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Section 2 December 1, 2016 Cheney Free Press ' CHENEY * CLARKSTON, " PULLMAN ' Photo by AI Stover Pictured are most of the Cheney High athletes who were selected for the 2016 fall Great Northern League teams and corn peted in state competition. By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Cheney High School had 24 stu- dent athletes who were selected for 2016 fall Great Northern League teams. Athletes and some of their highlights are listed below. _ Football Charles Johnson (first team of- fense) ran for 128 yards in the Sun- nyside game and 144 against North Central. Cameron Hardt (first team de- fense) scored a touchdown in the Eisenhower game. Cade VanWormer (first team de- lense) had two sacks in the Sunnyside game and scored a touchdown on an interception in the Eisenhower game. Logan Kendall (first team defense and second team offense) had the winning touchdown in the North Central game. Brock Winegar (second team of- fertse) played on both offensive and defensive lines. Chris Fuentes (second team de- fense) scored three touchdowns in the East Valley game. Volleyball Peyton Stark (MVP) had season- high stats of 38 assists and five aces. Taylor Gould (first team) notched 12 digs, 11 kills and one block. Rylie Pease (first team) had a sea- son high 18 kills, 12 digs and three aces. KD Skillingstad (first team) re- corded 12 kills, five blocks and two aces, Ally Jones (second Team) had a season-high 28 digs. Heather Zorrozua was named coach of the year for the second straight season after she led her team to its second league title, first district championship and a state tournament appearance. Girl's Soccer Lelie Holland (first team) had three assists. Kailey Estrellado (second team) scored seven goals and had an assist. Kaitlin Teeters (second team) scored seven goals. Sydney Eaton (second team) had an assist. Nicole Rowley (second team) re- corded 53 saves. Boy's Cross Country Matthew Christianson (first team) finished 29th place at state in 16:44.00, See AII-GNL page 2 ime ral By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter One thing that likely will not startle Central Arkansas when they first see the red Sprinturf at Roos Field for the first time will be its color. The Bears have their own wild-looking turf at Estes Sta- dium in Conway, Ark. where they dispatched Illinois State, 31-24, Nov. 26 in a first-round Football Championship Subdi- vision playoff. Playing on wl~at is nick- named, "The Stripes," - al- ternating 5-yard swatches of purple and white - the 14th-ranked Bears, down 17-7, scored 24 fourth quarter points to rally past the Redb{rds and earn a quarterfinal matchup with the No. 3 Eagles on the Inferno this Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Central Arkansas used some extra-special, special teams play to top Illinois State with a blocked punt and return for a touchdown from Jakari Dillard that made it a 17-14 game. UCA got 10 of its 14 first downs through the air and arm of Hayden Hilderbrand, who was 18 of 36 for 268 yards. "There is an explosiveness to their football team that will make it tough on us," Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said. "That's why they've won 10 games this year." Concerned about special teams' play, Baldwin said on "his weekly coaches" show, "We have to be on our toes." Eastern has never played Cen- tral Arkansas out of Conway, located in the near geographic center of the state. Eastern will counter with the one-two punch of the Big Sky Conference Co-Offensive Players of the Year in receiver Cooper Kupp and quarter- back Gage Gubrud, plus first- team All-Big Sky defenders, Samson Ebukam, Jay-Tee Tiuli, Miquiyah Zamora and Zach Bruce. The Bears are making their third appearance in the FCS playoffs, and were a NAIA pow- er before moving to NCAA Di- vision II and eventually NCAA Division I. They won NAIA titles in 1984, 1985 and 1991. The Eagles enter this year's playoffs 10-1 as the No. 2 seed and as 'long as they keep win- ning they will host games up to the national championship game on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas. They return to the postseason after missing in 2015. See Playoff page 2 astern men's b ketball win streak reaches four games Eagles survive close calls at Reese Court By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter Eastern Washington hit the shots when they needed to late, making up for the ones that didn't fall early, rallying to earn a 96-90 men's basketball win over the University of San Francisco last Sunday, Nov. 27 at Reese Court. With the victory also came an unofficial title in the Eastern Classic fol- lowing Saturday's 85-80 overtime win over the Uni- versity of Denver. The win extended the Eagles' streak to four and improved their record to Photo by Paul Delaney EWU's Bogdan Bliznyuk (32) is congratulated by team- mates following key baskets that lifted the Eagles past Seattle U, Averaging just over 20 points per game in four contests, Bliznyuk was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week. 5-2 while USF suffered its first loss of the season. All four victories have come at home in a seven-day span. Earlier, the Eagles won a pair of Legends Classic games, 81-77 over Bryant, Nov. 21 and 80-76 in double-overtime against Seattle University, Nov. 22. Trailing the West Coast See EWU men page 3 McGregor vacating his UFC featherweight title was right call By AL STOVER Staff Reporter In my last Crunch Time column (Nov. 17, 2016), I wrote that mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, who became the first athlete to simul- taneously hold a cham- pionship in two weight divisions, (featherweight and lightweight) in the UFC, was seeking to own a stake in the organiza'- tion. Since then, McGregor has gone from holding two championships to just having the light- weight belt - and he didn't even lose the other one in a fight. The UFC announced that McGregor vacated the featherweight cham- pionship last Saturday, Nov. 26 in favor of keeping his light- weight belt. Jose Aldo, who won the interim title in July, was promoted to undis- puted champion status. He will face the winner of the fight between Antho- ny Pettis and Max Hol= loway, who will clash for the interim featherweight title at UFC 206. McGregor's path to becoming featherweight champion was notewor- thy. He defeated Chad Mendes for an interim title in July 2015, because Aldo, who was the un- disputed champion, was injured. The Irishman would face Aldo and knock him out in 13 sec- onds - the fastest cham- pionship victory in UFC history - to win the un- disputed title. But while McGregor's rise to the 145-pound champion was historic, his actual reign was not. The former champion said he intended to de- fend the featherweight title, going as far to say the UFC would have to ."send an army" to take away one of his belts, but he never signed a contract for a title defense. [n his 350 days of holding the belt, he fought a two- bout welterweight series against Nate Diaz and defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. See Crunch Time page 2