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Page 4 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, September27, 2012 Cardinals rally to top Riversid in wild Northeast A soccer o ner By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake broke out of a dry spell in a big way last Thursday scoring more goals in one game than they had in their previous four with a 6-4 Northeast A League girls' soc- cer victory over Riverside in the Cardinals' league opener. With senior defender/for- ward Sabrina Earle scoring the game's first three goals, and junior Brenda Stark scoring the last three, Medical Lake won its second straight game and improved to 1-0 in NEA play and 2-3 overall. "It was a wild one," Medical Lake head coach Zane Higgms said. "It was going back and forth but we managed to pull it out." Earle, who splits time be- tween defense and offense, but has been a scoring force as of late, scored just three minutes into the contest for a 1-0 ML lead. Then, after Riverside scored to take a 2-1 lead, Earle "It was a wild one. It was going back and forth but we managed to pull it out." Medical Lake head coach Zane Higgins was successful on a penalty kick in the 39th minute to tie the contest at the half. "We'd go up a goal and try to play a little defense, then they'd get the equalizer," Hig- gins said. According to Higgins, after the Rams edged ahead 3-2 in the 42nd minute, Earle scored on an assist from Stark in the 50th minute. "Brenda (Stark) and Sabrina (Earle) were doing well up top," Higgins said. "I wanted to put them up there together." And it worked out perfectly as after Earle scored her hat trick Stark went to work to pull the Cardinals into a 4-3 lead in the 55th minute. Riverside would tie it one final time at the 63rd minute before Stark won it with a goal in the 75th minute and connected again at 79 minutes. "We got some players who can put the ball in the net," Higgins said. But he regularly moves players around from offense to defense and back again. "They're kind of going back and forth," he said. "It would probably be a little more con- sistent if they were up there all the time, but there are times when we need stronger defense." Momentum plays a part in Higgins' lineup strategy. Riverside out shot Medi'- cal Lake 15 to 12 with Libbie Klettke making six saves. Medical Lake remained in NEA play, but did so on the road meeting Freeman this past Tuesday and Newport, Friday at 7 p.m. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake's Gracie Pruchnic and Riverside players eye the ball during last Thursday's Northeast A League soccer game won by Medical Lake 6-4. Medical Lake bre ks into win column for first time in 2012 by beating Liberty By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter It took six matches and a load of frustration but finally Medi- cal Lake broke through into the volleyball win column last Sat- urday. With the help of some coach- ing strategy the Cardinals ral- lied to defeat Liberty of the File photos Medical Lake's Am. arah Nicholson (left) set a school record for blocks. Becky Troutt (center) had 13 kills while Rachel Crofoot pitched in with 15 assists in the Cardinals' volleyball win over Liberty last Saturday. Bi-County 2B 3-1 at home. After dropping the first set in a big way 12-25, Medical Lake won the next three 25-21, 25-16, 25-22. "We got ourselves a win, we got ourselves a victory," an obviously happy head coach Julie Smith said. "It was quite exciting." In the Liberty win Rachel Crofoot had 15 assists and Becky Troutt added 13 kills. Amarah Nicholson also set a school record for blocks with nine. Smith said it was another 3- 0 non-league loss Thursday to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague that ap- peared to be the turning point. The Cards fell 23-25, 16-25 and 18-25 to the Broncos. Crofoot added eight assists while Troutt pitched in with six kills. "We got a little taste of it but it was bittersweet," she said. "We didn't let 7-10 points go by before we made another point, we would only let three or four go by and get it back." In the past they. might let three or four points get to them. But a series of mental toughness drills Smith had introduced into practice have hopefully helped develop a new mindset. "When you're not succeeding the confi- dence is hard to force." Smith would set a goal of scoring a certain number of points in a given time. If the team did not reach that goal thev did it over, and over. "It's that point where you break and say, 'OK you know what, we're going to do this now,'" Smith said. The mindset changed: "We have to snap out of it or we're going to have to endure this the rest of the season," Smith explained. "They made that decision that OK, we're going to fight, we're going to win, we're not going to let things happen to us." It was about a week ago Smith told her players: "No more Mister Nice Guy." The intensity of the practices would increase. "It's for your benefit even though you're not going to like some of it and you're not going to like some of the consequenc- es," Smith told her players. The Cardinals' opening set loss prompted Smith to stage what she called "a little pow- wow." Emerging from that session, Smith kept the lineup the same and something just clicked. Medical Lake reeled off three straight set victories. After a slow start where the teams traded points, Medical Lake got on a roll. The Cards played at Free- man this past Tuesday in a return to Northeast A League play and continue with a match at Newport tonight at 7 p.m. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Cardinals claim twin wins at Connell Invite CC By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter After Saturday's showing at the Connell Invitational cross country race there may not be many event organizers who choose to let Medical Lake race. Poor air conditions forced cancellation of the Seaport In- vitational in Clarkston last Sat- urday so the defending boys' champions of that event were left without a place to race. Some quick action by Cards' head coach Gene Blankenship landed his teams down US 395 where they promptly won both boys' and girls" 1A champion- ships on the 5,000-meter course. "The Cardinals had an ex- tremely good day," Blankenship said. "Not only did the boys' and girls' varsity teams both win the 1A varsity title, but they also both beat all the schools from all divisions." The ML girls won by a wide 30-91 margin over Zillah with host Connell third at 114. The boys had a little tougher time scoring a 36-55 win over Quin- cy. Josie Lonai .from McLoughlin High in Milton Freewater, Ore. paced the girls' side with a time of 20 minutes, 34.9 seconds, topping Medical Lake's Kelby Wegner who was a close second at 20:48.3; Sakaiya McCoy of Medical Lake was sixth at 21:23.2. With a time of 22:21 Kaylin Sattler finished 11th. Logo's Paul Ryan was the top finisher on the boys' side with a time of 16:11.2 with Medical Lake runners Micah Dingfield (17.0) and Zeb Klemke (17.09) round- ing-out the top three. Domenic Rehm was knocking on the door of the top-10 with a time of 18.00 in 11th. The JV boys also beat all the schools present and the JV girls came in second among all of the entrants. In addition, Medical Lake Middle School ran well, tak- ing first among the girls' teams and third in the boys' competi- tion. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdela~cheneyfreepress.com. U Phone and Internet Discounts Available to CenturyLink Customers The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission designated CenturyLink as an Elig!ble Telecommunications Carrier within its servme area for universal service purposes. CenturyLink's basic local service rates for residential voice lines are $8.90=$15.90per month and business services are $17.85.$31.80 per month. 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