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Page 4 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, April 2, 2015 preseason By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Medical lake boys' soccer team might be win- less as they completed their preseason, but the Cards" head coach Zane Higgins is not in a panic. Following nonleague losses this past week, 3-2 at Clarkston in a shootout, and 2-1 this past Monday night at Gonzaga Prep, the Cardinals, 0-6-0, now embark on Northeast A League play, stronger for the tune-up. "We've probably had the toughest preseason schedule we've ever had," Higgins said. "Which is good for us, if s a good test, we haven't come out with a winyet." The Cardinals opened NEA play March 31 at Newport (3-0-0) and con- dude their pre-spring break schedule meeting Deer Park (0-3-0) on the road. Five of six contests were against teams from the Greater Spokane League with the other, a 3-2 shoot- out loss at 2A Clarkston, March 28. After going scoreless in three of their first four matches, the Car- dinals' offense has perked up. Ty Masteller scored in the 13th minute Saturday at Clarkston and Nick Rosen- back knotted things in the second half. In the shootout, the Cardinals got goals from Brendan Satcher and Rosenback. A late goal, in the 71st minute by Spencer Ceballos Photo by Paul Delaney One of Medical Lake's senior leaders is Brenda'n Satcher. helped G-Prep by Medical Lake. Rosenback tied the match in the 53rd minute. "We're been generating pretty good chances, proba- bly more than I would have expected against teams like University and Mt. Spo- kane," Higgins said. There are eight seniors, Medical Lake track has strong finish at Ezra Gordon Rehm establishes new school record in 3,200. By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter The Medical Lake High School track team was looking for a way to get some individual improvement in perfor- mances. It appears they found it last Saturday, March 28 in Colville at the Ezra Gordon Memorial. With limited entries for each event, co-head coach Gene Blankenship said Medical Lake did not go to compete as a team, but rather to shave times from individual perfor- mances and stay sharp. Cheney ran away with everything - both boys and girls - in a meet that attracted 24 teams on each side. The Black- hawks topped 1A Lake- side in team scoring 100- 71. Medical Lake earned 53 points. The Cheney girls also topped Lakeside 102.5-89. Medical Lake's girls finished 15th with 14 points, Domenic Rehm broke the school record for the 3,200 meters in a time of 9 minutes, 40.76 seconds, besting the old mark of 9:42.2. "He was all by himself," Blankenship said, finishing over 15 seconds ahead of Steaven Zachman of Cheney. New sprinter Dawson Lack lived up to expecta- tions. The junior sprinter clocked an 11.32 second time. to edge Lakeside's Nick Annanie. The Cardinals' Tellas Johnson was third at 11.50, not sixth as the website says, despite him falling at the start when his block slipped. ML's Jared Wright was fifth at 11.60. Lack was first, despite what the track results re- porting site says, Blankenship said. The boy's 4x100 team of Lack, Johnson, Wright and Elijah Farmen clipped Freeman 44.38 to 46.58. In girl's competition, Mariah Pena won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:29.6. Next up for Medical Lake is the Deer Park Invite, April 3. "I really screwed up on the schedule," Blan- . kenship said. "If we don't go to Deer Park we're going to be three to four weeks without a meet." That's due primarily to spring break. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. rough nal baseball six of them varsity regu- lars, on the 2015 roster. "We've got a good core of seniors, good leadership from them," Higgins said. They include Ryan Spangler, Wil Noble, Domi- nic Shaima Kirill Lesnykh, Brendan Satcher and Dallas White. Conner Baxter and James Leffler travel back and forth between varsity and junior varsity. Part of the lack of offense rests in the loss of White, the team's leading scorer from 2014. He has been sidelined from competition with an injury Higgins hopes is bet- ter'in time for league play. "We're not even sure what's going to happen with that," Higgins said. The junior class, Higgins said, "Is one area where we are really low in," but include Cody Bowman and Alex Garza. "The nice thing is we've got one of the largest group of fresh- men we've had," Higgins said. "We've got a couple of really good sophomores, too." They include Mas- teller, Gabe Mangione and Austin Geiger. The two freshman start- ers are Steven Robo, the Cardinals" central defender and forward Rosenback. "They're both strong play- ers," Higgins said. Working to keep the goals out of the net are sophomore Nick Isher- wood and Sam Matt, a freshman. "We've got two young goalkeepers, which is good," Higgins said. While the preseason toughened the team, their coach said the Cardinals needed it. "I think our league's a little bit tougher this year," Higgins said. Colville and Deer Park are in from the 2A ranks and there's a surprise, Hig- gins said2 "Newport's play- ing really well this year." And Lakeside, the de- fending league champs, will be good, again because they did not lose too many players to graduation, Hig- gins said. The C, akdinals finished 11-8 overall in 2014 and were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs in a 6-0 loss to Brewster. P au l Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@c ss. com. B,~E~L Cla~s~0n 0 0 0:0 0 D 3 7: e~,~,a~a~:~m~:~l,:zO~s~ :: TENNIS :~ggt~;: : AlI,Gimitm ..... T|it~ : :W : :[ W : :. {~e~l~J~@@ll$}Oflt > : : : " Nortl~ a ~aOua ~5tough ~ ~, ~0t5) N0.~ +Oen 8anc'hez {Che~ey~ defeated And~ M~,lell g0Ml~: : : : 3-0: -~: : :2,,1 : : .:2,.1 : NO,:~*T~:B~ra~luslin:Gddir~)~ By PAUL DELANEY s #K-w er Home was sweet, but the road continues to be rugged for the Medical Lake baseball team as it opened play in the North- east A League last week. With rain playing havoc with a number of contests, among them their NEA opener March 24 versus Newport, and a nonleague game last Wednesday versus St. Maries, the Cardinals did find weather pleas- ant enough to play three games. They used a big hitting day pounding out 13 hits in a 15-5 win March 26 at home with Newimrt. That, however, was followed with a trip to Colville March 28 where the newest members of the NEA swept a double- header 9-3 and 4-3. The Cardinals jumped on Grizzly pitching for five Cardinal girls split matches By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Medical, Lake girls battled both the weather, and their opponents last week, earning a split in a pair of Northeast A League tennis matches. The Cardinals lost at Colville 3-2 March 24, but beat Freeman 4-1 and evened their league record at 1-1 and 2-2 overall. On their trip to Colville, a doudburst minutes after arrival forced a two-hour delay of their match. An- nika Gahan at No. 2 singles won her match 6-1, 6-2 while the Cardinals' other win came at No. I doubled where Cassidy Hagel and Annette Carlson won 6-3, 6-1. "Colville hit a lot of tough backspin which pulled Alyssa out of posi- tion on the court, and also took her out of her normal play style," girl's head coach Dawn Eliassen wrote in an email. Back home March 26 versus Freeman, Alyssa Fitzgerald scored a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles while Gahan had a breeze, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Carlson and Hagel made it a 2-0 week with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles. Natasha Alsept and Katelynn Houger earned the fourth match win at No. 2 doubles 6-1, 6-4. After a Friday, April 2 match at Lakeside, the team takes spring break off. Paul De laney can be reached at pdelaney@che eepress. com. Medical Lake boys top Freeman By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Playing what his coach called the match of his life, Medical Lake's Tyler Krivolavy scored a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. I singles in a 4-1 Northeast A League boy' s tennis victory March 26 over Freeman. "There was an extra spark of life in him that day and his tennis IQ was incredible," boy's head coach Ty Lemaster said. Medical Lake swept the three doubles match- es. Austin Brown and lsiah Farmen won 6-3-6-1 in No. 1 doubles. In No. 2 doubles, Kason Bailey and Alex Neder won 6-3, 6-4. At No. 3 doubles Trevor Nilles and Colten Miller won 6-4, 64. Medical Lake has a Fri- day, April 2 match at Lake- side at 3:30 p.m. before taking off for spring break. They return to the court at home against Chewelah, Tuesday, April 14. Paul Delaney can bereached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. runs in both the first and second innings, erasing a 3-0 Newport lead. Philip Murray was 3 for 4, includ- ing a triple and scored twice. Tyler Munden and Jacob Steinmetz each had a pair of hits. "Phillip Murray remains one of our hottest hitters," Medical Lake head, coach Kerry Kelly said. Dylan Rushfeldt scored three times while Jayln Musser, Tristin Keith, Cory Wagner and Hudson Petek each scored twice. Pe k also had four RBIs, the big blow a triple. "Hudsonhas really been driving the ball all over the field," Kelly said. Saturday at Colville (3-0 NEA, 5-0 overall), Brayden Hale had another strong pitching performance against the Indians in the second game. Hale pitched in the 4-3 loss givin, g up just thiee hits and no earned runs in five innings. "Offensively he chipped in with solid at bats/' Kelly said. Brunch & Buffet Brunch starts at 9 am & Buffet starts at 12 noon. We will close at 6 pm. Easter Adults s149s Kids 6-10 S69s S Kids 5 & under 1/year Easter Buffet Adults s19~s Seniors s15~s Kids 6-10 STS Kids 5 & under Sl/year 7611 W. Sunset Hwy. 509-838-8372 scrambled to'tie' Ll-t6' g~m~6: with a pair of runs i~ LHe top of the sixth, but Colville answered with the eventual winning run in their half of the inning. The Cardinals outhit the Indians 8-5 with Cole Soliday ending the game going 3 for 4. Murray was 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. Hale and Petek each had doubles. Wagner pitched the opener going four innings and giving up six runs, four of them earned. "Cory has pitched well but he's un- lucky with two losses/' Kelly said. Following a March 31 league game with Newport (0-2, 0-2), and an April 2 game versus Chewelah (2- 2, 2-2), Medical Lake hosts a pair of Caribou Trail League teams, Chdan and Cashmere in a Saturday doubleheader at noon and 6 p.rr They are then off until April 14. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. 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