CHS soccer team ready to defend league title

Camas Head Football Coach Jack Hathaway gathered his Papermakers in a giant group at Camas High’s Cardon Field to give some advice and get the players psyched up for their season opener.

It’s Monday, August 29, the first day of school for Camas School District students, and the soccer team has already been practicing for over a week in preparation for their first game of the 2022 season, an away game. against the Yelm Tornados on Friday, September 2.

Hathaway has been here before, cheering on his team a few days before their first game of the year, but he’s never been here as the Papermakers’ official head football coach.

Last year, Hathaway began the 2021 season as the Papermakers’ interim head coach, replacing renowned coach Jon Eagle, who led the Papermakers to nine league titles and three state championships before accepting an assistant coaching job at the Portland State University in the summer of 2021.

Hathaway, a Camas High physical education teacher who worked under Eagle for seven years before taking on the interim head coaching job, earned the official title of head coach in November 2021 after leading the Papermakers since a rocky 0-4 start at the start of the season to an impressive finish that included the 4A Greater St. Helens League (GHSL) title and a two-game run in the 2021 4A Soccer State Championship playoffs.

Now, Hathaway is gearing up for his first official season as head coach and says he’s excited to see how his Papermakers play in the Sept. 2 road game against Yelm.

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“Last year, we had a ton of injuries, but this year we’re as healthy as we can be,” Hathaway told The Post-Record on Monday, August 29. “It’s a good group of guys … and I’m looking to our senior quarterback (Taylor Ioane) to take the reins.”

Ioane has shown consistency, leadership and maturity in his final year with the Papermakers, Hathaway says, and will lead a team that has an “explosive offensive line,” a strong defense and a promising group of returning veterans, including Zach Blair, Ethan Ouchi , Carson Osmus, Brad Prouse and Holt Williams.

Hathaway also hopes that he and his assistant coaches can help instill in the Camas players some valuable life lessons.

“We’ve been talking about having a strong work ethic, having compassion and honesty,” Hathaway said.

Of course, with a track record that includes two Class 4A soccer state championships in the past five years, Camas soccer players likely feel the pressure to be the best, but Hathaway said he also wants them to find some balance and enjoy your time on the field. grill.

“There is a lot of pressure on them… but there has to be a balance. This should be fun,” the coach said.

The Papermakers will face the Yelm Tornadoes in an away game on Friday, September 2, but will return to their home field at Doc Harris Stadium, playing the Glacier Peak Grizzlies from Snohomish, Washington at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9. September.

To view the 2022-23 Varsity Papermakers football team schedule, visit chspapermakers.com/teams/3437891/boys/foot ball/varsity/schedule.

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