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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 8, 2015 I 3 il Photo by Paul Delaney Jacob Dingfield (left) and Mason Williams (right) from Medical Lake were 1-2 and setting the pace early in last Wednesday's Northeast A League cross country meet with Deer Park and Colville. Williams went on to be the top boy's finishe with Dingfield sixth. By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter The first of consecutive big cross country showdowns for Medical Lake turned out to be a relative dud last Wednesday when Deer Park cruised to easy wins in both boy's and girl's competition. Deer Pfark's boys scored a 22- 42 win over Medical Lake while the Lady Stags had an equally easy time of it, winning 24-49. Medical Lake did score twin wins over Colville, however with the boys winning 42-61 and the girls collecting a 49-56 victory. "We definitely under achieved, other than Mason (Williams)," Cardinals head coach Gene Blan- kenship said. The biggest loss on the day might not have come on the score- board, however. Senior Jacob Dingfield might be out of action for the next couple of weeks with a calf injury. Blankenship said he had heard a rumor that his solid No. 2 runner might have been ailing but when asked, Dingfield said he was OK. Williams, a sophomore, breezed to a 34-second individ- ual win in the boy's competition, clocking a time of 17 minutes, 14 seconds to runner-up, Deer Park junior Cody Bollum's 17:48. But Bollum led a string of his Stags" teammates across the finish line on the 5,000 meter Medical Lake course as Deer Park collected slots 2-5. Dingfield was still sixth in a time of 18:15. "He wanted to do so well, he's been training hard and he didn't want me to back him off," Blankenship said. "All in all we just did not run very good," Blankenship added. It was, however, not for lack of effort, he said. "We just did not have the race we should have had and Deer Park beat us solid, that's all there is to it." four of the first seven finishers cross the finish line. Moriah Duenich from Deer Park was the top girl's finisher at 19:52 with ML's Mariah Kroeze sixth at 22:47. Freshman Jenavieve Cogswell (23:54) and junior Aud- rie Donahay (24:14) were the No. 8 and No. 9 finishers. Medical Lake faces the three toughest teams in the league in successive weeks. "We have a big test this (past) Wednesday with Lakeside and Riverside," Blankenship said and that takes place on the Rams' Bear Lake County Park course. One final note from Wednes- day that excited Blankenship was the finish of the junior varsity squad where sophomore Tanner If Dingfield had not been Henry's 19:48 led a finish on the hurt, Medical Lake would have boy's side that saw the Cards finished 1-2, Blankenship said. capture the first five slots and 11 "We still would have lost but of 12. at least it would have been a reasonable close finish. We just couldn't make up the ground." Blankenship thought his girls ran "pretty good." "There was no way we were going to beat Deer Park girls but we beat Colville." Deer Park had Saturday, Oct. 4 in Marysville at the Twilight Invite the boys were third and girls fifth. "We only lost to 2A teams," Blankenship said. See details in the West Plains Scoreboard. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheney Efficient ide rolls r Medical Lake, 12 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The numbers on the scoreboard, a 49-12 Medi- cal Lake loss to Lakeside last Friday in a Northeast A League football game were secondary in the mind'of Cardinals' head coach Wes Hobbs. Foremost was the health of senior quar- terback Cory Wagner who exited the game after halftime nursing a sore shoulder. "We don't know, it's going to be a late-in-the- week decision," Hobbs said as the Cardinals (0-3 NEA, 0-5 overall) prepare for a Friday, Oct. 9 road game at Newport (0-3, 2-3) at 7 p.m. After the first Medical Lake drive stalled on the Lakeside 44, the visiting Eagles (3-0, 4-1) made the Cardinals pay. Lakeside was efficient and precise from their first touch of the ball and scored on a quick five-play drive, the final 50 coming on a pass from quarterback Cameron Gay to Garrett Brown with 7 minutes, 36 seconds to play in the opening quarter. It took Medical Lake 11 plays to answer when Wagner sprinted around the left side with 30 sec- onds remaining in the quarter the for a five- yard touchdown, but the kick failed and the Cards trailed 7-6. "We drove the ball down their throat, we moved the football, (but) we stopped ourselves the first halL" Hobbs said. It was all Lakeside afte~ that as Ghase Kuhn- art's 2-yard run made it 14-6 with 11:30 to play in the second quarter. But the most damaging, and perhaps deflating score came as the sec- onds ticked down before half. Facing a third and 19 from their own 11, Gay scrambled out of a potential sack and pres- sure from Alex Garza and bought just enough time to find Kuhnart for 42 yards and a crushing first down. Brown would collect a 19-yard pass from Gay and score with four seconds to play for a 21-6 lead. "We don't finish a blitz and sack the quarter- back; he side-arms to this running back," Hobbs said. The Cardinals came out of the locker room af- ter halftime and thwarted the first Lakeside drive when Wagner made a leaping interception of a Gay pass. After the teams traded posses- sions, the Cardinals got the ball back at their own 15 only to give it back on a fumble. "We had our chances, we couldn't have been in better spots," Hobbs said. It took the Eagles Nick Annanie just two plays to score the first of his three touchdowns on the night with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter. His last was a scoop and score for 25 yards following another Cardinal fumble, this time on a punt return with 9:47 to play in the fourth. Medical Lake lost all three fumbles on the night. Trailing 49-6 and with the dock running dueto the 40-point rule, the Cardinals got their final score from 5-foot, 4-inch, 125-pound senior Nick Reed from 18 yards out with 4:14 to play. "He was hurt for a while and missed a game or two; it's important to Nick, it means something to him," Hobbs said. When Wagner exited the game favoring his shoulder, freshman Sam Gollehon took over and oversaw a conservative ground attack. Reed ended with 47 yards on six carries while Jacob Sutton (8-49) and PhiUip Murray (7-45) also took turns packing the ball. Lakeside, whose only loss this year came to Rog- ers of the Greater Spokane League, outgained the Cardinals 454-235 with a huge 262-43 edge in pass- ing yards. PauI Delaneycanbereached at pdela~cheney_freepress. com. Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake backup quarterback, freshman Sam Gollehon, fires a pass in last Friday's Northeast A League football game with Lakeside. Gollehon played the second half when starter Cory Wagner suffered a shoulder injury. Cardinals drop pair in NEA soccer By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake end- ed a shutout string that reached three games but could not break a four- game Northeast A League losing streak last week. The Cardinals (1-4 NEA, 1-6 overall) lost 3-1 at home to Freeman (4-1, 5-3), Sept. 29 and at Riverside 6-1 Oct. 1. Makayla Geiger scored the lone goal ver- sus Freeman on an assist from Nicole Wetherall as their goal tied the match in the 22nd minute. Medi- cal Lake keeper Taylor Cannon faced 14 shots and made six saves. "They're playing real well together," Cardinals head coach Zane Higgins said. "As the season goes along they'll just get bet- ter and better." Freeman got their winner just before half and added an insurance goal prompting Higgins to say, "We competed, it was a good game for us, it was probably the best outing of the year." The Scotties were in first place in the NEA and undefeated in league play at the time. "It was good to compete with them," Higgins said. Geiger proved her coach right by notch- ing Medical Lake's goal versus Riverside in the 21st minute, cutting into the Rams' 2-0 lead but never any closer. Medical Lake was outshot 27-3 with Cannon making 15 saves. League play reached the midpoint after the Riverside match so the teams revisit familiar faces again in the second half of the season that begins with a single con- test this week at Colville (0-5, 0-6) today (Oct. 8) at 4 p.m. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. EVERYONE'S INVITED m | Cheney Free Press, 1616 W. First Street Come see the inner workings of your local newspaper and enter to win drawings and prizes. | I'OMLINSON Pete Baccarella 509-953-4598 USAF Retired BUY or SELL? [] f~ ~ e-PRO@ THE FAIRWAYS 9810 W. Melville Rd., Cheney, WA $200 FOR (4) ONE-HOUR CLINICS > One-On-One Support > Unlimited Range Balls > Golf Play Per Clinic > Clubs & Cart Rental Participants get S200 OFF Annual Green Fees Membership *PGA Apprentice May Train at Some Clinics *Space is Limited Call 509.747.8418 Hot dogs, pop and chips will be served. F~i~ PRESS I m:: m /