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  • Sprint boats hit Webb's Slough

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    ST. JOHN - Thousands of sprint boat race fans braved what felt like four seasons of weather on Saturday, June 15, to watch the high-speed action at Webb's Slough. A cold wind blew as rain hit the slough early in the day, followed by a break in the weather with blue skies. Throughout most of the day, the temperature hovered in the mid-40s, prompting spectators to don coats and wrap themselves in blankets in the blustery weather. The cold weather brings increased air density,...

  • Stanley what? Stanley who?

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy competed for by professional teams in North America. It is competition most sports fans could care less about who wins, let alone who is playing. It’s been battled for since 1892, a gift from Canada’s Governor General at the time, Lord Stanley of Preston. And only twice since, in 1919 due to the influenza epidemic and a lockout of players in 2005, has a winner not been crowned. By the time you read this there’s a significant likelihood that the Florida Panthers from Miami will have become...

  • Nitro cars racing this weekend

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS - In the year that remembers the 50th season of drag racing at the former Spokane Raceway Park, the renamed Qlispe Raceway will bring back some of the sights and sounds of nitro-methane June 21-22. Owned by the Kalispel Tribe and located adjacent to Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights, Qlispe's "Nitro Jam" featuring a field that also includes nostalgia funny cars, fuel alters that will offer the smell of nitro in the air and cackle in the ears. A half...

  • Cheney wins four-of-five

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    CHENEY — The Cheney Summer Hawks AA team ended a brief 2-game losing streak to start their season by winning four of the past five games. Their run started with a 24-9 thumping of Gonzaga Prep June 11, a split with Mt. Spokane, winning 8-2 and losing 14-4, June 12 and 13. A sweep of Pullman, June 15 came by scores of 9-7 and 11-2. A 10-run first inning set the tone in the game played at Prep that only went five innings due to the 10-run rule. T.J. Weindeman was 3-for-3 with five RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Wyatt Broemelin...

  • Cheney wins four-of-five

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    CHENEY — The Cheney Summer Hawks AA team ended a brief 2-game losing streak to start their season by winning four of the past five games. Their run started with a 24-9 thumping of Gonzaga Prep June 11, a split with Mt. Spokane, winning 8-2 and losing 14-4, June 12 and 13. A sweep of Pullman, June 15 came by scores of 9-7 and 11-2. A 10-run first inning set the tone in the game played at Prep that only went five innings due to the 10-run rule. T.J. Weindeman was 3-for-3 with five RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Wyatt Broemelin...

  • Cannons prep for grind ahead

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    CHENEY - The West Plains Cannons got a preview of how their immediate future will look with a schedule of seven games in six days. The Cannons travel to play at the Missoula Tournament this week, then to Selah for the Pepsi Park tourney before hosting a pod at the annual Wood Bat Tournament starting July 4. Hopefully these results are just as pleasing? The current leaders in the Spokane AAA American Legion division won a pair of league games and were close to winning the...

  • Cheney hosts District Little League playoffs

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    CHENEY — The West Plains Little League will be hosting District 13 tournament play in four different divisions starting June 23. Play begins with Majors Softball, June 23 at Cheney High School where the WPLL entry and Deer Park meet at 4 p.m. Ages 8-10 have play-in games at 6 p.m. at Salnave with Spokane Valley and South Spokane on June 25, each fielding a pair of teams that will vie for second-round games against West Plains and Tri-County. The 9-11 age bracket features Liberty Lake vs. South Spokane, June 25 at 3 p.m. w...

  • Single-A Summer Hawks blast foes

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 14, 2024

    SPOKANE — The Cheney A Summer Hawks have certainly started off the season with a bang. Four games to date have all been double-figure offensive shows and a 4-0 record through June 1. Cheney’s season began with a 17-6 win at Shadle Park, May 28 and a 23-4 rout of Ferris May 31 followed by a June 1 doubleheader sweep of West Valley 23-3 and 10-7. Now under the guidance of Cheney Blackhawks coach Rob Beamer, Cheney pounded out 11 hits and scored in every inning against Shadle. Kort Schmitt’s 3-for-3 day at the plate was tops...

  • Cannons win twice in ALB play

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 14, 2024

    CHENEY-Baseball is certainly a unique game with no clock and the dimensions of the field often different in every park. And probably like most sports, the outcomes from one day to another, can be as different as night and day. That concept was certainly not lost on West Plains Cannons' head coach Austin Sharp last week. During an unusually quiet week in an otherwise busy time for AAA American Legion play, the Cannons had just two games, winning both, but in decidedly...

  • Combine Combat

    Matthew Strissel, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 14, 2024

    LIND - Thousands of fans turned out Saturday, June 8, to witness the destruction of farm equipment during the 35th annual Lind Lion's Club Combine Derby. Weekend festivities also also featured a car show, parade through town, a barbecue in the park, car racing, and pickup and grain truck races, including an Australian Pursuit and powder puff races. The weekend was capped off with a live performance Fred Bauer band in the arena. The Combine Derby is a demolition-style derby, ex...

  • West Plains All-League athletes for GSL and NEA

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 14, 2024

    CHENEY — The following are local athletes who earned distinction in spring sports by being voted to All-Greater Spokane League or All Northeast A League teams. Baseball Cheney First team: Quinn Hubbs Second team: Carter McPherson Honorable mention: Tate Hueschkel Brayden Martin Clayton Wood Medical Lake First team: Ian Thompson Andrew Roberts Second team: A.J. Michaud Taylor Oliver Fastpitch Cheney First team: Mia Ashcroft Honorable mention: Sedona Ericson Maddy Hurley Millie Beito Adrian George Medical Lake First team: I...

  • Hard work ahead

    Dale Anderson, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    A couple of months ago I was asked by several eighth-grade boys that I had the opportunity to coach the last two falls and winters if I would give the promotion address for their class. These are 14 year olds, so I told them that if they were serious I would certainly do it. Well, it turns out they were serious. I also had the opportunity to substitute teach for these classes when they were in sixth and seventh grades, so I got to know most of the girls, as well. I have to tell you that it is an honor to be asked because it...

  • Eastern volleyball schedule set

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    CHENEY — Eastern Washington University volleyball is back at Reese Court this fall as the team released its schedule. Head Coach Jon Haruguchi announced the 2024 slate, with the regular season starting on August 30 on the road. Eastern has nine home matches for the upcoming season, with seven against Big Sky opponents. The Eagles will play an exhibition game on Aug. 24 at Central Washington. Eastern’s first regular season matches are in Orem, Utah in a two-day tournament hosted by Utah Valley on Aug. 30-31 and also including...

  • Eastern soccer season scheduled

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    CHENEY — Eastern Washington women’s soccer announced its full 2024 schedule as head coach Missy Strasburg begins her fourth year leading the Eagles. In preseason, Eastern hosts Washington (Aug. 5) and Thompson Rivers (Aug. 8) for a pair of exhibition matches at EWU Soccer Field. Eastern Washington University has an extended road trip to begin the fall schedule, with the first official game at Troy on Aug. 15. The team next travels for games at Kennesaw St. (Aug. 18), South Dakota (Aug. 25) and Southern Utah (Aug. 29). Eas...

  • Lessons are better learned now by Dirt Dawgs

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    RATHDRUM, Idaho — The lessons learned by the Medical Lake Dirt Dawgs single-A American Legion team are better now than down the road come playoff time for Coach Lance Michaud. That’s why his team’s 1-2 week is not all that bad following a 4-3 Northern Lakes Mountaineers win over the Medical Lake Dirt Dawgs in Rathdrum on June 6. That was followed by a split in a road trip to Trail, B.C. against the Trail Orioles winning 16-3 before losing 7-3, June 8. All were league games where the Dirt Dawgs currently stand 4-2. The North...

  • Sports Briefs

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    LC powers over Cheney A’s CHENEY — A nine-run third inning for Lewis and Clark proved to be the difference as the Cheney Summer Hawks A team lost 13-3, June 6. The loss was the first for Cheney after a 4-0 start. Cheney was limited to just four hits and got its only runs in their final at bat in the fifth inning of a 10-run rule shortened game. Trey Sloan, Kody Beamer, Kyle Resienaur and Connor Whitman each collected a hit for Cheney. Beamer led Cheney Summer Hawks A 2024 with one RBI. Cheney traveled to Medical Lake to fac...

  • Lacrosse looks to takes root

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    CHENEY - One of the fastest growing youth sports in the country has taken root – somewhat that is - on the West Plains with Spokane Stealth lacrosse. Three members of the team that recently competed in the state tournament are from local high schools and include Cheney's Megan Stapleton, Halle Palmer, Brooklyn Gerry out of Medical Lake plus Rosalia's Keely Fournier-Moonen. The Stealth are one of three girls' teams in the Spokane area and draw from the geographic area south o...

  • Sports Briefs

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    AWARDS Hickey elected to Hall of Fame CLEVELAND, Ohio — The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced its Hall of Fame class and former Eastern Washington University Associate Vice President/Athletic Director Lynn Hickey is among the 2024 inductees. Hickey is one of eight new members to the Hall of Fame and the group will be honored at the 59th Annual NACDA Affiliates Convention at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. on June 10. The NACDA announced its 2024 earlier this month. Hickey w...

  • Dirt Dawgs filling the gap

    Paul Delaney, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    There are several cogs in the machine that propels baseball’s recent success in the area, most notable the West Plains Little League. But a new addition arrived in 2020 that has helped fill the middle school gap, that being the Medical Lake Dirt Dawgs. The idea of a program that reaches primarily ages 13 to 15 jumped into founder Lance Michaud’s mind after he arrived in Medical Lake with the U.S. Air Force in 2019. A former college player, Michaud landed at Fairchild as its Food Superintendent and was surprised at what he...

  • Combine Derby set for Lind

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    LIND — The town will roar to life this weekend as the annual Lind Grand Parade and Combine Derby return to town. The action begins Friday with car and pickup truck racing. Locals and visitors alike with “run what they brung” to Lion’s Club Arena on state Highway 21. Racing is set to begin at 6 p.m. As of press time, racers were still able to get registered for the event by calling Eric Lund at 509-677-3432. Expect racers from across Whitman, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, Spokane and other counties to be among the field. Saturda...

  • Cannons rebound after first loss

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    CHENEY — The West Plains Cannons rebounded from their first loss of the young season and maintained a hot start winning three of four games last week. The Cannons improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in Spokane AAA league play with a 7-2 win over the Spokane Bandits, May 28. They followed that with three non-league games, a 5-4 loss to the Coeur d’Alene Lumberman, May 30 and a doubleheader sweep of the Spokane Rawlings Tigers 8-1 and 14-0. Lakeside’s Cy Reeves was dominant on the mound ringing up 11 strikeouts and giving up three...

  • Summer Hawks AA lose pair in Colville, 3-2 and 10-7

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    COLVILLE — Cheney’s AA American Legion Summer Hawks baseball team opened 2024 play June 1 against Colville with a pair of losses in a doubleheader. In a game that remained scoreless through six innings, Colville earned a 3-2 win in the opener and got the sweep with a 10-7 decision in the nightcap. Colville broke the deadlock with a 3-run bottom of the sixth, but Cheney battled back scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh in the game in Colville. Leadoff batter Dawes Hanson was hit by a pitch and Nolan McKinnon wal...

  • Cannons start off strong

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 31, 2024

    West Plains Cannons' head Coach Austin Sharp was initially somewhat worried about knitting together the various pieces of his roster from several different schools for his AAA American Legion Baseball team. After four games the parts seem to be blending well and holding together just fine. A 6-2 Memorial Day win over the Spokane Bandits at Hart Field moved the team to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Spokane ALB standings. "I think the offense will come as everybody gets comfortable...

  • Run set to support domestic violence causes

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 29, 2024

    CHENEY - Sativa Transue earned the honor graduating from Cheney High School when she was voted as the student with the most contagious laugh. At age 25, a domestic violence incident silenced Transue in 2021, but she continues to be remembered by those who are part of the Eastern Washington University Exercise Science program. The third annual Sativa Transue Memorial 5k will be at 9 a.m. at Saturday, June 8, starting at Roos Field. The event raises funds to support local domest...

  • Cardinal track plans for future

    PAUL DELANEY, Cheney Free Press|Updated May 29, 2024

    YAKIMA — Medical Lake track and field may not have earned any individual titles but they returned from the state 1A meet in Yakima with something else. An experience for team members who could possibly return in 2025 but did not qualify in 2024. “I took them because I want them to have state experience so that we be ready for next year,” head coach Gene Blankenship said. The Cardinals took five athletes to Eisenhower High School where senior Chiche Okemgbo landed the lone podium appearance with her third place in the shot...

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