I know a few things about the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- or MIT.
I know that very smart people go to that school.
I know that a small group of students from there, who were good at counting cards, used to fly out to Las Vegas all the time and take the casinos for huge sums of money (good for them) and it became a book and then a movie called 21.
I know a buddy of mine who used to attend Princeton and told me of a nerdy cheer students chanted at MIT during football games (but almost every Ivy League school also used).
It went like this when written out:
Cosine, Tangent, Hyperbolic sine,
Three point one four one five nine,
E to the X, dee you, dee X.
The second line is the numerical equivalent for Pi, of course. Of course. Listen to me, like I'm Mr. Math major.
But now I know of a Tri-Citian who is headed to MIT to play football.
Hanford's Cameron Wagar will get a chance to play for the NCAA Division III school after receiving a need-based academic scholarship.
Wagar rushed for 965 yards for the Falcons last fall -- third-best in the CBBN 3A.
But he also carries a 3.994 grade point average. Only an A-minus in one class keeps him from a perfect 4.0 GPA.
MIT is where he wanted to go.
"Football-wise, I was looking at the University of Puget Sound, Occidental and Lewis & Clark," Wagar said. "School-wise, I was looking at Gonzaga, Colorado School of the Mines, Arizona State and Oregon State. Hopefully, I'll get a degree in engineering, either mechanical or electrical."
Wagar said MIT, like the Ivy League schools, encourages students to take on physical activities to go with their academics.
"I'll play some running back and defensive back, and in track I'll throw the javelin," he said.
He hopes he can play football right away. Last year's team started 12 freshmen.
Another Tri-Citian, Pasco's Marianne Johnson, will play women's soccer in the fall for Eastern Washington University. The midfielder transfers in from Walla Walla Community College, where she scored six goals and added two assists to help lead the Warriors to the NWAACC title last fall.
Richland's standout swimmer, Nathaniel Weinman, signed a letter of intent to swim for South Dakota State University, where he'll major in Engineering.
Pasco High grad Morgan Sullivan is transferring from Clark College in Iowa to the University of Idaho to play for the women's soccer team. Last fall she led Clarke with 12 goals, and she had a team-best 10 as a freshman in 2009. She'll be a junior this fall.
Cox inducted into the WIAA Hall
Among those being inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Renton will be former DeSales football and baseball coach Kim Cox.
Cox, who is now a volunteer coach at Chiawana High, led the DeSales baseball team to 16 state titles, and his football teams won four state championships.
Hanford's Moore an All-American golfer
Hanford High graduate Alex Moore, a junior at Oregon State, was named to the All-Pac-10 first team for men's golf Monday.
Moore had the lowest round in school history with a 9-under 63 earlier this spring, and he also tied for medalist honors at the Pac-10 Championships before losing in a playoff.
His scoring average of 70.94 is second-best in school history to Diego Velasquez, who posted a 70.31 average last year.
Kennewick's Scott a first-teamer
Kennewick High graduate Landon Scott earned first-team All-Northwest Conference baseball honors on Monday.
Scott, a junior third baseman for Whitworth, hit .389 and had 35 RBIs this season.
Teammate Kevin Valerio, an outfielder who also went to Kennewick High, was named to the second team. He hit .295 and scored 35 runs.
Also named honorable mention for Whitworth were senior outfielder Nick Ashley (Lind-Ritzville) and senior pitcher Liam O'Brien (Prosser).
In Northwest Conference softball, Richland grad Talissa Huntsman, a junior utility player at Willamette University; and Riverside grad Jordan Mittelsdorf, a junior catcher from Pacific University, were both named to the second team all-star unit.