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Page 2 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, March 19, 2015 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney High boy's tennis team be- gan its season on a high note March 13 after they went 3-0 at a jamboree in Moses Lake with wins over the Chiefs, 4-3, E1- lensburg 5-2 and Othello, 4-3. Britton Williams, who spent most of last sea- son playing singles and doubles, fared well at the No. 3 singles, winning all three of his matches. He shutout Ethan Shields (6-0) then went on to win close matches over Ein Taylor (6-4) and Davis Hernandez (6-5, 7-2). nnls In other singles action, Ryan Smedley, a senior playing on varsity for the first time, went 2-1 in the No: 1 spot. After a loss to Tim Miller (3-6), Smedley won a close match against Diego ViUarreal (6-4) and followed it up with a vic, tory over Canon Gregoire (6-1). At the No 4 spot, Bran- don Foster went 2-1, with both of his wins being shut- outs over Nick DehoUand- er (6-0) and Andres Lima (6-0). Ryan AxteU, who is playing his third year on varsity, went 1-2 at the No. 2 spot, winning only his second match by beating Jonathan DeLeon (6-1). "Axtell struggled a little bit and Smedley did well for his first time playing," head coach Jes- se Erickson said. "Some of our guys were also working hard in the off- season." In doubles action, Jor- dan Kauwe and Luke Huguenin went 2-1 with close wins over Sam Lan- za and Jake Andrews (6-5, 7-2)and Vaughn Koreis and Omar Robles (64). Dirk Ray and Jay T. Gould, who teamed up for,the first time at the No. 3 spot, picked up wins over Slate Hager- man and Tommy Savage (6-0) and Kade Green- burg and Kenny Osbourn (6-2). Adam Passey and Shogo Starr, who re- turned to No.1 doubles, went 1-2, with their only win being a shut out over Ben Wood and Tommy Hyatt (6-0). "There was effort across the board, I was proud of my guys," Er- ickson said. Cheney continues nonleague play on the road this week with a March 17 match against Greater Spokane League's Shadle Park, followed by a match against North- east A League's Medical Lake today, march 17 at la 3 p.m. The Blackhawks continue to ride the mo- mentum of last season where they finished with an 8-7 record and fourth place in the Great North- ern League. "We took a lot away from the jamboree," Er- ickson said "We know what we need to work on but we looked a lot better that day than we have in the past." Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. opener. continued frorfi page 1 Cheney head coach Mark Kiver is that his team played aggressively and physically, moving the ball well throughout the non-league friendly. The Blackhawks need to cre- ate more offensively, at- tacking and capitalizing on possessions close to the first round of league Lewis and Clark Tigers the goal. play today (March 19) by on Monday, but gets back "We made mistakes, hosting East Valley, and into GNL action by host- and they're correctable follow thaf with a trip ing Clarkston Tuesday, mistakes," Kiver said. to Pullman Saturday to and traveling to West Cheney won't have totake on last year's Great Valley to face the Eagles wait too long to put any Northern League second- next Thursday. corrections into action as place Greyhounds. J o h n M c C a l - they kickoff a stretch of Cheney steps out of lum can be reached at five games in seven days. league play to host the jmac@cheneyfreepress. The Blackhawks open Greater Spokane League's corn. continued from page 1 Smith, Matthew Dupler, Caleb Prophet and Alex Torres. Overall it's a mix- ture of veteran starters, role players called into starting roles and varsity inexperience that Kiver thinks gives Cheney a deeper, more group-ori- ented and potentially more versatile team than last year's model. and it's not fair to the players," he said. "There are things the current players do that those guys last year didn't" Like their female counterparts last fall the Blackhawk boys will be- come intimately famil- iar with their GNL foes through a 12-game sched- ule that has each team playing the others three times. Cheney also takes "I've got guys who, on three Greater Spokane for the most part, can all: League teams, and gets an play atthe varsity level," almost mid-season peek he said. "I think we're going to play tough as a team." What the Blackhawks will need to find out is who will emergeas scor- ers. Cheney lost attacking power through the grad- uation of GNL scoring leader Ian Schimandle, and first-team all-league players Micah WeUer and Trevan Estrellado. Kiver said the Black- hawks do need to get better at generating at- tacks and creating scor- ing opportunities with the ball close to the net. But instead of relying on one or two players to produce, Kiver believes this year's team will do it via committee. "I don't see anyone stepping into those shoes, at the Central Washing- lost in the first round of ton Athletic Conference last year's state tourna- competition by hosting ment. Ephrata in another non- While all of those ac- league friendly, complishments would be The Blackhawks enter great to continue, Kiver 2015 not only looking for hopes he's piecing to- a fourth straight league gether a bigger picture. title, but owners of a "We just need to be 41-game GNL regular peaking at the end of season winning streak April and May," he said. That may be something "That's what we're going difficult to defend, given for." the frequency of league J o h n M c C a l - games and a challenge lum can be reached at from an experienced jmac@cheneyfreepress Pullman team that also corn. Photo by John McCallum Running start Cheney High dis- tance runners Kam- eron Galm (front) and Steaven Zachman pace each other in the 2-mile run at last Wednesday's jambo- ree with visiting River- side and Freeman. Denny's Harvest Foods proudly sponsors Medical Lake CARDINAL Athlete of the Week Track Denny's WeHonestly Care! 299-3251 Athlete of the Week Track Cheney Athletes of the Week from the Cheney Federal Credit Union Cheney Federal Credit Union In 520 First Street, Cheney 509-235-6533 Medical Lake call: 509-299-6533 Everyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in the Cheney and Medical Lake. School Districts is eligible to join Cheney Federal Credit Union. Call, click or come in to find out more. 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