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! Thursday, March 26, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 L Photo by Paul Delaney Cheney's Dominic Bonilla Successfully slides into third ahead of the throw to Medical Lake's Joe Sica for one of his six stolen bases in the Blackhawks' 6-3 nonleague baseball win March 18. By AL STOVER "This is his first game back and we center field for a 2-RBI triple, then Staff Reporter had him behind the plate for a little scored on a throwing error. The Cheney high baseball team had bit," head coach Mike Cagle said. "The The Blackhawks scored two more another strong week, picking up a 6-3 goal is to have him back at full speed runs in the third after Jones hit a 2-RBI win over Medical Lake, March 18 and a when we start league play." single. Freeman scored two runs in the 5-2 win over Freeman, March 20. In the bottom of the fifth, Jones hit bottom of the seventh to prevent the In the game against Medical Lake, a 2-RBI double to bring in Cheney's shutout. Harrison King put the Blackhawks on the final two runs. The Cardinals scored Connor Pratt got the win on the scoreboard in the first inning after hitting one more run in the top of the sev- mound, throwing nine strikeouts while a single to bring in Chance Gleave. In the enth. giving up one hit in fiye innings. Gleave second inning, catcher Dominic BoniUa Kyle Jones pitched for four innings relieved Pratt in the sixth and gave up hit a single to bring in Riley Jones, then to get the win. Cameron Wiseman was four hits. scored after stealing home. on the mound for two and two-thirds "Freeman are aggressive two-strike After Medical Lake scored two runs innings and King closed the game.hitters, I wished we played them in our in the top of the fourth. Bonilla scored "(Kyle) Jones threw well, he can be league," Cagle said. "They remind me another run after stealing home - giving very effective," Cagle said. "He has a of Pullman a little bit." him six stolen bases for the day. lot of potential. It was a good game, I Cagle said while he would have Bonilla, who is playing his fourth thought all of our pitchers did well." liked to get the shutout against Free- year at varsity, was recovering from In the Freeman game, Cheney took man, he is proud of how his team shoulder surgery he had in the fall and an early lead in the second inning after missed the first two games. Cade Vanwormer blasted the ball into See CHS baseball page 5 Eagles fall behind big, but second-half rally falls short in opener By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter In Eastern W.ashington's first return trip to the NCAA Tournament, they ran out of that prescription of rally pills. Or, perhaps, in last Thursday's opening round 84-7/1 loss to the No. 4 seeded and 22nd ranked giant George- town Hoyas, the 13th-seeded Eagles needed a stronger version in front of 14,279 at Portland'S Moda Center. To get to their first NCAA ap- pearance since 2004, the Eagles had a number of big-time come-from-behind victories along the way, most recently, their Big Sky Conference tournament title-clinching 69-65 win at Montana. The 23-point deficit Eastern faced with 13 minutes, 27 seconds to play was just a bit too much. But so were the .... largely tall and wide cast from Wash- ington, D.C. who held the Eagles to 41 percent shooting from the field after they connected on nearly 48 percent throughout the season. "The difference tonight was how they shot the ball and how we shot the ball," EWU head coach Jim Hay- ford said. "We needed a really good shooting night to beat them. We didn't bring it." That Hoya height cut both ways as Georgetown crafted a 19-8 edge in second-chance points, including three See EWU men page 5 Photo by Paul Delaney Eastern Washington's Venky Jois battles a Georgetown player for the ball in last Thursday's 84-74 loss in the opening round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. After falling behind by 23 points at one point, the Eagles rallied to onc close to within seven points late in the game. Sac State storms past EWU women in WNIT game Turnovers, shooting woes end Eagles season after 84-49 loss By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Eastern Washington women's basketball team's longest postseason run came to a definite halt March 23 at the Hornet's Nest in Sacramento, Calif. After cold starts in both halves the Eagles were hammered 84-49 by their Big Sky Conference rivals in a round- two game in the Women's NIT. Eastern advanced to the round following a 67-65 victory over Washington State March 18 in Pullman. "We did not handle their pres'su~e/' EWU head coach Wendy Schuller said. "We knew what to expect for sure, but we didn't handle it as well as we have in the past." That led to a disastrous season-high 33 turnovers and to 41 Sac State (18-15) points. But not being able to handle the ball was only one of the Eagles' problems. Their shooting percentages were also dismal hitting on only 34 percent of their shots from the field Monday when they shot 43 percent on the season. See EWU women page 5 Cheney boy' and field success is matter of time By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Patience. It's the key word when it comes .to the 2015 Cheney High School boys' track and field team. For second-year head coach Bobby I3yrd, patience is what's needed for a team that is stronger than last year's squad, contains a mixture of experience and youth but is still overall pretty young with the potential for growth, particularly later on in the season. Eleven seniors and four juniors lead the Blackhawks contingent of 43 athletes this spring, the rest a roughly equal mixture of sophomores and ireshmen. Of those 15 upper classmen, senior Steaven Zachman is the lone returnee with state experience. Zachman turned in a season-best time of 1 minute, 56.75 seconds to place fifth in the 800-me- ter dash last year in 2A competition at Tacoma's Mount Tahoma High School. Byrd said Zach- man had a great fall on the cross country team, placing 10th at state, and should have a" great se- nior season on the track Steaven Zachman in the 800, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Senior Carson Kerr joins Zachman in the distan4e events, which Byrd thinks should an- chor the team's scoring, to choose from for Byrd.Senior Jackson Spen- Brett Wyborney placed Freshma1 Isaiah Rigo cer and sophomore Drake in the in the top five in won a 2A state wheel- Johnson have shown abil- District 7 comlSetition in chair cross country title ities in the sprints and the shot put and discus last fall, and should be hurdles, while sopho- last year, and Byrd thinks as equally competitive in more Houston Moezul- he's ready to have an those events this spring, ski is showing steady even better senior cam- Freshman Payton improvement in the pole paign. Puyden has good speed,vault, and will likely see Senior Sam Schreiber something Byrd said hesome sprint action as was also a top-five com- exhibited during football well. For Byrd, all of these petitor last year in the season and will get a sort components may see hit hurdles, while junior of baptism by fire in the or miss success early in Gaige Felix has shown sprints he'llbe"goingup the season, but should improvement in the against the big boys" in grow as time goes on. sprints along with the meets this spring. Sopho- "The second half of long and triple jumps, more Cameron Hardt the season is whenwe'll Byrd thinks 2015 "should possess raw, athletic abil- start to show what we can be his time." ities, and Byrd saidthey do," Byrd said. When it comes to the could likely use him just newcomers, there's a lot about anywhere needed. See CHS track page 3 i.s a to ma his career By AL STOVER ..umltm u into the 49er linebacker Patrick it in perspective to me," a trend of NFL playerssport, retiring from foot- Staff Reporter NFL af- Willis announcement Borland said in an in-retiring at a younger age. ball may take Borland While college hoops ' terasuc- that he was going to de- terview with ESPN. "To Head trauma and concus- some time to getting used and tournaments have {cessful part from pro football me, it just wasn't what I sions have been issue in to. been on everyo e!s minds at after eight" years on the wanted to do." violent sports, particu- Los Angeles Laker for the last Couple of the University of Wis-gridiron. Borland added that he larly football in the last SteveNash, who formally weeks, linebacker Chris consin, played 14 games,Although Borland isunderstands how some several years. The NFL announced his retirement Borland made headlines had 84 solo tackles, two returning three-quarters of his friends and critics has made changes to the March 21 in a letter to after he announced his interceptions and one of his $617,436 signing would look at the situ- game to. limit head-to- the Player's Tribune, has retirement from profes- sack and became one ofbonus and forfeiting most ation and ask "why nothead contact but there's been away fromthe NBA signal football on "Out- the more well-known of a four-year, nearly $3 play for one more year?" only so much that rule since he suffered a back side the Lines," after just defensive rookies of the million contract, his deci- He said he didn't want to changes can do. injury during the pre- one year with the San 2014 season. Borland'ssion to leave pro football get intoasituationwhere It's smart for these season. In an interview Francisco 49ers. His rea- retirement comes as a was not a difficult one. he was negotiating hisfolks because if there's with ESPN, Nash said soning for leaving the surprise to many. fans "I mean, if it could health for money, a lingering health issue, he'll have to get used to sport of football revolves - and perhaps to the potentially kill you - I "Who knows how they can take care of it retirement. around his concerns with chagrin of San Francisco know that's a drastic way many hits is too many?" before it gets worse. "There is going to be head trauma, loyalists - as it came on to put it, but it is a pos- he said. Like all athletes who Borland, who came the heels of fellow former sibility - that really puts We're kind of seeing permanently leave their See Crull ch Time page 5