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Columbian staff writer

Skyview's Cameron Crooks brings down Skyline's Luke Morgan during Saturday's game at Kiggins Bowl. Skyview won, 42-7, to advance to next weekend's 4A state quarterfinal.

For first time since 2016, Skyview back in 4A football state quarterfinals

Skyview's Cameron Crooks brings down Skyline's Luke Morgan during Saturday's game at Kiggins Bowl. Skyview won, 42-7, to advance to next weekend's 4A state quarterfinal.

November 11, 2023, 7:07pm Editor's Choice

When describing the work it takes to get to this point in the season — for the Skyview Storm, a place it hasn’t been since 2016 — senior Jerrid Secor used an iceberg for an analogy.  “A lot of people see the little stuff up top,”… Read story

La Center sophomore Landen Randall, left, and teammates walk off the field Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, after the Wildcats’ 21-7 playoff loss to Omak at La Center High School.

Omak ends La Center’s season in 1A state playoffs

La Center sophomore Landen Randall, left, and teammates walk off the field Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, after the Wildcats’ 21-7 playoff loss to Omak at La Center High School.

November 10, 2023, 10:35pm Football

First, it began with two, long touchdown passes that got Omak on the scoreboard.  Then, consecutive turnovers to begin the second half proved costly for La Center.  In the end, the 21-7 loss Friday night to Omak ended the Wildcats’ season… Read story

La Center senior Jalen Ward smiles after scoring a touchdown Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, during the Wildcats' 24-8 win against Woodland at La Center High School.

Jalen Ward stands tall for La Center football

La Center senior Jalen Ward smiles after scoring a touchdown Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, during the Wildcats' 24-8 win against Woodland at La Center High School.

November 10, 2023, 6:05am Football

Jalen Ward’s eyes widen and smile lights up when he’s asked about his stature. That’s because he’s proud to stand 5 feet, 6 inches and weigh 155 pounds as the 1A Trico League’s co-MVP this season after leading the La Center Wildcats back to the Class 1A football state playoffs. Read story

Columbia River High volleyball coach Breanne Smedley talks to senior Evie Wenger while the rest of the team warms up before their practice Oct. 18 inside Columbia River High School&rsquo;s gym. River is the two-time defending Class 2A state champion ahead of the state volleyball state tournament this weekend in Yakima.

Ridgefield vs. River: Rival volleyball teams lean on tradition — and competition

Columbia River High volleyball coach Breanne Smedley talks to senior Evie Wenger while the rest of the team warms up before their practice Oct. 18 inside Columbia River High School&rsquo;s gym. River is the two-time defending Class 2A state champion ahead of the state volleyball state tournament this weekend in Yakima.

November 9, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

It’s an annual tradition coaches Breanne Smedley and Sabrina Dobbs do for their Columbia River and Ridgefield high school volleyball programs — a Halloween costume day for the last regular-season practice prior to the playoffs. Read story

The Camas High School football team storms the field Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, before the Papermakers 21-9 win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

Camas back in 4A state playoffs after 56-7 win over Federal Way

The Camas High School football team storms the field Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, before the Papermakers 21-9 win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

November 3, 2023, 11:14pm Football

The Camas Papermakers, with a 9-1 record after their 56-7 victory on Friday to advance to the Class 4A football state playoffs, believe they’ve done enough to convince the state seeding committee they’re deserving of a top-four seed.  “Our defense is great, our offense… Read story

Woodland senior Carter Conway, from left, junior Charles Elkinton, sophomore Isaiah Mattison, and other players celebrate Friday, Oct, 27, 2023, after the Beavers’ 28-21 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School. With the win, Woodland captured its first 2A Greater St. Helens League title since 2007.

Woodland captures first league crown since 2007

Woodland senior Carter Conway, from left, junior Charles Elkinton, sophomore Isaiah Mattison, and other players celebrate Friday, Oct, 27, 2023, after the Beavers’ 28-21 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School. With the win, Woodland captured its first 2A Greater St. Helens League title since 2007.

October 27, 2023, 11:47pm Football

As he made the pass breakup on Ridgefield’s final pass attempt, Elijah Andersen looked up at the scoreboard at the north end of Ridgefield Stadium to make sure the clock indeed read zeros.  “I looked to see if the time ran out,” he said. … Read story

Camas senior Trenton Swanson leads postgame shoutouts Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, after the Papermakers' win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

No shortage of snaps for Trenton Swanson on Camas football team

Camas senior Trenton Swanson leads postgame shoutouts Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, after the Papermakers' win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

October 27, 2023, 6:05am Football

Trenton Swanson doesn’t mind sharing his secret — or rather, one of superstition — when pesky muscle cramps strike. Whatever he can do to help out a teammate or another high school athlete who is putting everything out on the line for their team. Read story

Evergreen lines up inside the red zone during Friday's 3A GSHL game against Prairie at District Stadium. The Plainsmen won the game, 40-19.

Evergreen ready for Week 9 showdown at Kelsovideo icon

Evergreen lines up inside the red zone during Friday's 3A GSHL game against Prairie at District Stadium. The Plainsmen won the game, 40-19.

October 20, 2023, 11:52pm Football

Perhaps it’s no surprise the Evergreen Plainsmen chose to go into playoff mode early before securing a playoff berth.   After all, with two weeks left in the regular season entering Friday, they felt there’s zero room for error when it came to snagging… Read story

Camas sophomore Alex Hroza, left, and junior Beau Harlan celebrate Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, after the Papermakers’ 21-9 win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

Camas’ defense gets it done in 21-9 win over Skyview

Camas sophomore Alex Hroza, left, and junior Beau Harlan celebrate Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, after the Papermakers’ 21-9 win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

October 14, 2023, 12:06am Football

Victory is the 13th in a row by Papermakers over the Storm 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.

Woodland’s Elijah Andersen is everywhere on the football field

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

October 13, 2023, 6:02am Newsletter

Elijah Andersen admits he usually doesn’t hear the sounds around him in a football game — the crunches of tackles being made or crowd roars after a play. What he feels, however, is his speed getting faster down field if a ball is in his hands. Read story