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Hermiston man Washington State Open Cribbage champ

Bill Hill of Hermiston, Ore. won top honors at the Washington State Open Cribbage Championships, staged at the Sunnyside Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge this past weekend.

Hill edged out runner-up Jim Langley of Red Bluff, Calif. in the 106-person championship field. Mabton's Jack Moritzky placed third enroute to defeating John O'Shea of Portland, Ore.

Local cribbage players Bob Hurst and Bob Brumley finished in the top eight, with another local, James Morrow, earning a top 16 finish.

The consolation finals were held Sunday, drawing a field of 78 cribbage players. Steve Ellis of Portland beat out Frank Hanson of Spokane in the consolation championship. National points leader Erik Locke finished third, with Channing Holmes of Wenatchee placing fourth.

Tournament action began last Friday with an early birds competition. The top finisher was Rosemary Hendricks of Rochester.

Other winners over the weekend included Art Whitney of California (hi rollers), Jack and Millie Moritzky of Mabton (doubles) and Sue Piesha of Portland (Saturday night special).

Special awards were earned by 89-year-old Paul Roy of Puyallup for holding a 29 hand, and by Molly Stack of Puyallup and Tom Cookman of California for holding 28 hands.

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