The Clatskanie High School boys varsity football team played tough against the Washougal Panthers Friday night, but came up short in the end, 42-26.
After holding Washougal scoreless in the first quarter on the Tiger field, both teams got on board with scores in the second quarter.
Washougal took 21 points to the halftime locker room while the Tigers grabbed 12.
The scoring continued in the second half, but the Clatskanie boys just couldn’t catch up. Washougal went ahead 35-20 at the end of the third quarter and held on for the 42-26 win.
“We played tough. The kids showed a great amount of heart and tenacity,” said Tiger head coach Tim Warren. “Washougal was a tough team that made big plays, I was proud of our kids for not giving up.”
“Nick Donaldson has matured a lot as a quarterback,” Coach Warren said.
Donaldson was 11-21 passing for 162 yards. He also rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Kyle Sharek caught six passes for 122 yards.
The Tiger team rushed for 198 yards.
On defense, Shaine Warren and Mica Karber led the way with 11 tackles each. Sharek also had an interception.
“Our offensive and defensive lines played great,” said Coach Warren.
Clatskanie takes on the Knappa Loggers Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in Knappa.
Clatskanie and Rainier high school cross country teams traveled to the Warrenton area last Saturday to compete in the annual Three Course Challenge.
The unique race features three different courses, easy, moderate and difficult, and is held on the grounds of Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center. The course each racer runs is determined by drawing colored poker chips.
Competing on the 4,500-meter easy course were Clatskanie boys Bray Hodges, 27:10, and Tommy Miller, 29:19, and girls Alyssa Moore, 27:02, and Arlee Nosack, 35:11.
Taking on the 5000-meter moderate course were Drexler Martin, 25:04; Trask Hill, 29:30; Alex Gaylin, 30:00; Henry Hunt, 30:48; Megan Strom, 31:07, and Brooke Hamilton, 34:21.
Facing the challenging 5,000-meter hard course were Jacob Kent, 26:27; German George, 27:30; Chase Berg, 27:57; Austin Deanhardt, 30:34; Lynn Siltala, 28:48, and Taryn Clappé, 32:33.
The event also featured a 3,000-meter middle school race. Competing from Clatskanie Middle/High School were Jacob Moore, 13:34; Justin Gwinner, 14:36; Joseph Smart, 20:11, and Grace Tannery, 26:25.
Rainier Runners Participate in Challenge
Running for the Rainier Columbians on the 4,500-meter easy course were Brian Guisinger, 18:14; Trevor Lefebvre, 21:20; Nick Griffith, 24:58, and Bryanna Kotkins, 34:55.
Covering the 5,000-meter moderate course were Emmett Earlywine, 30:15; Tyson Griffith, 30:31, and Cody Gollihugh, 32:00.
Columbians Jared Thomas, 25:16; Alex Gates, 30:05; TJ Thompkins, 31:43; Tyson Lorentson, 32:25, and Hayley Strenke, 34:19, all took on the 5,000-meter hard course.
Rainier is scheduled for a race at the Vernonia Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 27, while Clatskanie is set for the Wildcat Run at Southwest Christian High School in Beaverton on the same day.
Coming out flat in the first half, Rainier’s varsity football team was trailing Kennedy 13-14 at halftime on the Mt. Angel field Friday, Sept. 21, but then the Columbians came fighting back to score a 37-21 victory.
“After the half we really got it together,” said Coach Mike King. “We came up with big stops on defense and moved the ball very well offensively.” But, King added, “I sure would like to see us play for four quarters.”
Offensive leaders for the Columbians were Derek King who gained 169 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. Parker Dean gained 125 yards on 12 carries and also scored two touchdowns.
Oliver Bolden had a touchdown run for Rainier, and Devyn Heflin ran back a punt 72 yards to touchdown territory.
King and Bolden were also standouts defensively with 10 tackles each.
Coach King praised the all- around play of Adam Crape, Dorian Graff and Jesse Hutchins
The Columbians will travel to Salem this Friday, Sept. 28, to take on Blanchet Catholic on the Salem Academy Field. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Rainier Columbian boys’ cross country team competed in the Oregon Episcopal School Invitational on Sept. 18. Both the junior varsity and varsity runners took on a 5,000-meter course.
Results for Rainier runners were Brian Guisinger, 20:41; Jared Thomas, 22:18; Emmett Earlywine, 22:52; Trevor Lefebvre, 25:50; Tyson Lorentson, 26:19; Alex Gates, 26:28; Nick Griffith, 28:09; Colton Verhoff, 29:50; Michael Morton, 30:04, and TJ Thompkins, 34:38.
Rainier’s varsity volleyball team found the going rough in two recent games.
The Lady Columbians traveled to Warrenton on Sept. 20 losing in four matches, 16-25, 25-22, 18-25, and 20-25.
Mikala Edwards had nine kills while Crystal Sherburne and Jessica Gibson led the serving.
Coach Mike Edwards credited Aubree Coffman for her all-around play and hustle.
“Most of the matches were really close, but a few small mistakes at crucial times took away our momentum,” said Coach Edwards. “The girls played hard.”
OES Serving Tough
A Monday trip to Oregon Episcopal School (OES) in Portland resulted in three very quick losses for the Lady Columbians, 15-25, 11-25, and 8-25.
Edwards had four kills while Geneva Clarke was credited with three.
“This was the best serving team we have seen yet. The tough OES serving just took us out of the game,” said Coach Edwards. “The girls didn’t give up though.”
The Rainier girls begin a home stand Wednesday night against De La Salle and Thursday against Corbett. Junior varsity action tips off at 4:30 p.m. with varsity action to follow.
Rainier Middle School (RMS) volleyball hosted Neah-Kah-Nie for their first match of the season on Sept. 17.
RMS Green battled hard but dropped their match 9-25, 17-25, 13-15. Top servers were Hailey Helton with four aces and Tehya Cook with three aces.
RMS Black defeated Neah-Kah-Nie 25-23 and 25-14. Serving well were Kami Gray, 12 aces, and Savannah Harkelroad, who chipped in five aces.
Ilwaco rolled into Rainier on Sept. 18. RMS Green struggled at the service line and lost to Ilwaco 26-24, 17-25, 11-15. Chianne Kolln served eight aces and Nada Jones had three aces.
Game one for RMS Black showcased aggressive serving by Rainier. Jadyn Crape served six balls, five of which were aces. Breana Edwards had 15 serves and 10 aces. RMS Black won game one 25-4. Game two was led by Kami Gray with 12 serves, including seven aces. Crape, Edwards and Gray were all 100 percent from the service line.
RMS Black won games two and three with 25-10 and 15-7 victories.
On Monday, Sept. 24, RMS volleyball teams traveled to Vernonia, where RMS Green won their first match of the season. They were led from the service line by Cook with 16 serves and 10 aces. Masie Tipton showed a tremendous amount of hustle and passed well for her team, according to coach Tina Edwards.
RMS Green went three games to earn the win, 25-20, 14-25, 15-7. RMS Green is 1-2 for the season so far and was scheduled to take on Clatskanie at home on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m.
RMS Black continued its winning streak, beating Vernonia 25-10, 25-19, 13-15. In game 1, Sarah Westlund served 13 balls with five aces and no errors. RMS Black is 3-0 for the season.
The Rainier/Clatskanie girls soccer team beat Westside Christian 5-2 Friday, Sept. 21, in Lake Oswego.
Jubilie Jefferson scored two goals, Katherine Wilson and Alexis Vigoren and Jessica Mullins, all scored a goal apiece.
Jamie Tow was named outstanding defensive player by her coaches and teammates.
Clatskanie’s varsity volleyball team played well against the third-ranked 3A team in the state, but lost to Corbett 15-25, 17-25, 12-25 Tuesday night on the Cardinals’ floor.
Leading the Tigers were Maegan Hunter with seven points, Danielle Berntsen with two aces and two kills, Shelby Weldon with 10 digs, and Christmas Fou with two kills.
The Lady Tigers fell to Catlin Gabel Sept. 20 – 20-25, 16-25, 13-25 – in a game played on the Clatskanie court.
Leaders for Clatskanie were Christmas Fou with eight points and six service aces, Danielle Shockley with seven points, Shelby Weldon with three kills, Danielle Bernsten with five kills and four blocks.
Weldon, Shockley and Berntsen dominated play at the net.
The Tigers were hitting and blocking well, according to Coach Mary Sizemore. “The girls worked hard through some tough moments and are working diligently at pushing the attack on their opponents.”