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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 1,2015 I 3 in Good newsis everyone emerges healthy for Cards By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter For Medical Lake the good take- aways from last Friday's 27-12 North- east A League loss to Deer Park at home on Hall of Fame Night were there were no injuries and the defense tightened up with its best effort since the season opener. While breaking into the win column for the first time this season would have been great for Cardinals head coach Wes Hobbs and his team, just keeping players healthy for another tough task this Friday where they take on Lakeside at Holliday Field at 7 p.m. is a small victory. "The lucky thing is we came out healthy," Hobbs said of his team that had lost starters from his two-dozen varsity players the past two Weeks. In addition, his defense, which in large part is also much of the offense in the single platoon system, shaved 20 points off the numbers they had given up against Colville in a 48-7 loss the previous week to one of the top-tier of the Northeast A League. "We came out and played good defense and were very competitive," Hobbs said. "Our kids really played hard, that's what we ask them to do." Dante Myers one and only carry on the night for 17 yards put the Stags ahead 7-0 with 6 minutes, 32 seconds to play in the opening quarter. The Cardinals answered when Brayden Hale caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cory Wagner with 3:21 to play, mak- ing it a 7-6 game. But Tyson Lira's 85-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff, revealed the common thread that has woven its way through Medical Lake football so far Medical Lake's dalyn Musser gets added this season -- giving up big plays. That Park. sent Deer Park (2-2) to the locker room at halftirne ahead 14-6. Of the Stags' two Wagner's 32-yard run on the fol- losses, both have come to 2A teams East lowing Medical Lake possession closed Valley and Cheney. the scoring. Wagner, who doubles as Medical Lake was not without its op- a defensive back, had an opportunity portunities in the closing seconds. "Right in the third quarter to trim the deficit before halftime we dropped a couple (of when he returned an intercepted pass passes) in the end zone," Hobbs said. 28 yards to the Stags' 29 but the drive Dean Lockwood, who led all rushers stalled. with a Z%carry, 155-yard night, also did "Cory played his rump off on both darnage from the air as he caught a Tysen sides of the football, I mean he's just Jorgensen pass for 10 yards with 4:33 to unbelievable," Hobbs said. Wagner play in the third to make it 20-6.1_Dckwood threw for 152 yards, a touchdown and later scored his second touchdown with had no interceptions. 7:50 to play in the game on a 5-yard run. The tasks do not get any easier. Contributed photo by Larry Petersen yardage in a kickoff return versus Deer "We're doing three out of the four bigs - the upper tier (NEA) teams - and it's just the luck of the draw that we have three in a row," Hobbs said. "So now we've got to face another one." Medical Lake (0-4) will duel with Lakeside (3-1) and talented quarterback Cameron Gay who threw for 172 yards, three scores and was singled out for his effort last Friday in the Eagles 54-7 win over Newport with a KREM TV "Play of the Week." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheney freepress.com. inal p pair of volleyball mat By PAUL DELANEY . other another three-set statistics were available Staff Reporter contest last Thursday at for the Cardinals. The Medical Lake Newport 25-20, 25-12 and At Newport (2-2, 3-3) High School volleyball 25-10. the Cardinals showed out of the hole we built team completed the week "Lakeside is a great some early stretches of for ourselves." with a pair of losses in team," Medical Lake progress in the first set Taylor Fritz had six Northeas.t A League head coach Karl Knowl- before losing by five kills and a pair of blocks play. ton wrote in an email, points, but faded in the for Medical Lake while On Sept. 22 the Car- "They have consistent final two. Hadley Stratton led New- dinals were defeated 3-0 setters and some great "We played a great port with 17 kills. Katie (25-14, 25-6 and 25-7) on outside hitters." first game against New- Kepner alsohad six assists the road by Lakeside (4-0 Olivia Mikkelsen port, we really battled for the Cardinals. Northeast A, 4-0 overall) had12 assists and five against them," Knowlton Knowlton said the and then dropped an- aces for the Eagles, butno said. "During the sec-team has made the nec- Eagles rally for 28-20 win, stay perfect at Sac State ond and third game we essary adjustments at lost our momentum and practice to get back on didn't know how to gettrack, trying to keep up the energy and momentum they exhibited early Versus Newport. Medical Lake (0-4) had just one contest this week, Oct. I at Riverside (0-4) and Knowlton is interested to see if adjustments that have been made in practice have paid off. "I'm excited for this week's games and see- ing if the changes and im- provements we have made are being implemented," Knowlton said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@che freepress, com. FROM STAFF AND Baldwinsaid."Ididn'tthink Sac State included a pair NEWS SERVICE there was a single aspect of of three-and-outs, and a REPORTS the game we were doingmuffed punt that was re- Once again the EasternbetterY covered by Eastem's Alek Washington offense put Until the second half Kacmarcik. The Eagles fin- up stunning numbers and that is when Eastern's de- ished with a 594 to 359 edge again the Eagles emerged fense shutout Sac State (0-1, in total offense and in the from their trip to Sacramen- 1-3)andoutscoK dthehosts second half Eastern had a to State with a 28-20 win. 21-0. huge 361-68 advantage. But it was the Eastern That scoring burst in-Other notable numbers defense that came up big duded a 98-yard pass play camefromWestwhobroke in the second half of the Big from Jordan West to Kend- a school record with 491 Sky Conference openingrick Bourne that started the passing yards and Cooper game for each team andrally and cut the deficit to Kupp who set the all-time saw the Eagles (1-0 Big 20-14. Bourfle's catch and school and league records Sky, 2-2 overall) rally from run was a yard shy of the for career touchdown re- a 20-7 halftime deficit keep school record of 99 yards ceptions with a pair of ing their record at Hornets set in 1994 when Jason An- scores that gives him 47 in Stadium a perfect 12-0. derson caught a pass from three seasons. "We were being out-Todd Bernett. The previous passing coached and out-played,"The first four posses- mark was 486 yards, also EWU head coach Beau signs of the second half for set by Bernett in 1994 ver- sus Montana. The previous TD record was 46 by Eric Kimble from 2002-05. The No. 9 ranked Eagles have this week off to help heal a wide variety of in- juries before their Oct. 10 home game against Cal- Poly. Contributed photo by Don Gronning/Newport Miner Medical Lake's Mollee Gray bumps the ball at Newport last Thursday. 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