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 By Paul Delaney    Sports 

Mount Spokane runners edge Cheney

SPOKANE – In a showdown of top contenders in Greater Spokane League cross country between Mount Spokane and Cheney, the home-standing Wildcats had the exact recipe for success in a Sept. 20 meet. A 1-2 finish by the Wildcats was... — Updated 9/28/2023


Medical Lake remembers Carl Grub

MEDICAL LAKE – There were cowboy hats, ball caps, Levis and boots. Plenty of gray hair, but a sprinkling of young people in Future Farmers of America jackets, too. Some used... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports 

Cheney soccer embraces Liberty's Fisk, Grumbly

The Cheney School District with its nearly 400 square miles is one of the largest in the state of Washington. But for several months the past few years in the fall it's gotten quite... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports 

Medical Lake girls win Can-Am

KETTLE FALLS – Little by little the pieces are beginning to fit together for Medical Lake cross country in 2023. With a rebuild in progress following graduation, the Cardinals are showing improvement each week, Coach Gene... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports 

Eastern keeps UC-Davis winning streak rolling

DAVIS, Calif. — Special teams blocked a field goal to preserve the lead late in the fourth quarter and Marlon Jones, Jr. delivered his second interception return for a touchdown in as many games. Those two plays proved critical... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports 

Out at home

Blackhawks junior Mia Ashcroft is tagged out at homeplate in the Sept. 25 game against the Central Valley Bears. The score of the game was not reported. .... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports 

Loss to Gonzaga Prep snaps Blackhawks' recent shutout string

CHENEY – The girls soccer team saw its two-game winning streak snapped Sept. 25 in a 5-1 loss in a Greater Spokane League match at Gonzaga Prep. The league leading Bullpups (3-0 GSL/5-1 overall) built a 4-0 lead before Kylee... — Updated 9/28/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

Can't wait for No. 98

By my count, since originally being hired at the Cheney Free Press in July 2007, Eastern Washington has played 97 home football games. While the overwhelming number of those have been played at either Roos — or before that... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

Blackhawks still winless

CHENEY – If there's one thing that is at the forefront of Cheney High School football's now 0-3 start in 2023 it's a single word that transcends virtually every part of what has... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Slow start for Cards in Newport loss

MEDICAL LAKE – Newport quarterback Hank Kirkwood had a hand in five scores, three on his own runs as the Grizzlies rolled past Medical Lake 45-13 in the opening of Northeast A... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

Medical Lake girl runners race to third

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Medical Lake girls cross country team finished third and the boys fifth in their divisions at the Les MacDowell Invite hosted by Asotin High School. The Cardinal girls have attracted statewide attention... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Eagles tame Lions, 40-29

CHENEY - Conventional wisdom suggested that in order to earn its first win of the season the Eastern Washington football team needed to start fast. The Eagles did exactly the... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

For Cheney football, it's 'finish, finish, finish'

CHENEY – The difference between Cheney football's 3-7 finish in 2022 and earning a couple of additional victories was not a lot. A half-dozen additional touchdowns, perhaps?... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Slow pitch ideal training ground

CHENEY – If there’s one good thing about fall and slow pitch softball at Cheney High School, head coach Gary Blake knows he’ll not have to contend with soggy fields. His challenge comes in getting the right numbers to field t... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Medical Lake girls soccer roster thin

MEDICAL LAKE – Like the game he has coached as either that of being the head man, or before that as a longtime assistant, Dan Collins knows the ebbs and flows. Same goes for the... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Cheney girls' soccer well stocked for 2023

CHENEY – Graduation left Cheney girls soccer stripped of some notable players, Coach Nels Radke said in a recent interview. But it hardly left an empty bench and Radke approaches... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Prep runs past Cheney in GSL opener

CHENEY – Cheney and Gonzaga Prep spent the better part of the first quarter of their Greater Spokane League season opening game being more like a pair of sparring boxers, testing... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

There's no place like a SIDELINE VIEW!

The thought about reviving the idea of adding a local sports column to the Cheney Free Press came up at a recent staff meeting. And like the calls over the past several years since my “retirement” in 2019 to come back to help... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

Cardinal cross country team overcoming adversity

MEDICAL LAKE – Aug. 18 changed lives here in ways both massive and minute. There likely isn't a soul who was not touched physically or mentally, including members of the Medical... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Pirates pound Cardinals in shortened game

Hampered by limited numbers, Medical Lake's opening football game against Greater Spokane 2A Rogers was halted with 2 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the first half Sept. 2 where th... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

Parting Shot

Cheney defender Hamza Al-Amin and an unidentified Blackhawk are too late to help on this leaping catch by G-Prep's Isaiah Docken.... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Fall games get undway Friday with football

CHENEY — It’s still summer until the wee hours of Sept. 23 but it’s fall sports time none-the-less on the West Plains. Things kick off, literally, Sept. 1 when Greater Spokane League heavyweight, Gonzaga Prep, visits Tom... — Updated 8/31/2023

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports

Cardinals' course correction continues

MEDICAL LAKE — The job Nick Puzycki accepted as head football coach in 2022 might be like playing Capt. Ed Smith, who tried to steer the Titanic away from its icy clash with... — Updated 8/31/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

Klink ascends ladder to lead CHS volleyball

CHENEY — Following the departure of a bench full of seniors there will be many new faces in the Cheney High School volleyball program in 2023. The Blackhawks also welcome a new head coach, but someone who is still quite familiar... — Updated 8/25/2023

 By Paul Delaney    Sports

A more seasoned second-year coach

MEDICAL LAKE - A rookie head coach no more. Hailey Van Soest has a lot better understanding as she enters her second season with Medical Lake High School volleyball. One thing Van... — Updated 8/24/2023


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