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Seton Catholic sophomore Tiffany Sheldon, left, looks for an open teammate Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, during the Cougars’ 40-36 loss to Eatonville in the 1A Opening Round of the state playoffs at Battle Ground High School.

Eatonville has final answer in back-and-forth, 40-36 win over Seton Catholic in 1A girls basketball State Opening Roundvideo icon

Seton Catholic sophomore Tiffany Sheldon, left, looks for an open teammate Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, during the Cougars’ 40-36 loss to Eatonville in the 1A Opening Round of the state playoffs at Battle Ground High School.

February 23, 2024, 11:19pm Prep Sports

Consider the chips on the shoulders of the Seton Catholic girls basketball team bigger now than they were before. The Cougars’ postseason run came to a halt Friday with a 40-36 loss to Eatonville in the Class 1A State Opening Round at Battle Ground High School. Just… Read story

Maya Calhoun (21) of Evergreen has her shot blocked by Dream Mika (33) of Eastside Catholic in a Class 3A state playoff girls basketball game at Evergreen High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024.

Evergreen girls fall to Eastside Catholic 57-37 in program’s first state playoff game since 2011

Maya Calhoun (21) of Evergreen has her shot blocked by Dream Mika (33) of Eastside Catholic in a Class 3A state playoff girls basketball game at Evergreen High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024.

February 20, 2024, 10:43pm Prep Sports

Alexis Echols joined the Evergreen girls basketball team on a bet. The senior, whose primary sport is volleyball, hadn’t played basketball at Evergreen since she was a sophomore. But going into the school year, she began hearing from several Evergreen basketball players who wanted her to join the team, including… Read story

Camas senior Reagan Jamison (1) holds up a piece of the net following the Papermakers'63-44 win over Bellarmine Prep in the Class 4A girls basketball bi-district championship game on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Tacoma Community College.

Camas girls claim back-to-back 4A bi-district championships with 63-44 defeat of Bellarmine Prep

Camas senior Reagan Jamison (1) holds up a piece of the net following the Papermakers'63-44 win over Bellarmine Prep in the Class 4A girls basketball bi-district championship game on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Tacoma Community College.

February 17, 2024, 7:47pm Latest News

Moments like Saturday are ones the Camas girls basketball team takes time to savor over the course of a long season. The Papermakers repeated as Class 4A bi-district champions with a 63-44 win over Bellarmine Prep at Tacoma Community College to remain undefeated against Washington teams they’ve faced… Read story

Ava Smith (24) of Union drives to the basket against Tyanna Sims (3) of Kentwood in a 4A girls basketball bi-district playoff game at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024.

Early deficit against Kentwood hampers Union girls in 4A bi-district winner-to-state loss

Ava Smith (24) of Union drives to the basket against Tyanna Sims (3) of Kentwood in a 4A girls basketball bi-district playoff game at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024.

February 17, 2024, 3:24pm Prep Sports

The Union girls basketball team dealt with some unusual experiences over the offseason, namely, a number of players coming and going within the program. That’s why Titans coach Gary Mills says he’s only half joking at the idea of writing a book chronicling the team’s season. What made… Read story

Skyview players celebrate a basket Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, during the Papermakers’ 69-66 win against Skyview at Camas High School.

Skyview boys basketball completes long journey to reach state with 58-45 win over Camasvideo icon

Skyview players celebrate a basket Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, during the Papermakers’ 69-66 win against Skyview at Camas High School.

February 16, 2024, 10:18pm Prep Sports

When reflecting on Skyview’s state-clinching win over Camas on Friday, senior Jaxson Filler summed it up succinctly. “It’s been a long road,” he said. Filler wasn’t only talking about the past week, which required the Storm boys basketball team to win three Class 4A bi-district playoff games… Read story

R.A. Long’s Payton Thill (1) goes up for a layup against Ridgefield defenders during a Class 2A District 4 winner-to-state boys basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at Woodland High School.

R.A. Long boys reach 2A state basketball tournament for third straight year with 51-36 defeat of Ridgefieldvideo icon

R.A. Long’s Payton Thill (1) goes up for a layup against Ridgefield defenders during a Class 2A District 4 winner-to-state boys basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at Woodland High School.

February 15, 2024, 10:21pm Prep Sports

While putting together back-to-back runs to the Class 2A boys basketball state tournament over the last two seasons, the R.A. Long boys basketball team saw the makings of an annual tradition. Securing a third straight state berth was made harder by finishing fourth in the 2A Greater St. Read story

Beckett Currie (1), Ethan Harris (35) and Camas boys basketball are one of three local teams to have clinched berths in the regional round of the state tournament.

Camas boys thrive in loser-out 4A bi-district game, defeating Rogers-Puyallup 77-55video icon

Beckett Currie (1), Ethan Harris (35) and Camas boys basketball are one of three local teams to have clinched berths in the regional round of the state tournament.

February 14, 2024, 10:20pm Prep Sports

On a night the Camas Papermakers celebrated one of their own breaking a program scoring record, perhaps the greater accomplishment was how well they played as a team. In a loser-out home game of the Class 4A bi-district boys basketball playoffs, Camas kept its season alive with a… Read story

Columbia River’s John Reeder, left, soars past W.F. West’s Gage Brumfield for a layup during a Class 2A District 4 boys basketball semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at Mark Morris High School.

Fast-paced Columbia River boys sprint past W.F. West, 68-50, to clinch 2A state berthvideo icon

Columbia River’s John Reeder, left, soars past W.F. West’s Gage Brumfield for a layup during a Class 2A District 4 boys basketball semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at Mark Morris High School.

February 13, 2024, 11:45pm Prep Sports

The preferred pace of the Columbia River boys basketball team is fast. Sometimes, not fast enough. During Tuesday’s Class 2A District 4 semifinal game against W.F. West, Rapids head coach Mark Ganter could be seen on a few occasions waving his hand in a circular motion from the… Read story

Seton Catholic freshman Kaiden Wilson, left, and Montesano senior Gabe Bodwell fight for a loose ball Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, during the Cougars’ 58-46 win against Montesano at Seton Catholic High School.

Seton Catholic staves off Montesano 58-46 to secure second straight 1A state berthvideo icon

Seton Catholic freshman Kaiden Wilson, left, and Montesano senior Gabe Bodwell fight for a loose ball Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, during the Cougars’ 58-46 win against Montesano at Seton Catholic High School.

February 9, 2024, 9:48pm Prep Sports

Seton Catholic boys basketball coach Donald Wilson describes his team as a mix of young and old, newcomers and experienced players alike who make up the Cougars’ roster. From last year’s Class 1A state playoff run to this season, the Cougars showed every bit of their big-game experience Friday when… Read story

Hockinson’s Ryker Kitchen (1) goes up for a shot as Shelton defenders look on during the Class 2A boys basketball district pigtail game on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Hockinson High School.

Hockinson boys basketball team rallies past Shelton 60-43 in 2A district pigtail gamevideo icon

Hockinson’s Ryker Kitchen (1) goes up for a shot as Shelton defenders look on during the Class 2A boys basketball district pigtail game on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Hockinson High School.

February 8, 2024, 11:57pm Prep Sports

A playoff game that began with a forgettable first half gave way to something the Hockinson boys basketball team will remember for a long time. The Hawks’ cold shooting yielded just two points in the opening quarter, and they dug themselves a 15-point halftime deficit against visiting Shelton… Read story