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Stories by Will Denner

Columbian staff writer

Ridgefield junior Natalie Evans catches behind the plate to warm up a pitcher between innings of a baseball game between the Spudders and Battle Ground on Friday, March, 8, 2024, at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Natalie Evans is first girl to play in Ridgefield’s baseball program and is certain she won’t be the last

Ridgefield junior Natalie Evans catches behind the plate to warm up a pitcher between innings of a baseball game between the Spudders and Battle Ground on Friday, March, 8, 2024, at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

April 13, 2024, 6:30am Newsletter

Without hesitation, Natalie Evans can point to the exact moment when baseball became a major part of her life. Read story

Members of the Union baseball team go through the handshake line after a 2-1 win over Skyview in a 4A Greater St. Helens League baseball game at Skyview High School on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Youthful Union baseball team relishes competition against 4A GSHL counterparts

Members of the Union baseball team go through the handshake line after a 2-1 win over Skyview in a 4A Greater St. Helens League baseball game at Skyview High School on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

April 9, 2024, 9:07pm Prep Sports

Union baseball coach Lee Hunter offered high praise for starting pitcher Jacob Chandler after Tuesday’s performance against Skyview — the kind rarely ascribed to a sophomore. “Jacob Chandler — remember that name,” Hunter said. “He’s special.” In the Titans’ 2-1 win over the Storm, which avenged a 7-0 loss one… Read story

Battle Ground Jackson Hotchkiss (19) fist bumps teammate Keegan Moffatt (15) after Hotchkiss hit a solo home run during a season-opening, non-league baseball game against Ridgefield on Friday, March 8, 2024, at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Battle Ground’s Jackson Hotchkiss, one of state’s top baseball prospects, builds on strong stretch of play

Battle Ground Jackson Hotchkiss (19) fist bumps teammate Keegan Moffatt (15) after Hotchkiss hit a solo home run during a season-opening, non-league baseball game against Ridgefield on Friday, March 8, 2024, at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

April 5, 2024, 2:57pm Prep Sports

A text message revealing good news came as somewhat of a surprise to Jackson Hotchkiss last July. Earlier in the summer, Hotchkiss earned a “referral” to try out for the Area Code Games, a showcase of the top high school baseball players in the country with MLB scouts and college… Read story

King's Way Christian junior Luke Gomes, left, cuts toward the ball during a boys soccer game against Seton Catholic on March 21 in Vancouver.

Scoring over adversity: King’s Way Christian soccer player Luke Gomes says coping with hearing loss deepens his resolve – and his faith

King's Way Christian junior Luke Gomes, left, cuts toward the ball during a boys soccer game against Seton Catholic on March 21 in Vancouver.

April 3, 2024, 6:09am Clark County News

King’s Way Christian soccer player Luke Gomes says coping with hearing loss deepens his resolve – and his faith Read story

Union's Caleb Putney, center, goes up for a header between Camas' Shiven Friedeman, left, and Travis O'Hara during a 4A Greater St. Helens League boys soccer match on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Union High School.

Union boys soccer team is exceeding expectations en route to 7-0 startvideo icon

Union's Caleb Putney, center, goes up for a header between Camas' Shiven Friedeman, left, and Travis O'Hara during a 4A Greater St. Helens League boys soccer match on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Union High School.

March 29, 2024, 1:16pm Prep Sports

What the Union boys soccer team may lack in top-end talent, the Titans have made up for with their conditioning and work rate so far this season. That premise was put to the test in the Titans’ rivalry game Thursday against Camas, a matchup of two undefeated 4A Greater St. Read story

Skyview senior Demaree Collins used his limitless 3-point range and knack for attacking the hoop to become one of the most prolific scorers in Washington during the 2023-24 season.

All-Region boys basketball: Demaree Collins, Skyview

Skyview senior Demaree Collins used his limitless 3-point range and knack for attacking the hoop to become one of the most prolific scorers in Washington during the 2023-24 season.

March 22, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

Skyview basketball coaches gave Demaree Collins the green light to take shots some players wouldn’t dare try. Read story

Varsity360: The Columbian reveals the 2023-24 All-Region Basketball Teams

March 21, 2024, 10:02am Podcasts

The Columbian’s Micah Rice and Will Denner unveil the All-Region boys and girls basketball teams and discuss what made each player special during the 2023-24 season. Read story

Camas players celebrate after a basket Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Papermakers’ 60-48 win against Sumner in a WIAA 4A State Basketball semifinal game at the Tacoma Dome.

Lockdown Camas girls basketball defense slows Sumner in 4A state semifinals win

Camas players celebrate after a basket Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Papermakers’ 60-48 win against Sumner in a WIAA 4A State Basketball semifinal game at the Tacoma Dome.

March 1, 2024, 6:51pm Prep Sports

Sumner’s Lainee Houillon is a two-time South Puget Sound League North Division MVP, a 1,000-point career scorer and the Spartans’ all-around leader. On Friday in the Class 4A state girls basketball semifinals, Camas’ vaunted perimeter defense largely neutralized the Spartans’ senior guard as a scorer and… Read story

Skyview players mob Ryan Hanson (14) in celebration following Hanson's game-winning 3-pointer in Skyview's 80-77 overtime victory over Tahoma in Friday's 4A consolation semifinal.

Ryan Hanson’s OT game-winner sends Skyview past Tahoma to 4A boys state trophy round

Skyview players mob Ryan Hanson (14) in celebration following Hanson's game-winning 3-pointer in Skyview's 80-77 overtime victory over Tahoma in Friday's 4A consolation semifinal.

March 1, 2024, 3:24pm Prep Sports

The Storm will play in fourth-place game Saturday, guaranteed of earning a state trophy Read story

Glacier Peak guard Josiah Lee (2) approaches Camas' Beckett Currie (1) and extends his arm in a sign of sportsmanship as his team celebrates Glacier Peak's 65-61 win over Camas in Wednesday's Round of 12 game at the Tacoma Dome. Currie had a game-high 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting.

4A boys: Glacier Peak comes back from 20 points down to beat Camas 65-61 in Round of 12video icon

Glacier Peak guard Josiah Lee (2) approaches Camas' Beckett Currie (1) and extends his arm in a sign of sportsmanship as his team celebrates Glacier Peak's 65-61 win over Camas in Wednesday's Round of 12 game at the Tacoma Dome. Currie had a game-high 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting.

February 28, 2024, 11:35pm Prep Sports

Hot shooting propelled the Camas Papermakers to the Tacoma Dome for a second consecutive year. After draining 19 3-pointers in last week’s Class 4A State Opening Round boys basketball win against West Valley of Yakima, No. 13 seed Camas picked up right where it left off in… Read story