TUKWILA, WA — After battling into double overtime at Sunday’s President’s Cup State Tournament (Division 1) at the Starfire Complex, the East County-based Washington Timbers Red 2 BO4 team defeated NSC Green in penalty kicks, winning the coveted title 5-4 in PKs.

The tournament, which actually began a week earlier in pool play, continued into semi-finals Saturday culminating in Sunday’s Championship game.  The Timbers beat Crossfire Premier in the semi-finals, 3-0, and over six games, the boys only gave up two goals.

“It’s a very athletic group,” said Head Coach, Dan Youngren. “The championship was a really good game, and the other team had a strong defense. We had 10-12 shots on goal and couldn’t get them in during regulation time. During OT both teams went back and forth, then we went to PK’s. It’s a crazy way to end it. The first four kickers from both teams scored. On the fifth kick, NSC missed. Our last kicker, Jaydon Morgan, a left kicker, buried it in the right side of the net. And, that’s what won the game, we won 5-4 in PK’s.”

Timbers goalie Ryan Doyle worked incredibly hard, and Ethan Hunt and Jeremy Mohn scored the goals against Crossfire Premier during semi-finals.

”We’ve had a solid defense all season,” said Youngren, who’s coached the sport for nine years. Mark Fortin in the team’s assistant coach. “This has been a fun experience, and it’s still sinking in what an achievement it was.”

But, the team has been here before — except in Oregon, where they won State last year.

“It’s pretty cool to be state champions in two different states,” he said.

The Timbers success gives them the opportunity to advance to Regionals, which is in Salt Lake City on June 12.  It’ll be  round robin play, quarter, semi- and finals during that weeklong tournament.

The team’s roster:

Jevon Carr

Ryan Doyle

Kade Drake

Gavin Erickson

Michael Fedoruk

Connor Fortin

Ethan Hundt

Ethan Kay

Jeremy Mohn

Jaydon Morgan

Ethan Ouchi

Jake Penn

Hayden Rouse

Derik Soto

Eli Warne

Samuel Wilson

Cody Youngren



By Dan Trujillo

Lauren Rood says pressure is a privilege.

“You can’t be afraid to fail,” she said. “You have to be able to look at failure straight on and say, ‘Not today. I’ve worked too hard for this.’”

The goalkeeper from Camas took pressure head on every single day as a member of the NCAA championship clinching Stanford University women’s soccer team. And the Cardinal passed with flying colors.

Rood collected 13 saves in 10 games. She allowed just two goals all season, which converts to a 0.22 goals against average. Stanford went 9-0 in the games Rood defended the goal, and the sophomore helped preserve seven shutouts.

“She was a major contributor. Her work ethic and dedication to the team was tremendous,” said head coach Paul Ratcliffe. “She had some big performances throughout the season that helped propel us to the championship.”

Rood made first career start on Aug. 20 against Wisconsin. Stanford won 1-0, and Rood secured her first shutout.

“I was beyond excited,” Rood recalled. “I told myself, ‘Get through the first five minutes. Get that first touch on the ball.’ Once I get that first touch, I’m locked in and I know that everything is going to be fine.”

She earned two saves in wins against Santa Clara, Sept. 17, and Arizona, Sept. 28. And then three saves in victories over Washington, Oct. 13, and Oregon State, Oct. 22. Between Sept. 21 and Oct. 29, Stanford played 788 minutes, 28 seconds without allowing a goal.

According to her player profile, Rood made a “miraculous save” to preserve a 1-0 lead late in the game against Washington. Following that performance, the Pacific-12 Conference selected Rood as Goalkeeper of the Week.

“As a goalkeeper, you have to wait and wait and wait and stay locked in,” Rood said. “It could be the 85th minute, or the final seconds of the game, when they get a breakaway. You have to be ready to save the ball. That’s why you train and why you play.”

Stanford clinched its third straight Pac-12 championship, but the women wanted to achieve more. Unfortunately, Rood suffered a concussion in training and was unable to contribute on the field. She never missed a practice or a game, and finally made her first postseason appearance Nov. 24, against Penn State. Stanford won 4-0, and Rood shared the shutout with Alison Jahansouz.


Stanford, CA – October 13, 2017: Stanford defeated Washington 1-0 during a women’s soccer match at Cagan Stadium. Photo by StanfordPhoto.

“My coach didn’t want to rush me back, or change the lineup, and I respected that,” Rood said. “Once I was able to start training again, I felt like I was back with the team.

“We pushed each other every single day, and we made each other better,” she added. “It was such a great atmosphere to be in. Every single day, you have to prove yourself.”

It all came to a head Dec. 3, when Stanford defeated UCLA, 3-2, for the NCAA championship, in Orlando, Florida.

“Our ultimate dream was to win the national championship,” Rood said. “That one moment was worth all the hard work that we put into the season.”

On Oct. 10, the Stanford men’s soccer team outlasted Indiana, 1-0 in double overtime, to capture the NCAA championship, in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ratcliffe said this was the first time a Pac-12 college won two national soccer titles in the same season.

Before this blossomed into a championship season, Rood believes the seeds were planted after a 3-2 loss to the University of Florida, three games from the start.

“It was a big wake up call for our team,” she said. “We have great players, but every single day, you have to show up and give everything you have in your heart. We never wanted to feel like that again. That was motivation every day.”

The women rebounded, finished the season 24-1 and rose the national championship. It was a season Rood will never forget. One that sets a new standard at Stanford.

“Embrace the moments you have every step of the way, even the bad ones,” Rood said. “Pressure is a privilege. You have to be able to manage those failures and turn them into success later.”

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

Soccer Image Gallery

Photos by Kris Cavin

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Camas, WA — The Camas High School Varsity soccer team shut out Todd Beamer last night at Doc Harris Stadium, winning 9-0. The state qualifier, loser out match means the girls advance to play Rogers, of Puyallup, this Saturday at 2 pm at Ingersoll Stadium.

Four players scored goals early in the match as the girls seek a return to the State tournament. Five more goals were scored in the second half.

Jazzlyn Paulson and Maddie Kemp broke records on the same play, as Paulson earned her 16th assist, and Kemp scored her 82nd career goal. Kemp is a Junior. Both records are brand new to the Papermaker soccer program.

Soccer Match Stats

Goals (assists):

Jenna Efraimson

Kierstyn Heilbrun (Jazzlynn Paulson)

Paulson (Maddie Kemp)


Paulson (Efraimson)

Carla Jooste (Kemp)

Kemp (Paulson)

Kemp (Paulson)


Goalkeeper saves: Falissitie DePasquale 1

Halftime: 4:0

Again, let this sink in: With Thursday’s match, Paulson has the single season all-time assist record with 16.  Kemp has the all-time career goal record with 82. They happened on the same play.

The girls won the Washington State Championship last year, and hope to return to the Championship game this season. Their season record is 13-2-2. Camas hasn’t given up a goal since October 3.

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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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League Play Image Gallery: By Kris Cavin

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Prep Sports Today

  • Volleyball Frosh: 5 pm @ CHS vs. Col. Adventis
  • Soccer C: 6 pm @ Doc Harris vs. Oregon City

Mystery and Mayhem and Book Group

Tuesday, September 19 @ 6-8 pm

This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to join this book discussion group or have any questions, please contact any library staff member.

Prep Sports

Tuesday, September 19

  • Softball: 3:30 @ CHS vs. Battle Ground
  • Soccer JV/Varsity: 5 pm @ Doc Harris vs. St. Mary’s; Varisty @ 7 pm
  • Volleyball C/Varsity: 5 pm @ Seton Catholic

Camas Planning Commission Meeting

Tuesday, September 19 @ 7 pm

The City of Camas Planning Commission normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers at Camas City Hall, located at 616 NE Fourth Avenue. The public is welcome.

Meeting agendas, videos and minutes are located on the City’s website at: The agenda is posted approximately five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

The Planning Commission is the first legislative body to formally review land use issues. The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council as to best methods of conservation utilization, planning and development within the city. They conduct public hearings as part of their decision making process where they review planned developments applications.

The Community Development Department’s email is: communitydevelopment@cityofcamas.usPhone: 360.817.1568

Camas Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, September 20 | 3-7 pm

There’s still lots of great, locally-owned produce to buy, plus try out some great food and treats from local vendors. Located in downtown Camas on 4th Avenue in front of the Camas Public Library.

Prep Sports

Wednesday, September 20

  • Cross Country: 3:30 pm @ Pacific Com. Park CHS vs. Skyview
  • Soccer C: 4 pm @ Doc Field E vs. Jesuit
  • Volleyball Frosh/C/JV/Varsity: 4pm/5:30 pm/5:30 pm/7 pm @ CHS vs. Mountain View
  • Freshman Football: 4:30 pm @ McKenzie Stadium, CHS vs Evergreen

Photo by Kris Cavin.

Prep Sports

Thursday, September 21:

  • Golf: 3 pm at Camas Meadows vs. Kelso
  • Girls Swim: 3:30 pm @ Cascade Athletic Club vs. EPS
  • Tennis: 3:30 @ Prairie High, Camas vs. Prairie
  • Softball: 4 pm @ Hudson’s Bay, Camas vs. Hudson
  • Soccer JV/Varsity: 4 pm @ Doc, Camas vs. Central Catholic



Photo by Kris Cavin.



Camas Marching Band

Interview soccer player, Zach Morris, of Vancouver.

by Haley Childers

Since he could remember, Zach Morris has always been a soccer player. “My parents volunteered at the YMCA when I was really young and I remember playing every sport while I was there, but I decided to pursue soccer after that, and it just went from there. So since I was 4 years old I haven’t stopped.”

At seventeen years old he is currently playing at the semi-pro level with Vancouver Victory FC, currently in his second season playing goalie. The season is off to a great start, with 5 wins and zero losses for the team.

Coach Aaron Lewis said Zach’s age hasn’t presented any challenges for anyone on the team.

“Physically, Zach is a mature player,” said Lewis. “He also has a great attitude, always looking to improve and takes opportunities whenever he can get them. He’s a helpful teammate and is always looking for ways to give back to the team and the community.”

Zach Morris

Zach Morris

Lewis says that the goal of Vancouver Victory is to develop great soccer players, giving them a place to perform and flourish so that they can grow as players, as well as serving the community to give back to Southwest Washington.

Morris highlights several coaches who have really helped him grow as a player: “Andy Barth who coaches for North Florida University, Sorin Popovici, who I met at the Olympic Development Program when I was 10, and I’ve been training with him ever since. Aiden Brown who coaches at the Timbers, all of them have helped me out a lot. They’ve really raised me as a player, put me under their wing in a way.”

His passion in life is definitely clear: His whole life is soccer – no outside hobbies. Besides playing for Vancouver Victory FC, Morris is excited to start working for Kidz Love Soccer, a group that offers camps and classes to communities in Washington, Oregon, California, and Texas. It serves as a non-competitive environment for kids to build confidence and self esteem. And as for the future, Morris is excited to see what college brings and hopes to play on a university team and eventually professionally.

“It’s just the drive, soccer never gets old for me. I just love it.”

Zach Morris

Zach Morris practices with his teammates.


Camas, WA — Camas Senior, Bennett Lehner, is in good spirits. He’s Gatorade’s Washington Soccer Player of the Year, is beaming about “putting Union away” just a few days ago, and now his Varsity soccer team is headed to State after defeating Woodinville this past Saturday (3-0) at Doc Harris. And, did we mention he’s had 22 goals and 11 assists this season?

As he approaches graduation, Lehner paused, and sat very relaxed on a warm Camas spring night overlooking Doc Harris Stadium. He would discuss all the years of playing soccer, his coaches, his friends and teammates, and the unconditional support he’s received from his parents.

Gratitude filled his soul, as he pondered a blessed life and the lessons it teaches.

“Soccer is liberating!” he said. “I like the freedom it brings, and it’s unlike any other sport. You can move down the field, you can be dynamic. You can’t express yourself like you can in soccer. No play is the same. When I played other sports, I felt limited. And there’s no other feeling like scoring a goal. You feel the completion. It never gets old. This Gatorade honor is wonderful recognition and shows the impact good coaches can have.”

As Lehner ponders the future (he’s committed to playing soccer for the University of Dayton, in Ohio), he started looking back on the journey.

He started playing soccer at age 3, then played with coach Tammi Boyd through age 12. He enjoyed those years. From 12-14, he started playing Premier, then from 14-17, he played at Eastside with coach Jimmy Webber.

“Coach Webber shaped me into who I am today,” Lehner said. “He was just an awesome coach, and let me play the way I wanted to play. He made it both fun and competitive, which is what made our club team really good.”

Lehner also loved playing for Camas High School, and just prior to his Senior year, he accepted a prestigious offer to play for the Portland Timbers U18 Academy team.

“We went all over the country,” he said. “I learned to play at a very high level.”

He practiced four days a week (Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday) and would head to Portland after school, and would get home after 8 pm fighting traffic both ways. He would play 17 games with the Timbers (starting in 14 of them) until he gave it up.

“It was mentally very tough,” he said. “My confidence was so down, plus I really wanted to play one final season for Camas. Coming back to Camas gave me back my confidence. But, I’m grateful for the Timbers experience. It taught me a lot! I felt like a professional.”

He also expressed gratitude to his family.

“My parents are very influential, and unconditional in their support,” he added. “If I put three balls in the wrong goal, my dad would still tell me I had a good game.”

As dedicated as he is to his sport, Behner loves his down time. He enjoys spending time with friends, like teammate Danny Wing, and loves the fine cuisine at local Mexican restaurant, Nuestra Mesa.

“Nuestra Mesa is the best!” he added.

He’ll head for the University of Dayton on July 13, but for now he’s just savoring the remaining weeks he has with his friends at Camas.

State competition begins soon.


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The Camas Varsity soccer team celebrates their District IV victory at McKenzie Stadium.

CAMAS — Early on Tuesday night, the Papermakers, with a 2-0 lead, thought they had clinched outright the 4A Greater St. Helens League boys soccer championship. Union had other thoughts, and changed the dynamic in the second half, scoring two goals to tie the match, and earning a draw.

Tuesday’s tie means the Titans (9-1-1 in league, 10-3-1 overall) may share the league title with the Papermakers if they beat Evergreen this Thursday night. And, because they won the first match against Union, Camas (10-1-1, 14-1-1) earns the No. 1 seed going into the Class 4A district tournament. That starts next week.

Both teams will both play in district semifinals next Monday at McKenzie Stadium against other teams that will be decided after Saturday’s matches.

A free kick by Jonathan Granados sent Tuesday’s match into overtime.

The Camas lead early in the game was thanks to a counter-attack run by Bennett Lehner and a great shot from distance.

The second Camas goal was made by Defender Brennan Smith, who lofted a 40-yard shot into the goal.

In the second half, the Titans prevented the Papermakers from having that kind of space.

Defender Nicolas Sommariva got the first Union goal in the 69th minute.

Districts start Monday at 6 pm at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

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Bennett Lehner scored the first goal of the match.



Upside Down!


Baseball: Varsity Baseball picked up its sixth straight victory defeating Union 2-1 led by Tucker Parker who pitched a complete game and recorded 7 strikeouts.  Taylor Birchem delivered an RBI single tying the game 1-1 in the 5th. Two batters later, Trevor Bentley laid down a bunt with the bases-loaded bringing home the eventual game winning run. The Papermakers will host Union today in the final game of their regular season series with the Titans.

JV baseball team rolled Union 8-0 to improve to 6-2 on the season.  Cameron Hunt pitched the first 5 innings and Noah Strickler closed out the last 2 innings to preserve the shutout. Their combined effort included an amazing 16 strikeouts in just 7 innings. It was truly a team effort with a total of 11 hits for the Papermakers; lead by two hit performances from Cole Hurtarte, Grant Gaudio, and Caleb Field. Taylor Adams and Ryan Behnke each delivered 2 RBI’s.  CHS JV has won the last 4 games by a combined score of 40-1.

Soccer: The Camas Varsity Soccer team, and really the entire soccer program, paid tribute to former Papermaker, Connor Valenter, who recently passed away.

The Papermakers rolled Mountain View, winning 3-0.

Goals (assists):

Danny Wing (Erik Brainard)

Bennett Lehner (Brian Murray)

Brainard (Wing)

Keeper saves: Brian Murray 3

Halftime score: 0:0

JV score: Camas won 2:0


Varsity Baseball

Varsity player, Danny Wing.


Golf: A showdown between two of the top girls golf programs in Southwest Washington on Tuesday turned into a celebration day for Camas. Elise Filuk shot an even-par 35 and Hailey Oster shot an 1-over 36 as Camas beat Union 148-170 at Camas Meadows. The victory set a school record for team score by the Papermakers, while snapping Union’s 44-match winning streak. Things are only going up at Camas, where 18 of the 26 girls out for golf this spring are freshmen.  Elise Filuk 35, Connie Wang 40, Hailey Oster 36, Emma Cox 37, Abigail Jiang 42, Lauryn Tsukimura 47.

Softball: C team had a tough loss to Union 13-3.

Tennis: Varsity Tennis: Camas tennis defeated Prairie 5-1. At singles wins were earned by Hannah Gianan and Sam Merrill. The doubles teams of Madisson McGuffin/Courtney Estrada, Emma Jones /Tenzin Gyalnub and Tionni Trieu/Lauren Garner also won.

JV Tennis: JV won 6-0. Singles wins were earned by Courtney Estrada, Angela Xu and Donla Gyalnub. At doubles wins were earned by Olivia Doumitt/Georgina George, Shelby Chartrand/Hannah Zimmerman and Rani Floyd/Marissa Tehrani.

The C-Team girl’s tennis team continues to win, beating Prairie 11 – 3. They were led by veterans Delaney O’Neill, Ellie Metzner, Olivia Nelson, Anna Weithes, Cassidy Reynolds, Skylee Ramirez and Sara Van Kley. Isabella Eskew and Alyssa Henry teamed up again to record a solid 6-4 win.

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Updates provided by Marcia Johnson, of the Camas Athletic Department.