Blackhawks hold off Toppenish 3-1

Estrellado scores twice, assists once, Cheney heads back to state


John McCallum

Cheney forward Ian Schmandel and Toppenish’s Fili Jimenez track the ball during the first half of the Blackhawks 3-1 playoff win over the visiting Wildcats.

Forward Trevan Estrellado played a part in all three of Cheney’s goals while goalkeeper Joe Scott was solid defending the net as the Blackhawks topped a physical and skilled Toppenish team 3-1 Saturday. The win gives Cheney the No. 2 regional seed in the 2A state tournament and a game Wednesday, May 15, with Central Washington Athletic Conference third seed West Valley-Yakima.

“We’re on track,” Blackhawks head coach Mark Kiver said. “We’re doing semi-what we want.”

The two schools have met twice the past two seasons, both in the playoffs. Last year Cheney earned a hard-fought...

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