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Thursday, February 26, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 'High School Champion of th Recognition ht' planned By JOHN McCALLUM athletes from all four clas- board of directors with an Editor sifications in District 7. offer to honor athletes and Behind many athletes That second sentence teams from the district's and teams, there are al- is another reasonMissel is four leagues: the Great ways good stories, inspired to put together the Northern League, North- Those stories are what ceremony. It's a chance to east A League, and North- Cheney High School ath- honor athletes and teams east 2B and 1B leagues letics director Jim Missel that are often overlooked along with athletes and hopesto find, and are just by other larger-name teams from District 8 one of the reasons he is sports organizations and - essentially the Greater putting together the first schools in the region.Spokane League. In the "High School Champion "Here's a chance for end, the GSL was the only of the Stars Recognition our kids, in our different one recognized, so Missel Night." The awards des- district to get recognized," put together a plan for sert ceremonyis scheduled Missel said. the recognition night and to take place Tuesday, He had hoped that presented it to the District June 2, from 7 - 9 p.m. at was going to happen last 7 board, who received it Northern Quest Resort and season when NWPreps enthusiastically. Casino, and will feature approached the District 7 Missel then sent the Cheney Hig proposal to each league and individual schools, who also extended their support. Nominations for win- ners in any of the 15 catego- ries spanning the four clas- sifications are due April 13, and can be made by athletics directors, coaches and community members. Athletes will be competing in their own classifica- tions for awards such as female and male athlete of the year, male and female team of the year, coaches, Special Olympics athletes and sportsmanship. h hosts basketball regional round By JOHN McCALLUM six games over the 2B 2011. In the nightcap, mamish (22-5), fo|lowed Editor - 2A brackets. Winnersthe A-C-H boys try toby GNL champion and If you're still looking move on to the state quar- continue their run to- eighth-ranked Pullman for some quality high terfinals in Yakima and wards winning a second taking on River Ridge in school basketball action, Spokane March 5 -- 7. state title in three years as girls play. look no further than the "I've got some big they face 2014 runner-up At 6 p.m., the Northeast Cheney High School gym names here," tournament Pomeroy. A League champs Lakeside this weekend, director and Blackhawks In 2B action Saturday, boys face La Salle, with Cheney is the host athletics director Jim Mis- Warden faces Liberty at the Rams" girls taking on site for regional boys and sel said. 10 a.m. in the boys bracket Naches Valley at 8 p.m. girls state playoff basket- The five-time defend- while the defending state All-day tickets are $10 ball games in the 1B, 2B, ingchampionColtongirlschampion Colfax girlsadults, and $8 for seniors 1A and 2A classifications, open play at 6 p.m. Friday take on Oroville at noon. and students. Action begins Friday eve- night, taking on Almira- At 2 p.m., Great Northern J o h n M c C a 1 - ning with two games in Coulee-Hartline, wholost League champion and lum can be reached at the 1B classification, and to the Wildcats in the 1B top ranked Clarkston jmac@cheneyfreepress. wraps up Saturday with title games in 2010 and (22-1) face No. 10 Sam- corn. Nominees not only ing awards are open to can be defined by their spring sports athletes performances at the who graduated last year. league level or higher, Nominees will be selected but also for what theyby a panel consisting of have done in the corn-District 7 board members, munity and at school. As local media and school examples, Missel listed administrators, with all Cheney swimmer Maken- nominees receiving some zie Norman and West sort Of recognition by Valley football playersports radio personality and wrestler Jace Malek, Dennis Patchin, who will who not only performedbe the evening's master of well and led their teams ceremonies. in sports, but provided Missel said it could inspiration to others by even come down to mul- copiffg with personal tiple winners in any of challenges away from the the categories. competitive arena. "I'm hoping some of "These are the kidsthese kids, these pro- who have a story," Mis- grams, win with a story sel said. "We need to get to tell," he added. these things out there."Nomination forms Missel added that all are available by email at athletes should be con-, sidered for nomination, or at www.cheneyfree- not just those facing per- sonal challenges. ] o h n M c C a I - The selection period lure can be reached at runs from April 2014 jmac@cheneyfreepress. to April 2015, mean- com. continued from page 1 that same ability to fin- ish was in the hands of Northern Arizona, which scored the final five points of the game - all from the free throw line - and continued from page1 won 73-69. The win al-That battle continues at lead. Eastern sits a half lowed the Lumberjacks Reese Court with a head- game back at 11-3 (20-7). to climb within a game of to-head matchup Satur-The Eagles open their final the Eagles in what is now a day, Feb. 28 against confer- regular season home stand four-team scramble for the ence co-leader Montana, tonight (Feb. 26) versus regular seasontitleandthe who with a 12-3 recordMontana State (4-11, 7-20). host-role in the conference (16-10 overall), is tied with Eastern rallied from a tournament. Sacramento State for the 10-point deficit in the sec- ond half in Flagstaff, but missed its final five shots. The Eagles could not over- offense going with somehad 12 offensive rebounds come 38.3 percent shooting defensive energy." that turned into 12 second, from the field. : h third s aightdouble- ....... The Eagles opened the cha,n,.,ce points. Tyler Harvey led his "d~ulffe': while Lexie Nel- ' home-st~incl racing to an Our players werejust te~t~22points, Bogdan son added14, early23-71ead ontheway flying around and just Bliznyuk scored 16 points AfterNAU'sReneCog- to having a 52-34 edge at the working," Schuller said. while Venky Jois, added gins connected on a 3-point- half. Eastem led by as many Last week's work al- 15. er at the 16 53 mark of the as 19 points in the first half lowed Eastern to clinchEastern earned its mile- first half to give the Lum- behind 58.3 percent shoot- a spot in the postseason stone 20th win - equaling berjacks (7-7 Big Sky, 11-14 ing from the field, and this weekend will go its most in 32 seasons as a overall) an early 9-7 lead, Eastern got 19 points a long way in determin- member of NCAA Divi- a 3-pointer from Nelson from Hayley Hodgins, one ing if they are hosts for sion I - with the win over ignited a 17-6 run over the of five Eagles in double- the Big Sky Tournament Southern Utah. next ll minutes that put the figures. Seniors Lexie Nel- that takes place March Jois, who missed EWU's Eagles ahead for good.son ad4ed 15 and Melissa 12-14 at the home of the last game with a reoccurring Eastern's defense lim- Williams 12 points andregular season champion, ankle injury, finished with :ited Northern Arizona to 10 rebounds for another The Eagles were swept22 points. Felix Von Hofe just 27.1 percent shooting, double-double. Delaneyin their Montana trip last and Bliznyuk had 11points. including 3 of 14 from 3- Hodgins also had 12 and season but two years ago Drew Brandon added 10 point range. Jade Redmon 11. The Ea- were the ones doing the points. "In the last few games, gles shot well at 55 percent sweeping. PaulDelaneycanbereached we've really picked it up from the floor. PaulDelaneycanbereached at pdela cheneyfreepress. defensively," Schuller said. TheEagles outrebound- at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress, com. 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