanagan was named head football coach for the Beavers on Friday, May 3, 2024.

Glen Flanagan named Woodland High head football coach

Longtime Woodland High School girls basketball coach Glen Flanagan was named head football coach for the Beavers on Friday, May 3, 2024.

May 3, 2024, 7:29pm Latest News

After 26 seasons and counting as Woodland’s girls basketball coach, Glen Flanagan isn’t thinking about hanging up his whistle yet. He is now a head coach of two major sports at Woodland. On Friday, the school named him the Beavers’ new football head coach. Read story

Fort Vancouver boys basketball coach James Ensley, shown here in November 2021, has been named the new boys basketball coach at Battle Ground. Ensley, a 1996 BG graduate, spent the past 10 seasons as Fort Vancouver's coach.

Fort Vancouver’s James Ensley hired as boys basketball coach at Battle Ground

Fort Vancouver boys basketball coach James Ensley, shown here in November 2021, has been named the new boys basketball coach at Battle Ground. Ensley, a 1996 BG graduate, spent the past 10 seasons as Fort Vancouver's coach.

April 24, 2024, 12:22pm Latest News

As a Battle Ground native, James Ensley takes pride in returning to a place that impacted him not just in athletics, but why he became an educator and coach.  Read story

Washington State wide receiver Lincoln Victor (5) carries the ball against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, in Seattle. Washington won 24-21.

Lincoln Victor preparing for a life in pro football

Washington State wide receiver Lincoln Victor (5) carries the ball against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, in Seattle. Washington won 24-21.

April 13, 2024, 6:05am College

In the months since declaring for the NFL Draft after a breakout senior season at Washington State, Vancouver’s Lincoln Victor has adjusted to life as a graduated college athlete turned pro football hopeful. Read story

Boys track coach Chris Butler, left, and girls track coach Alisa Wise talk with a packed crowd of athletes before practice Thursday afternoon, March 28, 2024.

Camas track & field experiencing athlete boom

Boys track coach Chris Butler, left, and girls track coach Alisa Wise talk with a packed crowd of athletes before practice Thursday afternoon, March 28, 2024.

April 4, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

The Camas Papermakers’ track and field coaching staff is witnessing this spring is, by far, a first: an eye-popping 238 athletes who turned out the first week of practices. Read story

Camas senior Addison Harris smiles as she leaves the floor of the Tacoma Dome with the state championship trophy  after the Papermakers&rsquo; 57-41 win against Gonzaga Prep.

All-Region girls basketball: Addison Harris, Camas

Camas senior Addison Harris smiles as she leaves the floor of the Tacoma Dome with the state championship trophy  after the Papermakers&rsquo; 57-41 win against Gonzaga Prep.

March 23, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

Addison Harris has plenty of memories of how much Camas girls basketball and its players impacted a young Harris prior to entering high school. And that impact Harris now leaves at Camas is unmatched. The numbers speak for themselves. Read story

Camas senior Hallie Kempf competes in the vault at the Class 4A state gymnastics championships on Friday, Feb. 22, 2024 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

All-Region gymnastics: Hallie Kempf, Camas

Camas senior Hallie Kempf competes in the vault at the Class 4A state gymnastics championships on Friday, Feb. 22, 2024 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

March 21, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

With her high school gymnastics career coming to an end at last month’s Class 4A state meet, Camas High senior Hallie Kempf closed a lengthy life chapter. Read story

Shelton's Bradley Eleton races toward the end zone to score the first of his five touchdowns in Shelton's 38-34 loss to Washougal in a 2A district playoff at Washougal on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Shelton, reclassified to Class 3A in January, will join the 3A GSHL for football beginning in 2024.

Shelton joins 3A Greater St. Helens League for football

Shelton's Bradley Eleton races toward the end zone to score the first of his five touchdowns in Shelton's 38-34 loss to Washougal in a 2A district playoff at Washougal on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Shelton, reclassified to Class 3A in January, will join the 3A GSHL for football beginning in 2024.

March 8, 2024, 9:15am Football

The 3A Greater St. Helens League is expanding to six schools in football, and its newest member is a 2-hour drive for most Southwest Washington schools.  Shelton High School, located 25 miles northwest of Olympia in Mason County, will join the 3A GSHL in football, said… Read story

Mountain View coach Aaron Hart talks to his players after Mountain View’s 42-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

Aaron Hart resigns as Mountain View’s football coach after one season

Mountain View coach Aaron Hart talks to his players after Mountain View’s 42-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

March 4, 2024, 9:10am Football

Aaron Hart resigned Friday as Mountain View’s head football coach, citing “personal reasons” for why he stepped away after one season.  In an email addressed to Thunder families Friday, Hart wrote, “Making this decision has been immensely difficult for me, given that coaching and fostering positive… Read story