Blackhawks beat heat, opponents' intensity to win District 7 crown

Schmandel leads Cheney to 4-1 win over East Valley in title game


John McCallum

Cheney defender Cruz Galm battles East Valley forward Adam Talley for the ball.

A hat trick by junior Ian Schmandel helped power the Cheney boys’ soccer team past East Valley 4-1 and to their second consecutive District 7 title in 80-degree temperatures Tuesday, earning them a No. 1 seed to sub-regional play with the Central Washington Athletic Conference.

The Blackhawks never trailed as Micah Weller got them on the board first in the 20th minute on a nifty, virtually back-to-the-net shot the junior right-foot-hooked in from about six yards out. But after that it was Schmandel and friends.

In the 32nd minute the junior possessed a 50-50 ball about 40 yards out, dribb...

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