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Kodiaks hoping for the best in tough four-team CTL

Photo by Ian Dunn
From left, Jose Mendoza, Carter Welch, Tyler Bain, Lucas Allen, Jaxon Watson, Dennis Merritt, Spencer Flodin, Emmanuel Espinoza, Wyatt Guthrie, Christian Merritt. Not pictured, Owen Massey.
Now in their third year under Head Coach Micah Rieke, Kodiak players know the offense and defense. Some players have been with him for three years.

They really know the system well, Rieke said.

"We ran the same system in the summer time. We had a good summer this year," Rieke said. "All the guys that are on the varsity participated this summer in tournaments and team camp. I felt like we developed some good chemistry during the summer time."

The 32 players turning out for basketball is the most Rieke has had in his three years, enough for three teams, varsity, JV and C-squad. He believes the numbers show guys are sticking with the program and having fun, not just one and done.

"A lot of times you get guys to turn out one year and not the next. When they come back, that is a sign there is camaraderie on the team. These guys are pretty good," Rieke said.

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Cascade Cheer Squad keeps the team spirit going
Photo submitted by Nona Crites

These are the Cascade Cheerleaders for football and basketball. Back row, from left, Ally Warnaca, Hannah Doherty, Hannah Parton, Alyssa Lak. Middle row, Natalie Lemons, Tessa Hassinger, Cindy Vasquez. Front row, Madi Russ, Ariah Ells, Morgan Hemstrom.

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Cascade girls should be a fun team to watch in 2014-15
Cascade Head Coach Mike Barich, in his second year coaching the Kodiaks, feels like his team will be fun to watch. Last year, the Kodiaks finished 15-9, fifth in the Caribou Trail League. Gone is leading scorer and rebounder Sydney Coffin.

But coming back are three senior players which bring much athleticism to the table, Eliana Ala'ilima-Daley, Kaycee O'Brien and Charlee "Chuck" Odegard-Behla.

"We have Eliana coming back. She's been on varsity for four years. Kaycee has been a starter for four years. You have Chuck Odegard, who has played varsity for three years. She had one year off when she was hurt," Barich said. "They all come from from winning programs in volleyball and soccer. I can already tell their leadership has carried over and their expectations with the younger players."

Other key contributors figure to be juniors Leanne Fraker and Marriah McEachern. Barich said Fraker has had the best two weeks of practice of any player, and McEachern has stepped up her game.

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Wrestlers looking for continued improvement on the mat
Cascade wrestlers have high hopes this season. Kodiak second year Head Coach Jesus Sandoval is encouraged by the 24 wrestlers that have turned out.

"That's a really good number. Many kids came back from last year, which is great. Last year, we started with 28 kids, but many of them were just trying it out," Sandoval said. "Number are less, but I think everyone is committed now. I think everyone is really serious about wrestling. We are going to build program with these kids."

The top returner is senior Bernardo Maravilla, who advanced to regionals last season. He is also wrestling down in weight, at 182. He wrestled 225 last season. Sandoval said he is ranked sixth in state.

Many of the wrestlers are just getting started, because of football.

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Teachers getting up to snuff on new technology
Most of the new technology has been installed at schools through the Cascade School District, thanks to $1.5 million dollar technology levy. Now, district officials are making sure all the teachers in the district can use the new technology.

District Technology Instructor Kirk Sunitsch said 4 percent of the funds were set aside for staff development, 32 percent for infrastructure and 64 percent for technology and materials.

All the funds have been expended for technology and materials, he said.

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The brilliant, spectacular season of Kodiak football comes to an end, 20-14 to Colville in state semifinals
The Cinderella season of Kodiak football finally came to end. After winning the Caribou Trail League title, and two playoff games, the Kodiaks found themselves in the state semifinals last Saturday against unbeaten and second ranked Colville, a team that had played in the 2A ranks in prior seasons.

On a chilly afternoon at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane, the Kodiaks fell behind 12-0 to the Indians, who were playing very close to home.

"We had our chances. We got down 12-0 early. In the back of your mind, you start thinking about what happened against Mount Baker and Royal. But the boys turned it around. After that initial run by Colville, they really settled down," said Head Coach Elia Ala'ilma-Daley. "I really believe we outplayed Colville for the last three quarters."

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Cascade beats Zillah 21-7, makes State semifinals
With a hard fought 21-7 win over Zillah last Saturday in Wenatchee, the Cascade Kodiaks have made the final four, the state semifinals. The last time Cascade made the State semifinals was 1996. In fact, this is only the third time in school history the football team has made the semifinals.

"Our focus this week was we didn't want to go home. We want to come out here and keep on going. This has been a great journey. We know we have a great team. We clutched up and got the job done," said senior running back Dennis Merritt.

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Cascade's championship bid falls short; team finishes fifth
It was another brilliant season for the Cascade Kodiak Volleyball team. After winning league and district titles, the Kodiaks headed back to the State Tournament in Yakima last weekend with hopes of defending their state title.

But as luck would have it, Lynden Christian, the eventual champion, ended up as the second round opponent for the Kodiaks. The Links beat the Kodiaks in straight sets 25-18, 25-23, 25-14.

Interestingly, Cascade (19-3) only lost three matches this season, and by straight sets twice, both times to Lynden Christian. Their only other loss was to 2A Selah in five sets. The Vikings finished third in 2A.

Cascade Head Coach Marni McMahon said it was just bad luck getting on the same side of the draw as Lynden Christian.

"Had we made the top bracket, we would have been separated. But sometimes that's the way the cards fall," McMahon said. "We did as well as we could in the situation presented to us. I would like to see LC in the other half of the bracket. Facing them in the quarters, best you can get is fifth."

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Kodiaks upended by LaSalle in opening round of State Tournament
The stellar season of the Cascade Kodiaks girls soccer team came to end last week. The Kodiaks lost 2-1 in double overtime to LaSalle in the first round of the State Tournament at Cascade High School.

"They are a solid team. They've been in the championship a few times. It's one of those deals where it's a little new for the girls. The idea of being there is still kind of a mystery. I could see it in the first 10-15 minutes," said Glen Stefanko, Cascade head coach. "They really started putting their game together, putting pressure on them. It took something special for LaSalle to put the ball in the net. They are a solid team. They have fast players. They are an experienced club as far as being in the State Tournament."

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Kodiaks beat Eagles 33-21 in first round of State Tournament
On a very cold night in Peshastin, the Cascade Kodiaks put together maybe their best overall performance of the season in defeating longtime nemesis Connell 33-21.

In fact, it was so chilly, most of the home fans stayed away. Connell fans actually outnumbered the home fans, it seemed.

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