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La Center and other Washington football teams will have to wait for normal scenes like this to return. We at The Columbian are also adjusting our coverage to reflect this.

Martinez: Strange season affects prep football coverage plans

La Center and other Washington football teams will have to wait for normal scenes like this to return. We at The Columbian are also adjusting our coverage to reflect this.

February 16, 2021, 8:08pm Newsletter

There’s no getting around it. This is going to be a weird year for high school sports. Read story

Fort Vancouver runner Gillian Snyder (Fort Vancouver High photo)

Martinez: Gillian Snyder keeps Fort Vancouver cross country running

Fort Vancouver runner Gillian Snyder (Fort Vancouver High photo)

February 9, 2021, 6:38pm Newsletter

Three years ago, Gillian Snyder would not have seen herself as a cross country runner. Read story

Mick Hoffman, the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, has advocated for high school competition to return, but is limited by state health guidelines.

Martinez: WIAA, Hoffman navigate return to play in uncertain waters

Mick Hoffman, the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, has advocated for high school competition to return, but is limited by state health guidelines.

February 2, 2021, 8:07pm Newsletter

Mick Hoffman discusses several topics related to the pandemic and working to get kids back on the fields and courts. Read story

Heritage's Alex Newberry, left, wrestles at the Pacific Coast Championships in Dec. 2019. An amendment proposed by Heritage wrestling coach Erik Gonzalez would make such two-day tournaments count as one of a wrestling team's 16 allowed team events.

Martinez: Local administrators propose rule changes to WIAA

Heritage's Alex Newberry, left, wrestles at the Pacific Coast Championships in Dec. 2019. An amendment proposed by Heritage wrestling coach Erik Gonzalez would make such two-day tournaments count as one of a wrestling team's 16 allowed team events.

January 26, 2021, 6:00pm Newsletter

Ten proposed amendments for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association handbook were presented Monday at the WIAA’s Winter Coalition. Read story

While low-risk sports like cross country, golf and tennis will begin Feb. 1, it remains uncertain when traditional fall sports like volleyball, football and girls soccer will start under the "Healthy Washington" reopening plan.

Martinez: Balancing excitement and realism as prep sports return

While low-risk sports like cross country, golf and tennis will begin Feb. 1, it remains uncertain when traditional fall sports like volleyball, football and girls soccer will start under the "Healthy Washington" reopening plan.

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 return-to-play plans for high school sports. 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

For high school basketball players in Clark County, the waiting is the hardest part. It remains uncertain when Washington will allow games, which are happening in other states.

Martinez: As athletes wait, how are other states handling prep hoops?

For high school basketball players in Clark County, the waiting is the hardest part. It remains uncertain when Washington will allow games, which are happening in other states.

January 5, 2021, 7:28pm Newsletter

Tom Petty once sang “The waiting is the hardest part.” High school athletes in Washington are learning that the hard way. Read story

One potential plan for resuming high school sports would see football and other traditional fall sports be played first, followed by traditional spring and then winter sports.

Martinez: Look north for clues on how prep sports might resume

One potential plan for resuming high school sports would see football and other traditional fall sports be played first, followed by traditional spring and then winter sports.

December 29, 2020, 4:54pm Prep Sports

The Executive Board of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is set to make a decision on the start of high school sports in the state next week. Read story

Jerry Kotsovos of Camas, pictured on his daily run Wednesday afternoon, December 23, 2020, has been running for 46 years.

Martinez: Camas runner Jerry Kotsovos approaching milestone of 130,000 miles logged

Jerry Kotsovos of Camas, pictured on his daily run Wednesday afternoon, December 23, 2020, has been running for 46 years.

December 25, 2020, 6:00am Community Sports

74-year-old man first took up running 46 years ago and rarely misses a day Read story

Columbia River's Ari Kuschner, left and Hockinson's Mackie Kelly, rebound.

Martinez: New Columbia River girls basketball coach Jesse Norris knows how to pivot amid pandemic

Columbia River's Ari Kuschner, left and Hockinson's Mackie Kelly, rebound.

December 22, 2020, 10:02pm Newsletter

Taking over a high school basketball program in the middle of a pandemic wasn’t part of the plan for Jesse Norris. Read story