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Jared Bentley scores the winning touchdown of Saturday’s game.

by Ernie Geigenmiller
Photos by Blake Schnell

CAMAS — Papermaker Football fans got their money’s worth at Saturday’s playoff game against the Skyview Storm in a competition that saw plenty of turnovers, defensive scores for both teams, and a successful drive near the end of the fourth quarter that made the difference.

It was a playoff game that was a battle early on, as neither side left anything on the field. The top-ranked Camas Papermakers etched out a victory on their home turf at Doc Harris Stadium, taking the lead with just 2 minutes and 16 seconds remaining to beat rival Skyview 29-22 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. 
 

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Bentley celebrates his TD with teammates.

Both sides eagerly wanted to play Skyline next week in the quarterfinals.

Papermaker fans expected a routing like they did during the regular season, when Camas smashed Skyview 41-10, and the opening moments of Saturday’s playoff game looked to tell that same story. Papermaker Drake Owen returned the game’s opening kickoff, running 95 yards for a Camas touchdown. That happened in the first 17 seconds.

The Football Game Changed

But, the story quickly shifted.

Skyview answered back with a safety and an 83-yard touchdown pass to take a 9-7 lead before the end of the first quarter. Defense dominated the game, and offenses kept punting.

Papermaker Cooper McNatt changed the game with an interception, as Jordan Del Moral moved the ball 48 yards, with QB Liam Fitzgerald taking the ball the final two yards for their second touchdown, giving Camas a 14-9 edge.

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Running back Jordan Del Moral.

That was the score at halftime.

Jack Colletto lit up the fans by returning an interception for a 94-yard touchdown. The score was Camas, 21, Skyview, 9.

But the Storm wasn’t finished.

An 80-yard touchdown pass to Travis Yajko put them within 5 points of the Papermakers. The Storm then took advantage of a Camas fumble early in the fourth quarter, pushing them to a 22-21 advantage. Camas fans got nervous. That was Camas’ fourth turnover.

And both teams would fumble the ball again later in the fourth quarter.

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Wide Receiver Hunter Bruno goes down.

Jared Bentley, Hunter Bruno and Del Moral completed three consecutive first downs to bring the Papermakers to the 23-yard line with 2:23 left. Bentley caught the game-winning 23-yard touchdown pass from Fitzgerald, and both players connected again on the 2-point conversion to put the Papermakers up by seven.

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QB Liam Fitzgerald battled all night, but in the end made a 23-yard TD pass that sealed the victory.

That gave Skyview football just over 2 minutes to respond, until McNatt nailed his second interception of the night – dashing the Storm’s hopes of a last minute drive. After a first down, Camas took a knee.
The undefeated Camas team travels to Sammamish next weekend to face Skyline (10-1) in the state quarterfinals.

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Wide Receiver Sean Ramage.

 

The Papermakers Girls Swimming team won their 4A District victory at Pasco over the weekend. The Lady Papermakers earned a total of 254 points. In the photo, team captains Jessica Rourke and Brooke Kelly are holding the trophy.

Several girls advance to State competition in Federal Way.

The team consists of the following swimmers: Savannah Kennedy, Emily Hows, Lydia Keller, Brooke Kelly, Jessica Bretz, Corinne Bintz, Jessica Rouske, Siobhan Choong, Kalle Rouske, Nicole Lobkov, Hannah Clayton, and Madalyn Scherwinski.

 

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Camas — The Papermaker’s football offense spoke loud and clear Friday night in the first round of 4A playoffs at Doc Harris Stadium. And the defense screamed loudly too, in a 49-6 crushing of the Bethel Braves.

It was over by halftime. The fans loved it.

 

Wide Receiver Jordan Del Moral ran for four first-half touchdowns, and Camas scored touchdowns on their first five possessions. It was a fantastic game for QB, Liam Fitzgerald, who passed the ball to a variety of receivers throughout the night.

“We had a great night,” said Fitzgerald. “I hope we do well again next week. We’ve been putting in the time, and we have an amazing team here.”

Del Moral scored the first four Camas touchdowns on runs from inside the 10. He finished with 66 rushing yards and another 70 on three receptions.

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WR Jordan Del Moral ran for four first-half touchdowns.

In the first half, Fitzgerald completed 16 of 23 throws for 237 yards. Among them was a 43-yard catch and run by Drake Owen for the fifth Camas touchdown.

Coach Jon Eagle, like his players, enjoyed the sixth first-half touchdown, which was a 51-yard interception return by Blake Roy.

“I appreciate how hard the boys played tonight,” said Eagle. “We work them very hard, and it shows. It’s also a reflection of all the coaches, and the support of all these great fans here at Doc Harris Stadium.”

In total, there were three interceptions, including another by Jared Bentley, who picked off a pass in the end zone. Jack Colletto intercepted the first pass of the second half.
Senior Sean Ramage is announced.

The Braves only had a net 19 yards rushing, with 142 passing yards, with three completions of more than 30 yards.

The Papermakers return this Friday at Doc Harris Stadium.

FEDERAL WAY, WA — Where’s Camas?

That was one of the questions Camas Senior, Kasey Calwell, got after winning his Swimmer of the Year award, and after his team placed second in a 36-team competition on Saturday.

The Papermakers earned 185 points yesterday, just behind meet winner, Newport (Bellevue). It was the team’s best showing — ever. And it was the best performance of any Southwest Washington boys swim team. The  overall score reflects a team that planned for this. It was a calculated performance driven by its seniors, but veraciously supported by its underclassmen.

The eight-member team took down some of the larger, competitive teams who have divers, which adds to the overall score.

2015 Camas Boys Swim Team. Top, from left: Luke Albert, Lucas Ulmer,
Tom Utas, Jeff Fadlovich, Kasey Calwell, Finn McClone, Mark Kim, John Utas.
Coaches: Mike Bemis and Leslie Dahlen. Photo by Dan Trujillo.

In addition to the 2nd place trophy and the Swimmer of the Year award, Camas took home several titles and accolades, including three individual state titles.

Calwell earned the State title for the 200 IM event (151.10) and with it an All American consideration. He also won the 100 Breast (56.53) and an All American time. Senior Lucas Ulmer won the State title for 100 Fly (51.10). He then placed sixth in the 100 Backstroke event.

“This is our best performance in school history,” said Calwell. “I’m so proud of our team. We really pulled together. We gave it our all. I don’t know how we could have swam any better. It was fun to be a part of this.”

The boys placed fourth in all the relays, and were pushed by brothers John and Tom Utas. This was also John’s final State meet.

Camas Freshman, Mark Kim, placed fifth in the 500 Free. He also assisted in the relay events.

Kasey Calwell won two State titles (100 Breast and 200 IM)and earned an All American time. Photo by Dan Trujillo.
Lucas Ulmer at the start of the 100 Back. Photo by Dan Trujillo.
Kasey Calwell on the podium for the 100 Breast win.
Photo by Dan Trujillo.

 

Calwell’s 1st place medal. Photo by
Dan Trujillo.
Caldwell received the WA 4A State Swimmer of the Year Award.

FEDERAL WAY, WA — It was his last State meet of his high school career, and for Camas High Senior Lucas Ulmer, it was a dream finish. His name was first on the board, with a time of 51.10 seconds, in a very competitive and tough event.

Ulmer, who was raised in Camas, has been swimming since age 6, and loves every minute of being in the water.

“I absolutely love to swim,” he said, as he savors his state win. “For me, winning the State title is a dream come true. After so many years of hard work, it just feels great!”

The senior Papermaker, known for wearing his trademark colored speedos at most meets, said swimming has helped him focus.

“I have a tendency to lose focus,” he said, “But swimming helps me stay focused what’s right in front of me. The sport has made me a stronger person overall. I’m really grateful to my mom who shuttled me around for years from practice, to tutors, and back and forth to meets. She’s always been there for me. So has my dad.”

He said he’s also grateful for his coaches, both at the high school and at club, and for his teammates.

“I love my teammates,” he added. “They mean a lot to me.”

 

 

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Lucas Ulmer is known for wearing flashy speedos at the high school meets. He loves the attention.

KELSO, WA – The Camas Boys Swim Team won the 4A District Championship Saturday at Kelso High School, beating five other schools and breaking multiple records along the way. In total, the Papermakers earned 398 points, as several get ready for State competition this coming weekend.

The Camas Boys Swim team, with Coach Mike Bemis.
The Papermakers got off to a great start with the 200 Medley Relay, placing first (1:40.27) in the first event of the meet. The relay team consisted of Kasey Calwell, John Utas, Lucas Ulmer, and Tom Utas. Columbia River placed second.
In Event 2, the 200 Free, Camas Freshman, Mark Kim, set a new meet record (1:46.43). Stuart Sardo, of Mountain View, placed second. Papermaker Luke Albert placed third.
“I’ve had a great season,” said Albert. “I’ve really increased my times. I’ve gotten better times in the 200. Overall, it was a good competition. I look forward to State.”
Calwell would set another meet record in the 200 IM (1:56.11) moments later. Skyview’s Jake Breuer placed second.
Mountain View’s Chris Xue won the 50 Free (1:21.56) and was closely followed by Max Dolbinin, of Heritage.
Ulmer set a new District meet record in the 100 Fly (53.04). He narrowly edged Union’s Andrew Chang (53.68).
Xue and Dolbinin duked it out again in the 100 Free, with Xue winning (47.97). Dolbinin placed second (49.22). Tom Utas placed third and made a state cut.
Kim beat out the competition in the 500 Free (4:47.46). Papermaker Jeff Fadlovich placed second (5:07.03) and Papermaker Max Crowson placed third (5:24.17).
Mark Kim wins the 500 Free.
From left: Jeff Fadlovich, Noah Macia, and Max Crowson.
The Camas 200 Free Relay team set a new meet and pool record (1:29.49) with their victory in this event. The team consisted of John Utas, Ulmer, Tom Utas and Kim. Mountain View placed second (1:31.84). Finn McClone, of Camas, placed third.
Ulmer also won the 100 Back event (56.56) and was followed by Fadlovich (57.2).
Lucas Ulmer gets ready for the 100 Back event.

Swim Team Reflection

“It’s been a real successful meet,” said Ulmer. “We’ve all worked well together, and I’ve loved it. It’s my last meet at this pool, and we’ve made the best of it. These past four years have been an amazing experience, and it’s been so great getting to know the swimmers from all the other schools.”
Calwell won the 100 Breast event (59.08), but fell just half a second of setting a meet record. Skyview’s Jake Breuer placed second (1:01.75).
The Camas boys also set a new meet record in the 400 Free Relay (3:21.33), which was the final event of the meet. The team included Calwell, Kim, Luke Albert and Fadlovich.
Camas Coach, Mike Bemis, said they’re sending 8 swimmers to State this weekend.
“We’ve had a great meet,” Bemis added. “The boys really stepped it up.”
State competition will be at Federal Way, WA.
Camas won the 200 Medley Relay.

 

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Swim they did.
The Camas High School Boys Swim Team continued its dominance in the pool Wednesday night at Lacamas Swim and Sport Club as they hosted several Vancouver schools (Union, Mountain View, Heritage, and Evergreen).
One of the Camas 400 Free Relay teams. From left: Noah Macia,
Sullivan Carrick, Ian Pinch, and Kevin Chen.
The afternoon kicked off with a Camas victory in the 200 Medley Relay, where the four-member team (Mark Kim, Kasey Calwell, Lucas Ulmer and John Utas) bested their state cut time, earning 1:54.17.
Tom Utas won the 200 Free event with a time of 2:02.31.
Heritage’s Max Dolbinin finishes the 400 Free Relay.
Chris Xiu, of Mountain View, won the 200 IM (2:17.47), and Papermaker Jeff Fadlovich placed second (2:32.40) in the event.
John Utas won the 50 Free (25.94), and Michael Suk of Evergreen placed second (26.68).
“I’m having a good season,” said John. “I’m improving my performance in sprinting. I thought I lost my game, but Coach Mike (Bemis) has really helped me with my technique. Even today, he showed me how I should start off with more power with a couple of strokes and then go into the sprint. It’s paying off.”
Papermakers Lucas Ulmer and Tom Utas battled it out in the 100 Fly competition. Ulmer (1:01.51) narrowly beat Utas (1:01.65). Talk about a tight finish!
Tom Utas (left) and Lucas Ulmer compete in the 100 Fly.

Camas senior Kasey Calwell handily won the 100 Free (55.65). To date, Calwell has earned five state qualifying times this season.

Kasey Calwell wins the 100 Free at Lacamas.
Papermaker Fadlovich won the 400 Free (4:29.30), and Xiu placed second (4:29.79). Camas also dominated the 200 Free Relay, winning with a time of 1:42.58. The team consisted of Mark Kim, Tom Utas, Calwell, and John Utas.
The younger, less experienced swimmers are also making improvements in their times.
“Sullivan Carrick has really improved since he first joined the team,” said John Utas. “He’s really starting to like it. I hope he stays because he’s a good guy to have around. I’m glad he joined the team.”

Seniors Lead the Swim Effort

Ulmer also won the 100 Back event, with a time of 1:04.71. Calwell also bested the 100 Breast (1:09.87).
Lucas Ulmer
400 Free Relay. From left: Lucas Ulmer, Jeff Fadlovich, Tom Utas, and John Utas.
And, for the final event, Camas took the top two spots in the 400 Free Relay. The winners were Ulmer, Tom Utas, John Utas, and Jeff Fadlovich. The second place team consisted of Luke Albert, Max Urbanek, Andrey Khabibrakhmanov, and Finn McClone.
400 Free Relay. From left: Andrey Khabibrakhmanov, Max Urbanek,
Finn McClone, and Luke Albert.
“I just wanted to publicly say thank you to all the boys on the team for the encouragement they give to Brian Andrade, a new member on our team, “said assistant coach, Leslie Dahlen. “They have all stepped up.”
Brian Andrade competes Wednesday night.
Andrade has autism and has really enjoyed being on the team.
The boys compete again next Wednesday at Lacamas Swim and Sport Club.
VANCOUVER — The Camas High School boys swim team won Thursday’s dual meet against Hockinson, Skyview and Fort Vancouver, and set a few state qualifying times along the way.
The Papermakers set the pace, winning the first event, the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:45.03. The relay consisted of Lucas Ulmer, Tom Utas, John Utas, and newcomer Andrey Khabibrakhmanov.
Camas 400 Free Relay Team: From left, Mark Kim, Kasey Calwell, Tom Utas,
and Lucas Ulmer
Camas Senior Kasey Calwell bested the 200 Free with a time of 1:47.88. “It’s been a great meet,” said Calwell. “We’re putting in some solid swims.”
Hockinson’s William Morris won the 200 IM shortly afterward. Papermaker Senior, Lucas Ulmer, won the 50 Free, with a time of 23.11 seconds.
“We’re having a great season,” said Ulmer. “We have a lot of new swimmers. It’s so great to have Brian Andrade on the team due to his disability. He really inspires us. We love having him.”
Ulmer made state cuts already in the 100 Free, 100 Fly, and 100 Back.
Lucas Ulmer dives in during the 400 Free Relay.
Papermaker sophomore, Tom Utas, won the 100 Fly with a time of 56 seconds. Calwell then earned a state qualifying time in the 100 Free (49.97 seconds). It was his fifth state qualifying time this season.
Camas freshman, Mark Kim, won the 500 Free and made a state qualifying time with the win.
Camas swimmer, Mark Kim, earned a state qualifying time in the 500 Free.
The Camas boys also won the 200 Free Relay (1:32.44). The relay team consisted of John Utas, Calwell, Tom Utas, and Kim.
Skyview’s Jake Breuer won the 100 Back (55.8). Hockinson’s Jonah Rodewald won the 100 Breast (1:05.68).
And, in the last event, the Papermaker 400 Free Relay of Ulmer, Tom Utas, Kim and Calwell handily beat the competition with a time of 3:21.06.
The team has added several new swimmers, including Andrade, Kim, and Khabibrakhmanov, along with Ian Pinch, Sullivan Carrick, Finn McClone and Max Crowson.
Coach Mike Bemis is pleased with the performance of the boys mid-season, and is looking forward to next week’s major meet against Union — to be held at Lacamas Swim and Sport Club.
“It’s sad that this is coming to an end soon,” Ulmer added. “But it’s been great to have a successful four years at Camas. It went by so fast!”
Calwell will be swimming for University of California — Santa Barbara (UCSB) this fall. Several other seniors haven’t announced their future plans as yet.

We interviewed 21 Camas Football players for a really fun, candid look at the 2014 season and how a small town has shaped the lives of so many youth.

The video will be released this week.

 

We’ve been covering Camas for several years, and when you get right down to it, these kids are great! Personally, I’ve had the privilege of watching so many of them grow up in Camas. We’ve seen them in kindergarten, Little League, Pop Warner, CCYF, scouts, school, church, and they’re quickly becoming adults. These boys turned into classy young men. Go Camas!

We encourage you all to list reasons why the Papermakers rock. More pictures and videos coming.