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!”
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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Just a couple days after screenshots of deleted controversial Facebook posts related to the death of basketball star Kobe Bryant, Camas High School principal Dr. Liza Sejkora was put on administrative leave by Camas School District Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Snell.
The announcement came via email from Snell, which reads as follows:
I am following up with you regarding the situation at Camas High School. Our priority is always the safety of our students and staff. In light of threats to Dr. Sejkora and concern from our community, Dr. Sejkora has been placed on administrative leave today pending the outcome of our investigation. We will continue to have additional staff at Camas High School for support. I appreciate your patience during this process as it has been a very challenging time. I will update you with any changes in our status.
Jeff Snell, Superintendent Camas School District
Snell is meeting with Camas Police again on Wednesday morning and will provide another update to the community.
Threats against Sejkora continue to circulate on Twitter and other social media platforms after Facebook screenshots from Next Door application users went viral and local news media outlets, including Lacamas Magazine, picked it up.
Within an hour after the announcement of Bryant’s passing, on January 26, Sejkora wrote the following Facebook post on a private page: “Not gonna lie. Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.”
Within two hours, she deleted the post, and then wrote another, which read: “I just deleted a post. It was deleted because the comments missed my Intent. You are free to judge me for the post just as I am free to judge the person the post was about. Also — if you are shocked I speak my mind on my page, I am honestly surprised.”
Both posts were deleted, but screenshots were taken and started circulating a week later.
The story has been picked up by local and national media, including the New York Times.
Sejkora gave Lacamas Magazine an in-depth interview about the posts, and the aftermath. She issued an apology.
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Camas High School will be honoring several Papermakers as they sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at Camas High School North Commons beginning at 9:00a.m. You are welcome to attend the event. The following student-athletes will be signing:
SOPHIE FRANKLINwill be signing to play softball for the Wolves of Western Oregon in Monmouth Oregon. Sophie will finish her high school career earning a very impressive eightvarsity letters from Camas High School. Sophie lettered all four years in both slowpitch and fastpitch softball. She has been instrumental in leading the Papermaker slowpitch softball team to two league and two district titles, along with two trips to the state tournament. Sophie’s fastpitchteams have reached the state tournament during all three of her varsity seasons so far earning a 4th place finish in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, and a 7th place finish her junior season. Sophie has earned GSHL All-League 1st team honors all four years in slowpitch, capped with a Player of the Year honor her Junior season. In fastpitch Sophie was GSHL All-League 2ndteam her sophomore season and GSHL All-League 1st team her junior season, with her senior season still to come. While in Monmouth, Sophie will be studying social sciences and American Sign Language.
Parents Joe and Anneli Franklin – Placing 4th in two state tournaments, and all the bus rides to state and bi-district tournaments.
BRYCE LEIGHTONis the next Papermaker kicker from a long line of excellence to be moving on to play football in college. Bryce will be playing for the Bobcats of Montana State in Bozeman Montana. Bryce is a three year letterman in football. He is a two time GSHL All-League 1st team award winner, and during his senior campaign was also recognized as 1st team All-State and the very first Papermaker Under Armour All-American. Bryce was an important piece to the Papermaker undefeated state champion team his senior season. While in Bozeman, Bryce will be studying environmental engineering.
Parents Ryan and Lori Leighton – Memorable moment was winning the 2019 Washington State Championship.
ELIZABETH PARKER is also headed across the river, and she will be playing soccer for the Western Oregon Wolves in Monmouth Oregon. Elizabeth lettered in soccer for the Papermakers three years. During those three years, her teams were GSHL league champions twice and finished with a 3rd place state finish her sophomore year and a 2nd place state finish her junior year. Elizabeth has been recognized as a GSHL All-League player during all of her three seasons with 2nd team honors her sophomore and junior seasons and 1st team honors her senior season. She is a two time GSHL academic All-League award winner, and will study elementary education while playing for the Wolves.
Parents Scott and Tamar Parker – Memorable moment playing for the state championship in 2018, and Coach Minders stories and his attempt to teach me German.
RUSH REIMER will be joining his teammate on the football team in Bozeman Montana to play for the Bobcats of Montana State University. Rush is a two year letterman in football and also received a letter for winter cheer. Rush has received GSHL All-League 1st team honors his junior and senior seasons, and was also recognized as 1st team All-State his senior season. His efforts on the offensive line helped the Papermakers to an undefeated season and the schools second state championship in 2019. While playing for the Bobcats, Rush will be studying engineering.
Parents Eric and Jamie Reimer – Memorable moment winning the state championship in 2019.
ALEXZANDER SAMODUROV will be traveling further than any Papermaker has traveled as he will be playing soccer for Liverpool John Moores University in Brownlow Hill Liverpool United Kingdom. Alexzander will be a four season letterman for the Papermakers lettering in soccer for three seasons and lettered in cross country one season. He has been recognized as GHSL All-League 1st team his sophomore and junior seasons with still his senior season to play. Alexzander also received All-Region selection his junior season for leading the GSHL in assists on the season. In Liverpool Alexzander plans to study engineering.
Parents Cliff and JenniferSamodurov – Memorable moment goal against Issaquah in the 2019 season.
RILEY SINCLAIRis our first Papermaker baseball player to sign in 2020. Riley will be playing for the Redhawks of Seattle University in Seattle next year. Riley will end up a three year letterman for the Papermakers, and led his team to a GSHL league championship, district championship and an appearance in the state tournament his junior season. He was selected as GSHL All-League 1st team and 1st team All-State his junior season with his senior season still yet to play. Riley will study sports science and physical therapy while attending school in Seattle.
Parents Eric and Marin Sinclair – Memorable moment sweeping Skyview High School junior season.
TRISTAN SOUZAwill be headed east to play football for the Cougars of Washington State University. Tristan is also a three year letterman for the Papermakers and will leave Camas High School as a state champion winning a league and state championship during his senior season in 2019. Tristan has received high recognition playing on both offense and defense for the Papermakers. He is a GSHL All-League 1st team offensive and defensive lineman, along with an All-Region and 1st team All-State defensive lineman. Tristan is undecided on what he will study in Pullman
Parents Aaron MacDonald and Emily Tanner – Memorable moment winning a state championship in 2019.
CAADYN STEPHENis the third Papermaker offensive lineman to be recognized today, as he will be playing football in Los Angeles California for the University of Southern California Trojans. Caadyn played his freshman and sophomore years in Anchorage Alaska before moving to Camas. He will earn two football letters, one basketball letter and one track and field letter as a Papermaker. Caadyn is also involved with the Camas High School unified basketball program. Although he was injured for most of his senior season, he played a large part in the Papermakers second state championship in 2019. While playing for USC, Caadyn will study business and entrepreneurship.
Parents Jeremiah and Camie Stephen – Memorable moment winning state championship in 2019.
LAURISSA TSUKIMURA is signing to play soccer for Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon. Laurissa has been a part of the girls’ soccer program as well as the Camas High School unified soccer for two years. She is an honors scholarship winner, and has been recognized for several academic awards at Camas High School. While playing soccer for the Boxers, Laurissawill be studying education.
Parents Lance and Tish Tsukimura –
KENNETH WRIGHT is our fourth Papermaker state champion football player that is moving on to play football at the college level next year. Kenny will be playing for the Orediggers of Colorado School of Mines in Boulder Colorado. He is a three year letterman in football and a one year letterman in basketball. Kenny served as captain of the state championship team and is a four time GSHL scholar athlete award winner, along with a National Football Foundation scholar athlete award winner and to take it a step further he is also a National Merit semifinalist. While in Boulder and wearing Blaster the Burro mascot, Kenny will be studying Civil Engineering.
Parents Nick and KristenWright – Memorable moment winning the 4A team state championship.
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As part of a Camas High School DECA marketing and fundraising program, several teams of students designed coffee labels and continue to sell coffee through Thursday, December 5.
The coffee bags cost $10 per bag and are roasted locally from BJ’s Coffee Roasters in Vancouver, WA
There are two offerings:
Primo Blend (Ground/Whole Bean) — One of their most popular blends. Smooth, mild and crisp for an excellent morning coffee. Medium Roast.
Espresso Blend (Whole Bean) — Their espresso blend consists of four very distinct origins. Together these coffees produce an espresso that is rich in flavor, with full body and luscious crema. Medium Roast.
Please make checks payable to Camas High School. Students must collect money and turn it in for full order fulfillment. There is an option to pay with the CHS online system, but your order must be paid no later than Thursday, December 5th. Click this link: https://wa-camas-lite.intouchreceipting.com/decacoffee/
Your order will be ready for delivery (by students) or pick up at CHS Lunch Box by Friday, December 13th.
“Camas DECA is donating 60 percent of their profits ($3 per bag) to the C.A.R.O.L. program that is coordinated with the Camas Fire Department,” said Camas DECA adviser, Suzie Downs. “The program provides food and gifts to families in Camas and Washougal who are struggling to make ends meet. The other $2 profit will go to Camas DECA to help offset competition travel costs.”
The Camas DECA coffee project is part of the Marketing 1/Intro to Business curriculum to teach students about product branding and entrepreneurship. Each class is marketing and selling their own unique brand label to compete with the other three participating classes. This project helps students understand what it takes to brand a product, take it to market, sell it. They also have to deal with competition, as there are three other businesses selling coffee to their target market — you!
Following the Camas High School Football 35-14 victory over Mount Si in Saturday’s 4A Semi-finals, I made the interview rounds making sure to spotlight the O-line for their efforts then — and all season. During that interview a few comments struck me, especially about the Revenge Tour.
The first was from Offensive Linesman, Tai Tumanuvao, who has been an incredible Papermaker leader all season.
“It’s one game, you play where you are,” said Tumanuvao. “Focus on where your feet are, that’s what coach says.”
Tumanuvao has not just physical athletic talent, he’s been blessed with many other gifts including leadership and a commanding, yet humble voice that demands respect and attention. He leads the post-game team rallies, and it’s been reported he motivates during half-time locker room talks.
The other comment that stood out came from Tight End, Kenny Wright, who said:
“And guess what? Bothell is the last check on the Revenge Tour.”
Yes, the Revenge Tour.
I’ve had dozens of people ask me what that’s all about. We’ve addressed it with the Papermaker Talk interviews that Camas City Council member Deanna Rusch conducted, but it’s worth explaining again.
“We didn’t really do good last season, not as good as we wanted, and we were coming back this year saying we want to bring it, we want to show people what we the Class of 2020 is, so our theme was the Revenge Tour,” said Camas Linebacker, Jack Gibson. “We were in the weight room talking about different things, and we decided that we should make a T-shirt like a concert T-shirt …”
So, it’s not about revenge against another team, it’s about revenge against a less-than-stellar 2018 season. It’s revenge against past CHS Football performance. It’s been argued that perhaps a better name would be the Redemption Tour, but it wouldn’t have the same ring.
So, T-shirts were designed by Papermaker Pride, and produced through a generous donation by Stainless Cable and Railing (SC&R). And, after each game players and coaches simply say: “CHECK!”
Revenge Tour represents the determined mental and physical fortitude of a team of young men, trained by committed and focused coaches who are determined to win — on AND off the field. Character matters.
“These players have heart,” said Camas Head Coach, Jon Eagle. “We can coach you if you have heart.”
They travel in packs, as brothers, looking out for each other. On game days, they fuel up at Natalia’s Cafe. After games they head to Don Pedro’s, or as they call it “Donny P’s.” When one brother goes down, they take care of him. They high five Freshmen in the hallways, and most help out in the community at various service projects. There’s an Eagle Scout, and a few more getting ready to make that mark. And, they get good grades.
This Class of 2020, and their underclassmen, are laser focused and have been treating every game like a state championship.
“That’s how we have to do it — treat every game like a state championship,” said Dante Humble, WR/C. “We’re focused.”
They’ve been hit with a string of injuries that cast doubt on future performance from fans and outside observers, but each time a teammate rises to the occasion and fills the deficit. The Papermakers are 13-0 heading into next week’s State Championship against Bothell.
“Our quarterback, Blake Asciutto doesn’t get shaken up,” said Jordan Geigenmiller, WR. “He’s very calm under pressure, and when mistakes are made he rolls them off his back. Plus, we have a chemistry because we’ve all been playing sports together since we were five years old — in Little League, football, rugby, soccer — we connect.”
Geigenmiller realized this was his final week practicing with his brothers as an official team, and the reality started to sink in.
One more check on the Revenge Tour. One more stop.
Some numbers from the Semi-finals: CAMAS 35, MOUNT SI 14
Mount Si 7 7 0 0 — 14
Camas 14 7 7 7 — 35
Mount Si — Cole Norah TD run (Colby Ramsey XP)
Camas — Jackson Clemmer runs 80 yards on pass from Blake Asciutto (Bryce Leighton XP)
Camas — Jacques Badolato-Birdsell TD run (Leighton XP)
Camas — Badolato-Birdsell TD run (Leighton XP)
Mount Si — Brayden Holt 25 yard pass from Clay Millen (Ramsey XP)
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Dozens of supporters from near and far gathered at the Camas High School Main Commons Saturday evening to attend the 6th Camas High School (CHS) Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.
Attendees were greeted by the CHS Marching Band, Cheer Squad and a hearty welcome by Marcia Johnson, the Athletic Hall of Fame Chairperson; then treated to a delicious dinner and a series of tributes and official induction ceremonies.
Six individuals, and two teams were honored during the two-hour Hall of Fame event.
Lauren Rainey, Class of 1948 Introduced by John Skimas and accepted by Barbara Rainey Runyan.
Lauren played basketball, football, and baseball. In his senior year, Lauren set all the scoring records in basketball and led his team to the Washington State Basketball tournament that year. At the State tournament, he averaged 18 points per game! Lauren was also named to the All-Conference Basketball teams during his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Lauren contributed to the 1948 baseball team during his senior year.
Les Morsach, Class of 1958 Introduced by Tom Wallenborn.
From 1955-1958, Morsach played football, basketball, and track. He was a three-year starting varsity quarterback. He was the first Camas QB to lead team to a state championship. Morsach was a SW Washington first team All-Star QB two years in a row. Led team in passing yardage and passing touchdowns all three years, and received a football scholarship from Yakima Community College. He also participated in basketball, where he was a starting guard and in track, where he set school pole vault records.
Donald Huston, Class of 1961 Introduced by his brother, Denny Huston, who said “good coaches teach how to win.”
Huston played baseball and basketball. Two-sport star at Camas High School. He was the starting guard his junior and senior year where he was All League each year. He averaged 12.7 points per game, the assist leader, team captain and always assigned to defend the opponent’s top player. During his senior year, the team record was 19-1 and went to the State tournament for the first time since 1947. Huston also participated in baseball, starting at second base both his junior and senior years. Don then went on to play college basketball at Western Washington University followed by a career in coaching basketball for 25 years.
Bob Cameron, Class of 1971 Introduced by Doug Slyter.
Cameron competed in five sports: wrestling, football, basketball, baseball, and track. He earned 10 Varsity letters during his high school career, and during his sophomore year he qualified for the Washington state wrestling tournament, and in the spring he lettered for the baseball team; at the time a rare accomplishment. His senior year accomplishments included football team MVP, Team Captain, “Black Helmet Award” recipient and All league; baseball MVP, Team Captain, All League and Clark County All-Star; Basketball Team Captain. He was named Outstanding Athlete for CHS his senior year.
Brent Richards, Class of 2008 Introduced by Coach Roland Minder.
“Brent was quickly the team’s top scorer and won the All-League Academic Award. He was a huge part of our success in earning the State title that year,” said Minder. “He was all about the team. I felt a special bond with Brent and we felt the refiner’s fire. He scored 26 goals with 10 assists his senior year and earned a 4.0 GPA. He was the Columbia Region Player of the Year.”
Career stats: 83 goals, 32 assists. Freshman year: Varsity Offensive Player of the Year, All-Academic Award (3.95 GPA), 2nd Team All-League, League Champion. Sophomore year: Team won State Championship, All Academic Team (3.76 GPA). Junior year: Injured. Senior year: Gatorade State Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year, and All-League Scholar Athlete (4.0 GPA). Brent also won the State Tournament Player of the Year where his high school team won the state championship. He was drafted by the Portland Timbers and played professional soccer for 10 years.
“There were a lot of people that were inspirational to me, I’m so thankful I got to grow up in this community,” said Richards. “Thank you.”
Coach Roland Minder Introduced by Steve Hogan.
Coach Minder started his CHS soccer coaching career in 1993 as an assistant in the girls’ program until he was named the head coach in 2004 and served until 2018. He was the boys’ head coach from 1995 to 2017. In 38 seasons as head coach, his teams earned 30 League championships, won 24 District championships, had 33 WIAA State tournament appearances, 22 WIAA State Quarterfinal appearances, 14 WIAA tournament Final Four appearances, eight WIAA state championship game appearances, and earned five WIAA State championships!
Minder has been awarded: League Coach of the Year, Washington State Coach of the Year, NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year, NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year in 2011, NSCAA National Coach of the Year in 2016. His combined record for the boys and girls is: 589 wins, 106 losses and 46 ties.
“The game of soccer has always been an integral part of my life growing up in Switzerland,” said Minder. “It was a long road in building this soccer program. My first priority was to get the club and the high school to work together. It took a while, but we eventually started having success. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. I dare describe it as a movement … This award is because of so many people, and represents all those who worked so hard for so many years.”
2005 Girls’ Soccer Team Introduced by Minder.
They won the State Title in 2005, the first time for a Clark County team.
“They’re the greatest girls soccer team to ever play at Camas High,” said Minder.
2006 Boys’ Soccer Team Introduced by Minder.
The won the State Title in 2006.
“This age group was special,” said Minder. “The coaches had a great rapport with the high school and we all looked forward to the year. Our nemesis was Columbia River, which caused us to place second in league … We defeated Lakeside for the title. I still remember the coach after the game from Lakeside because they were all over us … We had all the players behind the ball and we just defended, defended, defended. It was a phenomenal effort. We had skilled players but we had a great team effort. Everyone bought into the program and this team made history. It was the only time that both the girls and boys teams won a State Title in the same school year.”
At the conclusion, Johnson addressed the audience.
“I want to thank everyone for coming, and for your support,” said Johnson, who organized the event. “I just want to give a special thanks to the Hall of Fame committee. I couldn’t do this without your support. We select teams by application so you have to be nominated. I carry nominations from year to year and we go through tons of information and we select people we feel deserve it for that year. I also want to thank the Camas Athletics Booster Club. It takes a lot of money to do this.”
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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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