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Blackhawks reload in hopes of taking another shot at soccer crown

Despite losing six seniors, Cheney boys have plenty of experience, talent returning for another chance at the elusive 2A state soccer championship


John McCallum

Cheney defender Taylor Scharff uses his head to get the ball going back the Blackhawks’ way last Friday against Mead at Joe Albi Stadium.

Like many spring sports coaches this time of year, Cheney High head coach Mark Kiver is cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances for success.

The Blackhawks lost six seniors from last year’s team that made its fourth appearance in five years in the 2A state title game, coming up short in a 3-1 loss to talented, senior-laden Fife. Three of those Cheney seniors were All-Great Northern League first-team selections and one – CJ Skillingstad – was the GNL’s Offensive MVP.

As in years past, Kiver and assistant coach Matt Pollock face questions about who will step up to fill rolls...

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