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00[L00Wmllllllll[llm00lll/00 ' ltLlllllUimllt00l]Ul00000000ll,lW1 r Thursday September 24 2009 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 Springberry and Holland lead Blackhawks at Highlander Invitational By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Junior Nash Springberry and freshman Sanne Holland led Cheney's cross country teams with top-5 finishes at the annual High- lander Invitational at Shadle Park in Spokane last Saturday. Holland finished just behind Mead's Baylee Mires with a time of 14 minutes, 49 seconds, to capture second place for the Blackhawks varsity girls, helping lead the team to a seventh-place finish out of 18 teams overall. Fellow freshman Kendall Dunn was 30th with a time of 16:21, with seniors April Batchelor and Shelby Maurer finishing 42nd and 79th with times of 16:31 and 17:11. Sophomore Aime Zachman was 85th in a time of 17:17 to wrap up the Hawks scoring. Junior Savan- nah Phelan (17:42) finished 99th while senior Emily Stralser finished 110th (18:16) out of 135 girls in the varsity race Junior Sarah Benzel finished 10th out of 196 runners in the girls combined race with a time of 17:41, while Anika Kuula turned in a time of 19:06 for 25th out of 78 in the freshmen girls race In boys competition, Spring- berry finished third in the junior boy's race with a time of 13:05 to lead the Hawks' juniors team to a fourth-place finish out of 14 teams overall. Jacob Mager was 19th with a time of 13:52; while Aaron Bren- ton finished 41st (14:33), Ian Kuula 50th (14:47) and Tom Sexton 59th (15:21) out of 129 runners to wrap up the junior team scoring. Devon Poulsen was 21st of 147 runners with a time of 14:24 to lead Cheney's sophomore boys, with Tom Orth-Hall posting a time of 14:44 for 56th out of 112 to lead the senior boys, and Corey Klotz-Brooks finishing 31st out of 107 with a time of 15:37 to lead Cheney's freshmen team. Hawks head coach Jay Martin was pleased with the performances of his runners on Saturday at Shadle's revamped 2.5-mile course.j The varsity girls seventh place fin- ;neney qualifies 15 for district competition By JOHN McCALLUM Editor While the Cheney girls swim- ming team got off to a rocky start in dual meet action last week, their post-season opportunities are al- ready looking promising. The Blackhawks dropped their first three dual meets of the season, a close,90-781oss on Sept. 15 at hotne against always strong Pullman, and a double-dual meet Thursday in E1- lensburg against the Bulldogs and a resurgent Clarkston team, 189'79 and 100-71: Seniors Rachel Babcock and Rachel Edwards, along with fresh- man Andrea Felice, led the Hawks Tuesday against Pullman Babcock grabbed first place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 free with times of 2 minutes, 17.13 sec- onds and 1:0231 Edwards won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:11.76, and was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:36.29. Felice turned in a surprising 28.56 seconds time to capture first in the 50 free, and finished was second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:26.22. Sophomore Heather Spall brought home second in the 500 free with a time of 6:27.47, and senior Elle Britton finished second in the 100 back with a time of 1:26.75. Cheney's 200 freestyle relay team of Katie Shea, Babcock Britton and Katie Grime touched the wall first against the Hounds in a time of 2:05.22. First-year head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said the meet with the Hounds was very close, going back and forth with neither team manag- ing a lead larger than two points. The teams were knotted at 69 before Pullman notched first-place finishes in the final two events to seal their The biggest accomplishment for the Hawks Thursday, Hochwalt said, was the qualifying of 15 swim- mers for disti'ict competition Oct. 30-31 in Ellensburg. The biggest challenge for Cheney right now is tae flu. Hochwalt said she has hdd half of her team win. out due to illness, as have other eriey hdd tw6 oeiall first place finishes Thursday against E1- lensburg and Clarkston. Edwards swam a 2:32:25 for first in the 200 IM, and Felice captured first in the 50 free with a time of 28.10. ish came behind 4A schools Davis (6th), Mead, Wenatchee, Central Valley (third at 4A state in 2008), Richland (seventh at 4A in 2008) and meet champion Shadle Park, who Marlin said is ranked 15th in a national cross country poll. The junior boys finished behind Mt. Spokane (sixth at 3A state in 2008), Lewis and Clark and cham- pion University, currently ranked 10th in the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association's Sept. 14, 4A poll. "But gosh, we beat Ferris, Rich- land, Walla Walla and Mead, so that's pretty fun," Martin added. Ferris is ranked No. I in the current WSCCA 4A poll. Martin said his team is pretty healthy right now, with most run- ners nursing a few "owies" as the Hawks prepare for their next meet, Saturday's West Valley Invitational at Plantes Ferry State Park. Compet- ing for the varsity boys, based on Highlander times, will be Spring- berry, Mager, Brenton, Poulsen, Orth-Hall, Kuula and Tully Kerr, with Holland, Dunn, Batchelor, Maurer, Zachman, Benzel and Phel- an to make up the girls' squad. The boys will be taking a top-10 ranking with them into the meet, coming in at No. 4 in the WSCCA's Za, poll. Martin said he expects some pretty good competition, since both the 2A and 4A district competition will be held at Plantes Ferry in late October, and many teams will want to get a preview of the course. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com Lady Hawks open GNL play with losses By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney's volleyball team showed a little rust in it's Great Northern League openers last week, but by week's end, second- year head coach Cassie Hare was feeling better about knocking that rust off. The Lady Hawks dropped both of their matches, a 3-1 loss at home against Riverside in the season-opene r, and a 3-1 setback in their first road tilt Thursday at ColviUe. Cheney came out strong against the Lady Rams (2-1, 1-1); taking big, early leads before holding on for a 26-24 win in game one. But after that, the Lady Hawks were victimized by the play of Riverside setter/outside hitter Joni Nagy. Hare said the senior took con- 'trol of the match with an all- around performance, helping the Lady Rams capitalize on Cheney service errors and key hitting misses and leading her team to 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17 wins to take the match. Nagy led the match in kills and digs with 13 and 16.' "I feel like when you have a strong team, six on the court, that shouldn't happen," Hare said of Nagy's performance. "They didn't necessarily beat us as much as we I' beat otzrsetres . ' "' .......... : .... Hawks teams, and hopes she ! Millie H61y led Cheney in kills have enough ready for Saturday's with 11. Sayde Davis led the match pentathlon at Central Washington with19assists, Shaley Ham had11 University in Ellensburg. digs and three aces, Janae Olson John McCallum can be reached at had 11 digs, Alexa Mason three jmac@cheneyfreepress.com aces and Marinna Houff three aces and a pair of blocks. Overall Cheney had 35 kills against 31 errors in 113 attempts for a .035 hitting percentage. All of those improved two days later on the road against the Lady Indians (2-1, 2-0). Hare said Colville obviously used its loss to Cheney in the Lake!and Invitational to fuel their desire to knock off the Lady Hawks in their season-opener, winning the first two games, 26-24 and 25- 23. Cheney played "awesome" in game three, Hare said, showing more of what they are capable of in the 25-22 win before falling 25-19in the fourth and final game. Ham and Mason led Cheney in kills and digs with six and 16 each. Davis had 13 assists, Ashley Rohner and Ryen Pilialoha each had an ace, and Ham and Houff both recorded six blocks. The Lady Hawks were missing the services of Olson and Alyssa Bray, both out due to illness. Hare said their only goal going into the Colville match was to com- pete and play well, no matter what the outcome. The stats indicate they achieved that. Cheney notched 26 kills compared with 17 errors on 98 attempts for a .091 hitting percentage. "Even though we didn't come out on top it was nice to know we were in it," Hare said: The differ- ence, she added, was that some Of those errors came at crucial points in the match. The Lady Hawks continue league play with two matches this week, at home against West' Valley (1-1,1-1) on Tuesday and at Medical Lake (0-3, 0-2) on Thurs- day. Hare said both matches are winnable, if she has enough play- ers for a good rotation. Hare said they had a good practice Monday, but three play- ers are out with the flu, two of whom she considers starters, depending upon how the Lady Hawks match up against oppo- nents. While she wants her team to play well, and come out win- ners, ultimately right now, the goal may be just to survive the flu bug and get healthy. "The only thing I want from my girls is to come out and com- pete," Hare said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com For individuals living in a CenturyTel service area, please call 800.201.4099 or visit www.centurytel.com/lifeline to find out if you qualify for the Lifeline and Link-Up discmts Information about the DTV wansition is available at www,DTV.gov or 1-888-I)TV-2009. CEN00t personal touch  advanced communications 0000UrlSTA