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Page 4 Section 2 Free Press Blackhawks runners easily Thursday, October 4, 2012 out-distance Pullman in GNL meet By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Smoke from regional wild- fires limited action for Cheney's cross country teams to one meet last week, a relatively easy pair of wins Wednesday over visit- ing Pullman. The Blackhawks' boys fin- ished in the top nine spots - only five to score - in down- ing the Greyhounds 15-50 in a combined varsity/junior varsity race while the girls tightened up their gaps among the varsity seven en route to a 20-38 win on the home turf at Salnave Park. Cheney was to have traveled to Yakima Satur- day for the Sunfair Invitational, but smoke from wildfires burn- ing to the west postponed the meet to Oct. 6. Kyle Lerch and Corey Klotz- Brooks led the boys' team, going sub-17 minutes for the first time this season in a 1-2 finish, Lerch first in 16:51 and Klotz-Brooks eight seconds behind in 16:59. Nick Steel was third in 17:10, Jesse Hallstrom fourth at 17:23 and Steaven Zachman fifth in 17:28 to wrap up Cheney's scoring. "Having two of our guys get under 17 was an accomplish- ment," head coach Jay Martin said. Derek Denenny and Matt Duray were sixth and seventh at 17:31 and 17:53 concluding the varsity results, while JV runners Kameron Galm and Andrew Horton finished eighth and ninth, with Pullman fresh- man Matt Winchell 10th to get the Greyhounds on the board. Sanne Holland led the Cheney girls, easily outdistanc- ing the field by 50 seconds for first in 19:32 Mariah Brenton was second in 20:42 with Kelsey I Photo by John McCallum Nick Steele is all focus and concentration as he Crosses the agz Sch six Pan J sixt finish line Wednesday nst Pullman. cendiman fourth in 21:01, ~econds back of Pullman's Lela Henderson. ohanna Sherman finished i in 21:58 with Anika Kuula completing the girls' scoring in seventh at 22:02. Mattie Mc- Nair was eighth in 23:00 with Vanessa Fricker 13th in 24:10 to wrap up Cheney's varsity results. Martin said the girls had a more "solid finish" last week than they did the week before against Deer Park and East Valley. "I thought we started to look a little bit more like a team," he said of both squads. The wins gave both Cheney teams 2-1 records in Great Northern League competi- tion. Even though the Sunfair postponement sidelined the Blackhawks teams last week- end, one runner managed to hit a competitive cross country course. Holland traveled to Pasco for the Bulldog Invitational Saturday, placing second in a varsity field that featured run- ners from 37 teams among all six Washington classifications. The senior turned in her best 3.1-mile time so far this sea- son, 18:57.6, finishing just 5.5 seconds behind winner Megan Beauchene of Kamiakin. While the Sunfair Invita- tional has been rescheduled for this Saturday, the Blackhawks have other plans. Originally scheduled to compete in the Bullpup Invitational at Finch Arboretum, Martin said they will instead travel to Richland for the 63-team Richland Invi- tational. "We'll see some west side schools, and get more bodies out there," he added. Cheney also traveled to Colville Tuesday for a league meet with the Indians and West Valley, results next week. John McCallu m can be reached at jmac@chenevfreepress.com. Cheney girls' soccer shows si By JOHN McCALLUM Editor In the midst of a five- game losing streak, new Cheney girls' soccer head coach Nels Radtke thinks he sees signs of a turn- around of fortune. The Lady Hawks played with ir~tensity and spirit Satur- day against visiting Pull- man, despite surrender- ing two, second half goals in the 2-0 loss to the Great Northern League-leading (6-0, 9-1, 18 points) Grey- hounds. "We fought hard and that's a big thing for us," Radtke said. For the second straight game the Lady Hawks didn't fall victim to a bugaboo that has plagued them most of the season, falling behind by giving up early goals in each half. Neither Pull- man nor Cheney scored in the first 40 minutes, but in the 58th minute the Greyhounds' Laura Guido found the back of the net and 11 minutes later teammate Becky Bir- chett scored an insurance goal in the win. Neither team had many shots on goal, five each, with Cheney goal- keeper Montana Andrews making three saves. "We had some nice opportunities," Radtke said. "If we could've put one away early, it would've changed the game." It was a somewhat similar story Thurs- day at hom. CIarkston (4-2 11 points). Ag~ team scored in played first ha time it was Ch ing first blood In the 58ti forward Ch~ tracked down ball over the gn of turnaround despite three losses ,' against 5-2, third in, neither an evenly if, but this ,'ney strik- minute, e Brown a through ~ady Ban- tams defense ,~nd essen- tially kicked i~ between the legs of tt~e charg- ing goalkeeper for the score. But agai~ the Lady Hawks had a Bit of a let down and an improved Clarkston squ~d capital- ized with a gpal in the 62nd minute. / The score s~ayed tied through regulation and both five-mir time periods, Lady Hawks' mettle tested in t Wins over West Valley, Clarkston and ck to Pullman keep Cheney in the playoff mi: ute over- culminat- ing in a shootout won by Clarkston 5-4 for the 2-1 win. Cheney out shot Clarkston 7-5 with An- drews making four saves, along with a stop in the shootout. The week opened with a 4-2 Cheney loss at West Valley (5-1, 7-1, second 15 points) as the Lady Eagles' goals in the second and 22nd minutes of the first hall and one minute into the second half proved to be enough, adding the fourth score in the 50th minute. Brown again accounted for all of Cheney's scoring, getting a goal in the 29th minute on an assist from Katy McNair and in the 63rd minute with an assist from Jaisa Holland. West Valley out shot Cheney 14-4 with An- drews making eight saves. Radtke said the fact the Lady Hawks didn't give up any early goals against Clarkston and Pullman is a good sign. What the team needs now are a couple more scorers to take the load off Brown, who is get- ting double- and some- times triple-marked "We need somebody to step up," Radtke said. "We have the poten- tial, but we're not there yet." Cheney (2-4, 3-6, fifth 7 points) has an oppor- tunity this week to break their losing streak and get some momentum "When yot 15 things haF Lowe said. didn't have ti recover. Cheney pl offensively a sively all wee the Greyhoun going. The Lady Hawks have home games with Deer Park (1-5, 2-7 sixth 3 points) Tuesday and last-place Colville (0-6, 1-7 0 points) Thursday. Both of Cheney's league wins came against the two northern schools and Radtke sees it as an opportunity for his team, which is still miss- ing two players who could provide the Lady Hawks some help on the field, Morgan Thueson and Ashlyn Martin. "I think thev're (Deer Park, Colville) coming at a good time for us," Radtke said. John McCal- lum can be reached at j mac@cheneyfreepress. com. hree Great Northern League matches se loss )nly go to pen fast," "We just m time to ayed well ad defen- K. Against ds (4-2, 5- By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The best way to sum up last week for the Cheney volleyball team is to let head coach Brianne Lowe do the talking. "This whole week was a fighting week for Us, be- ing up, being down this was a good week for the girls," Lowe said Monday. "If we had only beaten Pullman, it would have been a perfect week." And the Lady Hawks came close, fighting back from a 0-2 hole to force a fifth and deciding game with the visiting Grey- hounds Saturday, losing 15-13 in the end to the Great Northern League's third-place team. The loss capped a week where the Lady Hawks may have found their mettle, battling to beat a deter- mined West Valley team in five sets Tuesday, and getting a rare win against Clarkston Thursday in four games. Cheney rallied from a 24-21 deficit before los- mg game one to Pullman 29-27, going down 0-2 with a 25-19 loss in game two. It forced a moment of decision for Lowe and company -- fold or fight? "The girls fought and came out with ven- geance," Lowe said. Cheney cruised to an 18-8 lead in winning game three 25-16, and then hung on for a 25-22 win in game four. In the deciding game, a Pull- man scoring run midway through the game was too much for the Lady Hawks to overcome. 2) Lauren Puy~ar had 14 kills, Ashley S~iler 11 and Liz Gill nine had a respec hitting percen Kinsey Pe~ assists and Ke ts Cheney table .256 7age. Lse had 22 ndall Case operated ~et. Pease ,~s and Gill iler had 19 20 as Cheney out of a 6-2 also had six ac added five. Se digs, Puyear 118 and Gill 15 while Seiler~nd Pease each had four ~ces. Thursday|at home against Clarkston (1-5) the Lady Ha~vks again fell behind ~arly, los- | mg game one 25-22. But after that Cheney began each of the next three games with early runs and kept building from there to win in convinc- ing fashion, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14. Seiler had 19 kills while Gill had 10 and Puyear and Pease sev- en each. Case made 37 assists. Gill, Case and Kimber Case each had a pair of aces. A telling match stat may be in digs, where Pease had 21 while Seiler and Gill each had 12. Lowe said a number of those digs ended up as points for Chenev. "We stepped it up defensively," she said. "I think it was the first time the girls saw that when we make a defen- sive pl'ay, we can get something out of it." Seiler also added a pair of blocks. The Lady Hawks committed just 11 errors in 121 attempts for a 297 hitting per- centage. Tuesdav's match at West Valley (1-5, 1-6) was again a battle as Cheney won game one 25-20, but then lost the next two 25-23 and 27- 25. The Lady Hawks won game four 25-20, and with good serving built a 6-1 lead en route to winning game five 15-5. Seiler led in kills with 21, Gill 17, Puyear 10 and Pease seven as Cheney hit an impres- sive .365. Pease had 26 assists, operating out of a single-setter, 5-1 of- fense, along with three aces. Puyear had 11 digs with Madison Risley three blocks. Cheney is fourth in the GNL with a 3-3 re- cord heading into the second round of league play this week, hosting fifth-place Deer Park (1-5, 2-6) Tuesday and fourth-ranked, unbeaten league leader Colville (6-0, 8-0) Thursday. Having seen everyone once, Lowe has plenty of video to determine what worked and what didn't - as does every other coach in the GNL. "It's going to be which teams makes the best adjustments during the match," she said. Cheney also takes part in the annual Spo- kane Crossover Tourna- ment. The Lady Hawks are in a four-team pool at Shadle Park, open- ing Friday at 7:30 p.m. against CV, followed by a 10 a.m. game Saturday with West Valley-Ya- kima and wrapping up against Colton before moving to double elimi- nation play. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress com. Mitchell' s We Honestly Care! 116 W. 1st, Cheney, WA-