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Girls soccer playoff action heats up this week for a dozen Clark County schools

The first week of November greets Clark County with the start of the high school girls soccer playoffs for a dozen schools.

Here is a rundown of the situation for each classification for local schools:

Class 4A

Greater St. Helens League champion Camas and second-place Union join Battle Ground in a bi-district tournament, with most of the games being played in the Tacoma area. Nineteen are competing for eight state tournament berths in the bi-district competition that runs through Saturday.

Here is the bi-district bracket.

For Camas and Union, the path to state is simple: Win on Thursday, and they’re in. Lose, and the season is finished. Camas plays host to Rogers of Puyallup at 6 p.m. at Doc Harris Stadium, while Union plays Auburn-Riverside at Tahoma High School at 5:30 p.m.

If Camas and/or Union win, they’ll play Saturday, but strictly for state tournament seeding.

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Battle Ground road to state requires two wins. If the Tigers defeat Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday, they’ll advance to a winner-to-state game at Puyallup at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The 16-team state playoffs begin with first-round games Nov. 7-9. The state championship game is Nov. 19 in Puyallup. Camas is coming off a third-place finish in the 2015 state playoffs.

Camas Papermakers girls soccer team in Clark County Washington news

The Camas girls soccer team has had plenty of reasons to jump for joy this season. The Papermakers won the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League regular season title this season, making it seven consecutive seasons that they have either won the GSHL championship or shared the league title. Photo courtesy of Kris Cavin

Class 3A

GSHL champion Prairie, along with Kelso, Evergreen and Mountain View, participate in a bi-district tournament that is heavily populated with Tacoma-area schools. Five teams in the 19-school tournament, which begins Tuesday, earn a state playoff berth.

As the GSHL No. 1 seed, Prairie gets a first-round bye and plays only one game, a winner-to-state, loser-out game against the Kelso-Yelm winner on 3 p.m. Saturday at McKenzie Stadium.

Evergreen and Mountain View must win two games to advance to the state playoffs. On Thursday, it’s Evergreen at Stadium at 5:30 p.m., while Mountain View takes on the Spanaway Lake-Timberline winner at 6 p.m. in Lacey. If Evergreen wins, the Plainsmen play Mt. Tahoma on Saturday for a winner-to-state game. Should Mountain View prevail, the Thunder face Bethel on Saturday for a state playoff berth.

Here is the bi-district playoff bracket.

The 3A state playoffs begin with first-round games Nov. 7-9. The state championship is Nov. 19 in Puyallup. Prairie lost its first-round state playoff game in 2015, while Evergreen and Mountain View haven’t been to the state playoffs in more than a decade.

Class 2A

The District IV playoffs continue Tuesday with two winner-to-state games and a pair of third-place quarterfinals. Clark County teams dominated the first round, as Hockinson, Columbia River and Ridgefield combined to go 3-0.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Hockinson plays Columbia River at Kiggins Bowl, and Ridgefield travels to Tumwater, both games for state playoff berths. The winners play Thursday for the district’s No. 1 and 2 seeds.

Tuesday’s losers are still eligible to claim the district’s third and final berth, but must win consolation games on Thursday and Saturday.

Here is the district tournament bracket.

First-round action in the 2A state playoffs runs Nov. 7-9, with the state championship game Nov. 19 at Shoreline Stadium.

All three Clark County teams have extensive state playoff experience. Ridgefield is coming off a second-place finish in 2015, losing to Squalicum in the 2A state final. In 2014, the Spudders placed third at state.

Although this is Columbia River’s first attempt for a 2A state playoff  berth, the Chieftains are shooting for their sixth consecutive state playoff appearance. Columbia River won the 2012 state title, and placed third in 2014.

Hockinson is aiming for its 11th consecutive playoff appearance, although the Hawks have never advanced past the second round.

Class 1A

Trico champion King’s Way heads a trio of Clark County teams in the District IV tournament that runs Tuesday through Saturday.

Tuesday’s action features two loser-out games, Hoquiam vs. Seton Catholic at Doc Harris Stadium at 7 p.m., while La Center travels to Elma for a 7 p.m. contest. On Thursday at King’s Way, Montesano plays the Hoquiam-Seton Catholic winner at 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. game between King’s Way and the La Center-Elma winner. The winners advance to state.

Thursday’s losers play at noon Saturday at King’s Way for a state tournament berth, followed at 2 p.m. with a game pitting Thursday’s winners for the No. 1 and 2 state seeds.

Here is the district tournament bracket.

State playoff competition begins Nov. 7-9. The 1A state championship game is Nov. 19 at Shoreline. King’s Way is shooting for its third consecutive state playoff appearance.

Camas Papermakers girls soccer team in Clark County Washington news

The Camas girls soccer team heads into postseason play with a 15-0-1 season record. The Papermakers will play host to Rogers of Puyallup at 6 p.m., Thu., Nov. 3 at Doc Harris Stadium. Photo courtesy of Kris Cavin

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Nick Daschel is a veteran journalist who has covered Clark County sports and news, as well as Oregon for nearly four decades. Nick, a graduate of Oregon State and lives in Vancouver, has worked as a reporter for many media outlets, including The Oregonian and The Columbian.

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