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Thursday, April 16, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 in Photo by AI Stover Cheney's Kyle Jones delivers a pitch this past Tuesday versus Pullman. Cheney gets past Clarkston 19-15 in GNL slugfest By AL STOVER Staff Reporter If there was ever a time for the Cheney High baseball team to get their bats going, their April 7 Great Northern League game against Clarkston was it. After being down 14-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Blackhawks launched an impressive comeback, scoring 19 runs on 15 hits in the last three innings to defeat the Bantams, 19-15. According to head coach Mike Cagle, it wasn't a rousing last-minute speech or a single moment that inspired the team's comeback. "It was just baseball," Cagle said. "No one was sulking or hanging their heads down, the team was pretty in- volved through the game, even when they were down 14-0. They just kept playing." Kyle Jones went 2 for 4 at the plate with two home runs - including a grand slam in the seventh inning -- and six RBIs. "That kid has power and he's starting to realize his potential," Cagle said. Jones' brother Riley went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Harrison King went 3 for 5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Cade VanWormer was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Cameron Wiseman was 3 for 5 with an RBI. Cagle said the team was hoping to score enough runs to prevent the mercy rule from ending the game. "I didn't know what to say after the game, I was a little speechless," Cagle said. In addition to his success at the plate, Kyle Jones (4-1) picked up the win on the mound after he came on in the fifth inning, allowing only one run in the top of the sixth. King started for the Blackhawks, giving up six unearned runs in the first inning. Wiseman and Chance Gleave also had short stints on the mound before Jones came in. The Blackhawks are 4-2 in the GNL and 8-2 overall and are second in the league standings behind West Valley (4-1, 4-1). After their April 14 GNL game against Pullman (3-4, 3-5), Cheney hosts East Valley (3-7, 3-9), April 18, in See CHS baseball page 2 .......... Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake tennis co-head coach Dawn Eliassen works with some players on some technique. The Cardinal girls are the defending Northeast A League champions and the boys appear tO have some up and coming talent, Cardinal boys youth will be big plus By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake's girls tennis team has some unfinished business they hope to complete this spring. The two-time defend- ing Northeast A League co-champions want to take things one more step and qualify for state, their longtime coach, Dawn Eliassen said. "Their entire varsi- ty career they've been league champs," Eliassen said. "And I think they've got a pretty good chance (to repeat)." It's an experienced, senior-laden group. Cas- sidy Hagel is one of the leading varsity players, teaming with fellow se- nior Annette Carlson at No. 1 doubles. The two were co-MVP's in the NEA in 2014, Eliassen said. "We're looking to take off from where they fin- ished last year, because they just missed going to state last year." That was a big disap- pointment the two do not want to repeat and to help make sure that doesn't happen, "We're trying to turn them into more aggressive players," Eliassen said. "I think there's a little hunger," Eliassen said. "With the women's doubles, if you can be confident and aggres- sive at the net, you can take anybody." Their athleticism - both are volleyball and basketball players -- helps them be effective. Another senior, Kay- tlynn Houger, is playing See ML tennis page 3 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Defense has not been much of a point of conver- sation in recent years for the Eastern Washington University football team. Unless it was the times opponents piled on the points, such as in last December's 59-46 quarter- final Football Champion- ship Subdivision playoff loss to Illinois State. But theEagles' re- vamped defense made a statement in last Satur- day's first scrimmage of spring practice at Roos Field, holding the normal- ly high-powered offense to just one touchdown and 123 yards in a 40-play outing. "I think one of the things we did really well - and it can cause some of the mistakes - was our guys were flying around in a good position," East- omin ern head coach Beau Baldwin said. "They are making things difficult for the offense, and they are understanding early in f rst E the scheme and what needs to be done to have success on defense." Eastern's four quar- terbacks combined to rn spring complete just 7 of 16 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. And the ground game was stuffed for only 24 yards in 22 scri carries, including three sacks. Sophomore cornerback Jake Hoffman from North Central High School in Spo- kane led the defense with six tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss. Redshirt freshman Nzuzi Webster had an interception, sophomore linebacker John Kreifels recovered a fumble. Todd Raynes, Matthew Sommer and Kurt Calhoun each had a sack. The offense was score- less on its first seven pos- sessions until reserve quar- terback, freshman Gage Gubrud directed a 12-play, 65-yard scoring drive, fin- mmage ishing with a three-yard run. Gubrud finished 4 of 7 for 42 yards, Jordan West 1 of 6 for 41 yards and an interception, Conner Rich- ardson I of 2 for 12 yards and ReiUy Hennessey I of 1 for four yards. Cooper Kupp had one catr_h for 41 yards. Eastern will scrimmage again this Saturday, April 18 at about 2 p.m. Spring practice continues through April 30, with the annual Red-White Spring Scrim- mage taking place at 2 p.m. Ap 25. Pau/De/ar~mn~regd~ at pde~, COt~l. Photo by Paul Delaney Eastern Washington receiver Keonte White is videoed during Ap ril 9 practice by Nick Sblendorio. The Eagles staged their first scrimmage of spring practice last Saturday and will have another this Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field. "I think one of the things we did really well - and it can cause some of the mistakes -- was our guys were flying around in a good position." Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin rvil are By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter Now there's one less item on the always seem- ingly endless to-do list. While i should be happy, the opposite is true and I am kicking myself for being such a procrastinator. Over the many years in this writing and re- porting business I've had the opportunities to inter- view many a memorable individual, and had an- other on the list. But Orville Moe, the cantankerous and color- ful curmudgeon who a~~ ~ r a i s e d to find the time. Recently ..... a similar interview with li ;:m o n e y old time Spokane hockey ~~ ~ to build, icon Tom Hodges was and later cut short of approaching operated Spokane Race- way Park for the better part of. 40 years, passed away a week ago today, April 9, at age 78. Not long ago, in an- swer to an old-fashioned letter I had sent him, Orville left a message on my phone to call him and that he welcomed the opportunity to catch up and chat. What kept me from making the call was trying four hours by his wife who was wondering if he was OK. Knowing what I knew about Orville, and all the controversy that has surrounded him over the years, this was go- ing to easily surpass the Hodges interview. Plus there was more of a personal side. Aside from my hav- ing dealt with Orville on a professional basis dur- ing some 20 years of writ- ing motorsports for the Spokesman Review, we knew each other many years before and in a dif- ferent arena - literally. Moe and I first met in 1973 when he drafted me to play hockey for his old Spokane Raceway Park recreation league team. It was the hockey association that probably had a little bit to do with igniting the interest in motorsports ! have had ever since. Orville hired my bud- dy Dave and I to ride our motorcycles around the newly-opened drag strip in 1976 to try to catch gate crashers. We always came up empty, but got to make a little money and watch the races. What could be better than that for a couple of young 20- somethings? So it's fun to look back at some 40 years of what has taken place at the corner of Hay- ford Road and Sprague Avenue. From piles of crushed gravel inside the gates, to recycled Expo 74 signs and outbuildings throughout the property, what was once a quiet little intersection has changed immensely. Moe, who had suf- fered from congestive heart failure, which was his apparent cause of death, was as much a galvanizer as he was a polarizer, but above all he was a visionary. According to Moe's obituary, in the 1960s, he and his dad, Clarence, rented an old military airstrip in Deer Park and brought in timing equip- ment and restrooms and began putting on drag See Crunch Time page 3