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Shelton players mob Tyler Ireland after he made the game-winning shot against Columbia River on Thursday. The 50-48 win by the Shelton ended the Rapids' season.

Columbia River stunned by Shelton at the buzzer

Shelton players mob Tyler Ireland after he made the game-winning shot against Columbia River on Thursday. The 50-48 win by the Shelton ended the Rapids' season.

February 10, 2022, 9:53pm Prep Sports

Columbia River’s boys basketball season and the storied career for its coach came to an end Thursday courtesy of a buzzer-beater and mob celebration by their opponent. Read story

Union's Bryson Metz, shown here during Tuesday's game against Camas, poured in 18 second-half points to help lift the Titans to a 74-52 victory in Wednesday's tiebreaker game against Camas.(Joshua Hart/For The Columbian)

Union sinks Camas in tiebreaker for No. 1 seed to bi-district playoffs

Union's Bryson Metz, shown here during Tuesday's game against Camas, poured in 18 second-half points to help lift the Titans to a 74-52 victory in Wednesday's tiebreaker game against Camas.(Joshua Hart/For The Columbian)

February 9, 2022, 10:26pm Prep Sports

Less than 24 hours after a down-to-the wire finish that led to Camas and Union sharing the 4A Greater St. Helens League championship in boys basketball, it was Union that earned the No. 1 seed into the postseason with a 74-52 victory Wednesday in the teams’ tiebreaker game on a… Read story

Camas' Stephen Behil throws down a first-half slam against Union in the 4A Greater St. Helens League regular-season finale on Tuesday. Camas won 80-77 to force a tiebreaker game Wednesday.

One more game for No. 1 seed as Camas beats Union, 80-77

Camas' Stephen Behil throws down a first-half slam against Union in the 4A Greater St. Helens League regular-season finale on Tuesday. Camas won 80-77 to force a tiebreaker game Wednesday.

February 8, 2022, 11:10pm Prep Sports

What will Camas and Union do for an encore? Read story

Hockinson senior Ellie Ritter, left, speaks to the crowd at the school?s signing day, while twin sister Kylie Ritter, right, looks on Wednesday at Hockinson High School. Ellie will attend Northwest Nazarene University to play soccer and Kylie is headed to George Fox University to play basketball.

Signing Day: Hockinson sisters Ellie, Kylie Ritter support each other as they forge separate paths

Hockinson senior Ellie Ritter, left, speaks to the crowd at the school?s signing day, while twin sister Kylie Ritter, right, looks on Wednesday at Hockinson High School. Ellie will attend Northwest Nazarene University to play soccer and Kylie is headed to George Fox University to play basketball.

February 2, 2022, 4:09pm Prep Sports

The college recruiting process can be daunting and anxiety-filled for high school athletes, but then again, most don’t have the benefit of a sibling to navigate the journey with at the same time. Read story

Columbia River High School boys basketball coach David Long, shown here with his starting lineup in a Jan. 19 victory over Fort Vancouver, is retiring after 32 seasons coaching basketball at the high school. Long leaves as Clark County's winningest boys basketball coach with 484 career victories, including 452 coaching the River boys.

Longtime Columbia River High School boys basketball coach David Long to retire

Columbia River High School boys basketball coach David Long, shown here with his starting lineup in a Jan. 19 victory over Fort Vancouver, is retiring after 32 seasons coaching basketball at the high school. Long leaves as Clark County's winningest boys basketball coach with 484 career victories, including 452 coaching the River boys.

February 1, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

A little-known fact about Columbia River High School boys basketball coach David Long makes for a good sports trivia question. Read story

Benson girls basketball coach Eric Knox, upper right, confronts the Camas student section during a game Dec.

Inappropriate remarks likely made at Camas basketball game, probe finds

Benson girls basketball coach Eric Knox, upper right, confronts the Camas student section during a game Dec.

January 25, 2022, 7:10pm Editor's Choice

An independent investigation into alleged racist remarks made by Camas High School students at a December girls basketball game concluded inappropriate comments likely were used, but the lead investigator said “it is not possible to reach a definitive conclusion.” Read story

Mountain View High School junior Griffin Barlow, shown here during a recent swim practice at Cascade Athletic Club, was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. At 4 feet tall, the swimming pool is where Barlow finds success and self-confidence. "You don't hear that a lot," he said.

Mountain View High School swimmer Griffin Barlow finds community, confidence, competition

Mountain View High School junior Griffin Barlow, shown here during a recent swim practice at Cascade Athletic Club, was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. At 4 feet tall, the swimming pool is where Barlow finds success and self-confidence. "You don't hear that a lot," he said.

January 25, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

A swimming pool is where Griffin Barlow finds solace in a big world. Read story

Prairie head football coach Mike Peck resigned Friday after four years coaching the Falcons.

Peck steps down after 4 years as Prairie’s football coach

Prairie head football coach Mike Peck resigned Friday after four years coaching the Falcons.

January 21, 2022, 12:31pm Football

Prairie High School’s head football coach since 2018 is stepping down after four seasons, citing a physical and mental toll coaching has taken the past two years surrounding COVID-19.  Read story

WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman, shown working out of his Vancouver home in 2020, said mask compliance by spectators will be key on whether or not fans will be allowed at state events for the winter postseason. “The biggest factor that’s going to determine whether fans get to attend (state events) and if they get to attend as usual is if the state Department of Health trusts people will follow the guidance,” Hoffman said.

WIAA urges fans to comply with masking guidance as winter postseason draws closer

WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman, shown working out of his Vancouver home in 2020, said mask compliance by spectators will be key on whether or not fans will be allowed at state events for the winter postseason. “The biggest factor that’s going to determine whether fans get to attend (state events) and if they get to attend as usual is if the state Department of Health trusts people will follow the guidance,” Hoffman said.

January 10, 2022, 11:19am Prep Sports

Right now, it’s business as usual as the state’s governing body for high school sports prepares to host winter postseason events starting with bowling Feb. 3-5 in University Place and cheerleading Feb. 4-5 at Battle Ground High School. It’s followed by wrestling and boys swimming (Feb. 18-19), gymnastics (Feb. 24-26),… Read story

Ridgefield High senior Ty Snider, who is our All-Region football player of the year, is pictured at his school?s stadium Friday morning, Dec. 10, 2021.

All-Region Football: Ty Snider, Ridgefield

Ridgefield High senior Ty Snider, who is our All-Region football player of the year, is pictured at his school?s stadium Friday morning, Dec. 10, 2021.

December 17, 2021, 11:08pm Prep Sports

Ty Snider didn’t so much question if he’d fit in at Ridgefield High School, but rather, how quickly can he? Read story