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1CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, November 19, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS wins mmln Cheney team breaks freestyle in 52.74 seconds. She also won Meghan Krantz and Courtne'y Hanson ation. Hochwalt said she'd like to have a her first 50 freestyle championship in took sixth in the 400 relay (3:55.94), setting few new swimmers come out for the team three school records 24.72. According to head coach Jennifer a new team record in the process, andl0th nextyear. Hochwalt, Norman set new team records in the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.85). Cheney While Hochwalt's focus for the next By AL STOVER in both events, finished in ninth place as a team. four months will be coaching the boy's Staff Reporter Alexis Schmidt came away with herHochwalt was impressed with how swim team, she said the girls plan on It's one thing to capture a state cham- best performance at state with two fifth- Krantz and Hanson performed in their meeting a few times during the offseason pionship in an event, it's something else place finishes in the 200 individual medley first appearance at state, to work their skills for the 2016 season. to win it two years in a row. (2:15.24) and 100 butterfly (1:00.10). "I hadn't expected them to go that "The veteran swimmers are trying to Cheney High's swimmer Makenzie "Makenzie and Alexis did absolutely fast," Hochwalt said. "They were ex- get the newer kids excited for swimming Norman accomplished that feat at the fabulous," Hochwalt said. "I'm proud of cited to be at state and had really good next year," Hochwalt said. "The goal is 2A-1A state championships, Nov. 13-14, how they rose to the occasion. Thisisthe swims." to maintain the skills, foundation and the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic best finals we've had. I'm really happy The Cheney girls swim team shouldmomentum going into next season." CenterinFederalWay, Wash. Shewon withthat." haveasolidcoregroupreturningnext Al Stover can be reached at her second state title in the 100-yard In team events Norman, Schmidt, year as they do not lose anyone to gradu- agle men plit games on long-distance openin,;I weekend By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Eastern Wash- ington University men's basketball team rid itself of any jetlag, and a season- opening loss last Sunday afternoon with a record- setting 126-64 noncon- ference win over George Fox University at Reese Court. The win came approxi- mately 48 hours after the Eagles saw a lead they held much of the way melt away in a 106-88 de- feat to Mississippi State in Starkville. On a day where the Ea- gles were honored for the accomplishments made in the 2014-15 season with the doling out of Big Sky championship rings and the unfurling of a pair of banners - one for winning the Big Sky and the other noting their appearance in the NCAA tournament - Eastern got 29 points from senior Venky Jois. Two other Eagles had double-doubles, sopho- more Bogdan Bliznyuk with 19 points and 12 re- bounds plus Austin Mc- Broom with 15 points and 10 assists. In the win Eastern broke the previous scor- ing record in a 124-94 win over Eastern Montana on Jan. 20,1969. "We knew George Fox was going to press us the whole 40 minutes, so we went into it knowingit was going to be a high-scor- ing game," Eastern head coach Jim Hayford said. George Fox, a member of NCAA Division III, was 5-20 a year ago and 3-13 in the Northwest Confer- ence. The game was an exhibition for the Bruins and does not count in their season record. Eastern forced 12 George Fox turnovers in the first half and had steals on all 12 of them, led by four from Sir Washington. The Eagles only scored Eastern led the Bull-"This was a tough the Eagles. The game onNov. 17 but the game eight points directly off dogs of the Southeastern environment to come also marked:the EWU was rescheduled to Nov. the turnovers, but finished Conference 60-50 with18 into, and we handled it debut for point guard18 following the devas- with 18 second,chance minutes, 35 seconds left wellinthe first half and McBroom, a graduate tating windstorm that points and 19 fast-break in the second, half, and at the start of the sec- transfer from Saint Lou- ravaged the region. points in the half. Eastern 68-62 at the 14:49 mark. ond half," Hayford said. is University who fin- P a u l D e I a n e y led 56-26 at the half. But the Eagles went "But M!ssissippi State ished with 15 points,can be reached at In the first part of their 8 1/2 minutes without a answered the bell and Eastern was to havepdelaney@cheneyfreepress. transcontinentalbasketball field goal as MSU went then we had trouble."faced Seattle University, com. weekend - the Eagles" on a 33-6 run, including Bliznyuk and junior season opener - the start one stretch of 18 unan- Felix Von Hofe each was impressive, swered points, scored 21-points to lead r FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS The Eastern Washington Universi- ty women's basketball team exploded for 25 first-quarter points and never looked back, using stifling defense to defeat visiting Air Force, 65-44, Nov. 15 at Reese Court. This victory marked the 200th career win for head coach Wendy Schuller. The Eagles opened their regular season with a 6440 victory over visit- ing Eastern Oregon Friday afternoon, Nov. 13. Against the Falcons, senior Hayley Hodgins led the Eagles with 20 points, her second straight game of at least 20 or more. She shot 8 of 14 from the field, and made two 3-pointers. Her sister, sophomore Delaney Hodgins, scored all 14 of her points in the opening 20 minutes. Defense was a bright spot in the game as Eastern forced 25 turnovers, including 12 steals and had eight blocks while never giving up a lead. "Our goal is to make teams uncom- fortable running their own offense, and I think our team did a pretty good job of that today," Schuller said. In the opener, Hayley Hodgins led the team with 24 points on 10 of 22 shooting. She added four 3- pointers. Delaney Hodgins ended with 13 points. The Eagles got off to a fast start, opening up a 21-8 advantage before leading at the half by 10. 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