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Thursday, April 2, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 invl By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Sixteen top-five finishes helped propel the Cheney High boys track and field team to a win last Saturday at the 24-team Ezra Gordon Invitational in Colville. The Blackhawks scored 100 points, easily outdistanc- ing second place Lakeside's 71. Cheney was led on the track by top-three finishes by Steaven Zachman, Sam Schreiber, Drake Johnson and Jackson Spencer. Zachman won the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 30.40 seconds and finished second in the 3,200 in 9:56.27. Isaiah Rigo was fifth in 4:46.45 in the wheelchair mile. Schreiber took first in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.72 seconds, with Spencer right behind him in second at 17.97. Johnson tied Colville's Ben Elliot for third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.25. The 4x100 relay team of Sam Schafer, Sage Elder, Gaven Elder and Aaron Gies was third in 46.68 while ished in a three-way tie for first in the long jump with a jump of 5-08. Brett Wyborney was third in the shot put with a toss of 43-11.50 and fifth in the discus at 122-3, while Gaige Felix took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 38-11. Cheney has one meet this week, hosting Pullman in Thursday's (April 2) Great Northern League dual meet opener. The Blackhawks will then be off until the 4x400 team of Schreiber, Kevin Houndonougbo, April 16 when'they travel to Clarkston for their second Carson Kerr and Johnson finished fourth in 3:42.21. GNL contest. In the field events, Houston Moczulski took first John McCallum can be reached atjmac@cheneyfreepress. in the pole vault at 11 feet while Cameron Hardt fin- com. Blackhawks tennis d By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney boys ten- nis team continued their undefeated season after a 5-2 win over Lakeside, March 26. At the No. I spot, Ryan Smedley came back from a one-game deficit to de- feat Seth Abrams (4-6, 7-6, 6-1). After he lost the first game, Smedley came back to win a close sec- ond game then breezed through the third. "Smedley tends to drop early sets but once he finds his opponent's weakness, he turns it around," head coach Jes- se Erickson said. Britton Williams re- mains undefeated at the No. 3 singles spot, with a shutout win over Jacob Zaw (6-0, 6-0). At No. 4 singles, Ben Sanchez was successful in his return to the Blackhawks, de- feating Andrew Mitchell (6-0, 6-0). "Those guys had no problems being aggres- sive and taking charge," Erickson said. "They knew when to attack the net. Sometimes you can't attack right away or it gives your opponent a chance to prepare their defense." Ryan Axtell lost at No. 2 singles, in his match with Brady Smith (2-6, 2-6). Jay Gould and Bran- don Foster, teaming up for the first time at No. 2 doubles, won a close match over Tom Schuel- ler and Parker Emerson (6-3, 6-4). "They were up 3-0 at the beginning of the match but their oppo- nents started to come back," Erickson said. "Their chemistry may take a little bit of time but their communication is getting better." Dirk Ray and Luke Huguenin, No. 3 doubles, continued their winning streak with a victory over Nathaniel Koolstra and David Rothe (7-5, 6-1). At No. 1 doubles, Adam Passey and Shogo Starr lost a close match to Tim Schueller and Justin Goldin (2-6, 7-5, 2-6). "After losing that first set, Adam (Passey) and Shogo (Starr) battled back to win the second," Erickson said. "It was good to see them main- tain confidence in such a tough situation. Un- fortunately they weren't able to maintain their momentum and close it out." Cheney's March 24 nonleague match against Central Valley was can- celed due to weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date. The Blackhawks, 3-0 overall, entered Great Northern League play March 31 at West Val- ley then faced Ferris, April 1. They will enjoy a nice break until April 14 when they host GNL rivals East Valley. "I'm looking forward to league matches and seeing what we can do," Erickson said. "We're looking much stronger than we did last year." AI Stover can be reached at Cheney girls lose nonleague match to LC By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney girls ten- nis team saw their four- match winning streak snapped March 27 after a 5-2 loss to Greater Spo- kane League's Lewis and Clark. iris Katelynn Smedley and Bridget Calvert re- corded the only two wins for Cheney. Smed- ley, at No. 1 singles, de- feated Bryn Hanes (6-1, 7-5). Calvert remained undefeated for the sea- son after she picked up a win over Alexandra Resanovic (6-0, 6-4). Cheney's March 24 match with Central Val- ley was canceled due to weather. The Black- hawks entered Great Northern League com- petition with a March 31 match against West Valley then played Fer- ris, April 1. They return to action April 14 when they travel to East Valley for a GNL match. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. com. continued from page 1 Whiteley and Alsatta Baka- na. Whiteley has a very "competitive nature" in the sprints while Bakana is showing early promise in the hurdles and the 200, an event she ran for the first time Saturday at the Ezra Gordon Invitational in Colville. Ariana Rich and Han- nah Brown each should be a "force" in the throws once they figure them out, Stralser said. And when it comes to the relays, all of the athletes above can be factored into a successful mix. "We could be taking a group of girls to state this year who can score," Stralser said. Cheney notched its first win of the season last Saturday at the Ezra Gor- don, scoring 102.5 points to capture the 24-team meet title. Second place finishes on the track came from Skillingstad in the 300 hur- dles (48.70) and Hammer- meister in the 800 (2:31.61). In her first time nmning the 200, Stralser said Bakana essentially "jogged" the first 100 meters, and then figured it out to finish third in 28.05. Alexis Brooks (3,200) and Skillingstad (100 hurdles) both took fourth while McGourin was fifth in the 300 hurdles. The team of Bakana, Stepha- nie Assonken, Jones and Skillingstad took first in the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.50 while the 4x400 team of McGourin, Shelby Elliott, Hammermeister and Hyde was third. In the field, Bakana tied Colville's Tora Luu for first in the high jump (5-00), Bradley was second in the pole vault (10-00), Jones second in the long jump (15-06) and Skillingstad third in the triple jump (33-09.50). and to Buy Tickets Visit SpokaneMovies,co, Showtimes in () are at bargain price' Special Attraction No Passes Eagles hit four qualifying marks FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS The Eastem Washington University track and field team competed at the AI Manuel meet in Missoula, March 27-28 and grabbed four conference qualifying marks and won 15 different events. Senior Phil Puccino was Eastern's top performer of the day as he qualified for the Big Sky Championships in the high jump and triple jump - winning each event with marks of 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches and 47 feet, 5 inches, respectively. Kelsie Forcier placed second in the discus with a conference qualifying mark of 153 feet, 3 inches. The sophomore also placed sec- ond in the hammer throw (168-8) and the shot put (42 feet, 81/4 inches). Senior Morena Mannuc- @@ @ @@ @@ 2OI$1/:OOTGolf @ @@ ~@@ ~, Open daily a! 2:00 p.m. ** "Spring Break Special" through April 12th Call 509.747,8418 to make a reservation Visit for more information. ci qualified for her final Big Sky Championships in the triple jump with a winning mark of 39 feet, 1 inch. Mannucci, along with freshman teammates Domi- nique Butler and Megan Murphy, swept the wom- en's triple jump I:!i RAMADK Cheney hosts Pullman Thursday, April 2, in the Great Northern League opener before taking two weeks off for spring break. They return to action April 16, traveling to Clarkston to face the Bantams in their second GNL meet. John McCal- lum can be reached at Photo by AI Stover Cheney's Ryan Smedley returns the serve from Lake- side's Seth Abrams (not pictured). Smedley defeated Abrams, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1. 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