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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 28, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS Medical Lake girl's doubles team qualifies after big wins By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Medical Lake girls top doubles team not only rebounded from a second round loss, but also later earned a berth in the 1A state tennis tournament by dispatching a longtime nemesis. Cassidy Hagel and Annette Carlson will rep- resent the Cardinals in Friday, and hopefully Saturday competition at the Yakima Tennis Club after wins that included their come-from-behind 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 consolation finals victory May 23 at Mead High School over the Riverside sister act doubles team of Abby and Sydney Spray. "What a great time to finally beat the Spray sisters," Medical Lake co-head coach Dawn Eli- assen said. "It felt really, really good to have them (Hagel and Carlson) final- ly finish the tournament with a win." However, it was a 6- 4, 6-3 win over Christine Hannemann and Sarah Vesneske from Daven- port in the first consola- tion round match that clinched the state berth. "Finally! This is the third time that Cass and Annette have had a ch nce to earn a trip to state," Eli- assen said. "I definitely think the memory of last year's disappointment helped motivate them to continue their aggressive play to push through in this one." The Cardinals' other entrant on the girls' side, Alyssa Fitzgerald, opened with a win in singles, de- feating Lauren Senske from St. George's 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in what Eliassen called, "A grueling three hours of well-played points." But Fitzgerald dropped her next two matches to wind up in a consolation round and finished with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Katie Francis from Deer Park. The win earned Fitzgerald a role as an alternate in singles play should any other qualifier not be able to compete. "This was Alyssa's most decisive win over Katie yet," Eliassen said. As with the girls, the Medical Lake boys had three players in districts, but their fate was not so fortunate. After going 1-2 to open the tournament, Austin Brown and Isiah Farmen survived to qual- ify for state as alternates in boys" doubles. They lost a marathon 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 2-6 opener to St. Georges' Kenneth Day and Michael Nord. Brown and Farmen won by default over Reardan's Anthony Sigismonti and Derek Strope in the alternate round and will play the wait and see game in Yakima. "Overall, I'm ex- tremely proud of Brown and Farmen," co-head coach Jake Wesselman said. "These two had a great run this season and played their hearts out." Noah Ray split his first two matches, beating Nico Melber of Riverside 6-3, 6-3 before falling out of the tournament with back-to-back losses that gave the freshman a true taste of postseason, "Noah had a great regional tournament," Wesselman said. "He ended up not making it through to state, but he played great." The best part about Noah getting to regionals and playing this level of competition was that he is only a freshman and gets great experience for next year, Wesselman said. "I was very proud of the fact that all six play- ers were still in on day two of the tournament," Eliassen said. "We had more players there than any of the other teams." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Lack of players sinks American Legion Baseball in Medical Lake By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter The sound of bats con- necting with the ball, the smack of baseballs hitting leather mitts, and inter- mittent announcements and music over the public address system will be silenced this summer at Holliday Field in Medi- cal Lake. Summer baseball in the form of Medical Lake's AA team, and the appear- ance of traveling teams at the Fourth of July Wood Bat tournament, will not happen in 2015. "ICs very disappoint- ing to me that we were not able to pull something together," Medical Lake High School and Ameri- can Legion baseball head coach Kerry Kelly said. "But, you know, things have a way of working themselves out." Turnout -- or rather lack of it - was the cul- prit for Kelly who for the past several summers has h~td to rely on players from Lincoln County to help stock his summer roster, Medical Lake was un- able to draw players from surrounding areas such as Wilbur, Odessa, Dav- enport and Reardan as in the past. "I had one kid from Reardan, I had one kid from Davenport," Kelly said. "We probably could have fielded nine or 10 but at the end of the day it wasn't enough to sustain a separate program," he said. "We need about 14." Driving long distances for several games a week, plus practices, was the key factor in no longer be- ing able to attract players from outside the area. Kelly also attributes the recent significant growth of independent traveling club teams to the problem fielding an American Legion pro- gram. Phillip Murray and Dylan Vercoe plan to play for the Spokane Crew, Kelly said. And Cory Wagner and Brayden Hale will suit up for the AAA Spokane Blue Devils. All is not totally lost, however, as Kelly and his coaches plan to hold regular Friday night clinics and prac- tices, plus a handful of practice games - "con- trolled scrimmages," Kelly calls them - with both Lakeside and Riv- erside, other programs hit with diminishing numbers. The clinics and drills are geared for players, including junior var- sity and eighth-graders looking to improve their skills. "We're going to keep working, with these younger guys in particular," Kelly said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. continued from page 1 nior Nehemiah Fields and senior Jackson Tappero are alternates in the 4x100 relay. "Micat~ "(ISingfield) al- most got into the 1,600," Blankenship said. " He's first alternate, but distance guys generally don't drop out of the state meet so I don't think he's going to get a chance to run." That, along with a few other wrinkles will make emerging from Roos as a repeat champion a long- shot, Blankenship said. "We have to improve performances," Blanken- ship said. "If you go by the top 10 times in the state, and assuming ev- eryone finishes like that in their events, we're go- ing to finish third " Blankenship predicts King's High School from Seattle and Zillah will keep the Cardinals from a 1A track repeat. "That's going off of best times (to date)," and if the Cardi- Heights,&: EWU nals get that slight Im- provement across the board that order could change. "We can improve in the 4x100, the 800, 3,200 and the javelin," Blan- kenship said. "If we do that we'll be up higher." The week leading up to state is designed sim- ply to keep the team from regressing. Anything done this week is just trying to keep athletes from getting rusty. That's especially true in the distances, he ex- plained. "We're not go- ing to all of a sudden have a miraculous drop down (in time) because of what we do this week." He's happy, however, with the results from districts. "I'm pleased with the consistency of Elijah (Farmen), and then our 4x100 team," Blanken- ship said. "Those guys are really good." Rehm ran in three dis- tance events, but his wins Echevarda samantha Baker; and Sarah Retter. in the 800 and 1,600 -- re- spective 1 minute, 56.26 time and a .76 second margin of victory~ and a five second win with a 4:22.30 - zapped him for the 3,200. The 1,600 was run Friday with an 800 pre- liminary. Saturday the 800 final came prior to the 3,200 with just a 30- minute rest between the two, "That was too much to be expected," Blankenship said. Dis- tance runners typically compete in the 800 and 1,600, or the 400 and 800. "The rare kid like Dom, the way things are sched- uled, he can make it in all three," Johnson scored wins in the 100 over Lack (11.1-3- 11.28) and in the 200 against Lakeside's Ethan Pratt (23-23.28). Johnson, Lack, Farmen and Wright teamed to win the 4x100 by .13 sec- onds over Lakeside. Farmen won the javelin with a throw of 164 feet, 9 inches, easily outdistancing ColviUe's Joey Schweitzer at 153-04. His 44-01 heave in the shot put, a third place, just missed qualify- ing Farmen for state. He was fourth in the discus at 131-06. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Mostdental dentistry insurances with oldaccepted fashioned includingTricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AinvayHeightsFamilyDenti fi 9173W.SunsetHwy. 509-456,4220 With Your C|ub Card Red, Green or Black Seedless Grapes Club Price Prices effective 5/28/15 thru 6/2/15