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Thursday, December 18, 2008 Free Press Section 3 Page 1 Cheney staves off late Sandpoint rally for 59-45 home victory By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney boys" basketball head coach Ryan Fitzgerald feels three is much better than two, but not nearly as good as four. Fitzgerald is thinking of quarters - the eight-minute segments in a high school basketball game, not the coins, and for his young and maturing Blackhawks, three quarters of solid play was all it took to pull off their first win of the season, beating visiting Sandpoint 59-45 last Priest River)," Fitzgerald said. "Obviously, we know we need four strong quarters to compete in our league." Cheney played impressively in the first 16 minutes against Sandpoint, led by the offense of DeAngelo Jones, aggressive rebounding and solid defense. Jones scored eight points in the first quarter, and 10 in Cheney's 24-point second, i out rebounded the Bulldogs 34-22, something that most likely put a smile on Fitzgerald's face, with Thomas Cleary hauling down seven boards and Daniel Igbinoba and Dylan Dennison each grabbing six. Cheney committed 16 turnovers to Sandpoint's 12, a figure a bit high for Fitzgerald. The Hawks also dished out giving the Hawks a commanding 36-21lead at the half. 11 assists, with Harding and Sam Shellabarger leading with The let down came in the third, where the Bulldogs three a piece. outscored Cheney 12-4 to pull within seven at 40-33. They whittled that to six in the fourth before guard Dalton Harding hit back-to-back 3s, putting the Hawks back up by 12, and sending them to 1-2 on the season. Jones added six more points in the fourth to lead all scorers with 26. Mike Sprenger added 15 points. Cheney Fitzgerald was pleased with his team's play, despite the third quarter offensive freeze. He pointed to the number of assists as a sign the players are getting more comfortable in their offensive schemes, and Igbinoba's more aggressive play on the boards, as indications of good things to come. "We'd like to get a little more offense out ofhim (Ig- Tuesday. binoba), but we'll take what we get," Fitzgerald said. "Right Still, the one quarter where the Hawks had a letdown, ~~~~~:!~4~::~ ~a~ now, it's little steps." ~{i~ii~t Cheney continued its play against Idaho schools by thethird, gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to snatch vic- ' ": ":"% ~:~ * ~ ~ "~ : ,~gii .~.~g~'~ File photo tory from defeat. It s something Cheney will need to fix hosting 5A Lake City on Tuesday, results next week. The Thomas Cleary hauled down seven before they head into the part of their season that really ~::~ }~k .,,. ..... ~: :}. .~ Timberwolves come in 3-0, beating Cheney's fellow GNL rebounds to lead the Hawks against counts this January - Great Northern League action, rival Medical Lake69-52 last Friday. Sandpoint. "We had three good quarters as opposed to two quar-=~,i~ " ~i~{{ ' John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. ters in the previous two games (losses to Freeman and : ~'~!~ tom, Lady Cardinals use complete effort to roll past Kettle Falls Daily, Tareski light it up from long-range in 64-34 victory By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter They may have only gotten one of two scheduled games in last week, but the one the Medical Lake Lady Cardinals did play had enough highlights to make up for the one they didn't. A Thursday road trip to Kettle Falls resulted in a dominating 64-34 victory over the Northeast A League Bulldogs, but Saturday's journey to Brewster was cancelled due to bad roads. The game will not be rescheduled. The win that improved the Lady Cards' record to 2-0 on this young season exhibited the best of both basketball worlds for coach Val Von Lehe. The of- fense had an out-of-this-world shooting night, while the defense ultimately, and totally, shut down the home team. "Everything was just going. We shot 47 pel;i:ent from t is outstanding. Then we shot 79 per- cent from the free throw line." Lady Cards' coach Val Von Lehe "Kettle Falls is a pretty darned good team," Von Lehe said. "They scored 74 earlier and 47 in another. They can score," she said of a team that lost for the first time this season to Medical Lake. But they sure couldn't after the half as a variety of defensive schemes limited Kettle Falls to just eight second-half points. That deep freeze Medical Lake applied came after the teams were tied 26 all at the half. "We had a good first quarter," Von Lehe said, noting the Lady Cards led after a quarter 20-14. Foul trouble dogged ML in the second, allowing the Bulldogs to tie the game. The second half saw changes on both offense and defense and it showed as Medical Lake raced away to a 20-2 advantage, a 'lead they would not relinquish. Part of the spurt was fueled by the perfect out- side shooting of sophomore Kylie Tareski who was 4-for-4 from 3-point range. "That opened up things underneath and they had to come out (to defend)," Von Lehe said. Tareski missed just once from the floor, that being a lay in. "She just had an outstand- ing shooting night." When the Bulldog defense tried to shut down Tareski, who connected for a season-high 18 points, the Lady Cards wheeled out yet another long-range weapon, Gabrielle Daily. The junior nailed a game- high 20 points. "Gabby was (also) blocking shots and she was solid," Von Lehe added. "Then, Kaitlin See Lady Cards page '4 Logan Huckins has control of Lakeland's Finish 12th at Inland Empire, Moseley second at 285 in IEC By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney split a pair of wrestling matches at last Thursday night's Border Clash hookup, which combined with similar results for West Valley and a strong performance by a talented Post Falls team, produced a draw in the an- nual competition between Idaho and Washington schools. The Blackhawks won four of their final five'matches -- three by pin - to pull David Nelson during their 130-pound match Thursday at the Border Clash, Photo by John McCallum ahead of Lakeland for a 46-35 win over its final margin with a pin of Curtis and a pin by defending state champion the Hawks, who went 0-2 in the meet. It Bennion in 15 seconds at 285. Tristan Storrs of Grady Early at 135. wasn't quite the same in the finale against Cheney's scoring began with a JustinWardgaveCheneyabrieflead Post Falls as Cheney won just five of the forfeit at 103, and Lakeland pulled with a pin of Brandon Richardson at 145 14 matches in their 49-24 loss the Idaho even at six with a late third round pin before Lakeland got it back via Kenneth 5A Classification Trojans. of the Hawks" Tyler Jensen by Nathan Winn's pin of Ricky Heuschkel at 152. Trailing Lakeland 29-24, senior Jason Wright at 112. Freshman Hunter Ped- From there, Cheney went on its winning Skjothaug got things going with an early erson dominated Chase Campbell at streak to take the match. second round pin of Denver Winn at160 119, getting a pin halfway through the As challenging as Lakeland proved pounds, putting Cheney up 30- 28. Ryan first round, to be, Post Falls was that much tougher. McNair followed that with a pin of Ryan Duncan Rhoades had a tough draw The Trojans won the first five matches to Hylton 43 seconds into their 171-pound at 125, facing defending Idaho 4A state take a 25-0 lead before Ward ended the match, and the Hawks extended their champion Kyle McCrite and battling streak with a late second round pin of m~rgin to 42-29 with a Lakeland forfeit hard before losing a 17-2 technical fall. Cole Jesienouski at 140. at 189. Logan Huckins put Cheney back upTwo more pins put Post FaUs up 37-6. Freshman Jacob Weisgerber wasby seven with a pin of David Nelson at Cheney made a late run, with Chris Har- pinned by Lakeland's Brian Ramus at 130 before Lakeland won two straight 215, before Axel Gutierrez gave Cheney to take the lead, getting a forfeit at 140 See CHS wrestling page 3 Submitted for your approval: a selection of bowl games By JOHN McCALLUM Editor In 20061 wrote a column about the coming college football bowl season. Back then, there were 32 bowls paying out $187 million to teams and conferences. This year there are 34 bowls paying out only $131,867,500 Hey, times are tough. We're in a recession. Actually, I guess we were in a recession last Decem- ber, which is why I guess I didn't write a column in 2007 about the bowls. But it's 2008, so as a commu- nity service I've taken the time to pick several of the coming bowls I think migl~t make good TV viewing - and not necessarily for competitive reasons. After all, we're in the bailout' season too, and what are bowl games if not a bail out for the schools, alumni and - most importantly - cities hosting these extravaganzas. And speaking of bailouts, the first on the list is this Saturday's EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C: featuring Navy (8-4) and Wake Forest (7-5). I picked this bowl because it was originally approved as the Congressional Bowl. Since the them, almost half, have records payout is a measly million bucks, that are the thickness of a piece I see why the name change wasof duct tape away from complete needed, futility, much less mediocrity. Next up this Saturday is the Second, Eastern came within New Mexico Bowl pitting Fresno a couple of first downs of beating State (7-5) against Colorado State CSU, and thus denying them their (6-6). This is a good pick for sev- precious shot at the $1 million eral reasons, being handed out Saturday in One, CSU is the first of nine Albuquerque. Ah, such is life. (count 'em, nine) 6-6 teams play- Next up, the Hawaii Bowl, ing past their prime, er, regular Dec. 24. Why this game? Because season, and Fresno is the second it features Hawaii (7-6) hosting, of 17, 7-5 teams playing, So, of the 68 teams .playing in bowls; 26 of See Crunch Time page 4 ~::i~ii~{i~::i~':'~"~,~":~i~ ~" ~i::~::}:i:::::::i~::::~"si~.,"..- ~::!:::'~'::i::i::ii*%~N:~::N:!::~i~::::~ " ~ N~,~:,-.~>%:~ ~ ~iiii::::::i ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ."-:!: "*~-*,:~:::~*;: i;:.~g}:&::{iii::{iii{i}::{~.:{~::~ American Legion boys of summer coming in 2009 Cheney is picked as one of two sites to host state AA tournament, July 25-30 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney will be the site of some championship baseball next summer as the Spokane American Legion announced last week that the Blackhawks high school field will be one of two sites for the American Legion AA State Tour- nament. Cheney will host eight of the 16 teams in the tourna- ment, taking place July 25-30, with the other eight teams competing at University High School in Spokane Valley. The ,winners of the two sites will play for the right to~nove on to American Legion regional action in Ogden, Utah. Randy Elam, manager of the high school and AA Legion See S{ate Legion page 3 at ZTL . li