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Before Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, there was Gene Conley. A two-time Minor League Player of the Year, Conley grew up in
Perhaps no duo has made a greater impact on Olympic history than twin brothers Phil and Steve Mahre. Graduates of
Phil is a member of the Olympic Hall of Fame, was overall World Cup Champion three consecutive years (1981-1983), won a silver medal in the slalom at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, and was a three time winner of the U.S. National Giant Slalom title and five time winner of the U.S. National Slalom title. As a pro, he won two World Slalom Championships.
He was named International Skier of the Year three times and Skier of the Year five times.
In addition to his Olympic silver medal, Steve Mahre clinched nine World Cup event victories between 1978 and 1983. He was the 1982 World Champion in the Giant Slalom and was a seven time U.S. National Champion.
Ray Mansfield was a star football player for the Kennewick Lions before playing three seasons on the offensive line for the Washington Huskies from 1960-62. He was a member of the winning Rose Bowl team of 1961, a 17-7 victory over the
From 1964 to 1976,
Karen Murray graduated from Pasco High in 1980. To this day, she is still the record-holder for the most career points (1,338) among female basketball players for the Bulldogs.
Murray played four seasons for the
During the 1980's and early 1990's, pro basketball was available to women in Europe where
When Ed Troxel came to the Tri-Cities in 1978, he was already a legend in the Northwest for his winning football program at
Troxel's installation of a weight program at Kennewick High was quickly copied by the rest of the Big Nine and is a major reason the conference is one of the toughest in the state. He also serves on numerous charity boards.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable professional baseball names in the Mid-Columbia area is Ray Washburn. Born in
During his ten year Major League career, Washburn appeared in three World Series, won 72 games and posted a 3.54 ERA.
His greatest moment may have come during the 1968 season when he won a career-best 14 games, had a 2.26 ERA and fired a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants.
Known as "The Heart of Washington Wine Country," the Tri-Cities region is home to more than 160 wineries within a one-hour drive. Visitors can sample award winning wines or enjoy a spectacular landscape of vineyards.
"Handpicked - Handsorted - Handmade" is the motto and method for long-time winemakers Tim and Kelly Hightower. Located on Red Mountain, the Hightowers handcraft highly acclaimed, food friendly, red wines of elegance, depth and complexity. Come enjoy the intimate setting with majestic views of the estate vineyard and the valley below.
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With the best of both worlds at your fingertips, take the time to explore the Columbia Basin's best golf courses and wineries. Experience the rush of a deep drive down the fairway or a sip of wine from some of the greatest vineyards in the world, right here in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland - Tri-Cities, Washington.