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1CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, June 18, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS lue ils earn win over By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter If the Spokane Blue Devils AAA American Legion baseball team want some type of idea of how much things have improved since last year, for now at least, they will look at their Satur- day, June 13 outing in Yakima. The Blue Devils earned a split in a non- league doubleheader with Yakima Pepsi Pak, the defending AAA state champions, winning 5-4 and losing 7-2. And not only did the Blue Devils topple one of the state's premiere Legion programs, but they did so very much shorthanded. When head coach Steve. Hare did his scheduling he figured all high school graduations were a week earlier. He lost eight players to graduation and the Blue Devils were down to nine. But even that number was not firm, Hare said. "I found out one of those nine guys had to play (music) during one of the graduation ceremo- nies," he said. "I brought up three freshmen and they all got some game time." Jaden Delacruz, Migel Stowe and Caleb Smith were kids BDs' assistant coach Sam Schaefer knew from Shadle Park where he is in charge of the freshman team. Hare's lineup includ- ed a pair of seniors, 2-3 juniors, a sophomore and three freshmen. Walking into Pepsi Pak's home park can be a little intimidating when players see the full-length banner proclaiming 2014 state championships in both senior and junior American Legion. "So it was pretty nice getting that first (game) win and giving them their first loss of the season"," Hare said. "They were 10-0 up to that point." West Plains' Blue Devils' Cory Wagner was 2-for-3 with a run scored while Brayden Hale had a hit in four plate appear- ances. "The second game, I don't know if we were still living off of game one and happy with that (but) our approaches changed at the dish (plate)," Hare said. "We definitely saw our youth come into play at that point." Hale was 2-for4 with a run scored. Wagner was 1-for4 and two RBIs. "Whenever you can go down to Yakima and split with them, not bad at all," Hare said. Earlier last week the Blue Devils defeated the Northstars 8-3 on June 9 with Wagner throwing a complete game while allowing just a pair of earned runs. In a nonleague split with Northern Lakes out of Rathdrum-Spirit Lake, Idaho, the Blue Devils won 10-6 and lost 5-3. Neither Hale nor Wagner played in the opener nor did they have a hit in the nightcap. So far so good is the report as the Blue Devils reach the one-month part of the season. "I look back at last year, every time I try to set up my nine (starters) for that league game, I couldn't give you any consistency there," Hare explained. Hare said the new lineup has flexibility and the team is picking up the hitting. "I could give you a good seven guys in my starting core lineup," he said. And the next two are not going to bring things down, either. "It's a nice problem to have right now," Hare said. With three straight wins in Spokane AAA league play, the Blue Devils (3-0 league, 8-7 all games) had the week Medical Lake tennis teams have memorable seasons off from league play and will travel to Tacoma for a weekend tourna- ment. They will face a variety of club teams, Hare said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. ( &EWU -Dat~ ~ :ttm~s:of a~itles are ::~fotmatlon: ~tl::the Che~y:HIgh: :SChoO[ac~ivity line at 559~4120 or line at ~5-3~2;9oeags:corn:or ~alb:oom, By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter It took a little while for Medical Lake's vet- eran tennis coach, Dawn Eliassen, to realize that it was her boys, and maybe not the defending North- east A League champion girls that were going to excel in 2015. "It didn't really occur to me that it was possible until we were at Lake- side early in the season, maybe our third match," Eliassen said. "We lost it, but shouldn't have." That's when it clicked into place for her that there was a ton of po- tential in the boys and coaches just had to find a way for them to recog- nize it and put it to use. Some of the elements that pushed the Cardinal boys was that there had been very little turnover from the previous year. "They're another year older, and thus, a little more mature," Eliassen said. "It was my sec- ond year working with them, so I had a bet- ter idea what some of their pitfalls were and what to watch out for in matches." There was one other thing Eliassen said was a factor: the change in their attitude. "They were very hard on themselves last year and became negative on the court," she said." "Knowing that going in to this season, we were EWU women sign four Fresh off the heels of one of the most successful seasons in program history, Eastern Washington University Women's Basketball head coach Wendy Schuller has secured commitments from four stu- dent-athletes for the 2015-16 season she announced, June 15. Ashli Payne (Bremerton, Wash./Olympic HS/ Umpqua CC) will join the Eagles after two seasons at Umpqua Community College while Violet Kapri Morrow (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson I-IS), Desiree Har- ding (Fresno, Calif./Fresno .HS) and Baylee Rexing (Suwanne, Ga./North Gwinnett HS) will head to Cheney following impressive prep careers. "T m really excited about this class," Schuller said. "They improve us athletically, and they are some kids who are tough and are really hungry to get better." able to really work on strategies to combat the negativity and to main- tain a positive attitude." Now the best news for Eliassen, and her co-head coaches, Tyler Lemasters and Jake Wes- selman, is that gradua- tion was pretty kind to the team. "We graduated just two boys from the top eight players, Austin Brown and Tyler Kriv- olav," Eliassen said. This, however, leaves Isiah Farmen without a returning partner next year. "We'll have to see what our personnel looks like next spring to decide where he'll end up," Eli- assen said. As for the girls who were defending champi- ons, but finished third in the NEA, Eliassen said, "They had the expecta- tion of finishing at the top again and fought like crazy to get there." The girls excelled in the postseason where Annette Carlson and Cassidy Hagel in dou- bles and Alyssa Fitzger- ald in singles all made it to state. "I was really proud of the way Cassidy and Annette buckled down in both district and re- gional tournaments," Eliassen said. "They showed a lot of heart and determination get- ting through the play offs. I just wish they weren't seniors because CHS team awards given Several Cheney High School sports teams have released their list of team award recipients for the recently concluded spring sports season. Soccer Kelby Holland - Most Valuable Player Offense Spencer Yeager - Most Valuable Player Defense Tad Tinker- Most Inspirational, Captain's Award Adam Deutsch - Best Newcomer Austin Wallace - Most Improved, Coaches Award Cruz Galm - Captain's Award Trevor Babcock - Top Hawk Award Softball Julia Boyd - Most Valuable Player Cheyenne Wright- Most Inspirational Catrina Sneddon - Most Improved Rachel Barsness - Batting Champion once you see the facili- ties and the level of play, there's a lot of motiva- tion to return and play there again." Now just the oppo- site is true for ML's girls when it comes to gradu- ation. It will be a big rebuilding year for the girls Eliassen said. "Our five seniors have been the core of this team for three sea- sons now," she said. 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