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3S SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS I , Thursday, May 28, 2015I ' I in tournam By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney High baseball team's season came to an end after last Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Fife Trojans in the first round of the 2A state tournament. Fife took an early lead after scoring one run in the first inning, then three more in the second. Cheney scored in the third inning on runs by Cameron Wiseman and Logan Pratt. The Trojans scored three runs in the fourth inning and one in the sixth. "We felt good after scoring those two runs, but we couldn't seem to get it going after that," head coach Mike Cagle said. Wiseman, Pratt, Cade VanWormer, Harrison King, Chance Gleave and Trey Martin all had hits during the game. Connor Pratt (7-4) and King shared pitching duties. The Blackhawks started their year with a strong regular season, winning nine of their first 11 games. They hit a snag during Great North- ern League play, losing their last seven games of the regular season. They finished 7-9 in the league "The way the guys pulled back together after that slump was pretty spectacular. That's sort of what base- ball is." CHS head coach Mike Cagle and tied for third place with Clarkston. Cheney had new life in the postseason, de- feating Clarkston and East Valley before los- ing to West Valley in the GNL title game. They defeated Ellensburg, 6-5, May 16 in a close game in the regional qualifier to advance to the state tournament. "The way the guys pulled back together af- ter that slump was pretty spectacular," Cagle said. "That's sort of what base- ball is. You hang in there and try to make some- thing happen. When you do, it's pretty cool." The Blackhawks lose six seniors to graduation: Anthony Hartrnan, Bran- non Pederson, Cameron Marchand, Dominic Bo- nilla and starling pitchers Kyle Jones and Connor Pratt - who finished the year with 106 strikeouts. Cagle said Gleave, King and Wiseman, who all pitched some innings this year, will likely start on the mound next season. Cagle said the teamwill focus on "being mechani- cally sound and working on throwing accurately with velocity." They will also focus on hitting. "We got more aggres- sive with hitting on two strikes," Cagle said. "We need to be able to hit better pitchers, more frequent- ly." Many players v get a chance to work sharpening their sk over the summer. Cheney Summerha~ 17U baseball team opel their season against I mier BBC on Wednesc Cagle said other var: players are playing other club teams. "That's why sum1 is so important," Ca said. "It will be import for those younger guy get some experience learn the more diffi( aspects of baseball to ready for next year." AI Stover can be reac at al@cheneyfreepr~ com. By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Cheney's Ryan and Katelynn Smedley added one more week to their tennis season after winning their regional qualifying matches in Ephrata, last Saturday to ad- vance to the 2A state tournament at the Nor- dstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, May 27-28. contin ued from page 1 a throw of 134-4, done at the District 7 meet May 15. Bakana's season best of 12.52, also at the Dis- trict 7 meet, has her sixth in state. APR continued from page 1 student athletes our en- tire department has, we are fortunate to have a supporting univer- sity and community that helps with the retention and the overall satisfac- tion an EWU athlete has during their four or five years here." Eastern's basketball team was also honored in the summer of 2014 by being named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's academic honor roll. The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes all NCAA divisions and j unior/community col- leges for the highest GPAs among women's basketball teams. The Eagles ranked second among a list of 25 Division I squads with a GPA of 3.615. It's the program's 13th lings ua Ryan Smedley earned his first trip to state after he defeated Ellensburg's Tim Mill- er (6-2, 6-2). He lost to Miller at the Moses Lake jamboree back in March in his first match of the year. "We came in expect- ing a tough match," boy's head coach Jesse Erickson said. Erickson added that li Ryan Smedley played aggressive at the net and utilized his drop shots - something he had worked on during practice. "Many of those points went to five deuces and Ryan won four of those," Erick- son said. "He showed a lot of confidence and mental toughness. I'm super proud of him." nnis Katelynn Smedley qualified for her sec- ond state tournament after she defeated Eph- rata's Jennie DeLeon (6-1, 6-0). "I was happy with how Katelynn came out strong and con- trolled the match," girls' head coach Jason Overland said. "She is playing at a very high level right now and rnament peaking at the right time heading into the state tournament." Katelynn Smedley finished eighth in last year's state tourna- ment. Ryan Smedley will be the first player from the Cheney boy's tennis team to compete at state in five years. AI S tover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. com. continued from page their ninth consecut trip to the 2A state to nament. Cheney's only l came with one out the fourth when Ch. enne Wright singled right field. The La Blackhawks had trou catching up with B gess' pitching, with 11 their 21 total outs ms in the infield. Burg, also struck out seven Boyd went the d Both Cheney girls re- lay teams advanced. The 4x100 team of Skillingstad, Ally Jones, Bakana and Stephanie Assonken was second with a time of 49.24, 5/100ths of a second back of regionals champion Pun- man, giving the schools the top two limes in state. In the 4x400 relay the team of Jones, Jolene Whiteley, Savannah Hyde and Kristie Mc- Gourin was third with a time of 4:11.14, with "It's just bringing in players who have their priorities straight in terms of understanding that getting a qual- ity education is first and foremost on their list." EWU women's basketball head coach Wendy Schuller time being recognized and the second-highest for EWU in the WBCA's 19-year history of the honor roll. "It's just bringing in players who have their priorities straight in terms of understanding that getting a quality education is first and foremost on their list," Schuller said. "The ath- letics piece comes after that." Schuller also tips her hat to Fitzgerald and Overlie in study hall. "They just do a great job of keeping our kids on track and making sure they are taking care of business," Schul- ler said. "It's always nice when you have a great support system in place." Eastern recently completed its most successful season in Division I basketball compiling a 21-12 re- cord and won its first postseason game in the WNIT over Washington State. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Pullman taking first in 4:07.31. "You look really good as a coach when you've got good athletes," Stralser said of the relay teams. On the boys' side, freshman Peyton Put- ney and senior Steaven Zachman advanced out of regionals to state. Zachman turned in a season-best of 1:56.15 for second in the 800, third best in state, while Putney's 22.98 gave him second in the 200. The freshman's season best time is 22.76. In wheelchair compe- tition, freshman Isaiah Rigo placed first in four events, the 100, 400, 800 and 1,600. Competition at Mt. Tahoma begins Thurs- day afternoon, with Cheney's first event be- ing the 1,600 wheelchair combined race at 3:20 p.m. Baring anything un- foreseen, Stralser thinks all of Cheney's athletes have strong chances at top-eight finishes. "Our hope, our goal every year is that every- body who goes gets off the turf," he Said. "You get through preliminar- ies and you get on the medal stand." John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. tance, giving up : runs, five earned, on hits, walking one a striking out five. Cheney finishes i season 19-3 overa 14-2 in Great North~ League play. The s. son provided seve firsts for the Lady Bla hawks' program - a fi GNL regular season tl and a first Distric crown. Cheney will lose players to graduati{ Adriana Suiter, Jee Bushnell, Cassie Schli, Wright, Boyd and Ch, enne Hanson. John McCa lum can be reached jmac@cheneyfreepre. com. B~SE~L vC-st~ ~ ~.rn~ Le.AQUe Kids 10 & U nder Eat with 1 paying adult meal with a bevera