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Skyview sophomore Javen Fletch, center, moves toward the basket Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, during the Storm’s 61-41 loss to Union at Union High School.

Prep highlights: Skyview, Camas boys basketball teams roll to big wins at The Hardwood Invite

Skyview sophomore Javen Fletch, center, moves toward the basket Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, during the Storm’s 61-41 loss to Union at Union High School.

December 16, 2023, 9:04pm Prep Sports

A pair of Clark County boys basketball teams left strong first impressions Saturday at The Hardwood Invite, hosted by Parkrose High School in Portland. Skyview defeated Rancho Solano (Ariz.) 77-46 in the opening game of the tournament, before Camas posted a 77-40 win over host Parkrose. Four Skyview players reached… Read story

Washougal's Albaugh sisters — seniors Bella, from left, Ireland, and junior Lucy — sit for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, at Washougal High School. The trio play pivotal roles for the Panthers' girls basketball team.

Washougal’s latest hoops family: Albaugh sister trio sets tone for Panthers girls basketball team

Washougal's Albaugh sisters — seniors Bella, from left, Ireland, and junior Lucy — sit for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, at Washougal High School. The trio play pivotal roles for the Panthers' girls basketball team.

December 16, 2023, 6:05am Latest News

Establishing the identity of this year’s Washougal girls basketball team began with a family. A trio of sisters on the Panthers’ varsity roster — senior twins Bella and Ireland Albaugh, and younger sister Lucy Albaugh, a junior — each fulfill different roles and bring unique components to the program. Read story

Camas senior Addison Harris, right, lays the ball into the basket Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, during the Papermakers’ 58-46 win against Eastlake at Camas High School.

Camas clamps down on Eastlake in rematch of 4A girls basketball state championship gamevideo icon

Camas senior Addison Harris, right, lays the ball into the basket Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, during the Papermakers’ 58-46 win against Eastlake at Camas High School.

December 15, 2023, 11:23pm Latest News

The win wasn’t payback in the most direct sense, but a pretty satisfying feeling for the Camas girls basketball team nonetheless. The Papermakers got the better of Eastlake, the same team they lost to in last season’s Class 4A state championship game, by pulling out a 58-46 win… Read story

La Center senior midfielder Shaela Bradley shields off Klahowya junior Amira Lyons in a 1A State girls soccer semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

All-Region Girls Soccer: Shaela Bradley, La Center

La Center senior midfielder Shaela Bradley shields off Klahowya junior Amira Lyons in a 1A State girls soccer semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

December 8, 2023, 6:05am Latest News

Shaela Bradley, The Columbian’s All-Region girls soccer player of the year, led La Center to the program’s first trip to the state final four, where it earned the Class 1A state fourth-place trophy in November. Read story

Evergreen’s Dez Daniel (2) looks to push the ball up the court in a non-league boys basketball game against Seton Catholic on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, at Evergreen High School.

Evergreen boys basketball team can go far with combination of size, shooting

Evergreen’s Dez Daniel (2) looks to push the ball up the court in a non-league boys basketball game against Seton Catholic on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, at Evergreen High School.

December 6, 2023, 12:13pm Latest News

Strong shooting appears to be a signature trait of this year’s Evergreen boys basketball team. Evergreen coach Brett Henry agrees with that assessment through three games, but doesn’t want the Plainsmen to lean too much on one thing. Evergreen came out firing in Tuesday’s non-league home game against Class 1A… Read story

Battle Ground’s Austin Ralphs (30) flips a shot contested by Columbia River’s Aaron Hoey in a non-league boys basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, at Columbia River High School.

Under new head coach, Columbia River boys basketball rallies for season-opening win

Battle Ground’s Austin Ralphs (30) flips a shot contested by Columbia River’s Aaron Hoey in a non-league boys basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, at Columbia River High School.

November 28, 2023, 11:40pm Prep Sports

As first games go for coaches, Mark Ganter experienced a rollercoaster in a wild win for the Columbia River boys basketball team. The Rapids fell behind by 17 points to Battle Ground in the first quarter Tuesday, trimmed the deficit to seven at halftime, then after outscoring the Tigers 33-17… Read story

Ridgefield junior midfielder Ellie Wilson raises her hands in the air after tying the game with a 75th-minute goal as Ridgefield junior forward Marlee Buffham and Ridgefield freshman midfielder Savannah Semlick run toward her in the 2A State Girls Soccer Championship on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

2A State Soccer: Ridgefield captures first state title in PK shootout win over West Valleyvideo icon

Ridgefield junior midfielder Ellie Wilson raises her hands in the air after tying the game with a 75th-minute goal as Ridgefield junior forward Marlee Buffham and Ridgefield freshman midfielder Savannah Semlick run toward her in the 2A State Girls Soccer Championship on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

November 18, 2023, 8:38pm Latest News

The Ridgefield Spudders fashion themselves as a relentless team. So much so, Ridgefield players write the word on their legs and display it for every game. On Saturday, the Spudders needed every bit of their relentless, gritty identity to capture the Class 2A girls soccer state… Read story

La Center senior midfielder Shaela Bradley heads the ball after Montesano senior midfielder Bethanie Henderson misses it in a 1A State girls soccer third-place game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

1A State Soccer: La Center earns fourth-place trophy after falling to Montesano 3-1

La Center senior midfielder Shaela Bradley heads the ball after Montesano senior midfielder Bethanie Henderson misses it in a 1A State girls soccer third-place game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

November 18, 2023, 3:46pm Prep Sports

Standing just a few feet away from the Mount Tahoma Stadium grandstand and a large group of La Center girls soccer team supporters, Wildcats senior Shaela Bradley took a moment to soak in the program’s accomplishments this season. No. 5 seed La Center fell… Read story

Columbia River junior defender Peyton Dukes shoots a 35-yard free kick which she scores in a 2A State girls soccer third-place game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

2A State Soccer: Peyton Dukes’ free-kick goals lead Columbia River to third-place finish, 2-1, over East Valleyvideo icon

Columbia River junior defender Peyton Dukes shoots a 35-yard free kick which she scores in a 2A State girls soccer third-place game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

November 18, 2023, 2:39pm Prep Sports

Peyton Dukes and the Columbia River girls soccer team didn’t feel pressure to perform Saturday. That allowed the Rapids to play free in their final game of the season and get the result they wanted. Dukes scored both of River’s goals via… Read story

Klahowya junior Amira Lyons and Klahowya junior Kelsey Clark hold off La Center senior forward Madisen Newbury in a challenge for the ball in a 1A State girls soccer semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

1A State Soccer: Klahowya blanks La Center 3-0 in Wildcats’ first appearance at state final four

Klahowya junior Amira Lyons and Klahowya junior Kelsey Clark hold off La Center senior forward Madisen Newbury in a challenge for the ball in a 1A State girls soccer semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

November 17, 2023, 10:42pm Prep Sports

Veteran soccer coach Horst Malunat has been part of enough state final four runs to understand a harsh reality — not every team can be the one to win. And for a team like La Center, making its first appearance in the Class 1A… Read story