There is something special about stationers that could lead to years of domination
It’s all about today.
Everything revolves around tomorrow.
One does not have to sacrifice himself for the other.
There is no state tournament this year, so the Camas women’s basketball program, the 2021 team, can only compete against regional competition.
The paper makers will face class 4A and 3A teams from the Greater St. Helens League. They hope to be the best in the region. They are working to achieve this goal. Right now.
The seniors of the 2021 squad also have a long-term goal. They want to see the 2022 team accomplish things never done before in the program. They want the 2023 and 2024 teams to exceed expectations.
So what if, just if the Camas women’s basketball team wins a state championship in the years to come, the Class of 2021 players will be proud knowing they’ve helped along the way.
Faith Bergstrom, Jalena Carlisle and Katelynn Forner are the three senior leaders. The stationers also have five first-year university students.
Coach Scott Thompson has an interesting spin: wave after wave of players enter the game, exhausting opponents.
So are the waves of talent that are pouring into Camas’ women’s basketball.
Once again, five players from the class of 2024 are in college. Six other freshmen are part of the junior varsity team. Oh, what about the eighth graders? Rumor has it that they also form a special group.
Today, however, it is the Class of 21 that accommodates the Class of 24.
“It’s really cool to be able to play for this team,” Forner said. “I was delighted from day one to know Reagan Jamison, Ava Smith, Riley Sanz, Addison Harris and Parker Mains, all of them I knew they were coming.”
For a while, no one was sure there would be a final season of senior high school basketball.
Now that they are playing, they understand that their role is to win now, as much as they can in this shortened season, and to show young talent the path to victory in the future.
This would also include juniors and sophomores. Samuel Guffy, Callie Ulin and Ashley Bauer are the juniors, and Anna Mooney is the second on the team.
“My goal is to prepare these girls, to train with them and to prepare them,” Forner said. “Because I know what to expect and what they can do. They are going to do great things. Just being able to play with them right now is amazing. “
On Friday, Camas got off to a quick start. Forner had four straight 3 points in the first quarter and the paper makers topped their rival Union 60-41. Forner, by the way, counted on his fingers each time, as those blows went through the hoop.
“Believe me, I’m as shocked as everyone,” Forner said, noting that she’s not known for her 3-point shot.
The second wave entered the game and Jamison buried his first 3 point of the night. In all, Camas has made six of his first seven from 3 points.
Later, it was more of an internal attack. Bergstrom scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half. Union, a solid team that promise to fight better in the next game against the Papermakers, have never got below 10 points.
In the presence of SB Live Washington, the stationers put on a show. Journalist Todd Milles noted, “Over time, if the pipeline of emerging talent continues, Camas… should be able to do things in women’s basketball that he has never accomplished in Canadian history. school.
“Including the fight for a Class 4A title.”
Jamison said the stationers couldn’t be caught up in all the hype just yet.
“I don’t think anyone on our team cares too much about the media (be careful),” Jamison said. “We go there every day and we trust each other. So we don’t really care.
Still, the long-term goal is to win a state title. Or titles.
“They will,” Forner promised. “They go.”
“We have to continue to develop a family,” Jamison said. “Bring the youngest here, the future of Camas.”
Note that freshman Jamison is already thinking about young talent.
It all depends on this ultimate goal.
“We’re trying to get a ring,” Jamison said. “I think we’ll have a very good chance of doing that.”
If that happens, maybe buy some honorary rings for the 2021 class?
“I met my seniors before the start of the season,” said Camas coach Scott Thompson. “We called it a leadership summit. It’s such a unique group. It’s so much of a team first in everything they do. “
From this summit came two missions.
“One of them said, ‘I want to make freshmen as good as possible, so when we go we made them better at basketball,” said Thompson.
“The next one said, ‘I just want them to understand how hard we work every day. I want to make sure that when we leave these girls work as we work everyday in the practice. And they participate in every exercise in every second that they do. ”
In a typical year, the goal would be to win a state trophy.
In this pandemic season, the goal is to ensure that future teams receive a trophy.
“How can you ask for better seniors?” Thompson asked. “Their game is great. Their leadership skills are even better. They leave so much out of this program. They built something special and we absolutely love them for it.