Spokane, WA — School sports do not officially begin until the seventh grade, but that doesn’t keep young athletes down. This is especially true for the team of sixth grade girls in the Camas Junior’s Basketball program, who just won their second state championship in a row.
The program, which only recently opened up to fourth graders, allows athletes not old enough for official school sports to get in the practice and preparation they need to develop their skills. At the end of each season, all the qualifying teams travel to Spokane for the final tournament and the final, crowning win. It would be an outstanding achievement to be declared champions; it’s even more incredible to get the title two years in a row.
To get to the championship involved a long season of games and tournaments, and throughout it all the original goal was the same.
“I think the goal throughout the year is just to continue and get better and love basketball,” said coach Scott Thompson. “We want kids to love basketball . . . we’re trying to balance the, ‘Hey, we’re just trying to get better, every single day we’re trying to get better as a team and get better as individuals, and we’re trying to have fun playing basketball.’ But then when you get to the state tournament, it’s like, ‘Well now we want to win. Forget all that stuff, we’re just trying to win.’”
The first day of the tournament they played two games. In the first, Camas won against Skyline 34-32, which took them to the second game. There they beat Rogers 37-9. During the next day’s game against Mabton, the girls opened strong and Thompson realized the possibility of a second win.
“Within the first few minutes of the game it was like, we’re going back to the championship. This is our game. And so that was when I felt like, ‘Here we come again.’”
They won against Mabton 39-27.
After that they only had an hour to recover before a battle for the championship, and it was a battle. They played against Lake Washington in a back-and-forth game of unfamiliar defenses and ties. Finally, a free throw from Camas in the final minutes secured the win. They beat Lake Washington 36-33. Not bad for a team still tired from the last three games.
“I’m getting ready to do the talk after the game,” Thompson remembered from the brief break after the third game. “And they’re literally falling down they’re so tired. We kind of talked about how there’s 13 teams that have been eliminated, and all thirteen of them would love to be as tired as you are right now and get to play in the state championship, so you’re going to have to suck it up.”
The girls did, and they rose to the occasion.
The basketball season may be at a close, but the team isn’t ready for a break. Most of the girls are going into spring sports, and will be seen either on the softball field, running track or playing volleyball. Although this is the last year this particular team will be playing in the Junior’s league, it won’t be their last year in basketball.
“Camas is usually really good in middle school basketball,” Thompson said. “But this team is going to be really good. Like, really good. So it’ll be fun to watch them.”
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Cover photo by Mike Schultz of www.ClarkCountyToday.com Join Washougal High School, all district schools, and the Washougal community on Friday, March 8 to celebrate the historic win by the State Champion Washougal Girls Basketball Team. In a festive caravan led by fire trucks and police cars, they will start at Reflection Plaza at 10:15 am to revel with City employees, businesses and the community. Then the team will visit each Washougal school before the trip culminates with an assembly with the Washougal High School student body at 12:55 am.
Members of the community who wish to congratulate the team can either come to Reflection Plaza at 10:15 am or to the WHS assembly at 12:55 pmto witness the presentation of the 2A State Trophy with school, district, and community leadership. Community members are asked to park along the East side of 39th Street near WHS and check in at the main office. School staff will guide them to the gym, where they will have dedicated seating for the ceremony.
Bellevue, WA — The Camas Girls Gymnastics team won their second consecutive State Championship Friday night at Sammamish High School, with a team score of 184.825, which is the third highest score in state history.
Camas sophomore Shea McGee finished first in the all-around with a score of 38.175 across four events.
Two other Papermakers medaled in the all-around — sophomore Alyssa Shibata (36.925, sixth) and freshman Peyton Cody (36.850, tied-eighth). A total of five Camas gymnasts advanced to individual finals (top-16 ) on Saturday morning.
McGee finished first in the vault with a 9.750 in the team’s last event of the day. With their rotation completed, and knowing their overall score, they felt strongly they would earn their second consecutive title. Archrival Woodinville still had to finish, and would place second, five points behind Camas.
Camas also performed well during Saturday’s individual finals. McGee, Shibata, Cody, Olivia Bane, and Lili Ford arrived early ready to compete. Bane, who was to compete in Bars, injured her knee during a fall during warmups, which eliminated her from competition.
“As a team, everyone was just so amazing and so helpful,” said Ford. “I’ve never been in this experience before. It just felt so good!”
On floor, McGee placed third.
On bars, McGee placed second, and Cody fourth.
On vault, Ford placed third, while McGee placed eigth.
On beams, Shibata, McGee, and Ford placed second, third, and fourth, respectively.
“Camas did so well because we were well prepared,” said Camas Head Coach, Carol Willson. “We peaked at the precise time. We are blessed to have athletes that are club gymnasts or in some gymnastics training year round and are still able to manage the grades, and juggle the schedule of late night practices to follow High School rules. We have incredible depth.
“Almost every one one of the gymnasts on the State roster are in multiple sports or activities ranging from Gymnastics, Crew, Cheer, Dance, Worship Ministry, Young Life, etc. They sacrifice a lot to make a State title happen and let WIAA gymnastics know now that Camas exists. Last year I had a lot of people asking ‘Where is Camas?’ and this year they knew we were the team to beat. We went in as not only defending champions but also with the highest team score at Districts. We also went in with the highest individual AA score in the State from Shea.”
“Out of four AA competitors 3 were in the top 8 in the State. Camas has an amazing AD that expects accountability from his Coaches and athletes. I expect my gymnasts to be kind, gracious, and to serve their teammates. They have jobs to do and they do them.”
“This has become a well working machine. Joy and Madison will be missed not just for their gymnastics but for their ability to lead. Annika and Lizzy will continue in that role and are already tremendous leaders. Forty kids came together as one. Not by coincidence but by the leadership that I was able to put in place and empowered these Captains to thrive under and grow as young women. Grace and Morgan bring the quiet lead-from-behind spirit. All of the kids go the second mile.”
“There is a deep heart connection with these kids. They bring out the best in myself and Tricia and the best in their teammates. 24 routines competed, 24 routines with not one fall. 20 10.0 start values…just amazing. Hours spent on team building and cohesive development added to their super hero ability and each of them owning their job! In watching these kids mature they will be bright stars among their generation. I am a better person having the amazing opportunity to Coach them.”
Camas, WA — Camas High School will be honoring several Papermakers as they sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, February 6th at Camas High School North Commons beginning at 9 am. You are welcome to attend the event. The following student-athletes will be signing:
EMMA COXwill be signing to play golf for Towson University Tigers in Towson, Maryland. Emma will finish her high school career as a four-year varsity golfer for the Papermakers. In her first three years as a varsity golfer, Emma’s team has won three league titles, three district titles and has been state champion runner-up all three years. Emma has been recognized as GSHL 1stteam all-league her freshman, sophomore and junior years so far, is a three-time state qualifier, district champion in 2017, all-region girls golfer of the year in 2017 and finished 3rd place at the state tournament in 2017. Emma will serve as team captain for the Papermakers all four years and is a scholar athlete award recipient. While playing golf in Maryland, Emma will be studying political science.
Parents Ryan and Erika Cox – Memorable moment the cheering crowd the final three holes of the 2017 state tournament.
TANNER CRAIGwill also be heading to the east coast as he will be attending The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Tanner will be wrestling for the Army Black Knights. Tanner has been instrumental in raising the Papermaker wrestling program back to a competitive level and has included a 2017 district title and a 2018 league championship. Tanner has reached the state tournament every year finishing in 8th place as a sophomore, a state champion as a junior and looking to add another state championship next week. Tanner has also won many prestigious tournaments throughout the Northwest during the past four years. Tanner is undecided on what he will study during his time as a Black Knight.
Parents Pat and Karen Craig – Memorable moment getting to stand on top of the podium during the 2018 state tournament.
Tanner Craig battles Calvin Ball.
JENNA EFRAIMSONwill be playing soccer for the Vandals at the University of Idaho this fall. Jenna is a three-year letterman for the Papermakers in girls soccer, and has been a key piece to a program that has accomplished so much during her time: league championships in 2016, 2017, 2018 district championships in 2016, 2017, 2018 state championship team in 2016, state tournament 3rd place finish in 2017, and a state champion runner-up finish in 2018 along with a national championship in 2016. Jenna was recognized as GSHL 1st team all-league as a junior and senior, and all-state honorable mention in 2017. While attending school in Moscow, Jenna plans on studying animal and veterinary science.
Parents Dan and Chantel Efraimson – Memorable moment scoring a golden goal in a playoff game.
HALEY HANSON will be a part of the Nighthawks women’s basketball team at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Haley is a four-year letterman for the Papermaker girls’ basketball team that has the most consistent run in Camas High School history. Her teams have won league championships her sophomore, junior and senior years, and have qualified and finished 7th at the state tournament in 2017 and 2018. Haley has been recognized as GSHL 2ndteam all-league player her freshman and junior years, GSHL 1st team all-league player her sophomore year and the GSHL player of the year as a senior. Twice Haley has been recognized on the Columbian all-region team. Haley has been recognized as a scholar athlete, and will study physical therapy while attending school in Nampa.
Parents Brad and Julie Hanson – Memorable moment making to the Tacoma Dome for the first time in Camas High School history.
Haley Hanson with her family. Photo by Kris Cavin.
GRANT HEISERwill be playing baseball for Tacoma Community College next school year. Grant will be a four-year letterman for the Papermaker baseball program. Grant was recognized as GSHL all-league 2nd team 3rd baseman his sophomore year, and GSHL all-league 1st team catcher his junior year. Grant is a scholar athlete award winner, and while playing baseball for the Titans he will begin his studies in criminal justice.
Parents Steve and Julie Dahlberg – Memorable moment playing Skyview in league title game when I was a freshman.
DAWSON INGRAMwill be joining his brother on the football program at Eastern Washington University. Dawson has lettered with the Papermaker football program during his junior and senior seasons making the state playoffs both seasons. Dawson has been recognized as a GSHL all-league tight-end. As an Eagle, Dawson will be studying business management.
Parents Jason and Michelle Ingram – Memorable moment playing in the Coeur d’Alene game in 2017.
SHANE JAMISONis another Papermaker that is moving on to play collegiate football. Shane will attend University of San Diego next Fall. Shane will finish his high school athletic career as an impressive three sport athlete amassing eight varsity letters as a Papermaker. Three years for football, two years for basketball and three years for baseball. Shane was part of the 2016 league and state champion football team. During his senior campaign Shane was recognized as GSHL all-league 1st team linebacker, Columbian all-region linebacker and 4A 1st team all-state linebacker. Shane is a seven time scholar athlete award winner and will study finance while playing football for the Toreros.
Parents Kris and Thea Jamison – Memorable moment winning state championship in 2016.
Shane Jamison, accompanied by his parents Thea and Kris. Photo by Kris Cavin.
CARLA JOOSTE is another Papermaker girls’ soccer player moving on to play college soccer. Carla will be going to Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York to play for the Mavericks. Carla is a three-year varsity letterman for the Papermakers and has won three league titles, three district titles, a state and national championship in 2016, 3rd place state finish in 2017 and a 2nd place state finish in 2018. Carla is a scholar athlete award winner and a GSHL 1st team all-league recipient. While in New York, Carla will be focusing her studies on pre-med.
Parents Bruce Jooste – Memorable moment scoring the only goal in playoff game to advance us in the tournament.
LIAM KALHAGEN will be taking his talents to play soccer at Southern Oregon University. Liam has just moved to Camas High School for his senior year and will look to be an important part of the 2018 varsity team. Liam will graduate high school with an Associates in Arts degree from Clark College which will give him a jumpstart as he studies communications/business while playing soccer for the Raiders.
Parents Geir and Patricia Kalhagen – Memorable moment will be determined this upcoming season.
MADDIE KEMP will be moving to beautiful Spokane Washington to play women’s’ soccer for the Bulldogs of Gonzaga University. Maddie is the most decorated girls’ soccer player in Papermaker history, amassing scoring records that may never be broke. Maddie has lettered all four years for the Papermakers, she was GSHL 2nd team all-league her freshman year and GSHL 1st team all-league the next three years. She is part of the Columbian all-region team her sophomore, junior and senior years which includes all-region player of the year her junior and senior year. Maddie was also recognized as 4A Washington state player of the year in 2017 and 2018 and received All-American honors. She scored 141 varsity goals in those four years with her team winning four league championships, four district championship, two 3rd place state finishes, one 2nd place state finish, one state and national championship finish in 2016. During her time as a Zag, Maddie will be studying sports management and administration.
Parents Jeff and Kelly Kemp – Memorable moment winning state championship in 2016.
JAZZLYNN PAULSONis our fourth girls’ soccer player recognized today. Jazzlynn will be headed north of the border to play women’s soccer for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby,British Columbia. Jazzlynn is a three-year letterman for the Papermakers, and has received GSHL 1st team all-league recognition as well as Columbian all-region selection and Washington all-state honorable mention recognition. She is a varsity captain and holds the Camas High School record for most assists in post-season play. Her Papermaker teams have won three league championships, three district championships, a 3rd place state finish, 2nd place state finish and a state and national championship. Jazzlynn is a scholar athlete award winner and will study behavioral science while in Canada.
Parents John and Rachel Paulson– Memorable moment the assist in the state semi-final game that allowed them to move onto the state championship.
MARY PIPKINhas been a multi-sport athlete for the Papermakers, and will continue that as she will be playing both volleyball and fastpitch softball for the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mary has received five varsity letters as a Papermaker with three of them in fastpitch softball and two in volleyball. Mary has played on a Papermaker volleyball team that has won league championships both years she lettered and qualified for the state tournament her senior year. Her Papermaker fastpitch teams have won two league championships and will be playing for their third this spring and have finished 4th at that state tournament both her sophomore and junior seasons. Mary is a scholar athlete award winner and has served as captain of the volleyball program. While in Wisconsin Mary will focus her studies on mathematics.
Parents Kevin and Lorna Pipkin — Memorable moment pitching and winning at the state softball tournament and qualifying for the state volleyball tournament.
CALLIE RHEAUME will be the one Papermaker that is actually headed west of Camas as she will be part of the women’s’ soccer program for the Sharks at Hawaii Pacific University. Callie has lettered for the Papermakers for three seasons and has been recognized as GSHL 1st team all-league in 2018 and holds the girls soccer assist record at Camas High School. Her teams won three league championships, three district championships a 3rd place state finish, 2nd place state finish and a state and national championship in 2016. Callie is a multi-year scholar athlete and is undecided on what she will study while enjoying the beach in Honolulu.
Parents Eric and Sonja Rheaume – Memorable moment winning the state title in 2016 same year as football.
LUC STURBELLE is our third football player who will be moving on to play college football. Luc will be traveling to Colorado Springs, Colorado to play for the United State Air Force Academy. Luc is a two-year letterman for the Papermaker football program. During his senior season, Luc received GSHL 1st team all-league honors as a wide receiver along with selection to the Columbian all-region team. Luc served as a team captain for his team that qualified for the state playoffs both seasons. Luc also plays varsity lacrosse for the Camas Lacrosse club. While in Colorado, Luc will study business management.
Parents Dave and Amy Sturbelle – Memorable moment any game played at Doc Harris on Friday night.
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Longview, WA — The Camas Boys Swim Team handily won the 14-school Southwest Washington Invitational Saturday, with 691 points, distancing second place Columbia River by 332 points.
The annual invitational typically includes all local high schools, and one from the north — which this year was Aberdeen.
The Papermakers won the meet with multiple team members down to health or injury, and have been struggling to get state qualifying times.
”So far, we only have one state qualifying time,” said Camas co-captain, Chris Xia. “Usually, we have a lot more at this point in the season, so we’re hoping we can get more state times at Districts in two weeks.”
The Papermakers got off to a great start in the 200 Medley Relay, with both A and B relay teams taking first and second place, respectively. The A team (Josef Kiesenhofer, Austin Fogel, Jaden Kim, and Chris Xia) timed in at 1:42.60 with the B team (Dave Peddie, Jack Harris, Emanuel Crisan-Dum, and Victor Wu) finishing with 1:47.60. Kelso placed third.
Harris won the 200 Free (1:52.35) narrowly beating Peddie (1:53.21). Simon Parish, of Columbia River, placed third.
Skyview’s Jace Creech won the 200 IM event (2:04.95) with Battle Ground’s Alex Curran placing second (2:06.82) and Daniel Ishchuk placing third.
Skyview’s Liam Johnson won the ultra-competitive 50 Free (22.94) with Kodee Soetamin, of Mark Morris, placing second (23.29) and Papermaker Jaden Kim third (23.41).
Kim would win the 100 Fly right after (53.28) with Johnson, second (56.40) and Washougal’s Daniel Brown, third (56.49).
Soetamin won the 100 Free (50.37) narrowly beating Harris (50.93) and Chris Xia (52.36).
Peddie handily won the 500 Free (4:48.84) with Skyview’s Jace Creech placing second (5:09.07) and Prairie’s Jonah Colagross placing third (5:26.02).
Luke Bales, right, enters the pool.
Camas took first place in the 200 Free Relay. Luke Bales, Xia, Harris and Kim (1:32.46) bested Skyview (1:34.29). The Camas B Relay placed third.
Battle Ground’s Alex Curran won the 100 Back event (55.00) with Union’s Tony Kajino second (56.24) and Battle Ground’s Andrew Schivalocchi placing third (1:00.02).
Papermaker’s Austin Fogel handily won the 100 Breast (1:02.80) with Skyview’s Khai Tran second (1:04.77) and Mark Morris’ Ryan Pospichal placing third (1:08.91).
Camas took the top spot in the meet’s final event, the 400 Free. Xia, Peddie, Bales Andy Harris finished in at 3:24.30. Mark Morris second at 3:39.93, and Battle Ground at 3:43.67.
The boys are preparing for Districts in two weeks, and State in the middle of February. The two-time State champions have a lot of catching up to do, so “we’re focused on getting more state qualifying times during this time,” said Xia.
Jaden Kim dives in for the 50 Free.
Papermaker Dave Peddie in the 500 Free.
Dave Peddie gets ready for the 500 Free.
Relay team listens to coach Bemis.
From left: Luke Bales, Chris Xia, Austin Fogel, Jaden Kim.
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Camas, WA — Union High School hosted Wednesday’s Dual Wrestling meet against Camas in their annual epic match up, but the Papermakers fell short, surrendering their paddle, while the Titans earned the coveted 4A GSHL League title.
The wrestling match was filled with solid competition, and some highly anticipated battles. The Titans girls wrestling team handily defeated the Papermakers, 42-0, while the Titan boys beat Camas 34-25.
Girls Varisty Wrestling Results
Union 42 – Camas 0
110—Madeline Chinn (U) p. Ava Weatherl, 1:12
120—Kayla Brosius (U) p. Lillian Taylor, 1:07
125—Hannah Lew (U) p. Christinanna Martin, 1:02
135—Riley Aamold (U) p. Padon Diehel, 0:59
145—Krista Warren (U) p. Olivia Perarson, 2:55
155—Nevaeh Cassidy (U) p. Kiana Pullen, 0:32
170—Annabelle Helm (U) p. Autumn Aho, 2:21
The Union Titans won their wrestling dual against Camas Wednesday night, 34-25, clinching the 4A GSHL League Title.
Boys Varsity Wrestling Results
Union 34 – Camas 25
106—Ryan Esperto (U) md. Porter Craig, 10-0
113—Elijah Cassidy (U) p. Philip Hartleip, 1:06
120—Dylan Jimenez (U) d. Ryan Ball, 11-8
126—Brandon Esperto (U) md. Chris Goodnight
132—Jack Latimer (C) p. Andres Nicacio, 5:24
138—Tanner Craig (C) p. Calvin Ball, 5:03
145—Roscoe Garcia (C) d. Josh Helm, 8-2
152—Isaac Duncan (C) md. Damario Yebra, 17-3
160—Noah Talavera (U) d. Carter Liesen, 6-3
170—Six Buck (U) md. Dominic Fujihara, 18-7
182—Danny Snediker (U) tf. Dustin Hubbard, 5:38 (19-4)
195—Gideon Malychewski (C) d. Kyle Brosius, 7-3
220—Colby Stoller (C) d. Levi Harms, 3-2
285—Josh Barber (U) p. Anthony Choi, 0:20
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Vancouver, WA — The Camas Gymnastics team won the Winterfest meet Saturday with a final score of 181.8, which is their highest score in team history.
The reigning State champions were functioning on all cylinders with a full and healthy roster as they battled several other local teams at the annual meet, which was held at Naydenov Gymnastics.
“We are right where we need to be a month away from State scoring higher than our State Championship score by .6 with eight falls,” said Camas Head Gymnastics Coach, Carol Willson. “They are getting stronger each weekend, and are right in schedule to peak at State. Collectively joining together to make the team score which is indicated by seeing the .15 -.2 difference between our top six to seven kids makes the district line up difficult to choose. Consistency is better and start values are getting to the full value needed by all the girls.”
Here are the results, by event:
1 Shea McGee — 37.5
2 Alyssa Shibata — 35.95
3 Peyton Cody — 35.8
5 Joy Marsh — 35.7
2 Shea McGee — 9.3
3 Madison Martin — 9.1
4 Joy Marsh — 9.0
5 Peyton Cody — 8.9
Camas had their best team score in their history! 181.8.
4 Shea McGee — 9.2
8 Alyssa Shibata 9.5
9 Tie Joy & Lizzy Wing — 9.1
10 Peyton Cody — 9.05
11 Annika Affleck and Lili Ford — 9.0
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Camas, WA — Wrestling is traditionally known as a male sport, but over recent years girls wrestling has been making an upward trend, and Camas and Washougal are no exception. This is the part one in a two-part series that looks at the sport; part one will focus on Camas, and part two, on Washougal.
The Camas High School (CHS) Girls wrestling program had a good showing at the recent Clark County Wrestling tournament, with Eliana Sabatini, a Camas sophomore, winning her weight class (135). Sabatini is a team captain with Autumn Aho, and the team is determined to make a statement.
The Washougal Panthers Wrestling team won the meet outright, with Emma Seekins, a Washougal freshman, winning her weight class (100), pinning her opponent in the second round, which helped Washougal win. The Panthers are also tremendously proud of Abby Lees, a two-time state wrestling champion.
”We’re so pleased with the team,” said Seekins. “I like wrestling because it is a very difficult and challenging sport, and it pushes you to your limits.”
But, back to Camas.
“In the final, I wrestled McMillan from Hudson’s Bay,” said Sabatini. “And, Kiana Pullen won third place at 190. Ava Weatherl, placed fourth at 115 pounds. As a team, Camas took sixth place, and a total of eight Papermakers attended the tournament.”
Winning at such a major meet is quite prestigious, and it’s even more so given Sabatini’s relatively new exposure to the sport. She has just been wrestling for a year.
Washougal won the Clark County Wrestling Tournament.
The Camas Girls Wrestling team at the Clark County Wrestling Tournament.
“A coach at Skyridge got her interested,” Sabatini said. “And, I love being the only girl in my grade to wrestle. All the wrestling boys tell me that girls shouldn’t wrestle, but that got me motivated. I have an uncle who has wrestled and he taught me new moves. I feel like boys are always talked about, and the girls aren’t really acknowledge a lot, so it’s time to get the word out. Nobody knows about it.”
Sabatini said she wrestles boys in practice, which helps her.
“It’s not weird, it’s just an opponent, and boys wrestling is different than girls,” she said. “The types of moves they use.”
What does wrestling teach the youth?
“It teaches me a lot, it teaches me how to work hard, and gives me confidence, and it makes me want to help teach others to help grow the girls wrestling team,” said Sabatini. “I think girls are afraid to wrestle because it’s so new. They’re afraid of the toughness.”
Mark Yamashida is the girls wrestling head coach, and he works hard to teach his team the skills required to win — and learn.
He also is working to get the word out about the sport, and spends time at each match teaching the girls, and making sure they feel positive.
“He gives me self-confidence before a match, and helps the girls out with everything,” said Sabatini. “With school, with wrestling and it helps me push myself and reach my goals. I love the sport so much. I love the competition and I love to win. Getting my hand raised after a match is the best feeling I’ve ever felt in life. My coach always tells me I’m always smiling through everything even when I’m in so much pain trying to make a move or push myself in practice. I’m always smiling and having a good time.”
Their next tournament is next Friday, which is the RA Long Invite.
Abby Lees, a Washougal HS graduate, is a two-time State Wrestling champion.
Eliana Sabatini winning a match.
Eliana Sabatini won her weight class (135 pounds) at the Clark County Wrestling tournament.
Washougal Head Coach, Heather Carver, holds up their trophy.
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Kelso, WA — The back-to-back State Champion Camas High School Boys swim team handily won Saturday’s Kelso Invite — without 10 key swimmers — which is a testament to their depth, talent, and endurance.
The Papermakers earned 440 points, outscoring second place Union by 82 in the 15-team annual invitational where many Camas swimmers still hold years-old records in multiple events. It wasn’t looking good for the Papermakers, as they didn’t win an event until the 200 Free Relay, which is the ninth of 11 events. But, even without 10 swimmers, Camas held an edge with their numbers and earned enough points in all the heats to come out on top.
Even so, Union and Mountain View came on strong, topping multiple events, and setting state cuts throughout the meet.
In the 200 Free Medley Relay, Mountain View’s Timothy Huang, Justin Xue, Christian Madden and Fred Grimshaw won the event with a state cut (1:42.90). Union placed second; Skyview third.
Evergreen’s Ilya Zablotoviskii’s strength in the water was on display as he narrowly defeated Washougal’s Isaiah Ross in the 200 Free with a final time of 1:47.66; Ross clocked in at 1:48.21, and Skyview’s Jace Creech placed third. Papermaker Jack Harris, fourth.
Union swimmers Tony Kajino (2:08.41) and Jack Gallo (2:09.31) took the top two spots in the 200 IM, with Columbia River’s Sam Walker placing third (2:10.74) and Kelso’s Grant Eastham, fourth.
In the last of 18 50 Free heats, Mountain View’s Grimshaw (22.52) barely defeated Liam Johnson (22.58) and Mountain View’s Justin Xue (22.60). Papermaker Ben Taylor placed fourth.
Grimshaw would do it again in the 100 Free (50.14) barely beating Battle Ground’s Alex Curran (50.54) and Papermaker Taylor (50.87). Washougal’s Daniel Brown placed fourth.
Ross topped the 100 Fly (52.46), one of his specialties, barely beating Zablotoviskii (52.60). Union’s Val Tikhomirov placed third, and Liam Johnson placed fourth.
Grimshaw delivered a win again in the 100 Free (50.14) outpacing Curran (50.54) and Taylor (50.87). Brown placed fourth.
Madden was victorious in the 500 Free (5:05.24), followed by Columbia River’s Liam Noftsker (5:12.76) and Prairie’s Jonah Colagross (5:33.57). Mark Morris’s Andrew MacDonnell placed fourth.
Camas won the 200 Free Relay (1:32.86) on the strength of Taylor, Luke Bales, Austin Fogel and Emanuel Crisan-Duma. Skyview placed second (1:33.90), Union third (1:34.46) and Kelso, fourth.
Camas Freshman, Josh Swenson.
Curran would win the 100 Back (52.76) outpacing Skyview’s Jace Creech (55.69) and Union’s Tony Kajino (56.77). Columbia River’s Daniel Ishchuck placed fourth.
Tikhomirov won the 100 Breast (1:00.52), with Union’s Nick Wahlman (1:01.94), Xue (1:02.08) and Fogel (1:03.75) rounding out the top four.
Mountain View came out on top in the 400 Free Relay (3:27.62) — with Madden, Xue, Huang, and Grimshaw. The Camas A Relay team of Taylor, Crisan-Duma, Bales and Harris placed second, with Mark Morris placing fourth.
”I’m shocked we won,” said Harris. “We’re down so many swimmers due to the Science Olympiad.”
Skyview’s Liam Johnson.
Austin Fogel dives in.
1. Camas — 440
2. Union — 358
3. Mountain View — 335
4. Columbia River — 330
5. Kelso — 285
6. Mark Morris — 247
7. Skyview — 200
7. Battle Ground — 200
9. Prairie — 183
10. Hockinson — 86
11. Washougal — 82
12. Evergreen — 64
13. RA Long — 41
14. Hudson’s Bay — 36
15. Heritage — 16
Stewart Johnson off the starting block.
Jack Harris finishes a race.
Austin Fogel dives in.
Michael Nicoricci and Jake Duerfeldt a little distressed.
Camas Sophomore, Jack Harris.
Mountain View Junior, Christian Madden.
Camas Senior, Jake Duerfeldt, off the starting block.
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Camas, WA — The Camas High School Boys Wrestling team rolled over Skyview Wednesday night, 63-12, in a meet filled with intense throwdown’s and fast pins. It was also a night to honor the team’s seniors.
Papermmaker Sam McCormick started out the night defeating Amman Au quickly in the 120 pound weight class, and he was followed by Chris Goodnight, who defeated Sonny Ly.
Senior Jack Latimer has been having a great wrestling season, winning some major championships: Gut Check, PAC Coast and Rose City. He also placed third in State last year, and is keeping his eye on the top wrestling prize. Wednesday night, he was in a good battle with Logan Smith, which he ultimately won.
State Champion, Tanner Craig, didn’t miss, and threw down his opponent, Bryson Doman, multiple times, winning his match. Senior Isaac Duncan quickly pinned his opponent, Brock Pierce.
Papermaker Dominic Fujihara battled it out with Caleb Stockman, with Camas coming out on top.
Camas junior, Gideon Malychewski, didn’t dissapoint, manhandling Tristan Stice with several throwdowns ultimately winning by pin. Senior Dustin Hubbard trounced Brian Lloyd.
Skyview wrestlers William Peterson and Quang Train handily defeated their Papermaker opponents, Anthony Choi and Josue Espinoza.
Chris Goodnight battles Sonny Ly.
In the final match, Porter Craig, Tanner’s younger brother, defeated Blake Doman in the 106 pound weight class.
”We’ve been working really hard at practices,” said Latimer, who expressed his gratitude to wrestling partner, Malychewski. “We make each other stronger.”
Malychewski concurred: “We work it pretty hard every day, and tonight was a fun match!”
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