Interview with Champions: Woodland Beavers

Softball team celebrates its second consecutive state title

A year ago, the Woodland Beavers surprised some by winning the Class 2A state softball championship.

This year, no surprise at all.

They were the best team all season. Then they proved it when it mattered most last week with another dominating performance at the state tournament.

This week, we got to ask the Beavers how they celebrated, what it is like to represent their community, and how they named their trophy.

The Woodland Beavers will forever be able to celebrate their second consecutive Class 2A state softball championship. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Woodland Beavers will forever be able to celebrate their second consecutive Class 2A state softball championship. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Woodland Beavers named the trophy “Reggie.” And they went shopping for Reggie over the weekend because he will extend his stay in Woodland for at least another year. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Woodland Beavers named the trophy “Reggie.” And they went shopping for Reggie over the weekend because he will extend his stay in Woodland for at least another year. Photo by Mike Schultz
Olivia Grey gave up one earned run all season as the Woodland Beavers won their second consecutive state title. Photo by Mike Schultz
Olivia Grey gave up one earned run all season as the Woodland Beavers won their second consecutive state title. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Woodland Beavers were more than just pitching and defense. They had a powerful lineup that could hit bombs every day. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Woodland Beavers were more than just pitching and defense. They had a powerful lineup that could hit bombs every day. Photo by Mike Schultz
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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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