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Community notebook: NW youth rowing championships return to Vancouver Lake

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Spectators line the shore at Vancouver Lake during the 2018 USRowing Northwest Youth Championships. This year's event opens on Friday and continues through Sunday.
Spectators line the shore at Vancouver Lake during the 2018 USRowing Northwest Youth Championships. This year's event opens on Friday and continues through Sunday. (Jeff Klein/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The 2019 USRowing Northwest Youth Championships will be held Friday through Sunday at Vancouver Lake.

More than 1,500 athletes, representing 764 crews from 31 teams competed in last year’s event in Vancouver. This will be the eighth year Vancouver Lake has hosted the event.

This is an opportunity for crews within the region to qualify for the USRowing Youth National Championships, as well as an opportunity for novice and junior varsity crews to compete in a full slate of racing.

The Vancouver Lake Rowing Club women’s varsity quad is coming off a third-place finish at the Windermere Cup, a top collegiate event in Seattle, and will compete at the regionals.

Racing is scheduled to begin at approximately 8 a.m. each day and continue throughout the day.

There is no admission fee to watch the races, but there is a $3 parking fee for cars at Vancouver Lake Regional Park.

Prairie to play for state rugby title

The top-seeded Prairie High School rugby team beat No. 4 Summit of Bend, Ore., 36-12 in the Rugby Oregon High Schools Boys Varsity Premiership Cup semifinals on Saturday at Portland’s Delta Park.

The undefeated Prairie Wolf Pack will face off against Newberg in the championship at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

Newberg edged out the Battle Ground Bulls 18-17 in a sudden-death kick off in the other semifinal.

Prairie’s Derek Kofoed was named player of the match in the Wolf Pack’s semifinal victory.

Prairie trailed 12-10 at halftime, and broke through thanks to running backs Gavin Schmitt and Payton Millet. Roberto Sagastrume and Simon Strickland were standouts at forward.

Battle Ground led 15-10 with just minutes to play when Newberg scored a try to tie the match, but failed on the conversion.

After a kick off also ended in a 5-5 tie, Newberg went on to win in sudden death.

Battle Ground will play Summit for third place in the Plate Final at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at Western Oregon.

Skyview, Columbia River win lacrosse playoffs

The Skyview and Columbia River high school lacrosse teams won their Washington High School Boys Lacrosse playoff games on Saturday to advance to the next round.

• Skyview rolled by South Kitsap 27-3. Vinh Dawkins had eight goals and three ground balls, and Dallin Johnson had six goals, three assists and four ground balls for Skyview. Bailey Meed had 23 ground balls plus a goal and assist. Jake Miller made four saves on seven shots in goal.

Skyview (14-1) will host Skyline (12-5) at 7 p.m. Friday.

• Columbia River edged out West Valley 18-14. Ben Bisquera had six goals, Jake Ayers had four goals and six assists, Nick Frictie had four goals and two assists, and Cody Held had a goal and 22 ground balls for Columbia River. Erik Sarchi made 12 saves on 22 shots in goal.

Columbia River (8-6) will next play at Liberty (9-3-1) on Saturday in Renton.

• Camas had its season end with a 15-3 loss at Eastlake.

Whisper Running hosting nutrition seminar

The Vancouver-based Whisper Running Club is hosting a nutrition seminar centered around adult runners from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at the Clark College Foster Auditorium.

It will be hosted by registered health coach and chef Laura Demeri.

Admission is $25, and tickets ordered online prior to Wednesday can receive a $5 discount using the code word “whipser5” when placing the order.

For more details and to order tickets, visit

Whisper athletes perform well at Sherwood

Whisper Running club members Sam Soto and Elle Thomas posted state-best times at the Sherwood (Ore.) Youth Track Meet on Saturday.

Soto, who attends Gaiser Middle School in Vancouver, won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 28.04 seconds. His time is the fastest in Washington among ages 11-12 and ranks ninth-fastest on the West Coast.

Thomas, who attends Jemtegaard Middle School in Washougal, won the 1,5000 with a time of 4:58.92, which is also tops in Washington for ages 13-14 and eighth fastest on the West Coast.




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