Take time to watch athletes

DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL

Four Lower Yakima Valley high school teams will be displaying their athletic prowess this weekend in their quests for state titles.

The Sunnyside Christian Knights boys football and girls volleyball teams are in state 1B competition rounds.

The girls open state volleyball tournament play at 9:45 a.m. against Providence Classical Christian. If they win, they’ll advance to the 5:15 p.m. quarterfinals against Colton or Entiat. Lose, they’ll be battling the loser of the Colton-Entiat game just to stay alive Friday.

The Kiona-Benton Bears girls will join Sunnyside Christian in the SunDome, but in 1A competition. They open with Overlake at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

On the gridiron, the undefeated Sunnyside Christian boys take on the Pateros Billy Goats at 6 p.m. at Clem Senn Field. The winner stays alive another week; the loser goes home.

The Zillah Leopards are the only other area football team still alive in the state playoffs. The Leopards host the Newport Bears at 7 p.m. Friday at Andy Collins Memorial Field.

The contingent from the Lower Yakima Valley is an exciting combination to watch. Both girls teams are part of long tradition of strong volleyball programs.

You can’t go wrong taking time this weekend to watch them compete.

Likewise on the football field, Zillah and Sunnyside Christian have had a dominant presence all season. We’re sure there’s not a better place for a football fan to be Friday night than at one of the games.

Take time to show your pride in the Lower Yakima Valley — attend a game.

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