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Ridgefield junior midfielder Nora Martin wins a header on a corner kick in a 2A State girls soccer semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

2A State Soccer: Third time’s a charm for Ridgefield in 1-0 semfinal win over Columbia Rivervideo icon

Ridgefield junior midfielder Nora Martin wins a header on a corner kick in a 2A State girls soccer semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

November 17, 2023, 4:19pm Latest News

In the first meeting they were close. The rematch, a penalty kick shootout loss, was even closer. So when the Ridgefield girls soccer team faced 2A Greater St. Helens League foe Columbia River for the third time this season on Friday in the Class… Read story

Skyview receiver Gavin Packer races up field during Skyview's 42-7 Class 4A state playoff victory over Skyline on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Kiggins Bowl.

During Skyview’s run to 4A state quarterfinals, Gavin Packer continues to perform in critical moments

Skyview receiver Gavin Packer races up field during Skyview's 42-7 Class 4A state playoff victory over Skyline on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Kiggins Bowl.

November 17, 2023, 6:05am Football

A fill-in start at cornerback for a 2021 Week 10 playoff game presented Skyview’s Gavin Packer with an opportunity to make a splash as a freshman. Read story

The Camas High School football team storms the field Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, before the Papermakers 21-9 win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

Mount Si pulls off stunning 31-14 win over Camas in 4A state football playoffsvideo icon

The Camas High School football team storms the field Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, before the Papermakers 21-9 win against Skyview at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

November 11, 2023, 11:09pm Football

Momentum favored visiting Mount Si early in Saturday’s Class 4A state football playoff game against Camas. When the Wildcats got a taste of the lead, it snowballed into something greater — something the Papermakers were never able to fully stop. No. 14 seed Mount Si stormed… Read story

Sydnee Boothby, Clark College women's cross country

Clark College’s Sydnee Boothby wins Penguins’ first NWAC Women’s Cross Country Championship

Sydnee Boothby, Clark College women's cross country

November 11, 2023, 3:07pm College

Sydnee Boothby made history with the Clark College women’s cross country program on Saturday. Boothby, a Washougal High School alumna, capped a stellar freshman fall season at Clark by becoming the first runner in program history to win NWAC Women’s Cross Country Championship, while the Penguins placed second as a… Read story

Kalama football players run on to the field prior to their Class 2B state playoff game against Friday Harbor on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Chinook Stadium in Kalama.

2B state football: Kalama cruises past Friday Harbor 32-14, setting up quarterfinal rematch against Onalaskavideo icon

Kalama football players run on to the field prior to their Class 2B state playoff game against Friday Harbor on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Chinook Stadium in Kalama.

November 10, 2023, 6:37pm Football

With a nearly fully healthy squad for the stretch run of the season, the Kalama football team is finally whole ahead of next week’s Class 2B state playoff quarterfinals. The No. 5 seed Chinooks are headed to that stage to face Onalaska after getting past No. 12 Friday… Read story

Columbia River and Steilacoom players gather on the field for introductions prior to their Class 2A girls soccer state playoff game on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at Columbia River High School.

Columbia River looks for improvement after 1-0 win in 2A state soccer playoffs

Columbia River and Steilacoom players gather on the field for introductions prior to their Class 2A girls soccer state playoff game on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at Columbia River High School.

November 8, 2023, 9:36pm Prep Sports

On the surface, Columbia River’s win over Steilacoom to open the Class 2A girls soccer state playoffs appeared to be a success. The No. 3 seed Rapids claimed a 1-0 win over the No. 14 Sentinels on Wednesday at O’Rourke Field and advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal round against 2A Greater… Read story

Washougal players gather with coaches on the field following the Panthers' 35-21 win over Aberdeen in the Class 2A district playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at Washougal High School.

Late clutch plays lift Washougal over Aberdeen 35-21 in 2A district football playoffsvideo icon

Washougal players gather with coaches on the field following the Panthers' 35-21 win over Aberdeen in the Class 2A district playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at Washougal High School.

November 4, 2023, 10:00pm Football

At moments when ‘Plan A’ didn’t work for the Washougal football team Saturday, the Panthers seemingly always answered with a course correction. The Panthers captured a 35-21 win over Aberdeen at Fishback Stadium in the Class 2A District 4 playoffs to reach the 2A state playoffs for the… Read story

The Seton Catholic football team celebrates their playoff win against Tenino on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at Seton Catholic High School. It was Seton’s first home playoff game.

Seton Catholic football team claims first playoff win in program historyvideo icon

The Seton Catholic football team celebrates their playoff win against Tenino on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at Seton Catholic High School. It was Seton’s first home playoff game.

November 3, 2023, 11:25pm Football

The Cougars claim dominant 51-7 win against Tenino to reach Class 1A state playoffs Read story

Seton Catholic senior Ryan Stuck catches a touchdown pass Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, during the Cougars? 59-0 win against Stevenson at Seton Catholic High School.

Seton Catholic football senior Ryan Stuck has unique perspective on Cougars’ rise

Seton Catholic senior Ryan Stuck catches a touchdown pass Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, during the Cougars? 59-0 win against Stevenson at Seton Catholic High School.

November 3, 2023, 6:05am Football

Through the eyes of Ryan Stuck, the Seton Catholic football program has come a long way in the last four years. Read story

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