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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 17, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS It will be Eagles versus Eagles in a much-needed home game for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team. After a difficult and winless three-game East Coast road swing, the 5-6 Eastern Eagles return home to face the 5-3 Morehead State Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference on Thursday (Dec. 17) at 6 p.m. It will be "Santa Swoop Night" on Thursday, with EWU's'mascot dressed in a Santa Claus suit and available to pose for photos with fans at halftime. This will be one of only two home games for the Eagles in an 11-game road stretch from Nov. 29 to Jan. 2. The other nine are on the road, and thus far the Eagles are 2-4 with three more road games looming. The Eagles are 5-6, coming off a rugged road trip to the East Coast where they lost three straight to Davidson 96-86 on Dec. 9, at Pittsburgh 84-51, Dec. 11 and to Western Carolina, 97-80 this past Monday. After a trip to play at Denver of Summit League on Dec. 20, Eastern will open Big Sky Conference play at Northern Colorado (Dec. 31) and North Dakota (Jan. 2). Eagles top Wichita State on road FROM NEWS shooting from the field fense to only eight points SERVICE REPORTS and 3-of-6 from three, in the third quarter. A The Eastern Washing- She also sunk 6-of-8 free late surge broughtWich- ton University women'sthrows, ita State within reach in basketball team used a Sophomore Delaney the final seconds, but two balanced scoring effort Hodgins recorded her clutch free throws from to defeat Wichita State first double-double of junior Phillips secured 67-62 on the road, in a the season with 12 points the win. game that was decided and 12 rebounds. Tisha Eastern began the trip in the final minutes, on Phillips scored 15 points with a 68-57 win at Cal Tuesday night, on 5-of-9 shooting, xAs- State Fullerton Dec. 13 EWU improves to 6- hliPayne reached double and has now won three 4 with the win, while digit scoring as wellwith straight. Wichita State falls to 1- 13 points, The Eagles return 7.. The EWU defense home for a game against Hayley Hodgins led made a huge statementAbilene Christian on Fri- the team in scoring with to start the second half, day, Dec. 18. Tip-off is at 23 points on 7-of-15 keeping the Shockers of- 6 p.m. at Reese Court. continued from page 1 on a 9-0 run from the 3 ing the gap to 49-35 with with the Eagles, only to minute, 28 second markunder four minutes to play .have West Valley's John Wichman pulled down 11of the first quarter to 7:05 before Cheney regained Sage dominate the third rebounds as Cheney won in the second to turn a 5-4 some offensive form to quarter. Sage scored the battle on the glass, margin into a 15-4 lead, close out the win. 16 of his game-high 26 26-12. and used a 11-0 run inJamiel Worthem led points in the frame, in- Friday against the the first 3:14 of the second Cheney with a double-cluding back-to-back Timberlake Tigers the half to transform a 24-15 double, 15 points and 12 3-pointers, and Cheney Blackhawks used a pair halftime lead into a 35-15 rebounds, with Johnson could never regain its of runs to provide some advantage, adding 13 points, stride.. breathing room, but Cheney eventually Saturday the Black- Cam Hardt led the needed a final scoring stretched their lead to 20 hawks owned a one- Blackhawks in scoring punch to put away the at 45-25 early in the fourth, point, 24-23 halftime visitors from Spirit Lake. The Blackhawks went But the Tigers rallied, clos- lead in the league opener with 13 points while finish the 2015 portion Reiter added 12. of their schedule on the Cheney drops to 3-2 road, traveling to Rath- on the season and begins drum, Idaho to face 3A GNL play at 0-1. They'll Lakeland Monday, Dec. have a difficult time earn- 21, and then to Deer Park ing that first league win for a rematch with the this week as they travel Stags Dec. 29. to defending 2A state J o h n M c C a l - championClarkston(2-0) lum can be reached at Thursday, Dec. 17. jmac@cheneyfreepress. The Blackhawks will _com. continued from page 1 pains Spring's Cardinals per classification. Idaho, did when their enroll- with157 schools has five of schools to opt up into the ment left them at the bot- its six classifications in the A classification to push tom, and on the bubble 20s. None of the scenarios NWC back down. in the 2A Great Northern are idyllic, however. Chewelah, rumored League. "No matter what you to be dropping down to "We were exactly like do there's no magic in f. 2B, will likely stay in the Chewelah," Spring said. it," Spring said. "This As with an enrollment of When Medical Lake thing has gone round and 214. Eight or nine schools was a 2A school, theyround, there's been every would have to opt up to struggled in sports like set of eyes and mind in the facilitate the Chewelah football where the GNL state giving input." move down, Bickler said. had schools ranging in Spring wondered, Nine teams present enrollment from 500 to "You almost wish if some Challenges, specifi- 1,000. things didn't work out cally with scheduling. "You have kids in your (you might) have another But the NEA at least has a high school who all of a plan to add a classification contingency in place, sudden aren't all that inter- at the top." "We were thinking ested going out and taking "It's always going to be Chewelah was going to a lickin' on Friday night four or five schools being go down so obviously football and those types extremely unhappy at the we scheduled football of things," Spring said. It bubble of each classificar games with them," Bickler now turns into a mission tion," Spring concluded. said. They were slotted in to save programs. The present system is with a bye. "If they stay The WIAA breaks itsgood for some schools, it's they'd take the place of classes into groups of 65, or not good for others, Spring the bye." as close to that as possible, said. "That's never going Spring was surprised The process comes under to change and there's no with the-news that criticism every cycle, perfect system." Chewelah might remain But neighboring states PaulDelaneycanbereached an A school because the like Oregon, with nearly atpdela cheneyfreepress. Cougars have been expe- 300 schools as of 2013, com. riencing many of the same feature varying numbers iiii ii Lookin for Good E e Care in Chene 7I .- Y. Y" :::#i/![: : _. VLsion " "Ha s I ~ OPTOMETRY Eye Exams, Glasses and Contacts in Cheney 1867 1st St. 235-2010 continued from page 1 as many points as we did at the Deer Park tourna- ment." Before the Inland Empire Classic, Cheney dropped a nonconfer- ence dual to Northeast A League champion Colville, 55-18, Dec. 9, winning 0nly three matches. Ferguson won his match via forfeit. Peder- son pinned Chris Lindsay early in the second period of their match. "Garrett got a big Win for us," Rasmussen said. "They bumped their 220 pounder to 285, thinking they could get an easy win over Garrett, but he surprised them." Nguyen pinned Slade Braun late in the third period at 132. "Colville, they were tough," Rasmussen said. "The score isn't reflec- tive of how things really went. Our kids fought hard the entire time." cheney hosted Medi- cal Lake in a nonconfer- .ence dual, Dec. 15. They travel to Yakima to com- pete in the Eisenhower Mat Classic, Dec. 19, and return to Central Valley, Dec. 22, to compete in the Tri-County Classic. "Medical Lake is a fun rivalry and they've got a new coach (Josh Ed- mondson)," Rasmussen said. "We had a lot of fun and wrestled at North Idaho College together. Eisenhower is a good tournament. It's good to see some of that Mid-Val- ley competition." Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney's Cameron Wiseman pinning Hanford's Boyd Lorz. Photo by AI Stover is seconds away from service at Avista, With colder weather comes rising energy use. So to help with your energy bill we offer a variety of payment options, including: @ Comfort-Level Billing to smooth out those seasonal highs and lows. (It divides your annual energy costs into 12 equal and predictable payments,) . 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