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TOSSING

THE

PIGSKIN

Jalen Brightful

Competes in the

Toppenish

Punt, Pass & Kick

Age 6-7 Division

Majors

Restaurant

Reopens

New

Les Schwab

Standouts

PAGE 4

Zillah

Getting

Taco Bell

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PAGE 2 lH THE VALLEY LOCALHl SEPTEMBER 2013

• Cement Suitcase in Ellensburg

• Zillah Getting New Chiropractor

• Sun Mart Becoming Circle K

• Former NBA Standout Visits

TIDBITS

THE VALLEY LOCAL

P.O. Box 1222

Zillah, WA 98953

valleylocal@hotmail.com

Taco Bell

Eyeing Zillah

Mike Olson Sold

Dodge Dealership

• Zillah will be getting a

new Taco Bell down

near the Pizza Hut.

The Sun Mart in Zillah

will be changing to a

Circle K station. They

will still carry Shell and

the ownership group

will remain the same.

There were rumors of

Burger King coming to

Zillah but that plan has

been put on the back

burner.

• Mike Olson has sold

his Dodge dealership.

The new owners will be

taking over in October.

• Former NBA standout

James Donaldson was

in the Yakima Valley

recently. The 7’ 2” former

standout has a

string of physical therapy

clinics in the Seattle

area.

He is friends with Doug

Lakman, who manages

Zillah Lakes.

It’s A Funny World

Maybe next time

you’ll try a little

sunscreen!

Cement Suitcase

Showing in Ellensburg on October 4 & 6

The movie that was

filmed at several

locations across

the Yakima Valley will

be showing in the Northwest

over the next

month.

“Cement Suitcase”

which was written and

directed by Granger

graduate, Rick Castaneda,

will be playing at the

9 th Annual Ellensburg

Film festival on Friday,

October 4 at

6:00 PM and on

Sunday, October 6,

at 8:00 PM in Ellensburg.

The movie won

the prestigious

“Dances With

Films” top audience

award (against 15

others) in Los Angeles

earlier this year

and is gathering

support nearly every

day. “It was

kind of a rush,” noted

Castaneda. “It

just goes to show

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It will also be appearing

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October 5 and at the Seattle

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on Sunday, October

13.

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check out their Facebook

page or online at:

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The new chiropractor

in Zillah is closer to

opening. Construction

is going well and there

is a chance there will

be another practitioner

in the old Zillah Drug

Store along with the

new proprietor.

Zillah’s Kenny Delp

will be the owner of the

clinic along with Jory

Anderson of Sunnyside.

They are talking with a

health care specialist

to rent space in the

building as well.

Currently, Delp is

working at the Thompson

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QUOTE

DR. PHIL McGRAW

Born: September 1, 1950

“My dad used to say

you wouldn’t worry so

much about what people

thought about you

if you knew how seldom

they did.”

Helpful Hints

If You Have Bald

Patches in Your

Yard …

Because of your

dog – don’t buy expensive

fertilizer to get your

grass back. If you’re

willing to part with a

little beer, pour some

on the patches and

watch the grass reappear

in no time. The

alcohol kills the bacteria,

while the grass

feeds off the fermented

sugar.

A smart wife saves

the receipt and returns

it for bigger size

when no one’s looking.

Funny Quotes

“You should always go

to other people's funerals,

otherwise, they

won't come to yours."

Baseball Great Yogi Berra

VALLEY LOCAL

PUBLISHER/OWNER

Jeffrey L. Place

P.O. Box 1222

Zillah, WA 98853

valleylocal@hotmail.com

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Character is Built Through Adversity

EDITOR’S COLUMN • Jeffrey L. Place

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During the past

month I have read

many things. Some

were inspirational while

others explained why life

turns out the way it does.

One of the best sayings

I heard came from

Will Smith who said,

“Don’t let anyone tell you

that you can’t do something.

You gotta dream,

you gotta protect it.

When people can’t do

something themselves,

they’re gonna tell you

that you can’t do it. You

want something go get it.

Period.”

That pretty much

sums up everything.

I will be the first to

admit that personally

this has been one of the

most challenging years of

my life.

Yet, I trudge along –

through the snow, the

mud, the blood and the

tears.

2013 has been a year

of challenges (too many),

achievements (too few)

along with personal glory.

I have written for the

Toppenish Review, broadcast

for Todd & Lore

Summers in Prosser and

done a million printing

projects for several businesses.

(Business cards,

brochures, etc.)

The bottom line – is

that I am finally understanding

that life throws

you curve balls, it is just

how you adjust to them

that counts. I think I will

be a better person because

of it.

• I am happy to announce

this publication

will be going through

some exciting new updates.

My old printing press

never worked out, so I

have a new printer that I

am hoping to debut with

the October issue.

It is ten foot long and

will print, fold, collate

and staple. When it

comes out (like magic)

the publication will be

finished and ready to

read.

I will no longer have to

do everything by hand.

(Especially fold.) That

should save a week or

two of my life each

month.

• In other news, I announced

my first race at

Renegade Raceway.

Derek Snelson, the

track’s promoter told me

he needed help announcing

and I mentioned that

I have announced a thing

or two.

It was a blast even

though I was totally lost

at times. However, I’m

very good at improvising

and just talking about

this and that. (That

helped.)

I will be helping Derek

announce at Renegade

when I’m not broadcasting

football games. It is

exciting. The cars are fast

and fun to watch. The

only regret is that I’m not

standing next to them

with my camera when

they race from the starting

line.

• I have been asked by

several people what happened

to my wife’s car

valleylocal@hotmail.com

. that I was working on the

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. past two months.

. Well, she got another

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. mail rig and after a few

. customizations, she is

. using it on the route at

. Granger.

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. It is green and she

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calls it, “Kermit.” I guess

. that’s better than what I

. was calling her old mail

. rig.

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Actually, the old mail

rig’s engine has been put

together but the injectors

are not getting an electrical

pulse.

So, after I get this publication

out, I will be fixing

that problem. Then

she will have two working

mail rigs.

Actually, I am proud

the mechanical ability

that flows through my

veins from my dad and

brother have finally surfaced.

I don’t look at working

on cars with dread anymore.

• In final notes,

thanks to Scott and Kathryn

Sandstedt for everything

they have done the

past couple of months.

They have been a true

blessing!

Also you will notice a

few new advertisers this

issue. In October, we will

be adding even more.

It is an exciting time

. for this publication and

even though I was not

. able to launch my sports

.

. network this fall as I intended,

I have a new fo-

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. cus and I believe it is

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. working out with great

. results.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away but an onion keeps everyone away.

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Brent Evans

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A valuable performer for the Top-Hi football team is Brent Evans. A starting safety, the quick junior is the defensive

point leader (Monster Club). “He’s a good player with a great attitude,” states Wildcat football coach,

Jason Smith. “He has the ability that pulls other players along with him.”

An all-league selection last year as a DB, he said his goal is to make the all-state team. Also a standout wrestler,

he finished third in state last year and will compete in the national wrestling tournament this spring. He

came to Toppenish last year and will be a lifeguard next summer at the Toppenish swimming pool.

Garret Jacob

Wapato Wolves • Football • Wide Receiver/DB/KR • Junior

Wapato has a long history of standout athletes and another in that storied tradition is junior Garret Jacob. A

three-sport standout, he was top golfer for the boys last spring, played on the basketball team and this fall is a

valuable member of a young football team. “He is a leader by example,” noted football coach, Brian Hake (haykey).

“Garret plays WR and CB for us and has added speed to our return team.”

An outstanding student (3.77 GPA), his parents are Roger and Gina Jacob. He has a freshman brother, Hunter,

and his sister, faith, is in 7th grade. Among his hobbies, he likes playing ping pong.

Brook John

Granger Spartans • Volleyball • Senior

One of the top female athletes in the SCAC is Brook John. The tall, athletic senior is a standout in both volleyball

and basketball for the Granger Spartans. “Brook is an outstanding young lady,” says her coach, Lacey Martin.

“She works hard in the classroom and on the court. I am excited for her to have a great senior year!”

An all-league performer in both sports, she is also standout academically, with roughly a 3.5 cumulative GPA

for her career. She comes from a sports family and her uncle, Shawn John, used to be the head varsity football

coach at Wapato.

Garrett LaPierre

Zillah Leopards • Football • Offensive Right Tackle • Senior

An unsung hero at Zillah is Garrett LaPierre who plays on the defensive and offensive lines. The 6-foot-1 senior

is not just an athlete but an outstanding student as well. Carrying a 4.0 GPA, he also doubles as the ZHS ASB

Vice-President. “It’s a big commitment,” he remarked about his grades. “You have to go home after practice and

after you lift (weights) and keep your work up. Because nobody can play sports forever.”

LaPierre, who also plays basketball, is hoping to attend WSU with an eye on an engineering degree or attending

med school. He is the son of Mark & Marnita LaPierre. He is related to Granger’s Dakota Heitzman.

Tristan Spencer

White Swan Cougars • Football • Wide Receiver/Defensive Back • Senior

Senior Tristan Spencer is a two-way starter for the White Swan Cougar football team. A talented athlete, he

plays wide receiver and corner back while providing excellent leadership. “In the opener against Wahluke, he had

numerous tackles on defense and a key interception,” stated his coach, Andy Bush.

An outstanding student (3.88 GPA), the 17-year-old is also a standout in both basketball and baseball, receiving

all-league recognition in all three sports. He loves playing video games when he’s not busy in school or playing

sports all of which he truly enjoys.

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Through the first two games, he has thrown for 506

yards and four TD’s.

“Sports are a big deal to him and has a desire to

be great,” states Mustang coach, Benji Sonnichsen.

“Mason is a good learner and looks to improve everyday.”

Standing 6-foot-5, Schutt brings size to the position

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The leading returning scorer

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“Mason is a gym rat,” explains

Sonnichsen. “He’s always going to throw with his

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Also a standout student, Schutt carries a 3.1

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Loaded with 16 standout seniors, the

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Leopards football team this fall.

They opened up the season with two

impressive wins with a major game

looming on Friday night, September 27.

(Last year their only regular-season

blemish was to the Knights.)

Zillah opened up with a 63-0 win over

Wapato and a 52-6 victory over Ki-Be.

They are loaded,” said Wolves coach Brian

Hake. “They always have a strong

football team and this one is in that tradition.”

A key offensively has been runningback

Kurt Calhoun who narrowly

missed 2,000 yards on the ground last

season. This year, he is averaging over

30 yards per carry with 316 yards while

scoring six touchdowns.

Fellow senior Brady Widner has

added five touchdowns and quarterback

Justin Dunsmore has guided the explosive

offense from his QB position.

Although the strong Reggie Chumley

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Step Up to the Majors

After Devastating Loss, Union Gap Restaurant is Better Than Ever

After

the

Fire

(Memory Montage Photography)

Majors owners Bob & Sheri Lockbeam and Nancy and Steve Calhoun pose in front of the newly rebuilt restaurant that is located in

Union Gap at 1902 South 3 rd Avenue.

YOU WOULDN’T THINK

something so small

could do so much

damage but it did.

A rag self combusted in

a hamper and started a fire

that ravaged throughout

Major’s Restaurant in

Union Gap last April.

“It was pretty devastating,”

noted co-owner Steve

Calhoun. “Fortunately –if

there’s a good thing – the

fire burned itself out due to

lack of oxygen. But it ruined

the whole inside of the

building.”

Calhoun, a Wapato

graduate was facing some

long odds when notified of

the tragedy, but it was almost

like an angel was

there trying to rectify the

situation.

Armando Gonzales who

worked for Major’s back

when they first opened

twelve years ago, pulled

into the parking lot right

after the fire.

“I got the call around

5:30 in the morning,” remembered

Calhoun, “and

Armando (who now works

for Baxter’s Construction)

said, “What do we have to

do”

The Wapato farmer replied,

“I can see we’re devastated,

but we need power

to the warehouse (nearby)

because we had a huge

walk-in freezer.”

Gonzales said, “I can

make that happen.”

He called Thunder Electric

and they immediately

came. Then a call went out

to the electrical inspector

who noted that he had four

pages of inspections to sort

through.

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When they told him it

was Major’s, the inspector,

also a Wapato graduate

stated, “I’ll be right there.”

He told them to unhook

everything and if this

breaker they were looking

at was good, they would

have power.

“We had power in

around a power,” explained

Calhoun. “That was a

plus.”

So when it came time to

look for people to help reconstruct

the restaurant,

the owners of Majors remembered

those who

helped them in the difficult

time.

In regards to Baxter’s,

Calhoun and his co-owner

Bob Lockbeam are extremely

happy.

“We are definitely not

disappointed,” said Calhoun.

They stepped up

and did a really nice job.”

He added the positive

thing is they feel they got

to work with someone who

seemed to care and made

the restaurant better then

ever.

Originally looking at a

time frame of 6-8 months

to re-model, it took only

four months to the day

(August 22) the fire destroyed

Major’s before they

opened back up..

The place is beautiful,”

said Calhoun. “They did a

wonderful job and did everything

we asked.”

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Although the final cost

of the reconstruction is still

being negotiated between

the insurance company

and the contractor, Calhoun

is amazed at Baxter’s

attitude.

They built 90% of this

restaurant without a

dime,” Calhoun explained.

“(Brice Baxter) said, “I’ll

build this restaurant for

what I get,” and he shook

our hand. Then he went for

it.”

The results are breathtaking

and if you haven’t

been by Major’s, stop in

and check it out. They not

only have great food but a

comfortable atmosphere to

dine in.

They also have a second

location on Lincoln (by Albertson’s)

that features a

huge parking lot that accommodates

busses.

Coaches always eat free

with their teams and Calhoun

noted it was their

other location that helped

them in their re-launch

this past August.

“We are completely

thankful that we were able

to keep the people who

have been a big part of Major’s,”

he said. “It was

tough trying to keep everyone

happy but it went really

well.”

He’s not only talking

about customers and employees,

but the final look

of the restaurant as a

whole.

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Small Town Values

Whip’s Combines Coffee and More Along with a Comfortable Atmosphere

IN THE MOVIE “Funny

Farm”, Chevy Chase

and his wife used Norman

Rockwell paintings to

try and teach the locals

what small town life

should be like.

In Zillah, it is almost

like stepping back to the

early 1900’s. Not in technology,

but the communityfirst

attitude that was

shared back then.

Unlike corporate America,

Zillah has a host of

small businesses that

make the town unique.

Among them is “Whip’s,”

an espresso stand that also

serves sandwiches. Their

slogan, “Coffee and More,”

lets you know that you can

expect more than just a

java jolt there.

Owner Amy Delp greets

every customer with a

smile and the interior is

roomy and comfortable.

On your visit to Whip’s,

you may run into a ZHS

student like Liz Godina or

a retiree like 87-year-old

Hubert Griffin.

Another customer, Tony

Moritz had this to say:

“Amy has done a wonderful

job with the space and offers

professional service in

her coffee/sandwich shop.”

The location at 622 2 nd

Avenue used to originally

be a laundromat before it

was converted into a floral

shop.

But it wasn’t the interior

that appealed to Delp, it

was the exterior. “I didn’t

care what the inside looked

like,” she commented. “I

actually fell in love with

the outside.”

“We kind of went into

this building blindly,” she

admitted.

After extensive renovation,

Whip’s opened this

past year and has never

looked back.

Although the name appears

to be associated with

coffee, Delp actually has

another explanation. “It is

my nickname,” she admitted.

“My dad used to call

me Whipper Snapper.

Then he shortened it to

Whippers and then when I

was older it was Whip’s.”

Delp, who originally

hails from Alma, married

her husband Erick in Zillah

and the couple decided

to settle in the community.

Although Erick donned

an apron to help his wife

on the day this publication

stopped by, he defers all

Amy

Delp

credit to her.

But the couple are also

heavily involved in the

community. Erick is the

head coach of the Zillah

Grid Kids “B” team and

Amy helps by “pushing paper.”

“You can’t play anymore

so you kind of live through

them,” stated Erick, who

works for the Union Gap

Police Department. “You

know how good a time

they’re having and it

makes everything worth it

when they start to pick

stuff up.”

“What I’m noticing is

they’re picking it up three

to four years sooner than I

did,” he added. “It’s impressive

that they’re so in

tune with the game. I love

watching them get better.”

Being involved in the

community is what makes

small town America great

and the Delp's are an example

that success can be

measured in many different

ways.

Stop by Whip’s today

and see why they are so

unique. Located next to the

Post Office in Zillah, they

are easy to find and Wi-Fi

is available.

Open Mon - Fri 6AM - 4

PM and Saturdays 7 AM to

noon, you can also call in

your order and pick it up

on the go (509) 314-6016.

“I am appreciative of my

customers and thankful for

the small town,” declares

Amy.

You can bet the community

feels the same way

about her.

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Toppenish Punt, Pass & Kick

Contestants Come From as Far as Richland – Sectional's on October 20

SEVERAL CONTESTANTS

FROM ages six to thirteen

competed at the

Punt, Pass & Kick contest

that was held at the Toppenish

varsity football field

on September 11.

“I was pleased with the

response,” stated Toppenish

Parks Director, James

Cole. “It is exciting to see

the excitement of the kids

who are competing.”

This year, it was a hot,

sunny day as the contestants

passed, kicked and

punted the ball at Bob

Winters Field for total

yardage.

The Top-Hi varsity football

team helped out and it

was exciting to watch the

kids warm up or play catch

with the adult who brought

them or just toss the old

pigskin around with another

competitor.

The key was to try and

keep the ball straight and

Cole demonstrated the goal

was to try and hit a spot on

the tape so you could measure

it accurately.

The first contestant up

was seven-year-old Jalen

Brightful from Richland

who caught the eye of several

people.

Just seven-years-old, he

was appeared to be a polished

passer and threw

several nice spirals down

the field. (He won the 6-7

year old division.)

The 8-9 year old winner

was Jamasen Carter of Yakima

whose mom is the

Top-Hi varsity tennis

coach, Kelli Carter.

The 10-11 year old winner

was Jaxon Smith who

also comes from a sports

family. His dad is the

Wildcat football coach and

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(Audra Place photo)

Jaxon Smith gets set to punt the football at the Punt, Pass & Kick

contest that was held at Toppenish High School on September 11. He

is the son of Top-Hi football coach, Jason Smith. Toppenish Parks

Director, James Cole, looks at his form.

Smith flashed good form on

his kicks.

The 12-13 year old winner

was Gage Eshelman of

Toppenish and Kailani

Walker of White Swan won

the girl’s 10/11 age division.

All five will go on the

sectionals which will also

be held at Toppenish. It

will be on Sunday, October

20 and youth will be traveling

to the Yakima Valley

from as far away as

Wenatchee.

Cole said the past couple

of years, a youngster

from Moses Lake has done

very well.

“He just exuded confidence

in his ability,” Cole

remarked. “When he

walked onto the field, you

just automatically said,

“Athlete!”

Cole also stated the kid

stood flat-footed in warmups

and tossed the ball at

least 50 yards with ease.

Perhaps the most prestigious

athlete to ever compete

in the contest was

Yakima’s Cary Conklin

who won the national competition

so many years ago.

He later became an accomplished

quarterback at

Eisenhower and the University

of Washington. He

also played in the NFL

with the Washington Redskins

and the San Francisco

49ers. Conklin is now a

regional scout for the

NFL’s Detroit Lions.

“Yakima doesn’t even

hold the competition any

more,” noted Cole sadly.

Toppenish has been

hosting local competitions

since 2009 and hosting the

sectionals since 2011.

“Prior to that, sectionals

were held in Goldendale,”

stated Cole. “I thought it

would be nice if we gave

people a bit more centralized

location,” he added.

PP&K received renewed

attention in 1992 when

Kendra Walker, a 10-yearold

girl made the finals is

her age group and competed

on an equal basis with

male competitors.

She later became an All-

American basketball player

at Kansas State and

now plays in the WNBA.

WINNERS

Boys 6/7

Jalen Brightful

Richland, WA

Total 123’ 2”

Boys 8/9

Jamasen Carter

Yakima, WA

120’ 3”

Boys 10/11

Jaxon Smith

Selah, WA

153’ 2”

Boys 12/13

Gage Eshelman

Toppenish, WA

199’ 7”

Girls 10/11

Kailani Walker

White Swan, WA

108’ 1”


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Running in the Fast Lane

Zillah Cross Country Teams Competing for 7 th Straight State Appearance

AS THE WARM summer

turns to crisp autumn

evenings, our

eyes turn to high school

sports and activities indoors.

Although football seems

to grab the majority of

“shop talk,” it is programs

like Ken Johnson’s cross

country team that deserve

some recognition too.

“This year, we have

about 33 kids out,” noted

the veteran coach who added

the girls have more athletes

than the boys for the

second year in a row.

Keys for the boys include

senior Zach Collins

who missed most of last

season due to an injury.

Two years ago, he was

among the top runners in

the league.

Twins Kasey and Kody

Johnson are also looking

good. “They have done a lot

of preparation for their senior

season and are running

very well already,”

stated their coach, who is

also their dad.

Sophomore Alex Ochoa,

last year’s freshman track

standout, is new to cross

country but expects to

make the team stronger

due to her running ability.

“Only four seconds separate

those four,” Johnson

noted. “Our challenge will

be to find our #5 runner.”

That competitor will

come from a group that includes

Joe Ponti, Terrell

Dawes, Cristian Franscisco,

Eugene Bell or Josue

Solis.

For the girls, Zillah has

the returning district

champion, Alexis Redfield,

who is only a sophomore.

Alexis Redfield (far left) is Zillah’s top runner and has an excellent

chance at making it to state.

“She is ready to run fast

this season,” said Johnson.

“Unlike last year where

she decided to join the

weekend before the season

started, she has put in the

miles this summer.”

Johnson expects that

hard work to pay off tenfold

this year. Redfield ran

with the Leopard boys including

some runs of 9 to

11 miles.

“Our goal is for her to

reach the podium this season,”

Johnson noted.

Other keys for the Leopard

girls include Hailey

Sechser. “She will give the

team some needed leadership

and solid running,”

Johnson stated.

Zillah also has Madison

Carter, Kyzyl Atienza and

Marisa Nelson who bring

cross country experience.

Newcomers Alexcis Higginbotham

( basketball and

fastpitch standout), Liana

Johnson and Kate Wise

also show varsity promise.

Miranda Borrego (Zillah’s

track sprinter in the

spring) is starting out

strong as well.

Johnson feels the unknown

factor will be the

six others that are new to

the program. Unfortunately,

their #2 runner, senior

Monica Villegas will not

run this fall. But, Johnson

said the team has adjusted

to the decision she made

and have moved forward.

Making it to the finals

will be tough for the Leopards

despite the strong

group of athletes they will

bring to the table.

“This year will be a

challenge,” Johnson explained.

“Our district has

only two allocations for

state and we are trying to

get one of those spots.”

“We have qualified both

boys and girls for the last

six years; the last nine for

the girls.”

Johnson feels it will be

tough this year because

Royal is strong with both

their boys and girls programs

and several other

SCAC teams will be close

to each other. Zillah’s girls

beat Royal at state last

year which Johnson believes

gives his team an

edge.

“Overall, I am pleased

with the work ethic the

kids are showing so far,” he

said. “We have a lot of

work to do, but I am confident

they will give it their

best effort and by the end

of the season, will be running

close to their potential.”

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September Trivia

• England Size of Florida

• Cheeseburger Day

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1Who was the first

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credited with 20

sacks in a season

A Mark Gastineau

B Deacon Jones

C Lawrence Taylor

2Who was the first

NFL team to lose

three Super Bowls

A Oakland Raiders

B Cincinnati Bengals

C Minnesota Vikings

3Ken Stabler is an

Oakland QB legend.

How many years did

it take him to start

A Five

B Six

C Three

4Hall of Fame quarterback

Johnny Unitas

spent 17 of his 18

seasons the Colts. Which

team did he retire with in

1973

A Dolphins

B Chargers

C Colts Silly

5Who was the first

NFL team to win the

Super Bowl by over

40 points

A Dallas Cowboys

B San Francisco 49ers

C Oakland Raiders

6Who was the first

career Cincinnati

Bengal to be inducted

into pro football's Hall of

Fame

A Anthony Munoz

B Paul Brown

C Charlie Joiner

7If a Seattle Seahawk

kicked a field goal

with the ball hiked

from the 50-yard line and

made it, how long was the

actual field goal

A 67 Yards

B 62 yards

C 50 Yards

8

Who

started the first

game in Seattle Seahawk

history

A Neil Graff

B Jim Zorn

C Gary Keithley

D Dave Krieg

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1.) Although Jones sacked nearly 30 QB’s in a

season, the sack was not an official statistic

until 1982, 2.) Vikings, 3.) B, drafted in

1968, he finally won the job in 1973, 4.) B,

5.) B, in 1990, 6.) Although all three are in

the Hall, only Munoz was a career Bengal, 7.)

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T R T F I R C E G D U J P S H

E O S O N T R M O O R G I T I

K P U O G P A A S L D V E A C

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