Cv’s Success Harkens Back 12 Years Ago
Central Valley’s second Greater Spokane League championship was business as usual for the Butner family.
Mark Butner, a CV assistant coach, was a guard on the 1983 Bear team that was the last until this year to win the title. Little brother Ryan Butner is a defensive back and backup running back on the current champs.
So when members of the first champions rubbed elbows with this year’s team Wednesday night at a spaghetti dinner, gathering around the table was nothing new for the brothers.
The current Bears, however, hope not too much rubbed off.
CV’s winners of 12 years ago shared the title with Gonzaga Prep and the current team is after its first outright title and an unbeaten season tonight at 5 p.m. against Ferris.
Last week, CV secured at least a tie and gained a measure of revenge for last year’s upset loss by thrashing North Central 56-3.
CV led 44-0 by halftime and Giorgio Usai set a record by scoring six touchdowns, five in the first half.
In seven GSL games the high-scoring Bears have averaged 39.6 points per contest and been held under 30 points only by Mead. The Bears will be at Albi Stadium for the first round of the playoffs, just like their counterparts in ‘83.
Others continue banner years
Early season predictions for success proved true for local football teams.
Not only have the Bears secured a playoff spot but the other three Valley football teams are enjoying their best seasons in a while.
Following last week’s easy 38-18 victory over Clarkston, West Valley is a win away from a championship game at home against Cheney.
Quarterback Riley Allen completed a clutch 42-yard pass to Joe Andrews setting up one touchdown and turned a simple fourth-down quarterback sneak into a 34-yard TD run and 24-0 first half lead.
East Valley improved its record to 5-1-1 with an easy 28-6 victory in Colville.
Jesse Ewell gained 157 yards on 20 carries, all but six yards of EV’s ground total. He scored three touchdowns, including runs of 36 and 38 yards.
Todd Hughes kicked field goals of 42 and 30 yards.
Ewell and Ty Franklin each had 10 tackles, EV’s defense limiting Colville to 97 yards.
And University quarterback Casey Cornelius passed the Titans to a 38-28 win over Shadle Park.
Cornelius completed 11 of 19 passes for 219 yards. Receivers Joe Jeffries and Kurt Moore combined for 11 catches and 198 yards of receptions and a touchdown each.
University finishes out the season against Gonzaga Prep and Lewis and Clark, bidding for a third-place GSL finish.
Freeman won its third straight lopsided game, 39-14 over Deer Park.
Jeremy Van Voorhis had 299 all-purpose yards (kick returns, receiving and rushing), including 212 rushing and four touchdowns.
He had a 99-yard kickoff return called back and intercepted two passes.
Marc Reed with nine tackles, Greg Dahlstrom with eight and Garen Friberg all starred on defense.
Titan teams in playoffs
Assorted Valley teams are preparing for this week’s first round of league playoffs.
In volleyball on Thursday, University plays North Central in a loser out contest at Spokane Falls Community College.
Winners advance to seeding contests for regionals on Friday against Gonzaga Prep and Ferris.
The Titan soccer team is at Ferris on Thursday, also in a loser out contest. Winners advance to Monday afternoon play for a state berth.
First round of Frontier League soccer playoffs featuring East Valley and West Valley are Saturday at Cheney.
Frontier League volleyball ends today and the league tournament, including league runnerup EV and WV will be Nov. 3-4 in Clarkston.
They punted, passed and kicked
Several Valley athletes placed among the top three during sectional NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition.
Chad Mathison continued to dominate his age group. The former national runnerup won the competition for 12-year-olds with a 289-10 throw.
Other Valley winners were Nathan Schroeder, age 10, at 201-6 and Adam Admire, 11, at 226-2.
Placing second were Tye Scott, 13, 267-9 and Justin Grimes, 9, 158-4.
Placing third was Chuck Miller, 14, 203-8.