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.- ,: -, .... Section 2 December 3, 2015 Cheney Free Press ' File photo Ending months of speculation on his future, Eastern Washington's record-setting receiver, Cooper Kupp, seen here in 2014 with one of his many acrobatic touchdown catches, announced Nov. 30 that he would stay in school for his senior year and skip entering April's NFL draft. By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter The guy nicknamed "sticky hands" is sticking around a little longer in Cheney. Cooper Kupp, the 2015 Big Sky Conference's offen- sive MVP - the first league receiver in four decades to be so honored - ended rumors that he would skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft, announc- ing Nov. 30 he would return for his senior season at Eastern. After informing head coach Beau Baldwin earlier in the day, Kupp next went to members of the Eagle Athletic Fund with a video, and then to social media on Twitter with the news. "I've decided that I want to spend the 2016 season as an Eagle and be part of something great here at Eastern Washington," Kupp said. "I believe that God has a plan for me and a great plan for Eastern Wash- ington, and I want to be a part of that." Kupp has helped Eastern win 29 games overall and 20 in the Big Sky Conference in the past three seasons, with outright Big Sky Conference championships and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff berths in his freshman and sophomore seasons. The Eagles finished out of the playoffs for the first time since 2011 with a 6-5 record in 2015. "We're excited to not only get such an outstand- ing student-athlete like Cooper back for another year, but we are grateful to have such an amazing leader and presence in our locker room return for his senior season," Baldwin said. A sure bet to become a three-time first team All- American in 2015, Kupp was the 2013 recipient of the Jerry Rice Award presented to the top freshman in FCS. Through his junior season, Kupp established eight Big Sky Conference records, as well as 17 school marks See Kupp page 3 egnler By AL STOVER Staff Reporter -- ~FormerCheney High baseball coach-- Terry Regnier added one more honor to his coaching and teaching career: inductee into the 2015 Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Although Regnier is humbled to receive such an honor, he gives much of the credit to those who supported the Cheney baseball program. "It isn't just me, it's a whole group of people," Regnier said. Regnier played baseball at Kenne- wick High School, where his coaching career started during his junior year of high school with Kennewick High School's Roy Johnson. After high school, he played baseball at Columbia nto WSB Hall of Basin Commu- nity College in Pasco and later Eastern Wash- ington Univer- sity -- or East- ern Washington State College as it was known at the time. He also lived in Terry Regnier Australia where he played in the Australian professional baseball league and coached for two years. For Regnier, baseball is a specialized sport where no position is the same and athletes can have success if they find the ,right position to play." "It's a challenging sport, it takes a lot of skill and work," Regnier said. "There's also a tremendous amount of strategy to it.'r, After Austrailia, Regnier returned to Kennewick High School where he taught and coached different sports. He and head coach Dean Heft devel- oped a system that not only focused on having players practice together, but also helped develop an athletes' confidence. "We developed a philosophy where we gave kids a chance to be successful," Regnier said: "We also implemented the short game. We may have had kids who couldn't hit well, but they could bunt well." Regnier returned to Cheney in 1978 as an assistant coach for football and basketball at Cheney High. He became the head baseball coach in 1980, taking over from Rich Rust. "Jim Hatch was the athletic director at the time, he's another guy ! owe a lot to," Regnier said. "He gave me the opportunity to be the head baseball coach, and support to help develop a successful program." From 1980-1996, Regnier coached the Blackhawks to 12 postseason ap- pearances and five league champion- ships. In 1991, he was named Washing- ton state's "Coach of the Year." Regnier contributes his success in Cheney to surrounding himself with assistant coaches like Bob Strampe, who played for the Detroit Tigers, and Randy Elam, who would later take over See Regnier page 3 U,rnen smo OU um in II Contributed photo from EWU Eastern's Venky Jois battles in the Sac State post-Thanksgiv- ing tournament. By PAUL DELANEY the University of South Dakota, head. coach Jim Hayford said. In the opening contest ver- Staff Reporter Nov. 29. "We'll just have to learn from sus the Tigers from nearby The road has had some The latter two games were it." Stockton, Calif. the Eagles held bumps in it recently for the part of the post-ThanksgivingSophomore Bogdan Pacific without a field goal for Eastern Washington University Sacramento State BasketballBliznyuk led the Eagles with 16 5:27 late in the game to secure men's basketball team. And the Invitational. points on 6-of-12 shooting from the win. Eagles need to get them fixed Last Sunday versus the Coy-the field with a pair of 3-point- Four Eagles scored in dou- as they will continue to live out otes from Vermillion, S.D. in ers. Redshirt freshman Cody ble figures, as Eastern used a of a suitcase for much of the the Hornet's Nest at Sac State, Benzel came off the bench to late 10-3 run to turn a 49-all tie month of December. Eastern watched a nine-point score 12 points. Senior gradu- into a seven-point advantage Through three games as of second half lead melt away ate transfer Austin McBroom with 1:59 to play. Nov. 29 - with a fourth at the under a 10-for-13 USD shooting finished with 11 points McBroom led the Eagles University of San Francisco effort. The Coyotes were a 96-90 After the Eagles took a 53-48 with a season-high 20 points, this past Tuesday, Dec. 1 -- the winner over host Sac State in advantage, the Coyotes used making all 10 of his free Eagles were 1-2 following a Saturday's other game. runs of 7-0 and 8-0 to take a throws. Senior Venky Jois 58-52 loss at Seattle Univer- "That was a really good 63-58 advantage with 5:54 to had 16 points, junior Felix Von sity, Nov. 23, a win versus the team - that's why they came in play. With the loss, Eastern Hofe added 12 and Bliznyuk University of the Pacific 70-63 here and beat Sacramento State evened its nonconference re- Nov. 28 and a 77-71 defeat from by six and us by six," Eastern cord at 3-3 See EWU men page 3 Boxing's heavyweight division is in new era--- maybe By AL STOVER Staff Reporter There s been a buzz in the boxing community lately and I m not talking about "Creed," which premiered in theaters on Thanksgiving, though I do recommend seeing it. It's a good flick. I'm talking last Satur- day, Nov. 28, when the undefeated British fight- erTyson Fury defeated boxing great Wladimir Klitschko to win the World Boxing Associa- tion, International Boxing Federation, World Box- ing Organization, Inter- ;;:: national ~iii~:: B o x i n g iiiil Organi- ~!iz a t i o n and The Ring heavyweight titles, becoming the first mart to defeat Klitschko in 11 years. The only world heavyweight belt Fury doesn't own is the World Boxing Council's, which belongs to 2008 Olym- pic bronze medalist and American fighter Deon- tay Wilder, who already wants to fight the Brit. Fury's win, which comes on the heels of Holly Holm defeating Ronda Rousey to win the have the same rule sets in his fight against May- point, fans, especially UFC women's bantam- with minor tweaks here weather, where he lost Americans, weren't as weight title, is the latest and there. Both "sports via majority decision, interested in the heavy- event in what some fans also don't promote indi- and most recently against weight division as they see as a new era for box- vidual athletes very well Miguel Cotto. Meanwhile used to be. The heavy- ing, which started back yet they still generate a Golovkin's knockout weight championship in September after Floyd lot of revenue, percentage - which isused to be the talk of the Mayweather Jr. defeated Middleweight cham- currently at 91 percent town when fighters like Andre Berto and retired pions Gennady Genna- - and tough chin has Mike Tyson, Evander from the sport for the dyevich Golovkin, also helped him win over Holyfield and Lennox second time. known as "GGG" and skeptical fans. Lewis were on top of the Could this be a new era Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Promoting heavy- division. forboxing'sheavyweight have already captivated weight fighters is a Fromabusinessstand- division? It could, longtime boxing fans.tougher challenge, point, boxing executives Boxing is like baseball Promoters are hoping Although Klitschko's aren't just looking for in some respects. While that they can bring in ca- nine-and-a-half year run someone who can fight they both have a core fan sual viewers in hopes of as a world champion well in the ring, there are base, both sports aren't increasing pay per view with 18 successful title many of those athletes doing much to attract buy rates. Alvarez haddefenses was impressive new fans. Both sports standout performances from an athletic stand- See Crunch Timepage 3