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March 24
YVC baseball sweeps to run win streak to six games

​Yakima Herald Republic


YAKIMA, Wash. -- Cole Mckenzie scored three runs in the first game and Keone McKee had three hits in the second Thursday as Yakima Valley swept Green River 7-5 and 9-1 in a nonleague baseball doubleheader at Parker Faller Field.

The defending NWAC champion Yaks have won six straight, improving to 12-6.

Yakima Valley overcame five errors which led to three unearned runs in the opener. Hunter Boyd allowed one earned run over three innings, striking out five, to improve to 2-0.

Jack Hadley worked seven shutout innings in the second game, improving to 2-0 with an earned run average of 0.00.

Keone McKee had three hits and scored three runs in the nightcap for YVC.

YVC and Green River will play another doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. Friday, and the Yaks will open East Region play Wednesday at home against Blue Mountain.

Game 1

Green River 004 000 010 — 5 7 1

Yakima Valley 130 110 01x — 7 7 5

Bloom, Weber (5) and Dammeier, Lacina (8); Boyd, Henke (4), Foster (8) and Kirchoff.

YVC highlights: Cole Mckenzie 1-3, 3 runs, RBI; Bryce Beck 2-2; Keenan Milligan 1-3, 2b, 2 runs; Jake Kirchoff RBI; Keone McKee RBI.

Game 2

Green River 000 000 010 — 1 6 0

Yakima River 003 301 02x — 9 13 0

Nakamura, Owens (4) and Lacina, Dammeier (6); Hadley, Miller (8), Giannandra (9) and Schempp.

YVC highlights: Mckenzie 2-2, 2 RBI; Nathan Harrell 2-4, 2 RBI; Kyle Harvey RBI; Kyler Brudwick RBI; Jared Hall RBI; Tyler Detloff 2-4; McKee 3-4, 2b, 3 runs.​

March 22
Yakima Valley College students honored with state award


YAKIMA, Wash. - Two local college students are heading to Olympia where they're being honored for making the state all-academic team.

Jose Zuniga and Kylie Ergeson will be going to Olympia Thursday to represent Yakima Valley college.

They also have the potential to get more than four thousand dollars in scholarships.

Kylie says her impressive GPA is due to how much work she puts into the books.

“I go to class, go home, and then I study and volunteer. It's just time management basically. Being able to prioritize and put things first and study hard. I study a lot,” she said.

Each student had to have a higher than a 3.5 GPA and be active in their community to qualify.

The ceremony will be held at South Puget Sound Community College.​

March 20
YVC's Biology Dept., YELF, TU host film showing

​Yakama Nation Review


March 18
YVC baseball takes pair from Grays Harbor

​Yakima Herald Republic


Hunter Boyd pitched seven strong innings and Kyle Harvey drove in two runs Saturday as Yakima Valley downed Grays Harbor 5-2 in the first game of a nonleague baseball doubleheader at Parker Faller Field.

The Yaks also won the second game, 12-9, though technical difficulties made the statistics unavailable before press time.

YVC, 8-6, meets the Chokers, 1-9, for another doubleheader Sunday starting at noon.

Boyd scattered six hits and allowed no earned runs, striking out seven and walking one. Easton Henke, who came on in the eighth, got the win after Yakima rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Details on that half of the innings were unavailable, also.

Harvey was 2 for 4 with a double and Parker Depasquale was 2 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and another driven in.

The Yaks will host Green River for doubleheaders on Thursday and Friday, and on March 29 will open defense of their East Region and NWAC championships at home with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Blue Mountain.


Grays Harbor 100 000 010 — 2 7 1

Yakima Valley 000 101 03x — 5 8 1

Snyder, Tebeau (8) and Chaffin, Skinner (8); Boyd, Henke (8) and Kirchoff.

YVC highlights: Parker Depasquale 2-4, 2b, 2 runs, RBI; Kyle Harvey 2-4, 2b, 2 RBI.


Linescore, highlights unavailable.​

March 17
Yakima Valley College plans to purchase 16th and Nob Hill retail property for expansion

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Pending necessary approval from a state board, Yakima Valley College plans to purchase vacant property at the corner of South 16th Avenue and West Nob Hill Boulevard for its expansion. 

The 3.91 acre property once housed several retailers including Craft Warehouse, Hancock Fabrics and Koi Bistro. The entire property has been vacant for more than a year. 

The agenda for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges includes a resolution to approve YVC's request to purchase the property at 1606, 1608 and 1704 W. Nob Hill Boulevard for $3.77 million. The board will meet in Olympia Thursday. 

According to the resolution, the college believes that the three retail buildings could be renovated into new instructional space.

Last month, YVC's board of trustees authorized President Linda Kaminski to pursue a property purchase, but Kaminski declined to reveal additional details at the time, stating that she wanted to wait until YVC secured approval from the State Board. ​

March 17
Adults who can improvise


YAKIMA, Wash - A new improv club is about to make their comedy debut on March 17th.

"Adults Who Can't Adult" is a school club at Yakima Valley College.

The group is composed of YVC students that have been together since October.

Club adviser Ray Pritchard feels like the group is ready, but he thinks that the audience will be the ones in control.

"It's up to them what kind of show that we get. So come out and maybe be ready to get up on stage with us," he said.

This free event is on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Kendall Hall at Yakima Valley College.​

March 17
Yellow Owl named second-team NAIA All-American

​Yakima Herald Republic


Joel Yellow Owl, an Oregon Tech senior from Zillah High School and Yakima Valley College, is an All-American.

The 6-foot-4 guard was named to the NAIA Division II second team, the school announced Thursday.

“My coach (Justin Parnell) called me yesterday and told me,” Yellow Owl said Friday in a telephone interview. “I was surprised and excited. I said, ‘Wow, that’s a present.’”

Yellow Owl averaged 20.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists this past season in which the Owls went 24-10 and reached the NAIA Division II national tournament in Point Lookout, Mo. He previously had been named to the all-Cascade Conference first team.

In only two seasons at the Klamath Falls, Ore, school, Yellow Owl scored 1,229 points which ranks 18th on the Owls’ all-time list. His 45 points against Simpson College of Redding, Calif., was the most scored by an OTI player since 1980.

Yellow Owl said he’ll return to school next year to finish his degree in communications with a minor in sociology, but before that he plans to work out and attend some showcase events for European teams.

“That would be a great opportunity, to get the chance to play overseas,” he said. “I’m excited to see what the coming season brings.”​

March 16
YVC to screen steelhead documentary

​Yakima Herald Republic


YAKIMA, Wash. — Learn about the plight of some of Washington’s most magnificent sport fish at a free showing of the 2014 documentary “Wild Reverence: the Wild Steelhead’s Last Stand” at Yakima Valley College.

The film chronicles Shane Anderson’s pilgrimage to the rivers he once fished as a boy on the Olympic Peninsula. His relationship with those rivers and their wild steelhead taught him just how precious life can be.

That childhood fishing trip inspired a journey to discover why Anderson’s favorite fish is disappearing from rivers and appearing on the state’s Endangered Species List in different areas since 1997. “Wild Reverence” embarks on a quest to begin a movement to enact real change not only for the steelhead, but for all ecosystems.

The free showing, presented by YVC in collaboration with the Yakima Environmental Learning Foundation and Trout Unlimited, will be shown at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, Parker Room. For more information, call 509-574-4858 or email Matthew Loeser at​​

March 16
10 Days Out: March 16, 2017

​Yakima Herald Republic


• Get dramatic at Yakima Valley College’s evening of student-written and student-directed plays. The shows begin at 7 p.m. both days at YVC’s Kendall Hall, Black Box Theatre, Room 127 at South 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima. The Yakima Valley College Playmasters will present three plays. Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door (cash and check only). Get details at


• Adults Who Can’t Adult, a performance by YVC’s student improv group, begins at 7 p.m. at YVC’s Kendall Hall, South 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima. It’s free, but donations will be accepted. Call 509-574-4881 for more information.

March 15
Spring Quarter ESL Classes at Yakima Valley College

​Grandview Herald


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