On this date in Mid-Columbia sports history

On Jan. 3 in ...

* 2003 -- John Braun scored 18 points, and Mike Walker drained two free throws with 10 seconds left as Hanford handed Mid-Valley-favorite West Valley a 60-59 setback in Yakima in the league opener for both teams. Andrew Strait scored a layup for the Rams with three seconds left for the final margin as the Falcons blanketed the 3-point line.

* 1972 -- Theartis Wallace had 34 points and Jim McKean added 24 more as Tri-City Arco posted its 40th straight Independent Basketball victory with a double overtime 100-99 win on the road against the Walla Walla Community College varsity. Ex-Walla Walla High star Greg Fink finished with 28 points for the Warriors.