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Othello stuns Blackhawks in state tournament


John McCallum

Cheney midfielder Nick Steele grimaces in pain as an Othello player lands on his awkwardly bent lower leg during second half playoff action last Thursday. Steele was unhurt, but the Blackhawks were not, seeing their playoff run and season end on a 1-0 loss to the visiting Huskies.

It wasn't supposed to end this way.

In five of the last six years, season's end for the Cheney boys' soccer team has come after a four hour, 38 minute, 277-mile drive to the west and each time on the final day of state 2A Final Four soccer action in Sumner. Four times the Blackhawks came up short, but last year, they finally won the big prize.

This year, defense of their state title ended on Cheney's home turf in round one of tournament action with a 1-0 loss to the Central Washington Athletic Conference's No. 2 seed Othello Huskies. It was the first home and first-round playoff loss since...

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