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Stories by Will Denner

Columbian staff writer

Ridgefield players applaud the home crowd after the Spudders' 3-0 win over Hockinson in the Class 2A district girls soccer semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Ridgefield High School.

Ridgefield rolls to 3-0 win over Hockinson to reach 2A girls soccer district championship gamevideo icon

Ridgefield players applaud the home crowd after the Spudders' 3-0 win over Hockinson in the Class 2A district girls soccer semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Ridgefield High School.

November 2, 2023, 9:53pm Prep Sports

It didn’t take long for the Ridgefield girls soccer team to settle in and play to its strengths with a Class 2A state tournament berth on the line. From the opening whistle of Thursday’s 2A district semifinal against Hockinson, Ridgefield went on the attack, scoring first on a… Read story

University of Portland women?s soccer assistant coach Tina Frimpong Ellertson instructs players during a training on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at University of Portland.

Reunited with the Pilots: Tina, MacKenzie Frimpong Ellertson team up for final season with University of Portland women’s soccer

University of Portland women?s soccer assistant coach Tina Frimpong Ellertson instructs players during a training on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at University of Portland.

October 28, 2023, 6:35am College

In recent years they were rivals on the pitch, facing each other on opposite sidelines during Pac-12 women’s soccer fixtures between Washington and Washington State. Read story

Kelso's Aden Mintonye, left, tiptoes along the sideline while being chased by multiple Evergreen defenders during a 3A GSHL football game on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at Kelso High School.

Kelso’s 28-7 win over Evergreen sets up 3A GSHL tiebreakervideo icon

Kelso's Aden Mintonye, left, tiptoes along the sideline while being chased by multiple Evergreen defenders during a 3A GSHL football game on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at Kelso High School.

October 27, 2023, 10:54pm Football

Close losses against the likes of Prairie and Mountain View had the Kelso Hilanders feeling like they were better than their 2-6 record indicated. They were given the perfect opportunity to prove it Friday against Evergreen needing a win to extend their season beyond Week 9. The Hilanders… Read story

Lower Columbia College's Sydney Lulay (13) celebrates with teammates Rhyli Grim (16) and Molly Romanchock (18) after scoring the Red Devils' first goal in an NWAC women's soccer match on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, at Kim Christensen Field.

Ahead of NWAC women’s soccer playoffs, Lower Columbia rolls past Clark

Lower Columbia College's Sydney Lulay (13) celebrates with teammates Rhyli Grim (16) and Molly Romanchock (18) after scoring the Red Devils' first goal in an NWAC women's soccer match on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, at Kim Christensen Field.

October 25, 2023, 6:52pm College

The brewing rivalry between Lower Columbia and Clark College’s women’s soccer programs adds an extra layer of motivation whenever the two meet on to the pitch. Read story

Skyview junior Micah Robison, left, celebrates an interception with teammates Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, during Skyview’s 49-10 win against Battle Ground at Kiggins Bowl.

Skyview shines in 49-10 win against Battle Groundvideo icon

Skyview junior Micah Robison, left, celebrates an interception with teammates Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, during Skyview’s 49-10 win against Battle Ground at Kiggins Bowl.

October 20, 2023, 11:47pm Football

When the lights at Kiggins Bowl inadvertently shut off 15 minutes before kickoff Friday against Battle Ground, the Skyview football team emerged from the locker room and ran through its breakaway banner in the shadows. Once the field was fully illuminated and the game started, nothing shined brighter than the… Read story

Washougal senior lineman Jose Alvarez-Cruze stands for a portrait Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, at Washougal High School. Alvarez-Cruze considered giving up football after suffering a head and neck injury in the last game of his junior season.

Washougal’s Jose Alvarez-Cruze walked away from football after injury, but was pulled back to the Panthers for senior year

Washougal senior lineman Jose Alvarez-Cruze stands for a portrait Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, at Washougal High School. Alvarez-Cruze considered giving up football after suffering a head and neck injury in the last game of his junior season.

October 20, 2023, 6:01am Editor's Choice

Washougal lineman Jose Alvarez-Cruze chose to walk away from football after suffering a head, neck and back injury in a state playoff game last November. After making a full recovery, he felt a pull to return to the Panthers last summer. Read story

Hudson's Bay players and coaches celebrate after defeating Hockinson 21-18 on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at Kiggins Bowl.

Hudson’s Bay bounces back with 21-18 win over Hockinson, closes in on 2A playoff berthvideo icon

Hudson's Bay players and coaches celebrate after defeating Hockinson 21-18 on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at Kiggins Bowl.

October 19, 2023, 11:50pm Football

Two deflating losses in the middle of a grueling 2A Greater St. Helens League football schedule had the Hudson’s Bay Eagles feeling down, but not out. The Eagles put themselves in an advantageous position by starting the season 5-0, though after back-to-back losses to Washougal and Woodland, their fortunes were… Read story

High school scoreboard, results from Saturday, Oct. 14

October 14, 2023, 6:59pm Prep Sports

Saturday’s high school sports results for cross country, girls soccer and swimming. GIRLS SOCCER 3A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE W L T Pts Prairie (6-3-1) 4 0 1 13 Mtn. View (5-5-2) 4 1 1 13 Kelso (2-8-2) 2 2 0 6 Evergreen (7-5-1) 2 4 0 6 Heritage… Read story

Woodland's Elijah Andersen (4) listens to head coach Sean McDonald during a post-game huddle after the Beavers' 41-10 win over Hudson's Bay on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at Woodland High School.

Elijah Andersen’s 5 touchdowns paces Woodland in 41-10 win over Hudson’s Bayvideo icon

Woodland's Elijah Andersen (4) listens to head coach Sean McDonald during a post-game huddle after the Beavers' 41-10 win over Hudson's Bay on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at Woodland High School.

October 13, 2023, 11:58pm Football

Every time Elijah Andersen touches the ball, the Woodland junior believes he has a chance to score. Such a notion might not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Andersen’s big-play ability took Woodland to another gear in Friday’s 41-10 win over Hudson’s Bay on homecoming night, which helped… Read story

The Battle Ground Tigers celebrate after Artem Bahnyuk (1) recovered a fumble during a game at McKenzie Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.

Battle Ground passes biggest test yet — a 48-30 win over Union to open 4A GSHL slatevideo icon

The Battle Ground Tigers celebrate after Artem Bahnyuk (1) recovered a fumble during a game at McKenzie Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.

October 12, 2023, 11:45pm Football

Nobody believes in the Battle Ground Tigers more than the Battle Ground Tigers. And now, in the aftermath of a seismic moment for the football program, the Tigers have reaffirmed that feeling. Battle Ground beat Union 48-30 in Thursday’s 4A Greater St. Helens League opener, but the Tigers’ post-game celebration… Read story