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Section 2 May 14, 2015 Cheney Free Press I ' Photo by John McCallum Cheney's Caleb Prophet (right) races a Clarkston defender for possession of the ball in the Blackhawks 3-0 playoff win over the visiting Bantams. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney High boys' soccer team solved the riddle that was East Valley and found a way to win their second straight playoff game. Four minutes into the first overtime, the third-seeded Knights positioned for a free kick by bringing all of their play- ers up onto Cheney's side of the pitch. The kick missed, and went to the feet of the Blackhawks' Dakota Daniels, who possessed the loose ball about 30 yards outside the Knights goal and dribbled past the defensive line. Daniels made it a long ways before a Knights defender caught him and leg- hooked him from behind short of the 18-yard box. Midfielder Kelby Holland was called upon to execute the free kick, and the sophomore hooked a 25-yard shot into the right side of the goal to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 win in the District 7 elimination game Saturday, May 16, in Cheney. Blackhawks head coach Mark Kiver couldn't find enough superlatives Sunday evening to describe Holland's game-winner. "He couldn't have drawn it up any better," Kiver said. "Nobody was going to stop that shot. It added an exclama- tion point on who wanted to win that game." Cheney mounted most of the offen- sive pressure in the game, out shooting the Knights 8-3. In the 15th minute, a team effort led to a set play near the East Valley goal, with Caleb Prophet crossing the ball to Spencer Yeager who put it in the net for a 1-0 lead. But in the second half, the Knights got more physical, getting the equalizer in the 52nd minute as Tristan Gresch converted James Russell's comer kick into a score. Cheney kept the Knights of- fense at bay, with goalkeeper Kameron Galm collecting two saves, to force the overtime frame. "We got battered and bruised early and often," Kiver said. "But the guys worked together reallywell to sort things out." Thursday, the Blackhawks notched their first elimination-game win by knocking off fifth-seed Clarkston, 3-0 at home. Cheney dictated the flow and tempo of the game in the first half, getting a pointblank goal from Caleb Prophet four minutes into the contest. NoahProphet possessed a pass from See CHS soccer page 3 r By JOHN McCALLUM The 18-2 Lady Black- the Central Washing- Editor hawks now sit back andton Athletic Conference. The Cheney High watch as other league By virtue of their first softball team finds itself opponents knock each Great Northern League in an unusual position in other off in the run to regular season cham- the upcoming District 7 reach the district's title pionship, Cheney has playoffs - playing the and seeding game to an automatic berth and waiting game. regional action with gets to play the host in ,Cheney's Adrianna Suiter leaps and lands on home to congratulate her on her third-inning solo home of two on the day for the senior. are By AL STOVER ~N~ ~the other Staff Reporter ~. ~::c o r n e r, , After the May 2 .... :~:;.~,, ~: ~there s Fight of the Century '~Tl,m'" ~::Hunt, a - and by Fight of the i!~i!~f o r m e r Century" I mean lack- kickboxingworld cham- luster bout - between pion who has impressive Floyd Mayweather and power and a granite-like Manny Pacquiao, I was chin that has blocked looking forward to a some of the hardest combat sports smor- kicks and punches in gasbord that included combat sports. Histake- boxing, kickboxing and down defense has also UFC. improved over the last One fight I had my few years. eye on was the fight As I predicted, between the "Super Sa- Hunt's chin worked well moan" Mark Hunt and in the fight - perhaps Stipe Miocic in Austra- too well. lia. Miocic picked apart Miocic is a well- Hunt for five rounds, rounded fighter with keeping the Samoan on knockout power and the mat and delivering good wrestling skills. In hard shots to the face. Photo by John McCallum plate as teammates prepare run against Clarkston, the first in e MMA fans on social media were concerned. They demanded Hunt's corner throw in the tow- el or the referee to stop the fight. Hunt would show some sign of de- fense, preventing the referee from stopping the fight. Even the doc- tors at cageside thought Hunt was good enough to continue. The referee eventually stopped the fight in the fifth round. Although fans on Twitter were relieved when the referee called the fight, the Australian fans were booing the stoppage. Normally I disagree with the arm- See Crunch Time page 12 that game this Saturday, May 16. For Cheney head coach Gary Blake, it's not exactly an exciting position to be in. "It would be welcome if we were hurt, but other than a few nicks and scratches, there's nothing major," he said. "That many days off, I don't consider it a posi- tive. You need competi- tion to stay sharp." After a brief two- game losing skid, the Lady Blackhawks found their edge in the season- finale against Clarkston on Senior D~iy. Adri~i~a Suiter led off the third inning with a solo home run, her first of two on the day, and Meghan Krantz added a two- days off, I don't consider it a pos- itive. You need competition to stay sharp." Cheney head coach Gary Blake one in Cheney's 12-hit That many attack. Boyd went the RBI double as Cheney broke open a close 2-1 game with three runs in the third en route to the 10-1 win. Rachel Barsness had three hits, including a triple, Krantz and Suit- er each had two while Cheyenne Wright, Julia Boyd, Cheyenne Han- son, Jeena Bushnell (double) and Maddie Kallsen (triple) each had distance for her 13th win on the mound, giving up one run on three hits, walking none, hitting none and striking out 10, throwing 73 percent strikes. Earlier in the week the Lady Blackhawks absorbed their second loss of the season with a 13-9 setback at West Valley. The Eagles took an early 8-3 lead and eventually stretched that to 10-4 before Cheney rallied with four runs in t~3e top of the sixth.West Valley responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame to help seal the win. See CHS softball page 3 tennis claims Northern League titl Blackhawks' regular season ends with wins over Clarkston and Pullman By AL STOVER StaffReporter The Cheney High boys' tennis team capped off their strongest regu- lar season in years with a couple of 4-3 Great Northern League wins over Clarkston, May 5 and Pullman, May 7 and a regular season league title -- the Blackhawks' first district champion- ship in 20 years, accord- ing to head coach Jesse Erickson. "There was a bit of a drought because teams With Cheney and like Clarkston have been Clarkston. tied 3-3, the so dominant over the final team point came years," Erickson said. down to the No. 4 sin- "All of my guys played gles match. JT Gould much better this time came back from a one- than when they first game deficit to defeat played Clarkston," the Bantams' Taylor Ryan Axtell, No. 2 Howard (4-6, 6-2, 7-6) singles, defeated the Ban- in a super tiebreaker to tam's Colby Savage (6-4, give Cheney the win. 7-5) in a close match. "It really came down "Axtell has been play- to the wire in that third ing really well lately," set," Erickson said. It Erickson said. "He's was incredible to watch been attacking with great JT (Gould) play like serves." that." Luke Huguenin and The Blackhawks car- JordanKauwe, No.2dou- ried their momentum bles, defeated Clarkston's from the Clarkston win James Foust and Ian Best into the match against (6-2, 7-5). Ben Sanchez the Greyhounds. Ryan and Brandon Foster, No. Smedley, No. 1 singles, 3 doubles, came back to defeated Pullman's Matt defeat the Bantams' Tan- Pru (6-1, 6-4). Axtell ner Carton and Leighton McFarland (4-6, 6-4, 6-2). See CHS boys page 2 tops in tennis By PAUL DELANEY But the title was not Staff Reporter much of a surprise to the A pair of road victo- veteran coach. des, plus one at home last "I think there was an week sealed a 2015 North- inkling in the very back of east A League boy's tennis my mind after about the championship for Medical third week of the season," Lake. The Cardinals raced she said. "It's almost the past Chewelah4-1 on May exact same crew as last 5 and Riverside, 5-0 last year-just Noah (Ray)and Thursday and 4-1 Friday Kason (Bailey) are new versus Deer Park. -- but they made so much Getting that first vic- improvement last year that tory to start the week was they picked up this year crucial. "This was a bigwin where they left off ." for the boys as Chewelah Medical Lake swept posed the biggest threat to the singles side with Noah us after Lakeside," co-head Ray winning at No. 1, 6-1, coach Dawn Eliassen said. 6- 2 while Tyler Krivolavy squeaked by his No. 2 op- ponent 7-5, 6-4. "This was one of Tyler's better mental matches," Eliassen said. "He had a significant lead in the first set, but then they were tied at 5-5. He managed to stay focused and pull out the win." Austin Brown and Isiah Farmen topped No. I dou- bles 6-3, 6-1 with Trevor Nilles and Nikolaj Beuch- ert victorious in No. 3, doubles 6-2, 6-2 to wrap up the victory. See ML tennis page 2 d