Perfect season just one of many outstanding performances

If football is king of the high school sports world, then Camas is king of the high school sports world.

The Papermakers conquered the state, winning the Class 4A championship with a victory over Richland in the Tacoma Dome.

It was an impressive march through the schedule, with Camas beating teams from three states in the regular season and finishing with a perfect record.

Yet that was only one of several championships from the region. Today, ClarkCountyToday.com celebrates the 2016-17 school year with a quick look back at some of the best performances. Plus, we recall perhaps one of the best days in Clark County high school sports history.

The first team state championships in the fall went to the Camas (Class 4A) and Columbia River (2A) girls soccer teams.  A few weeks later, Camas had its football title.

Camas football player Marshall McIvor shares the state championship trophy with some of the team’s fans after the Papermakers won the 4A title. Photo by Mike Schultz
Camas football player Marshall McIvor shares the state championship trophy with some of the team’s fans after the Papermakers won the 4A title. Photo by Mike Schultz

Clark County also hosted a doubleheader of semifinal football for the first time. Camas and La Center played semifinal football games, one after the other, at a packed McKenzie Stadium.

Earlier in the fall, Woodland had the best finish of the volleyball teams in the region. The Beavers barely survived their district tournament before going on a run at the 2A state tournament to reach the championship match. Woodland finished second.

In the winter, the Union boys basketball team got most of the headlines. The Titans, ranked No. 1 all year by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s new RPI system, reached the Class 4A championship game before finishing second.

Union’s boys basketball team made a run all the way to the Class 4A state championship game earlier this year. Photo by Mike Schultz
Union’s boys basketball team made a run all the way to the Class 4A state championship game earlier this year. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Camas boys swim team won the 4A state title as Clark County had a host of individual champions in different classifications.

And Clark County really went on a roll at the state bowling championship. The Evergreen Plainsmen won the 3A state bowling team title while Hudson’s Bay finished second.

In the spring, King’s Way Christian baseball won the Class 1A state championship. La Center was the top finisher in softball, losing in the 1A championship game.

Ridgefield tied for a state team title in boys track. And Skyview won the Class 4A state boys tennis championship.

The spring sports season ended over Memorial Day Weekend, ending the 2016-17 sports calendar. But there is no rest for champions and hopeful champions. Many programs have already started spring practices and conditioning drills in preparation for the 2017-18 school year.

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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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