Area teams eye postseason playoffs

The high school regular season will come to a close in the next week for Clark County basketball teams, many of which are still battling for the right to advance to the playoffs.

Postseason spots are still up for grabs in all classifications during the last week of the regular season. District and bi-district tournaments are scheduled to begin next week.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead for the area’s high school basketball teams:

Class 4A

Boys and girls teams in all high school classifications are wrapping up league play in the next week while many battle for postseason playoff berths.
Camas headed into Wednesday’s home game with Skyview in first place in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League girls standings. The Papermakers were looking to clinch the league title with a win. Shown here is junior guard Madison Freemon (22) driving for a layup in the Papermakers’ win at Battle Ground earlier this season. The Tigers’ Kelly Poteet (32) attempts to get in Freemon’s path to the basket. Photo by Mike Schultz

Union appeared to have its grip on the boys Class 4A Greater St. Helens League title for much of the season but the Titans’ 50-47 loss at Camas on Jan. 24 muddied up the waters just a bit.

With a makeup game remaining at Evergreen, Union holds onto first place with a 7-1 record (16-3 overall). The Titans are currently ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press state 4A poll.

Camas will play host to Skyview tonight in a game that will determine second and third place. Both teams enter the game with 5-2 marks in GSHL play. Skyview defeated Camas 48-40 earlier this season.

Three teams will advance to the playoffs from the 4A GSHL with the No. 3 team needing to win a play-in game scheduled for Feb. 7 to get into the double-elimination portion of the tournament, which concludes on Feb. 18.

In the 4A GSHL girls division, Skyview will play at Camas tonight in a game that will determine the top two seeds to the postseason. Camas, which defeated Skyview 48-43 earlier this season, heads into tonight’s matchup with a 7-0 league mark and Skyview is just one game behind with a 6-1 record in GSHL play.

Union (4-4 in league play) has secured the GSHL’s No. 3 seed into the postseason.

Class 3A

Prairie’s boys and girls have each wrapped up the 3A GSHL title and both will enter the bi-district with the league’s No. 1 seed.

Prairie’s girls, ranked No. 4 in the latest Associated Press state 3A poll, is 8-0 in league play (15-3 overall) with two GSHL games remaining.

Evergreen, Kelso and Mountain View are currently each 5-3 in league play and locked in a three-way tie for second place. All three will advance to the bi-district tournament but the final two games in league play will determine the No. 2-4 seeds from the GSHL.

Prairie’s boys have wrapped up the GSHL title. The Falcons are 8-0 in league play (16-2 overall). They will advance to the bi-district tournament as the league’s No. 1 seed. The bi-district tournament will take place Feb. 8-18.

Kelso has the inside track on the league’s No. 2 seed. The Hilanders are 6-2 in league play (14-4 overall). Fort Vancouver (5-3, 12-5) has locked up a berth into the bi-district playoffs as no worst that the league’s No. 3 seed.

Hudson’s Bay (2-6, 5-12), Evergreen (2-6, 4-13) and Mountain View (1-7, 4-14) will battle it out for the league’s remaining playoff berth.

Boys and girls teams in all high school classifications are wrapping up league play in the next week while many battle for postseason playoff berths.
Prairie’s girls have already clinched the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League girls championship. The Falcons, 8-0 in league play and 15-3 overall, are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest Associated Press state poll. Prairie’s Grace Prom (14) is shown here driving for a basket in a game at Union earlier this season. Photo by Mike Schultz

Class 2A

Washougal (9-1, 11-4) still has some work to do to clinch the GSHL 2A league girls title and No. 1 seed into the district tournament. The Panthers, ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press 2A girls state poll.

Washougal will play host to Columbia River on Thu., Feb. 2 and then finish the regular season at Woodland on Mon., Feb. 6.

Mark Morris (7-2, 10-6) and Woodland (7-3, 12-6) are currently in the second and third spots in the GSHL 2A girls standings. Columbia River (6-5, 10-9) will attempt to hold off Hockinson (4-6, 9-9) for the fourth and final berth into the district tournament.

Woodland (8-3, 12-5) is currently in second place in the 2A GSHL boys standings. The Beavers would need Mark Morris (8-2, 13-5) to suffer a loss in its final two games of the season in order to move up in the standings.

Ridgefield (6-4, 10-8) is in the league’s No. 3 spot with two games remaining. The Spudders will play at R.A. Long on Fri., Feb. 3 and will play host to Mark Morris on Tue., Feb. 7.

Columbia River (5-5, 10-8) is currently in a tie for fourth place with R.A. Long (5-5, 9-8) with two league games remaining.

Class 1A

La Center’s girls have repeated as champions of the Trico League. The undefeated Wildcats (9-0, 18-0) have one league game remaining, at second-place Seton Catholic (7-2, 13-2) on Thu., Feb. 2. La Center is ranked 6th in the latest Associated Press state poll.

King’s Way Christian (3-6, 6-9), White Salmon (2-5, 4-9), Stevenson (2-6, 6-10) and Castle Rock (2-6, 4-13) are battling it out for the league’s final two berths into the district tournament.

In the Trico League boys division, La Center (6-1, 11-3) is chasing King’s Way Christian (8-1, 11-7) for the league title. La Center defeated King’s Way 55-45 earlier this season and then King’s Way earned a hard-fought 55-49 win in double overtime at La Center on Jan. 24.

Seton Catholic (3-5, 9-8) is currently in third place in the Trico League boys standings. Stevenson (2-4, 8-7), White Salmon (2-4, 6-8) and Castle Rock (1-7, 1-16) are still battling to be one of the league’s four teams that advance to the district tournament.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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