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On this date in Mid-Columbia sports history

On Dec. 2 in ...

* 2000 -- The headline screamed "Bulldogs best in show" as Pasco became the first 14-0 team in state history -- and earned its second state championship in three years -- with a 20-3 win over Bethel at Gridiron Classic VI in Tacoma. Meanwhile, Royal was crowned 1A state champion with a 49-17 victory over Tacoma Baptist.

* 1998 -- Columbia Basin center fielder Justin Williams was signed by Washington State coach Steve Farrington.

* 1979 -- After 33 years as an unlimited hydroplane referee, Bill Newton retired as chief referee. Newton officiated more than 160 races, including all 14 in the Tri-Cities. J. Lee Schoenith, a former driver and owner from Detroit, was announced as his replacement.

* 1972 -- Othello 108-pounder Steve Niblette pinned his Royal City opponent in 1:02, and teammates Kevin Beus, Robert Gilber and Mike Padilla also added pins as the host Huskies earned a 51-6 victory over the Knights.

* 1969 -- Kiona-Benton's Chuck Matteson and Brad Bergam built a 10-point lead with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and DeSales closed the gap to two with under a minute remaining, but the Bears held on for a 62-60 nonconference victory. Ki-Be matched DeSales' late-game free throws to keep the defining edge.