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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.

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


Bennett Lehner scored the first goal of the match.



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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


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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.

To learn more about the Camas athletic programs, please visit: www.chs.camas.wednet.edu

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



Camas, WA — The Camas High School Varsity soccer team enjoyed a successful weekend, winning both matches against Archbishop Murphy and Columbia River. Both matches were at Doc Harris Stadium.

Friday – Camas 3:0 Archbishop Murphy

Goals (assists):

Dominic Fewel (Erik Brainard)

Danny Wing (Bennett Lehner)

Goal Keeper saves: Brian Murray 12

Halftime score: 1:0

JV score: Camas 0:1 Archbishop Murphy


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Camas player, Danny Wing, in action. Photo by Blake Schnell.

Saturday – Camas 1:0 Columbia River

Bennett Lehner scored the lone goal and Brian Murray had 4 saves.

Halftime score: 0:0

Goal Keeper saves: Brian Murray 4

JV Camas won 2:0

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

Photos by Blake Schnell

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Bennett Lehner delivered quite a performance for Camas over the weekend.


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Camas won both matches over the weekend. Photo by Blake Schnell.


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Camas High School beat Columbia River on Saturday, at Doc Harris Stadium.

Vancouver — The Camas-Washougal Soccer Club’s 18U Wolves team beat Centralia’s Timbers 3-2 in double overtime on Sunday, advancing the newly-reunited team to the State semi-finals in Tukwila, WA next week.

The intense game was scoreless until the second half when Brooks Burns made the match’s first goal. Centralia tied it up soon after. Marshall Braten scored the second goal, and then a controversial PK gave tied up the match.

Senior Ben Klave gets ready to make a goal during Saturday’s rec quarter-finals.


Near the end of the second OT, forward Ben Klave scored the winning goal, advancing the team to semi-finals next Saturday.

The Wolves, formerly known as the Cheetahs, reunited this past August to compete one last season before they graduate next June. Coached by Wayne Svilar, the boys played for many years (most since they were six years old) as a recreational team — until they disbanded three seasons ago.

“We made the team to close out our last season to all play on the same team so it is kinda neat to play with all the guys for the last season,” said team member, Josh Harimoto.

JJ Guo moves the ball along, getting ready to make a goal.


Chad Kirby jumps to avoid hitting the goalie.


Marshall Braten is tripped and falls early in the match.


The boys wrap it up, and are now getting ready for next week’s State semi-finals.


DOC HARRIS STADIUM — On a cold, wet and windy Saturday night, the District Champion Camas Girls Varsity soccer team beat arch-rival Union, 1-0, in the 4A District Playoffs. The match sets up seeding for the Bi-District Playoffs.

The multiple yellow cards illustrated the intensity of the match, and one spectator, Chris Cavin, said “it’s a bloodbath.”

It was.

Both teams wanted the win, and were willing to do anything to get it. As one Papermaker laid on the turf for a couple minutes, you could hear a Titan yelling “scrape her off the field so we can keep playing.”

Lady Papermaker Sarah Tennyson made the only goal of the game with the assist by Maddie Belzer, who delivered a perfect corner kick.

Goalkeeper Marie Matthews had four saves. The Titans goalkeeper, Mo Spieth, had two saves.

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Maddie Belzer
Maddie Belzer’s assist to Sarah Tennyson got the matches
only goal.




VANCOUVER, WA — Two local soccer clubs formerly known as Camas-Washougal Soccer Academy and the Vancouver Timbers have officially merged and are now known as the Washington Timbers.The Board of Directors, General Manager, and Directors of Coaching are pleased to announce that from this point forward, the club will be known as the Washington Timbers Football Club.

“We are proud of our roots in Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver and have members as far north as Woodland and Longview, ” said Elias Ulvi, the new General Manager of the club.  “As the club grows and other communities become a part of Washington Timbers, we want them to feel as much a part of the club as the founding areas do.”


New Timbers Name Crest

As part of the name change, a new name crest has been created, said Ulvi.

“New elements include the inclusion of Mt. Hood, silhouettes of trees, a modified overall shape, and an additional star to represent the two national championships the club has won,” he said.  “A huge thank you to the WT Marketing Committee with special thanks and design credit to Lori Carruthers, who worked tirelessly on several different ideas and versions of the new logo.  We will work with the uniform suppliers at replacing the existing crest and are committed to doing so at no cost to our families.”







The Papermakers bested Evergreen Friday night at McKenzie Stadium 4-1 during a cold, misty match. The boys played well and will compete against Union Tuesday at 7 pm at Doc Harris Stadium.

In this photo, Camas midfielder Cayne Cardwell (#4) moves the ball toward goal.

 When it comes to sports, there’s something for just about everyone this weekend.

Baseball and softball fans can watch several Camas High School teams play on Friday.

The Freshman Baseball team plays Battle Ground at home today at 4 pm. Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball travel to Battle Ground for 4 pm games.

The CHS C Softball team plays Union at home – also at 4 pm.

Varsity and Junior Varsity Soccer competes with Hudson’s Bay at Doc Harris. JV starts at 5; Varsity at 7.

Camas Rugby competes Saturday at noon at Liberty Middle School field.




Camas Soccer plays tonight at 5 for JV and 7 for Varsity, at
Doc Harris Stadium.

CHS Dance travels to State in Yakima.

On Saturday, Camas Little League supporters are having their annual Little League Prep Day. It begins at 9 am.

CHS Track competes in the Tiger Invitational in Battle Ground. It starts at 10:30 am. It’s an annual event that’s a lot of fun.


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Paige Jackson competes in the Pole Vault at last year’s Tiger Invitational.
Camas Rugby, aka Camas Mean Machine, starts their match at noon on Saturday at the Liberty Middle School fields.
And Camas LAX competes with Richland at 2:30 at Doc Harris Stadium. This will be their third game of the season.

By Alberto Orihuela

The WSA Arsenal U16 Boys Premier soccer team had a very successful run in the Virginia Mason WA Youth Soccer Challenge Cup, finishing as champions on February 10 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA. They will move on to represent Washington in the Presidents Cup Region IV tournament in Boise Idaho in June.

The team advanced to the Finals by beating Harbor Premier B96 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday February 9 in the semi-finals. Riley Brannon scored the lone goal following up on his blocked shot by Harbor’s keeper.

On Sunday, WSA Arsenal beat Crossfire Premier for the championship — with goals from Ben Klave, Carlos Bravo, and Dmitriy Tkachenko. Ben opened the score line to take the 1 lead. Crossfire equalized a short time later and the half finished 1-1. Carlos Bravo scored 2 goals in the second half as Arsenal took control. Dmitriy finished off a cross with a header in the final minute of the game to win the championship with a score of 4-1.”


“The club is very proud of this team’s accomplishments, both in winning a state championship but also for all of their hard work the past 3 years, moving from the RCL Division 4 to now playing in D2,” said Gary Osterhage, CWSA Director of Coaching.

Players named to the Golazo Best 11 Players for the U16 Challenge Cup from the Arsenal team are: Dmitriy Tkachenko, Riley Brannon, Carlos Bravo and Jeremiah “JJ” Guo.

Who’s in the photo? Top Row, left to right: Coach Eder Barajas, Emahn Hajarizadeh, Oscar Avalos, Dmitriy Tkachenko, Oscar Perez, Riley Brannon, Lucas Ulmer, Jurgen Hartung, Manager Alberto Orihuela.

Bottom Row, left to right: Carlos Bravo, Abdulkader El-Hoot, Taylor Hill, Jakob Cavin, Josh Stoller, Kobi Orihuela, Benjamin Klave, Jeremiah “JJ” Guo.