PASCO -- Tuesday was a very happy 20th birthday for Columbia Basin College midfielder Gavin Richter.
The Hawks sophomore scored the only two goals of the match in CBC's 2-0 win over Treasure Valley.
But Richter, a Kamiakin graduate, also basked with his teammates in the glow of the Hawks' first NWAACC East championship since 1999.
CBC (9-0-3, 30 points) still has one game remaining -- at Spokane at 2 p.m. Saturday -- but the win over the second-place Chukars (7-3-3, 24) clinched the title.
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"It means a lot, but the hard work isn't over yet," said Richter, who blasted home both goals from just outside the 18-yard box in the first seven minutes of the second half. "We want to win the NWAACC title."
Hawks coach Kyle Vierck earned his second East title in 12 years.
His first came as a player in 1999, when CBC went on to win the NWAACC championship. His goal from the beginning has been to bring the Hawks another.
"This was one of the days we've been waiting for," said Vierck, a Pasco graduate. "We set out to get to the playoffs so we can win a championship."
Scoring--1, CBC, Gavin Richter, 47:00; 2, CBC, Richter (Kurt Russell), 52:00. Shots--TV 8, CBC 15. Saves--TV, Ruben Cortez 7. CBC, Abel Bautista 1.