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Columbian staff writer

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

The Ridgefield Spudders, shown here in a game earlier this season, earned their first state berth since the 2006-07 season after a 63-35 victory over Washougal in a winner-to-state district game Wednesday, Feb.

Ridgefield girls earn first state berth since 2007

The Ridgefield Spudders, shown here in a game earlier this season, earned their first state berth since the 2006-07 season after a 63-35 victory over Washougal in a winner-to-state district game Wednesday, Feb.

February 14, 2024, 10:26pm Prep Sports

The Ridgefield Spudders didn’t have to look far when it came to questions about the girls basketball program’s state tournament drought.  Because, as it turned out, head coach Lauren Hefflin was the best person to ask. She was the Spudders’ starting center on the… Read story

Prairie head coach Will Ephraim talks with his players at the Falcons' midnight practice at Prairie High School on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023.

Fort Vancouver hires Will Ephraim as head football coach

Prairie head coach Will Ephraim talks with his players at the Falcons' midnight practice at Prairie High School on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023.

February 13, 2024, 4:53pm Prep Sports

Will Ephraim is back in Clark County’s head-coaching ranks and back coaching Class 1A football. Read story

Camas junior Keirra Thompson, shown here during a December game against Eastlake, had 11 points and nine assist in Friday's 70-29 bi-district win over Emerald Ridge.

Camas girls roll past Emerald Ridge, clinches 4A state berth

Camas junior Keirra Thompson, shown here during a December game against Eastlake, had 11 points and nine assist in Friday's 70-29 bi-district win over Emerald Ridge.

February 9, 2024, 10:41pm Prep Sports

The loudest roar from the crowd in Camas’ 70-29 girls basketball victory Friday night over Emerald Ridge to clinch a state berth came courtesy of sophomore Baylie Farra.  Her right-corner 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the game sparked a frenzy… Read story

Photo courtesy of Union High School

Union hires 5-time Oregon state champion coach Steve Pyne to lead Titans’ football program

Photo courtesy of Union High School

February 8, 2024, 3:05pm Football

Union High School has hired one of the Pacific Northwest’s prominent high school coaches to lead its football program.  The Titans named five-time Oregon state champion football coach Steve Pyne of Portland’s Central Catholic High School as their next head coach, the school announced Thursday. Read story

Woodland junior Elijah Andersen, left, runs with the ball on Sept. 7, 2023, during a game against La Center at La Center High School.

All-Region football: Elijah Andersen, Woodland

Woodland junior Elijah Andersen, left, runs with the ball on Sept. 7, 2023, during a game against La Center at La Center High School.

December 9, 2023, 6:05am Latest News

Need something celebrated? Leave it to Elijah Andersen to make it happen. Read story

Seton Catholic quarterback Kolten Gesser (13) drops back to pass during the first quarter during Saturday's Class 1A state semifinal game against Royal. Royal topped Seton Catholic, 42-0.

Royal ends Seton Catholic’s season in 1A football semifinals

Seton Catholic quarterback Kolten Gesser (13) drops back to pass during the first quarter during Saturday's Class 1A state semifinal game against Royal. Royal topped Seton Catholic, 42-0.

November 25, 2023, 7:33pm Football

Remember the whole season, and not just one game. That was the main message Seton Catholic High football coach Dan Chase addressed to his team after a 42-0 loss to Royal in Saturday’s Class 1A state semifinal. Read story

Seton Catholic junior Joe Callerame, right, evades a tackle Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, during the Cougars&iacute; 51-7 win against Tenino at Seton Catholic High School.

Seton Catholic junior Joe Callerame is Mr. Versatility

Seton Catholic junior Joe Callerame, right, evades a tackle Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, during the Cougars&iacute; 51-7 win against Tenino at Seton Catholic High School.

November 24, 2023, 6:05am Football

As tradition goes in high school football, if you reach the state semifinals in Washington, that means you’re practicing on Thanksgiving Day. Read story