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Prep highlights: Skyview, Camas boys basketball teams roll to big wins at The Hardwood Invite

By Will Denner, Columbian staff writer
Published: December 16, 2023, 9:04pm

A pair of Clark County boys basketball teams left strong first impressions Saturday at The Hardwood Invite, hosted by Parkrose High School in Portland.

Skyview defeated Rancho Solano (Ariz.) 77-46 in the opening game of the tournament, before Camas posted a 77-40 win over host Parkrose.

Four Skyview players reached double figures against the Mustangs led by Javen Fletch, who scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and energized the Storm (3-2) off the bench.

Demaree Collins added 14 points, while Ryan Hanson and Malakai Weimer each scored 12 points. Weimer also led the Storm with 16 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

“We had our most complete game of the year,” Skyview coach Matt Gruhler said. “… We did a good job disrupting their offense early and got out to a 45-25 (lead) at half.”

In the following game, Camas (4-3) blitzed Parkrose during the first quarter to take a commanding 29-10 lead and maintained a double-digit advantage.

Ethan Harris had an efficient outing with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, plus 10 rebounds. Jace VanVoorhis poured in 18 points and Matthew Sitler added 12 points for the Papermakers.

Both teams return to action in the second round of the tournament Monday. Skyview will face the winner of Smoky Hill and La Salle. Camas will face the winner of Roosevelt and Oregon City.

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Girls basketball

UNION 73, GIG HARBOR 63 — Brooklynn Haywood scored 35 points, including going 13-of-13 from the foul line, and Ava Smith scored 18 points to lead the Titans on the road over the Tides.

Union (7-0) led by one at halftime, then outscored Gig Harbor 15-6 in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead to the fourth.

Gig Harbor’s Taylor Schwab scored 30 points in the defeat.

SKYVIEW 65, SOUTH EUGENE (OR) 22 — After jumping out to an eight-point lead, the Storm used a 17-2 second quarter to pull away from South Eugene at the Nike Interstate Shootout in Lake Oswego.

Kiera Parks led Skyview (4-2) with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Lainey Phillips tallied 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Cameron Watson added 10 points. The Storm held South Eugene to just six field goals during the game.

WEST ALBANY (OR) 64, BATTLE GROUND 20 — Skylar Fridriksson led the Tigers with nine points to open the Nike Interstate Shootout.

Battle Ground (1-4) was within five points of West Albany at the end of the first quarter, but was held without a field goal in the second as West Albany went on a 24-1 run.

KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 36, DE LA SALLE NORTH 33 — Addison Bagley had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Hannah Erwin and Avery Tindol added nine points each in the Knights’ final game in the Queens of the Court tournament at Westside Christian in Tigard, Ore.

Bridget Quinn added eight points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Boys wrestling

PRAIRIE’S FREI WINS HAMMERHEAD INVITATIONAL — Prairie senior Mason Frei won the 175-pound title at the HammerHead Invitational in Bremerton by pinning South Kitsap’s Gabriel Fragoso in 4 minutes, 23 seconds in the finals.

Frei was the lone local boys winner, though a host of others reached the finals. Battle Ground’s Zackery Motzkus (126), as well as Union’s Noah Koyama (138) and Armando Nicacio (165) all took second place at the tournament.

In team scoring, Camas (174) and Union (162) placed second and third, respectively, while South Kitsap won the tournament with 221.5 points. Prairie took ninth place with 134.5 points.

COLUMBIA RIVER TAKES FIRST AT PAT ALEXANDER INVITE — Behind a trio of individual winners, Columbia River took home the team title at the Pat Alexander Invite in Tumwater.

Aidan Deeney (113) and Tennyson Kurtz (157) each won in the finals by pinfall, and Caden Rossi earned an 11-1 major decision against Aiden Labouff of Black Hills to help the Rapids tally 204.5 points. Also among the leaders were Kelso (116.5) in fourth place and Heritage (87) in seventh.

Kelso’s Mattison Norred-Gilliam won the 126-pound title over River’s Jack Givens. The Rapids also had second-place finishes from Kellen Bashaw (150) and Carson Jones (190).

Heritage’s Ryan Cortez-Aviles earned second place at 175.

Girls wrestling

UNION, PRAIRIE, WASHOUGAL GRAPPLERS EARN TITLES AT HAMMERHEAD INVITATIONAL — Union’s Niah Cassidy, Washougal’s Kiersten Lees and Prairie’s Faith Tarrant each won their finals matches to highlight a strong day at the Bremerton tournament.

Cassidy (130) and Tarrant (235) both won by pinfall in the third round, while Lees claimed a 13-2 major decision against Davis’ Gabriela Sanchez.

Additionally, Prairie had a pair of winners across “B” and “C” divisions: Leilani Loza (125-C) and Serena Hewes (170-B).

CAMAS CLAIMS FOUR TITLES AT PAT ALEXANDER INVITE — Jasmine Cha (98-106), Sophia Robarge (114-124), Carys Lenihan (157-172) and Avery Vega-Padilla (190-199) all claimed first-place finishes in Tumwater.

Jasmine Cha and Luisa Cha both won their semifinals matches, but elected not to wrestle the finals match.