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1CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 31,2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS nls By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Several Cheney High wrestlers who haven't got- ten a lot of time on the mats this season competed in the Tri County tournament, Dec. 22, at Central Valley. jack Knutzen (220 pounds) finished seventh in his weight division. After a first-round bye, Knutzen was pinned by Freeman's Garrett Trevino in the quarterfinals. He receiveda bye in the consolation bracket's second round then lost to Mead's John Sullivan via pin. He won the seventh-place match after Davenport's Kameron Danforth forfeited. Ryan Reimer-Golden (170) went 2-2 !n his weight division. After Liberty's Glen Johnson pinned him in their match, Reimer-Golden received a bye in the consolation bracket's first round, pinned Gonzaga Prep's Brennan Craven and won his next match via forfeit. Colville's Scout Walker pinned him in the Consolation B finals. "Ryan had some strong matches throughout the day," head coach Brad Rasmussen said. "We're looking to big things from him. Knutzen also wres- fled well. Everyone had their big moments." Taylor Nguyen (126), Nikalas Preston (145), Alan Coumbs (160) and Patricio Martinez (195) were 1-2 before being eliminated in the consolation rounds of their brackets. Cheney finished 18th out of 18 teams with 23 points. "We saw some good things, we also saw some things we need to work on," Rasmussen said. "It was good to get those guys out there on the mat," The Blackhawks ended the calendar year, Dec. 30, at the Freeman Invite. Rasmussen said his team has been practicing every day over break, gearing up for the Freeman tournament. "We've been getting after it in the gym and get- ting ready," Rasmussen said before the Freeman Invite. "This will be a good opportunity for our varsity to get some more mat time in. We're looking forward to a showing from our guys." The team starts 2016 by competing in the annual Blackhawk Invite at Cheney High School, Jan. 2. Cheney had several wrestlers on this year's team who made it to the medal podium at last year's Blackhawk tournament including Michael Ferguson (220) who finished second in his weight class, Devon Waterman (182) who took third in his division and Garrett Pederson (285) who was fourth. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. corn. continued from page 1 28. Despite the loss, the gym," Zorrozua said in an Throughout the year, first team while Gould, The Blackhawks lose Blackhawks tied with the earlier interview. Zorrozua said she focused Stark and Marissa Peach three seniors to gradua- ings early, sweeping both Greyhounds (8-4,15-7) for Although both teamson communication, build- made the second team.tion: Cheyenne March- East Valley and West Val- first place in the league shared the regular season ing a solid defense and Zorrozuawas also named and, Halley Bridges and ley in the regular season standings to becomeGNL title, Pullman hosted the strategy. Later in the sea- Coach of the Year. Halley Blazon. Zorrozua while going 1-2 against regular seasonco-champi- district tournament by son, she developed anew Zorrozua said she said she should have a Pullman and Clarkston, ons. It was Cheney's first virtue of head-to-head, offensive strategy which could not have asked for solid core group coming who frustrated the Lady regular season title since In the GNL playoffs, she said theteamwas suc- a better group of girls for back in 2016. Blackhawks with their 1998. Oct. 31, Cheney sweptcessful in implementing her inaugural season with "I'mexcitedtoseewho defense. "Winning a league West Valley, 3-0 in the first to a degree, the program. She com-returns, I can't wait for In the final match of title was one of our goals round before Clarkston Four Cheney players mended their passion for next year," she added. the regular seasonCheney this year and we wanted eliminated them, 3-1 in earned all-league honors, volleyball and willingness Al Stover can be reached lost to Pullman, 3-1, Oct. to get our banner up in the the semifinals. Pease was selected to the to learn new skills, at continued from page 1 outs over Northeast A League's Colville (28-0), and Idahoteams Lake- land (49-0) and Moscow (48-0). In GNL play Cheney had back-to-back wins over East Valley, 35-7, Oct. 2, and West Valley, 27-25, Oct. 16. Defend- ing GNL champions Clarkston handed the 13]ackhawks their'only regular season loss, 52-25, Oct. 23. Cheney ended its regular sea- soil on a high note after they defeated Pullman, 30,22. The Blackhawks kept their season alive after they defeated Se- lah, 41-28, Nov. 10, in a glue-in regional game to qualify for the state playoffs. Their season ended after a 30-7 loss to the Ellensburg Bull- dogs in the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks had several returners on this year's squad includ- ing Ty Graham, Kris Brewer, Harrison King, Brayden Butikofer, Chris Fuentes, Cade VanWormer, Jackson Shaw, Devon Waterman and Osiris Goodloe. Josh Martin returned for his second year as starting quarterback and had several mo- ments throughout the his players performedtion. On defense, Hardt, season, including the during the season. HeWaterman and Fuentes Moscow game where he credited the part of the made the first team while was 20 for 25 with 319 team's success to itsWitt and VanWormer yards and three touch- unity of the players,were selected for thesec- downs. Throughout the year ond team. Graham and Graham, Butikofer, he kept a philosophy of Brewer were also select- C.J. Johnson and Lo- working hard, tighten- ed for the 2015 American gan Kendall made sev- ing up both facets of the Family All-USA Postsea- eral big running plays game and focusing on son footballteam. throughout the season, the "little things." Cheney loses 17 se- Adam Ingham and In postseason hon- niors to graduation in- Logan Pratt, Chance ors, the GNL voted Gra- cluding Graham, Mar- Gleave, CamHardt and ham as the offensive tin and Pratt, who Byrd Andrew Witt were also and defensive MVP forcredited with showing key contributors on of- the league. Brewer and the younger players fense and defense. Ingham made first-team "how to focus" on the Byrd said he couldn't offense while Pratt was field during practice and be prouder of how a second-team selec- in games. 59 1 ~D iiTi!~i~iUQl1 :~7~#igi:Gl ~77:~iiTiiGltti iiiiiiiiiii~a ~iii!i~iii~i!iiJS,~;ii i..iHl~F i:ii.iiiii:Wit(li ii~iiii~iLi:V'>illltt ii77iii~oQ| :.iliHIG~ "I'm going to miss Johnson and Kend- o u r lar g e r s e nio r all are likely to come group, they helped lay back next year, as well the foundation to help as VanWormer and build on the great tradi- Fuentes, who will help tion that is Blackhawk make up the linebacker football," Byrd said in core. an earlier interview. A l S t o v e r c a n As for next sea- b e r e a c h e d a t son, Byrd said Hardt, Denny's Harvest Foods proudlySponsors Medical Lake CARDINAL Athlete of the Week E sketball Denny's 215 E. 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