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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 24, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS ney By AL STOVER StaffReporter It was another busy week for the Cheney High wrestling team who earned a nonleague victory over West Plains rival Medical Lake, 43-33, Dec. 15, and had four wrestlers finish in the top 5 at the Cadet Classic, Dec. 19 in Yakima. Being down 12-0 to the Cardinals, the Blackhawks picked up three consecutive wins, including Zack Nguyen's 9-4 decision at 132 pounds and pins from Cameron Wiseman (145) and Francisco Martinez Cheney h Lady Blackhawks down Hawks for second win; boys fall to 3-3 By JOHN McCALLUM Lakeland pulled away Editor for a 63-49 win. In their final game be- Cheney's girls held fore the Christmas break, Lakeland to single-digit the Cheney boys and scoring in all four quar- girls basketball teams ters, knocking down traveled to Rathdrum, five 3-pointers in the Idaho, Dec. 21 to take first half to build a 28- on the 3A classification 17 lead at the break Lakeland High School, and never looked back. earning a split against Brette Draper led the the Hawks. Lady Blackhawks with The Lady Blackhawks14 points, with Peyton played asolid four quar- Stark adding 13 and ters on both sides of the Hannah Lemelin chip- ball to earn their second ping in nine. win of the season, a 53-31 In the boys" game, the blowout in the opener. In Hawks hit five, 3-point- the nightcap, the Cheney ers in the 23-point third boys were outscored 23- period to turn a 34-27 11 in the third quarter as halftime lead into a 57- en i (152). After Boedy Taylor (170) earned Cheney another pin, the Blackhawks won their next four matches via forfeit. "It was great to see Cameron get that win," Cheney head coach Brad Rasmussen said. "Martinez and Tay- lor did great too. Our kids battled from top to bottom. It was unfortunate we didn't get to see our big guys wrestle theirs, but what can you do?" In the Cadet Classic, formerly known as the Eisen- hower Mat Classic, Michael Ferguson (220) finished second in his division. Nguyen (132), Devon Waterman p split at 38 advantage. Cheney attempted to rally in the final eight minutes, outscoring Lakeland 11- 6 but couldn't overcome the gap. Riley Jones led Cheney in scoring with 13 points, with Jamiel Worthem adding 12 and Morgan Wichman eight. Cheney's boys drop to 3,3 overall, 0-1 in Great Northern League play while the girls improve to 2-4 on the year, 0-1 in the GNL. Cheney's second league contest at Clarkston Dec. 17 was postponed due to bad road con- ditions, and will be made up on Monday, Jan. 25. CS wins By A1 STOVER to Central Valley, Jan. Staff Reporter 6, 2016, to compete in a The Cheney High meet against CV, Rogers, gymnastics team won North Central and Lewis their first meet of the sea- and Clark, son, Dec. 16, with 135.35 With their first win points. The other teams under their belts, Gard- that competed at the meet ner said the team still has were Ferris, Lewis and Clark, Shadle Park and North Central. ~. In tlie all-a~oUnd scor- liltS; Alexis Miller finished' th ra overafl points while teammate Katie Clemens took fifth (27:8) "This timeI think they were a little less nervous, having gone through it (competition) the first time," head coach Jaelyn Gardner said. "They were able to really focus and compete. They were very , excited to ring the victory keland bell at school:" In individual events, Olivia Hovater finished second in both the vault (7.9) and floor exercise (Z55). Miller took third in the floor exercise (7.65). Clemens took second in the balance beam (7.9) while Miller finished third (7.7). Miller was second in the uneven bars (7.25). Cheney will travel Athlete of theWeek Both Cheney teams take a needed break and resume action early next week. The boys travel to Deer Park for a rematch with the North- east A League Stags on Dec. 29, who they beat 69-42 on Dec. 8 The girls have twice as many games, but not as far to travel, head- ing to the West Valley holiday .tournament Dec. 28-29. Cheney opens against La Salle at 12:30 p.m. Monday, and wraps up tourna- ment play against Lake Roosevelt Tuesday at 5 p.m. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. some areas where they can improve. She added that the team has a more flexible practice schedule during Christmas break which will allow them to focus on fine tuning their skills. "It also gives them a chance to let them practice new skills they weren't able to at the start of the season," Gardner said. Al Stover can be reached at (195) and Garrett Pederson (285) were third in theirs. After a first-round bye, Ferguson pinned Othello's Alexis Mendoza in 40 seconds, then defeated Davis' Christian Reyes, 8-2. Peninsula's Chance Stolz pinned him at 2:42 in the championship match. "Ferguson wrestled well," Rasmussen said. "He was winning that match (against Stolz) until he got caught. The loss is good for him and it will motivate him." Pederson pinned Sunnyside's Jarrod Perales and Granger's Oscar Ibarra on the way to the semifinals where Davis' Sam Grover defeated him, 2-0. In the third place match, Pederson defeated Eastmont's Dan Alderson, 3-1. Waterman had a successful return to action. After a first-round bye, he defeated Othello's TJ Martinez; 8-4, then lost to Granger's Juan Zamora via pin in the semifinals. He defeated Toppenish's Damon Mattern via a 13-0 major decision. "It was nice to see Devon have a good return to the mat," Rasmussen said. "Garrett wrestled tough and lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals, but he battled back." After losing to Davis' John Sowers, 9-8, in the opening round, Nguyen tore through the con- solation bracket, pinning Davis' Uriel Acevedo, Granger's Case Graf, Eastmont's Thomas Jones and finally Eisenhower's Juan Isadoria in the third-place match. "Zack had a rough road after that first loss," Ras- mussen said. "For him to go through that says a lot about his mental toughness." Saul Bautista (120), Wiseman (145), Martinez (152) and JW Merriott (182) were 1-2 in their brackets before being eliminated in the consolation rounds. As a team, Cheney was ninth out of 18 teams with 82 points. Cheney sent several wrestlers to the Tri County Classic, Dec. 22, at Central Valley. They'll finish the calendar year at the Freeman Invite, Dec. 30. Rasmussen said the team will try and spend as much time on the mat as possible during Christmas break, focusing on conditioning and technique. "We've been so close to scoring more points and winning big matches," Rasmussen said. 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