Camas, WA — Camas High School Principal Tom Morris announced today that CHS will continue remote learning through March 16. On Wednesday, CHS closed its doors just days ahead of its one-year anniversary of closing due to the pandemic because of an outbreak stemming from an on-campus social gathering.
“Thank you for your support as we continue to work with Clark County Health Services to complete our COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing,” Morris said.
“At the time of this release, there are 16 known positive cases and 34 close contacts among youth who attend Camas High School. To date, all confirmed cases are tied to a non-school, off-site event that occurred over the weekend involving CHS students.
“Although Cohort A students attended school in-person Monday and Tuesday last week, we are relieved to report no current confirmed spread of the virus at school. Safety protocols and excellent adherence to mask-wearing and social-distancing by students and staff at school are likely to thank for the lack of spread in our school or classrooms.
“That said, with the growing number of cases, and to prevent the spread of the virus that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they have the virus without feeling symptoms, we will continue teaching and learning through Remote Learning through Tuesday, March 16.”
At this time, CHS plans to return to in-person learning starting Thursday, March 18.
Cohort B will return to Thursday/Friday in-person learning on Thursday, March 18.
Cohort A will return to Monday/Tuesday in-person learning on Monday, March 22.
In-person athletics and activities will resume on Wednesday, March 17. This decision is made collaboratively with District leadership and in consultation with Clark County Public Health.
STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY
At this time, those who were not at the event, and/or not in contact with someone who was at the event, and/or are COVID-19 symptom-free are considered low risk for COVID-19 exposure.
Students and families, please wear a mask and practice physical distancing, avoid group settings and stay at least 6-feet from other people.
Additionally, please be aware of the following:
Monitor for fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell. *Please seek out COVID-19 testing and notify CHS if your student develops symptoms.
If your student’s temperature is above 100.4°F at any time, or you get a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell
Have them avoid direct contact with household members and others and wear a mask any time you are in a shared space.
Contact your primary care provider or urgent care clinic and tell them you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have symptoms.
If you can’t contact your provider and are very ill, call 911, and tell them that you are at risk for COVID-19 and have developed symptoms.
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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.
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This is a message from the All Paws on Deck Team and Camas DECA team regarding the Camas Dog Mayor Contest:
Our All Paws On Deck team would first like to thank each of the 35 dogs who applied to be 2020 Camas Dog Mayor. It was a very difficult decision and we wish we could have all 35 dogs be finalists. However, all dogs went through an extensive voting process in which our team narrowed the applicant pool down to 10 finalists.
Starting October 20th-30th, you can cast your vote for the 2020 Camas Dog Mayor by donating a sum of money towards your favorite candidate. The winner will be determined by which dog has raised the most money. All proceeds will be donated to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, and the Southwest Washington Humane Society. On November 2nd, the 2020 Camas Dog Mayor will be announced on our website and all of our social media pages. During our campaign we will also be having challenges, treat recipes, contests, and activities on our social media pages! You may even be featured on our social media pages. Click https://all-paws-on-deck.webnode.com/products-/ to see a more detailed description of each day’s activity.
Again, we would like to thank each and every dog that applied. We are looking forward to seeing who wins the title of the 2020 Camas Dog Mayor! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact either Esha Minhas or Ryley Anderson at [email protected]
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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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