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Community sports notes: King’s Way lacrosse team clinches division title with win

Knights finished one win ahead of Camas team

The Columbian

A balanced attack led the King’s Way Christian boys lacrosse team to a 16-4 win on Saturday at Richland, clinching a division championship for the Knights.

At 7-1, King’s Way finished one game ahead of 6-2 Camas atop the Washington Boys High School Lacrossse Association’s Central-South Conference. King’s Way will next host a playoff on May 24 against an foe to be determined.

In the win at Richland, Michael Johnson had three goals and three assists to lead the Knights. Nick Pulicella, Brian Prigmore and Isaiah Pratt each scored twice. Last Wednesday, Central Catholic of Portland beat ing’s Way 13-9 in non-league play.

Camas 13, Union 6 — Camas wrapped up second palce with a Wednesday win against its rivals.

Camas is scheduled to host a playoff game on Saturday against either Gonzaga Prep or University-Central Valley.

Austin Garwood had four goals, one assist, and fielded 15 ground balls for Camas against Union. Chad Menor scored three goals and goalie Hudson Fox made six saves.

Union (3-5) finished fourth in the division.

Girls lacrosse

Lake Tapps 12, Evergreen Lacrosse Club 7 — The season ended for the Evergreen Lacrosse Club with a loss in the first round of the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association state tournament. The Black Cats were unable to hang on to a second-half lead against their conference rivals, and finished with six wins and seven losses.

Blind athletes group receives large grant

The Vancouver-based Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the KMR Group Foundation to expand its sports programs for visually impaired individuals.

“This gift truly comes at a transformative time for the organization as we are drastically expanding all of our programs for individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments,” said Billy Henry, co-founder and executive director of the NWABA.

“Each year we continue to see a drastic increase in need for programs,” Henry said in an announcement about the grant. “Support from the KMR Group Foundation will allow us to more effectively address current needs and begin expanding current programing and initiatives to take the organization to the next level.”

The Northwest Association of Blind Athletes was founded in 2007 by Henry and fellow students from the Washington State School for the Blind. The non-profit organization now provides sports and activities for more than 1,000 individuals of all ages.

The KMR Group Foundation focuses on programs that assist in childhood development.

“We appreciate the incredible mission of the NWABA to touch the lives of the visually impaired by providing sports opportunities. We look forward to this partnership and furthering their good work.” said Marty Rifkin, co-founder of the KMR Group Foundation.

80, 85, 90 national tennis titles on line

The United States Tennis Association men’s 80, 85, 90 Indoor Championships will be held this week at Club Green Meadows.

Draws for singles and doubles began with matches on Monday and play continues throughout the week. There are 42 players entered. Admission is free for spectators.

Vancouver’s Dennis Nielson is seeded third in the 80 singles. He is also playing in the 80s doubles with Neil Hurlbut of Big Canoe, Ga. Edwin Tyler of Studio City, Calif., playing in the 90s singles and doubles, was a gymnast as well as a football player at UCLA. In 1942-43 he was a member of a Rose Bowl team and on the first Bruins team that defeated USC.

COMMUNITY SPORTS NEWS is published each Tuesday. Submit items by sending email to paul.danzer@columbian.com, or by calling 360-735-4521.