Monthly Archives: September 2015

UpUpDownDown Madden 16 tournament – Cold Beer vs. Uce

It’s another first-round match in the “UpUpDownDown” Gamer Gauntlet Madden 16 tournament as Uce (Jey Uso) takes on Cold Beer (Curtis Axel). Uce chooses the San Francisco 49ers while Cold Beer picks the Philadelphia Eagles.

This match has cursing and glitches galore. Enjoy.

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Hollywood Babble-On Comic Con Theater: Batman Cacophony

It’s a full helping of “Hollywood Babble-On” Comic Con Theater of Kevin Smith’s Batman Cacophony. It’s similar to a radio play only with more dirty jokes. Ralph Garman plays both Batman and The Joker. You’ll also get cameos from Jason Mewes and Kyle Hebert.

Blackhawks shut out Hawks

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The Cheney High football team kept up their momentum as they picked up a 49-0 non-league win over the Idaho 3A Lakeland Hawks, Sept. 18.

“We did everything we wanted to do, we executed the way we wanted to,” Cheney head coach Bobby Byrd said. “We worked on the little things and took advantage of opportunities.”

The Blackhawks offense gave their most impressive showing so far this season. Ty Graham got things going early in the first quarter after he scored on a 15-yard rushing touchdown. Later in the quarter, Cheney recovered a fumble, which led to quarterback Josh Martin throwing his first passing touchdown of the season, a 22-yard scoring play to Trey Martin. A successful 2-point conversion made the score 14-0. Graham ended Cheney’s first-quarter scoring with a 1-yard touchdown.

Cheney’s offensive onslaught continued early in the second quarter as Martin threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Henry Moore. Martin had his best performance of the season, going 12 for 21 with 185 passing yards, including a 68-yard pass to Chance Gleave, and no interceptions.

“Martin did good that night,” Byrd said. “He’s continuing to improve. Week by week he’s getting better.”

Graham also picked up some points on special teams after scoring a 46-yard touchdown on a fake punt.

“Graham had the green light and he took it, who knew it would have worked for a touchdown,” Byrd said.

Graham wasn’t the only running back who had big moments. Brayden Butikofer had a 6-yard rushing touchdown and C.J. Johnson finished Cheney’s scoring with a 4-yard running touchdown.

Graham had 13 carries for 107 yards of Cheney’s total of 47 carries for 197 yards. While Graham has been outstanding in the run, Byrd said he wanted to give Johnson and Butikofer some live snaps.

“Butikofer is slippery and makes good cuts while Johnson is fast,” Byrd said. “He’s already in fourth gear before everyone else. It’s nice to have backs with different speeds. It makes our running game that much better.”

Cheney’s defense also shined, allowing Lakeland to have only three first downs in the game. Byrd credits defensive coach Jason Williams’ work with the defense, saying the shut out is a “testament to what they are doing.”

The Blackhawks (3-0 overall) take on the Sunnyside Grizzlies, Sept. 25, in Cheney’s homecoming game. Sunnyside comes in with a 3-0 record. The Grizzlies are coming off a 21-12 win over Greater Spokane League’s North Central.

This year Sunnyside has a new head coach, John Lobbestael. Lobbestael’s leadership, as well as a strong offensive attack, led Sunnyside to a 26-6 win over Grandview in the season opener, which snapped the Grizzlies’ 22-game losing streak.

Byrd said his team is going to take the same approach they did leading up to Lakeland and continue to “focus on the little things.”

“Even with that great performance, there are things we can focus on, getting sharper and better,” Byrd said. “Hopefully by the time we get to league play we are peaking and performing the way we want to.”

Cheney swimming earns more state qualifiers

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The Cheney High girls swim team picked up a couple more state-qualifying times in their 103-60 loss to Ellensburg, Sept. 19.

Makenzie Norman qualified for her third state event after taking first in the 200-yard freestyle race in 2 minutes and 4.35 seconds. She also finished first in the 100 freestyle in 57.55 seconds.

Alexis Schmidt qualified for the 200 individual medley after she finished second in 2:23.82. Schmidt also took first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.48.

Other top finishers for Cheney include Evarosa Perry, who finished third in both the 200 IM in 2:52.48. and the 500 freestyle in 6:55.84 and Courtney Hanson, who was second in the 50 freestyle in 30.37

“It was a good first meet, we were missing a few key players but the kids who competed swam well,” head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said.

The Blackhawks 400 freestyle relay, consisting of Norman, Perry, Schmidt and Melissa Johnson, took first in 4:25.70.

Cheney hosts Clarkston, Oct. 1, at the Eastern Washington University pool in its first home meet of the season. Last year, the Blackhawks defeated Clarkston, 85-64. Hochwalt said the short break gives the team time to put in some hard work.

Cheney volleyball sweeps Rogers of GSL in non-league contest

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In the match against Clarkston, Cheney took a 2-1 lead after the third game, however Clarkston came back to win the last two sets. The game scores were 15-25, 26-24, 25-20, 13-25 and 13-15.

Head coach Heather Zorrozua said KD Skillingstad was hurt early in the match, which forced her to switch the lineup and have players in positions “they were not used to.”

“Clarkston has some of the best defense in high school volleyball that I’ve seen and it frustrated our hitters,” Zorrozua said. “Taylor Gould put a lot of points away and Peyton Stark set a great match, but the cards didn’t fall into place.”

Gould led Cheney with 18 kills and three serving aces. Stark recorded a personal best with 33 assists. On defense, Hailey Bridges led her team in digs with 14. Kristie McGourin and Marissa Peach each had three blocks.

Zorrozua said some of the factors in the loss may have been fatigue in the later sets, as well as the team’s frustration in letting Clarkston score more points.

In Wednesday’s practice, she challenged her players to focus on playing their game of volleyball instead of reacting to their opponents’ moves. Their hard work paid off against Rogers as the Lady Blackhawks shined on offense and defense with the game scores 25-17, 25-15 and 25-11.

Peach and Pease led the match with 10 kills each. Pease also recorded three aces while Stark had 24 assists.

“I was so proud of the girls,”Zorrozua said. “Against Rogers the girls showed their mental toughness, as well as the ability to push forward. I tell them that if we show up, we can be successful,”

On defense, Pease and Alexandra Jones had six digs while McGourin and Cheyenne Marchand had two blocks each.

The Lady Blackhawks 1-1 in Great Northern league play, 2-1 overall and are tied for third place with Pullman in the league standings. They wrapped up the first round of GNL play with a road match against West Valley, Sept. 22, followed by a home match against Pullman, tonight (Sept. 24). Zorrozua said she’s glad the team is hosting Pullman.

“Especially during Homecoming Week which turn out a big crowd,” Zorrozua said.

Volleyball photos part 2

Here are more photos from the same match.

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Volleyball photos part 1

Last Thursday I shot some photos of Cheney volleyball taking on Rogers.

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