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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 17, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS r rk for season' first win Future success to commit to defense," Johnson said Sunday night lies in improving a er the Lady Blackhawks fell to 1-4 on the young team defense season. Cheney did collect' By JOHN McCALLUM its first win of the 2015- Editor 2016 campaign, easily When asked, new dispatching Northeast A Cheney High School girls' League Deer Park 62-41 basketball head coach JT on Dec. 8, the first of a Johnson will tick off a laun- three-game home stand. dry list of areas where the But the Lady Blackhawks young Lady Blackhawks committed 30 turnovers need to improve if they in getting routed 70-31 by are to enjoy some success Idaho's Timberlake Dec. on the hardwoods this 11, and failed to get back season, on defense on several Better execution, cut occasions as West Valley back on tumovers, improve ralliedin the fourth quar- rebounding, they're all up tel for a 47-43 win in the there, but none higher than Great Northern League the one area of basketball opener for both teams just about every coach Dec 12. agrees they would like to Against the Stags last see their team excel. Tuesday, the Lady Black- "The biggest thing I've hawks played good de- got to do is get the girls fense. Where Johnson was Photo by John McCallum Cheney's Kristie McGourin (32) boxes out for a re- bound against Timberlake last Friday night. most happy with their per- shows they are sharingthe formance, however, was ball well. in the offensive category "Those are things you of assists, can build on," he added. Sixteen of Cheney's 23 JuniorKristieMcC ourin baskets came directly off and sophomore Hannah passes from a teammate, Lemelin both turned in something Johnson said an all-around game for Nadeau makes two state cuts at Selah meet By AL STOVER he won in 2 minutes and Trevor Babcock won In team events, Nadeau, Staff Reporter 10.85 seconds. He also both the 200 freestyleBabcock, Sugimura and The Cheney High boys qualified for state in the (1:53.94) and the 500 free- Arseniy Tepp won the 400 swim team started the 100 butterfly after winning style (5:18.19). freestyle relay (3:46.42) season with a loss to Selah, the race in 57.46. Other top Cheney fin- and were second in the 200 108-61, Dec. 10. "This meet was inter- ishers include Ethan Sug- medley relay (1:55.36). Despite the loss there esting," head coach Jenni- imura, who took third in The Blackhawks had were still many positives fer Hochwalt said. "There the 100 freestyle (1:01.32) their first home meet, Dec. from the meet, including were a lot of kids who and the 100 breaststroke 15, against Prosser and Scott Nadeau qualifying were faster this year than (1:15.68). Jacob Devine Grandview. for state in the 200-yard they were last year at this finished third in the 100 Hochwalt said the team individual medley, which time." backstroke (1:16.59). will work on build ng their endurance and that she'd Cheney gymnastics takes fourth at LC meet have kids try other events at the Prosser/Grandview By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney High gymnastics team kicked off their inaugural season at their first Greater Spo- kane League meet, Dec. 10, finishing fourth out of.five teams with 137.425 points. Central Valley won the meet with a score of 162.575 Olivia Hovater (28.700), Alexis Miller (28.675) and Katie Clem- ens (28.500) led their team and finished 14-15-16 in the all-around scores. Hovater tied for sev- enth place in the vault with an 8.000 while Mill- er tied for 10th with a 7.900. Miller finished ninth in both the uneven bars (7.275) and the balance beam (7.200). In the floor exercise, Clemens and Hovwater tied for ninth with an 8.400. "It went well," head coach Jaelyn Gardner said, referring to the team's first meet. "During the meet we saw some things we can improve on, but Gardner said she'll meet to help "find their the girls performed well. I use Christmas break toniches." was impressed with their help the girls fine tune "We're still catching up confidence and their sup- their skills and "not so to speed," Hochwalt said. port for each other." much focus on routine." "We had some kids join Cheneyendedthecal- "We're hoping to the team after the season endar year with a meet get a lot more work instarted. We're hoping to at North Cehtral, Dec. over the break," Gardner make up the difference 16 where they faced the said. during Christmas break. indians, Ferris, Lewis and AI Stover can be reached AI Stover can be reached Clark and Shadle Park. at al@cheneyfreepress.com, at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney, with McGourin Cheney took a slim 33- leading in scoring with 29 lead into the fourth 12 points Logo with four quarter, only to have foul assists and six steals while trouble and execution Lemelin had seven points, keep them out of the win four assists and four steals, column for the second Brette Draper added 11 time in five days. Both pointswithHaleyPember- McGourin and Draper ton and Peyton Stark both got into foul trouble and chipping in eight. Cheney eventually fouled out in also shot 75 percent from the final period as West the free throw line. Valley rallied for the win, Friday's match up with icing the game with a pair .unbeaten Timberlake was of free throws in the final not as pretty. The Lady seconds. Blackhawks struggled McGourin led Cheney against the Tigers' full in scoring with 12, with court press, turning the Hailee Huff adding seven ball over three consecu- and Draper six. Besides Live possessions at one having two key players point that helped turn a foul out, the Lady Black- 6-5Cheney deficit into 17-5 hawks were also hurt by Timberlake advantage, their inability to get to the Draper's basket -- she foul line and lack of suc- accounted for seven of the cess once there. team's nine first quarter Cheney shot 49 percent, points -- pulled Cheney 5 for 11, from the charity back within 10 at 17-7 stripe including missing before more turnovers the front end of one-and- helped Timberlake extend ones on several trips. West their lead to 23-9 at the end Valley; by contrast, was 15 of the quarter, and they for 20. raced away from there for The Lady Blackhawks the win. Draper was high (1-4, 0-1) travel to Clarkston scorer for the Lady Black- Thursday (Dec. 17) for their hawks, all seven coming second GNL game before in the first quarter, with resuming their non-league McGourin and Lemelin schedule Dec. 21with a trip adding six each. Cheney to Idaho's Lakeland. committed 30 turnovers, "There's no shortage of many taking place at half things to work on," John- or back court and leading son said. directly to Tigers' lay ups. J o h n M c C a l - Saturdayin the league lure can be reached at opener against the Eagles, jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Denny's Harvest Foods proudly sponsors Medical Lake CARDINAL Athlete of the Week Wrestling iiiii~iiiiii!i!Su~Fteshiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii! Honestly Caret 215 E. SR902, Medical Lake, WA 299-3251 **WWW,k-kWWWWW-kWWWW'k'kW WWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Cheney Athletes . of the Week from Cheney :... CHENEY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION '! 520 1st Street~P.O. Box 160 Cheney, WA 99004-0160 ,,c www.ch.eneyfcu.com Cheney 509-235-6533 Medical Lake 509-299-6533 facebook.com/cheneyfcu@CheneYFCu CFCU Membership is open to all who live, work, Michael Ferguson worship or attend school in the Cheney and Medical Lake School districts, Very LOW Loan Rates, plus Wrestlin many more member benefits. 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