Cheney, with a inhabitants of greater than 10,000, was named for Boston railroad tycoon Benjamin Pierce Cheney. At an elevation of two,four hundred ft, Cheney is the very best level on the railroads between Spokane and Portland. The Fairchild Air Drive Base, situated about seven miles north of Cheney, has been a key a part of the U.S. protection technique.
Notable alumni at Japanese Washington embrace: Colin Cowherd, host of the radio present ‘The Herd with Colin Cowherd’; Jim McElwain, head soccer coach at Florida; Todd McFarlane, creator of the ‘Spawn’ comedian ebook collection and co-proprietor of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers; Jess Walter, No. 1 New York Occasions greatest-promoting writer; Tom Sneva, former race automotive driver who was the 1983 winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Japanese Washington has three nationwide championships, together with soccer (2011 NCAA Division I FCS), wrestling (1977 NAIA) and males’s cross nation (1982 NCAA Division II). The yr the Eagles gained the FCS soccer title, they claimed an additional time residence quarterfinal win over North Dakota State — who would win the FCS championship for the subsequent 5 years.
Japanese Washington started fielding a soccer staff in 1901, when the workforce nickname was the Savages. It competed on the NAIA degree till 1977 dropping within the 1967 nationwide championship recreation. Japanese moved the NCAA Division II degree in 1978 and the FCS degree in 1984. It joined the Massive Sky Convention in 1987, after being denied membership in 1985.