East Valley’s football team was electric, scoring three touchdowns in the game’s first eight minutes against North Central Thursday night during an easy 45-7 Greater Spokane League victory.
Skyler Schiller opened the game with an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown, and right afterward, quarterback Russell Woodworth connected with receiver Sam Hale for a 90-yard scoring pass.
By halftime EV (2-1) led 31-0, and added two more touchdowns in the second-half. Rushing leader Ronnie Ridenbaugh scored twice.
A week ago the Knights’ secondary had faltered during a 24-17 overtime loss to Ferris. EV had dominated the game for a half and led 10-0.
The team scored with 1:10 left in the game to go up 17-14, but allowed a game-tying field goal as time expired and gave up the decisive points on a long third-down pass in OT.
Other games this week were Friday. Results of the Central Valley (1-1)-Gonzaga Prep (1-0) and University (1-0)-Mt. Spokane (1-1) games are in today’s Spokesman-Review sports page.
The Titans opened the season successfully with a 24-7 victory over Shadle Park last week, scoring the final 24 points of the game. Tyler Carlson scored twice after U-Hi fell behind and wound up with 185 yards rushing on 33 carries.
West Valley, off to a 2-0 start completed its preseason at home for the first time this year against Lakeland from Rathdrum, Idaho. During last week’s 41-15 win over Stevensville, Bryan Peterson was 9-for-18 for 184 yards passing, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another. Zach Lindsley had an 88-yard touchdown completion to Andy Vennum.
Camron Bowman and University transfer Tommy Peterson, Bryan’s cousin, combined for 147 rushing yards and two TDs.
Five members of University’s girls cross country team were part of its 10th state finish in 2004. Last year the Titans finished seventh in league and out of the postseason running.
On Wednesday, four of those state veterans, now seniors, helped make their case for a return.
With help from three sophomores, they defeated rival Central Valley 25-30 in a race between pre-season Greater Spokane League favorites.
Two of those sophomores, Stevie Gildehaus and Elise Thatcher led the way with third- and fourth-place finishes, and senior Rachel Fridye, who was U-Hi’s No. 3 runner at state in ‘04, finished right behind.
Others in the lineup from that state team were twins Karen and Katie Owens and Alicia Johnston.
CV was paced by Tristina Kline, who finished second overall. Eden Lake and Breanna Barsten placed sixth and seventh for the predominantly sophomore team.
New coaches, good efforts
Two young coaches, two good efforts in the first Greater Spokane League cross country meet of the season.
Central Valley gave Ferris fits in the opener with Tylor Thatcher (second), Sean Coyle (third) and Jayson Taylor (fifth), running with Saxon state veterans.
Despite finishing losing 26-33 under first-year varsity coach James Berry, the Bears went 2-1 and did nothing to dispel the notion they are a state contender. And four CV runners are juniors.
“This was a pretty good measuring stick,” said Berry. “Ferris is No. 3 in the nation, and we didn’t fall that far short. It was a boost for us.”
University was farther back – first Titan finisher Anthony Brown placed 11th overall – but the Titans did pick up a win for new coach Mike Barbero in the meet at Comstock Park.
Brown is one of three sophomores on varsity. Two others are juniors.
Berry assisted at CV for five years before getting the job when the school did not renew John Preston‘s contract. Preston had coached there since 2002 and nearly reached state last year.
Barbero replaced Linda Lanker, who resigned because of other obligations, including a move to Idaho.
Soccer leagues begin
First girls soccer league counters of the fall were generally encouraging.
East Valley and University won their GSL openers, although Central Valley lost. West Valley went 2-1 in the Great Northern League, losing 2-0 to one of the league favorites, Cheney. The Eagles beat Riverside 3-0 and Colville 6-1.
DeeDee Garbe had four goals to lead the Eagles in their three games. Kaley Way added two and three others scored.
The Knights beat Lewis and Clark 4-1 in their GSL opener, four different players scoring for the Knights. U-Hi beat Rogers 5-0, including two own goals where Rogers knocked the ball into their own net. CV was beaten 2-0 by Shadle Park.
‘Rebuilding’ Titans prevail
University’s volleyball team, according to coach Amanda Velasaquez is in a rebuilding year, got off to a heady GSL start.
The Titans defeated Mt. Spokane in three tough sets, 25-21, 26-24 and 25-22. They were the lone Valley winner in the first week.
Kasey Jurich led U-Hi with 12 kills and 18 digs.
Central Valley lost twice, to Mt. Spokane and Gonzaga Prep, in four and five games, respectively. Allison Giusti had an amazing 40 digs against the Bullpups. East Valley was swept by Shadle Park and played Friday against North Central.
West Valley is 2-0 in the Great Northern League following five- and four-game wins over Riverside and Cheney. Marissa Mauro had 28 kills during the matches, and Alyssa Wold led in assists and was at the top in digs, aces and blocks in one game or another.
First round for Cup
Liberty Lake Ladies Nine Hole Golf Club contested the first leg for its Liberty Cup.
First flight leaders were Karen Strauss with a low gross 47 and Audrey Vanos, who had a net 37.
Second-flight winners were Carol Maycock with a 56, while Mary Gehrman had the best net score of the day with 33.
In third flight, Wilma Capaul shot 67 while Freda Bergt had a net 47.
Medal play at Liberty Lake
The front greens were out of commission for maintenance so Liberty Lake 18-Hole Womens Club golfers played the back nine.
Gloria Cash won A flight with a low gross 98 and Jean Hatcher netted 81. Reiko Takamori shot 105 in C flight, and Louise Newtson netted 80. Dorothy Womack shot 113 in D flight, and Idell Jenicek had net 105.
There were no B flight golfers.
Rowley wins again
Marcia Rowley led the way once more during Trailhead Ladies Golf Club competition.
She shot low gross 45 in A flight. Sharron Collins had 50 in B flight, and Sandi Hatcher shot 53 in C.
Net winners were Dee Elder with 30 in A flight. There was a tie between Patty Haskins and Shirley Rodman with 34 in B. Marilyn Collins netted 22 in C.
Elaine Lukes had a chip-in.