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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 26, 20i6 I 3 Cardinal Send th nnis in ma By PAUL DELANEY Staff Report er The Medical Lake boys' tennis team will send three players to the state 1A tournament this weekend at the Yakima Tennis Center. Last weekend's regionals at Mead High School featured competition between 1A, 1B and 2B schools where the Cardinals finished in third place overall behind Deer Park and St. George's. Leading the way as they have all season was the doubles team of Isiah Farmen and Alex Neder. The top seeded duo from the Northeast A League reached the finals against St. George's. The pair took wins of 6-3, 6-2 over Davenport and 7-6, (7-5), 6-2 versus one St. George's' team before fall- ing to a second Dragons' team 3-6, 7-5, 4-6. "Alex and Isi did a fantastic job in this tourna- ment," co-head coach Jake Wesselman said. "They ended up taking second place against a solid team and their Iast match was exactly what you wanted to see in a championship match." Noah Ray won three of his four matches, includ-' ing his final two to finish third and earn his singles berth at this weekend's championships. "I'm proud of Noah for making it to state, but not at all surprised," co-head coach Dawn Eliassen said. "He just missed the opportunity last year, and this has been his goal all season." Ray breezed through his opening round of play 6-0, 6-0, lost to a Lind-Ritzville-Sprague player 1-6, 7-6 (10-8), 3-6 and then earned wins 6-1, 6-2 over his St. George's opponent and his berth at state with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Lakeside. "Noah has worked hard all season and it has paid off," assistant coach Todd Harr said. "From the beginning we knew he could make it and he exceeded expectations." Medical Lake's final entrant in regional play was its No. 2 doubles team of Trevor Nilles and Colten Miller who split their four matches. The NEA's No. 4 seed in doubles play lost their first in straight sets 0-6, 4-6 to St. George's but stayed in contention with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Reardan. They dropped identical games, 2-6, 2-6 to a second St. George's team and finished with 6-4, 6-4 wins against Lakeside. "This was going to be a tough draw for Trevor and Colten since they came in as the No. 4 seed," Eliassen said. "They played the eventual champions in the first round which meant that the pressure was on them for every match afterthat since they were all loser out." "Advancing three players onto state is an incred- ible feeling," Wesselman said. "I am proud of how every one of our players performed on the court so far." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfree- eer ar scores in mm Stags breakout in fifth, sixth to eliminate ML By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Things were going well for Medical Lake most of the afternoon in the opening round of the Northeast A League playoffs at Deer Park, May 17. The Cardinals and Stags were tied 1-1 through four and a half innings. Then the wheels fell off in disasterous fashion as a couple of timely base hits and a pair of costly. errors quickly opened the flood gates and Deer Park raced to an 11-1 win in a loser-out game. "We left a couple of balls out over the plate and they were able to with a 6-2 upset victory make good contact and over co-league champ, get base hits," head coach Colville. The Stags earned Tim Blakely said. "They a state tournament berth had a couple of base despite an 11-10 loss to hits and a couple of mis- co-champ Lakeside. played balls that just kin- "Pitching for the first da' opened the door for four and a half innings them." Deer Park scored was real good," Blakely five runs in both the fifth said. "We had them off and sixth, balance and they hadn't Medical Lake finishes been able to put hits to- the season with a 9-10 re- gether." cord. Deer Park (13-8) fol- Medical Lake's lone lowed their win Tuesday run came from Hannah Petek in the top of the third inning. The Cardi- nals were limited to just fur hits by Stags' pitcher dicted to finish second in Kylie Sweeney. the 100 and 200 (meters)," With the season con- Blankenship said. "I think cluded, Blakely is plan- he can win it." Lack was predicted to ......... ................................................................................................. earn a third place finish in the 100 but his coach thinks the senior might have a second in his legs. He's penciled in at sixth or seventh in the 200, "But I think he can do better than that,", Blan- kenship said. "Those are possi- ble," Blankenship said. "Whether they happen or not, but I think they're really possible." Paul Delaney can be reached, at pdelaney@ continued from page 1 Rolan also swept the 100 (12.40) and 200 (25.60) As expected Keyhon races and qualified for Ross won both the 100 state. The top two finish- meters (10.95 seconds) ers in each race earned a and the 200 (22.20) and berth. qualified. Same for the F r e s h m a n J a x y n 4x100 relay where Ne- Farmen earned her way hemiah Fields, Jared to Roos with a pair of Wright, Dawson Lack runner-up finishes in the and Ross all qualified, long jump at 16-feet, 8.5- "We were hoping Oli- inches and the triple with ~awan (Smith) would a35:1.25 mark ..... ~u~lify in the 300s, Blank~nshipwascar~ 4Bla~kenship said of his ful not to reveal how he :hurdler who did nail aprescored the state meet, berth in the 110s. "He opting instead to project if was in first place coming his kids overachievethat off the final turn, in the they could once again last straight, and hit three equal their 2015 runner- hurdles in a row." up finish. On the girls' side Lexi "Keyhon (Ross) is pre- ning on the future, which sees the team lose three seniors, shortstop Claire Dormaier, pitcher/sec- ond base Bradyn Weg- net and Rachel Stanfil at catcher. The good news is the Cardinals return seven juniors, two sophomores and a pair of freshmen. While he has a solid core of returning players, Blakely said those juniors this year are seniors next and he does not want to think of what comes next when they graduate. "We'll have a pretty good foundation built," Blakely said. "With those seven leaving (in 2017) that's going to be the hard one." The team did not field an official summer league team in 2015 but many players joined teams and got 20-40 additional games under their belts. Blakely said he's cur- rently working to pos- sibly establish a five- team league composed of Northeast A League squads who would play each other 10-times and be finished innot too long a period of time, "three weeks to a month," he said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@ continued from page 1 Eastern and Cheney have ing porta-potties, lengthy given the event stability and concessions lines and a Lawson Van Kuren a first-class facility, first at myriad of other first-time helped plan and organize Woodward Field and since difficulties, the glitches 20 championships as fa- 2011 at Roos Field. have ben fixed and the cilities coordinator for the At the time the meet Cheney-EWU community meet, but he passed away 'moved to Cheney, Johnhas bustled with visitors on June 26, 2015, after a Miller, then a school ad' every Memorial Day week- bout with cancer. He and ministrator and now a.end since. his wife, Ruth, worked tire- Washington Interscholas-Another constant at the lessly for 30 years assisting tic Activities Association meet has been the Friese the women's and men's(WIAA)official, alongwith family of Willapa Valley track and field programs at then EWU trackand field High School and the tradi- Eastern, and many, many coach Jerry Martin, long- finn of great pole vaulters more in the Inland North- time EWU public address that school has produced. west and beyond on the announcer Dan Birdsell and Rob Friese played football youth level. Cook were the key figures at Eastern, then returned After many, many in rescuing the meet with to WiUapa Valley to coach years of successful meets very little advance notice, and is now superintendent in Wenatchee and Yakima,And despite overflow- in the District. Andrew E Martinssen, DDS . 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