By Dan Trujillo

The Camas High School boys basketball players learned a lot of lessons this season. They just wish it could have lasted longer.

Battle Ground defeated the Papermakers 55-40 Friday to secure the final slot into the 4A bi-district tournament. Camas finished with a 13-8 record, after starting out the season 8-0.

“At the beginning, our swagger was awesome. I just wish we could have kept it going in league,” said senior captain Tre Carlisle. “I’ll remember the fight that we showed every single day.”

This was just not the Papermakers’ day. They were held to an uncharacteristically low 15 field goals and just two 3-pointers.

Battle Ground jumped out to a 26-14 advantage at halftime. The Camas crowd did everything it could to get the Papermakers back into the game, but the Tigers would not be denied.

“The crowd came out and made a little tunnel for us,” Carlisle said. “That was awesome. That was the most touching thing I’ve ever seen from a crowd.”

Isaiah Sampson led Camas with 18 points. Kyle Allen and Carson Bonine each added five. Shane Jamison earned four points and won some impressive battles for rebounds.

Carlisle said there is a lot for the Papermakers to be thankful for. He and Sampson led a team with very little varsity experience to a tie for third place in league.

Ryan Josephson inherited the program, and brought a lot of knowledge and passion from his days as a Camas High School basketball player and a junior varsity coach.

“It was a quiet locker room, but we got a lot of ‘thank yous’ out there,” Carlisle said.

The future looks bright, as long as these Papermakers can stick together.

“I just want them to be aggressive. Go at each other in practice. Outside of practice, be friends,” Carlisle said. “Just go hard. Put it all on the line.”

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This weekend is loaded with events, starting with today’s “A Wedding to Remember” in downtown Camas, which begins at 2 pm with the wedding, and then a slew of festivities from 5-8 pm.

Boys Varsity Hoops

The boys play Battle Ground at Evergreen today at 5 pm. A Papermaker win will open the door for the boys to enter the playoffs.

Boys Wrestling — District Tournament

The boys will compete for the 4A Greater St. Helens League title on Saturday at Camas High School. The doors open at 8 am, with competition beginning at 9 am. The Papermakers won Districts in 2016.

“We’re looking forward to a great competition,” said Camas Head Coach, Cory Vom Baur.

General admission for District Wrestling is $10 for adults, and $7 for students with ASB. $4 for senior citizens and elementary students. Doors will not open to the public until 8 am. Public entry is at the North Commons.

Science Olympiad

The Camas Science Olympiad team hosts the annual Camas Invitational. The 23 events for the day begin at 9, with most students competing in three to four events. Awards will be presented late in the afternoon. To learn more about Science Olympiad, click here: Camas Science Olympiad



Girls Wrestling — Sub Regionals

The competition begins at 10 am at Washougal High School.

Unified Basketball

The Unified Basketball tournament continues on Saturday at Mountain View High School — beginning at 9 am. This is a great experience for all involved.

Dance Invitational

The girls will dance the day away at Mt. View High School — beginning at 9 am.

Gymnastics — District Tournament

The girls compete for the District title at Battle Ground High School on Saturday — beginning at noon. The team hasn’t lost a league meet for the past five years.



Camas HIgh School Gymnastics team.


By Dan Trujillo

The last time these girls basketball teams faced each other, Camas established a 27-3 advantage on Skyview in the first half and never looked back.

It was raining threes for the Storm Friday, but the Papermakers prevailed 45-37 to improve to 5-0 in league play.

The rematch started similar. Courtney Clemmer scored eight points on assists from four different Papermakers. But when the Storm drained three 3-pointers to go up 9-8, the Camas girls realized this would be a different game.

“We got caught up in how much we beat them by the last time,” said senior forward Maggie Wells. “We weren’t fully into this game and playing together. In the fourth quarter, we were like ‘No, let’s play together.’ And we got to the level we should have been at the beginning.”

This time, the score was tied at the end of the second and third quarters. Wells rebounded a miss by Camas at the start of the fourth quarter and put it back in for two points. Jillian Webb and Marianna Payne hit 3-pointers to put the Papermakers by seven points.

“Those were game-changers,” Clemmer said. “Our bench got into it and our crowd got into it and our momentum just went straight up.”

This was the first road test for the Papermakers this season. Camas could face similar challenges at Battle Ground and Union next week.


Jump shot by Marianna Payne.

“Everyone wants to defend their home court,” Clemmer said. “We haven’t traveled much yet this year. Last year, we traveled 3,500 miles. We know how to handle that.”

The first goal for the Camas girls is to repeat as league champions. Then it’s on to the postseason, and hopefully another long road trip back to the Tacoma Dome.

“These are the friends I’ve been playing with forever,” Wells said. “And now, we’re doing it again. One last time with these seniors.”

Skyview boys cannot be stopped

The Camas boys basketball team hung tough for three quarters, only to get obliterated by a 22-3 Storm surge in the final eight minutes.

Skyview soared to a 61-38 victory over the Papermakers. The Storm is 17-0 this season.

Camas hosts Heritage for Senior Night Tuesday. The girls tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 pm.

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Camas, WA — The annual Hoops for Pink basketball game and fundraiser begins Friday afternoon at 3:45 (for Junior Varsity) and continues on at 5:30 for Boys Varsity and at 7 for Girls Varsity. All events are at Camas High School.

Camas will host Battle Ground.

The annual event raises money for the Kay Yow Foundation, which earmarks funds toward fighting breast cancer. Money is raised by selling T-shirts and through raffles to purchased donated gift baskets.

Every year, the community has shown their support by packing The Warehouse and stepping up their donations to the worthy cause of fighting breast cancer.

The event has been a real success in past years.

Referrring to past Hoops for Pink fundraiser games, Nadine Knight, a parent volunteer who’s had several daughters play for Camas, said: “The event was a real success. 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!”

A lot of behind-the-scenes efforts goes into the planning the fundraiser. Volunteers plan for months to prepare the gift baskets and solicit the donations from local businesses and inviduals.


Isaiah Sampson sinks a shot from long range. He scored 24 points Tuesday night, and grabbed 14 rebounds.

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By Dan Trujillo

Camas High School basketball players, coaches and fans have been waiting months for the first league doubleheader of the season.

Papermaker basketball fans, young and old, came to The Warehouse Wednesday to see the next chapter in the Camas, Skyview rivalry.

“The crowd was awesome,” said senior Tre Carlisle. “I want that every game. Even louder.”

“Every time the band comes, they double the size of the crowd. And then when you add all the noise, it definitely changes the atmosphere,” said head boys coach Ryan Josephson.

The Camas boys rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to get within two before time expired, but the Storm held on for a 53-51 victory to remain undefeated.

The Camas girls turned an 18-0 start into a 63-14 victory. The Papermakers held Skyview to just one field goal in the first half, and led 27-3 at the break. Hannah Booth, Haley Hanson, Brooklyn Pauscha and company hit a bunch of 3-pointers in the onslaught.


Hannah Booth led an offensive outburst by the Camas girls basketball team against Skyview. The Papermakers blew the Storm out of the building, 63-14.

The boys game featured a series of scoring barrages by both teams. Camas jumped out to a 9-3 lead on threes by Ben Cooke and Carson Bonine. Skyview tied the score and then took an 8-point advantage.

The Papermakers reclaimed the lead before halftime. Jack Glikbarg ignited the offense with two threes, another basket and a foul shot for a 3-point play to make it 28-25 Camas.

“My brother told me, ‘If I wear his shoes, I have to shoot,'” Glikbarg said. “I was feeling good this game. It was fun.”

Glikbarg led the Papermakers with 13 points. He showed no fear attacking the basket, drawing fouls and clapping his hands together.

“That’s his trademark,” Carlisle said.

“He has an endless motor,” Josephson added. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the first quarter or the fourth quarter.”


Jack Glikbarg nets a three from up top.

Skyview had the momentum going into the fourth quarter. Slowly, Camas chipped away on baskets by Bonine, Carlisle and Glikbarg.

Down by three with 11 seconds left, the Papermakers took an open shot from behind the 3-point line, but the ball rolled in and out of the basket. The Storm increased their lead to five at the foul line. Cooke beat the buzzer with a final 3-pointer, but Camas still lost by two.

Josephson had some questions going into the final quarter. Did Skyview just get hot at the right time or was Camas giving up?

“The great thing is, our guys didn’t show that. They battled right to the end,” Josephson said. “That’s what I’ve known about these guys since they were sophomores. They have always had that resilience.”

Now, he’s curious to see how the Papermakers handle this adversity after winning their first eight games of the season.

“I hope this fuels their fire again, and reminds them that they are the dark horse in the league,” Josephson said. “They’re nobody’s league favorites. They have to show up every day, put in the work and battle to beat these teams.”


Tre Carlisle challenges a defender.



Isaiah Sampson tries to shoot over a few Skyview defenders.



Jordyn Wilds drives to the hoop for Camas.

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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

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