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Vancouver, WA — We Got Next! Is a Community focused event hosted in partnership by the Vancouver Volcanoes Basketball Club, and local non-profit Hoops for Hope, that highlights local vendors and entrepreneurs, youth basketball clinics, and fun basketball activities! This year’s Community Fest will be held outside in the parking lot of Hudson’s Bay High School from 3-7 pm on May 25th, at which time guests and vendors will be welcomed into the gym for the final home game of the Volcanoes regular season, starting at 7 pm. 

Hoops For Hope will set up an outdoor basketball court in the parking lot of Hudson’s Bay High School, and will be promoting sign ups for their 3 vs 3 summer basketball tournament, while the Volcanoes provide free youth clinics and opportunities to support the Salvation Army fundraising game that evening. IQ Credit Union will be supporting youth in the event with a financial literacy program and the Boys and Girls Club will be onsite with their digital trading card booth. To add to the fun, there will be a DJ playing music to go along with on-court basketball activities. 

The Vancouver Volcanoes will be promoting sign ups for their Nike Basketball Camps this summer, during the event. Nike Basketball Camps will be held from July 15th-19th, and July 29th-August 2nd at Evergreen High School in Vancouver. 

If you are vendor that wishes to be involved in this years event, please contact [email protected] or check out https://vancouvervolcanoes.com/we-got-next-community-fest/ for more info. Vendor registration is free, and no percentage of sales is taken. 

Guests of the Community Fest will be given a stamp for coming to the event, granting them free admission into that night’s Volcanoes game! Come support local vendors, local non-profits, and the Volcanoes at the 2024 We Got Next! Community Fest, May 25th from 3-7 pm.

Learn more at https://vancouvervolcanoes.com/we-got-next-community-fest/ 

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Vancouver, WA — The Vancouver Volcanoes went on a road trip to Montana after winning two games at home the previous weekend to play in a two-game series against the Great Falls Electric. The Volcanoes already beat the Electric earlier this season at home. In the first game, the Volcanoes led 62-40 at halftime. Behind Markus Golder’s 33 points, the Volcanoes beat the Electric 116-99. Another player to highlight was Vincent Baumann, who scored 26 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.

In the second game of the Montana road trip, the Vancouver Volcanoes started hot, leading 32-15 after the first quarter. At halftime, the Volcanoes were leading 62-40 over the Electric. However, Electric made things interesting, cutting the lead to 16 points after the third quarter. The Volcanoes went on to win 105-96. With the win, the Volcanoes swept the Electric in this two-game series.

Tyshon Pickett led all scorers with 36 points. All the starters scored in double figures; our most significant lead was 33 points. With the two wins in Montana, the Volcanoes are now 3-0 against the Electric and 11-3 on the season. The Volcanoes are still in first place in the Pacific Northwest Division. 

With this road trip over, their next home game is Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Great Falls Electric. Fans can catch the action in person at Hudson’s Bay High School for 10 dollars or on TBLTV. The Northwest Association For Blind Athletes will have a booth at the game, and 50% of the game revenue will be donated to the Northwest Association For Blind Athletes. 

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Vancouver, WA — The Vancouver Volcanoes finished the month of March with a record of 6-1 and on top of the Pacific Northwest division with wins over Emerald City and Wenatchee. On March 22nd, they faced the Emerald City Jaguars, and after the first quarter, they led 35-15. At halftime, the Volcanoes were leading 59-36. The Volcanoes never looked back and won by a score of 122-84. The Volcanoes successfully shot 48% from behind the arc, while the Jaguars only shot 13% behind the arc.

Markus Golder scored a game-high 23 points. Caleb Coleman, who came off the bench to score 13 points, is another player to highlight. Aidan Rolfs had a career-high 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench. 

Two days later, the Vancouver Volcanoes made the trip to Wenatchee to face off against the Bighorns. The Volcanoes wanted to build on their 38-point win Friday Night in Wenatchee. However, the Volcanoes were down as many as 10 points, and it was a close game in the third quarter. As the game entered the fourth quarter, the Volcanes pulled away while outscoring the Bighorns 33-17 in the quarter to a 107-95 win.

Markus Golder scored a game-high 30 points. Another player to highlight is Elijah “Boogie” Ford, who had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. 

The 6-1 Volcanoes are looking to start April the way that they finished March off with an away game against the SuperHawks in Seattle and a home game this Saturday at 7 PM vs the Wenatchee Bighorns. The Vancouver Volcanoes play home games at Hudson Bay High School.  Tickets are only 10 dollars for adults and five dollars for seniors and children. Fans can buy tickets on the Volcanoes website at  Game Tickets – Vancouver Volcanoes and follow any updates on their Instagram page at  Vancouver Volcanoes (@vancouver_volcanoes) • Instagram photos and videos.  There are only six home games left in the season. 

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Camas Wrestling Coach John Constien has been named the GSHL Wrestling Coach of the Year after completing a very successful third season as Papermaker head coach. 

Constien has won back-to-back District Championships and this year took home League, Districts and Regional titles and had his second top 10 finish state finish.

“I’m grateful!,” said Constien. “I appreciate the recognition. We worked extremely hard as a program over the last few years and this is for all of us.”

His players paid tribute. 

“Coach Constien truly deserves the Coach of the Year award,” said senior wrestlerJackson Lougen. “I have never witnessed a coach have complete dedication to our team like Constien did. He was so committed to helping us become the best we could that he would get up at 5:00 just to let us get a morning practice in. Constien went above and beyond to ensure our growth and success. His efforts and the additional work and investment in our team was incredible. Coach Constien helped us learn valuable skills outside of the room. Things like dedication in the classroom, being grateful for friends and family. It’s hard to put into words what coach Constien had done for our team but he completely deserves this award.”

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Coach John Constien and Camas wrestler Simon Jarrell.
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Constien spends time with his athletes explaining technique, strategy, and focus.

“It’s no surprise to me,” said senior wrestler Elliott Scott. “Constien has always been just as much of a friend as he has been a coach. Never gets impatient when we don’t understand something, gets us back on our feet after a loss. Always making it a positive environment in the room with his reggae jams. Our trophy shelf reflects it, coach of the year for sure.”

Constien is also a big promoter of the sport, encouraging media presence and works to drum up public support.

“He helps us personally in what we each need individually,” said wrestler Simon Jarrell. “That has been huge because we all have different things we need to work on. He also helps us with our mentality, which helps a lot.”

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Tacoma, WA — A year after a tough loss at the state championship game, the Camas Girls Varsity Basketball redeemed themselves with a decisive 57-41 victory over Gonzaga Prep Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome. They made history.  

A year ago, Parker Mairs told Lacamas Magazine: “We’ll be back next year, and we’ll win it. We have unfinished business.”

And win it, they did. Saturday’s game showed a year’s worth of work and effort. They were more determined than last year, better prepared. They had experience, and it showed. For weeks leading up the championship game players and fans alike used the hashtag #unfinished and that quickly changed to #finished after winning the state title.

“It feels like we’re finally finished,’’ Camas coach Scott Thompson said in an interview with NFHS immediately after the game. “These girls deserve every bit of this. I feel losing the state championship game last year might have won us this one. At this point, it’s a storybook ending. This team has been so connected. The chemistry has been off the charts. I can’t tell you what it’s been like to coach these girls.’’

Reagan Jamison led Camas with 17 points with seven rebounds. Addison Harris earned 12 points and eight rebounds.

Keirra Thompson added nine points and six assists Saturday. 

She acknowledged leading up to the big game this was their version of the Revenge Tour, reflecting on the 2019 Camas Football team’s state championship title and the run up to that incredible victory.

“We’ve been playing with each other since the fifth grade,’’ Thompson told NFHS. “We’ve played together for so long it’s become easy for us, natural for us. I couldn’t be any happier. Everything for the past year has been leading to this day and we didn’t disappoint. This is so special, especially coming off last year, losing in the championship game, it drove us to work so hard.’’

Mairs said, “it’s finished.”

Yes, indeed.

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On February 28th, the Vancouver Volcanoes basketball team is hosting a fun “Meet the Team” event at Chuck E. Cheese in Vancouver from 5 to 8 pm. 

Guests can enjoy special deals on food and games, and the public can join the Volcanoes for a fun night of pizza and games alongside the team. Plus, it is a way for fans to get excited about the upcoming season. 

The location for Meet The Team event is 7721 NE Vancouver Plaza Dr, Vancouver, WA 98662. All Volcanoes home games are played at Clark College from March to May, with the first one on March 8th vs the Salem Capitals.

Learn more at vancouvervolcanoes.com

The Camas Boys Swim team won the District IV title Saturday at Walla Walla, WA (Whitman College) capping off an undefeated 2023-24 season.

“It was an incredible meet,” said Camas Head coach, Kelly Dean. “It is a bi-district meet. We won our district 4 (459 points) Union second at 272. Hanford from District 8 won the bi- district meet.”

Camas tied for first in the 200 medley relay — Owen Yam, Tenzin Kelsang, James Crawford, Sahn Kim. 

Camas placed 1st and 2nd in the 100 free — Tenzin Kelsang and Pranaya Shrestha.

In the 200 free relay, Camas placed 2nd by a hair to Union. Papermakers Alan Xie, Pranaya Shrestha, Tenzin Kelsang and Sahn Kim.

In the 100 breast- Camas placed 1st (Sahn Kim) and 3rd (Tenzin Kelsang).

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Team captains: Luka Obradovic, Sahm Kim, and Tyler Sutherland.

Athol, Idaho — Anava and Joela Grundy, 5th grade students at Columbia River Gorge Elementary, competed at the USATF Junior Olympics Regional XC Meet in Athol, Idaho, on November 18.  The twins feed their passion for running by taking part in the Boosters’ Mileage Club, a running program organized by school volunteers. They also participate in Whisper Running, a local youth running organization, since September 2022.

“I love to run because it allows me to be active in the outdoors. I love the different trails and enjoy running in nature,” said Anava.  

Anava and Joela were the only Whisper Running members from Washougal to qualify for USATF Junior Olympics Regionals this year. 

“I’m really proud of them for trying a new thing and sticking with it even when it gets difficult,” said Dave Caldwell, running coach at Whisper Running.

“Running for me is such a great sport because I can set personal goals and focus on them to get stronger,” said Joela. 

The Boosters’ Mileage Club at Columbia River Gorge Elementary helps Anava and Joela consistently train their cross country skills and inspires them to do their best. This weekly running program is spearheaded by volunteers Annie Thomas and Sadie McKenzie. McKenzie is also a member of the Washougal School District school board. 

“It’s amazing to see what these kids accomplish. I volunteer with the Boosters Mileage Club because you get to make a real difference in students’ lives,” said McKenzie.

Programs like the Columbia River Gorge Boosters Mileage Club help Washougal students to discover a passion for exercise. Booster club volunteers make this and many other student-centered programs across Washougal School District possible. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Washougal School District on the district volunteer webpage.

For Anava and Joela, this is just the beginning. Beginning this year, cross country programs in Washougal expanded to include 6th grade students in Washougal. This comes just in time for the duo to represent Jemtegaard Middle School when they enter sixth grade next year.

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Joela Grundy accepts a token after finishing another lap around the track.
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Kelso, WA — The Union High School Boys swim team clinched the District Championship Saturday with 256 points, narrowly defeating Camas (251 points). The two teams have long been competitive rivals.

In addition to winning Districts, Union swimmers also set multiple meet and pool records in the following events:

  • 400 Free Relay: Sammy Empey, Steve Empey, Alex Wahlman, and Owen Robertson clocked in at 3:10.68, which shaved FIVE seconds off the previous record. 
  • 200 Medley Relay: Sammy Empey, Steve Empey, Alex Wahlman, and Owen Robertson came in at 1:35.86.
  • 200 Free: Sammy Empey set a new record at 1:41.03.
  • 100 Fly: Sammy Empey set a record at 49.15.

This YouTube video report has two interviews: one with Union swimmers, and one with Camas team members Nathan Kim, Isaac Tim, Andrew Wessell, and Henry Webster.

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Union High School boys swim team.

Washougal, WA — This week at sub-regional wrestling competitions, both Boys Wrestling and Girls Wrestling teams representing Washougal High School brought home championships. Brody Davis, Ryan Langston, Isaac Gill, Kiersten Lees, Adrienne Locke, and Aliyha Vargas won their respective weight classes. A total of 23 Washougal High School wrestlers are advancing to regional competitions on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

“The Washougal High School wrestling teams are so deserving of this victory. This has been a season of growth, competition, and camaraderie. Their hard work and commitment is paying off,” said Brian Wilde, athletic director at Washougal High School.

Washougal School District celebrates a long tradition of excellence in the wrestling program. Girls wrestling has placed in 12 league championships, two regional championships, and two state championships since 1996. Boys wrestling has placed in nine league championships, four district championships, and six state championships since 1975.

On Saturday, February 11, Boys Wrestling will compete in regionals at Aberdeen High School at 10 am. Girls Wrestling will compete in regionals at Shelton High School on February 11 at 10 am.

Athletic and club events are funded by the Washougal School Levy. The levy supports great opportunities for students to explore their interests, develop their talent, and share their passion with our community.

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Washougal Girls Wrestling team advances to Regionals.