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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS T, urs a oeoem er I O tern women home to face Utah Valley FROM NEWS SERVICES REPORTS The Eastern Wash- ington University wom- en's basketball team returns home this week for a nonconference game against Utah Val- ley, tonight, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at Reese Court. EWU (3-4) is coming off a trip to Austin, Tex- as, where it faced three high-caliber opponents as part of the Lone Star Showcase. The Eagles opened play against then-No. 19 Northwest- ern, Nov. 26, narrowly falling to the Wildcats, 74-70. Senior Hayley Hodgins led the team in scoring with 24 points. Junior Ashli Payne had the best performance of her young Eastern ca- reer thus far, scoring 17 points as well as pulling down a' team-high nine rebounds. Hayley Hodgins led the Eagles with 16 points against East Car- olina in an 80-62 loss Nov. 27 while junior Tisha Phillips scored 11. EWU's final game of the trip came against Creighton Nov. 28, as the Eagles dropped an overtime thriller, 66-60. Sophomore Mariah Cunningham paced Eastern with a career-high 14 points while Payne was a basket away from a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. Utah Valley ow'ns a 6-2 record on the young season and is coming off a 94-88 overtime win against San Francisco. The Orem, Utah school is led in scoring by sophomore Mariah Seals at 14.3 points per game. The Eagles travel next week for games at Cal-Fullerton (Sunday, Dec. 13) and Wichita State (Tuesday, Dec. 15) before playing at home the rest of the month starting Friday, Dec. 18 hosting Abilene Chris- tian. Eastern will then face Boise State (Monday, Dec. 21) before opening Big Sky Conference play at Reese versus Northern Colorado (Thursday, Dec. 31) and North Da- kota (Saturday, Jan. 2). continued from page 1 nearly had a double- double with 10 points and eight rebounds. In their rematch at Key Arena in Seattle to start the road trip, Eastern went the final 2:57 without scoring. Eastern had just seven turnovers in the first meeting but were guilty of a season-high 18 this time. After leading 22- 19 at the half the Eagles were outscored 39-30 in the final 20 minutes. Jois led three Ea- gles in double figures with 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. McBroom scored 11 points, as did Bliznyuk. Following their con- test at San Francisco, Eastern stops back in Cheney for a Sunday, Dec. 6 game at 2:05 p.m. against Great Falls Col- lege. They are back on the road for five of their next six games, includ- ing a Dec. 9 contest at Davidson College in North Carolina and .playing at the Univer- sity of Pittsburgh, Dec. 11. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chenevfreepress. com. continued from page 1 around the world. They are looking for the next star, the next person who can get people talking. Fury seems to be on the verge of being the next breakout star that can bring prestige and in-. terest back to the heavy- weight championship. After defeating Klitschko, Fury belted out an Aerosmith song to his wife while in the ring. In his post-fight interview he said he'll be a "thrilling" cham- pion like Muhammad Ali - because invoking the name of one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time is a good way to grab head- lines. His antics before a fight, which include dressing up as Barman at a pre-fight press confer- ence, have also earned him attention. Fury may not be from the United States, but American fans will gravitate toward a foreign fighter if that athlete can capture their attention in some way, As the face of the heavyweight division, Fury has a chance to bring in fans and gen- erate interest in the heavyweight division that hasn'tbeen seen in a long time, especially if he can book a unification bout with Wilder. The only danger to Fury's rise to stardom is if he and his promoter Eddie Hearn try to "play it safe" when picking op- ponents, similar to what Mayweather did late in his career. Of course Fury's title reign at the top might be a short one. He and Klitschko already agreed to a rematch in 2016. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. com. continued from page 1 Regnier's role as head coach in 1997. Regnier also encouraged his ath- letes to play other sports during the school year. "Kids got to know they are valuable," Reg- nier said. "I'd talk with Tom Oswald (head foot- ball coach) and Denny Humphrey, the head basketball coach and quite often we'd have three-sport athletes. It w.as an important thing to communicate with other coaches." Elam, who wrote Reg- nier's nomination letter in 2012, said his mentor had a "big impact" on his life and influenced his coaching style. "He showed me how to work a baseball pro- gram and have players practice together," Elam said. "He was a leader and helped create an excellent baseball pro- gram." Regnier also helped build Cheney's summer baseball program. Like his high school run, he credits the summer pro- gram's success to the coaches and parents who dedicated their time in mentoring athletes, as well as community mem- bers who helped raise money for the team. Regnier's favor- ite coaching moments mostly focus on 'watch- ing older players help younger kids develop their skills. "A lot of people talk about wins and losses and that type of stuff, but for me it was those spring break and summer camps," Regnier said. In addition to his coaching career, Reg- nier taught for 40 years. In 2008, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization of businesses that promotes students going into the business field and sales or being entrepreneurs. In addition to support- ing his student athletes, Regnier would attend performances and non- athletic events to support his students that were involved in activities like drama and band. "I had some great teachers and coaches who impacted my life and they inspired me to give back some blessings I had," Regnier said. "Go- ing into education was a pretty good way to give back." Regnier said he's in- debted to the people who helped him "get the base- ball program in the right direction" and evolve to what it is today. "We had tremendous administrators and the community support," Regnier said. There were so many people in the community who would step in and help us out. That's why it's so hum- bling for me to be induct- ed into the Hall of Fame. It wasn't my program, it was the community's program." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. 613 S Washington Ste 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) FREE Parking 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars. Trucks. Trailers Boats Cycles. RVs :. 455-8320 -:. continued from page 1 and seven NCAA FCS records. His 122.4 average reception yards per game is currently an FCS career record, while his other six FCS records were set dur- ing his freshman season. His 114 catches this season broke the previous league record of 112, and ranks eighth all-time in FCS history. His average of 10.4 catches per game was also a league record (sixth all-time in FCS), to go along with six career marks he set in just three seasons -- all ending with first team All-Big Sky ac- colades. Kupp also passed for a pair of touchdowns this season and had another via punt return, giving him 58 total touchdowns scored in his 39-game career. In addition to his con- tinued assault on the FCS record books, Kupp will get a chance to play one more season with his younger brother Ketner Kupp, a linebacker for the Eagles as a true freshman this season who played in all 11 Eastern games. A day after his an- nouncement, Kupp was notified that he was one of three finalists for the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year. The other finalists are run- ning backs, Marshaun Coprich from Illinois State and Lamar's Kade Harrington. The award will be an- nounced Jan. 8, 2016 in Frisco, Texas on the eve of the FCS title game. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chenevfreepress. com. ......... ...... ClubPrice ~ii!:: !iiil ~!iii~:i!!iil ::: Prices effective 12/3/15 thru 12/8/15 wzmm~ Pd~es m tF~ ae are el~K~e'~ 7am, Tht)~ay, De