Stories for October 2004

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Friday, October 29

               

Thursday, October 28



Robbery suspect arrested in Burien

Ivan Rivera, who was wanted by Sunnyside police detectives for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery at the Minute Mart near the corner of 13th Street and Decatur Avenue, was arrested last night in Burien, according to Sunnyside Det. Jim Orth.

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No more drugs for these Mabton teens

MABTON - Whether it's wearing comfy pajamas to school or crazy socks, the signs of support for Red Ribbon Week have put smiles on the faces of Sarah Appling, Sophia Beltran and Angela Lupercio.

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Wednesday, October 27

  

Moses Lake Christian swamps Knights, 7-2

MOSES LAKE - Imagine the surprise and the looks on the faces of the powerful Moses Lake Christian boys soccer team yesterday afternoon when they found themselves in a 1-0 hole just five minutes into the game against lowly Sunnyside Christian.

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Lady 'Hounds beat Othello in three

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds kept their winning streak alive Tuesday night, defeating Othello in a three-game match. The Grandview team has yet to lose a game in league play.

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Mabton Council OK's annexation

MABTON - Mabton City boundaries will soon be a little larger and its treasury will be a little fuller following action taken by the Mabton City Council Tuesday night. The Council voted to accept two annexation requests during Tuesday night's public hearing.

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Tuesday, October 26

  

Clinics collecting items for Christmas baskets

GRANDVIEW - Brightening Christmas morning for clients of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is the goal of Mountainview Women's Health Center, Mt. Adams Medical Clinic and Prosser Medical Center. The four health care clinics are made up of dedicated employees who work on a daily basis with some of the poorest families in the community.

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Consent items receive approval

Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council unanimously approved four consent agenda items, which don't warrant discussion before the voting takes place.

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District hopes dashed as 'Hounds lose to Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds were bounced out of postseason play Monday night. The Grandview team lost a must-win game against Othello, that left Othello with the berth to Districts and the 'Hounds with an end to their season.

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Mabton drill team is made up of 11 hard working girls

MABTON - Not everyone who takes to the football field during a game is wearing a football jersey and shoulder pads. The Mabton Junior/Senior High School drill team is at every home football game during the season, marching out on the field to entertain the crowd with their halftime performances.

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Monday, October 25

   

Free gun locks available locally

More than 1,000 guns in the Lower Valley could be made safer if people take advantage of Project Childsafe and the 1,300 gun locks that are available free of charge at the Sunnyside Police Department.

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21st Century centers offer adult ESL classes

Adults interested in taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are invited to take part in the ESL classes currently being offered at the 21st Century Learning Centers throughout the Sunnyside School District.

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Sunnyside's season ends

WEST VALLEY - The second place finishing team at last Saturday's District tournament, the Prosser Mustangs, put an end to the Sunnyside High School volleyball team's season.

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Standing in for her late husband

Standing not much taller than some of the middle school children waiting for her "go-ahead" to cross the busy South 16th Street, Carolyn Shifflett of Sunnyside commands attention as she steps out into the street with her school crossing flag.

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Friday, October 22



Sanchez, Cisneros boost running resumes

BENTON CITY - Grandview High School's two standout long distance runners, Brittnee Sanchez and Cordero Cisneros, added more accolades to their impressive resumes yesterday afternoon.

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Lady 'Hounds leave Wildcats scoreless

GRANDVIEW - Grandview came out of the gate on fire Thursday night, scoring the first of two goals against Toppenish in the first few seconds of the game. The goal would ultimately help the Lady 'Hounds defeat the Wildcats, and get them one step closer to postseason play.

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Spring Fling evolving into a 10-day festival

GRANGER - Spring Barrel tasting may be more than six months away, but area chambers of commerce are already starting to look ahead to the annual event as they makes plans for the next Spring Fling festival.

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Robert Simms to open Community Concert Series

Robert Simms, the first performer in the 2004-05 Lower Valley Community Concert Series, will be singing African American spirituals, as well as Broadway show stoppers on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Thursday, October 21



Granger couple fares well at Friesian horse competition

OGDEN, UTAH - Granger couple Willem and Teresa Bron just returned from a three-day trip to Ogden, Utah, where dressed as Vikings, they took first place in the Costume Cavalcade and Musical freestyles competition held at Friesian Extravaganza 2004.

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Granger barber wears plenty of different hats

GRANGER - Getting established as a beautician or barber is something that can be difficult to accomplish. For Granger barber Gail Johnson, the owner of Stanton Family Barber Shop, the process involved moving her chair into the local liquor store.

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Plan in place to monitor spread of BSE in United States

PROSSER - Dr. Rory Meyer of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), was the featured speaker at the Washington State University Research Center in Prosser Thursday afternoon.

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Christian women listen to one woman's journey down the road of life

PROSSER - The road of life does not always make for easy traveling. There are often unexpected detours and rough roads. Monday afternoon, Elaine Andvik, a retired registered nurse and grandmother of 10 from Stanwood, talked to members of the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club about her experiences traveling down the road of life.

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Wednesday, October 20

   

Voters urged to test new voting system

Those voters who didn't get a chance to use Yakima County's new eSlate voting system during last month's primary election still have a chance to familiarize themselves with the machines before Nov. 2.

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Riverside Christian sweeps Lady Knights

The scores might not reflect the skills which with the Sunnyside Christian High School girls varsity volleyball team displayed Tuesday night against Riverside Christian High School. But a look at the number of the Lady Knights' digs and kills reveals a hard fought match against the powerhouse Lady Crusaders (10-0, 14-0).

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Casino/restaurant opening planned

Rob and Sue Rice of Sunnyside, as well as a handful of investors, are gambling that opening a casino in the Lower Yakima Valley will be a sure bet with local residents.

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REC makes plans for its farewell meeting

GRANDVIEW - The colorful 10-year history of the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) will be on display when the organization's board of directors adjourn their final meeting next month.

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Tuesday, October 19



Grandview men face burglary charges

PROSSER - Two Grandview brothers were arrested last Friday by Benton County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly burglarizing a home in the 9000 block of S. Moore Rd. in Prosser.

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School problems focus of legislative dinner

Administrators and school board members from school districts in the 15th Legislative District addressed concerns they have when it comes to the future of education in the state of Washington, Monday night at the Lower Valley School Board/Legislative Dinner.

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Grizzly freshmen dump Wolfpack

A team knows it is having a pretty good night when it racks up more than 500 yards offensively. This was how a wet Monday night went for the Sunnyside High School freshman football team against visiting Wapato.

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CLARA ANN LYSIAK

Clara Ann Lysiak, 79, of Yakima and a former Lower Valley resident died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at Heritage Grove Nursing Home in Yakima.

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Sunnyside's Farm Credit Service manager brings agricultural heritage to Lower Valley

As one of the newest members of the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club, Rob Crum is learning his way around the group of Sunnyside business owners and community professionals. Monday, the club members had an opportunity to learn a bit more about the third generation Eastern Oregonian, who is now the manager of the Sunnyside branch of the Farm Credit Service.

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Grandview Council takes first look at 2005 city budget

GRANDVIEW - Monday night, Grandview City Council got its first look at the 2005 budget. Although it's only October, council members are getting ready to pull up their sleeves and get to work on ensuring that the budget is drafted in a way that looks beyond next year, helping to ensure that the city continues to be in fair financial shape in the future.

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Firewood buying tips offered

OLYMPIA - The cool fall weather is prompting many residents to buy firewood for the approaching winter. The state's Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to take steps to make sure a bad deal doesn't leave their wood piles and wallets short.

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Conservation official keynote speaker Nov. 8

MOSES LAKE - USDA Farm Service Agency Deputy Adminstrator John A. Johnson will be the opening speaker at the Conservation Reserve Program forum scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8, at the Moses Lake Convention Center.

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Warning issued on flu vaccine price gouging

OLYMPIA - Washington state's Attorney General's office is urging consumers, merchants and health care providers to be on alert and immediately report suspected price gouging for the flu vaccine.

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Monday, October 18

 

Students leave their mark on historical Sunnyside site

A group of local fifth graders can now claim ownership in one of Sunnyside's most recognizable pieces of history. Students in Erica Barrom's class spent most of Friday afternoon rechinking Ben Snipes cabin at the corner of Grant Avenue and South Fourth Street.

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Lady Rams sink Grizzlies

YAKIMA - After a week without a swimming competition, the Lady Grizzlies were defeated by the West Valley swim team 132-34 at Lion's Pool in Yakima this past Saturday.

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Mustangs too strong for S'side Christian

TROUT LAKE - Despite a hat trick from senior Micah Koopmans, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team came up on the short end of an 8-3 score last Friday at Trout Lake.

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Canal water safety illustrator needed

The canal water safety committee is looking for an illustrator for a color book it is creating. The color book will be used to educate the youth of Sunnyside about the importance of irrigation canals but also the hidden dangers, according to Lisa Fairbairn, a committee spokesperson.

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Lady 'Hounds blank Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team took on Ki-Be this past weekend, and by making changes both on the field and in their attitude the 'Hounds were able to put another hash mark in the win column.

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Mabton grid team tethers Billy Goats

PATEROS - The Pateros Billy Goats were undefeated in Central Washington 'B' League play heading into last Friday's football game against visiting Mabton. They no longer are.

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'Mame' opens on Sunnyside stage

A swinging party in New York City is the scene in the opening number of the Over the Hill Senior Theatricals production of "Mame," which opened to theater-goers this past weekend. Mame, (center), played by Betty Minnich, is surrounded by party goers (L-R) Karen Santos, Louise Rohmann, Sheila Hazzard and Dave Wells. The story is about an eccentric woman who becomes mother to her nephew. The Over the Hill group will give two performances this coming weekend, Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

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Church concert

Blackwood Legacy singers (L-R) Bobbie Frye, Jacob Perez and Michael Barns perform at Bethany Presbyterian Church Saturday night. They sang newer Gospel music as well as old favorites such as "Because He Lives."

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Artistic efforts rewarded

Patty Nguyen, 12, was the overall winner in the 13th annual pumpkin coloring contest sponsored by the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department and Sunnyside Food Pavilion. Nguyen received a $25 gift certificate for her efforts.

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'Hounds race past Toppenish, 42-12

TOPPENISH - The Grandview High School football team picked up its third CWAC South victory of the season last Friday night via a dominating 42-12 win over the Toppenish Wildcats.

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Friday, October 15



Time to decide

This is the season of debates and decisions in the political world. We have watched with some concern and much frustration at the spin thrust at us by the major networks. We are wading our way through the hype to arrive at a choice that is the best one for our country.

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Choose right side

I have been very pleased to see the overwhelming level of support for President Bush in our community during this election season. Thankfully, most of us realize the need for Bush's leadership, resolve and clarity during this critical time in our history.

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Toastmasters is a club that can inspire confidence

Public speaking isn't something that necessarily means standing up in front of a large group of people and giving a formal speech. Instead, it can mean simply going door-to-door and talking to each of your neighbors or sitting down and talking to someone about a particular subject. Either way, there is a group in Sunnyside that is working to ensure that its members are confident no matter what the speaking situation might be.

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Lady Grizzlies succumb to Selah

If the Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team ever figures out that it needs to play as strongly at the end of a contest as it does at the beginning of each game, the Lady Grizzlies are going to be a force with which to be reckoned.

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Comedian entertains at pregnancy center fund-raiser

GRANDVIEW - Laughter rang through the Grandview Church of the Nazarene hall last night as Christian comedian Mike Williams entertained, inspired and challenged those attending the fund-raising dinner for the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center.

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Thursday, October 14

     

Wednesday, October 13



Mustangs gallop past Sunnyside spikers, 3-0

PROSSER - Early on, if the Sunnyside High School volleyball team had played as well as it did in the third game of last night's match against Prosser, the Lady Grizzlies might not have been swept Tuesday evening.

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Lady 'Hounds win against Naches

NACHES - The Grandview High School Lady Greyhounds roared into Naches Tuesday night, winning against the Rangers and leaving them looking forward to their next match, which will determine the league champion.

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Mystery rock leaves local folks with questions

This past Monday morning a loud crash startled long-time Sunnyside resident Della Vasquez, leading her to the discovery of a mysterious rock resting on the roof of her South Hill Road home. Vasquez, who had never seen the rock on her roof before, thought it may have caused the large noise.

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Port sues builder for breach of contract

The Port of Sunnyside is seeking $169,843 in damages from Sunnyside contractor Timothy Bardell for what it maintains is a breach of contract and for improper work done on the Port's Horizon building project, located on East Edison Avenue.

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Rotarians learn importance of stress management

Public speaking, a death in the family, a job change and divorce are all situations that can bring stress into a person's life. Stress is something that can lead to a number of health problems, including high blood pressure and extra wear and tear on the body.

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Tuesday, October 12

      

Beauty salon owner dreams big

When Blanca Rios, the owner of Images of Beauty salon on South Sixth Street in Sunnyside, was a child she remembers playing with her sister's hair, trying to give her new hairstyles.

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Monday, October 11



Wetlands project funded

The Port of Sunnyside has received word that the federal Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which includes a $233,000 grant for the Port's proposed wetlands project, has passed through Congress.

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Parents walk to remember their tiny angels

GRANDVIEW - A small group of walkers gathered at Grandview's Dykstra Park early Saturday morning for a stroll around the park - not for the exercise, but to remember the absent members of their families.

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Scott 27th at Richland invite

RICHLAND - Sunnyside High School senior Brenden Scott stayed within a minute of the leaders at this past Saturday's 36th annual Richland Cross Country Invitational.

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Friday, October 8

    

Hall scores win at PGA pro-am

YAKIMA - Bob Hall of Sunnyside was one of three golfers who shot the low amateur round at the final event of the season sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

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Masked man attempts purse snatching

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department is looking for a suspect that attempted a purse snatching this past Wednesday night outside of Eli and Kathy's restaurant at 813 W. Wine Country Rd.

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4-H clubs prepare youngsters to be adults

October may signify a time of ghosts, goblins and bright orange pumpkins for some people, but for those involved in 4-H, October marks the beginning of a new year. This week marks National 4-H Week, a time when clubs throughout the Valley are busy signing up new members and getting ready to start another year of competition and camaraderie.

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Thursday, October 7



Parents of boy who drowned awarded $3.7 million

The parents of Joshua Hui, a 6-year-old first grader who wandered off from a Sunnyside classroom just over three years ago and was found dead in a nearby irrigation canal, have been awarded $1.85 million each in a court settlement that was reached this morning (Thursday).

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Mount St. Helen's alert dropped to level two

The volcano alert level at Mount St. Helen's was lowered yesterday (Wednesday), from level three, which indicates that an eruption is imminent, to level two. A level two alert indicates that although volcanic activity is still probable, it is not expected to threaten life or property.

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Fire cadet program growing

It's been nearly a year since the Sunnyside Fire Department Volunteer Cadet program was formed and already the group is looking to expand.

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Wednesday, October 6

  

Lady Knights sweep Bickleton in three

Tuesday night was not a good night of volleyball for the Bickleton High School girls volleyball team. The team just couldn't get their act together in order to stop the Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball squad.

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Lady 'Hounds secure second win of the season

TOPPENISH - Everything came together for the Grandview soccer team last night (Tuesday), which celebrated its second win of the season. The Lady 'Hounds were able to swoop in and put the game against Toppenish away within the first 10 minutes.

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Cisneros, Sanchez claim invite titles

TOPPENISH - Grandview's Cordero Cisneros and Brittnee Sanchez were never seriously challenged enroute to winning the boys and girls races yesterday at the Toppenish Cross Country Invitational.

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Chamber looking at ways to spruce up S'side events

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is in the middle of what some people might call a regrouping period. Wednesday morning, Tourism and Promotions Director for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Kathy Corliss explained to Rotary Club members that the chamber is currently working to redefine its goals, looking specifically at what the group hopes to accomplish in the next five to 10 years.

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Tuesday, October 5



Sunnyside swimmers compete at state-wide invitational

SEATTLE - The Sunnyside High School girls swimming team participated in the ninth annual Mukilteo Invitational held at the King County Aquatic Center this past weekend. Five hundred and fifty swimmers from around the state gathered to test their skills in the meet.

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Mabton squares 'B' league record

KITTITAS - Mabton quarterback Ryan Harris turned in one of his better efforts of the season last Friday, helping lead the Vikings to a 20-6 victory over the Kittitas Coyotes.

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Grandview Council opts to back off on scooter restrictions

GRANDVIEW - What started out the night as a fairly restrictive motorized scooter ordinance that would have banned anyone without a driver's license from driving the vehicles and would have prohibited the scooters from being driven on downtown streets, may end up making Grandview one of the more scooter friendly towns in the Valley.

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Monday, October 4

      

Man arrested for using fake ID

Sumner resident Robert E. Ford, 38, was arrested Saturday evening after he reportedly attempted to cash a fake Washington State unemployment check at Sunnyside's Valley View Market, 107 W. Lincoln Ave.

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Friday, October 1

 

Knights register fifth win of season

A hat trick by senior Micah Koopmans and three assists tallied by senior Luke Marx sparked the Sunnyside Christian High School boys soccer team to a 6-1 victory over visiting Boardman, Ore. yesterday afternoon.

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Planning for new aquatic center continues

GRANDVIEW - The compiled results of the nearly 300 surveys concerning a new aquatic center in Grandview proposal were reviewed by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board last night.

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Bickleton runners slowed by hot Royal courses

ROYAL CITY - A long, grueling sloped hill in Royal City proved awfully tough for the Bickleton boys cross country team Thursday afternoon. Only Bickleton Pirate Cody Loomis finished in the top 20 runners. Loomis, a freshman, completed the 2.9 mile-long course in a time of 20:19.

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Greyhounds defeat Grizzlies in sudden-death

GRANDVIEW - One and a half minutes into the first five minute overtime period Grandview's Akane Tomizawa scored the first and only goal in the rival match between the Greyhounds and the Sunnyside Grizzlies, giving the Grandview team its first victory of the season.

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Lady 'Hounds race past Othello

OTHELLO - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds out ran the Huskies Thursday night, racing past the Othello team to claim victory in a three-game match.

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