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Thursday, February 7, 2013 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 "m No. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The rationale may be in question but the Medical Lake boys' basketball team will certainly take the result. That result was the Cardinals' 51- 48 upset victory over the Chewelah Cougars on the road Monday. The win not only gave Medical Lake the No. 1 seed in this weekend's bi-district tournament at West Valley in Spokane but also snapped Chewelah's 15-game winning streak. Why the top two finishers in the regular season in the Northeast A League had to meet in the first place was a head scratcher, considering they had just played six days prior. But Car- dinals' head coach Arnold Brown tried to come up with an explanation. Submitted photo by Chris Spring Proof of the huge upset Monday night where Medical Lake nabbed the No. 1 seed from the NEA in this weekend's Bi-Districts. "A lot of times they would just have one and two sitting there not playing," Brown said. Being idle was not an issue for Medical Lake which had to play a playoff last Saturday at Riverside ver- sus Lakeside to determine the league's No. 2, a game ML won 49-35. Monday at Jenkins High gym the Cardinals raced out to a big lead and then had to hold on. Behind the game- high 22 points from senior Adam Paul- son, a total that included six 3-point baskets, Medical Lake held a 29-19 lead at halftime and 43-31 after three. The Cougars, with Derek Smith's 14 points leading the way, outscored the Cardinals 17-8 in the last quarter. It was a game that was beginning to look like a Jan. 25 60-57 loss at Lakeside when Brown called a late timeout. He reminded his players of how they let a lead slip away at Lakeside and the bleeding stopped. "The guys pulled it together-and obviously Austin (Garza) and Adam (Paulson) were incredible last night," Brown said. Both had just been named to the AI1-NEA team, Garza on the first and Paulson second. Garza scored 14 and Don Harvey-Mitchell 10. Each guy bought into what we were trying to do, Brown said. "We shot well, our defense played well, everybody contributed in their own way." Brown's teams identity is in their defense he said. "Our focus is always defense, that's one thing you have to have every night." "So last night (Monday) against a high potency offense like they had, es- pecially at their place, it took everything that we had," Brown said. See ML upset page 12 PhotO by James Eik Cheney's Devon Waterman and Sam Pegg face off in the 170 weight class. Both wrestlers eventually advanced to region- als. By JAMES EIK al tournament, and can then with a 12-second pin against 11-2, continuing an already Staff Reporter make their way to state. Deer Park's Sojo Bergman in impressive season. Seven Cheney wrestlers Junior Josh Wessels (160 his first match. He went on to Senior Zac Corean (285) are advancing to regionals pounds) took second place, win his next match 17-1 and pulled out a narrow 2-1 vic- this weekend, Feb. 8-9 in winning his decisions 5-2 pinned Colville's Chandler tory to claim his first place Ellensburg after besting and 7-4, respectively, mov- Knight in 3:11 to take the win, besting Pullman's Day- most of their Great North- ing forward with each. Inthe top spot. thon Maltone. ern League opponents at match for first place against In the 195 weight class, Others earning their way the district tournament Trevor Eicher of Deer Park, senior Cameron Schlotter to the regional tournament Feb. 1-2 at East Valley High however, he was pinned in 5 followed suit, pinning East include Vern Sanderson School. minutes, 7 seconds. Valley's Damon King in 1:19 (145), Sam Pegg (170) and Wrestlers who fought Senior Eli Mason (182) after two bye rounds. To Devon Waterman (170). their way to at least fifth took first place in his weight take first place, he defeated place move on to the region- class, roaring out of the gate Deer Park's Billy Marshall See CHS wrestling page 3 CHS boys hope to move up seeding ladder Wins over East Valley, Colville ties and limiting East Valley er said. "He did that (drive to to outside shooting. Mean- the hoop) five times in a row cement first-round home game while the Blackhawks' of- and scored on three." fense was able to penetrate Igbinoba led all scorers By JOHN McCALLUM in the second half to down and get easy baskets, par- with 23 points, going 7 for Editor the host Knights 58-49 Tues- ticularly Eric Igbinoba's 7 from the line to go with The Cheney boys' bas- day, and followed that with second half effort where five assists and three blocks. ketball team locked up at a 78-56 blowout of visiting head coach Joel Soter said Theo Petropoulos added 10 least a home playoff game Colville Thursday. they basically cleared out the points, including a pair of 3s, with a pair of wins last week. Cheney's tight defense key and let the senior drive as Cheney shot 53 percent The Blackhawks extended a frustrated the Knights (4-7, to the hoop. from the field, 33 percent one-point halftime lead by 8-11) Tuesday, preventing"He just basically took outscoring East Valley 31-21 any good inside opportuni- over in the second half," Sot- See Cheney boys page 3 Baldwin SWABs coach of year EWU football is Team of the Year, Eastern's Kaufman wins Amateur Athlete of the Year FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS In a repeat performance from 2010, the Eastern Washington University football team has won three prestigious awards presented by the Inland North- west Sportswriters and Broadcasters (SWABS). The Eagles won the Team of the Year Award after fin- ishing the 2012 season 11-3 and advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. Head coach Beau Bald- win was selected. as the Coach of the Year, repeating the honor he won in 2010 after EWU won the NCAA Division I championship. Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman was Amateur Male Athlete of the Year, marking the third-straight year an Eagle has won that award. In winning the team honor the Eagles also won in 2010, it was only the third time an Eastern team has been honored since the awards were first presented in 1948. The 1967 football team, which was the National Association of Inter- collegiate Athletics (NAIA) runner-up that season, was the only other team to be honored prior to 2010. Also rare is the male Amateur Ath- lete of the Year awards won by Eastern athletes, with Kaufman just the fifth to win the honor in the last 64 years. Eastern has won the last three, but was honored just twice in the first 61 years. The athletes previously honored were football player Bo Levi Mitchell (2011), football player J.C. Sherritt (2010), basketball player Rodney Stuckey (2007) and football player Scott Garske (1973). Baldwin is the first Eastern coach to earn multiple Coach of the Year acco- lades, and his honor is the sixth overall for EWU. Previous coaches honored were football coaches Dave Holmes (1967) and Dick Zornes (1992), as well as wrestling coach Curt Byrnes (1977) and basketball coach Ray Giacoletti (2004). He is now 44-19 in five seasons as a See SWABs page 12 Kurt Schulz: At the end of the day Buffalo Bills photo Former Eastern Eagle Kurt Schulz in his Buffalo Bills' days when he played n a Super Bowl with some a~'fime NFL greats. By PAUL DELANEY overall. Staff Reporter Taking Kurt Schulz has con- t h a t quered a lot of long odds q u e s t over his 45 years, o n e Statistics will tell you s t e p he's the one in 16 of his further and to play in, and former Eisenhower High even win a Super Bowl Cadets' teammates to play must have true astronomi- football in college, which ca[ odds because repeated he did at Eastern Washing- searches came up empty, ton University from 1987 like Schulz did in his two to 1991. times as part of the Bills' A longerlong shot was four straight trips to the his becoming a profes- championship. sional football player in the While Schulz and for- NFL as just I in 50 college met Eastern coach Paul players get drafted. The Wulff, now an offensive Buffalo Bills took Schulz assistant with the San in the spring of 1992 in the Francisco 49ers, are ring- seventh round and 165th less, another ex-Eagle, Bowl is still just a football game Ed Simmons, earned two Schulz thinks the fact is the top of the mountain, Super Bowl titles in his that he went to two Super "Attheendofthedayit's 11-year NFL career with Bowls in his first years in still football; it's still just Washington. the league that the big- a football game," Schulz But just getting there ness might have been lost said. "The intensity is seemed to be OK for for him. "It was harder higher." Schulz. He was inactive for me to enjoy it," Schulz That his team will for- in 1993 when Buffalo suf- said. "Certainly it was a ever be remembered for fered a 52-171oss to Dallas big party, it was a lot of its inability to notch a at the Rose Bowl in Pasa- fun." win has got to be bitter- dena. The Bills returned With two weeks be- sweet for the Wenatchee- the following year in At- fore their last game and born and Yakima-raised lanta, a 30-13 loss, again thebig game, Schulz said, Schulz. to Dallas. Schulz made a "There was time to enjoy "We had a great touchdown-saving tackle it." He likened some of nucleus of players, just on the game's opening the hoopla to that of be- phenomenal athletes," kickoff, ing on Monday Night he said. "I can't imagine "It's definitely a big Football at the time. "Ev- there ever being a team event, obviously," Schulz eryone gets jacked up for like that again, there were said from Buffalo this past that." Monday. While the Super BowlSee Crunch Time page 12