Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cheney girls’ tennis vs. NC photos

Yesterday I had a chance to shoot some photos of the Cheney girls’ tennis team’s match against North Central, which they won, 7-0.

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Caitlyn Strong, No. 4, won her match against Julie Socha (6-1, 6-0).

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Sadie Knutson (red hair) and Shayla Payne, No. 1 doubles, won their first match of the season over Nadina Mikalievie and Zoe Zywink (6-3, 6-1).

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Bridget Calvert, Cheney’s No. 1 singles player, defeated Hana Nelson (6-1, 6-1).

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Sasha Banks’ Wrestlemania diary

Wrestlemania is coming up fight fans and one of the many things I’m excited about is the triple threat Divas title match between Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch. I’ve been vocal about my love for Banks, who is my favorite wrestler – man or woman – and seeing her get this great opportunity to have her first Wrestlemania moments – along with Lynch and Charlotte – is great.

WWE started posting videos of Banks’ “Wrestlemania Diary.” Above is her workout video. There are more below.


Sasha Banks channels another “Boss” with Edge & Christian
Edge, Christian and a fully costumed Sasha Banks take some time to chat with the cameras as they film an upcoming episode of “The Edge & Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness” for WWE Network.


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The Boss cannot contain her excitement for WrestleMania, both at home and at the airport, as she prepares to touch down in Texas for WrestleMania week.


A letter from 10-year-old Sasha Banks

Cheney boys, girls golf teams begin GNL play

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The Cheney High boys and girls golf teams began Great Northern League competition last week. The boys took second place with 468 points in the GNL tournament, March 22, at Clarkston. The girls finished third with 57 points, one stroke behind East Valley at the March 24 league tournament.

Team scores in the girls’ tournament were calculated via the modified Stableford Scoring system where the highest total of points wins instead of the lowest. The girls’ tournament was only nine holes due to weather conditions. According to girls’ head coach Gerald Morton, the GNL thought nine holes was enough to take scores and not have to reschedule the tournament.

On the boys’ side, Tyler Koohns took home top individual honors, shooting a 78. Other top finishers for Cheney include Elijah Palmer hitting an 86.

The boys team also competed in the Wenatchee Invite at the Three Lakes Golf Course, March 25. Koohns finished eighth overall after he shot an 84. Other top finishers for Cheney included Ian Hill with 108, Logan Klauss with 109 and Carter Rowe with 121.

“Ian Hill shot a personal best,” boys’ head coach Jeff Pike said. “The weather is getting better and we’re getting more time in at practice.”

As a team Cheney finished seventh out of eight teams in 1A/2A schools with a team score of 422.

On the girls’ side, Cheyanne Marchand finished third overall with a 25. Head coach Gerald Morton said Marchand was not happy with her overall scoring, but he felt she was “shooting lights out” during the tournament.

“I literally watched her chip 18 inches from the hole, keeping it low and purposely running it to the hole to keep the wind out of play,” Morton said. “The ball came to a stop for an easy putt, as a gust of wind grabbed it and pushed it all the way off the green.”

Morton added that when Marchand “loses confidence” in a shot, she will work on it “over and over” during practice.

Other top finishers for the Cheney girls include Kelsey Smith and Hannah Lemelin both shooting an 11, Katarina Ljbisic hitting a 7 and Evie Rowe with 3.

“I could not have been more pleased with the way the girls played,” Morton said. “The freshmen stepped up to score enough points for us. We were edged out by one point by EV but I feel confident that when we are at full strength and with the work effort of some of my freshmen we will take over the No. 2 spot.”

Before the GNL match, Marchand took second in the Shriver Cup, March 24, shooting an 80, one point behind tournament champion Mt. Spokane’s Cailin Spencer (79).

Both teams will have spring break off. The boys will compete in the Deer Park Invite, April 11. The girls will compete in the Palouse Ridge Invite, April 12.

“We don’t have any league tournaments for a while so we’ll be getting more practice in.”

Boy’s tennis goes 2-0 in nonleague play

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Even with some shifts in the lineup, the Cheney High boy’s tennis team picked up wins over Greater Spokane League’s Shadle Park, 6-1, March 23, Northeast A League’s Lakeside, 7-0, March 24.

Against Shadle Park, which was rescheduled from March 22 due to weather conditions, Ryan Axtell, who moved up to No. 1 singles, lost a close match to Brenden Archer, 6-3, 6-7(8-6) 10-5 (tiebreaker). Mason Van Stone, who dropped to the No. 2 singles, defeated Ian Stein (6-4, 4-6, 6-3).

“Ryan and Mason are pretty close as far as skill level is concerned,” head coach Jesse Erickson said. “I can see them flip flopping positions during the season.”

Brandon Foster, No. 3 singles, won his match against Colin Strout (6-0, 6-1) while Shogo Starr, No. 4 singles, shut out Julian Olson (6-0, 6-0).

Cheney’s doubles teams won across the board with Jordan Kauwe and Luke Huguenin, No. 1, picking up their first varsity win of the season over Charlie Myers and Trevin Barrington (6-1, 6-1). Erickson noted that he was impressed with Kauwe, who was not feeling well during the match.

Hayden Bennett and Aaron Fillmore, No. 2 doubles, defeated Tavon Sullivan and Taylor Johnson (6-1, 6-2). No. 3 doubles, Dirk Ray and Aleksander Chernega, defeated Ian Reid and Caleb McDougal (6-0, 6-1).

Against Lakeside, Axtell, won his first match at No. 1 singles against Brady Smith (6-2, 6-3) while Van Stone, No. 2, defeated Justin Golding (6-1, 6-2). Foster, No. 3 singles, won his match against Parker Emerson (6-2, 6-0) and Starr, No. 4, defeated Jesse Woll (6-1, 7-6).

Fillmore and Bennett, who played in the No. 1 doubles for the first time in their careers, defeated Tom Schueller and Mika Catzel (6-2, 1-6, 6-0).

Huguenin and new partner Joel Rice, No. 2 doubles, came back from a one-game deficit to defeat Ryan Walker and David Rothe (4-6, 7-5, 6-2).

“It was Joel’s first varsity match and I think they dropped that first set was because that was the first time playing together,” Erickson said. “They looked stronger and played much more aggressive as the match went on.”

Ray and Chernega, No. 3 doubles, kept their winning streak alive after they defeated Jake Law and Andrew Mitchell (6-2, 6-3).

With Kauwe coming off his illness and Adam Passey returning next week, Erickson said he might shift the doubles lineup this week.

Cheney (4-0 overall) traveled to North Central to play the GSL’s Indians, March 30, in a nonleague dual. They face NEA’s Deer Park, today (March 31).

“Everyone is looking strong right now, even our JV team,” Erickson said. “We are riding high with a lot of confidence. We’re just going to keep improving with every match.”

Fight Theater: Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson

Daniel Cormier defended his light heavyweight title for the first time at UFC 192 last October when he defeated Alexander Gustafsson in a five-round thriller. Cormier will meet Jon Jones for the second time at UFC 197 on April 23 live on Pay-Per-View.

I watched this fight with my friendos Bri, Adam, Double A and the Wooleys – others were there too. It was a good main event and gave some validity to Cormier’s title reign.

Fight Theater: Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez

Demetrious Johnson defended his belt for the third time when he beat Joseph Benavidez in 2013. Johnson still holds his flyweight title and defends it again at UFC 197 when he takes on Henry Cejudo.

UFC 200 gets Nate Diaz v. Conor McGregor, Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo rematches

Just some thoughts I had on the recently announced rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz

Well fight fans the UFC announced that the rematch between Nate Diaz and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor in a welterweight match. The two squared off at UFC 196 where Diaz submitted the Irish champion in the second round.

This makes sense from a business standpoint. It helped generate the best pay per view revenue for the UFC. That said, I still feel like this is too soon. Everyone knows the UFC gives McGregor special treatment and this is a chance for him to avenge the worst loss in his career.

I’m not so much against the match, I just wish it wasn’t the main event. You’ve got an interim featherweight title match between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar which should have top billing.

But I’m not running the UFC so it’s not my call.

That said, I do like that Aldo and Edgar are squaring off to see and there’s a title on the line. I know some people don’t like the idea of interim titles. Personally I think they’re great in the right situation, specifically if a fighter cannot defend their belt due to injury or they don’t want to. Critics could say the UFC is throwing a bone at Aldo and Edgar who are no doubt displeased at not getting a crack at McGregor – right away. UFC president Dana White said the winner of that fight faces McGregor to unify the titles.

I was also a fan of the first Edgar and Aldo fight so this could be a good one.

The rest of the card looks pretty solid, I’ll probably have more thoughts on those bouts in the weeks to come.