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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 26, 2016 SECTION 2 SPORTS Axtell, Van Stone win district title, Starr, Foster finish second By AL STOVER Etickson said, referring to Staff Reporter the final match between Less than a week after his two doubles teams. his team won a second con- "Both teams gave it their secutive Great Northern all. I told them to enjoy it League title, Cheney High and that 'you're not going boys" tennis head coach to be here (district tourna- Jesse Erickson checked ment) again.' Now they're another season goa! off moving on to state." the list - getting one of On their, way to the fi- his players to state at the nals, Axtell and Van Stone District 7 tennis champion- had a first-round bye, then ships at Washington State defeated Pullman's Dalton University, May 21. Bankhead and Spencer In fact; there will be Hatch (6-0, 6-1) and West four Blackhawks who will VaUey's Spencer Glass and be competing at the 2A :Ryan Hunter (6-0, 6-2). tennis state championships "They put on one of the May 27-28. best doubles performances Cheney's Ryan Ax- I've ever seen," Erickson tell and Mason Van Stone said. "Mason and Ryan won the District 7 doubles were strong at the net and bracket after they defeated super aggressive on re- teammates Brandon Foster turns." and Shogo Starr in the Prior to facing their finals 6-2, 6-3, May 21. teammates, Foster and Both teams will advance Starr had wins over West to the state tournament at Valley's Jake Boles and the University of Wash- Collin Boucher (6-0, 6-0), ington. Clarkston's Ian Best and In team scores, Cheney Lane Goin (6-3, 6-4) and finished second with 41 Pullman's Tim McAleer points, and Charles Pezeshki (7- "It was a fun match," 5, 6-3). The Cheney High boys' tennis team League title. Contributed photo by Jesse Erickson celebrate winning their second Great Northern "I told them to enjoy it and that 'you're not going to be here (district tournament) again.' Now they're moving on to state." Cheney High boys' tennis head coach Jesse Erickson Cheney's third doubles team, Adam Passey and Luke Huguenin, went 1-1 before they were eliyai- nated. Erickson move'd Hayden Bennett; Alek- "My guys played the court well," Erickson said. "There were a lot of'lobs and goofy shots from them, many of them were all over the place. They were able to capitalize," Cheney girl 'tennis wins District 7 title k Clarkston's Brown Before her match with Calvert sweeps singles brac et, in the quarterfinalsAlly and Howard, Lewis shut out wins Great Northern MVP Howard in the semifinals Clarkston's Victoria Fox with identical 6-1, 6-0 (6-0, 6-0) defeated Pull- By AL STOVER bracket. Calvert, whoscores. She defeated West man's Allie Rembert (7-6, S taffReporter was also named MVP ofValley's Ava Raney (6-3, 6-2), then lost to Raney (6- After a sec0nd-place the league, will advance 6-3) to win the singles 1, 7-5) in the semifinals. finish in the Great North- to the 2A state tennis bracket. All three of Cheney's ern League standings, the tournament at the Uni- Howard picked up doubles teams, Taylor Cheney High girls' tennis versity of Washington, wins over East ValleyGould and Danica Gary, team captured the District May 27-28. players Kate Pointer Sadie Knutson and Shay- 7 tennis championship at Calvert's teammates(6-4, 6-2) and Eleanor la Payne and Amparo the district tournament at Emily Howard and Alan- Gorkovchenko (6-1, 6-2) Contreras and Caitlyn Washington State Uni- nah Lewis finished third before her loss to Calvert. Strong, were eliminated versity, May 21. and fourth, respectively, She defeated Lewis (6-4, in the first round of the BridgetCalvertearned in the singles bracket. 6-0) then lost to Raney doubles bracket. her first district title af- After a first-round(no score available) in the A1Stover can be reached ter she won the singles bye, Calvert defeatedsecond-place match, at al@chenevfreepress.com. Contributed photo by Jason Overland Bridget Calvert won the singles bracket at the District 7 championships and was named MVP of the league. sandr Chernega and Aaron , Fillmore, who all played in doubles during the regu- lar season, to the singles bracket. Fillmore defeated West Valley's Hunter Dean (6- 2, 7-6, 6-4) then lost to Clarkston's Don Arsenev (6-0, 6-1). Bennett and Chernega were eliminated in the first round. "They all played well considering they played in doubles the entire season," Erickson said. "I wanted to get Hayden and Aaron some singles experience to prepare them for next year. Alexkandr wanted to go out big since it was his senior year and he played one of the best matches he has all season. He felt good Medical Lake Dental proudly sponsors Medical Lake CARDINAL Athlete of the Week about his performance." AxteU and Van Stone received all-league honors and Erickson was also named the GNUs "Coach of the Year" for the second year in a row. Erickson said he "couldn't be more proud of my guys" for the season they've had." "Now we have a third goal and that is to have one of the teams place in state/' he added. "We're trying to keep the momentum going. I know the compe- tition is going to be tough, but I think we have a good chance." Al Stover can be reached at al@chene eepress.com. Legion ball starts Medical Lake returns to play American Legion Baseball after spending the summer of 2015 with none. They open with a 4 p.m. doubleheader Memo- rial Day, Monday, May 30 against Chewelah. ML'sCory Wagner and Brayden Hale are slated to play this summer for the AAA Spokane Cannons now that the Blue Devils disbanded for the season. The Cannons open with the "Border Wars" Memorial Day weekend tournament at A1 K. Jack- son Field. See Sports Week for upcoming games. MEDICAL LAKE 'DENTAL CLINIC Family Den try 123 N Brower St, Medical Lake, WA. (509) 299-5171 Athlete of the Week gory Wagner Baseball Hkedical Lake Owl Dharmacy CHENEY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 520 1st Street Cheney WA 99004 WWWoCheneyfcu.com 509.255.6535 509.299.6533 Kelsey Smith Golf Tyler Koohns Golf.