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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS [ 3 Thursday, October 22, 2015 nals race shorthanded Newport in cross country By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter After miles and miles and miles of training and competition - too many perhaps to count - some dedicated Medical Lake cross country runners got their reward last Wednes- day in their final home meet of the season. "I ran two seniors on varsity that have been with me for a long time," head coach Gene Blanken- ship said of Jeremy Ryan and Alex Carl. Those two, along with first place indi- vidual finisher, Tyler Pena, helped the Cardinals roll over Newport 15-50 in a Northeast A League dual meet with a time of 18 minutes, 12 seconds. Medical Lake's girls scored a victory by the same 15-50 score with Bra- dyn Wegner pacing her team with a 23:11. "It was an honor for them for sticking with the program so long; the ve been with me for six years," Blankenship said. Ryan finished seventh in 21:20 while Carl was eighth at By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake head football coach Wes Hobbs sensed there was a dif- ferent air about his team as they prepared to face the Freeman Scotties last Friday night, Oct. 16, at Holliday Field. "Our kids seemed to have a different attitude go_ ing in and played through the end of the game with it" Hobbs said. But a couple of brief stumbles turned what was a close game into a 36- 13 Freeman Northeast A League victory, unproving the Scotties to 4-1 in league play and 5-2 overall. The Cardinals remained win- less at 0-5 in the NEA and 0-7 overall. A Freeman team that steamrolled Medical Lake the previous year had a dogfight on its hands and was limited to just a field goal in the first quarter. After having their sec- and pos ssion end on the ard '?bn an :mtercep tion by Freeman's Jack Paukert, Medical Lake got the ball back on an inter- ception by Phillip Mur- ray. Turnovers have come at critical times, Hobbs said and Paukert's pick was no different. "That's been an area that's hurt us all year," Hobbs said. But the Cardinals did score off of Murray's in- terception on a 30-yard Cory Wagner to Brayden Hale touchdown pass with 7 minutes, 38 sec- onds to play in the second quarter and led 7-3. Freeman would an- swer on its next drive with a 7-play, 57-yard drive capped by Paukert's 5-yard run with 4:38 re- maining in the half. Following a three and out for Medical Lake, Freeman embarked On a 75-yard drive, this too fin- ished by a Paukert score, an 11-vard pass from JT Neely, with 46 seconds remaining and giving[ -the Scot-ties a 16-7-lead Medical Lake suffers 22:10. Ryan competed on Blankenship's first middle school team as a seventh grader. Medical Lake swept the top five spots in the race with sophomore Evan Peterson second (18:23) and freshman Zachary Lewis third (18:47). Carl Hiatt, a junior, was fourth (19:09) and sophomore Brandon McCoy wrapped up the group fifth at 19:33. Newport's Christian Lot- zenhiser clocked a 20:16, good for sixth. Mariah Pena was the second place girl for Medi- cal Lake in a time of 23:14 and notable was the third place finish of Neg'port's freshman, Jamie Morrell, whose time of 23:20was ac- complished running with one shoe. Morrell lost her left shoe in the first half of the race but continued to run over the varied ter- rain of the 5,000-meter course at Medical Lake High School. The Cardinals usual No. I runner, Mason Wil- liams and No. 2, Jacob Dingfield, both sat out heading to the halftime break. Following an exchange of punts to open the third quarter Freeman's second possession of the second half resulted in a touch- down by Ben Darcy mak- ing it a 22-7 game. Still within reach, Med- ical Lake turned the ball over on its own 10 with a fumble on the next pos- session and Freeman took immediate advantage. A Christian Goldbach 5-yard run with 44 seconds to play in the third pushed the Scotties' led to 29-7 as Freeman scored twice in less then three minutes. " I don't think we've had a football bounce into our hands all year," Hobbs said. Medical Lake's de- fense was stout for most of the night and did its best against Freeman's speedy backfield tandem of Paukert who ran for 115 yards before exiting the game with a foot injury and Darcy, who logged a team-leading 131 yards on 18 carries m a relief role. The Cardinals were able to fashion some key stops in the long run, but those brief fades were costJv. Medical Lake got its ' final score on a time-con- suming fourth quarter drive that chewed 8:36 off the clock and finished with Ty Masteller scoring on a 10-yard run with 2:18 to play. The Cardinals split their running game between Ja- cob Sutton (13 carried, 49 yards), MasteUer (347) and freshman Grant Vercoe (7- 37), all part of a 151 yard ef- fort on the ground. Wagner was 6-of-ll for 86 yards and an interception. Medical Lake travels to Riverside (1-4, 1-6) on Fridav. Hobbs said, "(Riv- erside) will be hungry for a win as well," in a contest that kicks off at 7 p.m. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. soccer setbacks the meet, but did do some running on the track to stay loose and prepare for either the Cardinals' final NEA meet, run this past Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Freeman. Mariah Kroeze on the girl's side also did not compete last Wednes- day. "Freeman has a lot of kids and their girl's team is pretty good," Blan- kenship said. The boys expect a relatively easy time, their coach said as they prepare for district competition Oct. 29 at Chewelah Golf Course. Blankenship predicts a third place finish at the districts for his boy's team that will also finish third in league. "We have to run well and I have to have the right kids in the race," Blankenship said. "Jacob is healthy and working out, Mason looks pretty good and then we've got all those babies," Blan- kenship said of the large Serving West Plains Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale Drain cleaning Drain field installation License #602872994 group of sophomores that m /ke up positions 3-7. The last time an indi- vidual girl did not qualify for state was 2010, Blanken- ship's first year. "Hopefully one or two of our girls step it up at districts and get a top-10," Blankenship said. "The boys get three entries to state this year, the girls only get two which means there's only 10 indi- viduals in the girls and 15 in the boys" Blankenship said. As for state qualifying the next week, Deer Park and Lakeside appear to be the odds-on favorites to send teams to Pasco for the Nov. 7 final. Blankenship said Riv- erside is a dark horse that does well in the end of the regular season. "Last year they knocked off Deer Park to keep them from going as a team to state." Paul Delaneycanbereached at pdelaney@cheney eepress. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Oh so close. For all but the waning minutes of last week's Northeast A League soccer matches for Medical Lake, the Cardinals harbored thoughts of upset wins against two of the upper echelon teams they faced. But Medical Lake sur- rendered late goals in both contests, a 4-1 defeat at Deer Park (8-1 NEA, 9-1 overall) Oct. 13 and then again two days later, fall- ing 3-1 to Lakeside (5-3, 5- 5) at home last Thursday. Makayla Geiger scored in the 54th minute to tie the score 1-1 with the Stags only to see the home team get three goals in seven minutes towards the end for the win. Courtney Stark scored three times, including the final two for Deer Park. Geiger was again the Cards' offene versus Lake- side, scoring in the 38th minute to tie the match at 1-1. But the Eagles scored late, getting the winner in the 75th minute from Alyssa Figy and an insur- ance tally four minutes later from Natalie Nenno. Cardinals losing grip on volleyball postseason By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Following an 0-2 week in Northeast A League volleyball play the seasor is slowly coming to a close with the postseason slip- ping from the grasp of Medical Lake. The Cardinals lost 3-0 at Deer Park Oct. 13 by scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-22 and then 3-0 at home to Lakeside, 6-25, 10-25 and 10-25 last Thursday, Oct. 15. "We lost a pretty tough one to Deer Park and as always Lakeside was a tough opponent," Car- dinals' head coach Kari Knowlton said. Taylor Fritz led the Cardinals in alist of statis- tical categories with kills (8), aces (5) and digs (5) while Mollee Gray had nine assists versus Deer Park. Against Lakeside, Claire Dormaier had 10 digs. In falling to 1-9 in NEA play and with matches re- maining; the Cardinals need to try to make up for lost ground in rugged outings against Newport (64, 7-5) Oct. 20 and on the road at Freeman (10-0,15-0). Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. The best chicken and fish in town! |'S Side Orders: Mashed Potatoes & Gravy ," Corn Green Beans Macaroni & Cheese Potato Wedges. 9 , Tully's Coffee EVER Y DA Y! VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.llARVESTFOODSNIV.I 116 W. 1st, Cheney, WA 235-4222 "We played them real well we just couldn't get the bounces," Higgins said. With a 2-8 NEA record the Cardinals are on the outside looking in as far as the playoff picture in con- cerned. "We've got to pull some points out of these last three games," head coach Zane Higgins said. 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