Tri-City Herald

Long journey from Walla Walla to Rio

Like a lot of athletes, Josh Priester had Olympic dreams growing up. The 2000 Walla Walla High School graduate competed in the decathlon from eighth grade through high school and continued on through college. Though he was good, he wasn’t quite Olympic caliber. … “We built it from the ground up,” Priester said. “We have a lot of contributors from all over the country, including Walla Walla. We are still growing and trying to figure some things out. I was a full-time NCAA track and field coach who gave it up to pursue this. We hold our practices at Westmont College, where I also coach.” more

Chiawana grad Huisingh a national champ

The Chiawana High School graduate is part of the Concordia College women’s soccer team, based in Portland, that won the NAIA national title last month in Orange Beach, Ala.

The Cavaliers defeated Westmont College of California 1-0 on Dec. 7 for the title.

“It was weird,” Huisingh said. “It was so surreal. It’s just starting to set in now. Our situation was a little different, because it was literally a week before finals.” more