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Section 2 November 12, 2015 Cheney Free Press in inl Contributed photo by MLHS Medical Lake sophomore Mason Williams paced his team Saturday to a runner-up finish at the state 1A cross country championships in Pasco. By PAUL DELANEY fending state champions got a sixth and second - or even winning Staff Reporter place from sophomore Mason Wil- - he said was "We just ran better Medical Lake's suddenly over-" liams who turned in time of 16 min- (runners) one through five, except achieving boy's cross country team utes, 24 seconds for the 5,000 meter for Deer Park. Actually, they put continued to impress, surprising course. Tibebu Proctor and brother six guys ahead of our fourth." many, including their coach with Tamire Proctor from Northwest Watching the race it was ob- a runner-up finish at the 1A state High School finished 1-2 in respec- vious that Deer Park had won, championships Saturday, Nov. 7 at tire times of 15:32 and 15:44. Blankenship said. Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Cardinal senior Jacob Ding- But for second place it looked Deer Park won the team title, field was 13th in a time of 16:40. close at first between Medical topping Medical Lake 62-94 and led Sophomore Brandon McCoy had Lake, Lakeside and Kings. a three-way sweep by Northeast A a personal record for 5,000 meters "But as it turhed out it wasn't League teams as Lakeside was third in a time of 17:22. Other Medical close," Blankenship. "We just ran with 126 points. Lake finishers are listed in the better all the way through than Cardinals' head coach Gene West Plains Scoreboard foundLakeside." Blankenship said this team surprised on page 3. Despite the solid team finish him, "A little bit," because going in On the girl's side junior Marl- against some tall odds, some he pictured a finish anywhere from ah Pena finished 20th in a time of individuals were disappointed, first to fifth. 20:18 and was the lone Cardinal Blankenship said. "Deer Park was just too strong participant. "Mason (Williams) wanted to ontheday, that's all there was to it, .... I think we ran as well as we be farther up, buthe stillfinished he said. "They've beat us every time could on the day, that's all there No. i for us," Dingfield was catch- we've run against them." is to it," Blankenship said. Medical Lake, the two-thne de- The difference between fifthSee ML cross country page 3 Contributed photo by Bill Peabody Cheney's Luke Huguenin (449) keeps pace with other runners during the 2A state championship race. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney High School's Isaiah Rigo has another athletic accolade he can add to his trophy case, or hang on his wall at home. The Blackhawks sophomore burst out to a big lead on the cold and foggy 2.3-mile wheelchair course at last Saturday's cross country state championships at Pasco's Sun Willows Course, and managed to hold off a late charge from Spokane-area rival Michael Hoyt of Mt. Spokane to win his second consecutive state championship. Rigo finished with a time of 7 minutes, 15.5 sec- onds, three-10ths of a second ahead of Hoyt and 37.4 seconds better than his state-title time in 2014. It was the start of a good day for Cheney runners. The Blackhawks boys finished tti~ir Season of exceed-" ing expectations by, well, exceeding expectations to finish seventh overall in the state 2A race. Cheney earned 202 points, one ahead of Ridgefield but well back of the 55 earned by Sehome, which won its fourth straight state title and sixth in the last eight years: Drake Johnson led the Blackhawks boys, finishing 25th overall in a time of 16:26.7. Head coach Derek Slaughter said the junior ran in the top- 20 pack for the majority of the race until a nagging hip injury caused him to fade late. Four of Cheney's top-five scoring runners at Pasco are juniors. Besides Johnson, Matt Christianson finished 38th with a season-best time of 16:42.4, with senior Mason VanStone 62nd in 17:01.2, followed by Kaleb Lerch in 66th at 17:03.9 and rounded out by Jack Peabody's time of 17:08.4 for 71st. VanStone, Lerch and Peabody all posted new season- best limes, as did senior Luke Huguenin, 117th in 17:54.2 and freshman Tucker Cunningham in 127th in 18:22.3. See CHS cross country page 3 ern upset in Big Sky soccer by S ento FROM NEWS The Hornets opened the l8-yard box that struck regular season, but I'm defense limited the Eagles son with an overall re- SERVICES REPORTS scoring on a goal by Jenni- the inside of the post and proud of our players for to just two shots in the cord of 12-4-3 whileSac- The Eastern Washing- ferLumintheeigthminute trickled past the goal line. the year they had," EWU second half. ramento State advanced ton University soccer team and added to lead on the Chloe Williams assisted on head coach Chad Bodnar "I thought we startedto the semifinals where fell into a hole too big in first of two goals from the goal. Collins, however, said. well, but we let in a bad they lost to eventual the opening round of the Kayla Collins in the 46th iced it in the 86th minute Eastern outsh0t Sacra- goal and it took some air champion Northern Col- Big Sky Conference soccer minute, with her second goal.mento State, 19-14,but the out of us," Bodnar said. orado, 3-1 on Nov. 6, playoffs, losing to the No. Devan Talley got the "We're disappoint- Hornets made the most of "We needed to be able Eastern'sseasonwillgo 6 seed, Sacramento State third-seeded Eagles onthe ed because we expected their chances, converting to respond to that better down as its best in school 3-1; Thursday, Nov. 5 in board in the 77th minute more from ourselves after three of their seven shots than we did." Moscow, Idaho. with an arcing shot across having had such a good on goal. The Hornets'Eastern ends its sea-See EWU soccer page 3 up num Photo by Paul Delaney EWU's Terence Grady high-stepped his way into the end zone to score this touchdown midway through the third quarter and narrow last Saturday's Homecoming game to 21-14 in favor of Northern Arizona. But the Lumberjacks outscored the Eagles 17-0 in the next four minutes and ran away with a 52-30 win. By PAUL DELANEY B u t and 62-21 against North- ing on a day where wind Staff Reporter u i i:when it ern Colorado. appeared not to be a fac- The numbers were in- :was over "They were the better tot as it was in the Eagles' deed impressive for the t w a s team today, they played escape, 14-13 over Weber Eastern Washington Uni- A U better, they out-coached State on Halloween. versity football team prior that had the only statis- us, out-played us," East- Maybe the disconnect to its meeting with North- tic that counted follow- ern head coach Beau was never more evident ern Arizona last Saturday ing a stunning 52-30 win Baldwin said. than in Eastern's first pos- at Roos Field. on EWU's Homecom- After living on the session when West found They were still prefect ing. edge of the ledge the last Nic Sblendori0 down the in the Big Sky Conference After a 2-2 start, two weeks - and, per-middle for what might standings at 5-0 and No. Northern Arizona has haps, much of the season have been a huge gain but 4 ranked amongst the na- won four of their last where five of their six the receivernever turned tion's FootballChampion- five and three in confer- wins have come by a total around to see the ball. ship Subdivision schools, ence - all with a high- ofjustl7points - thefaU"Yeah, there was a The Eagles had never suf- powered offense fueled came fast, but was not little bit, but credit NAU, fered a regular season de- by true freshman quar- like it was unexpected, they had some players feat in November since the terback Case Cookus. Eastern's offense out there creating that," red turf went down in 2010 Before their win at Roos seemed just a tick off Baldwin said when asked and they were winners of the 'Jacks had wins of with some of quarterback six straight games. 52-36 over Weber State Jordan West's passes sail- See Crunch Time page 3