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Thursday, April 16, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 Photo by Paul D elaney Tyler Lemasters, seen here working with his players, is the newest Medical Lake i tennis coach. He will share duties with Dawn Eliassen and Jake Wesselman. Both t Lemasters and Wesselman are former Cardinal players. ' tennis continued from page 1 with a new partner this year in Natasha Alsept, a sophomore. "We have to help her transition to , varsity," Eliassen said. "Alyssa Fitzgerald is looking awesome," Elias- sen said. "She put in a lot No. 2 (singles) pretty much all of last year," Eliassen said. The two moved on their own request to doubles. "They wanted to give it a shot and they look pretty good," Elias- sen said. "Their personali- of time over the summer, ties feed pretty well off She's so smart she requires each other, their playing very little coaching." styles are pretty corn- The senior is quick to plimentary," Eliassen figure out her opponent's said. weaknesses, Eliassen ex- plained. "She has a game plan and she can pick people apart." Fitzgerald also just missed qualifying for state in 2014. "She's pretty de- termined, (but) she was pretty disappointed last year," Eliassen said Annika Gahan, also a senior, is No. 2 now after splitting time between that and the No. 3 spot in 2014. "She's going to decide some team wins for Eliassen said. ";'~ l~ff~ssen, who teams , ~ith.new coach Tyler Lemasters and Jake Wes- selman - all co-coach- es with equal standiiag - said most of the boy's team returns, but it's the new faces and youth that had her talking. Noah Ray and Cason Bailey are the only new- comers. Ray is just a fresh- man but has been-playing tennis for quite some time, Eliassen said. "He's al- ready elevated himself to the No. 1 singles spot." Bailey is a sophomore in his first year playing tennis and earned a var- sity position. "His skills need a little honing, but he's aggressive," Eliassen sai4 "He's hungry and he's competitive," and is currently playing No. 2 doubles with junior Alex Neder. Austin Brown, a se- nior, and junior Isiah Farmen are the current No. I doubles team. "They held down the No. 1 and One is more aggres- sive and the other more consistent, Eliassen ex- plained. "That's a good combo and they're look- ing pretty strong right now." In singles, Tyler Kriv- olavy has moved to sin- gles after playing doubles late year. "He's kind of stepping into a new role and learning how singles is a little bit different," Eliassen said. Lemasters is a for- mer Medical Lake player who returns to coach after being away for a number of years. Elias- sen emphasized the "s" at the end of Lemasters' name, so as not to con- fuse him with former legendary coach Leroy Lemaster. Turnout has been sol- id, perhaps great, Elias- sen said. "We have more boys than we've had in along time." There are 24 boys and 22 girls. "I like the fact that the boy's numbers have gone up a little this year." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. COm. 2 :;;:4: .~ ~::, i :!!2:.:ii::! :; ?:~. P~ :. : : :'3 3 2-3 4 ~: R :HE" 0.0:0 Q :I : 1 ] C,h~ 007:::4 41 :~t't 0 continued from page 1 races. Those races also drew many of the big names in the sport at the time, mainly running bragging rights match- races. But Moe saw that there was a better way to go than portable toilets, splin- tery grandstands and gut- bomb concessions. Itwas that Deer Park in- volvement which planted the seed for Spokane Race- way Park, which opened in 1974 with the Ameri- can Hot Rod Association Springnationals. In true Orville leave it to the last minute fashion, the paving crews had hardly left the track when Ed "The Ace" McCulloch christened the new asphalt with his "Rev- ellution" funny car. Moe raised $2.5 million from investors to fund the project that added a half- mile oval track in 1978 and a 2.25-mile road racing course in the early 1980s. In the early days of SRP, the place would be packed with drag fans from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada who came to see some of the biggest names in drag racing -- Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, John Force and many others - rocket down that sunken quarter-mile of asphalt, lined by cement grand- stands. The track was dubbed by many, "Thun- der Valley," because of the ear-splitting engine noise that reverberated off the concrete. Ultimately, the sev- eral hundred investors rustled up money to hire an attorney and embark on a lengthy legal battle. Citing mismanagement they eventually wrested control of the complex from Moe in 2006. The track was sold to Spokane County in 2008 to satisfy investor claims and has experienced its own share of problems ever since. Had we connected to talk old times, some of the things I would have wanted to learn include: Was there really an aquarium with rattle snakes inside in the base- ment of the race track office that served as a temporary bank for bags of ticket window cash at the World Finals? Having heard stories of many of the stockhold- ers, I'd have asked Orville his side. We would have chat- ted about how he got his love for racing, and hock- ey. What did he see in his future wife, Deonne at age 15, that cemented a 62 year marriage? Why did hejump on a dozer and tear up the road near the property he sold to Northern Quest? And that would have just been for starters. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@dumebfreepress. com. Chene sCheyenne Marcha Of33:dt t Ap l 3P use GMS Ridge Invite at Pullman dou ;Ri eg f ume:::Ma d Eas mcampusR s ges l:4th 31 On 3,tournament The 14th at1 n u al Eastem Washi gtonUni tsit t:;$p : S OUt: 3; 'On: 3 Basket fl Tournament May I 1.7;: 15 ;at: Cheney:.::H hi: hob!:. 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