On this date in Mid-Columbia sports history

On Jan. 30 in ...

* 1977 -- Defending Washington state racquetball champion Dave Retter defeated fellow Spokane resident Ray Oram 21-11, 21-18 to win the A Division of the first Tri-City Court Club Invitational. Retter won $25 and dinner for two at Cedar's Pier I, while Oram received $20. In the women's open division, Nancy Pellegrini of Spokane beat Annette van Dyke of Wenatchee 21-17, 21-10. Pellegrini walked away with $20, and van Dyke got $15.

* 1969 -- Pischel's, behind Jim Swanda's 32-point performance, overcame a first-half deficit to defeat Pasco Merchants 65-57 in Twin-City Independent Basketball action. Mike Bubalo scored 24 points for Merchants.

* 1954 -- The Richland boys basketball team "just plumb completely clobbered" visiting Lewiston 67-38, avenging a 63-59 loss to the Bengals.