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Dec. 2, 2023

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Prep highlights: La Center’s Blanshan wins at L&C Invitational


La Center junior Joseph Blanshan won the Varsity Black division race at Saturday’s Lewis & Clark College XC Invitational.

Blanshan finished the 5,000-meter course at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore., with a time of 15 minutes, 45.2 seconds.

There were 174 finishers in this division.

La Center finished sixth out of 23 full teams with 221 points.

Barlow of Gresham, Ore., won the meet with 145. Mark Morris was third with 150, led by senior Adam Nixon’s ninth-place finish in 16:31.6.

Washougal sophomore Elle Thomas was the top finisher among Clark County schools in the girls race. She placed 19th out of 280 runners in 18:33.2.

The Panthers placed 17th out of 35 teams. Skyview was the highest Clark County team with an 11th-place finish.


KALAMA 58, ONALASKA 6 — Kalama quarterback Jackson Esary was 10-for-13 passing for 257 yards and added 140 rushing yards on 11 carries to lead the Chinooks (6-0) in the matchup of 2B powerhouse teams at Kalama.

“We won the game up front,” Esary told The Daily News of Longview. “When you play a team like this, the game is won at the line of scrimmage. Our D-line and our linebackers, we held our gaps. We held them good. If you hold your gaps and you flip them to the outside, then you make tackles, that’s how you beat a team like this.”

Last year, Kalama and Onalaska traded blows back and forth in a duel for the ages, a matchup that set the 2B world buzzing with its points and physicality. The year before — in the postseason — was much the same.

“They took my State title away sophomore year, they punched me in the mouth last year too,” Esary said.

And so, the quarterback unloaded for big yards to his receivers on Saturday.

Max Cox had 148 yards on four receptions and a touchdown, and Jack Doerty had 101 yards on four catches and two TDs.

Kalama had 413 yards of offense to Onalaska’s 262.

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