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Tobias Merriweather, center, is joined by his mother, Beverly Merriweather, as he announces his college choice.
Recently retired Prairie boys basketball coach Kyle Brooks (left) and his longtime assistant and the new Prairie boys coach Jimmy Tuominen (right) will both be honored by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Martinez: Perfect honor for two Prairie basketball coaches

Recently retired Prairie boys basketball coach Kyle Brooks (left) and his longtime assistant and the new Prairie boys coach Jimmy Tuominen (right) will both be honored by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

July 20, 2021, 11:00pm Prep Sports

For 14 seasons, Kyle Brooks and Jimmy Tuominen shared a bench at Prairie High School as mentor and protégé. Read story

Eastyn, left, and Brady Culp were teammates for two seasons at Heritage High School. Now, the brothers will be reunited after recently commiting to play baseball at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

Martinez: Culp brothers reuniting on Umpqua baseball field

Eastyn, left, and Brady Culp were teammates for two seasons at Heritage High School. Now, the brothers will be reunited after recently commiting to play baseball at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

July 15, 2021, 6:03am Prep Sports

Tim Martinez: High School Sports Read story

With Washington now fully free from COVID-19 restrictions, return to packed student sections at high school football stadiums can be expected this fall.

Martinez: An early look ahead to a ‘normal’ football season

With Washington now fully free from COVID-19 restrictions, return to packed student sections at high school football stadiums can be expected this fall.

July 6, 2021, 5:14pm Prep Sports

The start of the 2021 fall football schedule is less than two months away, and the start of the 2021-22 school year promises to bring something we’ve lacked for more than a year and half — normal times. Read story

Longtime referee Dick Ford signals two points for a takedown as Camas’ Porter Craig wrestles Mountain View’s Noah Messman at a 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League meet on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

Martinez: Best of the crazy prep sports year

Longtime referee Dick Ford signals two points for a takedown as Camas’ Porter Craig wrestles Mountain View’s Noah Messman at a 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League meet on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.

June 22, 2021, 11:00pm Prep Sports

Tim Martinez: High school sports Read story

Battle Ground'is Kaden Perry (20) is surrounded by Camas defenders on Friday, April 23, 2021 (Ken Nowaczyk/For The Columbian)

Martinez: All-league teams cause consternation in 4A/3A GSHL after all

Battle Ground'is Kaden Perry (20) is surrounded by Camas defenders on Friday, April 23, 2021 (Ken Nowaczyk/For The Columbian)

June 16, 2021, 6:00am Prep Sports

Tim Martinez: High school sports Read story

Camas High pole vaulter Shea McGee will head to the University of Montana on a scholarship to compete in track and field for the Grizzlies.

Martinez: Camas senior Shea McGee vaults into a college track and field scholarship at Montana

Camas High pole vaulter Shea McGee will head to the University of Montana on a scholarship to compete in track and field for the Grizzlies.

June 8, 2021, 10:01pm Prep Sports

Pole vaulting has taken Camas senior Shea McGee to places she would never have imagined five years. Read story

Martinez: Perspective remains lost in some state gyms

June 1, 2021, 10:30pm Prep Sports

Mick Hoffman, executive director of the WIAA, said that it was his hope when sports returned, we would all remember what was lost then use that perspective to ease off the yelling at opposing players, coaches and particularly the officials. Read story

Union freshman Grayson Caldwell hustles his way down the back straight of the 400-meter race in a 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League dual on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Union High School. Caldwell finished second with a personal-best 52.82-second mark.

Martinez: Mad scramble to finish of wacky prep sports seasons

Union freshman Grayson Caldwell hustles his way down the back straight of the 400-meter race in a 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League dual on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Union High School. Caldwell finished second with a personal-best 52.82-second mark.

May 25, 2021, 7:00pm Prep Sports

Earlier this week, I was emailing local high school athletic directors about dates, times and sites of culminating events as the 2020-21 high school athletic calendar starts to draw to a close. Read story

Members of the Union basketball team thank Battle Ground for a good game following their win at Battle Ground High School on Tuesday night, May 11, 2021.

Martinez: Basketball coaches deal with pauses, scheduling best they can

Members of the Union basketball team thank Battle Ground for a good game following their win at Battle Ground High School on Tuesday night, May 11, 2021.

May 18, 2021, 9:22pm Prep Sports

The message many high school basketball coaches are telling their players right now is “Don’t let up on the gas” when it comes to protections against the COVID-19 virus. Read story