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Stories by Will Denner

Columbian staff writer

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

Union head coach Garold Howe, center, talks to the team Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, during the Titans’ 71-33 loss to Camas at Union High School.

Union boys basketball team stuns Skyview 46-43, forcing two tiebreakers in 4A GSHLvideo icon

Union head coach Garold Howe, center, talks to the team Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, during the Titans’ 71-33 loss to Camas at Union High School.

February 6, 2024, 10:53pm Prep Sports

Chaos seems to bring out the best in the Union boys basketball team. The Titans dropped their first three 4A Greater St. Helens League games of the 2023-24 season, leaving them little margin for error over the last two weeks. First, they responded by beating Battle Ground on Jan. 30. Read story

Skyview senior Jaxson Filler is introduced Jan. 23, 2024, before a game against Camas at Camas High School.

Skyview’s Jaxson Filler continues building up confidence after severe knee injury

Skyview senior Jaxson Filler is introduced Jan. 23, 2024, before a game against Camas at Camas High School.

February 3, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

To illustrate just how fleeting high school basketball can be, Skyview coach Matt Gruhler uses senior big man Jaxson Filler as a teaching example for the rest of the team. Read story

Camas girls basketball senior Addison Harris cuts down a piece of the net after the Papermakers clinched the 4A Greater St. Helens League title with a win over Union on senior night Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Camas High School.

Camas girls basketball team celebrates memorable senior night, tops Union 70-35 to clinch 4A GSHL title

Camas girls basketball senior Addison Harris cuts down a piece of the net after the Papermakers clinched the 4A Greater St. Helens League title with a win over Union on senior night Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Camas High School.

February 3, 2024, 12:05am Prep Sports

It’s become an annual tradition on senior night for the Camas girls basketball team to substitute their fourth-year players off the court one by one in the fourth quarter, allowing each of them a moment to receive an ovation from the crowd and embrace their teammates on the… Read story

Columbia River senior Emma Iniguez (20) celebrates with teammates junior Marley Myers (3) and senior Paige Johnson, right, after a Ridgefield timeout Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, during the Rapids’ 54-47 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School.

Columbia River grabs control of 2A GSHL in back-and-forth, 54-47 win over Ridgefieldvideo icon

Columbia River senior Emma Iniguez (20) celebrates with teammates junior Marley Myers (3) and senior Paige Johnson, right, after a Ridgefield timeout Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, during the Rapids’ 54-47 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School.

January 31, 2024, 11:28pm Prep Sports

The volume was turned all the way up inside Ridgefield High’s gymnasium Wednesday for a showdown between the Spudders and Columbia River to settle first place in the 2A Greater St. Helens League. For the visiting Rapids girls basketball team, the atmosphere was especially loud. “We couldn’t even… Read story

Union’s Nick Burchett (32) blocks a Battle Ground shot attempt during a 4A Greater St. Helens League boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Battle Ground High School.

In ‘do-or-die’ mode, Union dispatches Battle Ground for 55-35 winvideo icon

Union’s Nick Burchett (32) blocks a Battle Ground shot attempt during a 4A Greater St. Helens League boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Battle Ground High School.

January 30, 2024, 10:56pm Prep Sports

Don’t count out the Union Titans just yet. After a 55-35 road win over Battle Ground on Tuesday to move into a tie for third place in the 4A Greater St. Helens League standings, the Titans didn’t downplay the significance of the result. As Union coach Garold… Read story

Skyview’s Addysen Case bowls Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, during the WIAA District 4 3A/4A championships at Hazel Dell Lanes.

Skyview’s Addy Case leans on mental game to capture 4A district bowling championship

Skyview’s Addysen Case bowls Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, during the WIAA District 4 3A/4A championships at Hazel Dell Lanes.

January 26, 2024, 6:46pm Prep Sports

In order to take a step toward long-term success, Addy Case first had to embrace taking a temporary step back. Case, a junior on Skyview’s bowling team, made some significant changes to her game several months ago prior to the winter high school season, which included tweaking the span and… Read story

Prior to Washougal’s “Coaches Vs. Cancer” game, the Panthers gave bouquets of flowers and honored three women fighting cancer: Mary Howard, left, Katie Stevens, center, and Melissa Franco, right,  on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Washougal High School. Stevens, a former Washougal High student and girls basketball player, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2022. Howard and Franco, both Washougal residents, are cancer survivors.

‘Once a Panther, always a Panther’ — Washougal girls basketball team hosts Coaches vs. Cancer game against Woodland

Prior to Washougal’s “Coaches Vs. Cancer” game, the Panthers gave bouquets of flowers and honored three women fighting cancer: Mary Howard, left, Katie Stevens, center, and Melissa Franco, right,  on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Washougal High School. Stevens, a former Washougal High student and girls basketball player, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2022. Howard and Franco, both Washougal residents, are cancer survivors.

January 25, 2024, 11:37pm Prep Sports

As Tim Melcher sees it, once you’re a Washougal Panter, you’re always a Washougal Panther long after graduating high school. That’s why Melcher, Washougal’s girls basketball coach, wanted to honor one of the Panthers’ own on Thursday night during the team’s “Coaches vs. Cancer” game against Woodland. Prior… Read story

Prairie’s Malachi Patton (4) shoots over Mountain View during a 3A GSHL boys basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Prairie High School.

Prairie boys basketball pulls off dramatic comeback to down Mountain View 61-60video icon

Prairie’s Malachi Patton (4) shoots over Mountain View during a 3A GSHL boys basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Prairie High School.

January 24, 2024, 11:20pm Prep Sports

They expected some good, bad and ugly. Prairie boys basketball coach Jimmy Tuominen and his staff said as much to their team prior to Wednesday’s 3A Greater St. Helens League meeting against Mountain View. For much of three quarters, it was a little too much of the… Read story

Camas players erupt in celebration around junior Beckett Currie (1) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, after Currie hit a game-winning three pointer against Skyview at Camas High School. Camas won 69-66.

Stellar guard tandem leads Camas to comeback win, 69-66, over Skyviewvideo icon

Camas players erupt in celebration around junior Beckett Currie (1) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, after Currie hit a game-winning three pointer against Skyview at Camas High School. Camas won 69-66.

January 23, 2024, 11:49pm Prep Sports

The two understand each other so well, sometimes a simple look and nod is all Beckett Currie and Jace VanVoorhis need to get on the same page. While playing on the Camas boys basketball team for the last three seasons, the junior guards have built an unwavering trust… Read story