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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS [3 Thursday, November 19, 2015 continued from page 1 with 1:18 to play and earned a 24-23 win at home, the T-Birds first conference loss. Wild finishes have been the norm this season in conference play. "It's probably going to go down to the wire in terms of who's in, who's out," Baldwin said. "That's why I don't want us to be focusing on that. That part's out of your con- trol." "If we do a good job and we go earn a win we will have seven Division I wins with an incredibly good schedule," Baldwin said. "Our focus needs to be not playing a great game but having a great week that allows you to put a great product on the field Saturday." That comes against a Portland State team who shocked the football world in their opening week with a 24-17 win over Washington State. "They beat a WSU team that has won a ton of games in the Pac-12," Baldwin said. PSU got to 7-1 overall before stumbling in a 35-32 loss at Northern Colorado, a team East- ern needed a field goal as time ran out to win 43-41. But even when the Vikings have been not as good as they are this year they have given the Eagles fits in the past. "They beat us in 2011 by David Jones with 928 net yards. Quarterback Alex Kuresa has 651 yards on the ground. Kuresa has thrown for 1,728 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. "They can sting you on explosive plays pass- ing," Baldwin said. The PSU defense has a secondary featuring two players, Patrick On- wuasor who leads the conference with nine interceptions and Xavier Coleman, who had two last week and five this season. Portland State re- portedly was a program on life support com- ing into the season but has delivered the mes- sage they certainly are not dead. They offer the perfect opponent, Baldwin said, for his team that, as three-time defending conference champions, has plenty to prove. (43-26, the first loss on the red turf), but the three wins since then have been tough, tough to come by," Baldwin said. "It's come down to the wire for two of those three." Eastern won 41-34 (2012) and 56-34 (2014) on the road and 42-41 at Roos in 2013 where they outscored PSU 35-20 in the second half, includ- ing 14-6 in the final 1 minute, 44 seconds to clinch a second consecu- tive Big Sky title. This year's PSU team favors the run first, Bald- win said. "They have a few~ different running backs that have shown some great ability," led "Coming off a cou- ple of losses that we felt stung by to a level to where we want to get this taste out of our mouth," Baldwin said. Paul Delaruey can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. continued from page 1 Cheney had 52 carries for 465 yards. From that yardage, Graham had 24 carries for 233 yards while Johnson had 15 carries for 136 yards. "Going in we knew they were good, but we also knew they were used to passing so we took ad- vantage with our ground , game," Byrd said. In passing, Martin was 6 for 8 with 128 yards. The Vikings gained some momentum after Wyatt Pettijohn scored on a 85-yard kick return. Blehm's 18-yard scoring pass to Dakota Huntley capped Selah's scoring. "The kids knew what we were playing for -- a Spot in the tournament," .... By~d:isaid. "They were ~pre~ared and got the job done." On defense Andrew Witt recorded an inter- ception while Cam Hardt continued from page 1 Military families as a whole get used to not having one of their par- ents home at any given time, Fritz said. Her dad had a full year's deploy- ment recently. "That was a rough one, especially when you're in the middle of high school and you have things that you're accomplishing," Fritz said. "Either you hate it the rest of your life or like it." Fritz said the upside has been sampling all the dif- ferent cultural experiences she has been afforded. "I'm only 17 years old and I've been everywhere," Fritz said. Those duty stations have all been in the U.S. "My dad was looking all led his team with four solo tackles and three assists. With Byrd leading the team for the second year, Cheney finishes the season 9-2 overall. They had a strong start to the season, winning their first seven games with three being shutouts. In Great Northern League play they picked up back- to-back wins over East Valley, 35-7, Oct. 2, and West Valley, 27-25, Oct. 16. Clarkston handed the Blackhawks their only regular season toss, 52-25, Oct. 23. Cheney ended its regular season on a high note after defeating Pull- man, 30-22. Byrd said he couldn't be prouder of how his players performed dur- ing the season. He cred- ited the part Of the team's success to its unity of the players. Cheney loses 17 se- niors to graduation in- cluding captains Gra- ham, who was voted the offensive and defensive MVP for the GNL, Mar- tin and Logan Pratt. "I'm going to miss our larger senior group, they helped lay the foundation to help build on the great tradition that is Black- hawk football." As for next season, Byrd noted Hardt, who made the all-GNL first team, Johnson and Ken- dall as a few standouts who are likely to come back next year, as well as Cade VanWormer, Chris Fuentes, who will help make up the linebacker core. "There are a lot of good kids comtng back next year," Byrd said. "Our freshmen and JV teams had successful sea- sons. There will be a lot of kids fighting for starting positions." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. at an overseas deployment this year instead of coming to Fairchild," Fritz said."But we figured with college ap- plications that would not have been good." Along with her father, a 20-year service veteran, who she plans to follow with a career in the Air Force, Fritz's mother, Stacy, has been her stabilizer on the home front. Fritz has a 12-year-old brother, Mat- thew. Stacy Fritz was a teach- er until it got too hard to move schools. "She's just been at home helping me do everything, teaching me the basics of school to teaching me the basics of life," Fritz said. "She's there for everything." While Fritz plans a mili- tary career, she wants to do it a little differently than her father and has applied to the Air Force Academy. To cover the bases she also just completed applica- tions to Annapolis (Navy) and West Point academies, too. Air Force is of course her first choice because, "I bleed blue," she said with excitement. Knowlton, too, is ex- cited and for~nate, to have had her life and program touched by Fritz. "To see someone who has that much passion, and to coach someone with that much passion for the game is almost like an epiphany because you see yourself in her, almost," Knowlton said. PaulDelaneycanbereached at pdelaney@cheney_freepress. com. continued from page 1 attempts. As for prepa- ration, Holm executed a seemingly perfect game plan in getting Rousey to chase her. In the second round Holm landed a vicious head kick that sent the champion to the canvas. Rousey later went to the hospital for a busted lip. Holm's win was a shock to many, but big upsets in mixed martial arts are more common than we think. There have been sev- eral upsets in MMA prior to Holm's win over Rous- ey. In 2007, Matt Serra shocked the world when he finished Georges St~ Pierre in three minutes to win the UFC welter- weight championship. Chris Weidman ushered in a new era for the UFC's middleweight division after he defeated Ander- son Silva to win the belt, snapping Silva's 16-fight winning streak. Last year T.J. Dillashaw beat Renan Barao to win the bantam- weight belt, becoming the first man to defeat Barao since the latter's first fight in 2005. Boxing fans will re- member when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the 10th round to win The Ring, World Boxing Council, World Boxing Associa- tion and International Boxing Federation heavy- weight championships. Douglas entered the con- test as a 42-1 underdog. UFC President Dana White intimated that Rousey will get a re- match against Holm, who agreed to defend her newly won champi- onship against the for- mer titleholder. Rousey released a statement on her Instagram account, thanking everyone for their love and support. "I appreciated the the welterweight title concerns about my back to St-Pierre in their health, but I'm fine,"' rematch while Douglas Rousey wrote. "As I mentioned before, I am going to take a little bit of time, but I'll be back." While the annals of combat sports history are filled with upsets, fighters like Weidman and Dillashaw who are still the champions in their respected weight divisions, will continue to carry that momen- tum throughout their careers. Then again, Serra lost dropped his champion- ships to Evander Holy- field in his first title defense. As for Holm, she's already considered the underdog in the rematch with Rousey despite coming in as the cham- pion. Who knows, may- be lighting will strike twice and The Preacher's Daughter will add the second loss to Rousey's MMA resume. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Dr. Cazan & Dr. Menke o AIRWAY HEIGHTS DENTAL CENTER Military families welcome, inviting ~, ~ ~ new patients, sedation provided, ~ ~,~ experienced providers and staff.! .... ~-~. 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