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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

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