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Chelan Goats end the season for the Kodiaks, but the future looks bright

Photo by Erich Hilkert
Lucas Allen takes the shot through Chelan defending interference.
While the season may have come to and end for the Cascade Kodiaks last week, the future does look bright. A late season run put the Kodiaks in position to grab the second seed, but they fell just short.

In the first round of districts, Cascade played at Chelan on Feb. 19. Low scoring output, which has dogged them all season, was a big culprit again. The Kodiaks only scored in the single digits the first three quarters.

They trailed 20-11 at half. Then sunk themselves in the third quarter, as the Goats outscored them 19-3. Down 39-14 heading into the fourth, the Kodiaks managed their best quarter but it was not enough as they lost 54-29.

"It's tough to win games when you turn the ball over 24 times. You have to give Chelan credit. They played really good defense and took away our scoring threats," said Cascade Head Coach Micah Rieke. "You really have to earn your baskets against them and they really make you work hard on the offensive side of the ball for everything. Our boys showed a lot of fight, but it just was not enough tonight."

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Ferry runs up against tough competition at Mat Classic
Cascade senior DJ Ferry found the competition at State pretty tough. Ferry was the lone Cascade participant in the Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome over the weekend. Wrestling at 182 pounds, Ferry matched up against Jack Dahlgren of Forks in the first round.

Dahlgren, who would go on to win third place, pinned Ferry in the first round. In the consolation bracket, Ferry wrestled Zane Cully of Goldendale. Cully pinned Ferry in the second round to end the Mat Classic for the Kodiak senior.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 More...
Season comes to an end for Cascade girls
n the end, the Cascade girls' basketball team simply could not overcome the loss senior Eliana Ala'ilima Daley. Since Daley went down with a knee injury, the girls have not won a game. And finally, the season came to an end on Feb. 17 as the league champion Cashmere Bulldogs ended their season in the first round of districts, 63-31 at Cashmere.

Cascade finished the season with seven straight losses. Certainly, it was a disappointing ending after a solid start to the season. The Kodiaks started the season 9-4 but finished 9-11.

One of the top teams in the state, Cashmere was not going to be denied in this one. The Bulldogs have defeated the Kodiaks pretty handily in every game this season. Cashmere outscored Cascade 50-17 in the first three quarters.

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Cascade senior wrestler DJ Ferry earns trip to State
Cascade senior DJ Ferry took a tough road to the Mat Classic. Ferry finished in third at Districts, meaning he had a win a pigtail match even to continue at Regionals. He won the pigtail match, then faced the number one seed in the first round.

Wrestling 182, Ferry lost in the first round, but managed make his way to fourth place in the consolation bracket.

"He won enough to get it. He ran into a couple tough guys. That NEA League has several teams ranked in the top ten. If you go to the individual rankings in the state, they have several wrestlers ranked one-two," said Cascade Assistant Coach Lamoin Merkley.

Ferry wrestles Jack Dahlgren of Forks in the first round at the Mat Classic.

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Kodiaks face tough road in District playoffs
The season of the Cascade Girls' Basketball team is quickly coming to an end. In fact, by the time this article hits the presses, baring some sort of miracle, the season will be over.

Cascade has lost their last six games to finish the season in last place in the four-team Caribou Trail League. Sadly, their once promising season was dealt a severe blow when leading scorer and rebounder, senior Eliana Ala'ilima-Daley, was lost to a knee injury.

The Kodiaks finished off their regular season campaign with a resounding 55-30 loss at Chelan. That dropped Cascade to 2-7 in league and 9-10 overall. By virtue of their last place finish, the Kodiak must face the number one seed in the opening round of Districts.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 More...
Cascade hoping to win at Chelan in first round of Districts
As the season winds down, the Cascade Kodiaks are playing their best ball of the season. Despite a regular season loss at Chelan last Friday, the Kodiaks are still hopeful they can pull the upset in the first round of Districts.

Going into the game last Friday, one thing was certain, win or lose. Cascade and Chelan would play in the first round of Districts on Thursday. The two teams were jockeying for second and third place in Caribou Trail League.

A win for the Kodiaks would have given them the home game in District playoffs, but it did not happen as Chelan won 46-37.

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Cascade sends six wrestlers to Regionals, but most face a tough road to State
The Cascade Kodiaks are sending six wrestlers, and three alternates to the Regional Wrestling Tournament at Cascade High School Saturday.

For the first time, the Kodiaks are hosting the Regional Tournament. For most of the Kodiak wrestlers, getting to State will be tough. All but one qualifier finished third at Districts, meaning they must wrestle a pigtail match just to continue to Regionals.

Cascade Head Coach Jesus Sandoval was called away due to a family emergency. Assistant Coach Steven Smith filled in for him. Smith said the road to State is hard for the third place finishers.

"They are going to have a tough time, since third place has to win a pigtail match just to wrestle. The number three wrestles number six from the other district. Then they wrestle the number one seed," Smith said. "They have the toughest road to State."

Thursday, February 12, 2015 More...
Cascade girls having trouble finding wins after loss of star player
Two weeks ago, the Cascade Kodiaks looked like a solid bet to secure second place in the Caribou Trail League behind top ranked Cashmere. But when leading scorer and rebounding senior Eliana Ala'ilima-Daley went down with a knee injury at Omak Jan. 27, the promise of the Kodiak season went down with her.

Daley, a Western Washington University volleyball recruit, tore ligaments in her knee, ending her season. Since she went down, the Kodiaks have lost four in a row. What once looked like second place is now looking more like last place.

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Cascade Boys basketball still has a shot at the second seed, heading to Districts
As the season winds down, incredible as it may seem, the Cascade Kodiaks have a shot at grabbing the second seed in the Caribou Trail League. With three victories over Omak and an upset win over Chelan, the Kodiaks are poised to grab the second seed, but only if they are able to upset Chelan again on Friday in the regular season finale at Chelan.

Chelan is 5-3 in league, while Cascade is 4-4.

"We are one game behind Chelan. If we beat them twice, we get second seed. Either way, we are playing Chelan, whether at Chelan or at home," said Micah Rieke, Cascade head coach.

In their upset win over Chelan on Jan. 31, 6-foot-10 center Hank Hollingsworth got in foul trouble. Rieke said it will be paramount again, to get the big man in foul trouble.

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Two Cascade players and coach invited to All State Volleyball game
Cascade Head Volleyball Coach Marni McMahon has been invited to coach in the All State Volleyball game, while two of her players have been invited to play. Kodiaks seniors, Eliana Ala'ililma-Daley and Kaycee O'Brien, who played on the 2013 state championship team, have been invited to play in the 1A/2A All State game along with 17 other girls.

"I have Eliana and Kaycee who were chosen as one of the 12 for our team. I got chosen to coach them up this year. So it will be exciting to be able to coach the all star team but also have two of my girls on the team," McMahon said. McMahon will coach alongside Debbie Spray of Riverside, Tasha Kryger of Lakewood and Debbie Landrie of Ellensburg. This is not first time McMahon has coached in the game. She was asked two other times prior to this.

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Kodiaks hope to be at full strength heading into District Tournament
The Cascade Kodiak wrestling team has struggled with injuries all season. It has cost them, especially in the dual matches. Wanting his guys healthy for the upcoming District Tournament, Cascade Head Coach Jesus Sandoval decided to continue to rest certain guys, in hopes of having them healthy for districts on Saturday at Omak.

"I am pretty sure all the kids are going to be able to wrestle in districts. I did not want to send them out last night and make it worse. I held them for districts," Sandoval said.

The Kodiaks wrestled in their final double dual match of the year, on Jan. 29 at Cashmere. Cascade lost to Cashmere 37-24, and to Omak 65-18.

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