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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 7, 2015 SECTION 2 Shutout of East Valley earns Cheney softball program its first title in 23 years of existence By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney High's softball team accomplished a major goal last week - one every Lady Blackhawks team sets at the beginning of the season, but never attained in the 23 years the sport has been played at the high school. Julia Boyd turned in a two-hit shutout, and Cheney produced just enough offense to take advantage of eight East Valley errors and down the visiting Knights 10-0 last Tuesday. In the process, Cheney's softball program won its first league title at any level - Great Northern League, Frontier League, Border League or Greater Spokane League. The euphoria may have been too much as three days later the Lady Blackhawks dropped their first game of the season, a 17-16 loss in game two of a doubleheader at Pullman. "When you've got a major goal and you achieve it, there's always a little bit of a let down afterwards," head coach Gary Blake said of the title and subsequent loss. And there was also that four-letter word coaches dread -- p-r-o-m. Tuesday carried no such distractions from the annual spring rhythmic ceremonial ritual. Rachel Barsness gave Cheney all it would need against the Knights, stroking a first inning, lead-off home run, her first round-tripper of the year. The sophomore went 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Maddie Kallsen also .went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Cheyenne Wright was I for 3 with two RBIs, scoring three runs. Boyd See CHS softball page 5 irl ure ue an el Photo by John McCallum " 'School senior Jamie Bradley clears the bar at 10 foot, 6 inches in thO pole vault competition last Thursday against West Valley. Bradley's vault earned her first place. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter There was certainly no rust in Dallas White. Inserted into actual competition for the first time this season, Medi- cal Lake's top goal scorer in 2014 took just seconds to get his Cardinals even and headed on their way to one of their biggest soccer wins in several years, 3-2 at Lakeside April 30. The victory,, the Cards first over the Eagles since rejoining the Northeast A League three years ago, helped break a three-way tie atop the standings. The :win, coupled with an 8-2 crushing of Deer Park April 28, leaves:Medical Lake (7- 1 NEA, 7-7 overall) in complete control of its league championship hopes and postseason with contests May 5 ver- sus Riverside (1-7, 2-8) and at Colville (6-2, 7-3) today,. May, 7 to close out the regular season. "Kind of typical, we went down early - it's a running thing with us, but we fight back every time," Cardinals' head coach Zane Hig- gins said. That score, an own goal off a Medical Lake player in the sixth minute, didn't hinder the Cardinals' effort in Suncrest. White's goal came on a throw-in where Ryan Spangler offered a cross kick and White converted at the 19th minute. "It was funny be- cause he hadn't played all year because of an injury and he had been in rehabilitation the whole time," Higgins said. "He was probably in the game for 10 sec- onds." Nick Rosenbeck scored the Cardinals second goal in the 26th minute on an assist from Ty Masteller. The Lakeside (6-2, 6- 4) defense had pushed up into the Medical Lake end and Masteller put a ball up over the top to a wide-open Rosenbeck who went one-on-one with the Eagles' keeper and found an opening in the lower left corner. Alex Garza gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead early into the second half at the 48-minute mark, also his first goal of the year. It came off a crossing pass from Wil Noble. Lakeside got a goal in the 76th minute from Mason Labelle. "We've been improv- ing every single time out, we've been playing consistent, doing a great job," Higgins said. Medical Lake out- shot Lakeside 8-5 with See ML soccer page 3 Ryan Spangler - 3 goals Alex Garza - first goal "We've been improving every single time out, we've been play- ing consistent, do- ing a great job." ML head coach Zane Higgins By JOHN McCALLUM Editor It didn't take long for the Cheney High girls track and field team to return to the top of the Great Northern League. The Blackhawks scored in all events save one for a 94-56 win over visiting West Valley, giving the Cheney girls their first league title in two years, finishing the season 4-0. The Blackhawks had reeled off a string of six titles in a row before finishing second in 2013 to East Valley. A young Cheney boys team still has a bit of a ways to go before returning to their championship ways. The Blackhawks finished the regular season with a 2-2 mark after their 109.5-39.5 loss to the Eagles. For the girls, Alsatta Bakana notched a pair of season records to win the 100- and 200-meter dashes with timesof 12.60 seconds and 26.70. KD Skillings- tad won the 100 and 300-meter hurdles with times of 15.20 (season best) and 46.10, with Helen Levchenko right behind her for second in both events. Cheney went 1-2-3 in the 400-meter dash, with Kristie McGourin first in 1:03.60, followed by Jolene Whiteley and Shelby Elliott. Abby Hammermeister and Lelie Holland went 2-3 in the 800 while Hannah Spakousky and Alecia Brooks did the same in the 3,200. Spakousky placed third in the 1,600. The 4x100 relay team of Ally Jones, Skillingstad, Stephanie Assonken and Bakana finished first with a new season best of 50.10, while the 4x400 team of Whiteley, Jones, Hammermeister and Savannah Hyde also finished first. Jamie Bradley led a 1-2-3 punch in the pole vault, See CHS track page 5 oal is to and not p playing, home Cheney soccer team may be playing its best heading into playoffs By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney boys soc- cer team missed winning their fourth consecutive Great Northern League soccer title by one game and two points - and in a way, head coach Mark Kiver is OK with that fact. In the league's five- team alignment, the regular season winner has an automatic berth in the District 7 title game while the other four teams slog it out through a pair of loser- out rounds. That means league champion Pull- man has to wait until May 12 to take the pitch again as hosts for the title game that will de- termine seeding into the glue-regional round with the Central Washington Athletic Conference. Meanwhile, No. 2- seed Cheney faces last place Clarkston (1-13, 0-11) today (May 7) at home, with a shot at playing the winner of the East Valley-West Valley game this Sat- urdav. Kiver is happy with that since he thinks this year's Blackhawks are better when they're playing on a regular basis - especially now that they may be play- ing their best soccer of the season. See CHS soccer page 3 n,ng on League By JOHN McCALLUM Editor This is probably a long time coming, 11 years long time is likely, but the Cheney Free Press has decided to add a new feature to our sports coverage line up. Beginning this week, the intrepid Free Press reporting staff will be bringing you a West :, ..: