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What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section, send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • Dec. 25, Christmas day, City offices...

 

Three tips to help couples reduce holiday stress

The holidays arrive and with them come those endless lists of gifts to buy, decorations to put up and parties to attend. Meeting all the demands can place a lot of stress on a married couple's...

 

So many questions remain after Amtrak crash

So much for sharing about grandma Ehlers’ molasses chocolate chip spice cookies. News of the deadly Amtrak crash near Olympia on Monday morning changed a lot of plans. No one who boarded the run in Seattle envisioned what lie ahead, or if they...

 

Million Wreaths Across America honors our fallen veterans

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed while serving in uniform. Normally, the fallen are...

 

Christmas in Thailand was certainly one to remember

I am getting to the age where young folks ask me about my best and most memorable Christmas. They are not the same. My most memorable one wasn’t my best, but it is the one I think of most often. I had completed Air Force flight training and was...

 

Finally flying at home

After nearly 40 days on the road since their last home game, Eastern Washington's Jacob Davison got to enjoy playing at Reese Court, seen here driving to the basket in the Eagles' 86-58 win over the...

 

Cardinal girls keep things perfect

Medical Lake's girls basketball team has found yet another weapon in what is turning out to be an impressive arsenal. Sophomore Lexie Redell led all scorers with 22 points in the Cardinals 65-33...

 

Blackhawk swimmers enter break with good league mark

Cheney High's boys swimming team is off to a 4-2 start on the season and is now ready for some time off over the holidays. The Blackhawks opened with a pair of wins at Lions Pool in Yakima on Dec. 2,...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Sports    December 21, 2017

Cooper Kupp's return to Washington was a success

Even though the star wide receiver from Eastern Washington University may have not had as many receptions as he would’ve hoped, Cooper Kupp still found success on and off the field as he returned to the state of Washington against the Seattle Seaha...

 

Blackhawks earn first back-to-back hard court wins

Cheney High boys basketball head coach Gregg Smith wants his team to set short-term obtainable goals rather than long-term lofty aspirations. One of those last week was winning back-to-back games, which the Blackhawks did with a convincing 59-30 win...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Sports    December 21, 2017

Cheney gymnastics takes third place

The Cheney High School gymnastics team completed their second meet of the season and finished third overall with 155.325 points. The Blackhawks competed against Central Valley, who took first with 165.700 points, along with Lewis and Clark, Mt....

 

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE BASKETBALL Men Friday, Dec. 29, EWU at Northern Colorado, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, EWU at North Dakota, 2 p.m. Women Thursday, Dec. 28, EWU hosts...

 

Medical Lake boys earn split in games before break

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter If there is anything that Medical Lake head boys basketball coach Noel Hachtel might want for Christmas that cannot be found at a store or online, it might be how to cure inconsistency. That was what dogged his...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Sports    December 21, 2017

Cheney wrestling picks up first GNL win

The Cheney High School wrestling team earned its first league win last week on Dec. 13 against Pullman. The 51-25 victory also marked the first home match of the season. “It was great,” head coach Brad Rasmussen said. “It is always fun to...

 

Medical Lake starts fast in wrestling win

Medical Lake got off to a strong start and then cruised to an easy 51-22 Northeast A League wrestling victory Dec. 13 at Chewelah. The Cardinals earned wins in the first three bouts, beginning with Ethan Davis’s 4-1 decision at 138 pounds over...

 

EWU Coaches Show has new home in Cheney

After years of being staged in Spokane, the basketball version of the Eastern Washington University coaches show launched Monday Dec. 18 at a new Cheney location -- the Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza. The...

 

Sports Briefs

MEN’S BASKETBALL Eastern’s Bliznyuk is Big Sky Player of the Week After a 30-point effort in one game and a near triple-double in another, Eastern Washington University men’s basketball player Bogdan Bliznyuk has been selected as the Big Sky...

 

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