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ATHERTON, Calif. — “The thing I like about wrestling is that you have a goal and work all season for it. You put everything you have into it – sometimes you come up short, sometimes you achieve the goal and it kind of teaches you lessons along the way – builds character,” All-American and Menlo College sophomore Jacob Mendoza conveyed following his fourth place ranking at the NAIA National Wrestling Championships.

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SUNNYSIDE — As word spread that all sports for Lower Valley students had been postponed and practices cancelled as of late Friday afternoon, the 509 Ballers basketball teams made up of second and fourth grade AAU teams learned that their tournament dreams were over for now. Coach Reynaldo Bazan stressed to his players health and safety are more important than a game.

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SUNNYSIDE — Around this time last year, winter temperatures were in the air and the ground remained frozen with snow – what a difference a season makes as more than 130 Grizzly athletes turned out for the track team on Monday, March 2.

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YAKIMA — Peaking at the right time and splashing down the first bucket of the 2020 WIAA Class 1A girls Hardwood Classic quarterfinal game against No. 2 seeded Lynden Christian, No. 9 Zillah pounced on the opportunity to leave their mark at the SunDome.

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YAKIMA — The magic of sports can sometimes transcend the final score and when it does, a team’s purpose becomes bigger than the game itself — the Toppenish Wildcats experienced such a feeling as they celebrated their sixth place 2020 WIAA Class 2A Hardwood Classic trophy with an honored community of cheering fans Saturday morning.

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PUYALLUP — Resilience is the word used to best describe the girls team character this season and during the WIAA Regional basketball game against Bellarmine Prep on Saturday evening, Feb. 29, their road playoff performance lived up to westside expectations.

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TACOMA — “… We like to think wrestling kind of goes through this valley. It does this year,” Hall of Fame Sunnyside coach George Paulus exclaimed after Central Washington teams dominated all five divisions at Mat Classic XXXII.

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SHS Baseball coach Pete Marquez reviews the programs’ requirements and expectations of its players during the first day of spring practice on Monday, March 2. The Grizzlies plan to field a varsity, JV and freshman team this season.

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SUNNYSIDE — Senior Patrick Gallagher signed his letter of intent to play linebacker at the University of Puget Sound while studying pre-medical education at the Tacoma campus on Monday, March 2.

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SUNNYSIDE — Prior to suiting up for the first time as a Grizzly defensive back, senior Mario Ruelas will have to first make the team, even after announcing his commitment to play soccer for Columbia Basin College while donning a Hawks’ warmup jacket on Monday, Feb. 24.

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TACOMA — Prior to suiting up for the first time as a Grizzly defensive back, Mario Ruelas will have to first make the team, even after announcing his commitment to play soccer for Columbia Basin College while donning a Hawks’ warmup jacket on Monday, Feb. 24.

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TACOMA — On the eve of his 17th birthday, Eli Barajas has had one sporting goal burning within since the age of five – to be a state wrestling champion like his accomplished brother.

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