The Columbian will publish its weekly Prep Power Rankings of teams in Southwest Washington. And we’re giving fans a chance for them to rank the area teams.
This is NOT a power ranking of the best teams head-to-head. Rather, it’s a power ranking of the best teams pound-for-pound.
Each team was rated based on their strength in relation to their classification. So if we ranked La Center higher than Skyview, we’re not saying La Center is better than Skyview. We’re saying that La Center is a better 1A team than Skyview is a 4A team.
Here’s what we came up with, with number showing the average placing in the voting by Columbian staffers and 24.0 being the highest number possible.
1. Union (4A) 23.75
2. Camas (4A) 21.75.
3. La Center (1A) 21.50
4. Columbia River (3A) 21.25
5. Skyview (4A) 20.25
6. Hockinson (2A) 18.00
7. Evergreen (4A) 17.75
8. Mark Morris (2A) 16.67
9. Battle Ground (4A) 15.50
10. Mountain View (4A) 15.25
Now it’s the fans’ turn. We want you rate each team pound-for-pound.
Another way to think about it: Rate each team by which teams you think has the best chance of advancing deeper in the state tournament in their own classification.
Rank each team on this ballot, from 1 to 24 if you’d like. Or you can just rank the top 5 or 10, and let the rest fall where they may.
We’ll plan on releasing The Columbian’s Power Rankings each Tuesday during the football season, and the Fans’ Power Ranking each Friday.
To vote, click here.
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OK, the votes are in. Thanks to all the fans who took part in our preseason prep football poll of the prediction order of finish in the four Southwest Washington leagues.
We list the results of those polls below, compared with The Columbian staff predictions made earlier in August.
Now, admittedly, if The Columbian staff had to do their predictions all over, the results might be different. Our predictions were made before fall practices started, and it’s sort of “If we knew then what we know now” kind of thing.
But we’ll stick by them. And the fans’ picks weren’t too far off from ours. In fact, in the 3A GSHL and 1A Trico, they were the same.
So compare, contrast, discuss and debate.
The numbers next to teams in the fans’ vote indicate the average position of each team. In the 4A GSHL and 2A GSHL, a 7.0 is the max score, 4.0 in in 3A GSHL, 6.0 in 1A Trico.
Oh, and for when people ask us “Why don’t you cover the small schools like you cover the big schools?” We had 301 votes cast in the 4A GSHL, 129 in the 3A GSHL, 91 in the 2A GSHL and 81 in the 1A Trico.
So there you go.
CLASS 4A GSHL (301 votes cast)
1. Camas (6.00)
2. Union (5.62)
3. Skyview (4.73)
4. Battle Ground (3.59)
5. (tie) Evergreen (3.08)
5. (tie) Mountain View (3.08)
7. Heritage (1.90)
Compared to Columbian predictions
5. Mountain View
6. Battle Ground
CLASS 3A GSHL (129 votes cast)
1. Columbia River (3.69)
2. Prairie (2.47)
3. Kelso (2.40)
4. Fort Vancouver (1.44)
Compared to Columbian predictions
1. Columbia River
4. Fort Vancouver
CLASS 2A GSHL (91 votes cast)
1. Hockinson (5.76)
2. Mark Morris (5.68)
3. R.A. Long (4.45)
4. Woodland (3.66)
5. Hudson’s Bay (3.07)
6. Washougal (2.79)
7. Ridgefield (2.59)
Compared to Columbian predictions
1. Mark Morris
2. R.A. Long
5. Hudson’s Bay
CLASS 1A TRICO (81 votes cast)
1. La Center (5.57)
2. Kalama (4.30)
3. Castle Rock (3.86)
4. Stevenson (2.88)
5. White Salmon (2.48)
6. Seton Catholic (1.91)
Compared to Columbian predictions
1. La Center
3. Castle Rock
5. White Salmon
6. Seton Catholic
The Union Titans stretched for their second practice of the day, and then they got right into intense mode right away.
No time was wasted.
Three blockers vs. three defenders in a narrow lane, with a running back trying to find some space.
The Titans take turns going offense and defense. It is a fast-pace drill, with a “play” just about every 20 seconds, which means there are collisions every 20 seconds.
“It sets the tone of the practice,” said new head coach Gary McGarvie.
It gets the players excited. And, if there is a player who thinks he can just build himself up to a high level of focus, kind of ease his way into practice, well, think again. At Union, coaches demand players be ready to battle as soon as they hit the field.
McGarvie, an assistant at Union since the program started, said that he and former coach Cale Piland have different approaches on a few things, but this is not one of them.
“At Union, we’re always going to be physical,” he said.
That starts as soon as practice starts.]]>
Evergreen coach Don Johnson Jr. has a whistle, but his booming voice is just as attention-grabbing as any whistle.
Earlier this week, he had a defense and an offense about to face off against each other in the red zone. Johnson had a message for the Plainsmen on the sideline.
If you believed the defense was going to win, stand on this sideline. If you believed the offense was going to win, stand on the other sideline.
Winning side gets to gloat. Losing side gets up-downs.
“We have enough depth to compete against each other,” Johnson said.
On this day, the offense got the best of the defense. Oh, the defense won one of the series, but the offense got the other two.
Oh, and Johnson is just as competitive as the players. He was in the offensive huddle, so perhaps the deck was stacked a bit against the defense.
Johnson also made sure to get the ball to different playmakers on six consecutive calls.
“No ego,” he said, noting that the playmakers will share the ball this season.
That also has the added advantage that opponents will not know who is getting the ball on the next play.
Johnson’s laugh was louder than any whistle when discussing the possibilities of the Evergreen offense.
Last year’s Black/Orange Scrimmage and Food Drive collected more than 1,000 pounds of food.
Admission is free. Those who bring in at least 15 items of food (with a retail value of at least $15) will receive a Battle Ground T-shirt.
Concessions will be open, as well, and fan gear will be on sale.
Click here for more information.]]>
Last week, the Storm had a few fun distractions during on of their morning practices.
Skyview coach Steve Kizer blew his whistle and called all the players in for an impromptu huddle. At the time, the players were split into their offensive position groups, scattered all over the practice field.
That whistle signaled some sort of break.
Just then, a group of athletes from another sport walked over to the football field. High school girls soccer players were coaching a camp for younger soccer players. And the younger girls wanted to serenade the football players.
Kizer, the big softy, said OK.
So the girls sang “Let it Go” from Frozen. Perhaps you’ve heard of that song. It got a little play time in the last year or so.
Anyway, not sure if there was a hidden message in this song. Let it go? Maybe Skyview needs to let last season go? The Storm want to do a little better than third place in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League.
The whole thing took a minute, maybe two, then it was back to practice.
Or was it practice?
Found out later that Kizer allowed the singing soccer players to do their thing during the offense’s time.
“You missed practice,” Kizer said with a laugh. “Defense is over!”
Anyway, during the last hour of drills for the offense, some players were anticipating the end of practice so they could get their coaches.
A few of the Skyview coaches had to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.
And then this happened:IMG_1423
There was a day last week when the Battle Ground practice got pushed back a half hour past what was on the original schedule.
The players did not seem to mind. That last half hour was full of energy. Players were being praised by their coaches for their effort.
Must be something about that cool, night air.
Practice lasted until 9:30 p.m., with coaches and players thriving under the lights at District Stadium.
“Practicing under the lights is great. We used to do this in the morning. We made the change last year, and it works,” Battle Ground coach Larry Peck said.
One of the benefits, of course, is to get out of the hot sun. Not that it has been crazy hot this past week, but still, it’s August. Another factor is high school football teams play under the lights on Friday nights. Nobody plays at 9 a.m., so no reason to practice at 9 a.m, right?
“You gotta try to find something that will grab the kids,” Peck said. “They really seem to enjoy it.”
Mountain View coaches have found a new way to start practice this season.
“We don’t even have a name for it yet,” Mountain View coach Adam Mathieson said last week.
The coaches leave the locker room first, then create a human tunnel for the players to run through on the way to the practice field. Coaches clap, scream, and do what they can to make the players feel like this is going to be a great day.
“We’re trying to get the excitement, trying to simulate the game experience,” Mathieson said. “Football is an emotional game.”
It should be emotional in practice, too.
“The coaches will be the cheerleaders. Our job is to get them in the right frame of mind and get going,” Mathieson said.
Once the Thunder got to the field, they practiced with music. But this was not your typical music for a high school football practice. This was not rock or hip hop. Jimmy Buffett was the star of this show. His songs came on a bunch, sprinkled with some country music.
“If it isn’t country, it isn’t music,” an assistant coach told the players.
Not sure if Jimmy Buffett should be considered country. But close enough. Wikipedia describes his style as “Island escapism.” Sounds good to me. Plus it’s on the internet, so it must be true!
Either way, Mountain View football practices with coaches who are cheerleaders and Jimmy Buffett.
Not a bad way to spend the day together.]]>
Monday was the first day of practice for all WIAA-sanctioned fall sports other than football.
A few years ago, the WIAA allowed for football to begin its practices a bit earlier than other fall sports so the season could begin earlier (allowing for Week 10 cross-district playoffs that lead into the state tournament).
But Monday is opening day for vollyeball, girls soccer, cross country, girls swimming, boys tennis and boys golf.
As most sports require 10 days of practice before the start of the regular season, that means the opening day for competition is Saturday, Sept. 6. There are a couple of events slated for that date.
Golf does not have the 10-day practice minimum. Golf teams get into action Thursday with a couple of preseason jamborees happening in the area. The regular season opens for many team on Wednesday, Sept. 3, the first day of school for many in Clark County.
Let the practices begin.]]>
Camas junior midfielder Anyssa Devera was one of 19 players from the state of Washington that made TopDrawerSoccer.com fall high school girls soccer All-America Watch List.
The list included more than 250 players who play soccer in the fall season.
Devera was a first-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick as a sophomore. She also earned Columbian All-Region honors.
Other players selected from state of Washington included McKenna Ferrera and Taylor Sekyra of Lake Washington, Lyrik Fryer, Annie Hoffman and Devan Talley of Issaquah, Claire Johnson of Mount Si, Amanda Johnston, Abbey Porter and Kelli Sullivan of Skyline, Kennedy Kieneker of Redmond, Lauren Mercuri of Peninsula, Alyssa Murray of Sumner, Gabriela Pelogi of Federal Way, Erin Swain of Seattle Christian, Kiera Towell of Edmonds-Woodway, Jessica Udovich of Puyallup, Morgan Weaver of Curtis and Kaytlin Willis of Snohomish
This kick-off list is dominated by players who received high state, regional or national honors last fall and/or players who have verbally committed to college programs.
This will be a evolving list as the fall high school season plays out over the next four months. Each Thursday, new names will be added to the list. Players will be removed from the this only if they are no longer playing high school soccer (either by choice or injury).
The purpose of this list is to track the players who will be eligible for the TopDrawerSoccer fall-season state, region and All-America teams, which will be announced in late December or early January.]]>