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King’s Way junior Jaydon Hall, right, keeps the ball away from La Salle sophomore Jaxton Caffrey on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, during the Knights’ 59-44 win against La Salle at Battle Ground High School.

Big scoring run sends King’s Way Christian back to Yakima

King’s Way junior Jaydon Hall, right, keeps the ball away from La Salle sophomore Jaxton Caffrey on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, during the Knights’ 59-44 win against La Salle at Battle Ground High School.

February 25, 2023, 2:59pm Prep Sports

It didn’t look promising initially, said Giovanny Evanson, the 1A Trico League’s three-time MVP, after the Knights’ 59-44 victory Saturday over La Salle out of Union Gap.   Read story

Camas junior Reagan Jamison, second from right, dribbles down the court after a late steal Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, during the Papermakers’ 52-48 win against Kamiakin at Battle Ground High School.

With Reagan Jamison back, Camas girls clinch spot at 4A quarterfinals

Camas junior Reagan Jamison, second from right, dribbles down the court after a late steal Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, during the Papermakers’ 52-48 win against Kamiakin at Battle Ground High School.

February 24, 2023, 9:15pm Prep Sports

That self-described incredible performance by their Camas Papermakers’ teammate, Reagan Jamison, is one of the reasons why the Papermakers were beaming after their 52-48 victory over Kamiakin in the teams’ 4A girls Opening Round state game.  Read story

Jacob Martin goes in for a layin during the fourth quarter of Mountain View's 67-57 loss to Auburn Mountainview in the Class 3A Opening Round of state.

Mountain View’s season ends in Opening Round of 3A state

Jacob Martin goes in for a layin during the fourth quarter of Mountain View's 67-57 loss to Auburn Mountainview in the Class 3A Opening Round of state.

February 21, 2023, 8:34pm Prep Sports

So many boxes were checked by Mountain View High’s boys basketball team in its historic season, and despite Tuesday’s 67-57 loss to Auburn Mountainview in the Class 3A boys Opening Round, the Thunder resoundingly say this season is a success.  Read story

Mountain View players celebrate their 61-55 victory Saturday over Todd Beamer out of Federal Way. It's the program's first regional berth since the 2011-12 season.

Mountain View clinches first regional berth since 2012

Mountain View players celebrate their 61-55 victory Saturday over Todd Beamer out of Federal Way. It's the program's first regional berth since the 2011-12 season.

February 18, 2023, 10:32pm Prep Sports

Almost a year to the date of seeing their season end in a winner-to-regional loss, Mountain View is headed back to a place the program hasn’t been in 11 seasons: regionals. It clinched the final berth out of District 3/4 in its 61-55 victory over the Titans out of Federal Way.  Read story

Jacob Martin goes in for a layin in traffic during Friday's 3A bi-district playoff game against North Thuston.

Mountain View boys basketball gets another shot at regionals Saturday

Jacob Martin goes in for a layin in traffic during Friday's 3A bi-district playoff game against North Thuston.

February 17, 2023, 9:13pm Prep Sports

After Friday’s 61-42 loss to North Thurston out of Lacey, the Thunder (14-10 overall) now host Todd Beamer at 7 p.m. Saturday in a winner-take-all game. Win, and the Thunder are into regionals for the first time since 2012. Todd Beamer topped Stadium in their 3A bi-distict game in Tacoma… Read story

Columbia River sophomore Marley Myers,  shown here in January center, blocks a pass from Ridgefield sophomore Nora Martin.

Dialed in defensively, Columbia River girls lock up 2A regional berthvideo icon

Columbia River sophomore Marley Myers,  shown here in January center, blocks a pass from Ridgefield sophomore Nora Martin.

February 15, 2023, 9:38pm Prep Sports

After all, that’s been their identity all season. And yet, their 58-38 victory over Ridgefield on Friday to clinch a berth to the Class 2A regional round of state wasn’t the Rapids’ best performance of the season, third-year head coach Jesse Norris said postgame.  Read story

Evergreen freshman Kimora Ross, center, tries to split the defense of North Thurston sophomore Grace Lee, left, and sophomore Soraya Ogaldez on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, during the Plainsmen’s 78-38 loss to North Thurston at Evergreen High School.

Evergreen girls basketball stumbles in 3A bi-district openervideo icon

Evergreen freshman Kimora Ross, center, tries to split the defense of North Thurston sophomore Grace Lee, left, and sophomore Soraya Ogaldez on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, during the Plainsmen’s 78-38 loss to North Thurston at Evergreen High School.

February 10, 2023, 10:27pm Prep Sports

After Friday night’s 78-38 home loss to North Thurston of Lacey to open 3A bi-districts, Neal is certain of at least one thing about his Plainsmen, champions of the 3A Greater St. Helens League.  Read story

Columbia River freshman Gracie Glavin (33) talks to Columbia River junior Emma Iniguez, center, after the Rapids' win against Ridgefield in January.

Rapid Success: Columbia River girls basketball continues trend of school’s big year for girls sports

Columbia River freshman Gracie Glavin (33) talks to Columbia River junior Emma Iniguez, center, after the Rapids' win against Ridgefield in January.

February 10, 2023, 6:03am Newsletter

As part of celebrating its first league title in 17 seasons last week, Columbia River High girls basketball players and coaches did what teams traditionally do in these settings: cut down their individual piece of the net. Read story

Isaiah Vargas (at the free throw line) scored a career-high 39 points in Monday's 3A GSHL tiebreaker win over Kelso. He went 13 of 18 at the free-throw line.

Mountain View boys basketball beats Kelso to earn No. 1 seed to bi-district

Isaiah Vargas (at the free throw line) scored a career-high 39 points in Monday's 3A GSHL tiebreaker win over Kelso. He went 13 of 18 at the free-throw line.

February 6, 2023, 10:14pm Prep Sports

At this stage of JC Alexander’s head-coaching tenure at Mountain View High School, there’s nothing the Thunder’s boys basketball head coach is surprised about when it comes to senior guard Isaiah Vargas. Read story

Union senior Yanni Fassilis, center, drives between two Camas defenders Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, during the first half of a game between Camas and Union at Union High School.

Titans come up big in 4th quarter in win over Camasvideo icon

Union senior Yanni Fassilis, center, drives between two Camas defenders Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, during the first half of a game between Camas and Union at Union High School.

February 3, 2023, 9:25pm Prep Sports

It’s the big games and big moments that bring out the best in Yanni Fassilis. He poured in a game-high 31 points to lead the Titans to a 76-65 on a night where the atmosphere inside a hot Union High School gymnasium had the full playoff-vibe effect. Read story