By Rocky Morrow
Sometimes there’s not enough room in the paper edition of the Tri-City Herald to share all the highlights we manage to dig out of the archives.
And sometimes we have enough room, but not much happened sportswise on such-and-such a given date.
Ever. In any year.
That’s an exaggeration, of course, but you get the idea.
But January 13th, 1973, proved to be something of a goldmine — and many thanks to the Herald staff writer and Red Light District blogger Annie Fowler for suggesting the year.
To place into frame this specific Saturday, this particular January 13th, into a sportsfans’ historical perspective it was the eve of Super Bowl VII — the Redskins versus the Dolphins at Los Angeles Coliseum.
The TCH headline accompanying the championship preview stated, “Redskins favored by 2 points over undefeated Dolphins”.
And the next day, Miami — a.k.a. Manny’s Mob — defeated Washington 14-7.
With that in mind, or with that reminded, and without further ado, we present the Best of Saturday, January 13, 1973...
The undefeated Kennewick wrestling team’s trip to Oregon provided wins over Pendleton (38-13) and Bend (42-18). The Lions got two wins apiece on the road from Bill Perkins (158), Ron Gallegos (141), Bob McCoy (129), Neil Buechler (12), Arlan McMullen (115), Mike Davidson (108) and Dustin Van Cleve (101). Van Cleve won his matches via pin.
Kennewick’s Mike Miller swept three matches at 150-pounds to improve to 13-1 as the Columbia Basin Hawks swept Lower Columbia (21-13), Yakima Community (28-9) and Centralia (31-12) at the Lower Columbia quadrangular meet in Longview. It was a sound reboot for the CBC program which had its 37-meet winning streak broken on Jan. 12 with a 26-15 loss to Clackamas in Oregon City.
Mike Greene scored 14 pints for Grandview and Manual Lovett added 13 as Grandview lost their third Mid-Valley Conference game 49-46 against West Valley in Yakima.
Johnny Capps scored eight of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to spark Othello out of a 9-point deficit and earn a 65-60 victory over visiting Ritzville.
Steve Huddleston posted 12 points for Hermiston in a 44-40 loss to host Milton-Freewater.
Hanford’s Floyd Gale scored 23 points but it was far from enough in a 97-53 loss to Eastmon. Gale had scored a combined 63 points in the Falcons’ last three games.
Alan Fate had 23 points to lead host Wapato’s 73-45 slaughter of Prosser in a Mid-Valley League battle of the unbeatens. Don Eucker had 11 points for the Mustangs in what was thus far the team’s lowest scoring game of the season.
Elmer Talbott scored 22 points to help Dayton to their sixth-straight basketball victory, a 68-61 edging of Connell in a Southeast Conference matchup.
Kevin Iverson led Royal City with 16 points to lead his team to its second Valley Conference boys basketball victory.
Ron Williamson scored a game-high 25 points for Kennewick and hauled in 12 boards as the Lions mauled Eisenhower 60-36 in a Big Nine Conference game in Yakima. Kennewick was in first place, one game ahead of the Bombers in the Big Nine with a 7-0 league, 9-0 overall record.
Columbia Basin’s Jeff Byrd had 21 points and 13 rebounds as CBC survived 18 second-half turnovers to edge Yakima Valley Community College 84-80 in a Northwest Athletic Conference contest.
Kamiakin junior center Rich Stewart hit a field goal with 11 seconds remaining to lift the Braves to a 52-51 win over Moses Lake. We here in the toy department would also like to take a moment and thank, praise or otherwise gratefully acknowledge the (bylined, attributed) Herald sports staff circa 1973 who originally reported on these, and many other, regional events — Gil Craker, Linda Hamilton, Mike Lodahl, Bill Purcell, Steve Purdy and Herald photographer Aubrey Adams.