The Cheney football, volleyball and soccer teams all had good outings yesterday.
The volleyball team began their season on a high note after a close 3-2 Great Northern League win over Pullman. The game scores were: 25-17, 22-25, 26-14, 20-25 and 15-13.
Rylie Pease led the match with 18 kills and her team with four aces. Peyton Stark had career-best 44 assists. One defense, Ally Jones led her team with 17 digs while KD Skillingstad had four blocks.
The soccer team, fresh off their 3-1 victory over Shadle Park, picked up a 2-0 shutout win over Pullman.
Like their game against Shadle Park, the Lady Blackhawks attacked early with freshman Kaitlin Teeters, assisted by Kailey Estrellado, scoring her first goal at the fourth minute. Teeters made her second goal, with an assist from Carla Thorson, at 21 minutes.
Cheney outshot Pullman 17-2 with Nicole Rowley and Melissa Aris recording one save apiece.
After the game, head coach Nels Radtke said his 4-5-1 formation has worked “very well” and added that he can put players in multiple positions, though it’s sometimes difficult for him as a coach to figure out “who is best, where.”
Six days after losing their home opener against 4A Sunnyside, the Cheney Blackhawks football team bounced back to capture a 22-21 win over 3A Greater Spokane League’s North Central at Joe Albi Stadium, Sept. 8.
Trailing 21-16 with seven minutes left to play, the Blackhawks recovered a fumble on North Central’s 18-yard line. Cheney took the lead on Cole Hinrich’s 18-yard scoring pass to Cameron Hardt.
The fourth-quarter touchdown reflected the back-and-forth between Cheney and North Central that happened throughout the game.
The Blackhawks took an early lead in the first quarter after Charles Johnson’s 53-yard rushing touchdown, followed by a successful PAT. Johnson led the game with 18 carries for 144 yards. As a team Cheney had 38 carries for 179 yards.
North Central tied the game after quarterback’s Matt Mickey’s 2-yard pass to Khanian Charlton after a successful PAT. Alfredo Camarena made a 28-yard field goal to put the Blackhawks up 10-7 at the end of the first half.
Kiernan McHenry’s 3-yard rushing touchdown would put the Indians ahead 14-10 heading into the fourth quarter. McHenry increased North Central’s lead after a 5-yard rushing TD.
Cheney regained their momentum after Hinrich’s scoring pass to Luke Martin for 35-yards. Hinrichs was 11 of 18 with 146 yards. Martin had five receptions for 72 yards.