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Thursday, October 22, 2009 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 --4 iris un in country with lie, Pullman wins their female teammates, downed the Greyhounds away from the pack in the final mile to finish 1-2 The Hawks get one more tune up meet before I Blackhawks boys experience 19-36. respectively with times of 16:20 and 16:26. districts, if hosting Deer Park and Riverside on first loss against Colville Cheney's girls landed six runners in the top NashSpringberryledCheneywithathird-place Tuesday, Oct. 20 can be called a tune up. The By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney cross country coach Jay Martin knew heading into the season just how tough the Great Northern League was going to be. After last Tuesday's double dual meet with visit- ing Colville and Pullman, it's likely the rest of the Blackhawks now have a better idea too. The girls' team experienced their closest meet yet scoring-wise in downing the Indians 25-35, while also knocking off Pullman 19-49 to remain unbeaten in GNL competition. The boys on the other hand suffered their first loss at the hands of an up and coming Colville squad, 25-30, but like 10, led by Kendall Dunn. The freshman battled Pullman's Sarel Lumas throughout until pulling ahead at the wire to win in a time of 20 minutes, 11 seconds, two seconds ahead of Lumas. "They were just neck and neck the whole way," Martin said. "She (Dunn) had it at the end." Five Hawks and three Indians runners com- prised the remainder of the top 10. Cheney's April Batchelor, Aime Zachman and Shelby Maurer fin- ished 5-7 with times of 20:30, 20:43 and 20:58 while Savannah Phelan topped off the Hawks" scoring with a ninth place finish in 21:49: Amanda Batchelor was 10th in 21:53 and Sarah Benzel 11th in 21:57. The Cheney boys also found themselves in a battle with Colville, staying with the pace until the Indians' Ned Fischer and Colton Hastings pulled finish in 16:47. Devon Poulsen finished fourth in 16:57, nine seconds ahead of Colville's Jake Nielsen while Jacob Mager was sixth in 17:13 and Tully Kerr 10th in 17:40, two seconds behind Colville's Biagio Pietrobugh. Ian Kuula finished 12th in 17:32 to wrap up Cheney's scoring, while Thomas Orth-Hall was 18th in 18:20. Martin said the race gave his boys' team a chance to see what they're going to have to accom- plish at district competition if the Hawks hope to advance as a team to the state met in Pasco on Nov. 7. Colville has a strong top two in Fischer and Hast- ings; and solid running experience after that. "If we're going to beat them we're going to have to break that up and pack it up on their fifth guy," Martin said. Rams boys placed fifth at 2A state in 2008, 20 points behind Ch~ney while the Stags and Rams girls' squads went 5-6 at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf course competition last fall. The Rams boys lost four of their five scorers from last year, including top runner Joey Ny- berg (eighth at 2008 state), but seem to always reload. The Rams and Stags girls each lost a pair of runners, including top finishers Amanda Wilson (11th in 2008) and Chantel Duenich (13th in 2008) but return a veteran group of underclassmen, led by Riverside sophomore Jesse Mildes, who was 18th at state last year as a freshman. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepre ss. com. Blackhawk volleyball team drops two matches to top-three league opponent Photo by Mike Huffrrlan/Spok. Vly. News Her. Shaley Ham serves against West Valley. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney High's volleyball team hit a rocky point in its schedule last week, losing a pair of matches to the Great Northern League's second and third place schools in straight games. The Blackhawks fell at home last Tuesday to No. 3 Colville, 25-13, 25-12 and 25-22, and ended the week with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-12 loss at No. 2 West Valley. Cheney head coach Cassie Hare was unavailable for com- ment Monday evening, out with a bout of the flu, but assistant coach Sarah Rusch said they both felt the Hawks didn't play quite to par against the Indians. Colville (7-3, 7-4) has improved a lot since the last time the two teams met on Sept. 17 and is hit- ting its stride late in the season; something Rusch said surprised Cheney's players. "It seems to me that what Colville is doing is what Cheney did last year," she said, refer- encing the Hawks strong finish last year after a slow start. Shaley Ham and Millie Holy each had four kills for Cheney, with Sayde Davis getting 15 assists, Ham and Davis each an ace, Holy, Ashley Rohner and Alyssa Bray with five digs apiece, and Ham, Marina Houff and Baylie Puyear one block each. Rusch said Cheney had a much better showing Thurs- day at West Valley, despite the score The Hawks were with the Eagles (8-2, 8-2) in all three games, and had a lead for much of game two before fading near the end, a result mainly of a good West Valley team that ramped up their energy and fOCUS. Ham led Cheney with five kills, Davis had 15 assists, Janae Olson a pair of aces, Holy eight digs and Puyear and Ham each with two blocks. Rusch said Ham, Olson and Davis all had a good match, with Ham and Olson hitting well and Davis contributing with solid pass- ing. The losses drop Cheney's league and overall record to 3-7, currently sixth place in the GNL standings with four games remaining. The Hawks played host to Medical Lake (1-9, 1- 10) on Tuesday, and travel to Clarkston (5-5, 5-5) to take on the Bantams Thursday. Cheney swimmers wrap up regular season against three opponents By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney High School girls swim team finished its regular season with a pair of home meets last week. The Blackhawks had a good performance but came up just a bit short in a meet Tuesday against visiting Pullman, losing Andrea Felice provided Cheney's only other win by capturing the 50 free in 28.79. Cheney coach Jennifer Hoch- walt felt her team swam well, but was missing several swimmers due to illness. Seniors Elle Brit- ton and Katie Grime would have contributed to the Hawks scoring if available, she said. 94-75. Thursday Cheney had more"Thi~rsd~ay, agaiinst Prosser, luck in a double-dual meet with ~- ~' ...... : ~ ~ ::~ Cheney received first place in- Prosser and Selah, downing the dividual finishes from Babcock Mustangs 101-67 but losing to a strong Vikings squad, 110-66. Rachael Edwards led tl~e Ha~wks against Pullman, plac- ing first in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly with times of 2 minutes, 32.75 seconds and 1:11.65. Rachel Babcock took first in the 100 free- style with a time of 1:01.43, while and Heather Spall. Babcock took first in the 100 free with a time of 1:02.46, while Spall finished first in the 500 free in 6:18.08. Cheney also had some top performances from a pair of relay teams. The 200-free team of Katie Shea, Grime, Felice and Babcock captured first against the Mustangs with a time of 2:02.90, while the 400 team of Edwards, Spall, Britton and Babcock took first with a time of 4:24.18. Babcock and Edwards led the Hawks performance against Selah. The seniors each grabbed four firsts, with Babcock win- ning the 200 and 100 free races in 2:16.66 and 1:02.46, while Edwards touched the wall first against Viking swimmers in. the 200 IM and t00 breaslstroke.in 2:33.57 and 1:19.69. Spall also took first in the 500 free. Saturday the Hawks hosted Pullman in a time trial at Eastern Washington University's pool. The trial was in place of a regular- ly scheduled meet that had been canceled, and was not scored. "It was a fun meet, and we had four new qualifying times for districts," Hochwalt said, adding Washington Interscholastic Activ- ities Association rules allow dis- trict qualifying from such events as long as certain requirements are met, such as timing races with two stopwatches. "As long as it's all legal they'll let you do that, and we were sup- posed to have a meet anyway," she said. The Ha~ks finish, the regular - season with a l-5 meet record. It's been a diffictdt year for the team from a scheduling standpoint, with Cheney swimming three meets in September, and then not competing again until Oct. 13. Hochwalt said her swimmers have done well, however, with many of the freshmen showing improvement from the beginning of practices, and having at least 10 swimmers qualify for district competition. That competition is next for the Hawks, taking place Oct, 30-31 in Ellensburg. John McCallum can be reached at jrnac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney wraps up its regular season next with a pair of home matches Tuesday against Deer Park (1-9, 1-13) and Thursday against league-leading Pullman (10-0, 16-1). The Hawks hope to finish strong and move up the standings as the postseason approaches. " John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. 613 S. Washington Ste. 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) FREE Parking 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars Trucks Trailers Boats Cycles. RVs o:o 455-8320 .:. Experience a taste of local restaurants, breweries and wineries from the West Plains. 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