WIAA creates open forum for anyone to submit opinions on proposed amendments

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is allowing the public to submit their opinions on 10 proposed amendments that will go up for vote later this spring. At a link on the WIAA website, people will get an explanation of each amendment, plus pros and cons of each. Then people can share their thoughts. The forum […]

Camas’ Jacques Badolato-Birdsell will miss football season with torn knee ligament

When the Camas Papermakers return to the field for the 2020-21 football season, it will be without their star running back. Jacques Badolato-Birdsell underwent surgery for a fully torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered earlier this month, Andy Buhler of Scorebook Live reported. The All-Region running back, who signed with the University of Nevada last month, […]

A hard look at COVID-19 data keeping Southwest Region in Phase 1 and data shows for the future

The numbers came on Friday, and they weren’t good. Every region in the state saw its number of new COVID-19 cases go in the wrong direction, meaning no region will be moving to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington reopening plan on Monday. The Southwest Region again only met one of four metric thresholds required […]

Revised 2020-21 athletic calendar for Southwest Washington

On Tuesday night, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its revised calendar for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Here is an outline of how the timeline will look like here in Southwest Washington, based on the outline announced last week by the athletic directors of the 4A and 3A Greater St. Helens League. […]

COVID-19 metrics comparisons this week to last week for each of the state’s eight regions

Another Friday came and new numbers regarding metrics to push regions into Phase 2 came out. At it pertains to high school sports, regions need to be in Phase 2 before full practices and competitions can begin in sports like football, girls soccer, volleyball and slowpitch softball. Currently in the Southwest Region, those sports are […]

Arizona officials reinstate winter sports at high schools

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona high school sports officials voted Tuesday to allow winter sports, reversing a decision made four days earlier to cancel the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Arizona Interscholastic Association voted 5-4 to reinstate basketball, soccer and wrestling for high school students. It comes as the state struggles with the worst […]

Arizona becomes first state in US to cancel winter prep sports season

On Tuesday, The Columbian reported that Arizona was one of 14 states planning to begin playing high school basketball by Feb. 1, with the caveat that “as we’ve learned from this pandemic, plans can change.” In Arizona, it changed and changed dramatically. On Friday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board, by a 5-4 vote, decided […]

Local prep football players of Class of 2021 who have signed, committed or received offers from college programs

The 2020-21 recruiting season for high school football in Southwest Washington has been a strange one. Three local players signed college letters of intent with the programs of their choice during the early signing period last month. Four others have announced verbal commitments, while 11 others are weighing one or more offers. Here’s a look […]

WIAA Executive Board reschedules meeting to Wednesday

And the wait continues. The Executive Board of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association had planned to meet Monday evening and announce Tuesday morning its plans for return-to-play guidelines for the 2020-21 athletic calendar. That meeting was pushed back 48 hours as the WIAA hopes to receive new guidance from the state, the WIAA announced Monday. […]

Skyview lineman Brett Gray commits to Valparaiso for football

Skyview lineman Brett Gray announced Tuesday he has made a verbal commitment to play football for Valparaiso. “I have blessed with this opportunity to play (Division 1) college football,” Gray posted on social media Tuesday. “And with that being said, I have decided to commit to Valparaiso University. Go Crusaders.” Valparaiso, located in Indiana, plays […]

New Hat? or Old Tricks? Portland Timbers 2017 Preview

Last years’ end state was horrible; the Portland Timbers, returning MLS Champions, missed the playoffs.  Not good; especially when 60% of  the teams in your Conference make the playoffs. Clearly changes needed to be made. Notable midfield additions include David Guzman, Sebastian Blanco, and the return of Dairon Asprilla. On the defensive side, where the Timbers had […]

Gluck – Making the Most of the Much Maligned Melano

For most, the hot topic/question for the Timbers is… What to do about Luca?   For me, it’s certainly a short-term concern, but I’d submit there’s a longer term question that still needs to be answered that far outweighs what to do about Luca. To explain, if you will. The Timbers have seen the trees […]

Defense First ? Timbers to Ride the Rapids?

Portland Timbers travel to Colorado for the first time this year and the challenge for both teams is finding the right balance between attacking and defending. In their last league home game the Timbers struggled in the first half – not unlike their US Open Cup match as well. If not for an untimely hand-ball by David […]

It’s been real

My time at The Columbian is coming to a close but I know we were always meant to be, even if our moment together was fleeting. Life is like that. A Tom Vogt article from The Columbian about my family cheering on the Venezuelan basketball team in the 1992 Tournament of the Americas hung in […]

Blazers hire ESPN Radio’s Kevin Calabro as television play-by-play announcer

The rumors have been confirmed: the Portland Trail Blazers are bringing in the NBA’s national radio voice into the both for all 82 games next season. Kevin Calabro is the new Blazers play-by-play man for the foreseeable future. Calabro, who was the Seattle Supersonics play-by-play man for 21 seasons until the team moved to Oklahoma […]

Timbers Shake Quakes Again!

In perhaps their best team performance all year the Portland Timbers defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, in the fourth round of the US Open Cup, at Providence Park last night 2 – nil. I don’t offer that lightly – the Timbers have struggled on both sides of the ball this year – not only in finishing chances […]

Blazers overhaul broadcast crew: Mike Barrett, Antonio Harvey and Mike Rice out

The Portland Trail Blazers’ broadcast crew is undergoing a major overhaul and several faces who were synonymous with the organization will no longer be there. The team announced Wednesday that television duo Mike Rice and Mike Barrett, as well as radio analyst Antonio Harvey will not be with the team next season. A national search […]

Bulls vs. Blazers NBA Podcast: Is Kevin Love a TJ Maxx player?

The NBA Finals live to see another day. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both scored 41 points and King James added 16 rebounds and seven assists to boot. SOMEBODY CALL STEPHEN A!!!!! LeBron would have had a triple-double had budding TJ Maxx Player Kevin Love been able to knock down a shot. Where are we with […]

Dame DOLLA: Shook Ones Pt. II Freestyle feat. V.I.P.

It’s a Monday and it’s the summer, which can only mean one thing on this blog: Damian Lillard dropping new music. His latest #MusicMonday release is a freestyle over Mobb Deep’s classic “Shook Ones Pt. II.” featuring V.I.P.. Lillard is in Taipei as part of his adidas “Take on Summer” tour but he continues bringing the […]

Bulls vs. Blazers NBA Podcast: The High Road

This is the last week that I will writing on this blog, as you may have heard. However, The Network will live on beyond the confines of this space. The people need the content. The Real Lakers of Los Angeles are out here making waves and the Golden State Warriors, their parents and spouses, are […]

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