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Cascade volleyball rounding into form against non-league foes

Photo by Ian Dunn
Cascade senior libero Kaycee O’Brien makes a dig in action against East Valley last Saturday at Cascade High School. The Kodiaks beat the Red Devils in straight sets.
Most Cascade coaches are unhappy about playing all the non-league games, but not Cascade Head Volleyball Coach Marni McMahon. Caribou Trail League teams must play more non-league games this season because there are only four teams in the league now.

McMahon enjoys the chance to match her team up against top flight competition every week, something you would not see in the CTL of years past.

"I like playing the tough teams. I would rather play a tough team and lose than win handily. It is working out for us," McMahon said.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 More...

Kodiaks runners perform well at South Whidbey Invitational
The Cascade boys and girls' cross country teams turned in a solid performance at the South Whidbey Invitational last Saturday. The girls, led by sophomore Erin Mullins, finished in second place with 89 points, behind Northwest with 46 points.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 More...
Mount Baker Mountaineers beat Cascade Kodiaks 42-6
Cascade is playing some tough teams as part of their non-league schedule, perhaps none more so that Mount Baker, which visited Peshastin last Friday. Mount Baker finished second in state last year, and very much, looked the part in dismantling Cascade 42-6.

The Kodiaks got an early break, recovering a fumble on the first possession for the Mountaineers. But taking over at midfield the Kodiaks went three and out. The Mount Baker defense stuffed the Kodiak offense most of the evening. The Mountaineers marched down the field on their next possession, nine plays, 76 yards for the touchdown, a six yard run. Cascade fumbled their next possession but got the ball right back on a fumble at the Cascade 17-yard line.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 More...
Cascade soccer team beats East Valley, Okanogan
The Cascade Kodiak girls' soccer team improved the 3-1 on the season with home victories over East Valley and Okanogan last week.

On Sept. 18, Cascade beat visiting East Valley 1-0. Junior forward Maddy Parton scored a goal in the first half, and the Kodiak defense made it hold up for the ever-so-close victory.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 More...
Kodiaks unable to hold early lead, lose to Zillah 27-19
Two early turnovers led to 13 quick points for the Kodiaks, on the road at Zillah last Friday. The Kodiaks made an early fumble recovery, and then on the first play from scrimmage, Austin Murdock passed 63 yard to Chino Merritt for the touchdown.

Cascade led 7-0.

A few plays later, Carson McMahon intercepted, setting up another Kodiaks touchdown. Chino Merritt scored on six yard run, but the extra point was no good. Early in the first quarter, Cascade was leading 13-0.

Then, Zillah got rolling, scoring three unanswered touchdowns before halftime. Two of the scores came on passing plays. Cascade could not get their offense going, and lost the momentum.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
Cascade scores thrilling victory over Selah
Last Saturday, the Cascade Kodiaks faced off against 2A Selah at Leavenworth. The Vikings jumped out in front early with goal at 7:23, on a breakaway. Cascade kept pushing the offense, falling short on a number of attacks.

But the Kodiaks were able to even the score at 1-1 when Maddy Parton fired one in at the 27 minute mark. It was 1-1 halftime.

"Patience is so helpful when you know they are not giving up. They are just going to be relentless coming to that offensive attack. We know for sure if we just stay patient and stay strong and quick, they are going to put one in. And that is what we saw today," said Glen Stefanko, Cascade head coach. "It is exactly what we talked about in our pre-game training session. Staying patient, working the ball, staying creative and things are going to happen."

Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
Kodiaks finish fifth at Sundome Tournament in Yakima
Playing against mostly larger schools, the defending state champion Cascade Kodiaks finished fifth out of 32 teams at the Sundome Tournament last Saturday. The 1A Kodiaks competed in the 3A-4A division, as Head Coach Marni McMahon strives to pit her team against topflight competition in non-league games.

The Kodiaks won their first match against Toppenish, 25-9, 25-17. They lost the next match to Glacier Peak, 25-18, 25-18.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
Cascade boys and girls runners win at Tonasket Invite
The Cascade Kodiaks Cross Country team started the season in fine fashion, as both the boys and girls 'teams won the Tonasket Invite on Sept. 9. The boys won with a score of 26, while girls won with a score of 36.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
Kodiak volleyball shines at Wenatchee Jamboree
It was a good showing for the Cascade Kodiaks at the Wenatchee Jamboree last Saturday. The team went 5-0 on the day, matching up against squads from Wenatchee, Chelan, Moses Lake and Eastmont.

"We had a good first showing. I was pleased with the efforts and competitiveness. However, we have a lot to work on and will focus on getting better. We are not were we want to be yet," said Head Coach Marni McMahon.

In the first match, Cascade beat Eastmont 25-16, 25-7. McMahon said it was a great serving match for the team as Rachel Caudle and Makena Ala'ilima-Daley had some solid serving runs, getting the Wildcats out of system.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 More...
Kodiaks open season with 20-14 win over Quincy
It was the beginning of what figures to be a very interesting football season. Since there are only four teams in the Caribou Trail League now, the Cascade Kodiaks only play three league games, in October. All the rest of the contests are non-league, like the season opener against Quincy at home last Friday.

Under the new lights at Peshastin, the Kodiaks started off the season in fine fashion, beating the Quincy Jacks 20-14. Cascade showed off a new wrinkle in their Wing-T offensive attack with the addition of a pistol formation.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 More...
Kodiaks hoping to send Coach Daley out on a winning note
When it was announced that Elia Ala'ilima Daley would be the new principal at Cascade High School, it was also announced he would also be stepping away from coaching duties after the upcoming football season.

It will end a long association with the Cascade football program which began in the late '80s when he was a star player for the Kodiaks. Even with all the emotion associated with stepping away from the team, Daley is only concentrating on the task at hand, getting his team ready to play.

"I'm not really concentrating on this being the last year, but just making sure the boys are ready for the season. We are really hoping for a great season," Daley said. "The boys have come in shape, especially the senior class. Our junior class is ready to push them. Really excited about what we have coming forward."

Like many Kodiak teams of years past, this one is stacked with offensive talent. Senior tailback Dennis Merritt returns for his senior season, which could be something special. Last season, the speedster ran for 1,835 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had 368 yards on kickoff returns.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 More...

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