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. , . I Section 2 Cheney Free Press July 23, 2015 Photo by AI Stover Cheney's Jacob Lauber slides into second base before the Hurricanes' second baseman tags him. Cheney 15U sweeps Red Storm in three-game series, defeats Joes By AL STOVER S taff Reporter After struggling in the beginning of their season, the Cheney Summerhawks 15U baseball team is on a hot streak. After losses against Northwest Premier, 6-3, July 14, and the Hurricanes, 10-7, July 15, Cheney swept the Red Storm in a two-day, three-game series, 14-0, July 16, and 11-1, 12-0, July 19, and notched a victory over the Joes, 9-1 on Monday. Cheney kept it a one-run ballgame until the fifth in- ing when Premier scored twice to ice the game. At the plate, Jacob Lauber was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Garret Hagel was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Julian Chabot was I for 3 with an RBI. The Summerhawks mounted some offense late in their game against the Hurricanes. Hagel was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs. Luke Martin was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Cheney got their bats in full swing against the Red Storm July 16, scoring 14 runs off 13 hits. The Summerhawks led ,early and throughout to force the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning. Martin was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run. Mason Beck was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs. Head coach Nick Fell said the team has focused on hitting in the last few weeks, specifically learning how to adjust to what the pitcher was throwing and not getting behind on pitching counts. "I think all of those extra hours spent in the cages and the little things are starting to pay off for them," Fell said. Cheney carried their momentum into Saturday's doubleheader, again forcing the mercy rule in the fifth innings of both games. Fell cited strong offense, as well as good defense and pitching that kept the Summerhawks in both games. See Summerhawks 15U page 2 EWU athletics director has seen programs excel in his eight years coil By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Time has admittedly flown by for Eastern Washington University's ath- letic director Bill Chaves. Chaves recently passed his eight- year mark on the job and it's been a most memorable run punctuated by some of the biggest successes in the athletic his- tory of the school. "We've had some really unique and tremendous things happen over the course of those eight years," Chaves said. "it's been rewarding; I'm excited .... 'f~ ~*'~t happens in the next eight~ years." That second eight years unofficially kicked off with the start of the 2015-16 sports season and right off the bat, the news is good for Eastern. Out of the Big Sky Conference summer meetings in Park City, Utah came the news that the athletic program was being awarded its second Big Sky Conference President's Cup.c To win this honor for the department takes the perfect set of ingredients, the 48-year-old Chaves said. "We've got to win some champion- ships, we have to have others (sports) be j:eally right there, and then we have to get it done in the classroom," Chaves said. "To be able to win, you can't have a weak link" Chaves contends this award trumps the other banners that hang in Reese Court. "That means the most, and now we have a second one." It's a true team effort he said. "That's a testamentto up and down the hallways, the 325 student athletes, and let's just say the 50-75 folks that support this program that are achieving excellence from A-Z," Chaves said. Up until Chaves arrived in Cheney See Chevespage 3 Photo by Paul Delaney EWU athletics director Bill Chaves will soon see a second Big Sky Conference President's Cup banner hang from the wall at Reese Court. The honor, which acknowledges both academic and athletic excellence, is one of the accomplish- ments of which Chaves is most proud, but it is just one of a number of big things that have occurred under his eight-year watch FROM NEWS SERVICES REPORTS Five years after winning the award for the first time, Eastern Washing- ton University has again won the Big Sky Conference Presidents' Cup presented by Red Lion Hotels for the 2014-15 school year, the league office announced July 19. The Ea- gles won a tiebreaker over run- net-up Montana State, while two-time defending champion Northern Arizona was third. T h e Presidents' Cup is unique in collegiate athletics in that it honors the dedication to the academic side of the student-athlete experience. Overall athletic success is combined with team grade point averages, academic progress rates (APR) and all-conference performers with grade point averages of at least 3.0. "There is a tremendous amount of credit that is due to our student- athletes, coaches, staff and adminis- tration for winning this award for a second time;" Eastern athletics direc- tor Bill Chaves said. "This culminates a year that will go down as oneof the most successful all-around seasons in our Division I era." The Eagles topped the Presidents' Cup standings with a first-place fin- See President's Cup page 3 mere in ,nn,ngs By AL STOVER loss to Northwest Premier, 9-1 in the fifth inning, innings and made some Staff Reporter July 15. Cheney was set to Cheney got their bats go- mental base running er- The Cheney Summer- play Omak, July 16, how- ing to score two runs. rors. In the fifth inning, hawks 17U baseball team ever the game was never"Cashmere is a goodI challenged them to do returned to its home field officially scheduled,fundamental team, better." last week with a12-11win The Summerhawks' they're very respected," In the seventh inning, over Cashmere, July 14,in offense struggled against head coach Austin Sharp the Summerhawks scored a game that went into extra Cashmere early in thesaid. "Our guys didn't six runsto forcethe game innings, followed by a 20-7 game. After being down hit well in the first five into extra innings. Cash- Kids can sometimes bring something extra to By AL STOVER Staff Reporter , Although it doesn't lead to the most exciting evenings, I can't pass up a chance to watch free mixed martial arts or box- ing events. Last weekend, UFC featured a Titan Fighting Championships event on its Fight Pass network. The card -- which lasted a good five-and-a half hours -- featured 12 bouts, four of those itle )ne of bet- ter fights featured Tim Elliott, a former UFC fighter, who broke a two- fight skid to win the va- cant Titan FC flyweight championship. The post-fight cele- , bration wasn't anything I hadn't seen. Elliott stood triumphant in the cen- mere scored two runs to VanWormer was 3 for lead 11-9 at the top of the 5 with three RBIs for the eighth. In the bottom of the day. Andrew Witt was 3 inning, Cheney scored two for 5 with two RBIs and runs to tie the score 11-11. two runs, Jack Peabody With one out, Cade Van- was 2 for 5 with two Wormer got the base hit to runs and Jeff Fix was 2 bring in Matthew Riggs for the winning run. See Cheney 17U page 2 routine press events ter of the cage as Titan through the interviewwere touching moments, was answering questions FC CEO Lex McMahon quickly, they made me reflect on when his daughter Riley wrapped the flyweightEarlier that day I a topic that came about appeared from under the belt around his waist. El- watched some boxing a couple of months ago table to tell her dad that liott's family entered the and saw .Chris Arreo!a, regarding professional he was talking too loud, cage and his wife handed who had just finished a athletes bringing their then played a game of him their infant daugh- 10-round fight with Fred children to post-game "Peek a boo," among ter. During the post-fight Kassi that ended in apress events, other things. interview, Titan FC cage- majority draw, hold hisDuring the May 19 Some reporters were side interviewer Joe Fer- infant son Alex -' whose post-game press confer- irritated that Riley stole raro's microphone got a name is printed in big ence that followed the the show while others little too close to Elliott's letters on the front of his first game of the NBA thought she brought daughter, who started to trunks - during the post- Western Conference Fi- some amusement to get fussy resulting in Fer- fight interview, nals, Golden State War- raro and Elliott gettingAlthough thes.e scenes riors guard Stephen curry See Crunch Time page 3