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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Camas, WA — National Letter of Intent Day is Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, we have an impressive group of athletes that will be signing at 9:00 am at the Camas High School North Commons. Family and friends are invited.

Here’s the list of 14 talented scholar/athletes and where they will be attending college:

  • Payton Bates, College of Idaho, Softball
  • Perrin Belzer, Grand Canyon U., Soccer
  • Trevor Bentley, Mt. Hood, Baseball
  • Courtney Clemmer, Oregon Tech, Basketball
  • Alexa Dietz, San Diego State, Rowing
  • Kennedy Ferguson, U of New Mexico, Softball
  • Dominic Fewel, Oregon State, Soccer
  • Maddie Freemon, Cal State Fullerton, Basketball
  • Mark Kim, West Point Military Academy, Swim
  • Hailey Oster, Montana State U., Golf
  • Madison Pfaff, Corban U., Volleyball
  • Madalyn Scherwinski, U of Mary, Swim
  • Joshua Schneider, Willamette U., Soccer
  • Abbi Wong, U of Puget Sound, Softball

Schools across the country are taking part in the letter of intent event.

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Here’s a gallery of some of the athletes that will participate at the signing.


Trevor Bentley runs to score one of the Papermaker TD’s at the season home opener.



Madison Phaff (with the ball).



Courtney Clemmer.



Perri Belzer. Photo by Kris Cavin.



State Champion swimmer, Mark Kim.

Camas, WA — Fresh off a fifth place performance at the ultra-competitive Golden Gate Tournament in California, the Camas Science Olympiad team is preparing to host its annual Invitational — right at Camas High School this Saturday.

The team meets weekly in a club-like setting to learn, talk, strategize and just have fun in an effort to win Science Olympiad tournaments, all with an eye on winning another State title. They’ve clinched the Washington State title for seven of the last eight years, and team President, Wilson Ho, a senior, is hungry for another major win.

“We are very competitive,” said Ho, “but we also have a good work ethic, and we really can’t procrastinate. You have to set yourself up to study time management and organize yourself. Plus, we have fun while we do this, and we always get along well.”

The Olympiad students work together to prepare for the competitions, which include chemistry labs, test labs, material science labs, aviation, astronomy, thermo dynamics, and build sessions, such as hovercraft, Ruve Goldberg, robotics, and mousetraps.

“With the hovercraft you build a small device to control speed,” said Abigail Jiang. “With astronomy, we do tests of space objects.”




Led by head coach Matthew Chase, the students say they are well supported by parents who come to the study sessions, and chaperone their various tournaments.

During those tournaments, the Olympiad students are paired up for three to four events throughout a single day. Team captains strategize the partnerships and the path to a team victory.

”We love to win,” said Ho. “And yes, it’s a ton of work, but you learn so much, and a lot of times we’ll get just three hours of sleep the night before a tournament.”

Jiang said they get excited about the awards, and explained that scoring is like golf.

”The lower the score the better,” said Jiang. “It’s a team effort, and motivation comes from the team. We want everyone to do well.”

Ashley Teng loves the personal element.

“You get to understand people more,” said Teng. “You see how people respond, and we have fun while we do it.”

Their Camas Invitational starts this Saturday at 8 am at Camas High School. Their regional tournament is on March 3, and the big State tournament is in April.

We’ll report on Satuday’s results. Stay tuned.


Building a tower during a competition.



Robotics competition.



Winning a recent tournament.



At a tournament — during awards.



All dressed up.

Camas, WA — On a cold winter day during Christmas break, as most people were on vacation, the Camas Gymnastics team was hard at work practicing their floor routines, beams, vaults and bars — all with their eye on winning the State championship this season.

The talented team, lead by experienced gymnastics coach, Carol Willson, hasn’t lost a district meet in five years, and placed second last year at State, against perennial winner, Woodinville.

“They’re just amazing kids,” said Willson. “They’ve been doing this since they were little bitty. It’s about talent and experience. Lots of experience. Hard work, and lots of social time.”

The 22-member practices at least five days week, two or more hours at a time, and most compete in all four events (floor, beams, vaults, and bars).

Catching her breath after a floor routine practice, Joy Marsh explained how team bonding is a big contributor to their success.

“Most of us compete together in club so we know each other well,” said Marsh. “We just get along with each other. Everyone works really hard — we’re a very focused team.”

Sophomore Lizzy Wing made a return to the sport after a four-year hiatus.

“I did gymnastics until I was 11, then I did competitive cheer, and took a break from that,” said sophomore, Lizzy Wing. “Then I did football cheer, and then I had nothing to do, so I thought I’d do gymnastics.”

And, they love having her on the team.

“She has a lot of talent and drive,” said Willson, of Wing. “We happy to have her.”

Willson said she’s excited about what’s happening with their team, as new athletes have joined the team. She’s also excited about the future.

“We have several girls in middle school right now that are really good,” said Willson. “We’d really like to win State, and these girls are driven. They’re focused. The future is bright.”

Their next meet is Saturday, January 6 at Naydenov in Vancouver. We will post details from those events.

Gymnastics Team Roster

This year’s team includes:

  • Shea McGee
  • Alyssa Shibata
  • Jacqueline Purwins
  • Madison Martin
  • Joy Marsh
  • Morgan MacIntyre
  • Michaela Lasher
  • Amber Harris
  • Kaitlyn Blair
  • Annika Affleck
  • Siena Brophy
  • Annie Danielson
  • Rachel Nicacio
  • Quyen Do
  • Hallen McCallum
  • Abby Martin
  • Grace Alonzo
  • Lyne McGee
  • Lizzy Wing
  • MacKenzie Merritt
  • Katie Stevens (Washougal)
  • Hannah Sturgis

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The Camas High School Girls Varsity soccer team qualified for the WIAA Final Four Tournament for the third consecutive year by defeating Skyline of Sammamish by a score of 4-1 last weekend. They will next compete against Issaquah at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium in the semi-final on Friday in their drive to defend their state title. This is the third time this team has been down this road.

The girls made it to the state semifinals by averaging 4.2 goals per game, led offensively by junior Maddie Kemp (who’s scored 40 goals this season). Defensively, Perrin Belzer is the team’s defensive anchor, which has been an essential ingredient to the team’s success this season, and throughout Belzer’s high school soccer career.

Camas has only allowed nine goals this entire season. In 2015, Issaquah beat Camas in a shootout following two overtimes. The match was scoreless until the shootout.

This weekend’s state games will be broadcast on

The games begin at 8 pm Friday.

Last Saturday’s Soccer Match

Here are some of the statistics from last weekend’s Skyline match at Doc Harris:

Goals (assists):

Carla Jooste (Jazzi Paulson)

Maddie Kemp (Paulson)

Kemp (Liz Parker)


Saves in Goal: Falissitie DePasquale 6

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Photos by Kris Cavin

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PASCO, WA — As the Cross Country world in Washington started to leave Sun Willows Golf Course, Camas High School runners reflected on the drama and results of the day. The outcome wasn’t what they expected, and the final milliseconds of the State meet will likely be on Papermaker Daniel Maton’s mind for months, if not years, but Camas did end the day on the awards podium multiple times, continuing a drive for success and excellence.

Taking home two team trophies, the lady Papermakers placed second, losing to Lewis and Clark by nine points. Their second place finish was propelled by Emma Jenkins, Camryn Mock, Halle Jenkins, Madison Child, Ellie Potsma, Jenna Lukowiak, and Brooke Roy.

The boys earned fourth place, led by Daniel Mason, David Connell, Spencer Twyman, Jackson Lyne, LJ Floyd, Sam Geiger, and Luke Utheza.

Senior Emma Jenkins earned the first Papermaker medal of the day with a fourth place finish (17:59.8). Mock placed 22nd (18:46.9), Jenkins placed 24th (18:49.4), and Child placed 25th (18:51.3). The team had focused on beating reigning State XC Champion Issaquah, which they did, but “didn’t see Lewis and Clark coming,” said Coach Laurie Porter. “They surprised us.”

For the past six seasons, the Camas Girls XC team has taken home three State titles, and three second place trophies.

The 4A boys team ended in dramatic fashion with Maton running neck and neck with Central Valley’s Ryan Kline to the bitter end. Maton took the lead by a step, then Kline took him, and at the last moments Maton pushed forward, lost his balance and fell across the finish line, settling for second place, losing by just two-tenths of a second.

Connell got a personal best (15:55.5) and underclassmen Floyd and Twyman continue to improve their times.

On the Washougal side, for 2A, Junior Amelia Pullen’s performance stood out with her third place finish (18:36.3).

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We recently caught up with 2015 Camas High School graduate, Cole Zarcone, who is presently a Junior at Central Washington University (CWU), in Ellensburg, WA, majoring in Business Management. While at CHS, Zarcone played Varsity football and ran sprints for the Track and Field team.

Question: What do you like most about Central Washington?

I love the small town feel of Ellensburg because it makes me feel like I’m back home. We have about 12,000 kids and I think it is the perfect size for a college. The campus is beautiful and the people here are amazing, as well.

Question: What’s happening with rugby?

The rugby season is just getting under way. Our 7’s season is short in the fall with two tournaments. We had the first tournament, called West Coast 7’s in San Francisco on Treasure Island. The team did great in our first tournament together, lots of new faces with our freshman, but we performed really well. There were 16 colleges from across the West Coast. We played well both days and ended up playing the University of Arizona in the championship game and won 17-15. This win for Central Washington Rugby was the biggest tournament win in the school’s history, so I am very blessed to be a part of it. I was honored to be named the MVP of the tournament, scoring 10 tries in our 6 matches. All the success I had on the pitch would not have happened without the help of my teammates and I’m so thankful for all of them.

What we have next is the Silicon Valley 7’s tournament, which is held at Avaya stadium in San Jose. This is an international 7’s tournament, with teams such as USA, Canada, South Africa and many others playing against each other. Eight college teams, us being one of them get to play in the stadium when the international players have a break from their tournament play, which is an experience of a lifetime and I’m very blessed. Very excited for this tournament which is this Friday, November 3-5.

Our 15’s season start in January with another trip down to California. We have a great schedule this year against top teams across the country. The team is hopeful to make a run in the playoffs this year, with the main goal of winning a national championship.


Celebrating a major victory.

Question: Why the switch from football to rugby?

Why I switched from football to rugby was because I just didn’t love the game as much as I did when I was in high school. I will forever love football and I’m so thankful for all that the sport brought into my life. My older brother, Austin Colvill, played football for Camas as well but ended up playing rugby for Western Washington University, and he was a big reason I found my love for rugby. It was one of the scariest things I have ever done because I left a sport I had played my whole life to go play a sport I had never played before. I was worried and doubted myself at times, but God showed me that this was what he wanted me to do, as he continued to open so many doors for me in rugby and I’m so blessed to be where I am today. Luckily, I ended up being at a school with a rugby team that is nationally ranked year after year. It was time for something new and I am so happy I choose to play rugby because it has brought new life to me in sports and the experiences I have got from it will last a life time.

Question: What do you enjoy most about rugby?

The thing I enjoy most about rugby is how loving and caring our teammates are for each other. I’ve been on amazing teams, but ever since I have played rugby I have learned what true brotherhood looks like. It’s special and leads into lifelong friends.

Question: What did you enjoy most about your time at CHS?

What I enjoyed most about CHS was living in a one high school town. I loved everything about camas. We are very blessed to have the facilities, teachers and coaches we do at Camas.

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Camas, WA — The Camas Junior Varsity Football team won their last game of the season Thursday night, beating Union 27-12 on Titan’s turf. The team has continued to learn and grow throughout the season, said coach Jack Hathaway, who teaches Physical Education and Health at Camas High.

Many of the players do double duty, playing different positions for both Junior Varsity and the Varsity teams. #4 Andrew Boyle does double Papermaker duty — playing both Quarterback for the JV team (and sometimes Varsity) and kicks for the Varsity team. #33 Zach Terry is a running back for both teams.

At game’s end Coach Trevor Gentry told the boys: “It begins in the weight room, on and off season. Get stronger, focus, and some of you will play Varsity next season. You’ve worked hard all season, so continue to work, and it will pay off. Thank you for a great season, and for your commitment. We will miss seeing you every day.”

Some of the players will continue postseason play with the Varsity, however, most saw their season end last Friday as the regular season came to a close.

The Varsity team lost to Union 14-13, and will play in Auburn later this week.

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Camas, WA — The Camas High School Girls Varsity Soccer team clinched the league title Tuesday night and are the No. 1 seed into the Bi-District Playoffs.

Tuesday night’s 8-0 win against Battle Ground secured their standing.

Here are the stats from Tuesday’s match:

Goals (assists):

Jenna Efraimson (Maddie Kemp)

Jazzlyn Paulson (Kemp)

Perri Belzer

Elizabeth Parker (Kierstyn Heilbrun)

Kemp (Carla Jooste)

Kemp (Carla Jooste)

Kemp (Justine Pauly)

Kemp (Paulson)


Keeper saves: Falisstie DePasquale 0

Halftime: 4:0

The Camas Junior Varsity Girls soccer team beat Battle Ground, 1-0.

The girls play again tonight at Doc Harris Stadium against Skyview. It’s the final league match of the season.

The Junior Varsity soccer team plays tonight at 5 pm, and the Varsity soccer team follows them at 7 pm. It’s Senior Night, as well.

Last year’s Camas Varsity soccer team won the Washington State Championship.

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It’s the end of a busy day early in this new school season as Camas High School’s brand-new principal, Liza Sejkora, sits down, takes a breath, and reflects on a life-changing moment.

“I’d been applying for principal jobs along the West Coast, thinking it was time to leave Arizona and go to California. I never got a bite from California. But, I did get responses from the Pacific Northwest, and last Spring, when I got out of the car here in Camas for the job interview, I felt it immediately. This is where I’m supposed to be, and I’ll tell you this: Working and living here just feels right.”

That April day was filled with a campus tour (with 20 students), a professional development presentation to 15 teachers, and a panel interview with 20 people from the school district, school board, teachers, and parents.

“I felt instant support,” said Sejkora. “I felt the Camas welcome wagon. When I got home, I told my husband ‘this is the job I want.'”

And when the offer came in June, she was elated. By June 12, she was on campus for meets and greets.

“Steve Marshall was so gracious,” she said. “He made me feel so welcome.”

She spent several weeks commuting from a friend’s house in Milwaukie, OR, while her husband of 20 years, Heath, prepared for the move. That’s when she realized she wanted to live in Camas, as well. And, everything just fell into place.

“It’s magical here.”

Vision for CHS

“Let’s be honest,” said Sejkora. “This is a successful place, it’s a solid program. People come to Camas for the schools. People all over know how well things work here. I want to embrace those traditions, but I also want to set goals while we grow.”

During the interview process, she heard directly from a lot of students who want their voices heard in decisions at school. So, she’s forming a Principal Advisory Committee to hear more voices.

“The ASB leaders, the athetes, and more confident students make sure their voices are heard,” she said. “I’m looking to also connect with the other kids. The ones who feel left out. I want students to explore things they haven’t done, and I want to hear what they think.”

Part of that is marketing.

“Let’s publicize more of what we offer,” she added. “How do we help the Key Club advertise what they do well? We will work on a student Senate to get a different view. Let’s also talk more about the talented teachers we have.”

She also wants to work more with alumni, who she says are proud Papermakers.

“I’m a collaborative leader, and my vision is seeing and serving each student, and hear the voices we haven’t heard yet,” she said. “I also want to do that with the teachers. I want to hear their voices.”

So, what is she hearing from the students?

“So many ask me ‘are you going to let us wear hats?'” she said with a smile. “Every kid is working on me for hats. Yes, I said hats. They’re not asking about using cell phones. So I just tell them we will look at the history and why we have that policy.”



CHS principal, Liza Sejkora, hangs out with the JV Volleyball team. From left: Mackenzie Hancock, McKayla Buzzel, Tessa Patterson, Kate Golb, Liza Sejkora, Jessie Westby, Mackenzie Gilchrist, and Kaya Moss.

Sejkora’s Background

Sejkora grew up in Southern California, in Orange, specifically, and as a young adult (during her junior year in college) followed her family to Arizona, where she would finish school, get married, and start her family.

She’d earn her BA in English from Arizona State University (ASU),  followed by an MEd in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, with a Gifted Endorsement and Administration Certificate. Her career started in the high school English department in Chandler, Arizona, where she taught Language Arts, and became involved in school clubs.

“I worked with a lot of Freshmen, as well as Seniors,” Sejkora said. “We did a lot senior prep for the Seniors, and I also taught AP Literature.”

She enjoyed working with students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, which is for non-honors students that have potential and demonstrate some great skills.

“I love working with kids who maybe don’t fit in, or feel like they don’t excel,” said Sejkora. “I want them to know they have a place.”

During this time, she was approached to seek a leadership position, so she pursued that Admin Certificate.

“I absolutely love school,” she said. “I love teaching! I like to be in the classroom. I was also a yearbook adviser for eight years.”

She then decided it was time to enter a doctorate program at ASU, “which opened up my eyes to the need for social justice, and where my passion for leadership came alive.”

She earned her EdD in Educational Administration two years ago.

During the last five years, Sejkora has worked as an Assistant Principal in two schools: Higley High School in Gilbert, AZ, for three years, and at Coronado High School for the last two. She estimates that 90 percent of the kids at Coronado were either eligible or participated for free or reduced lunch programs. She said it was an eye-opening experience.


The Sejkora’s have two sons: Ian, 17, a Junior who attends CHS, and Trevor, 13, who attends Liberty Middle School.

“Heath encouraged the move,” she said. “I think he was ready to leave the heat in Arizona, so being here is a good change for him, as well. Ian is a Varsity wrestler who likes video games, and he said he feels very welcome here. Trevor is more artistic and loves music. He plays the flute, and is a huge video gamer, too.”

She said it’s not easy to change schools as a Junior, but that being here in Camas has been a positive adjustment.

“We’re also looking forward to our first Papermaker Football home game,” she said. “I hear it’s amazing. Being here just feels magical.”



Liza Sejkora was hired in June to be the new Camas High School principal.