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La Center Wildcats

Friday Night Flashback: La Center’s triple-OT win in 2017 quarterfinals showed true grit

November 20, 2020, 6:00pm Newsletter

Before he helped make the game-winning tackle, Evan Honore didn’t know he was playing with two broken vertebrae. Read story

Area high school football coaches adjust to having free time this fall

September 26, 2020, 7:27pm Prep Sports

One positive of the postponed fall season for area high school football coaches — getting to spend more time with their families. Read story

Ridgefield High School football coach George Black in 2002.

Friday Night Flashback: Ridgefield-La Center rivalry had much on the line in 2003

Ridgefield High School football coach George Black in 2002.

September 18, 2020, 7:35pm Football

It’s hard to imagine a rivalry game having two winners. But in some ways, that’s what happened when Ridgefield and La Center renewed their football rivalry for the Trico League title on Oct. 31, 2003. Read story

Ridgefield's front line in 2003 included (from left) Wedge McKee, Matt Miles, Clayton McKee, Cory Rustvold, Corey Kuhlman and Steve Hefflin.

Friday Night Flashback: Ridgefield’s defense shines in claiming 2003 Trico title

Ridgefield's front line in 2003 included (from left) Wedge McKee, Matt Miles, Clayton McKee, Cory Rustvold, Corey Kuhlman and Steve Hefflin.

September 18, 2020, 7:33pm Football

Jordan Davis did a bit of everything, and the Ridgefield defense stepped to the forefront as the Spudders finished an undefeated regular season with a 14-0 victory on Oct. 31, 2003. Read story

Mike Smith was girls basketball coach at Prairie High School for just one season.

Mike Smith back as Prairie’s girls basketball coach

Mike Smith was girls basketball coach at Prairie High School for just one season.

August 20, 2020, 11:57am Prep Sports

Also, Mike Thyron retires after long career as Prairie's soccer coach Read story

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 Members of the La Center softball team pose with the championship trophy after winning the 1A state title.

Spring back: La Center caps perfect 2016 softball season with state title

Paul Valencia/The Columbian 
 Members of the La Center softball team pose with the championship trophy after winning the 1A state title.

June 13, 2020, 6:30pm Prep Sports

Pitcher Abby England was dominant for La Center in 2016 and in the first three games of the state tournament. But her arm tired in the title game, so the Wildcats had to win it with their bats. Read story

Natasha Lewis is 12-letter winner in three sports over four years at La Center High School. She's also co-valedictorian.

Senior Salute: La Center’s Natasha Lewis finds perfect fit at Johns Hopkins Univeristy

Natasha Lewis is 12-letter winner in three sports over four years at La Center High School. She's also co-valedictorian.

June 1, 2020, 1:52pm Newsletter

Natasha Lewis always likes to challenge herself. Read story

Coach Herm VanWeerdhuizen coached five sports over 30 years at La Center, including two stints as girls basketball coach.

La Center’s VanWeerdhuizen retires after 30 years of coaching

Coach Herm VanWeerdhuizen coached five sports over 30 years at La Center, including two stints as girls basketball coach.

May 27, 2020, 12:33pm Latest News

There’s few coaches left in high school sports like La Center’s Herm VanWeerdhuizen — a coach who stays at one school for 30 years, and a head coach of five sports.  Read story

Union's Tanner Toolson waves to his fans one final time after a 4A State trophy game Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Union finished third.

Toolson, Perry earned Associated Press all-state honors for boys basketball

Union's Tanner Toolson waves to his fans one final time after a 4A State trophy game Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Union finished third.

March 25, 2020, 12:23pm Prep Sports

River's Snook and La Center's Ecklund also earn first-team honors Read story

Union's Tanner Toolson went from a 5-foot-6 freshman nicknamed "Little Bambi" into a 6-foot-5 standout for the 27-1 Titans and the All-Region player of the year.

All-Region Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Union senior Tanner Toolson

Union's Tanner Toolson went from a 5-foot-6 freshman nicknamed "Little Bambi" into a 6-foot-5 standout for the 27-1 Titans and the All-Region player of the year.

March 21, 2020, 5:00pm Newsletter

To most basketball players, a postseason award is a humbling honor, and a reflection of a season filled with successes. For Union High's Tanner Toolson, The Columbian's All-Region boys basketball player of the year, it symbolizes so much more. Read story