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Columbian staff writer

Washougal senior linebacker Garrett Mansfield poses for a portrait Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Washougal High School.

Hard work comes in 3s for Washougal linebacker Garrett Mansfield

Washougal senior linebacker Garrett Mansfield poses for a portrait Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Washougal High School.

November 10, 2022, 7:05pm Prep Sports

Whether it’s playing linebacker, raising cattle or choosing to serve his country after high school, hard work comes in the same form for Garrett Mansfield. Read story

Skyview junior Trey Jacob, center, dashes through an opening Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, during the Storm’s 14-11 win against Puyallup in a 4A playoff game at Kiggins Bowl.

Skyview tops Puyallup, advances to 4A state football playoffs

Skyview junior Trey Jacob, center, dashes through an opening Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, during the Storm’s 14-11 win against Puyallup in a 4A playoff game at Kiggins Bowl.

November 4, 2022, 11:44pm Football

Such was the case for Skyview in its 14-11 victory over Puyallup on Friday night at Kiggins Bowl, where the elements were far from perfect, yet the Storm’s defense and ground game powered their way to next week’s round of 16.  Read story

Mountain View senior Jacob Martin (5) never grew up playing football, yet has transformed into a college prospect as a lockdown corner and sure-hands receiver.

Mountain View’s Jacob Martin shows it’s never too late to take up a new sport

Mountain View senior Jacob Martin (5) never grew up playing football, yet has transformed into a college prospect as a lockdown corner and sure-hands receiver.

November 4, 2022, 6:00am Latest News

Ask Jacob Martin his favorite high school sport, and the answer is a perfect one. Read story

Mountain View players celebrate after clinching a playoff berth during the 3A Greater St. Helens League tiebreaker at Doc Harris Stadium on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

Mountain View wins 3A GSHL tiebreaker, earns playoff berth

Mountain View players celebrate after clinching a playoff berth during the 3A Greater St. Helens League tiebreaker at Doc Harris Stadium on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

October 31, 2022, 9:10pm Football

Thunder outlast Evergreen, Prairie; face Rainier Beach on Saturday Read story

Kelso senior Zeke Smith, center, catches a pass Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, during a game between Kelso and Evergreen at McKenzie Stadium.

Kelso rallies by Evergreen to win 3A GSHL title outrightvideo icon

Kelso senior Zeke Smith, center, catches a pass Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, during a game between Kelso and Evergreen at McKenzie Stadium.

October 29, 2022, 12:19am Prep Sports

Steve Amrine has had memorable victories in his tenure as a high school football coach, but there’s a high probability he’s never been more excited and thrilled than what his Kelso Hilanders accomplished than Friday night at McKenzie Stadium. Read story

Washington School for the Deaf players practice Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, at the WSD football field in Vancouver. Some of the state's smaller 1B schools are transitioning to 6-man football, including Washington School for the Deaf.

Washington School for the Deaf among small schools embracing 6-player football

Washington School for the Deaf players practice Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, at the WSD football field in Vancouver. Some of the state's smaller 1B schools are transitioning to 6-man football, including Washington School for the Deaf.

October 7, 2022, 6:01am Football

At 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds, Evan Stromberg proudly lists his position as “everything” for the Washington School for the Deaf’s new 6-player football team. Read story

*LEADOPTION* Washougal junior Holden Bea, right, evades a desperate dive from Mark Morris junior Benjamin Whiteside to score a touchdown Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, during the Panthers??? 39-22 win against Mark Morris at Washougal High School.

Evers, Bea help lead Washougal past Mark Morris 39-22

*LEADOPTION* Washougal junior Holden Bea, right, evades a desperate dive from Mark Morris junior Benjamin Whiteside to score a touchdown Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, during the Panthers??? 39-22 win against Mark Morris at Washougal High School.

September 23, 2022, 11:47pm Football

Sam Evers had five catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Holden Bea had rushing touchdowns of 65 and 8 yards was the Washougal Panthers beat the Mark Morris Monarchs 39-22 on Friday at Fishback Stadium. Read story

Battle Ground football players practice Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at Battle Ground High School. Ex-NFL player Michael Roos purchased custom-made Axiom helmets, shown at left, for a number of Tigers to wear. The helmets are designed for each player's specific head and include impact sensing and other technology for better safety.

Latest in football helmet technology comes to Battle Ground

Battle Ground football players practice Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at Battle Ground High School. Ex-NFL player Michael Roos purchased custom-made Axiom helmets, shown at left, for a number of Tigers to wear. The helmets are designed for each player's specific head and include impact sensing and other technology for better safety.

September 23, 2022, 6:02am Football

Ten Battle Ground High School football players are wearing the latest in safety, science and technology when it comes to a football helmet. Read story

The Mark Morris Monarchs topped Columbia River, 33-31, in the teams' 2A Greater St. Helens League opener Friday night at John O'Rourke Field.

Monarchs edge River, 33-31, in 2A GSHL opener

The Mark Morris Monarchs topped Columbia River, 33-31, in the teams' 2A Greater St. Helens League opener Friday night at John O'Rourke Field.

September 17, 2022, 12:01am Football

What’s surprising about the Mark Morris High football team being 3-0 after three weeks of the 2022 season is that, well, it’s not so surprising to the Monarchs.  “Three-and-0 after three weeks sounds like what we predicted,” running back Deacon Dietz said after the Monarchs’ 33-31… Read story

Mountain View junior Porter Drake, left, tries to find the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, during the Thunder’s 26-20 triple overtime win against Ridgefield at McKenzie Stadium.

Mountain View escapes in 3OTs against Ridgefield

Mountain View junior Porter Drake, left, tries to find the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, during the Thunder’s 26-20 triple overtime win against Ridgefield at McKenzie Stadium.

September 9, 2022, 10:01pm Prep Sports

Who says Week 2 non-league football games aren’t filled with action-packed, down-to-the-wire excitement? Read story