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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 14, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS Cardinal track teams looking forward to qualifying Medical Lake has solid shot to defend state championship By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake track will have wrapped up its dual meet season with an event at Colville May 13 and most likely finish third in the Northeast A regular season. But Cardinals' co head coach Gene Blankenship is looking ahead to District 7 competition at Freeman High School, May 22-23 as the true gauge for the season. Medical Lake's boys will likely dominate again in both sprints and dis- tance event, and may also have qualifiers in the throws with Elijah Farmen. Blankenship sees the team, particularly the boys, emerging with a solid chance to defend the state title they won in 2014. "On the boys" side we're going to qualify everyone we qualified last year," Blankenship said of the contingent that won the 1A team title. "That's if everyone stays healthy." Blankenship hopes to get three girls to state, which will be held May 29 at Eastern Washington University. "Honestly we need said. "Our top kids are all freshman and soph- omores," among them sprinter Lexi Rolan, Ma- ria Pena and Michaela Peterson in distances. Beyonce Stevenson and Alexa Hawkins are both freshmen compet- ing at the varsity level and "Have been holding up the sprint end for us," Blankenship said. "I think it's looking good for the future." The Cardinals came off last week's NEA meet at home versus Riverside where the boys rolled 103-40 and the girls were beaten 98-41. "As usual we dominated the sprints and distance," Blanken- ship said. "They did most of their scoring in the field events." "We pretty much dominated the boys' side, and they pretty much dominated the girls' side," Blankenship said. "I obviously thought it was going to be closer." Both teams had some notable efforts by their young talent. "We had two kids go into out top- 10 list in their events," Blankenship said. Rolan won in the 100 meters and in the process broke into third place all time at the school with a time of 12.54 seconds. The sophomore is now the lOth best in the 200 with her time if 26.75. She won both the 100 and 200. Dawson Lack was runner-up to Tellas John- son (10.95) in the 100 with bout 30 girls out for ack a time of 11.07 and now is to be competitive," Blan- kenship said. "It's im- proving each year, we're getting more numbers." The future is improv- ing already, The girls are also young, Blankenship No. 9 on the all-time list of the fastest runners in that event for the school. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Big track at FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS For the first time in nine years, the Eastern Washington University track and field program is set to host the 2015 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Champi- onships on May 13-16 at Roos Field. All 12 Big Sky teams and over 400 athletes will compete for team and individual titles, the largest Big Sky outdoor championship meet in history since Idaho re- joined the conference this season. Action begins Wednesday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. for the first day of the men's de- cathlon and heptathlon competitions. The regular portion of the meet takes place the following two days on May 15 and 16. Field events begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, with running events starting at 2:10. Jarms, Leo's play to 8-8 tie at Waterfront Park By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Jarms Hardware and Leo's Photography battled to an 8-8 tie May 7 in a West Plains Little League game between the AAA teams. The game ended after reaching the designated time limit in the sixth inning. "All pitchers on both teams pitched very well, I think there were only four or five walks the entire game," Leo's coach Don Worth reported after the game. Photo by Paul Delaney Jarms players Donnie Worth (left) and Colton Busby (right) wait for ball to arrive as Lees Josh Wagner safe- ly reached second base in their May 7 game at Water- front Park in Medi- cal Lake. continued from page 1 Field events on Satur- day begin at 10 a.m., followed by the running events at noon. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass on May 15-16, with children 12-and-under admitted free of charge. Students of all ages with valid school identifica- tion will also be admit- ted free of charge. Northern Arizona won the team titles on both the men's and women's sides at the 2014 outdoor champi- onships. In a preseason poll voted on by the 12 Big Sky Conference head coaches, the North- ern Arizona men and the Sacramento State women were selected as preseason favorites to win the team titles this year. The Eastern women were selected to finish fifth with 100 chair cornermen and keyboard warriors, but this time I thought they had a point. I've been a fan of Hunt for many years and the sportswriter in me loves a good scrap in the cage or the ring, but this was too much. I thought the referee should have stepped in and stopped the fight in the third or fourth round. However, I understand Samoans are proud and tough people and Aus- tralian fans were support- ing Hunt, who is from the neighboring island of New Zealand. I've also never fought inside of the cage - though I have one unsanctioned boxing match to my credit - so I can't join the other mixed martial arts fans who are calling for Hunt's retire- ment. What's worse than an athlete continuing to fight after they get hurt, is someone going into a match with an injury, like Pacquiao when he fought Mayweather with an in- jured shoulder. Pacquiao could have sustained a much worse injury if he had fought someone who was more aggressive and more of an offensive hitter than Mayweather. Some speculate that Pacquiao didn't disclose the injury because he would have to withdraw from the fight and miss points while the men out the big purse. Years were picked to place sev- ago you'd see fighters take enth with 79 points, a beating and get backup ':A'"WAYSl ,15o" :. W. Melville Rd., Che.!in :ey, ;:WA I WEST PLAINS GOLF LEAGUE at the Fairways Golf Course Begins Wed., May 6th 4-8 man teams with handicap scoring. Discounts on corporate passes for Weekly food and drink specials, Chamber of Commerce members. Discounted dues for new members. Great for team building. Weekly standing tee times. Form Teams with Friends & Co-Workers! All skill levels welcome! For more information, contact the Fairways Golf Course at 509-747-8418. Photo by Paul Delaney Jarms Colton ,Kilo slides safely into third base ahead of a possible throw to Josh Wagner from Lees. because it was the only way for them to put food on the table. Former world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey once said, "When I was a young fel- keep them busy as they heal from their injuries and gear up for a come- back. I understand that in sports like boxing and low I was knocked down mixed martial arts, you plenty. I wan ea to s{ay have to be toUgh and can't down, but I couldn't, i had show weakness, especially to collect the two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had to get up. I Was one of those hungry fighters. You could have hit me on the chin with a sledge- hammer for $5. When you haven't eaten for two days you'll understand." Times have changed. If a fighter gets hurt, they can find a career to fall back on, or a hobby to in front of your opponent during a fight. However, if a fighter is getting beat by their opponents for three rounds to the point where the doctor has to come in and check on them, maybe that competitor needs to assess the situation and say, "I'm done." If the fighter isn't will- ing to stop the fight, then his or her comer should throw in the towel for them. There will be some harsh words in the locker room or at the gym, but throwing in the towel could save the fighter from suffering a perma- nent injury. As for Hunt, I won't be sending him a tweet and asking, "Please hang up your gloves," especially since he's announced his intentions of making a comeback. If he changes his mind and decides to retire, I'll will head over to Wild Bills and have a beer in honor of his career. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress:com. ~,:'~" Sp, ohanelan~it How a great c~ moves" Kyle Sullivan Driven by STA Route 02 Providing more than 40,000 rides each weekday. spokanetransit.com .... lr' .... IllIF ,it I i ii lrl I " I]'I" ~t~l-t iiti :~:~!'1 : "~"'~ .... ~ ~]liil