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MABTON — Family traditions are the centerpiece to holiday gatherings, and for the Hernandez kinfolks, football has been a part of their Thanksgiving Day celebration for more than 65-years as 25 team members ran onto Keith Morris Field in pursuit of gridiron glory on Thursday, Nov. 28.

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SUNNYSIDE — Following a light sprinkling of snow blanketed the Rattlesnake Hills from the night before in the background, 114 participants dressed up in their warmest running attire and worked up an early appetite during the Sunnyside Christian Childcare Center Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday, Nov. 28.

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GRANDVIEW — The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department host exercise workout classes Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., at the Community Center located at 812 Wallace Way.

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SUNNYSIDE — Last week, Ryker Hazzard was the second-place winner in the 46th annual Football Forecast. This week, Hazzard correctly guested 8 winners of the 10 games played for first place in the last contest of the season. He picked 63 for his tie breaker score.

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MABTON — The DNA make up of a top tier, program-driven coach typically consists of being able to inspire students and their teams to derive the most from their potential – Mabton girls’ volleyball coach Vanessa Medina recently earned that level of recognition after receiving the 2B EWAC Coach of the Year award.

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SUNNYSIDE — Senior Mike Rivera received the 2019 Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference League Most Valuable Player award for his outstanding football season on both offense and defense, while helping guide the Grizzlies to a three-way share of the league title.

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SUNNYSIDE — On the fourth day of practice for the Lady Knights basketball teams, the defensive game instruction featured a 1-3-1 scheme to get players’ mindset on turning up their intensity on both ends of the floor during the 5:30 p.m. gym workout on Thursday, Nov. 21.

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TACOMA — The quarterfinal game of the Class 2A Gridiron Classic matchup between No. 7 Prosser and the No. 2 Steilacoom Sentinels validated the Mustangs’ resolve and overall desire to remain together on the field of play until the last whistle on Friday, Nov. 29, at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

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Steve Rounds of Beavercreek, Ore., was the top forecaster in last week’s next to the last game of the 2019 Football Forecast competition. Rounds correctly predicted 8 of 10 winning games. Also choosing 8, but losing by tiebreaker, was Ryker Hazzard of Sunnyside. Rounds chose the tiebreaker score of 59 while Hazzard chose 62.

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CENTRALIA — No. 15 Mabton (1-5 EWAC, 4-7 overall) embraced the challenge and were confident in going up against No.2 Napavine (3-1 Pacific Mountain, 9-1 overall) and last year’s state runner-up on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Centralia High School.

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DEER PARK — No. 11 Zillah (5-1 SCAC West, 9-1 overall) were down 15-0 in the first half to No. 6 Deer Park (6-0 Northeast, 8-0 overall) before the Leopards strong-willed resolve broke through the Stags’ stingy defense and made it a game to remember on Friday, Nov. 15, at Deer Park High School.

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GRANDVIEW — The ‘Hounds Class of 2020 hosted the second annual Grandview School District Basketball Staff vs. Staff School Showdown before a reveling crowd of more than 500 spectators on Friday evening, Nov. 15, at the high school’s gym.

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There were eight perfect predictions cast and then a tie for the first-place tiebreaker. Ultimately Titus Hazzard and Eric Rounds, both of Sunnyside, went 10 for 10 and picked the score of 50 for the tiebreaker. In a second-place tie, Ryker Hazzard and David Gorden also both of Sunnyside scored 10 of 10 and tied, coming second closest to the tie-breaking score with 59 points predicted.

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