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Camas players hug junior Kendall Mairs, center, after Mairs made a basket while being fouled Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Papermakers’ 60-48 win against Sumner in a WIAA 4A State Basketball semifinal game at the Tacoma Dome.

Camas back in 4A girls title game after 60-48 semifinal win over Sumner

Camas players hug junior Kendall Mairs, center, after Mairs made a basket while being fouled Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Papermakers’ 60-48 win against Sumner in a WIAA 4A State Basketball semifinal game at the Tacoma Dome.

March 1, 2024, 7:08pm Latest News

Papermakers face Gonzaga Prep at 5 p.m. Saturday in rematch of Opening Round game Read story

Demaree Collins (5) drives the lane for two of his team-best 31 points during Thursday's 4A quarterfinal game against Davis. Davis won, 75-69.

Skyview’s late-game comeback falls short in 4A quarterfinal loss to Davisvideo icon

Demaree Collins (5) drives the lane for two of his team-best 31 points during Thursday's 4A quarterfinal game against Davis. Davis won, 75-69.

February 29, 2024, 7:15pm Prep Sports

It’s no surprise the no-quit Skyview Storm — trailing by seven with 40 seconds to go in Thursday’s Class 4A boys quarterfinal game to Davis — made it a one-possession game so quickly in the final minute.  What was so eye-catching was how it… Read story

Reagan Jamison (1) makes a behind-the-back pass on a breakaway to Riley Sanz during the first half of Camas' 64-23 win over Tahoma in Thursday's quarterfinal. Camas had 18 assists on 24 field goals.

Camas cruises to 4A girls semifinals after 64-23 quarterfinal win over Tahomavideo icon

Reagan Jamison (1) makes a behind-the-back pass on a breakaway to Riley Sanz during the first half of Camas' 64-23 win over Tahoma in Thursday's quarterfinal. Camas had 18 assists on 24 field goals.

February 29, 2024, 2:02pm Prep Sports

As laser-focused as the Camas Papermakers are in their pursuit of a Class 4A state championship, one thing that’s never wavered is a light-heartedness in how they play basketball.  Case in point was Thursday’s Class 4A girls quarterfinal at the Tacoma Dome — a… Read story

Skyview players celebrate with the Storm student section following their 55-47 win over Federal Way in a Class 4A Hardwood Classic Round-Of-12 game on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at the Tacoma Dome.

4A boys: Skyview tops Federal Way, meets Davis in Thursday’s quarterfinalvideo icon

Skyview players celebrate with the Storm student section following their 55-47 win over Federal Way in a Class 4A Hardwood Classic Round-Of-12 game on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at the Tacoma Dome.

February 28, 2024, 7:17pm Latest News

If you believe in superstitions — and Skyview High senior guard Demaree Collins is in that boat — then this nugget is for you.  At halftime of the Storm’s eventual 55-47 victory over Federal Way at Wednesday’s Hardwood Classic to advance to Thursday’s Class… Read story

Skyview's Demaree Collins (5) after grabbing a steal and drawing a foul against Woodinville in the closing seconds of a Class 4A State Opening Round boys basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Battle Ground High School.

Demaree Collins’ steal, FTs in final seconds sends Skyview to Hardwood Classic

Skyview's Demaree Collins (5) after grabbing a steal and drawing a foul against Woodinville in the closing seconds of a Class 4A State Opening Round boys basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Battle Ground High School.

February 24, 2024, 6:30pm Prep Sports

Demaree Collins is best known for his abilities to score, but how the Skyview High senior guard helped the Storm to next week’s Hardwood Classic was more than offense Saturday afternoon.  On a night where he struggled shooting from the floor, Collins’ biggest… Read story

Ridgefield senior Morgan Goode, right, shoots the ball Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, during the Spudders’ 59-46 win against Kingston in a 2A Opening Round game at Battle Ground High School.

Ridgefield’s 59-46 win over Kingston sends Spudders to Yakima

Ridgefield senior Morgan Goode, right, shoots the ball Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, during the Spudders’ 59-46 win against Kingston in a 2A Opening Round game at Battle Ground High School.

February 23, 2024, 9:46pm Prep Sports

New settings and surroundings have become an all-too-familiar story for Ridgefield High’s girls basketball team this season. So, too, are achieving more milestones and accomplishments.  Add one more to the list: Friday’s 59-46 victory team following its Class 2A girls Opening Round win… Read story

Ridgefield freshman Jalise Chatman entered the postseason leading the Spudders in scoring at 13.7 points per game.

Chatman sisters help Ridgefield girls basketball take next step

Ridgefield freshman Jalise Chatman entered the postseason leading the Spudders in scoring at 13.7 points per game.

February 23, 2024, 6:01am Latest News

As the two youngest in a family of 10 where basketball runs deep, Janessa Chatman and Jalise Chatman have also grown up knowing how hoops intersects with life. Read story

Gymnastics coach Cristi Westcott calls it a career after 40 years leading Mountain View

February 17, 2024, 5:50pm Latest News

Even at a surprise ceremony in her honor to celebrate nearly 50 years involved in local gymnastics as an athlete, coach and judge, Cristi Westcott still wanted the spotlight to be on the athletes. “This is about the kids, but I sure enjoyed all these people… Read story

Hockinson's Celia Racanelli works the balance beam during Saturday's 3A/2A district gymnastics meet at Naydenov Gymnastics. Racanelli won the all-around Saturday to qualify for state.

3A/2A district gymnastics: Hockinson’s Celia Racanelli captures all-around title

Hockinson's Celia Racanelli works the balance beam during Saturday's 3A/2A district gymnastics meet at Naydenov Gymnastics. Racanelli won the all-around Saturday to qualify for state.

February 17, 2024, 4:00pm Prep Sports

It was only a year ago that Hockinson High School had gymnasts for the first time.  While it doesn’t have a team — the Hawks officially practice with Battle Ground and Prairie — the past two seasons have been rewarding for Celia Racanelli as a high… Read story

Braydon Olson (11) of Mark Morris drivers on Adam Reeder (10) of Columbia River in the 2A boys basketball district championship game at Kelso High School on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024.

Mark Morris gives Bill Bakamus 13th district title as Monarchs’ coach

Braydon Olson (11) of Mark Morris drivers on Adam Reeder (10) of Columbia River in the 2A boys basketball district championship game at Kelso High School on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024.

February 16, 2024, 11:16pm Prep Sports

As he soon closes his high school coaching career with now 13 district titles in 32 seasons as Mark Morris High’s boys basketball coach, crosstown Kelso High School has become a special place for Bill Bakamus.  Before being hired at Mark Morris ahead of… Read story