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Thursday, April 23, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney boys soccer head coach Mark Kiver knew before the season started that his 2015 Blackhawks would be in a battle this time around for league supremacy, and a battle is just what they're getting. Cheney split a pair of matches last week, getting a late second-half goal to down Clarkston on the road Tues- day, and then being the recipient of similar disappointment as West Val- ley connected with the net just before the clock hit 80 minutes to post a 1-0 win last Thursdav. Cheney was the better team against the Eagles when it came to controlling the tempo of the game and dictating the style of play, keep- ing the ball in the West Valley half of the field for most of the game. The Blackhawks out shot West Valley 7-4, and had one second-half appar- ent goal overturned by an offside call before Chris Hatten broke free of Cheney defenders and lined a shot to the left of diving goalkeeper Kameron Galm for the game winner with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation. "After the game a captain (Tad Tinker) summed it up," Kiver said. Photo by John McCallum Cheney's Cruz Galm (8) looks to control a 50-50 ball against West Valley. "Couple of games we've been out played and got the win. Today, we played more than well enough to win and didn't." Kiver said Hatten's shot came as a result of a "great effort," and he also praised the work of Eagles goal- keeper Babinski, who made several outstanding saves. Kiver said the Blackhawks didn't have a great effort Tuesday at Clarkston, and the team knew it. Cheney seemed to get some momen- tum and inspiration on a late first- half goal, with Oliver Smith hitting Noah Prophet for a score in the 39th minute. But in the second half, the Ban- tams had a rather strong wind at their back, which Kiver said helped them clear more balls out of their half of the field and culminated in Lance Blank delivering the equalizer on a header in the 52nd minute. The score motivated Cheney, and Kelby Holland delivered what proved to be the game winner on a breakaway score in the 60th minute. Cheney out shot Clarkston 9-4 with goalkeeper Trevor Walker mak- ing four saves. Cheney moves to 7-4 overall and 6-2 in Great Northern League play, tied with Pullman for the league lead with 18 points. The Blackhawks are set to begin round three of league play this week, hosting East Valley on .April 21 and traveling to Pullman to face the Greyhounds April 23. Cheney is still in a great position to earn its fifth straight GNL regu- See CHS soccer page 2 eney ball in busy lay Photo by AI Stover Connor Pratt pitched a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts in game two of Cheney's doubleheader against East Valley, April 17. Blackhawks sit in second place in the standings By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney High base- ball team had a busy week of Great Northern League play, with a 3-2 win over Pullman, April 14, a sweep of East Valley in a dou- bleheader, 13-3 and, 3-2, April 18 and a 9-8 loss to Clarkston, April 20. In the game against the Greyhounds, Cheney scored all three runs in the third inning off Pullman errors. The Greyhounds managed to score two runs in the top of the seventh off of Cheney errors. Pullman limited Cheney to five hits. Harrison King went 2 for 3 with a triple and Kyle Jones was I for 2 with an RBI. "We played well consid- ering we were coming off Spring Break and the guys only had one practice," head coach Mike Cagle said. In game one of the East Valley doubleheader, the Knights started with a two- run lead in the first tuning. The Blackhawks got their bats going, scoring eight runs in the, second inning and two in the third. The Knights brought in one more run in the fifth, which Cheney answered with one run in the fifth and two in the sixth, which forced the mercy rule. Jones was I for 3 with a home run - his third of the season. Chance Gleave was 1 for 3 with a 3 RBI double, Cade VanWormer was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Logan Pratt was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Jones (5-1) got the win on the mound for game one of the East Valley double- header, throwing a.two-hitter with eight strikeouts. "We hit the ball pretty well, it took a couple of in- nings to find our groove," Cagle said. "We also com- mitted four errors, and didn't field well when we should have." In game two against the Knights Cheney batters faced pitcher Alex Bowdish, whose curveball hindered them in their April 2 2-1 loss against East Valley. As Cagle pre- dicted, Bowdish once again gave Blackhawk batters a challenge, giving up only four hits. Cheney scored one run in both the first and second innings. East Valley tied the score in the top of the fourth, after Josh Hager hit a two-RBI double. The Black- hawks regained the lead after scoring one run in the bottom of the fourth. Connor Pratt went I for 2 with two RBIs and Dominic Bonilla was 1 for 3 with a triple. "We had a couple of laps- es and gave up two runs but we later made plays at the right time," Cagle said. Connor Pratt (5-1) earned the pitching win in the night- cap against East Valley where he threw a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and in the Pull- man game, where he shared pitching duties with Jones and Cameron Marchand, and threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts. "Connor was once again light outs at pitching," Cagle said "We haven't had many games where we've been See CHS baseball page 12 ins up season By JOHN McCALLUM Editor As the weather begins to heat up, so do the per- formances of the Cheney High boys and girls track and field teams. The Blackhawks posted their second Great North- ern League win of the sea- son Thursday, April 16, at Clarkston by downing the Bantam boys 85-64 and girls 110-46. Saturday, the boys placed eighth while the ~[rls were ninth out of 12 teams overall at Cheney's Big Red Invitational, with several other athletes head- ing south for the 100-team Pasco Invitational. Seniors Sam Schreiber and Brett Wyborney led the Cheney boys against Clarkston. Schreiber won both the 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles with times of 18.4 seconds and 45.01 while Wyborney topped the list in the shot put and discus, winning the former with a toss of 46 feet, I inch and the latter in 119-01. Senior Steaven Zachman was first in the 400 (53.35) while freshman Peyton Putney and Charles John- son captured the 100 and 200 with times of 11.34 and 24 seconds even. Sophomore Drake Johnson won the 800 in 2:05, while the 4x400 relay team of Carson Brown, Kevin Houndonougbo, Schreiber and Gaige Felix took first in 3:50.63. "It went exactly how we wanted it to," boys head coach Bobby Byrd said. "We got the job done. No- body had any great PRs (personal records) but we all performed well." Cheney's girls took first in 14 of 18 events via a sort of youth movemeht in their win over the Bantams. Seniors Jamie Bradley and Helen Levchenko, along with junior Abby Hammer- meister were the only up- perclassmen to post wins, with Bradley taking first in the pole vault (10 feet), Levechenko first in the 300 hurdles (50.07) and Ham- mermeister first in the 400 (1:05.02). Sophomore KD Skill- ingstad collected wins in the 100 hurdles (16.18) and the triple jump (35-07) with fel- low sophomore Ally Jones winning the 100 (13.40) and the long jump (15-08.50, Alecia Brooks taking the 3,200 (13:19.24) and Rylie Pease winning the javelin (105-02). Freshmen collect- ing wins were Lelie Holland in the 800 (2:44.28) and Han- nah Spakousky in the 1,600 (6:00.52). Numerous other Cheney athletes took sec- ond and third places on both boys and girls teams, with the Blackhawks tak- ing the top three spots in several events. "It was a solid meet," girls head coach Tom Stralser said. "We contin- ued to train them through tlqe meet with an eye on the post season." Placing and estab- lishing new PRs for the girls at the Big Red was Brooks in the 3,200 (third, 13:15.10), Shelby Elliott in the 400 (fifth, 1:06.90), Evarosa the 800 (fifth, 2:43.60), Breeann Johnson in the 200 and long jump (29.90, 14-03), seventh in both), Brooklyn Spencer in the pole vault (7-06) and Arianna Rich in the shot put (eighth at 27-05.50, but a 28-06.50 in prelims). None of the Cheney boys placing at the Big Red hit any PRs. Schreiber took fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 110 hur- dles, Cameron Hardt was fourth in the high jump and Charles Johnson was seventh in the 100. Zachman led the boys at Pasco, reaching the fi- See CHS track page 3 ets f h By AL STOVER S taff Reporter Just when football fans thought he was gone for good, quarterback Tim Tebow is returning to the NFL. Various news sources announced that the Phila- delphia Eagles would sign Tebow. The Eagles confirmed that they signed Tebow to a one- year contract, April 20. A graduate from the University of Florida and a Heisman Trophy win- ner, Tebow was a first- round NFL draft pick in 2010 - No. 25 overall -- and began his pro- fessional eer with the Denver Broncos, playing nine games his first season. He found success in 2011 after he began the season as Kyle Orton's backup and even- tually moved ahead of him in the lineup. He completed 126 of 271 passes for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns, and led the Broncos to the playoffs.. Fans were not so much interested in Tebow's ac- tual numbers, but rather his running game, open- in Phi adelphia ness about his Christian faith and the last-minute miraculous plays. Tebow's career didn't pick up after his second season in Denver. In 2012, he went to the New York Jets, playing back up be- hind Mark Sanchez, who he'll join in Philadelphia. After the Jets, he signed a two-year contract with the New England Patriots in 2013 and played in the first two preseason games and was later cut from the team. In the last few years, Tebow's fame has allowed him to be a published author, documentaries have been made about him. Tebow also had a brief run as a college football analyst on the SEC Network. Rumors of Tebow coming to Philadelphia began in March when he worked out with the team but the Eagles did not sign him at the time. At Philadelphia, Tebow will find a similar opportunity as he had in the past, only he'll be competing with more quarterbacks for play- ing time. In addition to Sanchez, Tebow joins Sam Bradford, Matt Bar- See Crunch Time page 12 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Eastern Washing- ton's spring football scrimmages were never meant to be a best 2 out of 3 series, but that's the way it will shake out this year. Following the Ea- gles' offense dominat- ing performance in last Saturday's second scrimmage of spring camp, one where the EWU offense rolled up 550 yards, brag- ging rights for respec- tire sides of the ball will be determined in Saturday's Red-White scrimmage at Roos Field beginning at 2 p.m. Defense dominat- ed the first inter-squad meeting on April 11. Four Eagle quarter- backs combined for 32 of 47 passing for 309 yards and added 241 more on the ground. In the first scrimmage, the defense held the offense to 123 yards See EWU football page 12