On this date in Mid-Columbia sports history

On Dec. 25 in ...

* 1988 -- Herald sports writer Jim Riley published a commentary that, in the spirit of the season, focused on people and things the Herald sports staff voted as having a positive impact in the Tri-City area sports world.

Among the selections were: John Crawford ("a motivating force"), Prosser track, volleyball and basketball standout Kelly Blair and Richland quarterback, forward and outfielder Nate Holdren ("both exceptional, humble athletes"), Monte Ingersoll ("stirring renditions of the American and Canadian national anthems"), Dean Hoff ("a first-class baseball coach"), Hanford girls soccer coach Ralph Sanner ("a refreshingly different kind of coach") and Pasco basketball coach Mike Guajardo ("win or lose, no coach is more cooperative with the media").