The Camas Juniors girls basketball program can boast of being back-to-back state champions.
The Camas sixth-grade team beat Lake Washington 36-33 on March 17 at Spokane to win the Girls 6th School Gold state title at the Washington Middle School Basketball Championships.
According to coach Scott Thompson, his sixth-grade squad posted a 28-4 record playing a lot of the season in seventh-grade brackets. The team’s only losses were to older clubs including the Camas seventh-grade team, which finished fourth at state.
Leading up to the championship game, the Camas sixth-graders beat Skyline 34-32, beat Rogers 37-9, and beat Mabton 39-27.
Members of the team include Bella Brustad, Sophie Buzzard, Raquel Dunnam, Stephanie Edwards, Aubrey Hall, Kendall Mairs, Bridget Quinn, Kahlia Richman, Keirra Thompson, and Laney Webb.
“This championship was on the backs of great defense and good decision making on offense,” Scott Thompson said. “We definitely have a very talented team.”
Throwers clinic set for Saturday at Heritage HS
A track and field throwers’ clinic returns Saturday at Heritage High School, open to middle school, high school and master-level throwers in the shot put, discus, and javelin.
For a second year, 2016 Olympian and two-time NCAA men’s javelin champion Sam Crouser headlines a trio of instructors at the event that runs from 9 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. that features technique instruction through classroom discussion, video analysis and drills and exercises.
The clinic is co-hosted by Heritage throws coach Houston Dillard and Scott Halley, the 2007 NAIA javelin champion for Concordia University. In addition to coaching Crouser, Halley has worked with area prep javelin standouts such as 2017 4A state champion Curtis Stradley of Battle Ground and Heritage’s Sean Keller, whose state-title winning throw in 2011 set a Class 4A state meet record.
Registration and cost to attend for athletes and coaches can be found at coachhalley.com/services/heritage.
Vancouver Lake Rowing starts season strong
The Vancouver Lake Rowing Club had several boats perform well in its first regatta of the season.
Four Vancouver entries placed first and seven placed second at the Burton Beach Invitational at Vashon Island last weekend. The athletes were of high school and middle school age.
Adam Garrison collected two victories. He won the Boys Varsity Single Scull event and teamed with Kevin Cassidy to win the Boys Varsity Double Scull.
Grace Dojan won the Girls Varsity Single Scull just ahead of teammate Kate Bricker. Max Lafayetteand Turner Bate teamed up to win the Boys Lightweight Double Scull.
Vancouver Lake Rowing Club entrants got top-10 finishes in 19 of 36 events.
Prairie, Battle Ground rugby teams post wins
The Prairie and Battle Ground boys varsity rugby teams posted wins over the weekend.
Prairie beat Lincoln 46-12 on Friday. Gavin Schmitt was the player of the match for Prairie. Trajveion Dougas and Payton Millet were strong directing play with Zack Wright and Brett McGuire threats on attacks.
Battle Ground beat the Portland Pumas 34-0 on Saturday. Brady Roth was selected as player of the match for Battle Ground. Drew Skolrud led in tackles, and Keith Troung made a long break for a try.
Prairie and Battle Ground will next square off against each other for the Pat Jenkins Memorial Trophy at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Laurin Middle School, 13601 N.E. 97th Ave., in Brush Prairie.
Miracle League signups are open
Registration is open for the Miracle League of Vancouver.
Miracle League provides baseball for youths through adults with special needs. It’s an 8-week program with games on Saturdays.
Cost for the program is $25 per player, which includes uniform.
First game is 9 a.m. April 27 at the Union High School fields.
For more information or to register online visit www.miracleleagueofvancouver.org or call 360-719-4528.
Harlem Wizards at Union HS on May 2
The Harlem Wizards basketball team will be at Union High School on May 2 and advance tickets are on sale now.
General admission is $15, reserved $25 and courtside plus is $35. Student admission is $10.
Visit www.harlemwizards.com to purchase.
If available, tickets at the door will be $12 for students and $17 for adults.
The Wizards are a show basketball entity delivering wildly successful fundraiser events for schools and nonprofits, last season alone playing in over 400 communities across the USA, while raising over $2 million.