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Columbia River's Alex Pont (9) falls to the turf after East Valley's Gavin Gordon (14) slides in for a tackle during the Class 2A boys soccer state quarterfinals on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Columbia River High School.

2A state soccer: East Valley’s physical play sets tone for 4-1 win over Columbia River in quarterfinals

Columbia River's Alex Pont (9) falls to the turf after East Valley's Gavin Gordon (14) slides in for a tackle during the Class 2A boys soccer state quarterfinals on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Columbia River High School.

May 18, 2024, 8:57pm Prep Sports

East Valley was out for revenge Saturday against a Columbia River team that ended its 2023 season in the Class 2A state boys soccer quarterfinals. After falling 3-0 in that game to the eventual state champion Rapids, the Red Devils of Yakima had the perfect antidote to contain River in… Read story

Ridgefield coach Kelsey Anchors talks to the team after calling for time in the first inning of a Class 2A District 4 tournament softball game against Rochester on Friday, May 17, 2024, in Chehails.

2A district softball: Ridgefield suffers season-ending 8-0 defeat to Rochester

Ridgefield coach Kelsey Anchors talks to the team after calling for time in the first inning of a Class 2A District 4 tournament softball game against Rochester on Friday, May 17, 2024, in Chehails.

May 17, 2024, 11:04pm Prep Sports

This senior class of Ridgefield softball players will always be one coach Kelsey Anchors fondly. Anchors took over Ridgefield’s program in late 2019, but didn’t coach her first game until 2021 because of the pandemic. That 2021 spring, in walked a group of freshmen who started and… Read story

Ridgefield players cheer from the dugout as Ridgefield's Tava Whitlow (3) stands in the batter's box during the Class 2A District 4 softball tournament against Aberdeen on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Chehalis.

2A district softball: Ridgefield regroups with 16-3 win over Woodland in loser-out gamevideo icon

Ridgefield players cheer from the dugout as Ridgefield's Tava Whitlow (3) stands in the batter's box during the Class 2A District 4 softball tournament against Aberdeen on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Chehalis.

May 16, 2024, 9:36pm Prep Sports

Ridgefield’s rollercoaster day began with a deflating loss that caught them off guard. Sensing their season was suddenly on the brink of a premature ending, the Spudders softball team fought back to earn another day, and what they hope will lead to another week playing together. Ridgefield got… Read story

King's Way Christian's Ryan Tyler, left, tries to avoid Columbia-White Salmon's Matthew Carillo during the Class 1A boys soccer District 4 championship match on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Seton Catholic High School.

1A state soccer: No. 19 Meridian knocks off No. 14 King’s Way Christian 2-1 in opening-round game

King's Way Christian's Ryan Tyler, left, tries to avoid Columbia-White Salmon's Matthew Carillo during the Class 1A boys soccer District 4 championship match on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Seton Catholic High School.

May 14, 2024, 9:43pm Prep Sports

King’s Way Christian made its debut at the Class 1A boys soccer state tournament in 2023, then reached more uncharted territory this season by hosting a state playoff game on its home field. Naturally, the next step for the up-and-coming Knights is to win one. No. 14 seed King’s Way… Read story

Garrett Maunu and Austin Aseph of LaCenter celebrate during the first round of the 1A state playoffs vs Lynden Christian on May 20th, 2023 at Camas High School.

Prep highlights: La Center, Montesano baseball set for rematch in 1A district winner-to-state, loser-out game

Garrett Maunu and Austin Aseph of LaCenter celebrate during the first round of the 1A state playoffs vs Lynden Christian on May 20th, 2023 at Camas High School.

May 10, 2024, 9:36pm Prep Sports

La Center is one win away from returning to the Class 1A state baseball regional. To get there, the Wildcats will have to go through a familiar foe. La Center handled Elma 8-0 on Friday at Castle Rock High School in a 1A district tournament loser-out game, setting up a… Read story

Columbia River's Beckham Young (11) signals to the crowd to get loud after a goal scored by JP Guzman (10) during the Class 2A district boys soccer championship against R.A. Long, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Kiggins Bowl.

Columbia River boys soccer rolls past R.A. Long 7-1 to secure third straight 2A district championshipvideo icon

Columbia River's Beckham Young (11) signals to the crowd to get loud after a goal scored by JP Guzman (10) during the Class 2A district boys soccer championship against R.A. Long, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Kiggins Bowl.

May 9, 2024, 10:37pm Prep Sports

Inside Columbia River's locker room a whiteboard displaying an open box is now checked, signifying the Rapids boys soccer team has accomplished their latest goal. Read story

Columbia River third baseman Nate Little (6) turns to throw to first base for an out against Ridgefield during a 2A GSHL baseball game on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

2A district baseball: Nate Little’s walk-off RBI single gives Columbia River state-clinching win over Tumwatervideo icon

Columbia River third baseman Nate Little (6) turns to throw to first base for an out against Ridgefield during a 2A GSHL baseball game on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

May 8, 2024, 9:03pm Prep Sports

When a two-run lead slipped through their grasp in the seventh inning, the Columbia River baseball team didn't have time to dwell. Read story

Camas&rsquo; Jacinda Lee watches her tee shot on the 15th hole during the Class 4A District 4 girls golf tournament on Tuesday at Lewis River Golf Course. Lee won for the third year in a row, this time by 16 strokes.

Camas’ Jacinda Lee, Prairie’s Maddy Moore dominate district girls golf tournaments

Camas&rsquo; Jacinda Lee watches her tee shot on the 15th hole during the Class 4A District 4 girls golf tournament on Tuesday at Lewis River Golf Course. Lee won for the third year in a row, this time by 16 strokes.

May 7, 2024, 9:41pm Prep Sports

On three separate golf courses over three seasons against different competition, one thing has remained constant — Camas’ Jacinda Lee is the Class 4A district girls golf tournament champion. Read story

Aberdeen's Angel Espinosa clears the ball near the Bobcats' penalty area near Ridgefield's Asher Adams (15) and Joey Taylor (11) during the Class 2A District 4 boys soccer pigtail game on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Ridgefield High School.

Ridgefield’s season ends in 2A boys soccer district pigtail game

Aberdeen's Angel Espinosa clears the ball near the Bobcats' penalty area near Ridgefield's Asher Adams (15) and Joey Taylor (11) during the Class 2A District 4 boys soccer pigtail game on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Ridgefield High School.

May 2, 2024, 10:29pm Prep Sports

For a few moments in Ridgefield’s post-game huddle Thursday, players and coaches stood speechless, searching for the right words to sum up a season-ending defeat. This one stung more than most. The Spudders were less than 20 minutes away from advancing to the Class 2A District 4 boys… Read story

Camas goalkeeper Will Taves (00) celebrates the Papermakers' 2-1 win over Union in a 4A Greater St. Helens League boys soccer match at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas on Monday, April 29, 2024.

Late-game heroics help Camas boys soccer team earn hard-fought, 2-1 win over Unionvideo icon

Camas goalkeeper Will Taves (00) celebrates the Papermakers' 2-1 win over Union in a 4A Greater St. Helens League boys soccer match at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas on Monday, April 29, 2024.

April 29, 2024, 11:25pm Prep Sports

Will Taves didn't need a reminder of what happened last time his Camas boys soccer team faced rival Union one month ago. Read story