Lifetime Promotions, the region’s Dippin’ Dots distributor, is pleased to announce they’re managing the snack bar at Harmony Sports Complex as part of a multi-year agreement with the Washington Timbers Football Club.
“One of our goals is to raise $20,000 for the Washington Timbers,” said Dennis Beffehr, the owner/operator of Lifetime Promotions. “The snack bar will proudly serve Dippin’ Dots and a whole lot more. We’ve been working on the menu, and want to provide good service to all the athletes, and all their family and friends.”
Their big opening is this Saturday, April 20, and the snack bar will open at 7 am every Saturday and stay open until the last game — all throughout the summer season. And, they’ll proudly be serving Hidden River Roasters coffee, which is based in Camas.
“Dennis and the Timbers already have a nice partnership with his ice cream entity and his donations to the club, and we thought it would it great to continue that relationship long-term and give them a permanent location,” said Michelle Beard, Soccer Operations Manager for the Timbers. “The money they will raise will go toward our scholarship program to help those in need to play soccer. I would encourage families to check it out, and know that it’s part of the Washington Timbers program. There will be more options. Money spent there is a direct benefit to the club.”
Washington Timbers FC serves thousands of youth throughout Clark County with their numerous athletic programs and events. To learn more, visit www.WashingtonTimbers.com
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The Washington Timbers Women’s First Team are ready to once again provide a summer of quality soccer with hopes to avenge their 3-1 loss to the Seattle Stars FC in last season’s Northwest Premier League (NWPL) championship.
“I’m very proud of what this team has done in two years, competing for the championship both years has established a culture of success that people want to be a part of,” said Executive Director, Sean Janson.
On June 1st, the Timbers are hosting a rematch of last season championship match against the Stars.
“Coming to the Timbers from Seattle United, I’m very familiar with the quality of players in the Seattle area and I look forward to facing the Stars in a couple months,” said Coach Evan Gaul.
The Timbers open their 2019 season against the NCW Alliance FC on May 5th while hosting their first home match of the season on May 18th against the Capital FC.
Coach Gaul took the reins from Kat Tarr, who stepped down due to the birth of her daughter. Coach Gaul looks to continue the tremendous success of the team witnessed under Tarr, who led the team to two championship appearances and winning it all in 2017. Coach Gaul has experience coaching high-level women’s soccer having coached in the National Women’s Soccer League with the Seattle Reign FC.
“With my experience coaching at the top Women’s level, I will bring a competitive platform for the team to be successful,” said Gaul.
Comprised of current, former and aspiring college players, the Washington Timbers First Team represents the highest level of women soccer available in Southwest Washington. The NWPL is comprised of teams from throughout the state of Washington and includes Capital FC out of Salem, Oregon.
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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:
Washington Timbers 04B Reds 2 — President’s Cup State Champions.
Washington Timbers 04B Reds 2 — President’s Cup State Champions.
A goal attempt.
The game went past double overtime — and into PK’s.
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“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 womens 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.
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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
Kierstyn Heilbrun (Jazzlynn Paulson)
Paulson (Maddie Kemp)
Carla Jooste (Kemp)
Goalkeeper saves: Falissitie DePasquale 1
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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
The Camas Varsity soccer team celebrates their District IV victory at McKenzie Stadium.