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Ridgefield's Landon Kelsey leaps in the finals of the long jump at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

All-Region boys track & field: Landon Kelsey, Ridgefield

Ridgefield's Landon Kelsey leaps in the finals of the long jump at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

June 12, 2023, 9:02pm Newsletter

Ridgefield's Landon Kelsey was the only Clark County male athlete on the podium four times at the Class 4A, 3A, 2A state track and field championships and is The Columbian’s All-Region boys track and field athlete of the year. Read story

Kelso's Josie Settle clears the final hurdle on way to victory in the 3A girls 300-meter hurdles at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

All-Region girls track & field: Josie Settle, Kelso

Kelso's Josie Settle clears the final hurdle on way to victory in the 3A girls 300-meter hurdles at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

June 9, 2023, 9:01pm Newsletter

Josie Settle, The Columbian’s All-Region girls track and field athlete of the year, competed in four events at state for the second straight year, won both the 3A 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles state titles, and also placed third in the long jump and triple jump to accumulate 32 of… Read story

The sun sets over Mountain View players as they warm up Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, during a game between Prairie and Mountain View at District Stadium in Battle Ground.

Mountain View tabs ex-Lincoln (Seattle) coach as new football coach

The sun sets over Mountain View players as they warm up Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, during a game between Prairie and Mountain View at District Stadium in Battle Ground.

June 2, 2023, 10:20am Prep Sports

Aaron Hart, who previously coached four seasons at Class 3A Lincoln High School of Seattle, is the Thunder’s new coach. He first announced the news Friday on social media and Evergreen Public Schools district athletic director Cale Piland confirmed the news to The Columbian.  Read story

Camas’ Eliisa Marshall stretches for the finish as the Papermakers won the 4A girls 4x400 relay at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

4A/3A/2A state track: Camas’ 4×400 relay feels all emotions in come-from-behind state-title win

Camas’ Eliisa Marshall stretches for the finish as the Papermakers won the 4A girls 4x400 relay at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

May 27, 2023, 8:07pm Prep Sports

Post-race, too, as the Papermakers fell to the turf in celebration at Mount Tahoma High School, winning the Class 4A girls 4x400 in 3 minutes, 58.00 seconds. It’s the second girls 4x400 state title for Camas, joining the 2009 team that won Class 3A.  Read story

Kelso’s Josie Settle clears the final hurdle on her way to victory in the 3A girls 100-meter hurdles at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

State 4A/3A/2A track: Kelso’s Settle in awe of winning 3A 100 hurdles title

Kelso’s Josie Settle clears the final hurdle on her way to victory in the 3A girls 100-meter hurdles at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

May 26, 2023, 7:49pm Prep Sports

“I can’t even think of how I feel — I’m still in awe,” the Kelso High senior said after winning the Class 3A girls 100-hurdle title on Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium, the second day of the 4A/3A/2A state track and field championships. “I didn’t think I could actually get… Read story

Washougal’s Sydnee Boothby rounds a turn as she starts the third lap of the 1600-meter finals at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

4A/3A/2A state track: Washougal’s Boothby second in 1,600 as part of busy weekendvideo icon

Washougal’s Sydnee Boothby rounds a turn as she starts the third lap of the 1600-meter finals at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

May 25, 2023, 8:22pm Prep Sports

The Washougal High senior did what she always likes to do on the track: lead a race from the start, and in the case of the first day of the Class 4A/3A/2A state track and field championship Thursday at Mount Tahoma Stadium, she led by a wide margin, too.  Read story

La Center student-athlete recovers, adapts after sudden cardiac arrest

May 24, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Health

The long-standing Victory Bell that sits outside La Center High School is available to be rung anytime one of the Wildcat sports teams record a victory. Read story

Columbia River boys soccer players celebrate their 2A state quarterfinal victory at home Saturday in a 3-0 victory over East Valley of Yakima (Meg Wochnick/The Columbian)

Columbia River boys soccer back in the 2A state semifinalsvideo icon

Columbia River boys soccer players celebrate their 2A state quarterfinal victory at home Saturday in a 3-0 victory over East Valley of Yakima (Meg Wochnick/The Columbian)

May 20, 2023, 6:15pm Prep Sports

When you compare the 2022 Columbia River High boys soccer team and this season’s squad, which cliched another berth in the Class 2A state semifinals after Saturday’s 3-0 shutout of East Valley of Yakima, there’s little difference. For starters, there’s similar player personnel, including reigning Washington… Read story

Columbia River head coach Jesse Norris talks to an official Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, during the Rapids’ 41-39 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School.

Jesse Norris named Clark College’s women’s basketball coach

Columbia River head coach Jesse Norris talks to an official Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, during the Rapids’ 41-39 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School.

May 12, 2023, 10:22am Clark County Sports

Jesse Norris’ career as a high school coach in Clark County has been short, yet also successful. This week, it took another step — or rather, a big leap — when Norris was named Clark College’s new women’s basketball coach Thursday.  Read story

Spectators watch the boys shot put competition Wednesday during the Southwest Washington Middle School League championship meet at Woodland High School. After a double levy vote failure, Woodland Public Schools is expected to be without $3 million in supplemental funding in 2024 and will lose several staff and student programs -- including track and field.

Levy failure for Woodland Public Schools clouds future of more than just athletics

Spectators watch the boys shot put competition Wednesday during the Southwest Washington Middle School League championship meet at Woodland High School. After a double levy vote failure, Woodland Public Schools is expected to be without $3 million in supplemental funding in 2024 and will lose several staff and student programs -- including track and field.

May 12, 2023, 6:03am Clark County News

Bright sun, a taste of summer heat, a buzzing crowd of excited parents and anxious student-athletes: the scene at Woodland High School on Wednesday was a typical spring sight in this sports-loving small town just north of the Lewis River. Read story