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Section 2 July 2, 2015 Cheney Free Press Former Eagle is headed for the NBA after he's picked 51st FROM NEWS SERVICE AND STAFF REPORTS After performing his magic act at Reese Court in the past three seasons, the transition from Eagle to a member of the Orlando Magic has begun for former Eastern Washington University men's basketball player Tyler Harvey. The former Eagle sharpshooter was selected by Orlando in the second round as the 51st pick overall of the National Basketball Association Draft June 25 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He elected to skip his senior season at Eastern for the chance to play in the NBA, and it appears his gamble has paid off by becoming just the third Eagle in school history to be drafted. Since declaring for the draft on April 1, Harvey had workouts with many NBA teams, but never with the Magic. But management of the last-place finishers Contributed photo by Orlando Magic Former Eastern Washington University Eagle Tyler Harvey seen here after being selected 51st in the June 25 NBA Draft. in the NBA's Eastern Conference and Southeastern Division saw things they liked. "(He's) an interesting guy," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel. "A very proven shooter, a very capable offensive player. He has a really good feel for the game. I think [he's] just a pretty sophisticated offensive player and someone who we feel has a chance to make our team because of that." From walk-on at EWU to NBA draft pick, few knew Harvey better the past few seasons than did Eagles' head coach Jim Hayford. "I am very happy for Tyler," Hayford said. "He has worked so hard, and I know as he learns about the next level he will work only harder." Orlando finished last in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the 2014-15 season, closing the year 25-57. The Magic drafted another shooting guard in the first round - 6-foot-8 Mario Hezonja from FC Barcelona Basquet in Spain. After a redshirt season and playing sparingly in EWU's first 13 games, Harvey was a high-scoring See Harvey page 3 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team is coming off a busy week, losing to the Spokane Crew 17U, 9-1 on July 23, and then sweeping a doubleheader with Priest River, 12-2, 13-0, June 25. They were scheduled to play Kel- logg, July 26, however the game was canceled due to Kellogg not having enough players. In the game against the Spo- kane Crew, Cheney's offense was light with the Summerhawks only having five hits. Dylan Arthur was 2 for 3 while Logan Pratt was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Andrew Witt and Austin Johnson also had hits. Matt Riggs (2-2) pitched the entire game. "The Crew is a pretty good team, they have a few Cheney High School varsity guys on there," head coach Austin Sharp said, referring to Chance Gleave, Riley Jones and Cade VanWorm- er. VanWormer splits his time between the Crew and the Sum- merhawks. Cheney's offense improved in game one against Priest River, after they scored six runs in the first inning and seven in the third, which invoked the mercy rule after the fifth inning. VanWormer was 2 for 3 with a single, a double and 2 RBIs. Witt was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Phillip Murray was 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs and Dylan Arthur was I for 3 with a two-RBI double. "Everybody contributed in some way," Sharp said. "The boys put to- gether the most complete game to help us get back on track." Murray (2-1) pitched all five innings, striking out eight batters and walking two. The Summerhawks carried their momentum into game two, starting off with a 4-0 lead after the first two innings, which included VanWormer's two-RBI triple in the second. He was 3 for 4 with- three RBIs. Priest River scored its only two runs in the third inning. Cheney eventually ended the game in the sixth with the 10-run rule. Andrew Witt slides into second base to infielder. "We continued to play great defense, which will help us in the Wood Bat tournament," Summerhawks head coach Austin Sharp Besides VanWormer, Witt was 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs. Riggs was 2 for 4 with two-RBI doubles and two runs. Sh irp also noted Dylan Vercoe, who was 2 for 2 with an RBI and one run. He said Vercoe will usually bunt or hit a sacrifice fly to help run- ners advance. Photo by AI Stover avoid being tagged by the Priest River "Dylan doesn't have a high bat- ting average, but at the No. 2 spot in the batting order, he does little things to help get our runners in scoring position and allows our third, fourth and fifth hitters to bring them in," Sharp said. Pratt (1-1) pitched all six innings to get his first win on the mound. He struck out eight batters, walked one and gave up only two earned runs. "We continued to play great de- fense, which will help us in the Wood Bat tournament," Sharp said. Cheney, currently 5-6, starts the first day of the Wood Bat Classic See Cheney 17U page 2 on Medical Lake members of team play crucial part in runner-up finish By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Spokane Blue Devils were in a funk following their 0-3 week in Spo- kane American Legion AAA play that ended June 24. They lost three straight contests to the Cannons, 1-0, 6-4 and 8-0, evening their league mark at 3-3 and fell into the dogfight for one of the three playoff berths the five-team league receives in state play. "I felt we had every opportunity to win some games against the Bandits, but we just didn't put things together," head coach Steve Hare. A seven-hour van ride to Montana hardly seemed like it would help the situation. "Honestly, after our three-game series against the Cannons I was a little worried," Hare said. "My initial thought was let's make the best of it, we're going to get in at midnight and have the guys up by 6 a.m. for an 8 a.m. game. The Blue Devfls responded with a 4-1 record in the Belgrade, Mont. tournament and a runner-up finish. And it was Medical Lake's Brayden Hale who helped pick up the team with his complete game 6-1 win over tile Billings Halos in the opener. Hale also went I for 4 at the plate and was 4 of 13 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs in the tournament. "He pitched just a wonderful game," Hare added. "We just saw the life in our team slowly change." The Blue Devils followed with wins of 12-8 over the Bitterroot Red Sox A and poundings of 11-1 over Burley, Idaho and 12-1 over host Belgrade before losing 10-1 in the title game versus Bitterroot. Hare saw his team take advantage of every opportunity presented them versus Billings. "Whether it was an error in the field, or the pitcher walking guys around, we'd find ways to score them." Hare said. See .Blue Devils page 2 a special By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter High on the east wall of the Medical Lake High School gym hangs a spe- cial sign. Made of darkly- stained wooden slats, it contains the names of past coaches who put in enough time to earn their way into the 20-year coaching club. Notable among them is Leroy Lemaster who spent the better part of 50 years making the school a tennis power. John G J- lel ~l ll- ad 24 masons the sidelines for the Card:reals in foot- ball and is their all-time winning grid guy. Soft- ball mentor, and Medi- cal Lake Mayor, John Higgins served multiple terms as softball coach. The subject of coach- ing turnover, the harsh reality of today's high school sports, came up in a discussion with Medical Lake athletics director and assistant principal, Chris Spring when he re- cently announced a pair of new hires. Former Cardinal standout Josh Edmonson was named the new Med- ical Lake wrestling coach and Kari Knowlton takes over in the fall as the new volleyball coach. Even though there has been some turnover, there is quite a bit of longevity among current Cardinal coaches. Soccer's Zane Hig- gins has been on the job close to 20 years. "I think Zane's a season or two ahead of me," 17-year veteran tennis coach Dawn Eliassen said. "Sam's like 18 (sea- sons) or something," Spring said of former head wrestling coach and football assistant, Sam Petersen. Basketball head coach Arnold Brown is at 11 years. But some leaders fall off traditional radar. Boy's head golf coach, Jim Mason "has been here forever, but he was middle school mostly, he's coached 30 years I believe," Spring said. And Eliassen was quick to inject a dab of hyperbole, "Tammy Sim, mons has been coaching 3-4 sports a year for the MS (Middle School) for a thousand years." When the idea was for- mulated for the disp!ay, Spring said he thought not many schools had anything like it. "One of my missions when I got hired (was) I've got to celebrate our history," Spring said. The Medical Lake Athletic Hall of Fame followed and each fall a handful of former Cardinal greats are inducted. "There are still some who will likely be added to that walL" Spring said. But when some of these current longtime coaches hang up their whistles, who knows? Things are hardly like they were when Spring See Crunch Time page 3