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d Thursday, December 18, 2008 Free Press Section 3 Page 3 like Cheney girls down Sandpoint 49-36 for first victory of season By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the Cheney girls' basketball team, get- ting its first win of the season last Tuesday was a thing of beauty. It was how they got it that left Lady Hawks" head coach Hal Sautter's a little concerned. "Ugly - but we'll take it," he said. Despite shooting an abysmal 30 percent from the field, the Lady Hawks managed to find a way to break open a close, 19-17, game at the half and cruise to a 49-36 win over the visiting Sandpoint Lady Bulldogs. The key for Cheney was something they will need to perfect and rely on a lot this season if they are to reach the playoffs - tenacious, ag- gressive defense. Sautter said his team was giv- ing up way too many open looks to Sandpoint in the first 16 minutes. They talked about it at the half, and tightened things up in the third quarter, denying those good looks and any dribble penetration into the key, which, com- bined with some good rebounding work, led to Lady Hawks' offensive opportunities. Things did actually start well for Cheney. They controlled the opening tip, and in their first Offensive possession, found Nicole Fox in- side for an easy two. On their next series after a Sandpoint miss, they worked their offense well and again found Fox -- this time outside for a 3-pointer she hit in rhythm. For some reason that Sautter can't explain, after that things went sour. "All of a sudden, we started playing at their (Sandpoint's) level," he said. Cheney began missing open shots; easy shots, something that kept the 0-7 Lady Bull- dogs close, and gave them hope of an upset. But trailing 17-16 just before the half, Cheney got some momentum heading into the locker room when Fox took a pass just over the half court line, looked at the clock, dribbled once, and drained a 3 at the buzzer for the 19-17 lead, something they built on through defensive pressure in the second half for the win, going to 1-2 on the season. Fox led the team in scoring with 12 points, 5 for 9 from the field, while also collecting four rebounds, two assists, and three steals on the defensive end. The junior also had four "pieces," a stat Sautter keeps that indicates how many times a player touches a ball and potentially changes the outcome of an oppo- nents possession. "She really contributed well," Sautter said. "She really played one of her most complete games." Cheney also did well on the glass, collect- ing 34 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive end. Freshman Allie Brown led the way, haul- ing down 11 boards, four offensive, while also chalking up six pieces. Where the ugliness lies is in shooting. Cheney was 30 percent from the field, but a woeful 25 percent, 9 for 36, from 2-point range, including what Sautter estimates were at least 21 missed layins. By contrast, the Lady Hawks shot 51 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Sautter attributes this to his team's youth and inexperience under varsity game condi- tions. The Lady Hawks are trying so hard to make things work that they're trying too hard'. They also may have let Sandpoint's record fac- tor,into their pre-game mindset. We have to get beyond that," Sautter said. ] "We have to treat them like they're the best team possible." Still, Sautter said they saw a lot of good things last Tuesday, things the Lady Hawks continue to build upon as they need a tough pre-season schedule in preparation for Great Northern League action come January. "We've just got to be patient and wait for the defense to make a mistake," hesaid. Cheney was to face another Idaho 5A power on Tuesday as 5-2 Lake City came to town. Sautter said the Lady Timberwolves, led by 6-1 senior post Katie Baker and a trio of quick guards, may be the best team Cheney sees all season, including Pullman. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepressi com. +* continued from page 1 teams as well as Cheney Base- ball Association president, said he was ecstatic when he got the call telling him Cheney had been chosen as a state tournament site. He said the selection validates a lot of hard work that has been put in by local baseball supporters, par- ents, and most importantly the players, a reward for their ex- cellence on and off the field. "Our kids, they've worked hard in a lot of different ways," Elam said. "It's a real nice honor for them and nice for the community." Elam said he had tried three times in the past to con- vince the Spokane American Legion"s board of directors to pick Cheney as a state tour- nament site, but met with no luck. This time, several factors worked in Cheney's. favor, Spokane American Legion im- mediate past president Mike Padden said. The city and local area has more facilities for visiting players, coaches and fans, such as the two-year-old Holiday Inn Express in Cheney, along with more fast food and other restaurants. Padden also said the Cheney Baseball Associa- tion has proven they can man- age the logistics of large-scale tournaments, annually hosting not only their own tournament but also as a site for the Le- gion's Wood Bat Classic over the July 4th time period. Baseball also enjoys a tre- "Our kids, they've worked hard in a lot of different ways. It's a real nice honor for them and nice for the community." Cheney coach Randy Elam mendous amount of support at all levels from businesses and the community, Padden added, and the local baseball programs have been achieving a high-level of success, with the Cheney A Legion team advancing to state competition last summer. "All those things really helped," Paclden said. "It is really a big deal." Padden hopes next sum- mer's state tournament is a precursor to the success of bigger things, namely the com- ing American Legion national tournament, which the Spo- kane area will host in summer 2010. One of the perks of host- ing the state tournament for Cheney, besides bringing in business and exposure for the community is the Summer- Hawks, along with Univer- sity, get an automatic bid into tournament play. While that's nice, Elam said in no way is Cheney going to back in to competition. "We're going to earn our way," he said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress, com eney swimmers wake-up call from Pullman Numbers game works against Blackhawks' boys - this time By JOHN McCALLUM Editor There's nothing like an early season surprise to get one mo- tivated. The Cheney boys swim- ming team was the recipient of such last Tuesday, getting what amounted to a little wake up call in their first dual meet of the season at home against Pullman. The Greyhounds en- tered the pool with more swim- mers than last year, something Blackhawks coach Chris Hoppe didn't expect. The result was what one would expect from a team with talent and more depth: Pullman 104, Cheney 66. "Pullman definitely came and surprised us," Hoppe said. "They're turning into the Pull- man of old with big numbers." But it wasn't as if the Hawks were overwhelmed. With 23 swimmers on the roster, Cheney has some depth too, and experi- ence, some of which was miss- ing against the Hounds due to other commitments. But Hoppe felt those Hawks who did swim gave a good accounting of themselves and the results bear witness: four individual firsts, first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, at least one top-three finish in all events, and two state qualifying marks. Leading the way was Mi- chael Spall. The senior cap- tured first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 0.79 seconds, just under 2 seconds off the state qualifying time of 1:59. Spall also took first in the 500 free with a time of 5:39.58, about 4.5 seconds from a state mark, something Hoppe said he expects him to break before the season is done. "In this event (500 free), that's nothing to drop," he added. While Spall tallied the most firsts, Matt Nadeau punched his ticket for Federal Way in Feb- ruary - twice. The senior won the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.2.3, over 1.5 seconds under the state time of 58.90. Nadeau also finished second in the 200- yard individual medley with a time of 2:15.04, well under the state time of 2:17.90, but over a second off his best time last season. "We're expecting him to get down there before the season ends," Hoppe said. Ruston Babcock was first in the 100 free with a time of 55.57, and finished third in the 50 free in 25.03. Hoppe was particularly impressed with the freshman's 100. Babcock trailed for the first 75 yards then closed strong to win the race, showing Hoppe that he might have some potential for longer races like the 200 and 500. "He's a strong closer, espe- cially for a freshman," Hoppe said. "He's got potential to be a real fast all-around freestyler." Joel Watts finished third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.27, just over 4 seconds off the state mark, as well as third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.98. Nathan Horton was third in the 500 free with a time of 6:21.22, while Jacob Kimball turned in a district qualifying time of 1:24.02 to finish fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke to wrap up the Hawks individual events. Cheney's 200-free relay team of Joel Watts, Spall, Nadeau and Babcock captured first with a time of 1:42.81, while the 400-free team of Spall, Travis Stepper, Malcolm Shea and Horton finished second in 4:11.09. The 200 IM team of Watts, sophomore Robby Meyer, Nadeau and Babcock was third in 2:01.79 to wrap up the Hawks finishes. Cheney's trip last Saturday to compete in the Walla Walla Pentathlon was canceled due to road conditions. Hoppe said they'd make it up themselves, doing a mini-pentathlon in practice. Despite being on the short end of the score, Hoppe was very satisfied with how his team did against Pullman. The swimmers that compet- ed pushed themselves and their opponents, and those that weren't able to attend will be a welcome addition when the two teams face off again in Pullman, Jan. 20. John McCallum can be reached a t jmac@cheneyfreepress, com Chiropractic- Massage Physical Therapy 235-2122 Cindy Ka~s| CINDY GOCH NAUER AGENCY 2 Locaiions to serve you better, t20~ E. Missien Spokane Valley, WA 99206 13126 W+ Highway 2 Airway Heights, WA 99g01 50~244.2511 c~rma~er@ farme+sagent com t95t First Street In the Farmer's & Merchant's Center 509-235-2122 FARMERS Photo by John McCallum All that Blackhawks wrestler Ryan Pederson needs is the official to signal his first-round pin of Lakeland's Chase Campbell in Cheney's 46-35 win over the Hawks at the Border Clash last Thursday. continued from page 1 ris getting a 5-2 decision over Sam Badger at 160, McNair a pin of Cody Siegel at 171, and Bryce Crooks a 24) decision of Casey Osborne at 189. But Cheney could get no closer as Gutierrez wrapped up the Hawks scoring with a pin of Joe I_anon at 285. Cheney head coach Wade Schlot- ter likes a busy preseason schedule to get his team some experience, and the Hawks definitely got that last week. Less than 24 hours after the last whistle blew on the Border Clash the Hawks were back on the bracket via a 9-1 decision by Lake- land's Tristan Storrs. Early avenged the loss with a second-round pin of EUensburg's JC Cole, a 7-4 decision over Roger's Jacob Harkness, and a 5-1 decision over East Valley's Sean Biloft, land- ing him in the consolation final where he lost a tough 6-2 decision to an old nemesis -- Storrs. Huckins and McNair both came away with fifth-place finishes at 130 and 171 respectively. Huckins won his first two matches by pins before getting pinned in the semis by Coeur d'Alene's Sam Howard. In the consolations, Huckins lost mats at Central Valley for the two- 5-4 to Ellensburg's Colby Coates day Inland Empire Classic, coming before ending with a convincing 15- away with one second, one fourth and two fifth-places to finish 12th out of 17 teams in a tournament featuring some of the best programs in the tristate area, including meet champion, Hermiston, Ore., as well as Washington 4A powerhouse University and 3A title contender East Vallev. Brandon Moseley was Cheney's highest finisher. The senior breezed through his 285-pound bracket with three straight pins before get- ting pinned in the title bout by an old nemesis, Ellensburg's Blake Nichols. Early came away with fourth- place at 135. The senior opened with an 11-2 major decision over Mead's Dalton Cavasier before being bounced to the consolation 6 major decision over CV's Trevor Delmedico. McNair also won his first two matches, including a tight 2=1 deci- sion over Mead's Ryan Ochsner before losing 4-2 in overtime to CV's Cody Stratton. The junior then suffered another close loss in the consolations, a 2-1 decision to Hermiston's Ben Millard before finishing with a 2-1 decision over University's Jacob Fry. Competing at Central Valley and getting one match win were Jacob Weisgerber (215), Ward 9140) and Rhoades (119). Also taking part in the IEC were Harris (160), Crooks (189), Jensen (112) and Heuschkel (152). John M'cCallum can be reached at jmac@chene eepress.mm Junior Wrestling Coming to CHENEY Registration and Informational Night January 14th, 2009 at 6:30 pm Cheney High School (Little Theatre) Developmental League for Wrestlers (Kindergarten through 6th Grade) Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm at Cheney High School Wrestling Room Starting February 18th For more information go to: www&ome.earthlink.net/-sj vxestling/ Or email - sjwcheney@gmail.com Participating Schools: Central Valley East Valley Mead Ferris North Central University Gonzaga Lewis and Clark Rogers Shadle Park West Valley 1 ] ] ]