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Camas, WA — Union High School hosted Wednesday’s Dual Wrestling meet against Camas in their annual epic match up, but the Papermakers fell short, surrendering their paddle, while the Titans earned the coveted 4A GSHL League title.

The wrestling match was filled with solid competition, and some highly anticipated battles. The Titans girls wrestling team handily defeated the Papermakers, 42-0, while the Titan boys beat Camas 34-25.

Girls Varisty Wrestling Results
Union 42 – Camas 0
110—Madeline Chinn (U) p. Ava Weatherl, 1:12
120—Kayla Brosius (U) p. Lillian Taylor, 1:07
125—Hannah Lew (U) p. Christinanna Martin, 1:02
135—Riley Aamold (U) p. Padon Diehel, 0:59
145—Krista Warren (U) p. Olivia Perarson, 2:55
155—Nevaeh Cassidy (U) p. Kiana Pullen, 0:32
170—Annabelle Helm (U) p. Autumn Aho, 2:21

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The Union Titans won their wrestling dual against Camas Wednesday night, 34-25, clinching the 4A GSHL League Title.

Boys Varsity Wrestling Results
Union 34 – Camas 25
106—Ryan Esperto (U) md. Porter Craig, 10-0
113—Elijah Cassidy (U) p. Philip Hartleip, 1:06
120—Dylan Jimenez (U) d. Ryan Ball, 11-8
126—Brandon Esperto (U) md. Chris Goodnight
132—Jack Latimer (C) p. Andres Nicacio, 5:24
138—Tanner Craig (C) p. Calvin Ball, 5:03
145—Roscoe Garcia (C) d. Josh Helm, 8-2
152—Isaac Duncan (C) md. Damario Yebra, 17-3
160—Noah Talavera (U) d. Carter Liesen, 6-3
170—Six Buck (U) md. Dominic Fujihara, 18-7
182—Danny Snediker (U) tf. Dustin Hubbard, 5:38 (19-4)
195—Gideon Malychewski (C) d. Kyle Brosius, 7-3
220—Colby Stoller (C) d. Levi Harms, 3-2
285—Josh Barber (U) p. Anthony Choi, 0:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camas, WA — Wrestling is traditionally known as a male sport, but over recent years girls wrestling has been making an upward trend, and Camas and Washougal are no exception. This is the part one in a two-part series that looks at the sport; part one will focus on Camas, and part two, on Washougal.

The Camas High School (CHS) Girls wrestling program had a good showing at the recent Clark County Wrestling tournament, with Eliana Sabatini, a Camas sophomore, winning her weight class (135). Sabatini is a team captain with Autumn Aho, and the team is determined to make a statement.

The Washougal Panthers Wrestling team won the meet outright, with Emma Seekins, a Washougal freshman, winning her weight class (100), pinning her opponent in the second round, which helped Washougal win. The Panthers are also tremendously proud of Abby Lees, a two-time state wrestling champion.

”We’re so pleased with the team,” said Seekins. “I like wrestling because it is a very difficult and challenging sport, and it pushes you to your limits.”

But, back to Camas.

“In the final, I wrestled McMillan from Hudson’s Bay,” said Sabatini. “And, Kiana Pullen won third place at 190. Ava Weatherl, placed fourth at 115 pounds. As a team, Camas took sixth place, and a total of eight Papermakers attended the tournament.”

Winning at such a major meet is quite prestigious, and it’s even more so given Sabatini’s relatively new exposure to the sport. She has just been wrestling for a year.

Girls Wrestling

Washougal won the Clark County Wrestling Tournament.

Girls Wrestling

The Camas Girls Wrestling team at the Clark County Wrestling Tournament.

Why wrestling?

“A coach at Skyridge got her interested,” Sabatini said. “And, I love being the only girl in my grade to wrestle. All the wrestling boys tell me that girls shouldn’t wrestle, but that got me motivated. I have an uncle who has wrestled and he taught me new moves. I feel like boys are always talked about, and the girls aren’t really acknowledge a lot, so it’s time to get the word out. Nobody knows about it.”

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Sabatini said she wrestles boys in practice, which helps her.

“It’s not weird, it’s just an opponent, and boys wrestling is different than girls,” she said. “The types of moves they use.”

What does wrestling teach the youth?

“It teaches me a lot, it teaches me how to work hard, and gives me confidence, and it makes me want to help teach others to help grow the girls wrestling team,” said Sabatini. “I think girls are afraid to wrestle because it’s so new. They’re afraid of the toughness.”

Mark Yamashida is the girls wrestling head coach, and he works hard to teach his team the skills required to win — and learn.

He also is working to get the word out about the sport, and spends time at each match teaching the girls, and making sure they feel positive.

“He gives me self-confidence before a match, and helps the girls out with everything,” said Sabatini. “With school, with wrestling and it helps me push myself and reach my goals. I love the sport so much. I love the competition and I love to win. Getting my hand raised after a match is the best feeling I’ve ever felt in life. My coach always tells me I’m always smiling through everything even when I’m in so much pain trying to make a move or push myself in practice. I’m always smiling and having a good time.”

Their next tournament is next Friday, which is the RA Long Invite.

 

 

 

Camas, WA — The Camas High School Boys Wrestling team rolled over Skyview Wednesday night, 63-12, in a meet filled with intense throwdown’s and fast pins. It was also a night to honor the team’s seniors.

Papermmaker Sam McCormick started out the night defeating Amman Au quickly in the 120 pound weight class, and he was followed by Chris Goodnight, who defeated Sonny Ly.

Senior Jack Latimer has been having a great wrestling season, winning some major championships: Gut Check, PAC Coast and Rose City. He also placed third in State last year, and is keeping his eye on the top wrestling prize. Wednesday night, he was in a good battle with Logan Smith, which he ultimately won.

State Champion, Tanner Craig, didn’t miss, and threw down his opponent, Bryson Doman, multiple times, winning his match. Senior Isaac Duncan quickly pinned his opponent, Brock Pierce.

Papermaker Dominic Fujihara battled it out with Caleb Stockman, with Camas coming out on top.

Camas junior, Gideon Malychewski, didn’t dissapoint, manhandling Tristan Stice with several throwdowns ultimately winning by pin. Senior Dustin Hubbard trounced Brian Lloyd.

Skyview wrestlers William Peterson and Quang Train handily defeated their Papermaker opponents, Anthony Choi and Josue Espinoza.

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Chris Goodnight battles Sonny Ly.

In the final match, Porter Craig, Tanner’s younger brother, defeated Blake Doman in the 106 pound weight class.

”We’ve been working really hard at practices,” said Latimer, who expressed his gratitude to wrestling partner, Malychewski. “We make each other stronger.”

Malychewski concurred: “We work it pretty hard every day, and tonight was a fun match!”

 

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Camas, WA — The Warehouse was well attended Tuesday night as Camas hosted Heritage for their first wrestling dual of the new season. Camas won, 59-21.

Heritage had some impressive athletes, but they weren’t able to overcome Camas.

The Papermaker wrestlers are off to a great start this season — they notched two individual wins at Rose City two weeks ago — with seniors Jack Latimer and State Champion, Tanner Craig. And, last weekend, junior Gideon Malychewski won his weight class at Tri-State.

In addition, Latimer was named Athlete of the Week by The Columbian newspaper.

”In the last couple of hours I took first, so that was really cool for my team,” said Latimer. “I’m really happy about that. We’re off to a great start.”

Here are the Varsity wrestling results:

106 pound weight class:

Heritage’s Israel Gonzalez defeated Porter Craig

120 pound weight class:

Papermaker Ryan Bell defeated Kyle Killiam

126 pound weight class:

Heritage’s Bodee Parker defeated Devin Padilla

132 pound weight class:

Papermaker Chris Goodnight defeated Wyatt Scott

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Isaac Duncan won by pin against Alex Newberry.

138 pound weight class:

Papermaker Jack Latimer won by forfeit

145 pound weight class:

Papermaker Tanner Craig defeated Juan Castillo

152 pound weight class:

Papermaker Isaac Duncan defeated Alex Newberry (pin)

160 pound weight class:

Heritage’s Timmy Carbollo defeated Mason Gross

170 pound weight class:

Dominic Fujihara won by forfeit

182 pound weight class:

Papermaker Gideon Malychewski defeated Andrew Cowley

195 pound weight class:

Papermaker Colby Stoller won by forfeit

220 pound weight class:

Papermaker Dustin Hubbard won by forfeit

285 pound weight class:

Papermaker Josue Espinoza defeated James Cook

 

By Dan Trujillo

From the beginning of wrestling season, Tanner Lees vowed this would be his year.

The Washougal High School senior repeated that statement after he won the Clark County, sub-regional and regional tournaments. As Tanner stepped into the Tacoma Dome Saturday, he only had one more title to achieve. State champion.

“I got so close last year. One match away from the finals,” Lees said. “I had to break through that and get to the finals.”

And break through Lees did. He trailed by four points in the semifinals, flipped Clarkston’s Jake Freeman over and pinned him with only seconds to spare.

Lees found himself down again in the championship match. Once again, he used his long arms, strength and grit to pin White River’s Weston Lyver in the last round.

“I got my half and just put it all on the mat, right there,” Lees said. “Even if I’m losing, I know I have it in me to pull it out at the end.”

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Tanner Lees. Photo by Dan Trujillo.

Tanner Lees is now a state champion, just like his sister Abby. She won state for Washougal in 2017 and 2015.

“I get to be a role model for my siblings and show them what the Lees name is all about,” he said. “Now, it’s just doing whatever I can to help keep the tradition going.”

Scott Lees is the next one up for the Panthers. He reached the Tacoma Dome as an alternate and got to warm up on the mats. Fellow sophomores Cole Pass and Jason Powell wrestled in their first state tournament this weekend and gained valuable experience.

Like Tanner Lees, seniors Andrew Hopple, Jaden Robb and Brooklyn Wurm-Wertz finished off their high school wrestling careers at the Tacoma Dome. Wurm-Wertz brought home a fourth place medal and Robb secured seventh place.

Tanner Lees is not done competing for the Panthers. He’s ready to pole vault into track and field. Does he have another state championship run left in him?

“That’s the goal,” Lees said with a smile.

Twice Saturday, he proved competitors can’t count him out.

 

Lees

Tanner Lees bends Weston Lyver in half during the 2A 145-pound state championship match at the Tacoma Dome Saturday.

 

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Tanner Lees with his parents, Randy and Teresa Lees.

By Dan Trujillo

Tanner Craig unleashed the beast within him and became a State Champion at the Tacoma Dome Saturday.

Down 1-0 in the final round, the Camas High School junior turned the tables on Sumner’s CJ Richmond with about 20 seconds left on the clock. Craig gained a 2-1 advantage and held on to it until time expired.

“I could feel like he was slipping off and I knew I could go for a reversal or go for an escape,” Craig said. “I just thought, reversal. Get my two and try and ride him out … and that’s what I did.”

When the referee signaled that the match was over, Craig’s scream could be heard around the dome. He might be 132 pounds, but he still flexed his muscles like the Incredible Hulk.

“It felt so good, like everything I dreamed of,” he said.

Craig got into the championship match in stunning fashion. He outlasted Isaiah Gonzalez, of Pasco, in overtime. Craig pinned Enumclaw’s Aidan Carroll in the first round, and then defeated Tahoma’s Cameron Hanson 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

“My coaches and teammates have been pushing me ever since I lost and got eighth here last year,” Craig said. “Running a mile every day before practice. Running sprints every day after practice. Working with coaches every single day. It sucks all year … and it’s just paid off in the end.”

Craig watched the rest of the championship matches from the upper deck. He listened to how the crowd reacted to every big move from the little mats on the floor and smiled.

Craig

Samuel Malychewski clinched third at State.

“It’s so much fun seeing every one who loves wrestling and appreciates how much work goes into to it,” he said.

So what does a high school state champion do for an encore when he has another year of high school left?

“I want to be a two-time champion, just like my dad,” he said.

His father, Pat, won two state titles for North Bend and went on to wrestle for the University of Oregon.

“I learned my dad was a two-time state champion when I was little,” Tanner said. “Ever since I could understand what that meant, I’ve been wanting to do that and striving to reach that level.”

The Camas wrestling team made history at the Tacoma Dome. Jack Latimer and Sam Malychewski earned third-place medals, and Rylan Thompson and Gideon Malychewski finished in fourth place. This helped the Papermakers rise up to fifth place in the team standings with 90 points.

Head coach Cory VomBaur believes this is the best finish for Camas at state in the school’s history. Tanner Craig, Latimer, Gideon Malychewski, Isaac Duncan and Colby Stoller want more next year.

“We’re going to make it even higher next year,” Craig said. “Top three, hopefully. We’re all aiming for that number-one spot.”

Craig

Camas junior, Jack Latimer, placed third in State.

 

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By Dan Trujillo

Three champions, three finalists and seven medalists led the Washougal boys wrestling team to first place at the 2A sub-regional tournament Saturday, at Hockinson High School.”I’ll remember some good things and bad things,” said senior co-captain Tanner Klopman. “Probably the biggest good thing is the team coming together and winning this.”

Scott Lees, Andrew Hopple and Tanner Lees captured championship medals for the Panthers. Klopman, Cole Pass and Jason Powell settled for second place. Malachai Keith and Sampson Figerora rose to third place. Tristan Elliott, Gus Shelley, Korben Modoc, Andrew Darr and Bryce William finished in fourth place.

All 13 of these Washougal wrestlers are on their way to the regional tournament Feb. 10 at Tumwater High School. Tyler Johnson and Xander Romo are going as alternates.

“I thought we had some very impressive performances,” Hopple said. “We have three freshmen on our regional team. That’s fantastic.”

Hopple and Klopman hope to compete at state for the first time.

“I came up one place short last year,” Hopple said. “I’m ready. I’m taking it to The Dome this year.”

Lees reached the state semifinals last season and settled for fourth place.

“I have some tough wrestlers in my weight class, but this is my year,” he said. “I’m going to go all out.”

Whatever happens at region, Hopple hopes the Panthers continue to demonstrate good sportsmanship.

“It’s not just about winning a match or taking first place; it’s staying afterwards to roll up mats and help clean up. Making sure you’re smiling after your match, whether you win or lose,” Hopple said. “That’s what Washougal is all about.”

Panther girls place second

The Washougal girls wrestling team hosted 22 schools at the sub-regional tournament Saturday, and finished in second place behind Union.

Aleksi Donahue clinched a championship medal for the Panthers. Samantha Eakins, Jaden Robb and Brooklyn Wurm-Wertz earned second place. Emily Eakins took third place, and Melina Aguilar and Ashley Garrison followed in fourth place.

These 10 Washougal wrestlers are on their way to the regional tournament Feb. 10 in Aberdeen. Josalyn Tanner-Ortiz and Sariah Clark are going as alternates.

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Camas, WA — Union won an intense District Wrestling Championship Saturday at Camas High School that saw several “civil war” matches, and a striking rematch between Skyview’s Jackson McKinney and Papermaker Samuel Malychewski.

The Titans won with 374.5 points — and Camas followed with 358.5. Heritage, Skyview and Battle Ground placed third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Spectators watched Papermakers Rylan Thompson, a senior, and Tanner Craig, a junior, battle for the first time competitively. Craig’s long winning streak was broken by Thompson during the match that went into overtime sudden victory.

“It’ll hurt no matter who wins,” said Camas Head Coach, Cory Vom Baur, prior to the match. Vom Baur was also named District Coach of the Year.

Malychewski and McKinney have faced each other several times this season, as the third and fourth state ranked (respectively) wrestlers — and will likely battle again at State. Malychewski bested McKinney on Saturday.

“I just went out there and gave it 100 percent,” said Samuel Malychewski of his match against McKinney. “I wasn’t thinking about my past loss, I just focused.”

Union continues to dominate the 4A GSHL District Championship having won seven of the last eight titles.

“This year was about depth,” said Titan Head Coach, John Godhino, “our JV has really wrestled hard and came through, and we had about the same amount of guys in the finals. Going forward these next few years, we have a strong junior base so we won’t lose a lot next year, but we have to get better to compete with Camas.”

 

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Union High School won the 4A GSHL Wrestling Championship on Saturday.

Results by Weight Class

106

  • 1st Place – Sanry Nguyen of Heritage
  • 2nd Place – Ryan Esperto of Union
  • 3rd Place – Miguel Victorano of Battle Ground

113

  • 1st Place – Brandon Esperto of Union
  • 2nd Place – Jacob Tabor of Heritage
  • 3rd Place – Samuel McCormick of Camas

120

  • 1st Place – Daniel (Brett) Joner of Battle Ground
  • 2nd Place – Aaron Avery of Union
  • 3rd Place – Dilyn Jimenez of Union

 

126

  • 1st Place – Jack Latimer of Camas
  • 2nd Place – Kyle Moore of Camas
  • 3rd Place – Calvin Bahl of Union

132

  • 1st Place – Rylan Thompson of Camas
  • 2nd Place – Tanner Craig of Camas
  • 3rd Place – Logan Smith of Skyview

138

  • 1st Place – Noah Talavera of Union
  • 2nd Place – Isaac Salon of Union
  • 3rd Place – Jonah Sullivan of Camas

145

  • 1st Place – Isaac Duncan of Camas
  • 2nd Place – Karter Leifson of Camas
  • 3rd Place – Miles Hartwig of Union

152

  • 1st Place – Danny Snediker of Union
  • 2nd Place – Chris Johnson of Skyview
  • 3rd Place – Spencer Inserra of Battle Ground

160

  • 1st Place – Gideon Malychewski of Camas
  • 2nd Place – Kyle Brosius of Union
  • 3rd Place – Kyle Cantu of Heritage

170

  • 1st Place – Josh Joo of Union
  • 2nd Place – Noah Renk of Battle Ground
  • 3rd Place – Nick Oien of Skyview

182

  • 1st Place – Colby Stoller of Camas
  • 2nd Place – William Pettersen of Skyview
  • 3rd Place – Anthony Choi of Camas

195

  • 1st Place – Samuel Malychewski of Camas
  • 2nd Place – Jackson Mckinney of Skyview
  • 3rd Place – James Cook of Heritage

220

  • 1st Place – Austin Stewart of Battle Ground
  • 2nd Place – Dumitru Salagor of Union
  • 3rd Place – Brian Lloyd of Skyview

285

  • 1st Place – Marvin Barber of Union
  • 2nd Place – Giovanny Rojo of Union
  • 3rd Place – Josue Espinoza of Camas

For a complete list of results, go here: District Results

To learn more, visit www.camaswrestling.com

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(more will be posted at www.Lacamasmagazine.smug.com by Sunday afternoon)

This weekend is loaded with events, starting with today’s “A Wedding to Remember” in downtown Camas, which begins at 2 pm with the wedding, and then a slew of festivities from 5-8 pm.

Boys Varsity Hoops

The boys play Battle Ground at Evergreen today at 5 pm. A Papermaker win will open the door for the boys to enter the playoffs.

Boys Wrestling — District Tournament

The boys will compete for the 4A Greater St. Helens League title on Saturday at Camas High School. The doors open at 8 am, with competition beginning at 9 am. The Papermakers won Districts in 2016.

“We’re looking forward to a great competition,” said Camas Head Coach, Cory Vom Baur.

General admission for District Wrestling is $10 for adults, and $7 for students with ASB. $4 for senior citizens and elementary students. Doors will not open to the public until 8 am. Public entry is at the North Commons.

Science Olympiad

The Camas Science Olympiad team hosts the annual Camas Invitational. The 23 events for the day begin at 9, with most students competing in three to four events. Awards will be presented late in the afternoon. To learn more about Science Olympiad, click here: Camas Science Olympiad

Olympiad

Robotics

Girls Wrestling — Sub Regionals

The competition begins at 10 am at Washougal High School.

Unified Basketball

The Unified Basketball tournament continues on Saturday at Mountain View High School — beginning at 9 am. This is a great experience for all involved.

Dance Invitational

The girls will dance the day away at Mt. View High School — beginning at 9 am.

Gymnastics — District Tournament

The girls compete for the District title at Battle Ground High School on Saturday — beginning at noon. The team hasn’t lost a league meet for the past five years.

 

Gymnastics

Camas HIgh School Gymnastics team.

 

By Dan Trujillo

History was made in the warehouse Wednesday, when the Camas wrestling team broke the hammerlock Union had on the Greater St. Helens League for the last 10 years.

Down by 20 points with four matches left, Jack Latimer, Tanner Craig, Rylan Thompson and Karter Leifsen pinned Titans in succession to help the Papermakers win 39-35.

“I’ve never been a part of a dual like that where there were so many wrestlers, families and students. It was just a cool atmosphere,” said Camas head coach Cory VomBaur. “You had a lot of Union and Camas fans on both sides. That’s the way these two schools are, but wrestling hasn’t stepped into that dynamic until now.”

Union led 11-0, until Colby Stoller brought the Papermakers back from the brink by pinning his opponent. Sam Malychewski stuck a Titan that out-weighed him by more than 20 pounds.

“The first period, I shot in and felt how strong he was. It was a little intimidating,” Malychewski said. “I just pushed through that. I was happy to get that pin.”

Camas was still on the ropes. Ryan Ball saved the Papermakers when he rallied to defeat Brandon Esperto 6-4. The Titans countered with another pinfall victory to increase their advantage to 35-15.

But, that’s when Camas dropped the hammer down.

Latimer pinned Union senior Aaron Avery in the third round. Craig and Thompson pinned a couple of freshmen. All the sudden, the Papermakers trimmed the Titan lead to 35-33.

It was all up the Leifsen. He had to wrestle a senior who placed fifth at the Pacific Coast Championships.

“I went out there and tried to block as much of the pressure as I could,” Leifsen said. “I approached it like any other match, wrestled my hardest and stuck him.”

Leifsen locked in a near fall during the first round. The Camas wrestlers, coaches and fans were on pins and needles. Leifsen led 7-0. All the Papermakers needed was those three points. But, he wanted more.

Wrestling

Karter Leifsen vs. Miles Hartwig.

“Thirty seconds in, you could see Karter had something the other guy didn’t have,” VomBaur said. “We relaxed when he was up 7-0. All the sudden, Karter puts that guy on his back again. You could see it starting to sink in. Isaac was starting to fade. The pin was coming. We all knew it that time.”

Leifsen kept waiting to hear the referee slap his hand on the mat.

“I heard the crowd go crazy and I knew it was over,” he said. “Just the roar of the crowd when I heard that slap on the mat is something I’m never going to forget.”

When this wrestling rivalry started 10 years ago. Camas coaches Glenn Hartman and Brody Faler came up with a concept they called “The Battle for the Paddle.” Both schools are located on opposite sides of Lacamas Lake.

Union won the paddle in 2008, and has held on to it ever since. So long, that these Camas coaches and wrestlers had no idea this paddle even existed until the Titans gave it back to the Papermakers Wednesday.

“Never heard about this paddle in my whole life,” Latimer said. “It’s like a bonus. We have something to keep.”

“We just made history,” Thompson said.

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Close up of the Paddle.

 

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Jack attack! Jack Latimer.

 

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Rylan Thompson pins Josh Helm.

 

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Tanner Craig gets ready to pin Calvin Bahl.

Camas has an opportunity to win its first 4A Greater St. Helens League wrestling championship if it can beat Battle Ground Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The Papermakers are also hosting the district tournament Saturday, Feb. 3.

“Let’s not get complacent. Let’s strive to do better,” Malychewski said. “There’s a reason why they had that paddle for 10 years. We have to build off this for years to come.”

This was a night to remember for Camas Papermakers, young and old. Craig summarized the history made perfectly.

“We knew we needed to get those four pins. We were all hoping and praying,” he said. “It happened. It was the craziest day of the year.”

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