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Changes ahead for Grizzly sports

Say good-bye to the Mid-Valley League and hello to the Columbia Basin League.

Sunnyside High School sports teams will compete in the newly formed 3A/4A Columbia Basin League beginning this fall.

Athletic Director Bill Daley told the Sunnyside School Board Thursday night that many of the 4A schools out of the former Big 9 league are holding on to their scheduling tradition of boys and girls basketball games being played on alternating courts on the same night.

Instead of both the boys and girls playing the same school on the same night in the same location, Sunnyside will face situations, for example, where the boys may be at home against an opponent and the girls on the road against the same opponent.

Daley said some schools, such as Hanford and Pasco, are agreeing to play both boys and girls games on the same court the same night.

"This will split families," observed school board member Rocky Simmons. Daley agreed, adding that boys and girls games at the same gym the same night are better for the community.

Daley expressed hope that perhaps in two seasons from now the other schools will see the benefit of boys and girls games at one gym.

Another change for the 2006-07 school year will be the addition of a fourth girls volleyball team at the high school. Daley said the number of females participating in sports at the high school has still not caught up with the boys.

To remedy that, Daley said there will be a fourth volleyball team to pick up an additional 12 girls or so and balance the numbers.

In other athletic department news from the meeting, the school board approved athletic summer programs.

The board also agreed to have further discussion at the next meeting regarding application of the district's athletic code to summer programs.

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