PASCO — The 4th annual Follow Your Dreams banquet fundraiser at Columbia BasinCollege was a success Thursday night, with more than $25,000 raised for athleticscholarships and facilities upgrades.
Dr. J. Dale Gier, Ray Washburn, Ed Maxwell and Jim Rodgers were inductedinto the school’s athletic hall of fame in front of a crowd estimated at275.
Some interesting tidbits came about throughout the night.
-- Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, a Pasco native, was in attendanceand said he’s 100 percent healthy and ready to go this season afterrecovering from thoracic surgery. ... CBC athletic director Scott Rogersacknowledged all of his coaches during his speech, including volleyballcoach John Patrick, who resigned after 22 years at his position. The crowdburst into applause when he was mentioned. ... Steve Farrington, CBC’sbaseball coach, said the Hawks sent 23 players on to four-year schools lastyear. This year’s team should be loaded again. Kevin Komstadius, the EastValley of Yakima slugger, has transferred from the University of Washingtonto CBC. Meanwhile, Richland’s Cody Shepherd -- who was headed to Washingtonas a walk-on with the chance to earn a scholarship after one year -- hasdecided to play for CBC. Farrington said his plan is to play one season forthe Hawks, then go on a Mormon mission before coming back to resume playing.... Former CBC basketball great Byron Beck, the night’s featured speaker whoplayed in the ABA and NBA, revealed that he had wanted to always be a probaseball player. ... Ex-CBC men’s basketball coach Jim Rodgers, whose teamswon five consecutive NWAACC titles in the 1960s, said Ray Washburn —the Burbank native who pitched in the major leagues and was also inductedinto the CBC Hall of Fame on Thursday — was “a really good basketballplayer. He would come back to visit, and we’d play in pickup games.” Rodgers,75, praised Jack Cooney as the driving force behind getting CBC started. “Hetook on the Pasco School District to start this school.”