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27,2012 Thursday, September 27, 2012 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 luck and officiatin dooms ney football team at Pullman By JOHN McCALLUM Editor It's tough to play two on one, let alone three on one. That's what the Cheney football team must have been thinking on the bus ride home last Friday from Pullman. Not only did the Blackhawks face the Greyhounds on the field, but they also battled the of- ficials and some ill-timed errors, the last coming late in the game when the snap on a punt sailed over Cheney punter Theo Petropoulos head and through the end zone for a safety, sending Pullman to a 22-20 Great Northern League win. For head coach Jason Williams, the penalties - several of which he said re- view of game film showed to be question- able - proved to be Cheney's undoing, negating scores and sustaining Pullman drives that appeared to flounder. Five of Chenev's 11 penalties were personal foul calls while a Blackhawks' fumble and a punt block, both deep in Cheney territory, led to a pair of short Pullman touchdown runs. "Ultimately they (officials) took the game over," Williams said. "It was brutal. I've never been around anything like that." Offensively the Blackhawks had success moving the ball against the Greyhounds, especially on the ground. Eric Igbinoba gave Cheney the early 7-0 lead on a 54-yard run and Petropoulos Contributed photo by Terry Mills Cheney running back Marq uis Allen finds his path blocked by a host of Greyhounds during last Friday night's game at Pullman. capped another drive with a 44-yard field goal putting Cheney up 10-7 in the second quarter. With Pullman backed up near their goal line, Cameron Schlotter stripped the ball from a Greyhounds runner and Masen McCormick fell on the ball in the erfd zone giving Cheney a 17-7 halftime lead. But in the third quarter the Black- hawks began seeing the writing on the wall regarding breaks. Cheney's defense forced Greyhounds' quarterback Justin Cillay to scramble outside the pocket on a pass play, throw- ing a pass Blackhawks' defensive back Marquis Allen picked off and returned. But as Allen was being tackled, a flag was thrown and much to Williams' and his coaches surprise, it wasn't for a block in the back or clip, but for a roughing the passer call on Cheney that kept Pullman's drive alive. "Ultimately they (offi- The Greyhounds cials) took the game over. eventually drove to the Cheney two, It was brutal. I've never and after failing to been around anything like convert a fourth and that." goal, appeared to turn the ball over. Cheney head coach Jason Williams But, the Blackhawks Were called for a personal foul and Pull- man punched the ball in from the 1 to cut Cheney's lead to 17-13. On the Blackhawks next drive Austin Kautzman wheeled off a 70-yard TD run, only to have it called back by a holding call. Petropoulos eventually extended Cheney's lead to 20-13 with a 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Cheney appeared to have Pullman stopped on their final drive, but a pass interfer- ence call on a ball thrown way over the intended receiver's head extended the series, capped by Cillay's TD pass tying the game arid eventually leading to the safety. Pullman outgained Cheney in total yards 289 to 266, with Cillay's running and passing accounting for all but 12 yards. Williams said his team had their share of "game changers," but were hurt by breakdowns that came at bad times. "That's been our score right now," he said. "Every time we've had a mistake, it's cost us." Cheney falls to 1-3 overall, 0-1 in the GNL. Williams said his team isn't in panic mode, but it's hard to main- tain a positive ap- proach after games like Pullman (3-1, 1-0). Cheney has an opportunity to re- group this week without the pressure of having the results count in league by traveling to Sandpoint to face the Bulldogs of Idaho's 4A Inland Empire League. Sandpoint (1-3) earned its first victory with a 19-14 win over 3A Timberlake last Friday, and features an I-formation offensively while employing a lot of blitzes and stunts defensively from its linebackers. "Ultimately I think we'll be all right if we just go out and finish," Williams said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Injuries and predictable hooting hand Lady Hawk soccer losses By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Last week was one of those weeks for the Cheney girls' soc- cer team. Not only did they come up on the short end of the win col- umn in both games, the short- handed Lady Hawks lost two more players to injury, giving them a total of four on the side- lines because of concussions. Cheney lost 4-3 in a shootout in non-league action to Ephrata o the Central Washington Ath- letic Conference, and then fell 5-2 in Great Northern League play to East Vallev. And while injuries played a part, it was the recurring bugaboo of allowing early goals that concerns head coach Nels Radtke about his team as well. Ephrata got on the board first with a goal in the third minute Tuesday, with Cheney answering eight minutes later when Jaisa Holland found Chae Brown for a goal tying the game. It stayed tied into the second half where goals in the 43rd and 48th minute gave the visiting Tigers a 3-1 margin. But the Lady Hawks played what Radtke felt was some of their best soccer over the next 20-25 minutes, dominating the game in time and possession Brown's unassisted goals in the 64th and 75th minute brought Cheney back and sent the game into overtime, where Radtke said his players were feeling confident they could pull out a win. Unfortunately that didn't materialize as neither team scored in the two, five-minute frames and the Tigers prevailed 4-3 in the shootout. Cheney out shot Ephrata 12-9 with goalkeeper Montana Andrews making six saves. During the contest the Lady Hawks also lost the services of defender/midfielder Ashlyn Martin and midfield,/forward Kendyl Cone because of con- cussions. They join senior mid- fielder/forward Carlie Fox and defender Morgan Thueson on the sidelines with head injuries, forcing Radtke to call up three players from the junior varsity squad for Thursday's East Val- ley game. Against the Lady Knights Cheney again found itself down early, trailing 1-0 just three minutes in. In the eighth minute Sarah Fix sent a free kick into the 18-yard box where Holland possessed the ball, turned and floated a shot into the back of the net tying the score. Cheney took a 2-1 lead five minutes later when defender Haley Dixon's ball got behind the EV back line and Brown tracked it down, dribbled in close and crossed a shot into the left corner of the net. East Valley tied the game in the 16th minute, which is where it stayed until four minutes into the second half when the Lady Knights scored the first of three goals - the others in the 64th and 72nd minutes - to seal their win. East Valley outshot Cheney 12-6 to earn its first league win, 1-3 and 2-5 overall, with An- drews making seven saves. Cheney drops to 2-1 in league play and 3a4 overall. Being short-handed hurt last week, especially against East Valley, Radtke said, but added the Lady Hawks got some good play from the three JV players called up, especially midfielder Abby Hammermeister. The Lady Hawks have to stop giving up early goals, at the beginning of each half, Radtke said, as well as be more inven- tive with their shots. Several one-on-one opportunities in both games came up short be- cause the Cheney player's shot went right at the goalkeeper instead of into a corner. "Getting past the defenders is the hard part, just find the corners," he said. Cheney has a busy week with three games over five days, beginning with a road game at league title contender West Val- ley (3-1, 4-1) Tuesday, followed by home games against an im- proved Clarkston squad (2-2, 3- 2) Thursday and league-leader Pullman (3-0, 5-1) Saturday. Radtke expects to have one, and possibly two of his injured players back as well. games for us but it's wins we need to get back on track," Radtke said. "I can't fault their effort against Ephrata and East Valley, they played hard. We -just need to play smart. Smart and hard " John McCallum can be reached at "It will be a tough three ]mac@cheneyfreepress.com. Blackhawks"swimmers nab three first places finishes at Clarkston :ate. Inc. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney girls swimming team continued to show improve- ment in their lone dual meet last week. The Blackhawks notched their first individual event wins of the season last Thursday in Clarkston, even though Cheney came away with a loss to the Bantams. The score was not available at press time due to "incorrect scoring," but head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said the Bantams scored suffi- ciently to still get the win. Kaylie Geschke, Brittany Mey- er and Kaylie Watters all touched the wall first in at least one indi- vidual event. Geschke was first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 39.34 seconds, with Meyer first in the 100 butterfly in 1:24.82 and Wat- ters first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.29. Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection . System inspection for home sale License #602872994 cheneyseptie@g mall.corn vccav.oneneysep~le.com Second place finishes went to Erin Moseley in the butterfly (1:24.94), Katie Shed in the 100- freestyle (1:06.89) and Geschke in the 500 free (6:03.29). Takin~ third was Sophie Schwalbe i[~ the 200 free (2:33.28) and the 50I) free (6:51.39), Watters in the 50 free (29.26) and Meyer in the 100 backstroke (1:26.91). The 200 freestyle relay team of Shed, Meyer, Geschke and Watters shaved 1.3 seconds off their time against Ellens- burg Sept. 13 to take second at Clarkston while the 400 A team of Watters, Geschke, Shed and Schwalbe dropped 4.28 seconds for second against the Bantams. The 200-medley team of Kora Wevers, Samantha Ab- bott, Meyer and Kierra Heiydt was third in 2:36.27 while the 400-relay B team of Moseley, -Wevers, Heiydt and Abbott was third in 5:13.13. "Pretty much everybody dropped times in one event and about half in two events so that was exciting," Hochwalt said. The swimmers have been competing in their strongest events so far this season, but that is going to change at this Saturday's meet with West Valley-Yakima, moved from Cheney's home pool at Eastern Washington University to Li- ons Pool in Yakima due to the Eagles' football game with the OPEN: University of Montana Hoch- walt said she's going to move swimmers around against the Rams to see how they perform in new events. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@chenevfreepress.com. Photo by John McCallum Jaisa Holland (2) sends a kick back over her shoulder against East Valley.