MUKILTEO – The Kamiak football team said goodbye to its film technician and equipment manager at Wednesday’s practice. Brian Granger is off to fight the war on terrorism. The Navy reservist, who was called to active duty recently, stopped by wearing fatigues to wish the Knights well.
The team gave Granger an “at-a-way call” along with other words of encouragement. They also made a few unprintable suggestions about how to handle Osama bin Laden, should Granger, a Boeing employee, find the one accused of master-minding the Sept. 11 attacks.
Kamiak coach Dan Mack said Granger’s presence will be missed.
“He couldn’t tell us where he was going, because of course it’s classified,” Mack said. “He’s off to war. We wanted him to know how much we appreciate him and what he’s doing for our country.”
Mud-be-gone: Within the next three years, football games on two of the more muddied fields in the Western Conference North Division will be a memory. With the opening of a new high school in 2003, Arlington will get a new all-weather playing surface made of a combination artificial and natural materials that is identical to the playing surface in the new professional football stadium in Denver. Funding for a stadium facility to surround the field, located at the new high school, is still unsettled.
At Mount Vernon, the new stadium is under construction in phases. New stands, minus a roof, opened a few weeks ago. The final touch to the new facility will come within three years when an all-weather playing surface made from FieldTurf will be installed.