Columbia River soccer: A chat with the champions

Chieftains share their state championship memories

The Columbia River Chieftains won the fourth state championship in program history over the weekend, topping league-rival Hockinson 1-0 in the championship match.

We met up with the Chieftains on Monday to hear how they did it and how they celebrated such an incredible season. 


About The Author

Paul Valencia joins 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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