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Page 4 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, March 26, 2015 ical aln in By PAUL DELANEY Cardinals. "Jacob Dingfield (a junior) is running ees who have state experience, Blankenship said. Staff Reporter real good, Micah's (a senior) going to be ready to "She placed fifth in the 800 at state last year." Medical Lake co-head track coach Gene Blanken- go by the state meet," Blankenship said. "I guess our biggest surprise on the girls is Ken- ship was quick to say this time there would be none Another distance ace is senior Domenic Rehm dra Johnson," Blankenship said of the senior. "She's of the boastful predictions for his defending state who Blankenship said, "Is going to do really well played golf for three years and she's been looking ab- 1A track team that got him in a little hot water last in the 800 and 1,600." Noah Kroeze, a senior adds solutely super (in running and jumping events)." fall in advance of the cross country season, depth on the distance side. Mariah Kroeze, Michaela Peterson and Kaylin Nope, there'll be none of that, Blankenship said. But field events are making good strides, too. Sattler will help the Cardinal girls score points, "No rash predictions." "Elijah Farmen in the javelin, I think he is possibly Blankenship said. Last August while looking ahead to early No- going to break our school record and he should go The boy's and girl's teams turnout was a com- vember in Pasco at the state cross country meet, to state," Keith said. Farmen is also a member of bined 56 kids. "We're about 10 over where we were Blankenship said his Cardinals would successfully the 4x100 relay, "He's looking fast and strong as last year," Keith said, adding Blankenship has done defend their 2013 state 1A championship - which ever so we're looking forward to that." a great job recruiting. they easily did. Jared Wright, a junior, ]s another speedster"We have a real good freshman class, sprinter But the veteran of years of successfully coaching on the 4x100 who has been in that event since his and field event-wise," Keith said. They will show distance runners, and now starting his fourth-year freshman year. their youth in Northeast A League meets, Keith at Medical Lake, Blankenship and his field events "He's looking strong and fast, Keith said. "Ba- cautioned. "But with time, their senior year will be sidekick, Steve Keith, quickly chimed in together sically our whole 4x100 is looking real good." awesome." to point out, "That we've got everyone back who Included are Tellas Johnson and Jackson Tap-"All in all it's a realgood team," Blankenship scored in the state meet, except one senior." pero, the latter an alternate in the 4x400. The said. Cameron Peake is that grad who scored in the coaches plan to try Tappero out in the 300-meter "Even though our numbers are growing we're still hurdles and was on the 4x100 team. But coaches hurdles, not deep enough to do well at dual meets," Blanken- say his loss is more than being made up with the "He has the right kind of speed, the right kind ship said. "But we're going to hold our own when addition of junior Dawson Lack. of endurance, and he's just a freak athlete," Keith we get into district and on to state." Medical Lake got the few points they needed to said of Tappero. One thing that is for sure - and predictable - is score a come-from-behind win, 50-48 over Zillah, Johnson was second in the 100-meter to Elma's if the Cardinals are to repeat it will come close to by getting a third place finish from Jacob Dingfield, Ray Stark, 10.86 to 11.09 seconds and in the 200 to home as the state meet once again takes place over plus a sixth from brother Micah in the 3,200 meter Hoquiam's Devin Kelly, 21.12-22.45. "Tellas was Memorial Day weekend at Eastern Washington run. That delivered a first-ever state crown in the our workhorse again," Blankenship said, and he University. sport for the school, will have the same duties this season. P a u I D e I a n e y c a n b e r e a c h e d a t Distance events will once again be solid for the On the girl's side, Mariah Pena leads the return- pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Medical. Lake makes walks work in win By PAUL DELANEY dinals put it away scoring Staff Reporter eight runs in the bottom It's certainly early, just of the fourth inning. one game into the season, Leading just 2-1 after but Medical Lake soft-Jordan Schwartz hit a ball coach Tim Blakelyhome run for the Wild- got some reassurances cats, the Cardinals got in last Thursday's 11-1 walks from Stanfil, Weg- nonleague victory overner, Steinmetz and Taylor Kellogg, Idaho. Pavao, scoring Stanfil. Going into the season The next two Medical he had concerns about Lake batters were outs pitching after losing his but then Pruitt singled, two aces to graduation, driving in Steinmetz. C h e 1 s e a H a m b y Hamby and Bradyn We- helped quell those fears gner walked, followed by allowing just one run by an RBI single from on three hits while strik- Stanfil that scored Pruitt. ing out six. "We had aKellogg errors led to runs great performance fromby Hamby and Wegner. A Chelsea Hamby," Blakely Maleeka Wegner single said. scored Stanfil and the But more important, inning ended with a fly even though they too out. were limited to just seven Medical Lake's scot- hits, was the patience his ing wrapped up in the batters had at the plate: bottom of the fifth as Clair "We knew our hitting Dormaier was issued a zone," Blakely said. "We one-out walk and later had 10 base-on-balls so I scored on Pruitt's second want to praise the girls for hit giving the Cardinals not swinging at pitches a 10-run lead which in- out of the zone." voked the "mercy rule" Medical Lake got two and it was game over. hits from Kayla Pruitt "We really, really hit while Hamby, Glori the ball hard," Blakely Cheevers, Rachel Stan-said. "The reason we're ill, Alex Steinmetz and down on the hits, they Maleeka Wegner each just happened to be right had one. at somebody." Six led to It was Hamby's single Kellogg errors and had in the bottom of the first their infield in somewhat that drove in a pair of of a state of fear. runs and essentially gave The Kellogg third her the runs she needed, baseman didn't want to But just in case, the Car- see a couple of the Car- Photo by A1 Stover Taming the Wildcats Medical Lake's Brayden Hale delivers a pitch in last Thrusday's 10-0 nonleague shutout victory over the Kellogg Wildcats. Hale pitched a two-hit complete game in his first start of the young season that helped the Cardinals even their record at 1-1. Hale also had a- pair of hits in the game, including a double. After having their Northeast A League opening game against Newport rained out this past Tuesday, the Cardinals are on the road Saturday for a doubleheader at CoMIle starting at 11 a.m. dinals get up to the plate March when they kick and moved further and off Northeast A League further back, Blakely play and travelto New- said. port Tuesday, March Medical Lake was 31. Medical Lake is at rained out of a Monday Cheney in a nonleaguer nonleague game at Aso- Wednesday, April I and tin. "It will be resched- host Chewelah Thurs- uled at a later date," day, April 2 before tak- Blakely said. ing spring break off. That was the Car- P a u l D e l a n e y dinals' only game can be reached at this week in advance pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. of a busy last week of com. el: i::: :: ;:: i ~NNt8 ~!: :il ~: ~ ~i:: ~:= W~ ~i~:i/~::~:: :::iW.:::: ~, rou~~: 0 Photo by AI Stover Medical Lake's Chelsea Hamby prepares to deliver a pitch in last Thursday's 11-1 nonleague win over Kel- logg. 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