Columbian Newspaper

Prep Roundup: Heritage boys beat overtime buzzer, Prairie
Author: Columbian staff

Jarius Brown hit the game-winner at the buzzer as Heritage boys basketball beat Prairie 77-76 in overtime on Monday to end a 11-game losing streak and stay in the postseason mix.


Lillard scores 42 as Trail Blazers hold off Hawks 129-125
Author: Associated Press

PORTLAND — Damian Lillard scored 42 points, Anfernee Simons hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Atlanta Hawks 129-125 on Monday night.


High School Scoreboard, results from Jan. 30
Author: Micah Rice



Legislature explores options for addressing drug possession law
Author: Laurel Demkovich, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are wrestling with how severely to punish people caught with drugs.


The Chronicle - Centralia

Mountaineers Grind Out Slugfest Over Riverhawks

The Rainier girls basketball team did it with defense Monday, wrapping up its regular season with a 38-22 win at Toledo.

The Mountaineers put in 19 points in the first quarter, then settled in for a grind, with the two teams combining for 33 points in the final three quarters. Toledo maxed out at eight in the first, then scored just 14 the rest of the way.

“We played a good defensive game, forced a lot of turnovers, and rebounded the ball well,” Rainier coach Brandon Eygabroad said.

Acacia Murphy took her turn to lead the Mountaineers’ offense with a season-high 12 points, as the only Rainier player to score in all four quarters. Angelica Askey added eight points for the visitors, and Haleigh Hanson had six.

Ryah Stanley put in 13 points for Toledo, leading all scorers.

Rainier ends its regular season a game slot early with a 10-3 record in Central 2B League play, locking up the third seed to the District 4 tournament. The Mountaineers will face the C2BL’s No. 7 seed. Currently, that belongs to Kalama.

Toledo’s path is murkier and much less hopeful. Falling to 3-9 in C2BL play, the Riverhawks are currently a half game behind the Chinooks — who also are done with their league slate — with only a game against Morton-White Pass on Wednesday to go, and Kalama owns the tiebreaker against them. The wild card remains Toledo’s earlier matchup against Winlock, which the Riverhawks had to forfeit due to low numbers at the time, but were trying to reschedule. If they can find a way to play that game, win it, and beat MWP, there’s a wisp of a chance of Toledo sneaking into the final spot of the tournament, but that chance seems to fading with each passing day.

Trojans Fall to Comets

The Pe Ell girls basketball team couldn’t get much going offensively on the road Monday, falling to Naselle 58-32 in 1B Columbia Valley League action.

“Their defense took us out of everything we wanted to do,” Pe Ell coach Dave Tuengel said. “Kudos to Naselle, they forced us to take tough shots and we didn’t convert.”

Pe Ell didn’t get to 10 points in a quarter until the fourth, when it hit 10 exactly. Naselle got its lead to 10 points by the end of the first quarter, and despite a low-scoring second, was up by 20 by the time the final period rolled around.

Charlie Carper had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Devon Shannon and Brookelynn King both scored six points, with the former bringing down 10 boards of her own.

The result keeps high stakes in Pe Ell’s regular season finale, at home Thursday against Columbia Adventist. The Trojans currently sit a game ahead of Three Rivers Christian for the 1B CVL’s final district spot, and can clinch it with a win over the Kodiaks — who they beat by one point on Jan. 10.

Tigers Inch Closer to League Title at Kalama

The 2B No. 3 Napavine girls basketball team gunned it early and didn’t let up until the fourth quarter, racing past Kalama 63-32.

The Tigers held the Chinooks to three points in the first quarter and nine points across the first half, not letting their hosts break double-digits until the third quarter — a third quarter that saw Napavine explode for 24.

Napavine did it behind a balanced offensive attack. Morgan Hamilton led the way with 11 points. Keira O’Neill added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Hayden Kaut and Jessie McCoy both scored nine points, and Danielle Tupuola and Grace Gall both had seven, with Avery Schutz pitching in six.

“We were very balanced tonight, and I thought our defense was tough,” Napavine coach Shane Schutz said.

The win keeps the Tigers perfect in Central 2B League play, with one game left to go. Napavine will host Winlock on Wednesday, with a victory clinching the league title and its No. 1 seed going into the District 4 tournament.

Cardinals Drop Close One at Home

The Winlock girls basketball team dropped its penultimate matchup of the regular season Monday, losing to Wahkiakum 51-40 in Egg Town.

“I am proud of our effort tonight,” Winlock coach Dracy McCoy said. “The first time we played Wahkiakum, they beat us by 47 points. The girls have come a long way since that game. I can not be more happy with their effort and growth this season.”

Wahkiakum got its separation in the first quarter, jumping out to a 17-8 lead. From there, the Cardinals did their best to claw back, playing things nearly even across the middle two quarters and getting the gap to as close as five in the fourth, before the Mules iced things at the line.

Kindyl Kelly led Winlock with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Kiya Peppers added 10 points. Adriana Garcia had six points, Natalia Cardenas had six rebounds, and Cali Geehan pitched in five points off the bench.

Winlock is slated to wrap things up on the road at Napavine on Wednesday.

Washington State News

US nuclear sub docks shut down over 'seismic concerns

Four drydocks in Washington state have been idled amid worries raised by an earthquake study

The US Navy has announced the shutdown of four drydocks in the Seattle area on concern over the safety risks posed if a major earthquake strikes the region. The service is already struggling to keep up with the maintenance needs for its nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Three nuclear-certified dryd

Portland Business News

Legacy Health to close its Gresham birth center
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
The hospital system said the center maintains a low volume of births with an "unusually high-cost model."