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    Written By:

    Adam Moorhead


    It is playoff time for our Newport football team!

    The Newport Grizzlies have willed their way into the quarterfinal round of the 1A state playoffs. They will be taking on the 10-0 Zillah Leopards who are currently the #2 seed, while are own Newport Grizzlies are the #10 seed with an overall 9-1 record.

    This week’s interview was conducted with Tug Smith, wide receiver and safety for the Newport football team. He was asked a series of questions, ranging from personal goals to what he sees as his role on the team.

    To start off he was asked a basic question: “What are your thoughts on the season so far?”

    Tug replied, “It’s been fun. We have come a long way as a team and I believe we’re still improving. I honestly just don’t want the season to end.”

    The next question posed was, “What is your favorite part about the team?”

    Tug answered, “Family. We are all so close and we all just relate and get along so well. Not only can we be stupid and have fun, but we also get the job done and do what we need to do.”

    Following that, he was asked, “What is your favorite part about playing in the games?”

    Tug responded, “My favorite part about the games is the nervousness, the excitement, that feeling you love to hate, and being able to share it alongside all of my brothers every Friday night.”

    Next he was asked a little tougher question, “What are some of your personal goals for the season?”

    Tug said, “I just want to be the best player I can be every single play of every single game. I received 1st Team All-League receiver, safety, and returner, but it’s not about that. I want to win a championship, and that’s what we’re striving for.”

    To wrap up the interview, he was asked a fairly difficult question for many athletes: “What do you believe your role on the team is?”

    Tug concluded confidently, “I feel like my role is to be a leader on and off the field. I want people to respect and treat me just as I do for them. And I want to be seen as someone who would give it all for their brothers.”

    The next football game for the Newport boys will be held Friday the 16th at Rich Leenhouts Stadium in Grandview, Washington. The game will kickoff at 6 pm.

    For students, there is a “rooter” bus that would love for you to hop on and come support our Grizzlies. If you want to join this, make sure to have your permission slips turned in! Cost is $10 with an ASB card, and $13 without.

    Good news for you fans out there who won’t be able to attend Friday’s game! The game will be broadcasted and live-streamed if you log on to Kubsradio.com. We received nearly 1,000 hits last game!

    If you can’t make the game, please tune in and watch our Grizzlies take on the Leopards!

    Go Griz!!!