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Seton Catholic junior Elijah Volk, bottom, takes down Royal's Kaleb Hernandez in a Class 1A 145-pound quarterfinal on Friday at Mat Classic XXXII in the Tacoma Dome. Volk won by 8-4 decision.

Martinez: Wrestling trying to pin down when season can start

Seton Catholic junior Elijah Volk, bottom, takes down Royal's Kaleb Hernandez in a Class 1A 145-pound quarterfinal on Friday at Mat Classic XXXII in the Tacoma Dome. Volk won by 8-4 decision.

April 27, 2021, 7:05pm Prep Sports

Area high school administrators are grappling with a new state requirement that is delaying many athletes from beginning competition. Last week, the state announced that high school and middle school wrestlers must be tested twice a week before they can compete with wrestlers from other schools. Read story

Skyview'is Kyle Olson stands at the plate while Mountain View catcher Riley McCarthy awaits the pitching during Monday'is game at Union High School.

Martinez: Spring has sprung with many sports at once

Skyview'is Kyle Olson stands at the plate while Mountain View catcher Riley McCarthy awaits the pitching during Monday'is game at Union High School.

April 20, 2021, 7:10pm Prep Sports

If there is one thing I’ve learned from the past year, it’s that COVID restrictions and precautions are like springtime weather in the Pacific Northwest — if you don’t like them, just wait; they’ll likely change. Read story

Hockinson's Allyson Peterson poses for a press photo in The Columbian studio on Wednesday afternoon, Nov 20, 2019.

Martinez: Like most everything else, All-Region will have a different look this year

Hockinson's Allyson Peterson poses for a press photo in The Columbian studio on Wednesday afternoon, Nov 20, 2019.

April 13, 2021, 6:35pm Prep Sports

After some careful consideration, we came to the conclusion that we can't do our All-Region teams the way we normally do them. Read story

Liam Mallory (in black) walks on the sidelines with his Union teammates in a game against Heritage on March 27.

Martinez: Injured football players face quick turnaround for fall season

Liam Mallory (in black) walks on the sidelines with his Union teammates in a game against Heritage on March 27.

April 6, 2021, 6:12pm Newsletter

A blessing. That's many high school football players described the just-concluded season in Southwest Washington. But even a blessing can come with a price. Read story

Heritage slowpitch softball players celebrate a win over Prairie this season (Photo courtesy of Troy Wayrynen, Heritage High School)

Martinez: Heritage slowpitch relishes success

Heritage slowpitch softball players celebrate a win over Prairie this season (Photo courtesy of Troy Wayrynen, Heritage High School)

March 30, 2021, 7:46pm Newsletter

The Heritage slowpitch softball is having the kind of season that would make others green with envy. Read story

Skyview senior Caden Vire, a standout pitcher, will make the transition from football to baseball in a short amount of time this spring.

Martinez: After lost season, spring athletes are back

Skyview senior Caden Vire, a standout pitcher, will make the transition from football to baseball in a short amount of time this spring.

March 22, 2021, 9:12pm Newsletter

The last time he played high school baseball, Caden Vire was a skinny pitcher for Skyview with limited varsity experience. Read story

Camas sophomore Eli Huntington hits an approach shot from a tough lie on the fourth hole on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Camas Meadows Golf Course.

Martinez: Finding a way to end season is challenging

Camas sophomore Eli Huntington hits an approach shot from a tough lie on the fourth hole on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Camas Meadows Golf Course.

March 9, 2021, 8:37pm Newsletter

Athletes in Season 1 of the revised prep calendar are now reaching the end of their seasons, even though athletes in some sports still don't exactly know how their season will end. Read story

Heritage senior Katie Peneueta (left) makes a play on the ball during a match against Prairie at Heritage High School on Feb.

Martinez: Peneueta truly committed to Heritage

Heritage senior Katie Peneueta (left) makes a play on the ball during a match against Prairie at Heritage High School on Feb.

March 2, 2021, 9:02pm Newsletter

If there is a good word to attach to Heritage’s three-sport standout Katie Peneueta, it’s commitment. Read story

Columbia River's Max Sturtevant tried to make this catch at Woodland High School on Saturday. If he had, only players, coaches, game officials and a few dozen fans in the bleachers would have seen it in person.

Martinez: Lack of fans makes for surreal scene at prep football games

Columbia River's Max Sturtevant tried to make this catch at Woodland High School on Saturday. If he had, only players, coaches, game officials and a few dozen fans in the bleachers would have seen it in person.

February 23, 2021, 9:21pm Newsletter

So there I was on Saturday night, sitting in the empty stands of a vacuous Kiggins Bowl. Read story

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