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Prep seasons for higher-risk sports won’t start Feb. 1 in 4A, 3A GSHL as region fails to advance to Phase 2

January 22, 2021, 3:14pm Newsletter

Athletes in football, volleyball, girls soccer and slowpitch softball now have to hope for Feb. 8 opening. Read story

Martinez: Balancing excitement and realism as prep sports return

January 19, 2021, 7:33pm Newsletter

Often, as a journalist, you find yourself right in the middle of issues, even if people on one side or the other don’t think so. Take the recent announcements regarding… Read story

High School Sports Blog

Revised 2020-21 athletic calendar for Southwest Washington

A hard look at COVID-19 data keeping Southwest Region in Phase 1 and data shows for the future

COVID-19 metrics comparisons this week to last week for each of the state’s eight regions

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Columbia River's Nick Alder (5) pitches during the game against Centralia in the first round of the 2A district baseball tournament at Columbia River High School in Vancouver on Tuesday May 7, 2019.

WIAA: Spring sports set for Season 2, winter sports for Season 3

Columbia River's Nick Alder (5) pitches during the game against Centralia in the first round of the 2A district baseball tournament at Columbia River High School in Vancouver on Tuesday May 7, 2019.

January 19, 2021, 8:51pm Latest News

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Tuesday night that traditional spring sports will leapfrog winter sports as high school athletics return to play in the coming months. Read story

Mountain View head coach Adam Mathieson draws plays for his team during halftime of a game against Squalicum at McKenzie Stadium. As athletic director, Mathieson has been tested in a different way by the uncertainty posed by COVID-19.

Virus uncertainty tests Clark County high school athletic directors

Mountain View head coach Adam Mathieson draws plays for his team during halftime of a game against Squalicum at McKenzie Stadium. As athletic director, Mathieson has been tested in a different way by the uncertainty posed by COVID-19.

January 18, 2021, 6:26pm Latest News

For the past 10 months, local high school athletic directors, coaches and administrators were bombarded with questions about when and how sports could return. Read story

Ridgefield senior Alicia Andrew poses for a photo on Friday, January 8, 2021, at her home in Ridgefield. Andrew, a Baylor University volleyball signee, is part of the Ridgefield High NHS Student Health Committee, which is working to create a website that provides mental health resources for students.

Clark County high school athletes, coaches say remote learning affecting mental health

Ridgefield senior Alicia Andrew poses for a photo on Friday, January 8, 2021, at her home in Ridgefield. Andrew, a Baylor University volleyball signee, is part of the Ridgefield High NHS Student Health Committee, which is working to create a website that provides mental health resources for students.

January 17, 2021, 6:05am Clark County Health

Senior night. Homecoming. Prom. Graduation. Read story

Mountain View's Willy Yeh drives from the green at the 2018 3A district tournament at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Winter months might not always bring blue-sky days, but high school athletes like Yeh are just glad they will get a chance to compete again.

High school students welcome chance to return to competition

Mountain View's Willy Yeh drives from the green at the 2018 3A district tournament at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Winter months might not always bring blue-sky days, but high school athletes like Yeh are just glad they will get a chance to compete again.

January 15, 2021, 6:32pm Newsletter

There was plenty of doubt about if high school sports would resume play this year. So when local leagues announced this week a start date of Feb. 1, Clark County athletes were overjoyed. Read story

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Runners take a turn during the girls 4A district cross country meet at Lewisville Park on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2019.

Cross country, boys golf, boys tennis will open seasons on Feb. 1 in 4A and 3A GSHL

Runners take a turn during the girls 4A district cross country meet at Lewisville Park on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2019.

January 14, 2021, 3:26pm Latest News

Let the meets and matches begin. But games might have to wait. Read story

Olympia's Ethan Gahm fouls Union's Tanner Toolson on a fastbreak in a 4A State quarterfinal on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.

High school leagues around state make own plans to return to play

Olympia's Ethan Gahm fouls Union's Tanner Toolson on a fastbreak in a 4A State quarterfinal on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.

January 13, 2021, 9:03pm Prep Sports

Greater St. Helens leagues working on own plans this week Read story

Fall sports, including football, would be allowed to start on Feb. 1 under current WIAA guidelines. But that doesn't mean chinstraps will be buckled next month. Much of that depends on the region's COVID-19 metrics and the decisions of local leagues and schools.

Martinez: Coaches, ADs in scramble mode with fall sports first

Fall sports, including football, would be allowed to start on Feb. 1 under current WIAA guidelines. But that doesn't mean chinstraps will be buckled next month. Much of that depends on the region's COVID-19 metrics and the decisions of local leagues and schools.

January 12, 2021, 6:37pm Prep Sports

The announcement last week from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has put everyone into scramble mode — high school athletes, coaches and especially, athletic directors. Read story

In Phase 1, low- and moderate-risk outdoor sports may start practices. Among traditional fall high school sports, that includes girls soccer, boys golf, boys tennis, cross country and slowpitch softball.

Too many questions remain before prep sports can restart

In Phase 1, low- and moderate-risk outdoor sports may start practices. Among traditional fall high school sports, that includes girls soccer, boys golf, boys tennis, cross country and slowpitch softball.

January 7, 2021, 6:30pm Prep Sports

Even though the WIAA set the Feb. 1 start date, that doesn't mean that athletes in sports like football, girls soccer and cross country will begin practices on Feb. 1 or competitions on Feb. 8. Read story