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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.

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

League Play Image Gallery: By Kris Cavin

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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.



2017 Camas High School Graduation | June 16 @ 7 pm

The Class of 2017 will be honored at their graduation ceremony on Friday night, which begins at 7 pm at Doc Harris Stadium. Tickets are required for entry.

Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale | June 16 + 17 from 9 am-5 pm

Used book sale for Washougal Library
Hardcover $1.00 Softcover $0.50
Children’s Corner
$3.00 bag sale Saturday 4-5 pm
Help the Friends raise money for a larger library.



Camas Little League Family Fun Day | June 17 @10 am

Sat, June 17, 10-2:30, Forest Home Park. Closing Ceremonies, Team Picnics, Equipment Exchange, Turn in uniforms, and a really fun carnival!


Aaron Geigenmiller, of the Camas Reds, competes with a Cascade Little League team.

Eco-Blitz at Steigerwald Lake NWR | June 17 All day

At the Eco-Blitz, scientists, families, and community members will work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The event is free and open to all ages. No experience is necessary! Volunteers will receive brief training on using the iNaturalist app and experts will be on hand to help identify species.

Registration is required. Snacks and beverages are provided!. You can sign up for one or more walks. Free water bottle for participants who register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steigerwald-lake-nwr-eco-blitz-tickets-33912550351?aff=eac2

7:30am-9:30am Birding
7:30am-9:30am Tracking/Mammal
10:00am-12:00pm Insect
12pm-2:00pm Reptiles and Amphibians
12pm-2:00pm Plants
8:30pm-10:30pm Bat

Where: Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Washougal, Wa 98671
When: Saturday June 17th, 7:30am-10:30pm (time shifts of various species identification groups given at registration)
What to Bring:
• Water bottle
• Sunscreen, bug repellent and a hat
• Good walking shoes
• Dress for the weather
Event Hosted By: Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards and the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Alpenrose Dairyville Returns | All Summer

Oregon’s oldest family-owned dairy is bringing back a time honored annual tradition celebrating summer and the community it has called home since 1916 with the opening of Dairyville on Sunday, June 4.

The annual celebration dating back to 1956 offers families a wholesome activity every Sunday of the summer until Aug. 27 with the opportunity to explore the Pioneer Exhibit, Dairyville School, post office, Great Western Bank, and model train display. Visitors can also take a peek into the confectionary and, of course, no visit would be complete without stopping by the Ice Cream Parlor for a delicious scoop of Alpenrose ice cream.Dairyville remains free for the public and opens every Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. through Aug. 27.

Location: 6149 SW Shattuck Road, Portland, OR

To learn more visit www.alpenrose.com

CAMAS, WA — The Camas Wrestling team accomplished something it hasn’t since 1994 — they won a District Championship this past Saturday while hosting the annual event. With 40 on the team, the boys had a complete lineup, with 28 spots filled. The Papermakers scored 351 points.

Junior Dylan Ingram won the 220-pound weight class, and moves onto State competition. He credits coach Cory Vombaur with the team’s success.

Photos by Blake Schnell.


Camas Freshman, Jack Latimer, during the semi-finals.

“It feels so good to be Union,” Ingram said. “And I give credit to our coach who’s recruited well, and has encouraged us to develop and grow this sport. The team has grown a ton in recent years.”

Fans and families filled the Camas Gym from 8 am to 8 pm at the day long event, which saw some incredible wrestling.


Here are the results from the Finals, by weight class:

106 pounds: Ethan Rotundo (Union)

113 pounds: Will Taisacan (Mountain View)

120 pounds: Joseph Hartnett (Battle Ground)

126 pounds: Rylan Thompson (Camas)

132 pounds: Isaiah Av (Evergreen)

138 pounds: Miles Harrowig (Union)

145 pounds: James Rogers (Battle Ground)

152 pounds: Tommy Strasseberg (Union)

160 pounds: Dylan Goodpaster (Evergreen)

170 pounds: Taylor Stewart (Battle Ground)

182 pounds: Shan Sighn (Union)

195 pounds: Zach Berfranger (Union)

220 pounds: Dylan Ingram (Camas)

285 pounds: Dallas Goospaster (Evergreen)


Camas senior, Dominic Delgado.




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Camas Junior, Dylan Ingram, won the 220-pound class.













By Dan Trujillo
Camas Post-Record

The following is an excerpt from Dan Trujillo’s Blog post, used with his permission.

A Camas freshman, sophomore, junior and a senior finished in the top six of the all-around competition to help the Papermakers clinch their third straight district gymnastics championship. Camas racked up a season high 167.925 to surpass Union by a 6.05-point margin.

Sophomore Jacqueline Purwins won the all-around crown with 35.25 points. She finished first on the beam (9.375) and bars (8.8), and third on the vault (8.425).

Junior Emily Karkanen earned third all-around with 34.425 points. She took third on the floor (9.475), as well as fourth on the vault (8.4), beam (8.35) and bars (8.3). Karkanen was also named a first-team all-around gymnast in the 4A Greater St. Helens League.

Senior Caleigh Lofstead claimed fourth all-around with 34.1 points. She won the vault (8.7), placed third on the bars (8.35) and eighth on the floor (9.15).

Freshman Madison Martin secured sixth all-around with 33 points. She rose to second place on the beam (8.8) and seventh place on the bars (7.7).

Freshman Joy Marsh snagged seventh place on the vault (8.05) and Michaela Lasher notched ninth place on the beam (7.85).

CAMAS, WA — Developing story … The Papermakers won today’s hard-fought District Wrestling Championship with 351 points, which is a feat they haven’t done since 1994, before any of these competitors and athletes were born.

Individual wins also went to Rylan Thompson and Dylan Ingram, in their respective weight classes.

“I attribute today’s win to great coaching, recruiting and hard work,” said Ingram. “We’re grateful for so much community support.”

More results and details to follow.

Photos by Blake Schnell.


Dylan Ingram won the 220 weight class division, and moves onto State.



Jack Latimer and his wrestling teammates admire their hard-fought trophy.



Admiring their district trophy.



The District Trophy! The last time Camas won this in wrestling was in 1994.

This is an excerpt from a September, 2014 interview with Camas Varsity Football Coach, Jon Eagle.



Daniil Timchenko begins the 100 Back event. Photo by Blake Schnell.

LONGVIEW, WA — Swimming was definitely interesting today. The Camas High School Boy’s swim team won the Southwest Washington Swim Invitational Saturday at Mark Morris High School, with a final score of 602.5 points. Mountain View and Mark Morris rounded out the top three.The meet was halted near the end of the first event due to a septic overflow that spilled onto the pool deck, causing a public health hazard. This caused over an hour delay, which resulted in the athletes waiting and playing hoops in the gym, many still wearing their swimsuits and caps.

Waiting in the Mark Morris gym, by Blake Schnell.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Sheri Breuer, a Skyview coach and meet referee.
The athletes spent the time playing hoops, most were barefoot, playing duck-duck-goose, or playing games.

Once crews cleaned up the mess, the event resumed.

“It was a good meet for us,” said Head Coach, Mike Bemis. “We’re right where we were supposed to be. We did really well. I’m pleased.”

While the Papermakers didn’t dominate as many individual events, as they have in previous years, they came out ahead overall, as a young team working to overcome the strength of losing a commanding senior team last season. The void left by state champions Kasey Calwell and Lucas Ulmer, as well as state swimmer, John Utas, has been felt all season.

Bemis said the Camas team is a young one now, and he’s pleased with the performance of several new freshman swimmers. In particular, Eric Wu, Chris Xia, and Austin Fogel are standout freshmen. The Papermakers have also added Washougal swimmers (who practice with them) to the mix. They include freshman Landon Schmid, Isaiah Ross, and Daniel Brown.

“The Freshman are helping offset the loss of last year’s stars,” said co-captain, junior Luke Albert. “Plus, swimmers like Tom Utas have made state cuts. I think Tom has made state cuts in the 100 Free, 50 Free and the 100 Breast.”

Bemis added: “You don’t replace State champions very easily. We have four years to get there, and such is the cycle of high school sports. We’re young and growing, and learning how to be a team. The team came together Saturday to win the meet. Here’s a breakdown of the individual events.


Isaiah Ross won two events at the SW WA Invitational.

Swimming Event Results

Event 1 – 200 Medley Relay: Mountain View won (1:37.99), followed by Union A and B relays, and Mark Morris. Camas placed fifth.

Event 2 – 200 Freestyle: Isaiah Ross, of Washougal won (1:54.59), followed by Sam Walker, of Columbia River (1:54.77), and Nathan Hwang, of Union (2:03.04).

Event 3 – 200 IM: Eric Wu, of Camas, won (2:00.95), followed by Tom Utas, of Camas (2:05.02), and Austin Fogel, of Camas (2:07.26).

Event 4 – 50 Free: Josh Bottelberghe, of Columbia River, won (22.94), followed by Stuart Sardo, of Mountain View (24.32), and Michael Suk, of Mountain View (24.74).

Event 6 (no event 5) 100 Fly: Andrew Chang, of Union, won (53.53), followed by Josh Bottelberghe, of Columbia River (53.67), and Jacob McCarthy, of Mountain View (59.08).

Papermakers Austin Fogel (center), and Tom Utas (left) compete in the 200 IM.

Event 7 – 100 Free: Max Dolbinin, of Heritage, won (49.95), followed by Luke Albert, of Camas (52.27), and Chris Joa, of Mountain View (53.12).

Event 8 – 500 Free: Isaiah Ross, of Washougal, won (5:07.05), followed by Finn McClone, of Camas (5:17.74), and Tom Utas, also of Camas (5:19.27).

Event 9 – 200 Free Relay: Camas won (1:33.79), followed by Mountain View (1:36.00) and Camas B relay ( 1:42.02).

Andrey Khabibrakhmanov enters the pool. Photo by Blake Schnell.
Papermaker Austin Fogel waits for his first event.

Event 10 – 100 Back: Andrew Chang, of Union, won (56.20), followed by Jeff Fadlovich, of Camas (57.38), and Finn McClone, also of Camas (57.99).

Event 11 – 100 Breaststroke: Eric Wu, of Camas, won (1:02.69), followed by Max Dolbinin , of Heritage (1:06.53), and Austin Fogel, of Camas (1:07.25).

Event 12 – 200 Free Relay: Camas won the event (3:28.08). The team consisted of Tom Utas, Eric Wu, Finn McClone, and Luke Albert.

The team will convene once more, in two weeks, to compete at the 2016 District Championship, in Kelso. Many are still hoping to make state cuts at that event.


Max Dolbinin, of Heritage High School.


Papermaker swimmers cheer on teammates in the pool.


100 Back swimmers: From left: Sullivan Carrick, Landon Schmid, Daniel Brown, and Daniil Timchenko.

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


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

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


Athletics This Week

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

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