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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 22, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS By JOHN McCALLUM Editor When it comes to win- ning in the Great Northern League, the Cheney High School girls' soccer team is a through ball to Eaton that the senior redirected around the Greyhound's goalkeeper in the llth min- ute for Cheney's first score. McCauley provided some finally off the snide. ! insurance in the 68th rain- The Lady Blackhawks ute, blasting a shot from got goals by Reba EatonI near midfield that dropped and Jasmine McCauley, and just below the crossbar backed those up with solid and just over the keepers defense to shutout Pullman outstretched arms for the 2-0 on the road Oct. 13 for score. the team's first GNL win. No other statistics Carla Thorson played were available. "We played well and we definitely created more (scoring) opportunities," Lady Blackhawks head coach Nels Radtke said. Those opportuni: ties failed to travel with Cheney two days later to league-leading East Valley. Radtke said they may have had a case of a mental letdown after the euphoria of their first win, losing 6-0 to the Knights. East Valley out shot Cheney 11-2 as the Knights practiced a Chicago-vot- ing-style offense, scoring early and scoring often. Goalkeeper Nicole Row- ley had three saves while freshman keeper Melissa Aris notched two. Cheney almost got their momentum back Saturday at home against Clarkston. After a score- less first half, Clarkston's Leah Edens got the Ban- tams on the board with a goal in the 62nd min- ute. Cheney wasted no time in getting the equal- izer six minutes later. Mc- Cauley served a nice ball off a set piece towards the goal that Lelie Holland calmly headed in to knot the score at 1. But after two overtime frames, the game went to a shootout and what ap- peared early in the season against Shadle Park to be a Cheney strength - shoot- ing penalty kicks - hasn't materialize in league play. The Lady Blackhawks failed to connect on their kicks while Clarkston sent three into the net, and left town with a 2-1 win. In two GNL games ending in shootouts this season, Cheney is 0 - 6. "We'll work on it more," Radtke said. The Lady Blackhawks remain in fifth place at 1-10, 2-12 overall with five points. The good news in that is they are tied with Pullman, and host the Greyhounds in the regular-season finale this Saturday, with the winner likely taking over fourth. In between, Cheney travels to West Valley to- day (Thursday) to face the Eagles, 8-2, 9-4, 23 points, who are just two points behind East Valley for the league lead. Radtke the team has played well against West Valley, and has a chance to pull off a whnif they can keep work- ing producing scoring op- portunities through their new 4-3-3 alignment. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. ' me continued from page 1 entirely a new concept, it is limited these days com- pared to the past. The Spokane Chiefs own both the name and logos, according to a team official and he presumed the same was true with the Indians who are under the same ownership of Brett Sports and Entertainment. A request for clarifica- tion sent by email to AFL headquarters has so far gone unanswered. The Shock continued to do business under and were led to believe "that so long as we left in good financial standing and paid o[f 0urbills that we could attain those tradem/ir~ rights." That was the case, Eucker said with former AFL team, the Iowa Barn- stormers, who joined the IFL in 2015. The idea of being on the AFL's fiscal A-list included Spokane helping fund the operations of the New Or- leans and 'Vegas teams that were taken over by the league. But even that gesture was apparently not enough of a ransom payment for the Shock. ,After our initial talks with the (AFL) commis- sioner (Scott Butera), then the board of directors de- cided they were going to need more (in terms of financial compensation and a few other internal ................................. workings)," Eucker said. The team reluctantly agreed and though it was done. Then just a few weeks ago they came back with another revision on their asks and wanted a significant amount of com- pensation tied into some unforeseen bills they had come up with over the process of our closing out of 2015 operations. Enough of the shake- down from AFL headquar- ters in Des Plaines, Ill. The Shock said. One just has to remem- ber the league offices are in Cook County the place wherevoting once is never enough and money tries to buy what it can at the ballot box. (see Gov. Rod Blagojevich). For the Shock, Eucker said,"It reaUyjust gotto the breaking point of being far and away fromwhatwe felt was a fair deal." And when looking at what it cost to re-brand the team it would be a fraction of the cost. Plus, there was another benefit, according to Eucker, that being an "Additional opportunity to separate ourselves from that league even more." "It's disappointing that the conversation ended the way it did as the Spokane Shock name, in my mind, was not one created, devel- oped, or enhanced by the teams membership of the AFL/' Eucker said. The Shock name was built by the community, the fans and the team's suc- Cess over the past 10 years, Eucker said. One thing appears pretty certain as the Shock nickname fades away, held hostage near Lake Michi- gan. It will die in the com- pany of nicknames like the Vipers, Vigilantes, Blaze, Rush, Power, Mustangs, VooDoo, Command, Out- laws and the rest of what is likely to be the last chapter in the history of the Arena Football League. 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