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Kodiaks busy over spring break with three non-league games

Photo by Ian Dunn
Cascade Head Coach Mike Kelly, center, pays a visit to the mound at a recent game. Also pictured, Nolan Pulse, left, and Mike Allen.
While most other Cascade teams were inactive over spring break, the Cascade Kodiak baseball team played three games against Mount Baker, Meridian and Castle Rock.

The week began with a home game on March 31 against the Mount Baker Mountaineers. With senior south paw Tristin Parton on the hill, the Mountaineers scored three runs in the top of the first inning, on a triple, double, single and an error.

Cascade came back with a run in the bottom of the first to make it 4-1, as Mike Allen singled, then scored on a Jesse Ward single. Cascade would make it a 4-2 game with another run in the bottom of the second. Dennis Merritt reached on a fielders choice, stole second, then scored on an error.

It remained a 4-2 game into the top of sixth. The Mountains would score three runs to make it a 7-2 game, on four singles and an error. The Kodiaks would rally for a run in the bottom of the sixth, as Allen reached on error and scored on an Austin Murdock single to make it a 7-3 game.

The Kodiaks would get their final run in the seventh, as Carson McMahon reached on error and scored on a Mike Allen single. Cascade lost 7-4. The Kodiaks has six hits and six errors, while the Mountaineers had 10 hits and seven errors.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 More...

Kodiaks get first win over the season over Mount Baker
The Cascade Kodiaks scored the first win of the season, 8-7, over the visiting Mount Baker Mountaineers on March 31 at Richard Rice Field in Dryden.

After a scoreless first inning, the Mountaineers got on the board first with a run in the top of the second, after a hit batter, fielders choice and a base hit. The Kodiaks would rally to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third.

Meredith Krous led off with a double, and was batted in with an RBI single by Madi Russ. Mount Baker roared back in the top of the fourth with four runs to take a 5-1 lead. But the Kodiaks would rally for three runs in the bottom of the frame to make it a 5-4 game.

Kaycee O'Brien singled and scored on a Sydney Coffin towering homer. Madeline Krous walked and later scored on another Russ single. The Mountaineers extended their lead to 6-4 with a run in the top of the fourth, from a walk and three base error.

Cascade came back to tie the game 6-6 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Mady Harris singled and scored after three walks scored a pair of runs. After a scoreless sixth inning, Mount Baker took a 7-6 in the top of the seventh on a single, stolen base and double with two outs.

But the ever resilient Kodiak would not go quietly. Madeline Krous led off the inning, hit by the pitch. Leanne Fraker followed with single. Meredith Krous bunted, to put the tying and winning runs on second and third.

Two more walks forced in the tying run to make it a 7-7 game. Still the bases were loaded with one out when Ariah Ells came to bat. Her seeing eye single pushed across the winning run.

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Kodiak golfers start off the season at Warden, Yakima
Cascade began the season on March 24 at Warden. Only the boys played since Warden did not have a girls' team. In fact, Warden was forced to forfeit the match, because several golfers were out with illness, grades or band.

"It was just great to get out. We have been practicing at Highlander and Cashmere driving range with very little 'course time' going into this match," said Randy Alexander, Cascade head coach. "We felt good about our game even though it was early in the year. It was breezy and 55 degrees at Sage Hills. Course was in rough shape but definitely playable and looked great to us."

Alex Woods shot 89, Tyler Watson 94, Tyler Bain 99, Logan Nielson 105 and Gunnar Stubblefield 110.

"My expectations weren't high but I felt that we should beat them in this match," Alexander said. "Even though our scores didn't quite reflect it, I thought the boys played well for not playing much."

On March 28, the boys team played at the Lee Dolquist Invitational at Apple Tree in Yakima. Alexander took only his best five against some of the best golf teams in the state. The Kodiaks were the only 1A school there.

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Cascade soccer performs well against Cashmere, Brewster
The Cascade Kodiaks beat Cashmere 2-0 on March 25 in Cashmere, then lost 1-0 to Brewster last Saturday in Leavenworth.

Cascade Head Coach Pete Spiegel said he was disappointed how his team played against Cashmere.

"I was a little disappointed how we played. We weren't connecting our passes very well. Defensively, we had a lot of breakdowns," Spiegel said.

The Kodiaks opened the scoring with a goal by Esteban Gonzalez in the 30th minute. It was 1-0 at half, making for a tense second half. Cascade finally got a bit of cushion in the 70th minute when David Oropeza connected.

"They are actually pretty dangerous. They haven't won many games. They played us pretty even. They are a better squad than their record indicates," he said. "It's a rivalry game, so it's always a pretty heated match."

Last Saturday, the unbeaten Brewster Bears came to Leavenworth. The Bears connected in the 23rd minute of the first half, and that was all the scoring as they won 1-0. Cascade had some offensive chances in the game, but just couldn't push one across.

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Cascade Softball team falls short against Royal, 13-11
In their second preseason game, the Cascade Kodiak softball team showed some marked improvement on offense, yet it was not enough against Royal. Playing the Knights on the road on March 27, the Kodiaks lost 13-11.

Royal scored four runs in the first inning, but the Kodiaks came back in the top of the second with a run to make it 4-1. Madeline Krous had a ground rule double, and was batted in on an RBI single from twin sister Meredith.

The Knights pushed across another run in the bottom of the second to make it a 5-1 game. Cascade came back in the top of third with another run, as Kaycee O'Brien singled, stole a base, then scored on a passed ball, to make it a 5-2 game.

After holding Royal scoreless in the bottom of the third, the Kodiaks erupted for five runs in the top of the fourth to take a 7-5 lead. Cascade got doubles from from O'Brien and Mady Harris and triple from Sydney Coffin.

Royal would tie the game at 7-7 with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Knights broke the game open with six runs on five hits and an error in the bottom of the sixth. It was Royal 13, Cascade 7.

The Kodiaks would not go down quietly, rallying for four runs in the top of the seventh. The first three batters all singled. Cascade had the tying runs on second and third when the game ended.

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Kodiak Tennis turns in strong performance at Cashmere
The Cascade Girls Tennis team scored a big early season win against rival Cashmere. The match on March 25 was supposed to be Cashmere, but the rain forced the match down valley to Leavenworth. The Kodiak girls won by suprining 5-0 score.

Playing number one singles, Katie Whitten beat Tasha Kowatsch in a hard fought match, 7-5, 6-2. At number two, Hailey Hassinger put up an inspired effort to beat Sammy O'Brien 7-6, 6-3. Kendall Loreth defeated Carrie O'Donnell 6-3, 6-2 at number three.

"Katie got up 4-1 in set one only to see the lead slip away but hung in there. It is hard to get super offensive against Tasha because she has a variety of shots and is very comfortable coming to the net, so being patient and returning the ball is key to riding out a point," said Marcia Smith, Cascade head coach. "Hailey and Sammy had some very impressive rallies and shots throughout this match. After a tie breaker, it is always interesting to see what will come of the next set. Kendall is playing the best tennis of her career and she could easily be one of the top singles players in the league."

Paiton Wagner was not playing number one singles for Cashmere, but Smith did not believe that would have affected the outcome.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 More...
Cascade scores impressive win over LaSalle Lightning
The Cascade Kodiaks improved 2-0 on the season with an impressive 9-2 home win over LaSalle on March 26. Key to the victory was the solid pitching by starter, senior south paw Tristin Parton, who seems to be coming into his own this season.

Parton pitched four innings, giving up no runs, 2 hits, 1 walk with 5 strikeouts.

"Great effort by Tristin. We're hoping he develops into a starter. He has always pitched, but struggled with confidence. He has started off very well this year. He's added 5-6 miles per hour on his fast ball," said Mike Kelly, Cascade head coach. "He dominated."

In the early season, Parton was held to 60 pitches. Of those 60, 41 were strikes, a very good ratio and positive sign.

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Kodiaks turn in solid effort at Cashmere league meet
The Cascade Kodiak Track team performed well at the league meet in Cashmere on March 27, with the boys finishing second and the girls third against Cashmere, Brewster and Okanogan.

The Cashmere boys dominated with 125 points, while Cascade scored 60. The Okanogan won the girls meet with 100 points, Cashmere had 77 and Cascade 47.

On March 22, the track team competed at the Ray Cross Invitational in Ephrata. The boys finished seventh out of 30 teams while the girls finished sixth out of 23 teams.

"Two track meets into the season I am very happy with the progress our team has already made. One of the top group of athletes that I have had the pleasure of working with," said Rob Rosenau, Cascade head coach. "They are enthusiastic and hard workers. Individually we have already had some outstanding performances."

Senior Tyler Lee had an outstanding meet in Cashmere, winning the 100, 200 and 110 hurdles. He was also second in the 400. Senior Derek Crites finished first in the shot, with a school record throw of 140-feet-11-inches. He was also second in the discus.

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Soccer begins the season with 2-2 tie against Sultan, 7-1 win over Omak
When the Cascade Kodiaks hit the field in Sultan to open the season on March 20, it was actually the first time the boys had been able to play outside. Due to snow, the team has been practicing indoors.

Against Sultan, the Kodiaks fell behind 2-0 on the astroturf field. But toward the end of the first half, Cascade's Eduardo Barragan scored off the assist from Rene Soperanez.

It was Sultan 2, Cascade 1 at halftime.

In the second half, the Kodiaks rallied for the tie in the 78th minute. Fernando Gonzalez scored on a header on the corner kick from David Oropeza. Since it was non-league game, it ended in a tie.

"We had all sorts of really good opportunities in the first half. We had some good chances, but just couldn't finish. Defense was a little ragged, but we tightened things up," said Pete Spiegel, Cascade head coach. "We weren't as sharp, but we definitely made improvements first half to second half."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 More...
Tennis season begins with road trips to Tonasket, Omak
The Cascade tennis season began with a long road trip to Tonasket on March 19, and unfortunately, the match was rained out.

In the end, the girls won the match 3-0 with two forfeits and win in number two singles. Number one Hailey Hassinger was up 6-4, 2-0 when the rain stopped the match. Number two Katie Whitten made quick work in her match 6-0, 6-0.

Only one match was completed for the boys. Number one Juan Mendoza was leading 6-3 in his match. Number two Neil Flodin was behind 6-2, 5-2. Number one doubles, Klev Peckham and Tristan Parrish lost their match 6-1, 6-0.

Both schools are in discussions when and where they will finish the boys match.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 More...
Kodiak softball drops opener to Wenatchee, 15-5
The 2014 season of the Cascade Kodiak softball team began with a tough 15-5 loss to 4A Wenatchee on March 19. Past Kodiak clubs have been able to beat the Panthers, but this young, mostly untested squad, was not quite up to the task.

Cascade did take a 2-0 in the first, after a single by Mady Harris and double by Sydney Coffin. Wenatchee came roaring back in the second with three runs to go up 5-2. Three more runs in the third made it 6-2. Another Panther run came in in the fourth to make it 7-2.

The Kodiaks answered with three runs on six walks and an error. It could have been bigger, but the bases were left loaded to end the inning. It was 7-5 Wenatchee. The Panthers kept rolling with four runs in the fifth, and after four runs in the sixth, the game was called due to the 10-run rule.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 More...

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