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Page,4 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, September 13, 2012 Ca tiqal cross country runners impress coach at Silverwood race Medical Lake boys finish ahead of defending state champion Lakeside in Coaster Classic By P.UL DELANEY Staff Reporter Ote part of Gene Blankenship hates the yearly tripsis Medical Lake cross country team takes to Silvefwood Theme Park. His stomach. That's because "of the pure terror," the park's churning thrill rides produce for the Cardinals' head coach. Bt what his boys' team did last Saturday at the Coasfer Classic race will be the perfect way to comL bat any nausea. Beating the defending state cham- pion in your classification is the perfect elixir. "It was a great day, especially on the boys' side," Blankenship said. "The exciting thing is we finished seventh overall we beat Lakeside who finished ninth, and they won the state championship." Cpital High School of Boise won the champi- onship with 82 points while the Cardinals scored Photo by Paul Delaney Medigal Lake's Justin Hoffman (60), Logan Drinkard (77) and Micah Tappffro (24) put on a pass rush against Banners Ferry quarterback Christian Trocke last Friday. i " ' I Files photos Top Medical Lake finishers at the Silverwood Coaster Classic were Micah Dingfield on the boys' side and Kelby Wegner for the girls. 220 and Lakeside 236 in the 25-team field of varsity runners. To illustrate the progress his team has made going into his third year as head coach, in 2011 Medical Lake was 14th. The Cardinals' No. 1 finisher was sophomore "It was a great day, especially on the boys' side. The exciting thing is we finished seventh overall, we beat Lakeside who finished ninth, and they won the state championship." Medical Lake head cross country coach Gene Blankenship Micah Dingfield in a time of 16 minutes, 38 sec- onds on the 5,000 meter course. "Last year he ran 18:27," Blankenship said. Dingfield was 16th overall finishing behind the 15:35 from Andrew Rafia of Timberline. Senior Zeb Klemke (24th) continues to chase Dingfield, finishing No. 2 in a time of 16:47, com- pared to his 17:37 in 2011. Domenic Rehm ran a 17:02 Saturday and 19:47 in 2011. Tim Chernishoff was fourth at 17:48, up from a 19:31 a year ago. Ryan Spangler was the fifth boys' finisher at 18:19 compared to a 20:55 in 2011. Sixth was the newest member of the team, Mark Newberry, at 18:43. "Actually one of our JV kids, Luke Alvarado, ran ML football continued from page 1 drive that started on their own 36. The possession ended the third quarter and spanned into the fourth. Aided by a personal foul penalty that kept the drive alive, Banners Ferry used a punishing running game to drive to the Medi- cal Lake I before Josh Pluid pow- ered over with 9:38 remaining. Pluid added the 2-point conver- sion on the run and things were all tied at 16. Following a three and out, Medical Lake's defense stymied Banners Ferry near midfield. A punt stuck the Cardinals on their own 10 where Paulson went to work with a careful mix of pass and run plays that marched his team just past midfield. "If you look at some of the key downs, we hit them for some 6, 7- Medical Lake soccer, volleyball seek first wins Medical Lake's soccer and volleyball teams are both chasing their first wins this week. The Cardinal soccer squad was on the road in Colville this past Tuesday and will be home today (Sept. 13) for a non-league match with Deer Park at 4 p.m. on the lower field at MLHS. Medical Lake fell in its opener in a non-league contest 6-1 to for- mer Great Northern League rival, Clarkston Sept. 6. Sabrina Earle scored the lone goal for the Cardi- nals. They next lost in overtime to Greater Spokane League Rogers, 1-0, Sept. 8. Volleyball, 0-2, was home this past Tuesday for a Northeast A League match featuring Lakeside and travels to Deer Park tonight (Sept. 13) for a non-league match. The Cardinals have lost to New- port and Riverside, both by 3-0 scores. Sydney Kelly led the team with nine digs in the Riverside match in which Medical Lake fell 17-25,17-25,14-25. Rachel Crofoot had five assists. Against Newport where the Cards lost 13-25, 17-25, 12-25, Alexis Nicholson and Olivia Hagel each recorded three kills. Hagel also had four digs while Nicholson added three blocks. Got a story or feature idea? Contact John McCallum at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com or 235-6184. the seventh fastest time, 18:38," Blankenship added. "It's just so exciting to watch so far." Senior Kelby Wegne r was 24th overall and first for ML's girls with a 20:22 compared to a 22:04 in 2011. Emily Coleman from Boise's Centennial paced the 149-runner girls' field with a time of 19:07. Timberlime emerged as the girls' team champs with 62 points. Medical Lake's scored 397 points to finish 16th. The preseason No. 2 freshman Sakaiya McCoy maintained that spot at Silverwood with a 22:02 followed by senior Brandi Wren's 23:29. Sophomore Maleeka Wegner clocked a 23:30 after a 26-flat in 2011. "A big improvement," Blankenship said. Abigail Morrison was the fifth and the final girls' finisher for the Cards at 24:52. Blankenship will guide his team to what he hopes in another team championship in Saturday's Seaport Invitational in Clarkston. "We had a pretty good race there last year," Blankenship said. Blankenship has had regular success at the Sea- port while both an assistant coach previously with West Valley and now carries that forward with Medical Lake. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. yard gains when we really needed it," Hobbs said in defense of his offense that had 303 total yards, 204 on the ground. Paulson found a wide-open Kelly who had snuck behind the coverage 3:24 into the fourth, run- ning untouched into the end zone. The Cards held on from there. Paulson was a careful 5-for-10 passing for 99 yards, but no inter- ceptions. Kelly had four catches for 90 of those yards. Micah Tappero had 19 carries for 108 yards while Velasquez, who joined the team for the first time this week to see his first game action added 66 yards. "We really pressed the line of scrimmage and that's What we stung them so bad on that play- action pass for the game-winning touchdown," Hobbs said. Medical Lake's defense held imj  Wet PI Locally owned & operated , Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection , System inspection for home sale License #6028; 2994 cheneysep|ic@g mail,corn www,cheneysep[ic,con- Banners Ferry (0-3) to 158 total yards, but just 11 through the air. "As long as we have more points on the board then them, I'll trade 500 yards of offense," Hobbs said. 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