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Thursday, March 26, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor On the surface, Cheney High School's 25-3 thumping of theProsser Mustangs in softball action last Wednesday may seem to indicate potential signs of great- ness. Lady Blackhawks head coach Gary Blake is a bit more cautious in his as- sessment. Cheney hit the ball well for sure, but Blake noted that the Mustangs' pitching isn't as strong as it h~is been in the past. "Certainly they (Cheney) will see some better pitching," Blake said of the fast approaching Great Northern League schedule. The Lady Blackhawks got ail the scoring they needed in their first at bat, getting five singles, a double by Rachel Barsness, three walks, a hit batter and a Prosser fielding error to hang 10 runs on the Mustangs right off the bat. After getting set down in order in the top of .the second, Cheney added nine more runs on seven hits and four walks in the third, getting run-scoring hits by Jeena Bushnell (double) and Cheyenne Hanson (triple). Besides the offense, Blake was also pleased with the pitching performance of Madison K dlsen. Making her first high school varsity start, the freshman was jittery in the bottom of the first, giving up three straight hits, including two triples, and a pair of runs before recording her first out. After those hits, KaUsen retired 12 batters in a row, posting 1-2-3 innings in the second, third and fourth. She gave up two hits to open the fifth, one leading to a run, before again setting the final three batters down in order to end the game. While that impressed Blake, he was more pleased with the fact that Kallsen issued no walks over five innings. "For a first game outing for a young pitcher, that's pretty good," he said. Blake said the Lady Blackhawk's swung the bats well, were aggressive at the plate and solid in the field, commi't- ting just one error. While it will take a few games to really get a sense of how Cheney will eventually pul! together as a team, Thursday's game indicated that Blake's team is "on the right track." Cheney's track through the GNL will partially be revealed as the Lady Blackhawks next four games are against league opponents. Tuesday Cheney hosted Pullman in the league-opener, and follows that up with a doubleheader Saturday in Clarkston and a single game next Tuesday at West Valley. The Greyhounds swept a double- header with West Valley on Saturday and figure to be improved over last year's 3-17 squad. Clarkston is searching for its first win, dropping a doubleheader last Friday with Riverside and losing 10- 0 to East Valley on Saturday. West Valley also dropped a 5-1 decision at former t GNL foe Deer Park before knocking off Idaho's Lakeland 12-2. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. ain Us rk Cheney track and field places eighth at Howard Dolphin West Valley Invite By JOHN McCALLUM their own against a larger Editor Lewis and Clark 4A team The Cheney High from the Greater Spokane girls' track and field team League last Wednesday, kicked off their 2015 sea- March 18; winning nine son with a pair of meets of the 18 events in the last week. 81.67 -- 68.33 loss to the The Blackhawks held visiting Tigers. Cheney capped the week withSpakousky claiming first an eighth-place finish in the 3,200 in12:41.20 and Saturday at the Howard Skillingstad taking first in Dolphin West Valley In- the 100-meter hurdles in vitational at West Valley 16.70 seconds. High School. The Blackhawks Abby Hammermeis- 4x400-meter relay team ter, Hannah Spakousky was also first in 4:21.80. and KD Skillingstad led Skillingstad, Alsatta the Blackhawks on the Bakana, Jamie Bradley, track against LC. Ham- Harley Ottosen and Ry- mermeisterwonthel,600- lie Pease all won their meter run with a time of 5 respective field events. minutes, 51 seconds, with Bakana was first in the Cheney boy's tennis tops Shadl Park, ML ByALSTOVER RyanAxteUwonboth In doubles action,sonsaid."Wejustneedto Staff Reporter of his matches at the No. Adam Passey won bothfocus on getting a higher The Cheney High boys 2 spot, defeating Nathan of his matches with dif- first-serve percentage tennis team continued Boucher (6-3, 6-4) andferent partners. At the and not rely so much on to breeze through the Tyler Krivolavy (6-2, Shadle Park match, he our second serve." early part of the season 6-0). and Aleksandr Cherne- Erickson added that after they won 5-2 match- "Axtell's returns havega defeated Tavin Bar- Ben Sanchez, who played es against Shadle Park, improved, and he's been rington and Ashton Law- for Cheney as a fresh- March 18 and Medical working onhis strategy," son in a close match (6-4, man will return to the Lake, March 19. Erickson said. "Not just 7-5). At Medical Lake, Blackhawks for his junior RyanSmedleycontin- hitting but also mak- Passey teamed with season and may play the ued his winning streak at ing his opponent move Brandon Foster, who No. 4 singles spot. No. 1 singles, with a close around on the court." lost his singles match at Cheney is now 2-0 victory over IanStein (6-2, Britton Williams also Shadle Park, to defeat in nonleague action this 4-6, 6-1) followed by an continued his winning Isi Farmen and Austin season. After their March .tmpres~ve win over Noah streakwith victories ove~; B~own.(6-4/6M0.. 24 match against Central ~ay (6-0, 6~2). Jacob Bern~di (6-2, 6-0)' Jay Gould and DirkValley, they host Lake- "Smedley struggled in and Nikolaj Beuchart (6- Ray went 1-1 last Week, side today (March 26). that second game in the 3, 6-1). with a win coming over"We've had good sup- Shadle Park match but he Shogo Starr returned Kyle Collins and Colin port from the parents so was able to come back and to the No. 4 singles spot at Strout (6-2, 6-0). far this season," Erickson was on cruise control from the Medical Lake match, "Our doubles teamssaid. "Some parents came there," head coach Jesse defeating Kyle Hawkinsare communicating well out to the Moses Lake Erickson said. (6-0, 6-0). with each other," Erick- jamboree. We had a lot of support for the Medi- Cheney girls' tennis picks up wins cal Lake match and we're looking forward to seeing some parents at our home over Shadle Park, Medical Lake matches." AI Stover can be reached at al@chene freepress com. ByAL STOVER Lake, she lost a tough over Jillian Froves and Staff Reporter match to the Highlanders' Emma Wagley (6-1, 6-1) The Cheney High girls Audra Spargo (3-6, 1-6). and Emma Ransom and tennis team is blazing Smedley rebounded from Alyssa Pena (6-3, 6-0). through the beginning of the loss and defeated the At No. 3 doubles, Sa- its.season. Cardinals' AlyssaFitzger7 die Knutson and Shayla They went 2-1 at the aid (6-1, 64). Payne are 2-0 with wins March 13 jamboree with Bridget Calvert, anew- over Shadle Park's Ebba wins over Othello, 4-3, comer to varsity this sea- Lovestrom and Bailey and Moses Lake,4-3, and a son, is undefeated at 5-0 Fiechtner (6-1, 6-1) and loss to Ellensburg, 2-5. on with three shutouts.Medical Lake's Jasmine March 18, the Blackhawks Grace P0hl, who isUribes and Taylor Rug- defeated Shadle Park, 4-3, playing her third year on gles (6-2, 6-0). then picked up a 6-1 win varsity, is at 3-2. Rachel At No. 1 doubles, over Medical Lake the Hansen, who missed the Leanna Eik and Kaitlyn next day. jamboree, is 1-1 this sea- Sweeney are 1-1 with a "We were relying on son with a win over An- win over Shadle's Aalay our doubles to come out nika Gahan (6-2, 6-4). Lopez and Anna Wood- on top," head coach Jason "I was very happy for Games (6-2, 6-1). Overland said regarding the singles players who Alannah Lewis and the Shadle Park match, bounced back from their Emily Howard were the "It was the first time in a losses (at Shadle Park)," only Cheney doubles while, that all three dou- Overland said."It shows a team to win a match in bles won. It was a team lot of character andtough- Moses Lake. effort." ness." After their March 24 At No. 1 singles, Kat- Linsay Sweitzer, who match against Central Val- leynn Smedley started her went 2-1 in singles action ley, the Blackhawks travel senior season in a flurry, at the jamboree, teamed to Lewis and Clark March going 4-1 in her first two up with Sarah Fillmore 27 to play the Tigers. weeks of the season. After at No. 2 doubles. The Al Stover can be reached high jump with a leap place throw of 118-01. of 4 feet, 10 inches, with Bradley was second in the Bradley taking first in pole vault, under windy the pole vault at 10 feet conditions at times, while even, Skillingstad in the Bakana placed fifth in the triple jump at 33-04.75, high jump. Ottosen the discus at 90- Cheney travels to 02 and Pease the javelin Colville High School for at 117-04. the Ezra Gordon Invita- Top-five finishes on tional this Saturday, and the track Saturday at then. opens up its Great West Valley were Ham- Northern League sched- mermeister in the 800, ule by hosting Pullman fifth in 2:31.35 and Kristie next Thursday, April 2. McGourin fourth in the The Blackhawks willthen 300 hurdles in 50.92. The face a two-week compe- Blackhawks 4x400 team tition hiatus, resuming was third in 4:20.76 and their GNL schedule with the 4x100 relay team was a meet at Clarkston, April fourth in 54.76. 16. In the field events,J o h n M c C a l - Peaseagaincaptured the lum can be reached at javelin, bettering her mark jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. against LC with a first- continued from page 1 both the shot put (43 feet, 3 inches) and the discus Some of that is show- (120-03) while Moezulski ing up in the first half as took first in the pole vault well. The Blackhawks' (10-00). boys lost 86-50 to Lewis Last Saturday the and Clark High School Cheney boys tied Lake- in a dual meet March 18, side High School for ninth but turned in a number of overall in the 20-team first-place finishes in the Howard Dolphin West process. Valley Invitational at Zachman won both West Valley High School. the 1,600 (4 minutes, 41 Top-five finishes went seconds) and 3,200 (10:04) to Zachman, third in the while other first-place 800 (2:01.02); Putney, fifth finishes on the track went in the 200 and the 4x100 to Putney in the 200-me- relay team, which also ter dash (23.25), Johnson placed fifth. in the 400 (54.70) along J o h n M c C a l - with the 4x400 meter relay lure can be reached at team. Wyborney swept jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. A guide to outdoor activities in the inland northwest, reaching people in Spokane, Lincoln & Whitman counties. Advertise to the outdoor adventurers from the Grand Coulee Dam to Liberty Lake and down to St. John. Show off your goods and services in this special tab. Distribution will be just in time for the kickoff of the 2015 fishing and boating season. Don't Miss Out!! Outdoors only happens once a year! Sizes and prices on back. 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