2018 Columbians football joins past athletic champs

Players and coaches in front of their newly added plaque on the victory sign at Rainier City Park.

The Rainier Columbians 2018 championship football team unveiled their addition to a sign honoring state athletic victories at the Rainier City Park. At the dedication ceremony, Mayor Jerry Cole announced plans for a new and improved sign in the future.

“Everything starts with a dream … it might take five years to raise the money for something really nice,” Cole said. “I envision a brick courtyard – maybe we could sell bricks – but something that when people come around the corner they could read something really big, not to take away from this, this is really nice, too.”

Cole congratulated the football team on behalf of Rainier and as the team peeled back the covering over the new addition to the sign. A crowd circled in tight to snap photos of the athletes, who were smiling wide despite the damp, drizzling weather. A reception was held at Rainier Jr./Sr. High School after the ceremony, complete with a Rainier Columbians football championship cake.

Rainier’s 3A State Championship football team was also officially honored by the City Council this month. Cole issued an official proclamation in honor of the team at the Dec. 3 City Council meeting. The proclamation declared the month of December to be “Rainier Columbian Football Month” in the city of Rainier, calling on the community to recognize and congratulate the team.

The official proclamation documented details the Columbians 44-14 triumph over the Cascade Christian Challengers, the capstone of an historic undefeated 13-0 run. Head coach Mike King and the entire football coaching staff was highlighted as integral in guiding the team to victory under their power of their unwavering support through hard daily practices.

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