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Section 2 December 10, 2015 Cheney Free Press li Cheney can't match opening day Reardan High School simply couldn't match last Thursday, Dec. 3. The Blackhawks dominated every focus at Freeman in 67-48 loss aspect of the game from start to finish in blitzing the 2B Indians 73-32 in the opener. By JOHN McCALLUM But while the hard work got on the bus Friday Editor night for Freeman, the intensity might have still In their first two forays onto the hardwood this be back in Lincoln County. From the tip the Black- season, the Cheney High boys' basketball squad hawks didn't possess the same level of focus as the didn't fail to produce in the hard work depart- host Scotties, falling behind in the first quarter and ment. never rebounding in a 67-48 loss to.the Northeast What the Blackhawks now need to do is bring A League team. the intensity head coach Gregg Smith said they "Effort isn't good enough," Smith said. "You possessed in their season Opener to each and every have to have intensity." game. That is what the Blackhawks had at Reardan, Cheney's intensity was something that hosts posting an early 18-8 lead after the first eight min- utes that they stretched to 40-16 by half. Cheney continued to pull away in the second half, getting balanced overall scoring, solid effort on the boards and stifling defense. Jamiel Worthem led Cheney with 12 points, with Drake Johnson adding 11 and Cam Hardt chipping in 10. No stats were available, but Smith said his team was at least a plus-20 in the rebound- ing category, and that Gaige Felix notched at least seven steals. "I hope they (Blackhawks) gained confidence, not from the blowout but from the way we played, with intensity," Smith said. "It left us feeling good, See Blackhawks page 2 Former Eastern Eagle sheds injury issues in memorable run to Canadian Football League title Contributed photo from Edmonton Eskimos For J.C. Sherritt, first came a state football championship at Pullman High in 2005. Next in 2010 he was part of Eastern Washington's Football Championship Subdivision national title. And just a couple of weeks ago Sherritt's Edmonton Eskimos won Canada's big game, the Grey Cup. By PAUL DELANEY player for the Eagles in Staff Reporter their title run in 2010 been quitea 10where he was voted the year run for former FCS's top defensive play- Eastern Washing-er in winning the Buck ton University line- Buchannan Award, Sher- backer J.C. Sherritt. rift burst on the Canadian Sherritt capped FootballLeague scenein things Sunday, Nov. abigway. 29 in Winnipeg, Man., Following his signing where, as a member of by the Eskimos in April the Edmonton Eskimos, 2011, Sherritt was an ira- he will now have his mediate impact player name inscribed on Can- at middle linebacker. He ada's famed Grey Cup', was voted the Western much as hockey play- Conference Rookie of ers do with the Stanley the Year and the CFL's Cup. Defensive MVP. Edmonton's 26-20 But then Sherritt, who victory over the Ottawa , played b,asically healthy RedBlacks completed for his final two years at a stellar season for the Eastern, was bitten by the Eskimos, a great come- injury bug. back for Sherritt, and "These last two years a decade in which he's have been tough not be- won a state high school ing able to walk out there football championship with your teammates," in 2005 at Pullman, the Sherrittsaid'"Inthisbusi- 2010 NCAA Football ness, if you can't stay on Championship Subdi- the fieldyourjob security vision crown at EWU gets into high question." and now Canada's top Luck plays a part in football prize, it because Sherritt said "It's been really cool he prepares himself as to find a way to the top well as anyone in the off- at all three levels," Sher- season. ritt said. After being a key See Sherritt page 3 erguson ptu Photo by AI Stover Cheney's Michael Ferguson is moments away from pinning Medical Lake's Dustin Horlander in the sec- ond period of their match at the Dec. 3 Shadle Park jamboree. Deer Pa rk Invite title, rson third ByAL STOVER All three of Ferguson's guson, he earned a 7-0lome Macras, 12-6. In Staff Reporter pins were under a min- win over Colville's Saw- the fourth/sixth place The Cheney High ute. yer Hughes and pinned match, Ferris'JackByers wrestling team kicked Fergusonspent mostMead's Evan Stickle- pinned Nguyen in the off its seasonwith a few of last season at 220 meyer. In the third-place first period. high notes, most hota- pounds. Head coach match, he earned a 6-0 "Zack is just fun bly Michael Ferguson Brad Rasmussen said decision overLewisand to watch," Rasmussen winning the 285-pound Ferguson may drop back Clark's James Franco- said. "He's confident division at the Deer Park to 220 later in the season, Sichiro. and brings a little bit Invite, Dec. 5. while Pederson will con- Zack Nguyen (138) of spunk to the team. It After a first-roundtinue to wrestle at 285. finished sixth in his pushes everyone else to bye, Ferguson tore "Garrett wins big bracket. After losing get a little bitbetter. It's through his bracket, matches for us at 285," his first-round match to fun having guys like that pinning Royal's David Rasmussen said. "It all North Central's Gavin around." Lopez in the quarterfi- depends on what's best Gies, via 4-2 decision, Saul Bautista (120) nals, fellow Blackhawk for Michael, Garrett and he picked up wins overwent 2-1 in the tourna- Garrett Pederson in the the team." Lewis and Clark's Chase ment. He earned a 4-3 semi-finals and Free- Pederson finished Long, 13-8, Colville'sdecision, over Granger's man's Joey Sims in thethird in the 285 divi- John Knight, 10-5, championship round, sign. Before facing Fer- and Granger's Absa- See Wrestling page 2 season -- an By JOHN McCALLUM Editor College football's bowl season is almost upon us and I couldn't resist the urge to com- ment. This year we have new wrinkles to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivi- sign's annual feeding frenzy at the money trough. With the addi- tion of three new bowls this year, it was necessary to come up with 84 teams to fill those slots. There only teams the FBS The numbers game means there were good odds several bowls would have to invite teams possessing a sub-.500 record, and in- deed there are three such teams headed to post season glory: Nebraska, San Jose State and Min- nesota. Those teams were se- lected from among the other sub-.500 teams by virtue of a better acadetn- ic standing. That leaves 44 teams unable to take part in what has become the NCAA's equivalent to getting a participation trophy and a juice box. No offense to parks and recreation or youth league folks, which is where that final phrase originated, but at some point in life it does be- come all about winning and it's winning that should be rewarded. Ending a season with a 5-7, or 6-6 mark is not winning. So, for any of those oth- er 44 teams who might see improvement next year as attaining the mediocrity of 5-7, get those collective grades up. They should be doing that anyway: In actuality, gained through counting, there are 43 bowl games and one national title game. Two of those games, the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, both Dec. 31, feature four teams involved in the College Football Playoff: No. 4 Oklahoma (Go Sooners! - sorry, couldn't resist), No. 3 Michigan State, No. 2 Alabama and No. 1 Clemson. The winners advance to the national title game in Glendale, Ariz. on Jan. 11. Don't worry though, because those losers on the field are still winners in their wallets. While coaches say the postseason is about players, providing extra practices to develop next year's talent, looking to the future through re- cruiting and rewarding seniors with a final fare- well, college football's bowls are really about money - and lots of it. Too much to calculate and too difficult because not only is the payout from bowls included, but See Crunch "nine page 4