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Section 2 October 29, 2015 Cheney Free Press Cheney boys and girls advance to regional action in Ellensburg By JOHN McCALLUM Editor To win as a team in cross country, it's all about the spread. That time gap between your top runner and the No. 5 placer, since in cross country only the top five out of seven on a team score, can be important. The higher your first runner places, and the closer the No. 5 is, the better your chances at winning. For the Cheney boys at the District 7 championships Saturday afternoon in Clarkston, that time spread was 35 seconds. Coupled with Blackhawks ju- nior Drake Johnson's third-place finish, it meant the Cheney boys were coming home with their first ever District 7 championship trophy, edging Pullman 42-46. For the Cheney girls, that spread was just a hair under 39 seconds, and led by Hannah Spakousky's fifth-place finish, the Blackhawks also move on to this Saturday's regional round in Ellensburg against teams from the Central Washing- ton Athletic Conference with a second place finish behind Pullman, 36-51. Johnson finished with a time of 16 minutes, 20.18 seconds on the 5,000- meter course at Clarkston High School; just over 19 seconds behind district champion Tim Pendry from Pullman. Johnson was followed by Matt Chris- tianson in fifth at 16:25.77, Kaleb Lerch eighth in 16:43.77, Jack Peabody ninth in 16:45.10 and Mason VanStone 17th in 16:55.51. Luke Huguenin was 28th in 18:03.01 and Tucker Cunningham was 32nd in 18:48.39. All seven Cheney boys" runners set new season best marks at Clarkston. Spakousky finished with a time of 19:45.53, over 1:24 back of East Valley's Brittany Aquino in first place. Not only did the Blackhawk girls do well with their I - 5 spread, they did well in group- ing as Cheney finished 10 - 13 with their scoring runners, led by Lexi Brooks (20:55.43), Brette Draper (20:56.67), Abby Hammermeister (21:06.54) and Alecia Brooks (21:24.11). Jolene Whiteley and Sara Nanny were not far behind in 15th and 16th, finishing with times of 21:48.60 and . 21:53.82 respectively: All seven Cheney girls also set new season best marks last Saturday. The challenge gets a bit more difficult See CHS cross country page 10 aln Photo by AI Stover Chensy's Megnan Krantz finished third in the 200-yard individual medley and first in the. 100 backstroke at the Oct. 22 meet against Grandview and Presser. " " swimmin wraps up regular n By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney girls swim team fin- ished its regular season last week after wins over Presser (97-64) and Grandview (97-45), Oct. 22 and a loss at Pullman (113-56), Oct. 24. In the meet against Presser and Grandview, Makenzie Norman won the 100 freestyle in 56.25 seconds while Abby Wood (1:12.42) finished second. Norman (25.57) also won the 50 freestyle while Courtney Hanson (28.94) took second and Ammi Hanna (34.52) fnished third. Alexis Schmidt (2:23.34), Evarosa Perry (2:47.79) and Meghan Krantz (2:55.29) took the top three spots in the 200 individual medley. Schmidt (1:03.35) won the 100 but- terfly while Krantz (1:18.32) finished first in the 100 backstroke. Melissa Johnson (2:26.67), Wood (2:40.61) and Tally Larsen (2:49.07) finished in the top three in the 200 freestyle. Johnson (&31.05) won the 500 freestyle while Perry (6:32.02) was third. In team events, Norman, Hanson, Johnson and Schmidt won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:53.30. The group of Norman, Hanson, Perry and Schmidt (4:15.04) took first in the 400 free- style relay. The team of Krantz, Bos- See CHS swimming page 3 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney High volleyball team regained its place as the top team in the Great Northern League after a 3-2 win over West Valley, Oct. 22. The game scores were 25-27, 25-18, 22-25, 25-10 and 15-14. Head coach Heather Zorrozua switched the starting lineup, which she said "got the team off balance a little bit" at the beginning of the match. "They started to gain their momen- tum at the end of the first set," Zorrozua said. "At one point in the last set, we were down 14-12. It goes to show that you can't overlook any opponent in this league." Zorrozua said the West Valley match was a good way for the girls to get back into playing competitively. This was also the first time all season where her team did not sit back and wait for their opponents to make mistakes. "They transferred some stuff they learned in practice into the match," she said. Rylie Pease shined on offense, lead- ing the match with 16 kills and five aces while Peyton Stark had 30 assists. On defense, Ally Jones led her team with 21 digs while Marissa Peach and Hannah McGourin recordedtwo blocks each. See CHS volleyball page 2 II ' Photo by AI Stover Cheney's Kyle Doyle (No. 20) prepares to kick a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter versus Clarkston. By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Clarkston Bantams accomplished a feat sev- en other teams could not - give the Cheney High football team its first loss of the season. The Bantams defeated the Blackhawks 52-25 in a Great Northern League contest, Oct. 23 that was also Cheney's final regular season home game. The Blackhawks came out like a house on fire with Ty Graham scoring a 3-yard rushing touchdown. Kyle Doyle's 31-yard field goal gave Cheney a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Clarkston came back in the second quarter on quar- terback A.J. Davis' scoring pass to Hunter Hanson. Da- vis's 32-yard rushing touch- down, followed by a failed PAT attempt, gave Clarkston a 13-10 lead with 4:33 left in the first half. "I thought our perfor- mance in the first half wasn't bad," Cheney head coach Bobby Byrd said. "We held them to two scores." Kyle Jones continued Clarkston's onslaught with a 6-yard rushing touchdown early in the third quarter. The Blackhawks started to build momentum on quarterback Jake Martin's 51-yard scoring pass to Logan Kendall. Martin was 11 for 29 for 139 yards. Davis insured the win for Clarkston with touchdown passes to Justin Beeler (17 yards) and Jourdan Allen (9 yards). Hanson capped the Bantam's scoring with a 43- yard punt return. Graham scored the final points for Cheney with a 4-yard rushing touchdown, followed by a successful 2- point conversion. He had 16 carries for 173 yards. "Clarkston is aggressive and they can score quickly," Byrd said. "After being down so many touchdowns, you can't answer and you have to force the pass. My hat's off to them for being able to come here and get the job done." Cheney (2-1 GNL, 7-1 overall) wraps up its regular season at Pullman (0-3, 5-3), Oct. 30. The Blackhawks are tied for first place in the league standings with West Valley and Clarkston. For Cheney to finish the season in first place, they would have to defeat the Grey- hounds, and need Clarkston to lose to West Valley. If See CHS football page 10 Jones has to undergo some personal growth after reinstatement By AL STOVER StaffReporter Fight fans are excited as one of the greatest mixed martial artists is returning to the octagon. The UFC announced it had reinstated former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Oct. 23, to its active roster. The organization suspended Jones in April, after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, N.M. At the time, Jones al- legedly ran a red light and crashed his rental car in a collision involving two other vehicles before fleeing the scene on foot. After authorities issued an arrest warrant, he turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department. Around this time, the UFC suspended him and stripped him of the light heavyweight title. In his first court appearance, April 23, Jones did not en- ter a plea. In September, he reached a plea agreement with authorities to avoid jail time and was given an 18 month supervised probation. There will be no felony conviction for him if he meets all the conditions of his probation. Jones took to social me- dia to say he is thankful for a chance to return and looks forward to proving himself as a champion "inside and outside of the octagon." In the past, fans criti- cized Jones for several rea- sons, including poking the eyes of his opponents and his unwillingness to fight on short notice, which led to UFC cancelling its first event in 2012. Now folks are welcoming him back with open arms. I'm not going to sit back and judge Jones, and say he has no place in MMA or make him out to be a mon- ster who doesn't deserve a second chance - we all make mistakes - but he has some personal growth to undergo, otherwise his actions outside of the octa- gon are going to cost him his fighting career. From an athletic stand- point, I think Jones will still be the competitor he was before his suspension. When a fighter takes time away from active compe- tition, there's always the question of how much ring rust he'll have to shake off when he returns to com- petition. But Jones is far above most of his competition in the light heavyweight divi- sion. He defeated current light heavyweight cham- pion Daniel Cormier in his last rifle defense in January before the UFC stripped him of the belt. It's logical that UFC would book a rematch between Jones and Corm- ier especially since they could bill itas the former champion coming back to claim the belt he never lost. Cormier is also excited about the opportunity to fight Jones, saying that the former champion's reinstatement is the "best news" he's heard in a long time. Jones and Cormier have traded verbal jabs over social media lead- mg up to their first fight and even got into a brawl during a pre-fight press See Crunch Time page 2