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Section 2 November 19, 2015 Cheney Free Press II By AL STOVER Blackhawks' only points in the second the Blackhawks' scoring with a 2-yard Selah avoided the shutout with Staff Reporter quarter with a 1-yard rushing touch- rushing touchdown in the first quarter, quarterback Montana Blehm's 38-yard The Cheney High football team's down. The Bulldogs solidified their lead He followed it up with a 4-yard rushing scoring pass to Dana Williams. season ended after a 30-7 loss to the with 13 points in the fourth quarter. TD to give Cheney a 14-0 lead heading Cheney answered with a 39-yard Ellensburg Bulldogs, Nov. 14 in the No individual statistics were avail- into the second half. rushing touchdown from C.J. Johnson. first round of the 2A state playoffs. The able as of press time. In the third quarter, Logan Kendall Braden Butikofer capped The Black- Blackhawks defeated Selah, 41-28, Nov. "We knew were going in against afollowed suit, scoring two touchdowns, hawks' scoring with a 1-yard rushing 10, in a glue-in regional game. good football team, my hats off to them," one from 23 yards out and a 4-yarder touchdown. Between five running The Bulldogs drowned Cheney, Cheney head coach Bobby Byrd said. for the other. Graham's 68-yard rushing backs and quarterback Josh Martin, building a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Against Selah, Cheney's running touchdown made the score 35-0 heading Running back Ty Graham scored the game put on a clinic. Graham opened into the fourth quarter. See Cheney foolball page 3 Daughter of Air Force family brought huge benefits to Cardinals volleyball team By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter "1" A Then Taylor Fritz arrived 1/11 for the first day of volley- T ball practice at Medical Lake High School Cardinals' new head coach Kari Knowlton knew she had a special addition to the team. Knowlton just wasn't sure how special. Fritz not only brought the skills, but more importantly leadership that Knowlton termed, "Essential to our program this year." Fritz, whose father, Matthew is a colonel and a vice commander with the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, had landed in Medical Lake after having spent the previous year in Albuquerque, N.M. Not only had Fritz come from one of the largest high schools in the state, she played on one of the pow- ers in the 6A classification. And she was coming to a volleyball program that has struggled for years. "For her to come to a program that had struggled so long and to just be composed, confident in her ability to knowing that she could take what she had and help other people as well was essential to us this year," Knowlton said. The welcome feeling went both ways. "Honestly this is one of the most accepting communities I've been Taylor Fritz landed in Medical Lake from Albuquerque, N.M. needed stability to the Cardinals' volleyball program this fall. Photo by Paul Delaney and brought much tG" Fritz said. And Fritz ought to the team, butwas taken back when she know as she's moved 14 or 15 times was named team captain. Most schools in her 17 years. "I lost count after a she was familiar with required a year couple of them." in the program before one could make Having attended three high schools, varsity. the senior was not only happy to make Fritz said she started playing vol- leyball in sixth grade and began club play in seventh grade. Her club team once finished No. 16 in the nation. For Fritz, coming from successful volleyball programs to Medical Lake where the sport has struggled has not been as bad a deal as one might think. The Cardinals finished 2-12 and missed the playoffs. "It wasn't necessarily tough, it was a growing experience for me," Fritz said. "When I first walked into the gym (head coach) Karl (Knowl- ton) told me it was a 'developing program.'" Fritz said she had no idea what that meant, but she observed how the skills of her teammates improved from the beginning of the season. "Every single girl, they've taken what Kari has to say and they've taken what everyone else has to say about volleyball and they've just exploded with their talent." Fritz has put her volleyball acu- men to work in helping coach at the middle school. While Fritz misses Albuquerque, she does so not because of having to part ways with friends but because of the green chilies and great food. "That was a little bit of an adjust- ment coming up here (because) you don't have any good Mexican food," Fritz said. Before Medical Lake the Fritz family had been stationed at bases in Ohio, Illinois and California to name a few. Moves are just a way of life for the children of military families, Fritz explained. "You might as well get used to it and embrace the small things in it." See Fritz page 3 rn n must By PAUL DELANEY deliver the Eagles a share Staff Reporter of a fourth consecutive Eastern Washington's Big Sky Conference title. football team has lived Game time is 2:05 p.m. on on the edge this season. Senior Day. However, two recent Five teams enter play humbling losses - 52-30 Saturday with a shot at two weeks ago at home the title with the possi- to Northern Arizona and bility of a four-way tie 57-16 at Montana last emerging when the last Saturday - have pushed down has been played. the No. 18 Eagles over the Not even all-every- cliff and they are hanging thing Cooper Kupp by their fingers to make could rescue Eastern the postseason. (5-2 Big Sky, 6-4 overall) But to illustrate just last week at Washing- how close andcompeti- ton-Grizzly Stadium. tive things have been this Kupp had his usual season, a win Saturday gaudy receiving stats against the 8-2 and No. with six catches and 11 ranked Portland State 118 yards, including a Vikings at Roos Field can 65-yard catch and run n game versus Photo by Paul Delaney Eastern quarterback Reilly Hennessey was sacked on this play and fumbled, resulting in a game-changing return for a Montana touchdown. early that led to an East- passed the 301 by Jerry ern field goal. With 303 Rice of Mississippi Val- career catches Kupp ley from 1981-84. Kupp also threw his Eastern lost the turn- second touchdown pass over battle in a big way of the season, this one in Missoula, giving up to Kendrick Bourne that three interceptions, one cut the Grizzly lead to a pick-six. If one counts 27-9 with 4 minutes, 56 fourth down conver- seconds to play in the signs, as coaches do, they first half. were -7. Minutes earlier the But the past is the game suddenly swung past as far as EWU head fully in Montana's fa- coach BeauBaldwinsaid vet. Trailing 20-3 with in his weekly Coaches" 10 minutes to play in Show on Nov. 16. "You the half, Eastern had don't want to let a team the ball on their own beat you twice." 40 when quarterback There's plenty to oc- Reilly Hennessey was cupy time in preparation sacked by the Grizzlies for Portland State who and fumbled. Herbert saw Southern Utah miss Gamboa scooped it up a two-point conversion and ran 33 yards for a touchdown. See EWU footl ll page 3 olm's ry earns ByAL STOVER ......... D augh- onships in boxing and Staff Reporter , " iiter Ho1- mixed martial arts. thing I ve heard ily Holm Rousey came into One the UFC commentator and I i:defeated fight as the unbeatable comedian Joe Rogan say 1, ,, w - opponent, with an un- is "anything can happen dy" Ronda Rousey to blemished record of 12- in mixed martial arts." win the UFC women's 0 prior to the fight, six I've also heard from sev- bantamweight champi- successful title defenses eral fighters I've inter- onship. Many are calling - three in the last nine viewed over the years are Holm's win over Rousey months - and the best that even the best athletes the biggest upset in not grappling of any fighter in experience defeat at some only mixed martial arts, the women's 135-pound point in their careers, but all of combat sports, division. Although Holm MMA fans learned She also made history by had a 9-0 record and an this first-hand last Satur- becoming the first fighter extensive boxing back- day after"The Preacher's to win world champi- ground - a 33-2-3 record in com and a plethora of world championships - fans and critics considered P.D. an unworthy contender for Rousey. And why shouldn't they? Helm's grappling and takedown defense has improved since she transitioned to MMA but it's nowhere as efficient as Rousey or her previous opponents. Prior to fighting Rousey, Helm's octagon run con- sisted of back-to-back decision wins. spo Rousey opened at - result in the champion 300, making her a 3-1 finishing Holm quickly odds favorite, with Holm like she had many of her as a +250 underdog, ac- previous opponents, cording to Best Fight But Rousey's aggres- Odds. Those numbers siveness seemed to work shifted with money com- against her. Holm out ing in on Helm's side maneuvered her while - dropping Rousey to as landing many strikes on low as about a -140. Rousey in the first round. I'll admit that I count- Helm's strength seemed ed Holm out, believing to match her opponent's that Rousey's jude, ag as she escaped from a gressiveness, strength couple of submission and preparation would be the keys that would See Crunch Time page 3