Anytime you can get outside and enjoy Mother Nature, you must take advantage of it, especially if you can do it on the back of a beautiful horse. For that and the following reasons, horseback riding proves to be the perfect hobby. 

Mental Boost

Few things are as relaxing as strolling on a trail atop a horse. Not only is it a serene setting to forget about the stresses of everyday life, but it’s nice to have a confidant along for the journey. Having a horse as a companion has a soothing effect on your mind when feeling overwhelmed. 

From staying active and spending time with a furry friend, the serotonin boost you get helps push you through any psychological obstacles in your way. Additionally, riding a horse requires a strong mental acumen, considering you must keep an attentive eye, balance and focus while on the saddle. 

Strengthens the Body

As wonderful as horseback riding is for your mental well-being, it’s just as beneficial physically—for you and the horse. Although horseback riding is a leisurely activity, it requires a lot of physical prowess to control a horse, particularly if you enjoy kicking it up a notch and cantering. 

If it’s your first ride, you’ll likely feel sore around your abdominals and lower back the following day. As you ride more regularly, those aches and pains will fade away.

Riding a horse requires excellent posture; therefore, your hamstrings and quads will feel the brunt of the pain as they keep you upright. But your posture from your strengthened core and upper leg muscles will make any schoolteacher proud. 

Teaches Responsibility 

Being responsible is an essential component of owning and riding a horse. If you are negligent in your care, the horse’s health suffers, making it impossible to ride them. For parents, this is an excellent opportunity to teach their children accountability.

Simple things like brushing their coat, feeding them and changing their water give kids a chance to prove they can put more on their plate. You can also do these tasks together as a family, giving you an opportunity for quality time. 

Fun With or Without Company 

When something is equally enjoyable on your lonesome as it is with a group of friends, it’s an activity worth exploring. Horseback riding falls into that category because hopping on the horse and wandering through the wilderness is as fun by yourself as it is with a company. However, if you are a novice, you should go with a guide or someone else capable of assisting you if an issue develops. 

These reasons prove horseback riding is the perfect hobby for anyone needing a mental and physical boost. There should be an opportunity to hop on a horse regardless of where you live, so take advantage of it. 

Gresham, OR – Nearly 600 athletes from all over western part of the United States returned to Mt. Hood Community College this past weekend to compete at the Speedo Sectionals swim meet.

It’s the first time in three years that Mt. Hood CC hosted the event due to COVID-19 shutdowns and massive facility renovations. And, the meet didn’t disappoint: FOUR athletes made Olympic Trials times, with many other making Nationals and Future cuts.

“We were closed for more than two years,” said Andrew Jackman, Aquatics Manager for the Mt. Hood CC Long Course pool. “And, we just re-opened in May.”

Jackman said the pool renovations were extensive, which included new pumps.

“We were ready for Sectionals,” he added. “The total count according to my records was 59 total teams, representing 594 student-athletes, from seven states. The meet went great! We were so excited here at MHCC to be able to host a large national-level swim meet after the long closure from March 2020-May 2022. It was very successful and everyone seemed very pleased with the results. We are also looking forward to hosting OSI Championships this coming week from 7/21-7/24 as well with over 700 swimmers expected to be in attendance.”

Four swimmers made Olympic Trials qualifying times: 

  • Michael Hochwalt, SWAT (Spokane), 400 IM (4:23.8)
  • Diego Nosack, Tualatin Hills Swim Club (Beaverton), 400 IM (4:22.00)
  • Katherine Adams, Tualatin Hills Swim Club (2:29.41)
  • Helen Noble, Phoenix Swim Club, 100 Back (1:01.24)

“I’ve been swimming for 10 years,” said Hochwalt. “I’ve been working three years to get that cut. Driving to practice every day, working hard. Putting all that effort in, and it feels nice that it pays off. I’m happy but not satisfied with it.”

He explained that he needs to qualify for the Olympic trials beginning in November (when the 2024 qualifying period begins), so this time doesn’t guarantee a spot.

Video Report

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“I have to get the cut again, but considering I got it now, and I have two more years to get it again, and I’m dropping pretty rapidly right now I should continue to get even more than that cut,” he said.

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Diego Nosack completes an event. He made an Olympic Trials cut in the 400 IM.

Camas, WA — All games between Camas and Skyview High School baseball teams have been postponed— some say indefinitely — due to allegations of racist taunting at Wednesday’s junior varsity game at Camas. Both teams are Class 4A Greater St. Helens League contenders.

Eyewitnesses from both teams allege that a Camas JV player hurled racial taunts at a black Skyview player during Wednesday’s game.

“He made ape sounds against a black Skyview player,” a Camas parent said, on condition of anonymity.

At least two Skyview parents, and one Camas parent, have the alleged incident on video. Lacamas Magazine hasn’t seen those videos.

“I didn’t actually hear it myself,” said another Camas parent. “I was there to watch, but I know other parents do have evidence of what happened.”

He said this case is similar to a recent racial taunting incident at a Vancouver youth soccer game.

Skyview Baseball issued the following statement on Thursday: “We are postponing tonight’s game with Camas due to some serious incidents that took place at yesterday’s JV game at Camas. Skyview families, please watch for a message from Principal Andy Meyer. The message will be sent to Skyview staff and families.”

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Camas High School Athletic Director, Rory Oster, issued this statement Thursday afternoon:

“Hello Papermaker Families,

“This morning, we received a report that CHS athletes on the field used racial slurs during a baseball game against Skyview HS. We take these reports seriously and are currently working with Vancouver Public Schools to determine precisely what happened during the game. As a result, today’s Skyview/CHS Varsity and JV games have been postponed. 

“All students deserve to feel respected and supported, including students visiting our campus.  Harassment, intimidation, and bullying, including racial slurs, are not tolerated in our school community. We will work to make sure that we get to the bottom of this, including assigning discipline as appropriate. Our goal is to make sure that learning happens for our students and that repair and restoration are made to those harmed.”

Skyview High School has filed a complaint with WIAA, and there’s been limited discussion about cancelling all games with Camas for the remainder of this season.

Vancouver, WA — Local high schools are following Clark County Public Health recommendations and suspending the current wrestling season for two weeks due to multiple COVID-19 outbreaks that have been linked to high school wrestling tournaments in Washington. 

Thirty COVID cases have been linked to local wrestlers.

The DOH is investigating outbreaks at four different wrestling tournaments that all happened Dec. 4, and pushed for the suspension.

The department said the number of cases linked to the events is estimated to be between 80 and 90 statewide. The Snohomish County Health Department said there are at least 33 confirmed cases in their county.

“This would be considered a very large outbreak,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist, the state’s top epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health. “This does not bode well. Really the icing on this cake is these are turning out at least some percentage of the omicron variant that is much, much more infectious,” Lindquist said.

The cases are among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, the DOH said.

The tournaments are:

• John Birbeck Invitational in Lacey, Washington.

• Ed Arima Duals in Sumner, Washington.

• Lady Jags Kickoff Tournament in Puyallup, Washington.

• Yelm Girls Varsity in Yelm, Washington.

Students from Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Skagit, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima counties were in attendance. A high school in Oregon also sent students.

The DOH is continuing to investigate the outbreaks and will share more information as it becomes available.

“My hope is that the state allows wrestlers who are vaccinated or test negative to continue their participation in wrestling,” said John Constien, Camas Boys Wrestling Head Coach. “My hope is that there are alternatives to just cancelling the season that still allow us to compete against other schools safely and have a post-season.”

None of these new cases have been traced to Camas wrestlers.

“I am hurting for our seniors who have dedicated 7+ years to me and this program who are looking at the possibility of not having an opportunity to compete for state titles as upperclassman,” Constien said.

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Papermaker Porter Craig wrestles teammate Jackson Lougan.

This is a roundup of Camas High School sports (football, soccer, volleyball, swimming) over the last few days.

State Football Playoffs! Camas Defeats Puyallup 17-7; Advances to Quarterfinals 

Camas came from behind in the third quarter Friday night (7-3 at halftime) to score two touchdown passes from QB Taylor Ioane to Brock Thornburg and Mark Thorkelson, which would seal the deal and advance the Papermakers to State Quarter Finals this weekend.

Twenty-six flags were called tonight (16 against Puyallup that cost them 180 yards).

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Camas Football advances to State quarter finals.

State Playoffs: Camas High Girls Soccer Team Defeats West Valley (Yakima) 3-2; Advances to Final Four

The Papermakers hosted the Rams at Doc Harris Saturday with Emerson Grafton scoring the first goal. The Rams tied it up in the second half, and Papermaker Maya Parman answered back with a 30-yard goal! She was followed by a goal from Bella Burns to seal the victory.

Camas heads to Puyallup for the last leg of the State Tournament. Final Four!

Volleyball Moves Onto State

After losing their first Bi-Districts match last week, the Camas Volleyball team fought their way back through the loser’s bracket and will compete at State.

Girls Swim Team Wraps Up Season 

Federal Way, WA — The Camas Girls Swim team returned to the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

The Papermakers sent seven athletes overall to compete in three relays and four individual events. 

The Camas 200 Free Relay team (Sophia Wade, Zoe Chapin, Campbell Deringer, and Sydney King) took 11th overall at Saturday’s State Swimming Championships. Deringer competed at Finals for both her individual events (200 IM and 100 Breast) finishing 5th and 11th in state respectively. 

Lila McGeachy and Sophia Wade made finals for the 500 Free and the 100 Free respectively. 

“It’s an honor to represent Camas at State,” said Deringer. “It was nice to have so many of us there. We had several PR’s.”

Camas, WA — Legendary Camas Football Head Coach Jon Eagle announced today he’s leaving his post after an amazing 17 years.

Camas High announced the move in a press release early tonight revealing that Jack Hathaway, a Camas assistant coach for the past seven years, will assume the interim head coach job for the 2021 fall season, said Rory Oster, the CHS athletic director.

Eagle’s 17-year tenure saw the program turn into a major force.

Eagle, 61, leaves with a 127-22 record, leading his Papermakers to two 4A state titles — in 2016 and 2019 — and close second place in 2013. He led Camas to nine Greater St. Helens League titles.  

Eagle has coached high school football in Washington for 29 years. Prior to Camas, he coached at Evergreen and Redmond. His career record is 229-70.

“It will be a loss we will feel deeply throughout our community here in Camas,” Oster said. “He is a future Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Famer, and a leader who meant so much to our kids, our school, and our entire community.”

Eagle will be an assistant coach for Portland State under head coach Bruce Barnum.

Camas sports teams performed well Monday night. Here’s a fun report about how they did.

Boys Golf

Last night in the match against Heritage, and the previously unbeaten team from Col. River, Camas won both matches with a score of 152.  Camas @ 152  Col. River @ 169  Heritage @ 244. Eli Huntington, the match medalist, led the team with an even par 36.  Owen Huntington @ 38, Evan Chen @ 38, & Caleb Shira @ 40 finished up the Varsity scoring.   Cameron Miller with a 43 was the match medalist in the JV match.    Varsity 10-0   JV 11-0

Volleyball

Camas Varsity wins 3-0

25-10, 25-9, 25-9

Varsity Stats:

Kiah Hollister- 3 service points, 5 Digs

Delaney Clark – 1 Dig, 5 kills

Grace Varsek – 5 Kills, 1 service point, 7 digs

Chloe Ascuitto – 8 Kills, 2 block

Jessie Westby – 2 digs, 1 ace, 2 service points

Sydney Moltrum – 30 assists, 11 Service points, 4 digs

Emmy Hansen – 11 kills, 14 service points, 2 aces

Alliyah Barnes – 6 Kills, 2 digs, 8 service points, 8 aces

JV wins 3-0

Soccer

Camas JV 

Camas (9) – Mt. View (0)

Pyper Wise-Cruz (Becca Reyes), Ella Tennant (Addie Wunderli), Grace Rainey (Kaylie DeMerrit), Summer Craft, Paeton Curl (Brooklyn Jardine), DeMerrit (Savannah Kvistad), Jardine (Riley Hodson), Kvistad (Emma Hoskinsson).

Saves: Riley Hodson (2), Paeton Curl (1)

Camas Varsity

Camas (4) – Mt. View (0)

Halftime 2-0

Bella Burns (Anna Mooney), Lily Loughney (Maya Parman), Nora Melcher (Parman), Josephine Rein (Parman).

Saves: Keely Wieczorek (2), Adriana Cortes (2).

Tennis

Boys’ JV tennis beat Union 4-2 yesterday. Doubles were played in all 6 matches. Wins were earned by Aiden McOmie/Julian McOmie, Jeffrey Johanson/Ethan Tobey, Zach Mello/Logan Fishler and Kyle Wen/Jackson Waldbauer. C team also beat the Titans 3-0. Way to go, Camas!

Slow Pitch Softball

Chloe Parker did the opposing team no favors on Monday, picking up five hits over six at bats and leading the Papermakers to a 20-10 win over Skyview. Parker totaled 4 singles and 1 double with 6 RBIs. Piper Stroh also drove in 5 runs with her 4 hits for the game. Other standouts include; Lauren Baffaro 3 for 6, Ali Snyder 3 for 5 w/ 1 RBI, Maggie Lyons 3 for 5 with 1 RBI, Amelia Marcum 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs, Grace Barsness 3-5 2 RBIs, and Addy Cagle 2-2 with 1 RBI. Way to go Makers!

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Camas High School athletic teams won their respective events in Girls soccer, Boy’s golf and Volleyball on Monday. Here are the details.

Camas Girls Soccer 

JV: Kelso 0-Camas 4

Emme Nieto, Brooklyn Jardine (Ella Tenant), Pyper Wise-Cruz (Tenant), Jardine.

Riley Hodson 3 Saves

Varsity: Kelso 0-Camas 4:

Lily Loughney (Maya Parman), Madeline Johnson, Bella Burns, Anna Mooney (Nora Melcher).

Keeley Wieczorek 0 Saves

Adriana Cortes 0 Saves

Boy’s Golf

The CHS boy’s golf team beat Battle Ground 161 to 209.  The team was led by the match medalist Owen Huntington @ 36.  Eli Huntington @ 41, Evan Chen @ 40, Cameron Miller @ 44, and Drew Scott @ 50 also played in the Varsity match.   The JV team of Caleb Shira @44, Leo Cassel @ 50, and Easton Rheaume @ 51 also beat Battle Ground’s JV.

Volleyball

Varsity – Camas won

25-17

22-25

25-18

25-22

Stats: Emmy Hansen- 17 kills, 5 digs, 3 service points Sydney Moltrum- 26 assists, 2 aces, 3 digs, 2 kills, 4 service points Grace Varsek- 5 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs, 2 service points Alliyah Barnes- 5 kills, 3 blocks, 2 service points Jessie Westby- 4 aces, 2 digs, 4 service points Chloe Asciutto- 4 kills, 2 blocks Halle Reiter- 17 digs, 7 service points, 1 ace

JV won

C won

4th team won

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Camas Volleyball won their first match of the season. Photo by Will Hansen.

Camas, WA — Camas High School Athletic Director, Rory Oster, announced today that Papermaker sports events will resume Monday, February 22 after an 11-plus month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With sporting events/games starting on Monday, please be aware of the spectator guidelines with regards to each sport,” Oster said.

GSHL Spectator Update by Sport

Spectators that attend any GSHL event must wear a mask for the duration of their time on school facilities, indoors and outdoors. Spectators must also social distance with a minimum of six feet between individuals outside of their family.

Volleyball – Each athlete, manager and coach will be allotted TWO entrance tickets to their specific contest only. Doors will open for entrance ten minutes before the contest scheduled start time at the North Commons/Gym entrance only, and gyms will be immediately cleared at the conclusion of the contest.

Varsity games will begin at 7:00 pm with a 6:50 pm entrance.

JV games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

C games will begin at 7:00 pm with a 6:50 pm entrance.

4th team games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

Girls Soccer – Each athlete, manager and coach will be allotted TWO entrance tickets to their specific contest only. Main gate will open for entrance ten minutes before the contest scheduled start time, we ask that spectators of the game that has finished, immediately leave the facility.

Varsity games will begin at 7:00 pm

JV games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

C games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

Cross Country – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along the course and wear a mask at all times.

Boys Tennis – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along and wear a mask at all times.

Boys Golf – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along the course and wear a mask at all times.

Slow-pitch Softball – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced and wear a mask at all times. Spectators may need to bring chairs to set up along the outfield fence.

Football – No spectators are allowed at any football events at this time. This includes JV and C team games. We continue to advocate for changes to this rule with the Governor’s office and local department of health and we will immediately adjust if we are able to.

All contests held at Camas High School Gymnasium and Doc Harris Stadium will be live streamed athttps://www.nfhsnetwork.com/ subscriptions can be purchased which will give you access to all volleyball, girls soccer and football games played at Camas School District sites. Other GSHL schools will also be streaming their contests and we will update you with locations of those streams. If they use the NFHS network, your subscription will work for those games as well.

Link to Athletic Bulletin ~

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OyX5v4KhiJDlqVPXS4e468GnHl0gBpKc-IoVEUpRvyE/edit

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Camas Running Back Jacques Badolato-Birdsell.

Washougal, WA — About 200 Camas High School Papermakers gathered at the Port of Camas Washougal at 6:30 am Thursday to hold an annual tradition — the Senior Sunrise.

The Class of 2021 is starting their school year with remote learning, and will likely stay in this state for at least a couple months, so decided they wanted to gather and feel a sense of normalcy. 

“This is just one of the senior year traditions where everybody gathers early in the morning to watch the sunrise,” said Dave Peddie, a Camas High School senior, and State Champion swimmer. “Other schools in the area did it and we wanted to do it too to keep the tradition alive. We got the word out and everyone is here.”

Reactions to the way the school year is starting is mixed. Some say it’s working well, for them, while others would prefer to have school in the classroom.

“It’s going better than we thought,” said Peddie. “The teachers are putting in a lot of work, and they are making sure we’re learning the material we’re supposed to learn. It’s a smooth transition so far.”

Prior to departure, the Camas Swim team decided to provide water entertainment by stripping down to their competition swim suits and plunging into the cold Columbia River.

“We decided to hop in,” said Peddie. “It was Jack’s (Harris) idea. He texted us late last night and he’s like bring your speedos and we’ll do a little swim. It was fun!”

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CHS swimmers, wearing competition suits, got into the cold Columbia River.

Harris admitted it was his idea.

“Once I heard about the planning of this Senior Sunrise thing, I thought we’d do the best we can to make memories this year considering everything that’s going on so I thought it would be really funny if me and the guys decided to hop in front of everyone,” said Harris, a CHS Senior and member of the school’s swim team. “I thought it would be something fun to talk about as a good memory. The water wasn’t that bad, but it was refreshing.”

Getting in was the hardest part, said CHS senior, Alex Duma. “Nobody actually wanted to get in, but once we got in it was good.”

Peddie isn’t sure what other events are planned, but he said it was good to gather and connect with friends.

About half the students wore face masks, and they mostly stayed in smaller groups, except for one larger group by the river’s edge. The event lasted about 45 minutes, after which many headed out to eat breakfast.

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Hanging out at Senior Sunrise.
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Friends at Senior Sunrise.
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Alex Duma exits the river, followed by Nathan Kim.