Class 4A GSHL: So strong, so tough

ClarkCountyToday.com’s series of high school football team previews kicks off with the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League, with stories on all five teams.Teams will battle for only two playoff spots again this season.

Paul Valencia
Paul Valencia

Paul Valencia
ClarkCountyToday.com

Survive, then thrive.

That is the football story for the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League.

The two teams that will earn the playoff spots out of this league will automatically be legitimate contenders to win a state championship. Recent history tells us so.

A year ago, Camas won the league title, then won five more playoff games for the program’s first state championship.

Camas football players enjoy the thrills of their state championship last year. Photo by Mike Schultz
Camas football players enjoy the thrills of their state championship last year. Photo by Mike Schultz

A year ago, Skyview finished second in the league, then reached the state semifinals.

Also, a year ago, Battle Ground went 7-2, was ranked in the state’s top 10, yet stayed home in November.

Yes, one ridiculous tough league, with even tougher standards. Only two playoff spots are available. 

ClarkCountyToday.com reporter Paul Valencia previews all 18 of Clark County’s high school football teams this week with the assistance of photographer/videographer Mike Schultz. On Tuesday, we begin the series with a look at the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League teams. Checkback in coming days for the previews of Class 3A and 2A GSHL and Class 1A Trico League teams as we prepare you for the 2017 high school football season.
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The top storylines going into this season:

  • Camas has won 50 consecutive regular-season games and has not lost a league game this decade.  
  • Skyview is hoping this is the year to knock off the Papermakers. 
  • Union, the buzz of the offseason, hopes to crash the playoff party.

ClarkCountyToday.com will have stories on all 18 Clark County football teams, along with schedules and team outlooks. Today we start, in alphabetical order, with the teams of the 4A GSHL:

Battle Ground has a new coach and will try to maintain the momentum from back-to-back winning seasons.

Camas has plenty of experience at replacing experience, and new players will make a name for themselves like Isaiah Abdul did last season.

Heritage, after coming one win short last year, is looking for its first winning regular season since 2008.

Skyview has the most all-league performers returning and Cole Grossman, one of the top recruits in the region.

Union welcomes back Jojo Siofele, its star running back who missed most of last season with a knee injury.

Look for 3A GSHL, 2A GSHL, and Trico League teams in the coming days.

Click images below to view team stories:

Battle Ground Tigers

Camas Papermakers

Heritage Timberwolves

Union Titans

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About The Author

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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