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Section 2 October 22, 2015 Cheney Free Press Contributed photo by Bill Peabody The Great Northern League 2015 regular season Cheney boys cross country team is pictured above, left to right: Tucker Cunningham, Mason VanStone, Matt Christianson, Drake Johnson, Jack Peabody, Kaleb Lerch and Luke Huguenin. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The last time the Cheney High School boys cross country team finished first in the Great Northern League was 2007, and they had to share their triumph with West Valley and Colville. This time, the Blackhawks are all alone at the top. Thanks to a 24-31 win over visiting Pullman High in the regular-season end- ing league dual meet Oct. 14, the Cheney boys have captured their first GNL regular season tire since joining the league in 2006. The Blackhawks placed all five scor- ing runners in the top-eight spots against the Greyhounds to finish 4-0 in league. Drake Johnson led Cheney, finishing second in 16:42.5, 11.1 seconds behind Pullman's Tim Pendry. Johnson was followed by Matt Christianson in third (17:00.3), Mason VanStone in fifth with a season best mark of 17:28.0, Kaleb Lerchin sixth (17:28.8) and freshman Jack Peabody in eighth, also with a season best time of 17:39.4. Luke Huguenin was 12th (18:16.7) while Tucker Cunningham was 14th (18:46.8). The Cheney girls couldn't quite re- peat the boys' performance against the Greyhounds, who are ranked fifth in the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association's Oct. 18 2A poll. Pullman placed four of its five scoring runners in See CHS cross country page 12 Cheney rallies back to After a fake punt on their first of- "That was a good call by (West Val- gave Cheney back the lead in the fourth fensive drive, West Valley got on the ley) coach Craig Whitney," Byrd said. quarter and his 3-yard TD run insured defeat West Valley scoreboard with J.0 y Sage's 1-yard "We were just grinding it out there in the Blackhawks'_ win. He had 31cai e .... rushing touchdown. Cheney answered that first half. I told the boys'we're only for 206 yards. , By AL STOVER with a 36-yard rushing touchdown from down by 2 points.'" Byrd said he was glad to see his team Staff Reporter Ty Graham to make the score 7-6.The Blackhawks took back the lead in exert better offense in the second half. The Cheney High football team con- Chase Howat's 23-yard field goal the third quarter after quarterback Jake He also complimented his defense for tinues to tear through their Great North- gave West Valley a 9-7 lead at the end Martin's 12-yard scoring pass to Trey Mar- "coming out strong." Four Blackhawks ern League opponents, after coming of the first half. tin. Jake Martin was 4 for10 for 33 yards, recorded interceptions: Cade Van- from behind to defeat West Valley, 27-15, Head coach Bobby Byrd said his team ZechHerford's 3-yard touchdown run Wormer, Harrison King, Cam Hardt Oct. 16. The Blackhawks snapped the wasn't clicking right away in the first gave West Valley a 15-14 lead with less and Andrew Witt. Eagles' three-game winning streak and half. He also complimented the Eagles' than 10 minutes in the game. handed them their first league 10ss. fake punt, which threw off his defense. Graham's 2-yard touchdown run See Blackhawks page 12 II in By AL STOVER carried that over into the sec- led the match with 23 digs tion for the girls. We'd love to Before facing Pullman, the Staff Reporter ond game," Zorrozua said. and KD Skillingstad had two host the district tournament." Blackhawks travel to West Val- The Cheney High volleyballShe added that the third blocks. The game scores for the East ley to play the Eagles in their team's place at the top of the and fourth sets were battlesCheney (7-3 GNL, 8-3 over- Valley match were 25-18, 18-25, final road match of the regular Great Northern League stand- and her team just could not all) has a solid grip on second 25-18 and 25-16. season, Oct. 22. Cheney is cur- ings was short-lived after a 3-1 finish the match, place behind Pullman (7-2, 13- Pease led the match with 11 rently 2-0 against West Valley loss to Pullman, Oct. 13. They "I think we beat ourselves5). The Lady Blackhawks host kills and five aces while Stark this season. rebounded to defeat East Val- and made some silly mistakes the Greyhounds in their final had 19 assists. On defense, Hai- "West Valley is one of those ley, 3-1, Oct. 15. in the end," Zorrozua said. match of the regular season, ley Bridges led her team with 13 teams that can sneak up and The game scores for the "The focus this week is to get Oct. 27. Zorrozua believes that digs and Skillingstad had three beat you," Zorrozua said. "I Pullman match were 18-25, back to controlling the match last match between Cheneyblocks, don't think you can overlook 25-22, 28-30 and 25-27. Head instead of sitting back and and Pullman could determine "Our girls showed their men- anyone in this league. They coach Heather Zorrozua said waiting for our opponents to who wins the regular season tal toughness in that match and will be a good stepping stone her team spent the first set"get- make errors." GNL title and hosts the district East Valley is by no means aneasy for the girls to showcase their ting their feet wet" as they were Rylie Pease ied the match tournament, which begins Oct. opponent," Zorrozua said. "They focus and build momentum playing in Pullman's new gym with 18 kills and Peyton Stark 31. have a competitive programfor the match against Pull- for the first time. had 20 assists. Stark and Ma- "I'm excited for that final at the high school and middle man." "We had some momentum rissa Peach recorded three aces match against Pullman," Zor- school and for us to sweep them Al Stover can be reached at at the end of the first set and each. On defense, Ally Jones rozua said. "It's a big motiva- is a big deal for the girls." al@cheneyfreepress.com. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter It's back to the Mountain Time Zone for the second straight week, but this time a place that to many Eastern Washington University football play- ers is a complete mystery. The No. 7 ranked Eagles return to Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colo. Saturday for a Big Sky Conference for the first time since 2010, and play on old-fashioned grass. Not one member of the current EWU team has played the Bears before on the road. Eastern is fresh off a 45-28 win at Idaho State last Saturday where for a change the Eagle defense had its day in the dome at Holt Arena. Eastern improved to 3-0 in conference play and 4-2 overall, having won four straight. See EWU - UNC page 12 Contributed photo from EWU Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp snares one of his two touchdown catches last Saturday en route to setting a new EWU career record with his 49th, 50th and 51st scores. The Shock logo sh kedown By PAUL DELANEY by AFL to keep arena football in Staff Reporter referees. Spokane. The crazy went to bi- It may The loss of Spokane zarre. l!simply be left the league with nine That's what arena poke in teams and according to league football is all about the eye to one of the more Ryan Eucker, director of anyway, but generally successful AFL franchises operations for the Spokane during the season, that opted for greener turf Whatchamacallits, the Los On Oct. 19 it was of- as Shock management Angeles KISS are "ques- ficially announced that watchedtheleague slowly tioning their participation after 10 years, the Spokane disintegrate, in 2016." Shock would no longer be Spokane's exit from "A few other teams I known as the Shock. the AFL, which initially think are analyzing their It's got nothing to dohad 15 teams in its recon- future if the league isn't with the need to totally stituted look in 2010, came able to sustain it's member- rebrand the team that has as the league shrunk to 12 ship and provide growth sought asylum in the In- teams at the start of the opportunities in the near door Football League for 2015 season, but then lost future," Eucker added, the 2016 season, franchises in New Orleans making this power play by Justwhatthecrumbling and Las Vegas before the the AFL truly strange. Arena Football League season was over. Eucker said "We knew will gain by playing hard- The future did not look that the league owned the ball with the Shock bygood to Shock majoritytrademark rights to the putting its name and logo owner Nader Naini so name and logo prior to the in storage with those of a he chose to join the IFL, new ownership comingon half dozen other defunct a level of play below the board." And while it' s not franchises is as clear as the AFL, but in his estimation many baffling calls made the only plausible option See Crunch Time page 2