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By Dan Trujillo

All for Washougal stood up and hollered when Beyonce Bea eclipsed 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in her high school basketball career Wednesday.

“It felt amazing,” she said. “It was really nice to do it at home. That’s what we all wanted, because the fans and my teammates made it happen and helped me get to this point.”

But more importantly to Bea, the Panthers defeated Hockinson 79-67 to improve to 3-0 in league play.

“The fact that it was a home game against a tough league opponent that we all love to beat … that just made it more special,” she said.

Bea came into the game 27 points shy of 1,000. She finished with 33 points, shooting 11-for-16 from the field and 11-for-14 from the foul line. She also racked up 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks.

“Her teammates found her when she was open. They kept feeding her the ball. She was hot,” said head coach Britney Knotts.

Once Bea got to one thousand in the fourth quarter, Knotts called timeout so she could give the Panther a ball signed by her teammates and coaches.


Beyonce Bea takes home the game ball and another one signed by her teammates and coaches. The Washougal High School junior ranks fourth all-time with 1,006 points.

“It was amazing,” Knotts said. “I’ve never had a player reach a thousand. Those are things you hear about.”

Skylar Bea also had a big night for Washougal. The freshman collected 15 points and 8 rebounds. McKinley Stotts added 9 points and 5 rebounds. Ashley Gibbons netted 8 points. Kiara Cross chipped in 4 points, 6 assists and 9 rebounds.

Beyonce Bea is already the best rebounder in school history. She ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,006 points. Krissy Bassett holds Washougal’s all-time record with 1,351 points, followed by Alyssa Blankenship (1,241) and Kim Rink (1,169).

Bassett and Blankenship eclipsed 1,000 points when they were high school seniors. Bea is just a junior.

“I dedicate this to my parents and coaches,” Bea said. “They all have pushed me and they believe in me. Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.”

By Dan Trujillo

Jakob Davis will never forget what happened on Friday the 13th.

The sophomore caught his second first down for the Washougal High School football team in a big league game at Woodland. He tried to leap over the defender, but got flipped over and landed hard. Davis heard the snap and then felt the pain.

“It’s broke! It’s broke! It’s broke!” He shouted. His coaches and teammates could hear the agony. There was nothing they could do.

Davis dislocated his elbow. A few weeks later, he was back at practices catching footballs with one hand. His season was over, but Davis was determined to heal up and compete again for the Panthers very soon.

“I just love basketball,” he said. “I’ve loved it since I was a kid. I always want to keep playing.”

Once Davis was cleared, new head coach AJ LaBree welcomed him with open arms. All of the sudden, the Panthers had another weapon in the arsenal.

“He has a really versatile skill set,” LaBree said of Davis. “We’re excited to have him back out there, just to see some of the things he can do. I think he’s just going to get better as he gets more comfortable.”

In just his second game of the season, Davis scored 16 points to help Washougal defeat R.A. Long 80-53 Dec. 19. Troy Prince-Butterfield, Carson Adams and Moses McEwen also scored in double figures for the Panthers.


Jakob Davis takes a tough shot for Washougal and earns a trip to the foul line. Photo by Dan Trujillo.

Thursday’s home game against Ridgefield turned into a more difficult challenge. The Spudders rallied to within three points late in the game, before the Panthers pulled away for a 54-45 victory. McEwen rose to the occasion with deep threes, rebounds, blocks and 24 points.

“I’ve been in a slump, lately, so it was good to get out of that,” McEwen said. “When the shot clock’s running down, you can only do one thing, so it’s pretty easy to let it go.”

McEwen dropped four 3-pointers on Ridgefield, including the deepest one in the final minute of the game.

“When he’s got it going, it’s really pretty,” LaBree said. “He’s got a gorgeous looking shot. High arching. Soft falling. All that good stuff.”

Kade Coons and Prince-Butterfield also hit clutch threes for the Panthers. Adams, Coons and Davis came through with big rebounds and putbacks for foul shots.

“Some of those guys made a mistake before. For them to not be afraid, come right back and try to do the right thing says a lot about their character,” LaBree said. “You don’t mean to turn the ball over or miss a shot, but it happens. You have to come back from that, and that’s what they did. A little adversity never hurts.”

Washougal (6-4) hosts Prairie tonight in the last game of December. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

“Prairie is going to be the toughest team we have faced so far,” LaBree said. “We’re excited for our opportunity to see what that’s like and see if we can hang around for a while.”

Washougal Girls Win Again

The Panther girls basketball team peeled the Spudders 56-41 Wednesday, in Ridgefield.

Beyonce Bea led Washougal with 21 points and nine rebounds. Her sister, Skylar, added 14 points and 10 rebounds. McKinley Stotts chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Washougal (6-3) hosts Hockinson Wednesday, Jan. 3, and goes to Skyview Saturday, Jan. 6. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Beyonce Bea is 27 points away from 1,000 for her high school career. The junior is already the school’s leading rebounder.

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Photos by Dan Trujillo

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By Dan Trujillo

A feisty pack of Panthers came out of the locker room after halftime and jumped up by 20 points in the Longview Lumberdome Monday.

Beyonce Bea led the offensive and defensive outburst with 12 points, 10 rebounds, six rebounds and four steals. Her sister, Skylar, added 11 points and six rebounds. Maggie Hungerford chipped in 10 points and five assists. This led to a satisfying, 66-48 victory for Washougal in the first league game of the season.

“We wanted to come out and start league off the right way and show that we can play and just build our confidence,” Beyonce Bea said. “The first half was definitely better than the first. We all settled down and started playing our game. We all worked as a team and it worked really well for us.”

Emilee Smart got the hot hand early for Washougal and scored five points. Hungerford fed the Panthers a few assists and delivered eight points of her own in the first half.

“It just felt good every time I released it, and so I kept shooting,” Hungerford said. “Our team was struggling a little bit, energy wise. I just wanted to come off the bench and hype us up, a little bit.”

Washougal scored 17 points in the second quarter, but so did R.A. Long. The Panthers led by only seven at halftime. Something needed to change.

“It seemed like we were more offensively focused in the first half. We just had to turn it around in the second half and focus on defense and crashing the boards,” said Washougal head coach Britney Knotts. “We had a lot of girls who were ready to step in and step up, which is what we needed.”

Ashley Gibbons jump started the attack with a 3-pointer. Beyonce Bea grabbed an offensive rebound, and nailed a turnaround jumper in front of a defender for two more points. Kiara Cross then fired crisp pass to Skylar Bea on her way to the hoop. Bea made the basket, drew a foul from the defender and netted the foul shot for a 3-point play.


Ashley Gibbons shoots a 3-pointer for the Panthers.

Beyonce Bea scored two more points off an offensive rebound. She then drew the eyes of the defender on a fast break, kicked the ball out to Cross behind the arc and she drained a three to give the Panthers a 14-point lead heading into the third quarter.

A few minutes into the fourth, Beyonce put Washougal up by 20. She thanked her teammates for having her back when the Lumberjills keyed in on her early.

“Everyone is going to double team me. For them to get experience hitting shots benefits all of us in the long run,” Bea said. “When the defense comes to me, we have another option. It’s not just a one, or two person team. We have more threats on offense and defense, and that’s exciting.”

Washougal (5-3) won the league championship last season, took third at districts and reached the consolation semifinals of the state tournament.

The Panthers hope to build on this good feeling in Longview when they play at Ridgefield Wednesday. Tip off is at 7 pm.

“I want to see two good halves, not just one. I want to put a full game together,” Knotts said. “We do that, and we’re unstoppable.”

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Camas, WA — Fans cheered on the Camas Boys Varsity basketball team during their first game of the season Thursday night to a victory over Prairie, 69-61.

Papermaker Senior Isaiah Sampson had 16 points and 12 rebounds, overcoming the 28 points Prairie’s Kam Osborne scored at the intense game. Junior Carson Bonine scored three first half 3s to put the Papermakers up by eight points at halftime. Prairie did their best to cut the Camas lead, but the Papermakers opened the gap even further during the fourth quarter.

“We played very well as a team and I loved our energy both on and off the court,” said Tre Carlisle, the Camas team captain.

The boys play at Wilson, Oregon tonight at 7. Their next home game is December 6 vs. Black Hills at 7 pm.

Camas JV also won their game against Prairie, 57-42.

Basketball Game Stats

PRAIRIE:  Nate Milspaugh 3, Kaleb Locke 3, AJ Dixson 2, Logan Reed 3,Dante Heitschmidt 8, Kam Osborn 28, Braiden Broadbent 13, Zeke Dixson 1. Totals 15 (6) 10-13 61.

CAMAS:  Isaiah Sampson 16, Carson Bonine 10, Ben Cooke 3, Gabe Mukobi 9,  Connor Shira 3,  Kyle Allen 5, Shane Jamison 4,Fox Bessinger 3, Zachary Chillian 4, Trey Carlisle 12. Totals 16 (8) 13-18 69.

Prairie 13 16 19 16–61

Camas 17 20 10 29–69

To learn more, visit www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

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This video is from February 2012. The Camas High School Girl’s Varsity Basketball team heads to Regional play on February 25, putting them one win away from the State competition.

Hey, sports fans, there’s an athletics event happening just for you! There are a lot fun events happening in the coming days. Whether you love wrestling, bowling, basketball, swimming, dance, or gymnastics, the Papermakers have an event for you to attend.


Athletics This Week

Wrestling (JV/V) @ Skyview HS, 5:30/7:00

Bowling @ Crosley Lanes, 7 pm
Basketball Boys/Girls C @ Camas, 3:45
Basketball Boys/Girls JV @ Heritage, 3:45
Basketball Girls Varsity @ Heritage, 5:30
Basketball Boys Varsity @ Heritage, 7 pm
Wrestling Girls/JV @ Prairie, 8 am
Unified Basketball @ Prairie, 9 am
Dance Competition @ Union, 10 am
Swim SWW Invite @ Mark Morris, 10 am
Gymnastics @ Northpoint, 5 pm
The boys swim team is undefeated this season, and the team looks forward to their annual Southwest Washington Invitational in Longview, WA.
The wrestling team has also made significant gains this season.
To learn more, visit www.chs.wednet.edu

It was Senior Night in the Ware House! Camas honored their four senior Varsity basketball players Monday night prior to their home game against Battle Ground.

Ethan Unger, Matt Murphy, Cameron Vega, and Brock Fielding were honored for their four years in the program. Unger led scorers with 28 points. Tanner Fogle, Alex Glikbarg, Jake Hansel, and Bryan Nguyen had big baskets late in the game.

Camas Basketball in Their Blood

The boys have been playing basketball since they were young, and have steadily improved over the years. All started as Freshmen Papermakers.

The boys basketball program has seen steady improvement over the last couple of years, with the addition of new talent, and a drive to excellence. The games continue to draw large crowds from the local community, and even the spotlights from local television channels. And, then’s the ongoing rivalry between the Camas Papermakers and the Union Titans. There’s never a dull moment when those two teams play each other.

Even alumni can get into the diatribes and name calling.

For more information about the program, visit www.chs.wednet.edu, and then go to the Athletics page.

Images by Blake Schnell.

by Ernie Geigenmiller
Editor + Publisher, Lacamas Magazine


Editor’s Note: Dan Trujillo, of the Camas Post-Record, wrote the majority of this article.

The Camas High School basketball teams dominated their “Hoops for Pink” games Friday, inside the Camas warehouse.

A 22-8 scoring barrage in the first quarter helped the Papermaker boys beat Heritage 55-28. It was their first league victory of the season after falling behind early in their previous league games and not being able to catch up.

The Camas boy shared the basketball. Jordan Anderson and Trevor Jasinsky each netted nine points, James Price added eight, and Jordan Lenard and Nick Lopes both had six points.

The Papermaker girls pummeled the Timberwolves 62-20. Camas outscored Heritage 12-7 in the first quarter, 20-7 in the second quarter, 16-4 in the third quarter and 14-2 in the fourth quarter.

“Pink” Team Effort

On the receiving end of passes from Brenna Khaw, Rachel Rice and Meghan Finley, Nikki Corbett delivered 16 of her team-leading 22 points in the first half. She scored 10 of those points in the second quarter.

Khaw netted 13 points. Brenna Vargo and Teague Schroeder sparked the Papermakers off the bench. Vargo earned eight points and Schroeder added six.

The annual event raises money for the Kay Yow Foundation, which earmarks funds toward fighting breast cancer research.
Money was raised by selling T-shirts and through buying raffles to purchase donated gift baskets.
“The event was a real success,” said Nadine Knight, one of the parent volunteers. “We’re so grateful for the support of our community. Cheers to all of the businesses and individuals who donated for our baskets. Could NOT have done any of this without them. Thank you Camas for coming through again.”


The Camas Girls Varsity Basketball team had a great game Friday, and Papermaker Nikki Corbett scored 21 points as her team beat Evergreen in a 4A Greater St. Helens league win at home Friday night.

Camas was ahead in the second quarter and pushed their lead to 22 points at halftime.

The final score was Camas 54, Evergreen 29.

Rachel Rice scored 9, Emma Jones 8, Rachel Gray 4, and Brenna Khaw 4.

The annual “Hoops for Pink” fundraiser, which raises money for breast cancer research, is scheduled for January 17 at Camas High School.


Hoops! The Lady Papermakers keep plugging away.

On Thursday night, they clinched a spot in the bi-district tournament for the fourth straight year with a hard fought 42-30 win over Evergreen.  Brenna Khaw got 17 points and 5 assists, while Sierra Brown added 12 points and 5 rebounds.

The second quarter made up for a sluggish first quarter. Khaw scored 11 of her 17 points during the fourth quarter.

Camas outscored Evergreen 13-2 in the second quarter and led the game, 18-11 at the half.

The win advances the Lady Papermakers (12-9) against Union tonight at 6 in the District semi-final game.


Girl's Hoops
Victory! The Camas Girls Varsity Basketball team celebrates a win over
Evergreen Thursday night. The win also qualified them to play
in the bi-district Playoffs.