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Stories by Meg Wochnick

Columbian staff writer

Yelm's Anthony Kiamco (25) blocks Trenton Swanson's potential game-winning field goal in the closing seconds of Friday's game. Yelm beat Camas, 8-7.

Yelm escapes with 8-7 win over Camas

Yelm's Anthony Kiamco (25) blocks Trenton Swanson's potential game-winning field goal in the closing seconds of Friday's game. Yelm beat Camas, 8-7.

September 2, 2023, 12:07am Football

The atmosphere, the quality teams on the field, and even the down-to-the-wire theatrics had all the makings for a playoff showdown at Doc Harris Stadium on Friday night.  Yet this was the 2023 season opener. And one heck of a season opener, it was. … Read story

Evergreen senior Fox Crader poses for a portrait on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at Evergreen High School.

Evergreen’s Fox Crader found football, turned it into scholarship with Oregon Ducks

Evergreen senior Fox Crader poses for a portrait on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at Evergreen High School.

September 1, 2023, 6:05am Football

Evergreen’s star left tackle Fox Crader is bound for the Oregon Ducks next fall. Read story

Washougal's Holden Bea is congratulated after scoring a touchdown against River Ridge at Fishback Stadium in Washougal on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023.

Washougal dominates start to finish in 45-8 win over River Ridge

Washougal's Holden Bea is congratulated after scoring a touchdown against River Ridge at Fishback Stadium in Washougal on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023.

August 31, 2023, 10:51pm Football

The calendar might’ve read the final day of August, but the weather Thursday night felt like fall.  In the case of the Washougal Panthers, perhaps that was a good thing since in their 45-8 season-opening non-league football win over 3A River Ridge, looked everything like mid-season form.  Read story

Washougal quarterback Holden Bea (5) found the end zone quite a bit in 2022 as he led the Panthers to the Class 2A state playoffs.

Next level players: Holden Bea, Ryan Kawalek building the football family at Idaho

Washougal quarterback Holden Bea (5) found the end zone quite a bit in 2022 as he led the Panthers to the Class 2A state playoffs.

August 26, 2023, 6:04am Football

Washougal’s Holden Bea and La Center’s Ryan Kawalek haven’t faced off in a non-league high school football game, but they’re slowly getting to know one another before joining up as teammates next fall at the University of Idaho. Read story

Carson Osmus has been a cornerstone of the Papermakers' offensive line since 2021 and is a two-time all-league pick at tackle.

Next level players: Camas lineman Carson Osmus has hard work pay off with commitment to WSU

Carson Osmus has been a cornerstone of the Papermakers' offensive line since 2021 and is a two-time all-league pick at tackle.

August 19, 2023, 6:05am Latest News

The fun factor extends beyond football workouts for Camas' Carson Osmus. One piece of advice Osmus, a Washington State football commit, has to younger players about the college recruitment process is this: enjoy the process. Read story

A big highlight from the 2022 season, Kelso's Payton Stewart intercepted this throw from Timberline quarterback Jacob Nadeau (4) and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.

Next level players: Kelso’s Payton Stewart resets on recruitment, verbals to Oregon State

A big highlight from the 2022 season, Kelso's Payton Stewart intercepted this throw from Timberline quarterback Jacob Nadeau (4) and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.

August 12, 2023, 6:05am Newsletter

The past month has been a whirlwind for Payton Stewart, a former Northwestern University football commit who re-opened his recruitment following the firing of head coach Pat Fitzgerald amid a hazing scandal that rocked college football in July. Read story

Arthur Ban of Evergreen High School goes through drills during a summer workout.

Next level players: Evergreen’s Arthur Ban is headed next to San Diego State

Arthur Ban of Evergreen High School goes through drills during a summer workout.

August 5, 2023, 8:26am Prep Sports

Arthur Ban doesn’t have many memories from Cameroon, the Central African country where he was born 17 years ago, but traveling 7,800 miles is part of the Evergreen High incoming senior’s life journey. Read story

Mountain View head football coach Aaron Hart is taking over for Adam Mathieson, who resigned after 15 seasons.

New Mountain View football coach Aaron Hart teaches skills beyond X’s, O’s

Mountain View head football coach Aaron Hart is taking over for Adam Mathieson, who resigned after 15 seasons.

July 18, 2023, 9:01pm Prep Sports

Between splitting time at hotels and home-share spots, finalizing a coaching staff, getting to know players and everything else that comes with taking over a high school football program, new Mountain View High head coach Aaron Hart never forgot his books. Read story

Union Head Coach Rory Rosenbach celebrates an interception that turned the tide of the 4th carter against Chiawana at McKenzie Stadium on Friday night, Sept 27, 2019.

Union’s Rosenbach resigns as football coach, accepts AD job at 4A Glacier Peak

Union Head Coach Rory Rosenbach celebrates an interception that turned the tide of the 4th carter against Chiawana at McKenzie Stadium on Friday night, Sept 27, 2019.

July 11, 2023, 12:30pm Football

Rory Rosenbach is heading home.  That’s how now-former Union High’s football coach described it Tuesday, confirming his resignation as head football coach and teacher to accept the athletic director job at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish County.  Read story

Mountain View senior Jacob Martin stands for a portrait Friday, June 2, 2023, at Mountain View High School. Martin, who plays football, basketball and baseball, is The Columbian's All-Region male athlete of the year.

All-Region boys multi-sport: Jacob Martin, Mountain View

Mountain View senior Jacob Martin stands for a portrait Friday, June 2, 2023, at Mountain View High School. Martin, who plays football, basketball and baseball, is The Columbian's All-Region male athlete of the year.

June 16, 2023, 9:00pm Newsletter

Jacob Martin, The Columbian’s boys multi-sport athlete of the year, won 11 varsity letters in three sports — football, basketball and baseball. It might’ve been a perfect 12 had he given football a shot as a freshman instead of sophomore year when he made an instant impact on both sides… Read story