Little League is coming back! Camas Little League begins its In-Person Registration this weekend. Interested boys and girls, ages 4-18, who want to play baseball or softball, are encouraged to sign up. Challenger division is available for mentally/physically disabled players, ages 4-18. All participants must reside within the Camas Little League boundaries, unless you qualify for a boundary exception. If you think you do, please contact the League President, Doug Speas.
Historical Rainfall and Floods
The Camas Varsity Football team ended their 2015 season at the State Quarterfinals, which was hosted by the Skyline Spartans. The final score was 35-10. We’ve posted a final photo album at our Facebook site. Photos by Blake Schnell. Go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.926189577436700.1073741893.244764548912543&type=3
|Jared Bentley scores the winning touchdown of Saturday’s game.|
by Ernie Geigenmiller
Photos by Blake Schnell
CAMAS — Papermaker Football fans got their money’s worth at Saturday’s playoff game against the Skyview Storm in a competition that saw plenty of turnovers, defensive scores for both teams, and a successful drive near the end of the fourth quarter that made the difference.
It was a playoff game that was a battle early on, as neither side left anything on the field. The top-ranked Camas Papermakers etched out a victory on their home turf at Doc Harris Stadium, taking the lead with just 2 minutes and 16 seconds remaining to beat rival Skyview 29-22 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
|Bentley celebrates his TD with teammates.|
Both sides eagerly wanted to play Skyline next week in the quarterfinals.
Papermaker fans expected a routing like they did during the regular season, when Camas smashed Skyview 41-10, and the opening moments of Saturday’s playoff game looked to tell that same story. Papermaker Drake Owen returned the game’s opening kickoff, running 95 yards for a Camas touchdown. That happened in the first 17 seconds.
The Football Game Changed
But, the story quickly shifted.
Skyview answered back with a safety and an 83-yard touchdown pass to take a 9-7 lead before the end of the first quarter. Defense dominated the game, and offenses kept punting.
Papermaker Cooper McNatt changed the game with an interception, as Jordan Del Moral moved the ball 48 yards, with QB Liam Fitzgerald taking the ball the final two yards for their second touchdown, giving Camas a 14-9 edge.
|Running back Jordan Del Moral.|
That was the score at halftime.
Jack Colletto lit up the fans by returning an interception for a 94-yard touchdown. The score was Camas, 21, Skyview, 9.
But the Storm wasn’t finished.
An 80-yard touchdown pass to Travis Yajko put them within 5 points of the Papermakers. The Storm then took advantage of a Camas fumble early in the fourth quarter, pushing them to a 22-21 advantage. Camas fans got nervous. That was Camas’ fourth turnover.
And both teams would fumble the ball again later in the fourth quarter.
|Wide Receiver Hunter Bruno goes down.|
Jared Bentley, Hunter Bruno and Del Moral completed three consecutive first downs to bring the Papermakers to the 23-yard line with 2:23 left. Bentley caught the game-winning 23-yard touchdown pass from Fitzgerald, and both players connected again on the 2-point conversion to put the Papermakers up by seven.
|QB Liam Fitzgerald battled all night, but in the end made a 23-yard TD pass that sealed the victory.|
That gave Skyview football just over 2 minutes to respond, until McNatt nailed his second interception of the night – dashing the Storm’s hopes of a last minute drive. After a first down, Camas took a knee.
The undefeated Camas team travels to Sammamish next weekend to face Skyline (10-1) in the state quarterfinals.
|Wide Receiver Sean Ramage.|
The Papermakers Girls Swimming team won their 4A District victory at Pasco over the weekend. The Lady Papermakers earned a total of 254 points. In the photo, team captains Jessica Rourke and Brooke Kelly are holding the trophy.
Several girls advance to State competition in Federal Way.
VANCOUVER — Camas resident Derek Vanderwood was sworn in as Clark County’s newest Superior Court judge Friday at an investiture ceremony that was attended by approximately 130 people.
Vanderwood, who has practiced law in Vancouver since 1996, was sworn in by Judge Barbara D. Johnson, as family, friends and peers looked on during the sunny afternoon on the sixth floor of the Clark County Public Service Center.
|Derek Vanderwood is sworn in as Superior Court judge by
Judge Barbara D. Johnson
The simple, yet elegant ceremony included remarks by Johnson, Casey Marshall (Vanderwood’s former law practice partner), and Judge Daniel L. Stahnke, who all spoke highly of Clark County’s newest judge.
Marshall introduced Vanderwood and spoke highly of their professional relationship while sharing some lighthearted moments. He said he at first doubted that Vanderwood would be appointed to the bench, but never doubted he’d make a good judge.
“And here we are now, ” Marshall said. “Derek will do an excellent job. He’s very meticulous and has a great love of community.”
Vanderwood was appointed to the bench by Governor Jay Inslee after a vacancy become available through the retirement of Judge Nichols. Vanderwood will have to run for election in November to complete the remaining two years of this judicial term.
“We welcome Derek into his new role,” said Judge Stahnke. “He’s been doing orientation for the past week … and know this can be overwhelming.”
After taking the oath of office from Judge Johnson, Vanderwood received his robe, which was placed by his wife, Allison, a longtime Clark County resident.
“It’s been a great opportunity to serve so many clients over these many years,” said Vanderwood. “And my partners have been a great help. I’m looking to create new relationships and this is an opportunity to help others … and I want you to know that I’m committed to respecting all those who enter the courtroom.
“This has given me a chance to reflect on accomplishments, and it’s a wonderful chance to serve,” he added. “And I ask you all to look how you can serve our community.”
In her closing remarks, Judge Johnson said: “Judge Vanderwood fits in and truly seems to have a calling to be a judge. It’s very meaningful to have him here.”
In attendance was Vanderwood’s immediate family, including his wife, Allison, and three of his four children: Alina, Andrew and Tyler. His oldest two sons, Devin and Grant, are currently serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru and Dallas, Texas, respectively. The new judge also serves as a local LDS Bishop in Camas.
|Derek Vanderwood, his wife Allison, and three of their five children.|
Much of his extended family, including his mother, Joan, and siblings, were in attendance, as well.
Following the investiture ceremony, the guests attended an elegant reception at Vancouver Hilton.
“It’s a great experience for our family,” said Andrew. “It’s a good change. I thought he would get it. He’s a great public speaker and it was just right.”
His mother, Joan Vanderwood, referred to the ceremony as a parent pay day.
“Of course, I’m impressed with Derek and his abilities,” said Joan. “He’s very fair and has many good qualities. I’ve always felt he had the potential to be amazing and live up to his potential.”
Judge Vanderwood has served actively in the community for years in his ecclesiastical capacity, as well as serving Little League and the Boy Scouts of America, among other organizations.
|Judge Vanderwood takes his seat among other judges.|
“It’s been a fantastic day,” said Allison. “It’s really an honor to be part of this event, and I’m just so proud of him. This entire experience teaches our kids the importance of community. When he was appointed by Governor Inslee, were were shocked, but very happy with the announcement. It was a surprise and surely a great honor. Derek will serve people well.”
Judge Vanderwood will continue his orientation these coming weeks, and will then be given a load of cases to oversee.
by Danielle Behnke
The transition between the flexible, long and sunshine filled summer days to shorter and busier school days can either be a difficult or an easy one depending on how well prepared the student is prior to the beginning of the school year.
Outside of the school day and homework, many students also take part in extracurricular activities. Some of these activities include sports, babysitting, music lessons, religious activities, and even things as simple as hanging out with friends. What many incoming high school students worry about is not being able to maintain a ‘healthy relationship’ with their school life and their regular life. Trying to keep a balance between the two can be stressful, challenging, and can not always work out if a student does not know what to prepare for before making outside commitments. Academics can be very demanding, but so can extracurricular activities. With a few helpful tips, keeping a balance between the two becomes that much easier.
The first step is to prioritize. Knowing what is most important beforehand helps make difficult decisions in the future easier to make. Mentally making a list and knowing what is the most and least important to you is very important.
Academics should always be on top of one’s preferences. From the start of freshman year and then on, the grades that you get are going to have an extensive influence on your future. After academics, the rest of the decisions must be made by the individual in the order that they themselves want to make it.The top of the list of their priorities should mean the most to them, and at the bottom it should be what is least significant to them. For example, Emily Conner, a former freshman at Camas High School orders her ‘list’ as follows: “I always put my schoolwork first because I know that’s what is going to benefit me the most for my future. Then. of course my family and friends, and spending time with them. My activities like softball, dance and volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society are more for fun and competition, and I do not plan to go to college for any of them. Then my only job for now which is babysitting comes last on my priorities.”
|Helen Baller Elementary offers a robust PE program that helps balance students’ lives.|
Portland Fire Crew (Engine No. 14) raised $2,200 this past weekend for the 10th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event at Oaks Park on May 19, as part of an ongoing effort to raise funds to fight childhood cancer. Overall, the event raised more than $205,000 as more than 500 heads were shaved for the cause.
Participates in the event shave their heads for two reasons: 1) To raise money for a cure and: 2) To stand in solidarity with the kids that do not have the choice to be bald.
Aaron Gagnon, a Camas resident, and local firefighter, said his whole Engine No. 14 crew shaved their heads.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
|After Shave: Chris Butler, a cancer patient, Lisa Knight,
Chris Butler, Jesse Altig and Aaron Gagnon, from Portland Fire Crew No. 14.
|Before: (left to right) Aaron Gagnon, Lisa Knight,
Chris Butler and Jesse Altig.