Here's an update on two area athletes in the Canadian Football League.
First, Richland resident Ben Archibald, who is from Tacoma but married a Tri-City girl.
Archibald played his college football at BYU, and last season he was named the Canadian Football League's Most Outstanding Lineman in 2010 while playing for the Calgary Stampeders.
This past week, Archibald signed a three-year deal with the B.C. Lions to become the team's cornerstone protector of its quarterbacks.
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Speaking of quarterbacks, Hermiston native Jared Zabransky thought he might be the guy who gets to start this season for the Edmonton Eskimos.
But Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed isn't so sure, according to Dan Barnes of the Montreal Gazette.
Zabransky saw decent playing time last season for Edmonton, but with starter Ricky Ray back, the former Boise State player is getting impatient for a starting role.
"I'm 27 years old and I want to be a starter and my goals aren't to be a backup," Zabransky told Barnes. "I've proven I can win up there. I've proven that in a number of different ways. So, no, probably. In all honesty, I want to start somewhere."
Edmonton may just trade him away. One place could be Winnipeg. But former WSU quarterback Alex Brink -- a player management likes -- is there and the Bombers may not make that deal.
H1 Unlimited is having its annual meetings and banquet this weekend in Las Vegas.
But the group already has made changes to the upcoming racing season, which includes a stop in the Tri-Cities on July 29-31 for the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.
The group already announced drivers will go back to fighting for lanes before each race, rather than having assigned lanes.
There are pros and cons with that. The pro is that it allows strategy for the drivers. The cons are that there's a good chance there will be more parade races.
Qualifying will take place during a two-hour window on Fridays, which will count towards the high-point standings. Teams will have other chances to qualify over the weekend. But only the Friday session is to count toward the points.
Other quick notes: Boats will have two on-board cameras. Fans and officials will be able see what is happening on the race course in high definition. ... Jean Theoret, the former driver of the U-37 Schumacher team, will be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame on April 23. ... Speaking of the Schumachers, they have parted ways with crew chief Scott Raney, team manager Shannon Raney and driver J.W. Myers. Those three are starting their own team, the U-11 Unlimited Racing Group, and they already have a number of sponsors on board.
A number of area volleyball players will get a chance to show their stuff March 12 in the Washington State Coaches Association All-State Volleyball Series, set for Fife High School.
In the 1A/2A game, Prosser's Taylor Flores, Connell's Brooke Gibbons and Michelle McCary, and Mabton's Crysta Reynolds are set to play.
Liberty Christian's Hannah Croskrey and Amy Koller will play in the 1B/2B game, as will Moses Lake Christian's Kristin Firouzi and Melissa Verhage.
Kate Jackson of Connell will be a coach for the 1A/2A team.
There are no Mid-Columbia 3A or 4A athletes set to play.
This 'n' that
Richland High grad Jamison Rowe had his first hit of the season Friday for Nevada's baseball team as he belted a two-out RBI triple in the seventh in the Wolfpack's 8-5 loss to Loyola Marymount. ...
Mats Wilander, a former No. 1-ranked men's tennis player, will be at Eisenhower High in Yakima on April 7 for an exhibition. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 for juniors. There will be a dinner after the exhibition. Tickets are available at the Yakima Tennis Club. Call 248-2938. ...
Want a chance to see some college softball? Whitworth is moving its twinbill against Corban University down on Tuesday to Pasco's TRAC Fields thanks to the snowy conditions in Spokane. It'll be a homecoming of sorts for Pasco's Emma Winckler, who plays third base and pitches for Corban, and pitcher Makenzie Marchbanks, who played at Walla Walla Community College and now throws for Corban. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.