3-on-3 tourney

The second annual Sunnyside 3-on-3 Summer Jam was a huge success! We are growing in participants and next year look to move into downtown Sunnyside.

This year's tournament had three corporate sponsors: the Port of Sunnyside, The Valley's Market and U.S. Bank. Other sponsors were Pizza Hut, Bierlink Construction, Les Schwab Tire Center, Benton REA Power Net, Mid Valley Mall, A&W/KFC, Sunny Spot Restaurant, Daily Buzz Deli, Re-Max First Advantage, Wal-Mart, Perfect Printing, Pepsi Cola Bottle Corp., Horizon, Bob's Drive Inn, Kiwanis of Sunnyside, C Speck Motors, TJ's Refrigeration and Sunnyside's Promise. All of you made this event possible and we thank you very much.

Also, the community needs to acknowledge the people who came out and volunteered and worked during the two blistering days, monitoring and setting up the tournament. Those individuals were Vernita Coffey, Sandra Abaricio, Kathy Corliss, M'Liss Bierlink, Ken Bierlink, Kurtis Bierlink, Joe Gutierrez, Lino Guerra, James Sanchez, Micheal Sanchez, Crystal Carpino, Jaymee Arevelo, Martin Sanchez, Monica Pacheco, Lupe Vidaurri, Victoria Sarmiento, Devina Martinez, Melissa Caballero, Noe Zamarron, David Palomarez and Jason Aguilar. Without the efforts of those individuals, the tournament would never have been possible.

All teams played with the competitiveness that we love to see. Everyone was for the most part well behaved, which lets us believe we could continue to have these tournaments for years to come.

Anyone interested in volunteering and helping monitor the courts, or be on the committee for next year's 3-on-3 Summer Jam, can contact the Chamber of Commerce. I had a great time putting this tournament together and hope all participants enjoyed themselves.

/s/ Lino Gutierrez, Sunnyside

Live strong,

run happy

When I began running cross country my freshman year of high school, I met several runners who I looked up to—Angela Talarico from Eisenhower, Mike Heidt from Selah, who is now one of my teammates at WSU, and Jonathon Hickey from Hanford High School.

Jonathon worked hard and by his senior year had won two state titles. He is not only a talented runner, but also a wonderful person. He received an athletic scholarship to the University of Washington (poor guy) and has had two successful years there. This spring he noticed a small cyst on his scalp, and after a minor medical procedure to have it removed, found it to be a rare cancer called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. After a long and painful surgery the cancer was removed and after several weeks Jon is now running at full strength again.

This life changing experience has prompted him to organize a 5K run/kids mile to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It will be held at Columbia Park in Kennewick on Saturday, Aug. 14.

I consider Jon a good running buddy, so I am excited to be running in honor of my grandmother, Iris Kellogg, who died of ovarian cancer when I was nine years old. I think running to fight cancer is the ultimate and I would love to see some community members running in the race.

For more information, registration forms and Jonathon's story, go on-line to:

Live strong and run happy!

/s/ Isley Gonzalez, Sunnyside


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