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Thursday, February 3, 2011 SPORTS Free Press Section 3 Page 1 Cheney comes up short in upset bid of GNL leading W. Valley Wins over visiting Pullman, Medical Lake, keep Hawks in hunt for playoff home game By JOHN McCALLUM Editor To achieve success coaches will tell you that you need to win the games you should and steal a couple you maybe shouldn't. Using those criteria the Cheney boys' basketball team got a win, a steal and a near miss last week. The Blackhawks downed sixth-place Medical Lake 56-44, : pulled out a gritty 59-55 upset of No. 3 Pullman and came within 11 seconds of knocking off No. 1 West Valley, eventually falling 62-61 in overtime. Defense was key to Cheney's win over visiting Pullman on Tuesday. The Blackhawks forced 18 Greyhound turnovers, committing just eight of their own, and while they allowed the league's leading scorer Corey Langerveld to get his normal points - in this case eight more than his 17.8 per game average - they kept the rest of his teammates in check "Langerveld, he's the real deal," Cheney head coach Ryan Fitzgerald said. "He put up 26, but we held everybody else (to single digits)." And even then the Blackhawks needed some defense late, which they got from Xavier Day. Fitzgerald put the senior on Langerveld and the quick-footed soccer star held him scoreless over the game's final two minutes. Parker Franklin led the Blackhawks with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists with Diondre Moore-Young adding 10 points, two steals and three assists. Cheney shot 44 percent from the field, Pull- man 41 percenL but again struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 40 percent. They made their free throws when it counted however, with Moore- Young going 3 for 3, all in the fourth quarter. Friday the Blackhawks battled West Valley in a highly contested, spirited and physical game. The Eagles opened a seven-point lead in the first quarter only to have Cheney rally to tie it before the half. In the third it was Cheney opening a five-point margin at 44-39 on Moore-Young's rebound put back basket off a John Gingrich free throw miss with 3:08 to play. The lead was fleeting as West Valley star Brady Bagby scored the first four points of the final period to tie the score at 50. The game remained tight, with a Bagby free throw giving West Valley a 58-57 lead at the 2:44 and Cheney tying it on C.J. SkiUingstad's free throw at 1:53. Both teams had chances to win it in regulation. Moore-Young drove the lane but got bumped in See CHS boys page 3 Photo by John McCallum Xavier Day puts up a ball fake in preparation for a shot attempt over West Valley's Jeno Martin. Blackhawks' wrestler Elias Mason has Medical Lake's Tyler Murray set up for a fall at 152 pounds. Photo by John McCallum Hawks wrap up wrestling season with wins By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Wins in their final two regular season matches gave the Cheney wrestling team a 4-2 record and third place finish in Great Northern League dual meet competition, and for head coach Wade Schlotter, hopefully some good preparation for his team as the Blackhawks eye District 7 competition this weekend. Last Tuesday the Blackhawks won six straight matches to overcome an early 6-0 deficit and defeat West Valley on the road 53-15. Two nights later at home Cheney opened a 30-6 lead with six wins in their first seven matches en route to the 45-20 win over Medi- cal Lake. Hunter Pederson got Cheney on the board at West Valley, tying the score at 6 with a second-round pin of Wyatt Scott at 125 pounds. Duncan Rhoades gave Cheney the lead at 10-6 with a 10-2 major decision over Randy Sloan at 130, and Huckins added to it with a 14-0 major decision over Shane Morgan at 135. Dakota Mauzay pinned Luke Konzal with five seconds remain- ing in the second round at 140. Josh Wessels rolled to a 15-9 decision at 145 and when Elias Mason pinned Taylor Rollins with 16 seconds left in the first round at 152 the Blackhawks had opened a 29-6 lead that was never threatened. After a loss at 160, D.J. Empert got Cheney back on track with an 8- 3 decision at 171, Josh Maio pinned Thomas Morgan in the second round at 189, and Zac Corean notched an 8-5 decision over Kyle White at 215. After a Blackhawks' forfeit at 285 Ian Shirey and Nathaniel Brewster gave Cheney its final wins via a fall at 103 and forfeit at 112. Maio gave Cheney the early lead Thursday against the Cardinals with an 8-2 decision over Aaron Were at 189. Two Medical Lake forfeits at 215 and 285 stretched that to 15-0 before the Cardinals got on the board with Zeb Klemke's third round pin of Shirey at 103. Brewster got the Blackhawks back on track, scoring a 5-3 decision over Conner Cranston at 112. "That was a big win for him," Schlotter said of Brewster's win. Pederson won with a first-round fall over Dylan Usselman at 119 and Rhoades' second-round pin of Dominik Huey at 125 gave Cheney its 30-6 lead. Anton King pulled the Cards to 30-9 with a 12-1 major decision over Blackhawks junior Eric Barrio at 130. See CHS wrestling page 3 Eastern men finally have winning streak Now the test comes to see if they can win during road trip By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Maybe the tide is finally turning for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team. Because for the second time in less than a week the Eagles rallied to score a Big Sky Conference victory, the latest coming 83-70 over Idaho State on Saturday at Reese Court. That followed a 65-51 win over Portland State on Thursday, giving Eastern its first winning streak of the season and three wins in their last four games. The Eagles, 4-5 in conference play and 7-14 overall, try to keep that streak alive and end another when they return to the road to face league-leading Northern Colorado (7-2 Big Sky, 11-9) tonight (Feb. 3) and have a return engagement with Idaho State (2-7, 6-15) Saturday. Eastern lost a heartbreaker;  75- 73 at home to the Bears back on Dec. 31 The Eagles are 0-11 on the road this season with a 17-game road losing streak dating back to last year. They seek to end both those skids Trailing 33-30 at the half to the Bengals, Eastern a long-distanceshooting demonstration that an early Second half run on the way-toa 53377 edge in the final 20 minutes. The Eagles made 9-of- 12 3-point shots in the second half and were 13-24 on the night - a healthy 54 percent - to go ona 14-4 run that turned the game for good. Glen Dean continued where he left off against Portland State by tossing in a team-high 17 point; as six Eagles scored in double-figures. Jeffrey Forbes notched 15, nine on 3-pointers. It was Kevin Winford who seemed lights-out from long-range as 12 ofhis 14 points came off of 3-point shots, a couple well outside the line. Cliff Ederaine, who scored 14, brought the crowd' to its feet and big smiles to his teammates when he sunk a 3-pointer from the left corner on an inbounds play with just 3 seconds left on the Shot clock. Laron Griffin had 11 and Cliff Colimoin 10, but both also played huge defensive roles. "We didn't shoot it well in the first half - we missed some good looks," Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine said. "Idaho State was playing their third game in five days, so I think in the second half there was a little bit of fatigue," he added. Earlywine went to the locker room at halftime with the message to guard harder because in recent games that had been the team's hallmark, holding three of their last four opponents under 60 points. "We didn't block out in the first half very well and that's what I told the guys. If you want to win we'll block out and we'll take care of the ball better" His team, or at least some of them, must have listened. Broderick Gilchrest, the leading scorer for the Bengals this season with a 14.5 points per game aver- age, was held to 2-of-9 shooting as Cliff Colimon put the clamps on him. "Little Cliff can really guard the ball," Earylwine said in post-game comments. ISU's towering center, 7-foot Deividas Busma, had 13 points as ISU took a 33-30 lead to the locker room at the half. But he finished with just 19 and in foul trouble. That was thanks to the defense See EWU men page 5 In the end the pain was worth it for Kaufman By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Maybe it was the time as a 7-year-old when he was just getting started playing football and broke his finger. Or possibly it came playing with a myriad of other injuries throughout his high school career - a concussion, a broken foot among them. Regardless of how Bran- don Kaufman first learned to play through pain, it's a tribute that he was able to live with an injury that was terribly painful, yet excel at the level he did on the football field for the Eastern Eagles. Few if any outside of the locker room knew of his in- jury. And the way Kaufman played certainly never gave anything away as he had an enormous part in Eastern's march to the Football Cham- pionship Subdivision title a few weeks ago. While he had plenty of help from teammates, Kaufman certainly carried a significant load of the hopes and dreams of his team through the season on what turned out to be a separated shoulder. The injury, for all the right reasons, was the best kept secret outside of where nuclear missile launch codes reside. It was never known the Eagles' leading receiver was hurt until he took his place on the stage during the trophy unveiling cel- ebration at Reese Court and had his right arm in a sling following surgery. Somehow WikiLeaks never even got wind of his wounded wing. It's impossible to specu- late where Eastern might have gone without him this See Crunch Time page 5 Eastern's 2011 football schedule will be challenging to champions Eagles play at Washington: South Dakota, Cal Poly FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Putting together the 2011 Eastern Washington University football schedule was nearly as difficult as it will be to play it this fall for the national champions. For the Eagles to defend their 2010 NCAA Division I Football Champion- ship, Eastern will have to play games at Washington, South Dakota and Cal Poly. Those three teams were a collective 18-17 a year ago. Although Eastern is only playing four home games, those games are impres- sive -incIuding a match-up with fellow 2010 Big Sky Conference co-champion Montana State on Sept. 24 at Roos Field in Cheney. Weber State visits the following week on Oct. I for Hall of Fame Weekend at EWU. Eastern hosts Homecoming against Northern Colorado on Oct. 15, then ends See Schedule page 5