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Section 2 October I, 2015 Cheney Free Press BI t ton to t'n GN By JOHN McCALLUM Editor cheney High's boys and girls cross country teams ran their respective Great Northern League records to 2-0 with wins over visiting Clarkston Sept. 23 over a revamped course at Salnave Park. The Blackhawk boys out paced the Bantams. for a 21-45 win while the Cheney girls landed seven runners in the top eight slots for a 19-61 win over the 5,000-meter course. Hannah'Spakousky was first for the Blackhawks girls, finishing with a time of 21 minutes, 54.5 seconds. Alecia Brooks was third overall in a time of 22:16.9, three seconds back of Clarkston senior Olivia Lane. Cheney senior Abby Hammermeis- ter was fourth overall in 22:19.6, and was followed by Brette Draper in fifth with a season-best 22:20.3 while Lexi Brooks wrapped up the Blackhawks scoring with a sixth-place finish in 22:41.9. Jolene Whiteley was seventh in 23"20.0"with Deja Williams eighth in 23:34.4. Drake Johnson led the Cheney boys, overtaking several runners about mid- way through the race to win in a time of Left to right, Alecia Brooks, Hannah Spakousky for the Cheney girls against Clarkston. Photo by John McCallum and Brette Draper lead the way 17:58.0. Matt Christianson was second in 18:20.5 and Kaleb Lerch completed Cheney's 1-2-3-finish by placing third in 18:22.7. Luke Huguenin turned in a sea- son-best 18:45.8 to finish fifth and Jack Peabody wrapped up the Blackhawks' scoring by finishing sixth in a time of 18:57.4. Tucker Cunningham's season's best time of 18:58.2 earned him a sev- enth-place finish while Ryan Axtell was ninth in 19:06.6 to put all seven Cheney varsity boys in the top-10 over the course that this year includes two passes over the undeveloped, uneven portion of Salnave southeast of the park's park- ing lot. Saturday both Blackhawks teams traveled to Portland, Ore. to compete in the Nike Portland XC, formerly the Nike Pre-nationals, run on the course at Portland Meadows Race Track. The meet featured 99 teams from the high schools and middle schools from Wash- ington, Oregon, Idaho, California and other parts of the U.S. Most Cheney athletes competing in the various divisions set new season best times for 5,000 meters. Lowering their times for the varsity boys were Johnson (16:36.63), Christianson (16:56.56), Lerch (17:24.41), Peabody (18:22.98) and Axtell (18:55.22). For the Cheney girls it was Spak- ousky (20:47.74), Hammermeister See CHS cross country page 4 ners new era Photo by AI Stover Cheney's Cade VanWormer (No. 22) attempts to break through the offensive line and sack Sunnyside quarterback Nice Valle. ml By AL STOVER On Cheney's first drive, a Sun- first quarter when Ty Graham score 21-20. Graham blocked Staff Reporter nyside defender intercepted a scored on a 45-yard rushing the extra point attempt to The Cheney High football pass from Blackhawks quarter- touchdown, followed by a prevent Sunnyside from tying team faced their toughest chal- backJosh Martin. The Grizzlies successful extra point to bring the game. lenge this season after a 28-20 Nico Valle had a 2-yard touch- the score 14-7. Graham would secure the nonleague Homecoming win down, followed by a successful In the second quarter Gra- Blackhawks' lead late in the over the previously unde- extra point to give Sunnyside ham had a two-yard TD. A fourth quarter after a 1-yard feated Sunnyside Grizzlies, a 14-0 lead. successful extra point tied the touchdown. He had 17 carries Sept. 25. "Right out of the gate we game 14-14. for 209 yards. Sunnyside took an early knew Sunnyside was going Cheney's offense contin- After shutting out oppo- lead afte.r capitalizing on the to be better than last year," ued their momentum in the nents like Colville and Lake, Blackhawks' mistakes. Re- Cheney head coach Bobby third quarter after Graham's land, Byrd said it was good covering a fumbled kickoff Byrd said. "They took advan- 77-yard touchdown, allowing for his team to face some return, the Grizzlies got on tage of a couple of sluggish Cheney to take the lead 21-14. adversity and have a chance the scoreboard after nmning plays on our part." Early in the fourth quarter, to "rise to the occasion,e back Fernando Cid'Reyes The Blackhawks' momen-Valle threw a scoring pass to scored a 20-yard touchdown, tum turned around late in the Anthony Herrera to bring the See CHS football page 4 ney volleyball on top of GNL standing Lady Blackhawks defeat they need to work on, specifically when they West Valley and Pullman have a big lead over their opponents. By AL STOVER in the GNL. stand- "Sometimes when Staff Reporter ings. we get big leads, we The Cheney High Cheney came in kind of sit back and volleyball team has with a lot of momen- wait to see what the found themselves in turn against West Val- other team does," Zor- a place they haven't ley. Game scores were rozua said. "This week been in a long time - 25-23, 20-25, 25-18 and we're working on try- at the top of the Great 25-16. ing to push and main- Northern League. Head coach Heath-fain that momentum After 3-1 wins over er Zorrozua said she whenwe have a strong West Valley, Sept. 22, saw some "great stuff" lead, rather than step and Pullman, Sept. 24, from her team in the back." the Lady Blackhawks West Valley match, asTaylor Gould led are now in first place well as some thingsthe match with14 kills. "This week we're working on trying to push and maintain that momentum when we have a strong lead, rather than step back." CHS head coach Heather Zorrozua Peyton Stark had a personal best with 35 assists and led the match with five serv- ing aces. Zorrozua commended Stark's efforts in the second match, as well as her stepping into the role of a team captain. "She's really stepped up her game," Zorrozua said. "Against West Val- ley, she showed she deserves to be in that leadership spot." On defense, Gould See Cheney VB page 4 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Jerry Dipoto. The Seattle Mariners announced, on Sept. 28, they hired Dipoto as the team's new general manager. He was officially: introduced at a press conference on Tues- day. Dipoto couldn't have come to the Mariners at a better time. He replaces Jack Zduriencik, who Se- attle fired in August. Zduriencik, led Seattle for seven seasons and while he enjoyed some success in 2009 and 2014, his seven-year plan to bring the team to the postseason failed. While initial reports had Seattle looking for a younger, more analytical candidate, president Kevin Mather was also looking for someone with experience and Dipoto fits the bill. In an interview, Dipoto said he was honored to be a member of the Seattle fran- chise and looks forward to the challenges that come with charting"a fresh course for the future of Mariners baseball." Dipoto spent the last three-and-a-half years with the Los Angeles Angels. He resigned in July after friction with manager Mike Scioscia. Issues between the two in- clude Scioscia's resistance to data prepared by Dipoto and his staff, and the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in 2012. Bill Stoneman, who was the Angels' general manager from 1999-2007, has been acting as interim GM since Dipoto's departure. During Dipoto's tinge with the Angels, the team went 89-73 in 2012 and 78-84 in 2013. Last season they ended 98-64, the best record in baseball that year, and captured an American League West division title. After a professional baseball career that lasted from 1993-2000, Dipoto's tenure in Major League front offices began in 2003 as a scout for the Boston Red Sox. He later became the scouting director for the Colo- rado Rockies, a team he pitched for from 1997-2000, and the Arizona Diamond- backs. He acted as the Diamondbacks interim general manager in 2010 after GM Josh Byrnes was let go in the midseason. Prior to Seattle hiring him, Dipoto was a consultant for the Red Sox. In a news release, Mariners president Kevin Mather said Dipoto's familiarity with Seattle was a "big plus" in his hir- ing. "During our conversations over the past few weekS, it became clear to me that he has a very solid understanding of our team and organization, both where we are and where we want to be," Mather said in the release. "And he has a strategy to get us there." Dipoto will have a lot on his plate now that he's in control of the Mariners' ship. His analytical nature and scouring experi- See Crunch Time page4