Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry to Gonzaga highlights Signing Day


Early signing period begins for high school athletes to ink scholarship deals

It seems like forever ago when Battle Ground standout Kaden Perry announced that he would play basketball at Gonzaga University.

Today, he gets to sign.

“It’s always been official,” he said, confirming that he never wavered about his decision. “But it’s going to be official.”

Kaden Perry of Battle Ground has been a powerful force on the Clark County basketball courts. He is expected to sign with Gonzaga on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Kaden Perry of Battle Ground has been a powerful force on the Clark County basketball courts. He is expected to sign with Gonzaga on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Schultz

Athletes in many NCAA sports can sign in the early period, beginning Wednesday. Football players must wait until December.

At least three girls basketball players from Clark County are expected to sign with Division-I programs this week. Faith Bergstrom of Camas is heading to Cal Poly, Jaydia Martin of Hudson’s Bay is going to go to Eastern Washington University, and Skylar Bea of Washougal is signing with Idaho.

Kaden Perry of Battle Ground announced he would sign with Gonzaga in June of 2019. On Wednesday, he gets to sign his letter of intent. Photo by Mike Schultz
Kaden Perry of Battle Ground announced he would sign with Gonzaga in June of 2019. On Wednesday, he gets to sign his letter of intent. Photo by Mike Schultz

The biggest signing of the year, maybe this century, for Clark County basketball is Perry, the 6-9 post who can play inside and outside. Ranked among the ESPN’s top 100 players in the country, he made his announcement that it would be Gonzaga in June of 2019.

Some 17 months later, he is expected to sign with the top-ranked team in the nation as Gonzaga prepares to play the 2020-21 season.

“Hopefully we’ll be just as strong,” Perry said Tuesday, referring to when he gets to Gonzaga, next season.

As far as the present, Perry said he is still hoping that he will get a senior season of basketball with Battle Ground. Washington high school sports have been put on hold by the government’s reaction to the pandemic. There is the possibility that basketball practice will start after Christmas, but no one knows yet when, or if, a season will occur.

“It sucks. You want to go out with a bang before you go off to college,” Perry said. “I’m hoping that there’s something. Even if we don’t have as many games, at least do something for my senior year.”

While all athletes are having to adapt to uncertain schedules, the special talents still have that special opportunity on Signing Day.

“It’s the start of something new, a big step,” Perry said. “Not as big as stepping on campus. But now they can tell me what they want me working on. It’s a new chapter.”

Perry helped Battle Ground reach the Tacoma Dome, the final 12, the past two years.

Bergstrom said she intends to sign with the Cal Poly Mustangs. The 6-3 post helped the Papermakers to the round of 12 in the Tacoma Dome last season. Camas made it to the state regionals in 2019. 

Faith Bergstrom of Camas is expected to sign with the Cal Poly Mustangs. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin
Faith Bergstrom of Camas is expected to sign with the Cal Poly Mustangs. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin

Martin helped the Eagles to the state regionals her sophomore year then to the state round of 12 in the Tacoma Dome last year. She is signing with Eastern Washington.

Jaydia Martin of Hudson’s Bay is expected to sign with Eastern Washington University. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jaydia Martin of Hudson’s Bay is expected to sign with Eastern Washington University. Photo by Mike Schultz

Skylar Bea helped Washougal to a state title in 2019. She is signing with Idaho, joining older sister Beyonce with the Vandals. 

Skylar Bea of Washougal is expected to sign with Idaho. Photo by Mike Schultz
Skylar Bea of Washougal is expected to sign with Idaho. Photo by Mike Schultz

Note: This story focuses on Division-I basketball signees. We hope to have another story on the Division-I athletes in other sports as signings become official. To report Division-I signings, please reach out to Paul Valencia at Paul.V@clarkcountytoday.com

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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