YAKIMA -- A year ago, Roy Garcia wept after his Grandview boys fell one point short of qualifying for the 2A state basketball tournament.
On Saturday, the tears streaking Garcia's face were ones of joy after the Greyhounds beat Selah in the winner-to-state game of the CWAC district tournament in Sunnyside.
Grandview earned a spot opposite Fife in today's 10:30 a.m. first-round game at the Yakima SunDome.
"I just care so much about these boys, about the program," said Garcia, who also lost his father, Joe, just before the start of the school year. "We're just happy to get to the tournament and getting back to the tradition where Grandview should be, getting to state year in and year out."
Garcia has Grandview back at state after a two-year absence. It'll face a Fife team that won the West Central District title after reaching the state semifinals a year ago before placing sixth.
"Fife will be a tough team to handle, but I think the boys are up to the task. Every team at state is going to be tough. It's just a matter of who goes out, executes and controls their emotions."