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pS Section 2 May 28, 2015 I Cheney Free Pres I ifi | Coach says repeating as 1A champions will be a longshot By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake took care of business as expected last week- end at the District 7 track cham- pionships at Riverside High School. The Cardinals'will send seven athletes - six boys and one girl - to this weekends' Contributed photo by Medical Lake track Medical Lake's Tellas Johnson and Dawson Lack race away from the competition in the 100-meter run at the 1A, 2B and 1B state track meet District 7 track championships last weekend at Riverside at Roos Field at Eastern Wash- High School. They will compete Thursday-Saturday at ington University. Three other Eastern Washington University's Roos Field. Medical Lake competitors will be alternates after missing the top-two finish for state. "The only thing I was hoping was we'd get a second guy into the 32 (3,200-meter run), but that just wasn't in the cards," co-head coach Gene Blankenship said of his defending 1A state champions. "Other than that, we did pretty much what I thought we' d do." Senior Tellas Johnson will n in the 100 and 200-meters, be part of the 4x100 relay tern Dawson Lack, a junior will al compete in the 100 and join Joh son on the 4x100 relay with seni Elijah Farmen and junior Jar, Wright. Farmen will also vie the javelin. Senior Domenic Rehm will ra in the 800 and 1,600 meters whi junior Jacob Dingfield complet the distance duo in the 3,200. Sophomore Lexi Rolan is tl lone qualifier from the ML gil and will run in the 100 and 21 meters. Micah Dingfield, a senior, first- alternate in the 1,600 while j See ML track page 4 There's some hope ] for a good Mariners' season By AL STOVER StaffReporter It's been a roller coaster start for the Seattle Mari- ners. Fans took on a positive attitude after the Mariners signed a few new faces - in- cluding home run king Nel- son Cruz and left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ and others as well as some old fa- vorites such as Kyle Sea- ger and Felix Hernandez. ..................... Many writers predicted the ball club would enter the postseason - some even la- beled them as a World Series contender. Then reality set in. Seattle (22-23 as of press time) cur- rently sits in fourth place in the American League West division. They won 18 of their first 40 games, to which Se- attle fans have said "they're playing like the Mariners of old." Lately the team looked impressive in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays where they won 2 of 3 games. This is the optimist in me, but sports fans, we have to remember that this is just the start of the season. In a recent interview man- ager L!oyd McClendon, who is leading the team for the second season, believes his team hasn't hit their stride yet. "I think we've done ev- erything we could to shoot ourselves in the foot the first 40 games of the season," Mc- Clendon said before the Mari- ners" May 21 game against the Baltimore Orioles. "Other than that, I think we're like a club that's spinning our wheels right now." Different factors have con- tributed to the Mariners' losses. In some cases it was fielding errors, others it was the lack of hits - the normal things fans see from a team that goes into a slump. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik sees the play- ers as part of the problem. In an interview on the 710 ESPN "Brock and Salk" show, he said the team has many players who are still trying to figure out their roles. "I really hope they will live up to their expectations," Zduriencik said in the inter- See Crunch Time page 2 9 il Cheney finishes one of its best seasons at 19- 3, one win short of state as Ellensburg prevails 6-0 Contributed photo by Jim Missel/CHS Cheney Lady Blackhawks hitter Adriana Suiter takes aim at a pitch from Ellensburg's Carissa Burgess. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Ellensburg freshman pitcher Carissa Burgess held the Cheney High softball team to just one hit while teammate Karly Malcolm gave her all the run sup- port she would need with a first,inning solo home run as the visiting Bulldogs downed the Blackhawks 6-0 in winner to state regional action Saturday afternoon at Cheney. Malcolm blasted a lead- off shot over the fence in center off Cheney starter Julia Boyd, and Burgess helped herself later in the inning with a single to left that scored Darian Olin for a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs added two more in the fifth, another in the sixth on Mal- colm's second solo shot of the day and one more in the seventh for the win, earning See CHS softball page 3 Blackhawk: head to with high hopes By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney High School contingent head- ing to the Star Track 2A state meet this weekend may be small, but they may also be potent. All seven individu- als and two relay teams advanced out of the District 5/6/7 region- al meet last Friday at West Valley, and head to competition May 28- 30 at Mt. Tahoma High School in Lakewood. The Blackhawks girls finished fourth out of 15 teams at districts with 70 points, three points back Of Ephrata, while with just two competitors the boys squad finished 12th. "We're looking OK," Blackhawks girls head coach Tom Strals- er said. "This was the ingstad, who repeated her District 7 perfor- mance by winning all three of her events last Friday. She took first in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with times of 14.86 seconds and 44.85 seconds - both sea- son bests and both top times in 2A state. Skillingstad also year of unknowns and captured the triple it turned out to be a jump with another sea- pleasant surprise." son-best mark of 36 feet, The first surprise 3.5 inches, fourth best was freshman KD Skill- in the state and just an inch and a half behind Burlington-Edison's Alana Handy. Cheney's other first-place finish went to senior Jamie Bradley, who captured the pole vault with a vault of 11-00, putting her in a three-way tie for fifth best in state. Stralser said she's eas- ily capable of 11-06 and with some minor adjustments, could go over 12 feet. Freshman Alsatta Bakana and sophomore Riley PeaSe advance to state with secon place finishes in tk 100 and javelin. Bakar finished in 12.79, ju 47/100ths of a secon behind Pullman's A1 gel Nkwonta, in tic 100 while Pease's to: of 116-06 was four.fe, back of Ephrata's Eli: abeth Nowik in javelin. Pease is currentl the 2A state leader wit See CHS track page 3 teams scores By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Three Eastern Wash- ington University wom- en's sports teams that are already known for their success in the dass- room have earned ad- ditional honors from the NCAA for their prow- ess in maintaining top marks in their Academic Progress Rate. The Academic Prog- ress Rate (APR) is a term-by-term measure of eligibility and reten- tion for Division I stu- dent-athletes, developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates. And you can't get much better than the 100 percent APR than EWU's women's bas- ketbaU team, who head coach Wendy Schuller noted has been honored for a fifth-consecutive year for a perfect score of 1,000. Eastern's golf pro- gram was selected for the fourth-straight sea- son while the Eagles' women's cross country teams were tabbed for the third-consecutive year. "This award-is an accomplishment for not only the three teams, but also the de, partment, the University, and of course, our amazing academic team of Jim Fitzgerald and. Earl Overlie," golf coach Brenda Howe wrote in an email. The APR provides a real-time 10ok at a pro- gram's academic suc- cess each semester by tracking the academic progress of each sh dent-athlete on schola ship. The APR accoun for eligibility, retentic and graduation and pn vides a measure of eac team's academic perfo: mance. Howe added on other element to the aG demic success. "Alon with the hardworkin See EWU APR page 3