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1CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, September 17, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS continued from page 1 one in overtime. Is this just another off day for Lynch or is "Beast Mode" winding down? Another question is how newcomer tight end Jimmy Graham will fit into Seattle's offensive picture? Graham, who came from the New Or- leans Saints, made quite an impression in his de- but with the Seahawks, having six receptions for 51 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown. It wasn't the most in terms of receiving num- bers - that belonged to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse who had eight catches for 76 yards - but it was still a good showing. One uncertainty is Seattle's offensive line, which has a combination of veterans and rookies this year, including Drew Nowak, who hasn't start- ed an NFL game in three years and took over for Max Unger at center. The O-line couldn't stop the Rams' defense from recording six sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson. In a post-game interview, Seahawks of- fensive line coordinator Tom Cable said the O-line struggled in the begin- ning but "grew in those first 30 minutes of the game." Seattle's defense also W L FOOTBALL 0 t O: 0 :2.0 P~t~lState 14 4.000 2.0 0 2,0: W2, VOLLEYBALL N:D~o~ 043 : ~0~) 2~D 1-,0 1.0 W2 Team :~ L: :W:;: L N.M~ ~0 ,o0o 2-~ :14 t,0 W2 ~he~ey. 0; 3 C~P~y :0~e, O0 : 14 ii 0:.0 0 ::~ t, tO~'t~ ;000 1-I 1:.,1 $~,,..~a:~ 0.0 ~ooo 4.I 1-0. 0.I Lt ~aho Sta~: 54: .OOO 1,~ 9,UNI 1:1:14 :!0,~a 14: 21~ :'tO has new and experienced players, including "Le- gion of Boom" members Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Then there's safety Kam Chancellor who hasn't reported to play. Chancellor request- ed a new contract, one year into his four-year deal, and has opted to hold out until he gets it. While I understand he wants a better deal, his actions are counterpro- ductive. After Sunday's game, he lost $1.87 mil- lion in fines, forfeitures, and lost wages. Head coach Pete Carroll said continued from page 1 55th in 15:45.00. Slaugh- ter said coupled with the junior boys top-five finishers, which includes Jack Peabody, along with top freshmen finisher Tucker Cunningham, and extrapolated over the longer 5,000-meter course run league competition, a district championship race held today would have Cheney a close third behind East Valley and Pullman. "Our league, like we thought, is going to be super tight," Slaughter added. Another highlight for Slaughter was the six members of the freshmen boys team, who, led by Cunningham in 24th at 15:08.93, placed 13th out of 15 teams. The freshmen girls were also a highlight of the day for Moseley, who coached all three in middle school. Sara Nanny posted the high- est finish of any Cheney girl last Saturday, placing 12th, with Julia Gundlach in 14th and Megan Chris- tianson 26th. "It might only be three, but it's a studly three," Moseley said. The varsity girls placed ninth overall in team scoring with 206 points, ahead of 11th- place East Valley (240) but well back of fifth- negotiations between the team and Chancel- lor haven't progressed, though the Seahawks said they would move for- ward without him before the season started. Some critics think Chancellor may have the leverage he needs in negotiations if Seattle continues to lose, though that number pales in comparison to the number of fans who believe the Seahawks should cut ties with him. The question of Wil- son's contract status was answered before the start of the season. Wilson, place and defending GNL champion Pullman (152). Sophomore Han- nah Spakousky led the Blackhawks, finishing 30th in 16:57.40 while sophomore Brette Draper ran a "great race" in her first time on a cross coun- try course to finish 37th in 17:18.70. M0seley also praised first-time cross country runner Deja Williams, who hadn't been able to practice at long distances with the team due to the effects of smoke from regional wildfires had on her during preseason. Williams was the Black- hawks highest finisher in the girls combined race, placing 36th in 18:49.80. Both Cheney teams face a big test this week as the take on East Val- ley Wednesday at Plan- tes Ferry State Park in the Spokane Valley in the first league meet for both schools. The Black- hawks follow that with a trip to Hayden Canyon near Hayden Lake for the Coeur d'Alene Super One Invitational, Saturday. It's the first time Cheney has competed in the North Idaho meet, Slaughter said, and will be a chance "for runners to get out on a "true cross country course" over hilly terrain and dirt trails. John McCal- lum can be reached at who was on the last year of his rookie contract, and the Seahawks agreed to a four-year deal worth $87.6 million. Although some of his recent com- ments regarding his faith and personal life may have rubbed some fans the wrong way, Wilson is a great face for the team. Now it's time to see if he's worth the money. Then there's the up- coming schedule. Seattle is going to have tough road games against Green Bay, Cincinnati and Dallas. They should have easy wins against Chicago and Detroit. I would have said the same thing about San Francisco but the 49ers displayed a strong running game and defense in their win over Minnesota on Monday night. Some experts predict the Seahawks will make it to the postseason and win another NFC West title, but it may be an uphill battle if they want to make it to their third- consecutive Super Bowl. AI Stover can be reached at continued from page 1 found in the West Plains Scoreboard on page 4. "Almost everyone on the team that's run the course before PR'd," Blankenship said. A PR is a personal record for a runner. Medical Lake took 20 boys and 10 girls to the Highlander. This is the first race of the season for Medical Lake and if those num- bers continue i:o improve, "I think we're going to do exceptionally well," Blankenship said. Next up for the Car- dinals is the Super One Invitational in Coeur Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern M0stdental dentistry insurances with01d accepted fashioned includinRTricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AirwayHeightsFamilyDentist 9173W. SunsetHwy. 509-456-4220 d'Alene, and a possible early head,to-head meet- ing with Riverside. The Rams, top-ranked in the preseason polls, are one of the teams Blanken- ship said would be in the mix for the Northeast A League title. The Cardinals are No. 3 in the poll voted upon by cross country coaches in the state. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. 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