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A rare miss Section Two Quad City Herald Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and the lower Methow Valley Volume 90 No. 23 Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920 50 December 5, 1991 Kingbowl bound Billygoats looking for first state title "'2 The Pateros Billygoats Iounced past the Taholah Chitwhins 66-18, putting them into their first Kingbowl championship football game in the school's history. Pateros will play second ranked Inchelium in the Kingdome at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. "Our guys have been playing very well," said Joe Worsham, Pateros football coach. "We are peaking at the right time and playing a notch above what we have had to do all season long. It is very exciting that our players are able to do something like that." Taholah was rumored to have seven players with great speed, but the Billygoat's defense seemed to smother the Chitwhins' offensive attack, forcing eight turnovers mthree interceptions and five fumbles. Three of the Chitwhins' four first half turn- overs led directly to Pateros touch- downs. "The score looked bad but they were not that bad of a team," said Worsham. "We just played very well." To start the game Derek Hunter recorded Pateros' first score on a 24- yard run putting the Billygoats ahead 6-0. Hunter was coming off a near flawless game against Davenport in Aaron Hagenbuch, shown here scoring against Taholah, is just one of the reasons Pateros is playing in their the quarterfinals the week before, corn pleting 15-19 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter then added another touch- down run ofone-yard, putting Pateros ahead 14-0 with the two-point con- version. Taholah scored its first six points in the first quarter with an 11-yard pass, narrowing the lead to 14-6. 'q'hey scored their f'wst touchdown throwing to an ineligible receiver," said Worsham. Taholah lined up five players on the line and sent their guard out.to catch the touchdown pass, which is illegal. This play drew penalties for the Chitwhins on two other attempts later in the game. The Billygoats even had good coverage on this illegal pass. Hunter was almost able to pick the pass off but was only able to get a hand on the ball to tip it. Pateros ended the fhst quarter with a 19-yard touchdown run from Aaron Hagenbuch putting them up 20-6. This was the first of Hagenbuch's three touchdowns all game. Hagenbuch was a leader on both sides of the ball, rushing for a game high 98 yards on eight carries, catching two passes for 26 yards and spearheading the defense with 17 tackles. Starting out the second quarter Tyrone Minnis ran the ball four-yards into the end zone giving Pateros 26 points. Hagenbach followed that up with a two-yard run putting the Billygoats up 34-6, with the two-point conver- sion. Taholah ended the half with a one- yard touchdown run closing the gap to 34-12. The Chitwhins just couldn't stop the offensive attack of Pateros as the Billygoats scored on their first five possessions. Pateros could have easily had 40 points to end the first half if Hunter would not have fumbled on the two- yard line, in the Billygoats' final drive, with only 33 seconds left in the first half. "This made us concentrate on the second half more, they were still in the game," said Worsham. "In eight- man football a team can easily score three touchdowns, and that would have put them right back in the game." Pateros opened the second half with a 60-yard run from Hagenbuch putting them in a commanding 40-12 lead. Travis Maitland then scored on a 21-yard pass from Hunter to add six more points to the Billygoats' score. Taholah scored its final touchdown of the game, to end the third quarter giving the Chitwhins 18 points. Pateros owned the last quarter scoring on a 63-yard pass to Minnis for their first of three scores in the fourth quarter. Then Pateros' renowned defense scored a touchdown when Maitland picked up a fumble and returned it 37 yards for the score. Mark Ramsay ended the game with a five-yard run into the end zone putting the Billygoats ahead for a commanding 66-18 finish. "We can run or pass," said Worsham."This makes the other team have to defend the whole field." Pateros had a good sized crowd at the Tacoma Dome roofing them on. "We have really received good support from our community, as al- ways, and we appreciate it." Taholah's speedy, big-play re- ceiver Otto Tanner was kept out of the end zone, but still managed to catch three passes for 96 yards. Pateros kicked the ball away from Tanner the whole game, he was able to return a couple of kicks but the Billygoats were able to corner him every time. "Taholah just did not have a good game plan," said Worsham. They were just out there playing football, they didn't have a plan to beat us." ve00ms As Pateros vies for the state championship in football, the other Quad City schools have taken to the gymnasium. Bill Valance photo Four teams gathered in Brewster last Monday and Tuesday evenings to kick off the basketball season. In the photograph above the Lady Bears' Sara McGuire drives past an Oroville defender during Jamboree action in Brewster. first ever State championship game. The Chitwhins had some players that were fairly fast but Pateros matched up with them, and nobody seemed to be that much faster. With the win the Billygoats were able to continue their domination on the grid iron, and will take on second ranked Inchelium in the Kingdome at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. "Inchelium is big and tough, and they are good," said Worsham. Inchelium won their quarterfinal match-up last week against number one ranked Tekoa-Oakesdale 36-20. "Tekoa-Oakesdale was overrated, after seeing both of the first and second ranked teams play, I think the best two teams are playing for the cham- pionship this Saturday." The Hornets have two big running backs playing for them, 6-foot-1 240 lb., Aifala Area and his cousin, 6-foot 220 lb., Eti Ena. They are the majority of Jim McChristian Inchelium's offensive threat. "Our biggest concern will be to stop the two big running backs," said Worsham. "This will be a big chore, but we can do it." "Inchelium has good football players, other than the two running backs, which makes them danger- ous," said Mike Hull, Pateros assis- tant football c0ach. "it looks like we have our work cut out for us." The Pateros Billygoats have made tt to the State B-8 championship game with their aggressive defense and variety of offensive plays. "We are going to make Inchelium work hard, and run them all over the field wearing them out," said Worsham. If they can wear down the Inchelium Hometsit will givePateros a much deserved state championship, in their first berth to the Kingbowi. Capitol Report by Representative Alex McLean As the 1992 legislative session begins on January 13, we will be facing a whole new round of budget problems created by what is being termed a revenue shortfall of nearly $700 million. I'm very frustrated with the process that led us to this point. Quite a few of us did not approve of the massive spending programs of the last few years and we worked hard to prevent an increase in gov- ernment spending. Unfortunately, it takes a majority who are fiscally re- sponsible to avert a major crisis such as the one we find ourselves in today. It was only a few months ago that the Legislature increased that budget by 19 percent or $3 billion over its previous two year budget. So what happened to create our current bud- get crisis? The state's chief economic rev- enue forecaster, Dr. Chang Meek Sohn, says the shortfall is the result of the recession now starting to get its roots into Washington's economy. Dr. Sohn said the recession has led to a loss of jobs, which is resulting in declining revenue for the state. But as we examine the shortfall, [ think it is necessary to look at the entire picture. In 1990 the state found itself with a budget surplus of $700 million, just opposite from where we are now. As you can expect, every- body wanted a piece of the pie. The pressure was great to spend it all. Just the year before, the Legisla- ture put $60 million into a state reserve account. This account, known as the "rainy day fund," was formed several years earlier but no money had ever been put into it until 1989. During the budget surplus of 1990, it was all that some of us could do to convince other legislators to put away some addi- tional money for a"rainy day." With the pressure to spend the surplus, only 200 million was added to the rainy day account. The remainder of the surplus was spent. Had we put more money away, as I advocated, our current budget crisis would not be so severe. House Republicans held firm in the 1991 session when others wanted to spend the $200 million in the rainy day account. However, proposals to add to this fund fell on deaf ears. There was also pressure for a higher revenue projection. In June, a new revenue forecast supposedly gave the state an extra $73 million, which was immediately allocated to be spent. What effect will this have? Al- ready across the board cuts of two and one-half percent are being im- posed, beginning December 1. Only pension, implied contracts with the state and basic education are exempt. The governor says discussions under way to deal with the crisis, and "ev- erything is on the table." That means everything from spending the rainy day fund to increasing taxes. The shortfall could be even worse when supplement budget requests are re- ceived. So what is the answer The last time the state was in this situation was in 1981, Fellow legislators of that time say it was a painful session because taxes were raised to deal with the problem. I think it would be a mistake to immediately begin calling for new taxes. There are other ways to deal with our current problem such as cutting travel expenses, limiting outside consultants and not filling current vacancies. Spending the rainy day fund would not be my first choice, but if we must, it should be earmarked for education and essential human services. And whatever we do, it must be.done very wisely and carefully. Finally, it's time to work toward fiscal accountability. The irresponsi- bility of the past should not he allowed to continue in the future. We must gain a handle on the overspending of your tax dollars. I welcome your comments and opinions.