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Varsity360: Changes coming to Week 10 football postseason games

May 9, 2024, 6:00am Football

Next fall's football postseason will look different with Week 10 games no longer bound by traditional district matchups. The Columbian's Micah Rice and Tim Martinez discuss the reasons for that… Read story

Players celebrate with Woodland head coach Sean McDonald after he was doused with water Friday, Oct, 27, 2023, after the Beavers’ 28-21 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School. With the win, Woodland captured its first 2A Greater St. Helens League title since 2007.

Varsity360: New Mountain View football coach Sean McDonald in studio

Players celebrate with Woodland head coach Sean McDonald after he was doused with water Friday, Oct, 27, 2023, after the Beavers’ 28-21 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School. With the win, Woodland captured its first 2A Greater St. Helens League title since 2007.

April 25, 2024, 6:00am Football

After coaching Kalama to three state football titles and Woodland to a league title last year, Sean McDonald takes the reins at Mountain View. McDonald and Columbian sports editor Micah Rice talk about that move, what challenges he faces and his coaching philosophy that has produced winners at both of… Read story

Players celebrate with Woodland head coach Sean McDonald after he was doused with water Friday, Oct, 27, 2023, after the Beavers’ 28-21 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School. With the win, Woodland captured its first 2A Greater St. Helens League title since 2007.

Mountain View hires Woodland’s Sean McDonald as new football coach

Players celebrate with Woodland head coach Sean McDonald after he was doused with water Friday, Oct, 27, 2023, after the Beavers’ 28-21 win against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School. With the win, Woodland captured its first 2A Greater St. Helens League title since 2007.

April 10, 2024, 12:35pm Football

McDonald led Beavers to 2A GSHL title last fall, won 3 state titles at 2B Kalama Read story

Shelton's Bradley Eleton races toward the end zone to score the first of his five touchdowns in Shelton's 38-34 loss to Washougal in a 2A district playoff at Washougal on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Shelton, reclassified to Class 3A in January, will join the 3A GSHL for football beginning in 2024.

Shelton joins 3A Greater St. Helens League for football

Shelton's Bradley Eleton races toward the end zone to score the first of his five touchdowns in Shelton's 38-34 loss to Washougal in a 2A district playoff at Washougal on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Shelton, reclassified to Class 3A in January, will join the 3A GSHL for football beginning in 2024.

March 8, 2024, 9:15am Football

The 3A Greater St. Helens League is expanding to six schools in football, and its newest member is a 2-hour drive for most Southwest Washington schools.  Shelton High School, located 25 miles northwest of Olympia in Mason County, will join the 3A GSHL in football, said… Read story

Mountain View coach Aaron Hart talks to his players after Mountain View’s 42-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

Aaron Hart resigns as Mountain View’s football coach after one season

Mountain View coach Aaron Hart talks to his players after Mountain View’s 42-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

March 4, 2024, 9:10am Football

Aaron Hart resigned Friday as Mountain View’s head football coach, citing “personal reasons” for why he stepped away after one season.  In an email addressed to Thunder families Friday, Hart wrote, “Making this decision has been immensely difficult for me, given that coaching and fostering positive… Read story

Photo courtesy of Union High School

Union hires 5-time Oregon state champion coach Steve Pyne to lead Titans’ football program

Photo courtesy of Union High School

February 8, 2024, 3:05pm Football

Union High School has hired one of the Pacific Northwest’s prominent high school coaches to lead its football program.  The Titans named five-time Oregon state champion football coach Steve Pyne of Portland’s Central Catholic High School as their next head coach, the school announced Thursday. Read story

Prairie head coach Will Ephraim talks with his players at the Falcons' midnight practice at Prairie High School on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023.

Will Ephraim resigns as Prairie High School’s head football coach

Prairie head coach Will Ephraim talks with his players at the Falcons' midnight practice at Prairie High School on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023.

January 19, 2024, 12:48pm Football

Prairie High School is in search of a new head football coach to lead the Falcons’ program after Will Ephraim submitted his resignation in December. Prairie athletic director Stephanie Watts confirmed Ephraim’s departure  following his two seasons as head coach, saying he resigned for “personal reasons.” However, Ephraim told The… Read story

Varsity360: The 2023 All-Region Football Team is Revealed

December 8, 2023, 12:00pm Football

The Columbian sports department unveils the 2023 All-Region football team, explains the process of selecting the team and highlights what made those players special. Read story

Seton Catholic quarterback Kolten Gesser (13) drops back to pass during the first quarter during Saturday's Class 1A state semifinal game against Royal. Royal topped Seton Catholic, 42-0.

Royal ends Seton Catholic’s season in 1A football semifinals

Seton Catholic quarterback Kolten Gesser (13) drops back to pass during the first quarter during Saturday's Class 1A state semifinal game against Royal. Royal topped Seton Catholic, 42-0.

November 25, 2023, 7:33pm Football

Remember the whole season, and not just one game. That was the main message Seton Catholic High football coach Dan Chase addressed to his team after a 42-0 loss to Royal in Saturday’s Class 1A state semifinal. Read story